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Dalston Children's Festival
Dalston Children's Festival

Saturday 27 May &
Saturday 3 June 2017

Dalston Children's Festival
Dalston Children's Festival

Fun and Free things to do all over Dalston!

Saturday 27th May

All Ages

10 Minute Caricatures

10AM–NOON & 2PM-4PM Donna Fugassa Café, Dalston Square, E8 3BQ DROP IN
Is your child really a secret agent, super hero, princess or dragon? Let them tell their story and they will get a bespoke caricature, to remind them they're special.
Caricature
Ages 3–5
Pre-Book

Wrap Co-work & Play

10AM–12.30PM Vortex Jazz Club And Gillett Square, 11 Gillett Square, N16 8AZ BOOK A PLACE FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD - EMAIL wraphackney@gmail.com
Join WRAP for an interactive storytelling session and adventure to a far-away land. There will be map drawing, telescope building and more. (Plus desk space, wifi & coffee for your Mum & Dad!)
Map Drawing
Ages 0–5
Limited Places

Tots Tunes

10.30AM–11.15AM Gillett Square, N16 8AZ For ages 0-5 and their parents No need to book, but please arrive promptly (limited places).
Interactive parent and baby classes combining original tunes and folk songs from around the world with a bit of a workout!
Music
Ages 5+
Pre-Book

Francais au Rio

11AM: film screening (A Cat in Paris, with English subtitles) 12.30PM: performance (Kirikou) Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB BOOK YOUR PLACE - www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/francais-au-rio-tickets-32465839199
A fun French morning of film, games and theatre for all the family presented by Mind Your Language.
Cinema
Under 7s

Play-tastic!

11AM–2PM Dalston Square, E8 3BQ For under 7s, parents & prospective parents DROP IN
Chalk, skip, hopscotch and play away at this intergenerational session hosted by Hackney Play Streets, Hackney Playbus, Universal Board Games and Bump Buddies! With moneysmart activities including homemade playdough (with a recipe for families to reproduce at home) and games from around the world including classics like Backgammon and Giant Chess.
Games
Ages 5–11
Limited Places

Puppet Making

11AM–1PM Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL No need to book, but please arrive promptly.
Let your imagination run wild as we explore creatures and monsters through puppet making and performance! Join us at Arcola Theatre on this magical adventure.
Puppet
All Ages

Gillett Square Free Play

11AM–5PM Gillett Square, N16 8AZ DROP IN
Pop in to our pop-up playground and play, build and create! Try ping-pong, table football and giant chess. Hula-Hoop and Jump Rope for all ages throughout the day with Marawa’s Majorettes. Free workshops at: 12:30pm Hula-Hoop, 2pm Jump-Rope, 4pm Hula-Hoop.
Ping-pong
All Ages

Code, Craft and Create Day

11AM–4PM Dalston C.L.R. James Library, Dalston Square, E8 3BQ DROP IN
11am-12pm: Under-5s Rhyme Time
2-4pm: Coding
2.30pm-4pm: Children’s Film Club
3-4pm: Concertina Book Art - Create a Secret Garden inside a pocket sized book
Film Club
Ages 5–11

Dalston Flower Show for Children

12PM–5PM Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF DROP IN
Join in an afternoon of free art, design and cooking, surrounded by the flowers and greenery of the Garden, with local artists and chefs.
Flower
Ages 8–16
Pre-Book

Immediate Theatre

1PM–3PM Forest Road Youth Hub, 29 Forest Road, E8 3BY BOOK YOUR PLACE - Email jo@immediate-theatre.com
Join Immediate Theatre in their half term theatre project, leading to a performance next Saturday.
Theatre
Ages 6+
Limited Places

Big and Small Beat It Band!

1.30PM–3PM Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, N16 8AZ No need to book, but please arrive promptly (limited places). No disabled access. Families welcome.
Using sticks, chairs, djembe drums and improvised instruments, come and join the band and create a new rhythmic piece together.
Drum

Saturday 3rd June

Ages 8+

Arts & Crafts in the Bee Garden

11AM–1PM Bee Garden, Abbot Street (off Kingsland High Street) E8 3DP DROP IN
Enjoy arts and crafts activities in the buzzing bee garden!
Bee
All Ages

Gillett Square Free Play

11AM–5PM Gillett Square, N16 8AZ DROP IN
Pop in to our pop-up playground and play, build and create! Try ping-pong, table football and giant chess. Hula-Hoop and Jump Rope for all ages throughout the day with Marawa’s Majorettes. Free workshops at: 12:30pm Hula-Hoop, 2pm Jump-Rope, 4pm Hula-Hoop.
Hoops
All Ages

Pasta Armando Day

11AM–3PM Dalston Square, E8 3BQ DROP IN
Join us for the first Pasta Armando Festival in Dalston! Come and taste the delicious pasta dishes created by chef Lorenzo Toppi! 500 free portions available from 12noon – be quick!
Pasta
All Ages

Festival Fun and Games

11AM–5PM Dalston C.L.R. James Library Dalston Square, E8 3BQ DROP IN
11am-12pm: Under-5s Rhyme Time
2.30-3.30pm: Creative Writing
3-5pm: Games Club
Pencils
Ages 5+
Pre-book

Carnival Crafts

12PM–3PM Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Rd, N1 5SF BOOK YOUR PLACE - Email tropicalisles@btconnect.com
Indulge yourself in this world of sparkles, feathers and sequins to make carnival headdresses at this fun workshop led by Tropical Isles carnival group.
Feathers
All Ages

Fun on the Canal

12PM–4PM Chug, Kingsland Basin, Off the Canal, Hertford Road, N1 5BB DROP IN No disabled access.
Visit the iconic Kingsland Basin where you will find a community of narrow boat-dwellers, a floating allotment, bees, ducks and freshly baked cakes! Come and take a trip on a narrowboat.
Boat
All Ages

Book Swap!

2PM–5PM Ship of Adventures, 138 Kingsland High Street, E8 2NS DROP IN
Bring along any good quality children’s book and swap it for another from our selection of new and second hand books, at the Ship of Adventures.
Books
Ages 8-16

Immediate Theatre

2.30PM Forest Road Youth Hub, 29 Forest Road, E8 3BY
Join the audience for Immediate Theatre’s performance piece, developed with local young people.
Guitar

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