With the close proximity of Frosting Cupcakery to the new childrenâ€™s venue at this weekendâ€™s Arts Alive festival, it didnâ€™t take much for bakery owner Craig McDougall to talk himself into the coordinatorâ€™s job.
The kids zone has grown into a huge component of the annual arts festival in downtown Langley City, which in its early incarnation was geared more to adults rather than families.
Given Frostingâ€™s relocation to the corner of 204th Street and Fraser Highway last summer, McDougall said he was casting around for more ways to get involved downtown, including in Arts Alive. As a business that caters a lot to families and kids, helping with the kidâ€™s area of the festival was a natural fit.
With new blood, McDougall said, so also comes new ideas for the childrenâ€™s venue (which will now be located in the old CIBC parking lot behind Evolution Pilates).
The popular facepainting and balloon twisting returns. Langley Centennial Museum will be on site again with a painting project called Langley Paints where children are encouraged to paint portraits or local scenery.
There will also be bouncy castles, a cupcake decorating table, and a performance by country singing sisters Robyn & Ryleigh Gillespie of Langley.
Thereâ€™s also going to be a covered lounge area for parents, where they can watch kids move around all the activity stations.
And as part of the dayâ€™s festivities, a dinosaur will be visiting downtown Langley City.
T-Rex will be grazing around the crowd and at certain intervals do picture taking sessions with children, and allow the kids to see inside the costume.
And for the princes and princess in the crowd, Queen Elsa from Frozen will be milling about, too.
The bonus, McDougall said, itâ€™s all free.
â€œItâ€™s all meant for the kids to come and have an enjoyable day,â€ he concluded.