Kids (and their adults) invited to enjoy art at Western Front this weekend

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      East Vancouver, rejoice: there are two different family-focused events this weekend to keep the little ones entertained.

      Mount Pleasant’s Western Front gallery (303 East 8th Avenue) is opening its doors to families this Saturday (June 2) for its annual Adults Are So Last Year! event.

      The Western Front is an artist-owned space that has been operating for 45 years.  This weekend’s event is all about getting kids involved with the music, media and visual art that local artists produce. There’s plenty of hands-on activities to keep young people (and their grown-ups) entertained.

      Heather Smith and Lianne Zannier are putting on hand-drawn animation workshops to create collaborative work, and participants can produce 19th-century-style animation toys.

      A different workshop, led by artists Derya Akay and Vivienne Bessette, is all about using flowers and natural dyes to decorate fabric.   

      If sound is more your jam, audio performer and educator Alanna Ho will play with everyday objects and teach kids how to make their own graphic scores. Head outside to find the Green Horn youth community marching band performing on the street outside Western Front or wandering through Dude Chilling Park.

      And there’s D-Original Sausage Co. bratwurst and plenty of Earnest Ice Cream on the back deck for when you get hungry.

      Western Front is also coordinating with Mount Pleasant Elementary on the other side of Dude Chilling Park (2300 Guelph Street), which is putting on its annual Mount Pleasant Day celebration on Saturday. Head round to make some crafts, or burn off some excess energy on their bouncy castle.

      Adults Are So Last Year! runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Western Front (303 East 8th Avenue) on Saturday (June 2). Mount Pleasant Day runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Elementary.