Splash'N Boots and Les Parfaits Inconnus headline Vancouver International Children's Festival

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      A circus/rock band, two puppet shows, and productions from as far away as Scotland and Australia are just a some of the highlights of the just-announced programming at the 2018 Vancouver International Children's Festival.

      The 41st annual event takes over Granville Island from May 28 to June 3.

      Amid the best-known acts, look for Ontario's Splash’N Boots, a Juno nominee for best children's album of the year, from Treehouse TV.

      Other standouts include the return of Quebec's Les Parfaits Inconnus, the troupe that wowed us with its wild mix of mad guitar skills and acrobatics when it came to the kids' fest in 2015. What we said then: "Hilarious, endearing, and gravity-defying: you’ve never seen anything quite like it."

      From Australia, the puppet show New Owner looks at the world from a dog's eyes, while Quebec's Le sentier des rêves tells the dreamlike story of an Innu boy.

      Theatre offerings include Scotland's baby- and toddler-aimed Poggle, about an adventure to a forest with a magical tree, while the interactive B.C.-U.K. production Baking Time features real loaves of bread being baked.

      Treehouse TV's Splash'N Boots.

      Amid the music lineup, check out Masabo Celebrates Africa!, the Jocelyn Pettit Band, and the Vancouver Youth Choir, while the U.S.'s I.aM.mE Dance Crew gets bodies popping and locking.

      Tickets go on sale to the general public next Wednesday (March 7) and can be purchased online at childrensfestival.ca, by phone at 1-877-840-0457, in person at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival office at 301-601 Cambie Stree, or during the fest at its on-site box office.

      The Festival expects 25,000 children and adults to attend the fest, which also includes an arts-amped activity village.

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