Kids partake in all kinds of interactive activities during the Sooke Family Arts Fair. (Octavian Lacatusu/Sooke News Mirror)

Enjoy art as a family for coming arts fair in Sooke

The 11th annual Sooke Family Arts Fair runs on April 22, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The 11th annual Sooke Family Arts Fair and garage sale are fast approaching.

The event runs April 22 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at SEAPARC Leisure Complex.

“We see lots of families come and visit and try the activities, and just increases awareness of some of the activities that kids can do in the community,” said Debbie Clarkston, a member of the arts council and one of the organizers of the event.

Activities are wide and colorful across the spectrum, including playing with clay, making marble prints, but also focus on interaction as well, allowing kids to take part in dance and music events.

Started by the Sooke Community Arts Council 11 years ago, the idea was to promote arts and culture among youth.

“Kids are invited to take part in everything,” Clarkston said.

Over the years, the fair included drama activities where kids dressed up in costumes, and on another occasion, were able to pick up a random musical instrument and learn to play it.

“The idea is exposing youth to the wonderful variety of the arts and allowing them to experience a bit of everything,” Clarkston said, adding that the fair couples well with the garage sale that will be taking place at the SEAPARC on the same day.

Admission to both events is free.