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Dalston Children's Festival
Dalston Children's Festival

Saturday 25 May &
Saturday 1 June 2019

Dalston Children's Festival
Dalston Children's Festival

Fun and Free things to do all over Dalston!

Saturday 25th May

PUPPET MAKING

10.30AM–2.30PM DROP IN ARCOLA THEATRE, 24 ASHWIN STREET, E8 3DL
Make your own unique characters come alive with this puppetry workshop. Using recycled and household items, make your own crafty characters.
Puppet Making

LIVE CARICATURES

11AM–12PM DROP IN MACARONI LIBERATION FRONT, DALSTON SQUARE, E8 3BQ
Whether your child wants to be a superhero or wants to ride a unicorn, we’ve got it covered: Massimo Fenati’s magic pencil will reveal their true selves in just a few minutes!
Pencils
Pre-book

TOTES RIO

11AM–2PM Book your space by emailing manager@riocinema.org.uk RIO CINEMA
Work with a local artist to turn a blank tote bag into a colourful work of art.
Paint brush

FUN IN THE SQUARE

11AM–3PM DROP IN DALSTON SQUARE, E8 3BQ
11AM–12PM: Bollywood Dance - Learn how to dance Bollywood style or enjoy the show.
11AM–2PM: Hackney Playbus - Under 7s can play away at this fun session.
12–2PM: Lucky Dig - Dig in a pit of compost to find the hidden vegetables.
12–3PM: Peace in the streets - Make a square for the community peace quilt with Elevate. #PITS

HACK THE LIBRARY

11AM–4PM DROP IN DALSTON C.L.R. JAMES LIBRARY, DALSTON SQUARE, E8 3BQ
11AM–12PM: Under-5s Rhyme Time - Come and meet the aliens that have just landed on the library roof!
12–2PM: Henna Tattoo Art - Try out temporary henna tattoo art. All ages.
2–4PM: Children’s Lego Club - Build a space station, a rocket, and more...
2.30–4PM: Family Film Club - If you need a break from all the action, relax with a bag of popcorn and enjoy the movie!
Film Club

HULA-HOOP

12–2PM DROP IN GILLETT SQUARE, N16 8AZ
A fun circus based workshop from Guinness World Record Holders Marawa’s Majorettes! Come and learn new tricks, get active and have fun.
Hoops

FLOWER AND PIZZA

1–5PM DROP IN DALSTON EASTERN CURVE GARDEN, 13 DALSTON LANE, E8 3DF
Join in an afternoon of free art, gardening and pizza-making with the Dalston Curve Garden team.
Flower

GILLETT SQUARE FREE PLAY

2–6PM DROP IN GILLETT SQUARE, N16 8AZ
Pop in to our pop-up playground to play, build and create! Try ping-pong, table football, giant jenga and giant chess.
2–4PM - Universal Board Games
Play giant chess, backgammon and many more unique games from around the world.
Games

OUTSIDE THE FESTIVAL

For family fun outside of the festival days you can visit the Evergreen Adventure Playground at Beehive Close where children aged 5-15 can join in free, supervised, challenging play.
Tuesdays to Fridays 4-7pm and Saturdays 12-5pm.

Saturday 1st June

Limited Places

TOTS TUNES

11–11.45AM No need to book, but limited places VORTEX JAZZ CLUB, GILLETT SQUARE, N16 8AZ
An interactive parent and baby class combining original tunes, folk songs from around the world with a few dance moves and a lot of shaking! Accompanied by cello and drum.
Music
Pre-register

PLAY THE STORY

11AM–3PM To register your interest text 07525 892953 or visit www.goo.gl/WGYWTr IMMEDIATE THEATRE, 24-30 DALSTON LANE, E8 3AZ
Using drama explore current issues through the medium of storytelling. You will also have the opportunity to make your own props through arts & crafts.
Theatre

FUN IN THE SQUARE

11AM–4PM DROP IN DALSTON SQUARE, E8 3BQ
11AM–4PM: Stars n Stripes - Bring along your bikes, learn road cycle safety and have fun weaving around obstacles and learning new skills.
1–2PM: Roma Gypsy Dancing - Learn some moves and watch an amazing performance from the Yagori Dance company and celebrate Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month.
2–4PM: Hackney Play Streets - All ages can come and play outside, with pavement chalk, skipping ropes, space hoppers, hula-hoops and more!
Hoops

HACK THE LIBRARY

11AM–4PM DROP IN DALSTON C.L.R. JAMES LIBRARY, DALSTON SQUARE, E8 3BQ
11AM–12PM: Under-5s Rhyme Time - We are going to the moon!
12–4PM: Summer Reading Challenge - Join us for the early launch of the Summer Reading Challenge. Discover space and explore moon landscapes!
2–4PM: ELCAF presents - Join Jesse Hodgson, author and Illustrator of "Pip and the Bamboo Path" picture book to create your own stunning illustrations.
2–4PM: Children’s Lego Club - Build a space station, a rocket and more...
Books

PRIDE IN THE PARK PICNIC

12–6PM DROP IN SNAKE PARK (STONEBRIDGE GARDENS), E8 4DT
A relaxed day of children’s activities, including drag storytelling, sports and face painting. Aimed at LGBTQI+ families in Hackney, their friends and allies, bring along a picnic and enjoy the sunshine.
Park
Pre-book

CARNIVAL CRAFTS

12.15–3PM Book your place info@tropicalislescarnival.org ROSE LIPMAN BUILDING, 43 DE BEAUVOIR RD, N1 5SF
Indulge yourself in a world of sparkles, feathers and sequins to make carnival headdresses at this fun workshop led by Tropical Isles carnival group.
Carnival

10 MINUTE CARICATURES

2–4PM DROP IN MACARONI LIBERATION FRONT, DALSTON SQUARE, E8 3BQ
Is your child a secret agent, superhero, princess or dragon? Let us draw them a bespoke caricature. Workshop with illustrator Sara Pittaluga.
Pencils

GILLETT SQUARE FREE PLAY

2–6PM DROP IN GILLETT SQUARE, N16 8AZ
Pop in to our pop-up playground and play, build and create! Try ping-pong, table football, giant jenga and giant chess.
Pingpong

CAMI CRAFTS

3–4PM DROP IN DALSTON EASTERN CURVE GARDEN
Learn about the Caribbean and make Caribbean summer inspired crafts including colourful palm trees and patterns. For ages 6+.

OUTSIDE THE FESTIVAL

For family fun outside of the festival days you can visit the Evergreen Adventure Playground at Beehive Close where children aged 5-15 can join in free, supervised, challenging play.
Tuesdays to Fridays 4-7pm and Saturdays 12-5pm.

Festival Events Map

To help you get around, view our map and find the number of the event you are interested in.

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Location Map

Download Festival Programme

Download the full programme of events at this year’s festival.

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