With the advertised Burlesque Workshops and the Pub Crawl, at first glance the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous may seem like an event geared towards adults. But there are a lot of activities for kids too.

Just like Yukon’s expanding birth-rate, KidsFest at Rendezvous is also expanding in 2018. Last year KidsFest had one tent with activities for kids; this year that is going to triple. There will be three separate tents – one heated, and all full of programming for your little people.

KidsFest will run in Shipyards Park on the weekend of February 23 to 25: Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thanks to the title sponsor of KidsFest – the Boys and Girls Club, and also the contributing sponsor Castle Rock Enterprises – Rendezvous 2018 is sure to delight your little ones.

The organizers have planned activities for a wide range of kid-fascinations, such as big machines, animals and the Queen’s fancy tea party that took place earlier in February.

There are number of games and contests children can participate in such as a potato sack races, and the parent-pull.

The Rendezvous KidsFest will showcase some local talent such as clowning by Claire Ness, and singing by Nicole Edwards.

Fire Dancers will also enthrall your little ones just before the Saturday night fireworks display, which will be in-sync with music broadcast on CKRW The Rush.

For kids who are interested in medieval times, the Royal Bout will include a sword fight to determine the next official guard for our Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Queen. Kids will also have the opportunity to meet the knights. For the aspiring prince, or princesses, kids are also welcome at the Coronation Ball. Little ones can dress in their finest and socialize with the who’s who of the Yukon at the crowning of the new Queen, and the knighting of Sourdough Sam. Fancy mocktails are also available for the younger, dapper Yukoners at this event.

Take a stroll through an outdoor gallery of fine snow sculpture as teams from China, United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Calgary, Winnipeg, and, of course, the Yukon will exhibit their masterpieces. In addition, for a fee, families can receive individual instruction from a professional carver to create your own snow carving work-of-art.

The animal lovers in your family will be without a doubt thrilled by this year’s increased partnership with Muktuk Adventures. Kids will be not only be able to go for a ride on a dog sled, they will also be able to meet the canine pals, and learn about canine first aid.

Still, there is more! The machine lover of your family will likely be in awe of giant military machines showcased by the Canadian Army Cadets.

For a special treat head over to Mr. Charlton’s Rendezvous Candy Emporium for festival favourites such as popcorn, little doughnuts, hot chocolate, and cotton candy.

Then take them to expend that energy over at the Aurora Colour Wars. This festival-favourite takes place Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of tiny packages of non-toxic, biodegradable, washable paint of various colours are available for kids to run and play with, and plaster all over others. (Ed. note: For more on the Aurora Colour Wars, see pg. 6)

After speaking to the Executive Director of Rendezvous, Dave Blottner I am convinced that this year’s Rendezvous is not only a family-friendly event, there are events and activities to bedazzle all kids.

For those of you who are not yet parents, we wish you plenty of fun at the adult-oriented events, and perhaps we will see you in 2019 at KidsFest with the wee-product of all that adult fun!