The Perth Children’s Water Festival comes to Stratford this weekend

The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority is hosting its first in-person Perth Children’s Water Festival at the Falstaff Family Center in Stratford from 1-4pm on Sunday.

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After holding the event virtually and in classrooms during the pandemic, the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority is hosting its first in-person Perth Children’s Water Festival this Sunday at the Falstaff Family Center in Stratford.

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Scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. at 35 Waterloo St. N., the free event will feature hands-on, family-friendly activities to highlight and celebrate the importance of water.

“It’s an event that (conservation authority) has done in other parts of the catchment, but we haven’t been able to do it in person in Perth County yet,” Emily said. Chandler, Curatorial Research and Communications Assistant. authority. “The volunteer committee has been meeting about this for a few years now and because of everything pandemic-related, last year they had to hold a virtual festival.”

Last year, Chandler said the organizing committee made resources and information available to Perth County teachers so they could lead slightly modified versions of the same activities featured at the in-person events with their students.

“So this year we can do all the hands-on, family-friendly activities that are really about looking at the importance of water and celebrating it,” Chandler said, adding that partner organizations, including the two local school boards, the City of Stratford, Ontario Clean Water Agency, Thames River Cleanup and others will be on hand to lead fun and educational games and activities.

Activity stations for Sunday’s event will include a Stratford Fire Department fire truck, a hydro-vac truck that uses high-pressure water for excavation in the town of Stratford, and the popular community art station Stream of Dreams, among others based around water conservation, protection, science and technology.

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“Stream of Dreams is a program that we host at area schools to talk about the importance of what’s happening in our streams,” Chandler said. “So kids learn that by decorating a (recycled plastic) fish of their choice and then all the fish are placed on the fence. So at the Falstaff Family Center he will create an art installation as they place all their fish along the fence so that when you walk past you can see all those fish which remind us of the importance of water and who try to keep it clean. ”

The event organizers recommend that families wishing to participate in the Stream of Dreams activity reserve a time at the activity station by visiting as it is expected to be quite popular.

Face masks are required for those intending to enter the Falstaff Family Center to use the restroom or participate in Stream of Dreams. As parking is limited, attendees are encouraged to walk, take the bus or cycle to the event on Sunday.

Families are also asked to bring reusable water bottles that they can refill at the town’s hydration station.

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