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By now, you have likely encountered a colourful kite floating across our social media pages and e-newsletters. Something new is coming and we are thrilled to announce that Carousel Players will be launching our first annual Niagara Children’s Festival in May 2024!!! The festival will be filled with performances and activities for children of all ages with not only our own Carousel shows, but also performances for young audiences by renowned companies from across the country, and around the world!

Mark your calendars for May 11, 18 and 19, 2024 for the first annual Niagara Children’s Festival and consider taking advantage of festival pass pricing until March 2024.  

Full Schedule & Individual Ticket Sales Available March 2024

What is the Niagara Childrens’ Festival?

The Niagara Children’s Festival is an exciting explosion of creativity, offering live theatre, performances and arts-based activities for young audiences and their families. This NEW multi-day festival will take place in three municipalities in the Niagara Region of Ontario for its first year:  Ridgeway, and Welland and St. Catharines

The Niagara Children’s Festival extends Carousel Players’ commitment to inventive live performances with a weekend of activity where families throughout the Niagara region can engage with a multitude of cultural adventures designed especially for young people. Programming includes indoor and outdoor performances, paid and free programming, live music, interactive installations and opportunities for children to create things themselves.

  • Theatrical performances across the Niagara region by international, national and Carousel artists
  • Live Music
  • Face Painting
  • Vendor Fair
  • Crafts & workshops
  • Giant Blanket Fort
  • And more!

Questions about your festival pass or how to get involved with the festival? Reach out to

We are currently accepting inquiries about advertising, sponsoring and volunteering with the Festival. In-kind partnerships may also be available. Please reach out to the email above to request your information packet. 

Ticketed Theatre Programming

Lig and Bittle

Lig is very big, and Bittle is very Small, yet both long to fit in with everyone else. After finding out about  “Perfeckt Phitt”, the two venture forth on a wayward journey in hopes of solving all their problems.

Carousel Players
Ages 4+

Learning and Forgetting

Young Eva is a fan of learning new things, however, her beloved grandfather is not the same; he forgets. Watch as they find joy in the present, while also learning new lessons along the way.

Presentation House Theatre
Ages 3+

Cuckoo

When an unusual creature invades the clock young Cuckoo lives in, he finds himself roped into a wayward adventure! Through trials and tribulations of creativity, Cuckoo must find a way to fix his clock after it is disrupted.

Graham Soul
Ages 4+

SeedHeart

After Grey finds themself trapped inside of a jar with no memory of how they’d gotten there, Grey goes on a journey to a better future with magical pop-ups, puppetry, and interactive scenes.

Indigo Moon Theatre
Ages 4+

Paper Playground

An immersive, stimulating, and creative performance that takes place on one, large, paper carpet. Follow performers as they engage their audience with drawings, dancing, projections, and music.

Foolish Operations 
Ages 18 months to 4 years

FRee Community Events

Flora & Fauna 

Part Installation, part circus performance, and a full presentation of fun, Fauna and Flora provides audiences with an immersive and playful experience based in an outdoor landscape.

Femmes du Feu Creations 
Ages 2

Story Walks

A StoryWalk is a fun, educational activity that promotes literacy, learning and outdoor play. Individual pages of a storybook are mounted along a path, and families follow the narrative by visiting each stop in sequence. It is a delightful journey filled with surprises from beginning to end.

Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters,
Brock University,
All Ages

Ni Nagamoon 

Indigenous artist Nicole-Joy Fraser shares a cycle of original hand drum songs. Audiences are encouraged to participate using shakers, drums, and their own voices

All Ages 

Author Readings

Enjoy engaging readings from local Niagara authors in English, presented by Brock University, and in French presented by La Maison de la Culture Francophone.

All Ages 

Big Blanket Fort

What’s more fun than a big blanket fort? Climb inside this larger than life blanket installation for a moment of quiet, or some playtime away from the crowd. 

All Ages 

Plus, enjoy face painting, kite making workshops, creation stations, a giant puppet party, local musicians, vendors, and more! New Events are being added every day! 

We can’t wait to see you at the Niagara Children’s Festival!