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No more face painting.

September 25, 2010

The Word on the Street“, a book and magazine festival coming to Saskatoon this weekend, has a family fun program which includes face painting.

Why?  Why?  Why?

What does face painting have to do with reading?  Or writing?

Every single festival or celebration or program which includes children has face painting.  We attended a special historical program at the Western Development museum and they had face painting.  So, children spent an hour or more waiting in line to have their faces painted like animals rather than spending that time looking at the exhibits.  The Children’s Festival includes face painting which again means long waits in long lines rather than doing activities.

Now there is face painting as part of a reading festival.  Wouldn’t it be better to have book related activities?  Kids could make books or listen to story tellers or do crafts inspired by books.

Face painting seems to be the default “we better have something for the kids” activity.  If that’s the highlight of the “family fun” program at this “Word on the Street” program, we’ll just stay home.

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