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By now, you have likely encountered a colourful kite floating across our social media pages and e-newsletters. We are thrilled to announce that Carousel Players is 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 reserve your tickets now!  

Full Schedule & Individual Ticket Sales Now Available

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.

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.

May 11, 11am, The Stage @ Ridgway Sanctuary

May 18, 3:30pm, The Stage @ The Artbank 

May 19, 3pm, MIW Theatre @ The Marilyn

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.

May 18, 11am, MIW Theatre @ The Marilyn

May 18, 2pm, MIW Theatre @ The Marilyn

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.

May 19, 10am, MIW Theatre @ The Marilyn

May 19, 12pm, MIW Theatre @ The Marilyn

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.

May 18, 10am & 12pm, Studio B @ The Marilyn

May 19, 11am & 1pm, Studio B @ The Marilyn

*workshops to follow the final performance each day

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.

May 18,10am & 11:30am, The Stage @ The Artbank

May 19, 10:30am & 12:30pm, Studio C @ The Marilyn

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.

May 18, 1:30pm The Canal Walk @ The Welland Public Library

May 19, 11am, The Lawn @ The Marilyn

Femmes du Feu Creations 
Ages 2

Story Walks

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.

Saturday May 18 & Sunday May 19, 10am – 4pm, The Raceway @ The Marilyn

Saturday May 18, 10am – 4pm, The Canal Path @ The Welland Public Library

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

May 18, 10am, The Raceway @ The Marilyn

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.

May 18, 1pm & 1:30pm, The Lobby @ The Marilyn

May 18, 11am & 11:30am, The Nook @ The Welland Public Library

May 19, 1pm & 1:30pm, The Lobby @ The Marilyn

All Ages 

Bubbles

Dance through a sea of bubbles and make bubbles of all shapes and sizes. Will you be the first to catch one without it popping? 

Saturday May 11, 10am – 10:45am, The Green @ Ridgeway Sanctuary

Saturday May 18 & Sunday May 19, 10am – 4pm, The Lawn @ The Marilyn

Saturday May 18 10am – 4pm, The Pavillion @ The Welland Public Library

All Ages 

Face Painting

Let your inner sparkle shine with fun and creative face painting by Happy Ducky Face Painting!

Saturday May 18 & Sunday May 19, 11am – 2pm, The Tent @ The Marilyn

Saturday May 18, 11am – 2pm, The Pavillion @ The Welland Public Library

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.

Saturday May 18 & Sunday May 19,10am – 3pm, Studio A @ The Marilyn

All Ages 

Creation Station

Get creative with Ooga Monster and Carousel of Hope crafts & colouring!

Saturday May 11, 12pm,The Stage @ Ridgeway Sanctuary

Saturday May 18 & Sunday May 19, 10am – 4pm, The Lobby @ The Marilyn

Saturday May 18, 10am – 4pm, Past the fairy tree@ The Welland Public Library

Ages 2+ 

PK Hummingbird Steel Band

Dance along to the incredible music of this talented band!

May 18, 11:30am, The Raceway @ The Marilyn

All Ages 

Kite Making

Saturday May 18, 10am &  2pm, Past the fairy tree@ The Welland Public Library

Saturday May 18 11am & 2pm, The Lobby @ The Marilyn

Sunday May 19, 10am & 2pm, The Lobby @ The Marilyn

Ages 2+ 

Photo Booth #NiagaraChildrensFest

Say Cheese! Capture life-long memories at the Festival in our Festival Photo Booth!

May 18 & 19, 10am – 4pm, Outside the MIW Theatre @ The Marilyn

All Ages 

Sidewalk Chalk

Get creative with sidewalk art!

May 18, 10am – 4pm, The Canal Walk @ The Welland Public Library

18mo. +

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

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.