EP!C: The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo

March 30, 2011

Getting Kids Excited About Sustainability:
EPIC and Opus Team Up in the Name of Art and the Environment

Today’s children have a crucial role to play in a sustainable future. The next generation is certainly part of the solution to create a healthier planet, and they can help to inspire everyone to make a difference. Getting kids excited about sustainability early on is key, and that’s why experiences like EPIC that combine education and fun can be important vehicles for change.

EPIC: The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo is Western Canada’s largest sustainable lifestyle show — bringing together thousands of ‘eco-minded’ visitors for a three-day celebration of planet-friendly living. It’s a solutions-based, family-oriented event designed to educate, entertain, and immerse the public in all things “green”.

The EPIC KidZone will once again be a prominent feature at the event and a go-to spot for children to learn the importance of sustainable living in a fun and engaging way. The KidZone will be filled with kid-friendly exhibits, eco-friendly toys, interactive activities, and arts & crafts projects that will help children learn about ways to live a sustainable life and respect the environment.

Kids always love the arts and crafts projects offered at EPIC, with past projects ranging from designing your own Christmas ornament to making collages with environmental images and messages. This year’s art projects will centre around an ‘oceans’ theme, and will include making ‘seascapes’ and creating a large-scale underwater art wall. EPIC is grateful for the support of Opus Framing & Art Supplies who have kindly donated eco-friendly art supplies to enliven the KidZone area at EPIC 2011. These tools are critical to help children express themselves creatively through art projects offered at the show, and these green supplies alignment perfectly with the event’s environmentally responsible message.

After kids channel their creative side, they can get active and burn off energy exploring a large-scale natural playground that will be set up onsite; or test-drive the latest and coolest eco-friendly toys provided by the Granville Island Toy Company. At every turn, there will be something fun and exciting for children to see and do in the KidZone area of the show.

But the learning aspect for kids doesn’t stop there — this year’s exciting EPIC Main Stage programming includes award-winning journalist and author of seven books about the connections between family, nature and community, Richard Louv. Richard’s book “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” is a New York Times best seller, and created a national conversation about the disconnect between children and nature. Mr. Louv is known to be an exceptional speaker, so get ready for a truly moving dialogue from Richard at EPIC 2011.

EPIC: The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo will take place May 13-15, 2011 at the new Vancouver Convention Centre. General admission tickets are $12 online, and kids 12 and under get free admission. For more information, visit the event website www.epicexpo.com and follow @EPIC_Expo on Twitter.