For answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about the Halton Children's Water Festival click below!
- 01 How long does the festival run?
The festival runs for four days every year during the last week of September. It runs daily from 10am-1:30pm with a 30min break for lunch at 11:30am.
- 02 Who can attend the Halton Children's Water Festival?
The festival welcomes students in grades two through five including combined classes from the Halton Catholic District School Board, the Halton District School Board, homeschoolers and Halton’s private elementary schools.
- 03 How much does the event cost?
Cost is $5.00 per student and includes busing.
Teachers/schools do NOT need to organize or pay for busing. This will be completed by festival staff. Registered groups will receive busing information in the weeks leading up to their attendance.
- 04 How do I register my class for the event?
Teachers can register their classes on-line using this link http://www.hcwf.ca/teachers/registration/
- 05 What should my students bring?
Students are required to bring a lunch and proper clothing apparel to protect from weather conditions (rain boots, sunscreen, hat etc.).
This is a completely outdoor event with several active, hands-on activities (this includes dirt!). We ask that teachers please prepare students accordingly with closed toe shoes and water bottles.
- 06 How many students may I bring?
We have an attendance limit of approximately 1000 students a day. Those who are interested may register as many classes as they would like, but we ask you to keep in mind that classes may be separated to accommodate our group size limit (15-18 students).
- 07 I have registered for the festival, but I am on the waiting list, now what?
Those who are placed on our waiting list will be contacted in the event of an opening in registration.
The confirmation of final numbers is required a week before the festival. At this point any open spots will be filled with our waiting list.
- 08 Will my class get to participate in every activity?
Unfortunately, due to time constraints each class is not able to participate in all of the activities provided for their grade at the festival. Your class will participate in roughly 12 activities covering as many of the learning themes as possible. All festival activities are developed and created with both student interest and curriculum in mind.
- 09 What does the Festival scheduling look like?
Busses will arrive at school's for pick up between 9:00 and 9:15 am and will bring classes to the event just before its 10:00 am start time to allow students to arrange their belongings.
Daily Festival Schedule:
9:30-10:00 Students arrive on buses
10:00-11:30 Morning Activities
12:00-1:30 Afternoon Activities
1:30-2:00 Students load on buses and return to school
- 10 Will my students be photographed?
Yes. Conservation Halton and Halton Region may take candid photographs and videotape students attending the Festival to be used for promotional purposes. For this reason we ask that all students submit a photo release form and that any students not permitted to be photographed must wear identification.
- 11 I have a student with a disability / severe allergies / medical issues / special needs. Will they be able to attend?
Yes, we welcome all students and encourage teachers to notify us about any students that will require special assistance.
- 12 What is your cancellation policy?
If the festival is cancelled past 6 am the day of the event, or if a group cancels their visit within 2 weeks of the event, they will be charged for their attendance.
If the festival is cancelled on or before 6 am the day of the event, there will be no charge to registered schools for their visit on the corresponding day.