The month of May sees the festival season gathering pace. If you thought festivals were only about music, food and beer – read on. If your kids are into sports, music, art or theatre then here are a few of the great events for them. Childrens Festivals offer something for all ages, with performances to capture imagination, occupy and inform children.
In this article we suggest a few of the best in both the US and the UK. So, if you want to find a fun place for kids, read on:
PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL CHILDRENS FESTIVAL
Showcases amazing theatre from around the world, tailored for young audiences, with performers from Africa, Europe and USA. Involves theatre, puppetry, music, dance, comedy, acrobats and much more.
FLINT HILLS INTERNATIONAL CHILDRENS FESTIVAL, ST PAULS MN
International performers in music, dance and puppetry. Also includes a Family Weekend with the grown ups creating art, sampling international food, singing and dancing.
CALGARY INTERNATIONAL CHILDRENS FESTIVAL, CANADA
Apart from imaginative international performances there are interactive workshops in Theatre Improvisation and for the older children, Master Classes, exploring aspects of the performing arts.
INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
The UK’s largest Performing Arts Festival for children and young people. Performances by leading theatre companies are aimed at 3-12 year olds and bring together, children, families, teachers and professionals, celebrating theatrical talent. This is really interesting for kids and educational but in a fun way.
THE SPARK CHILDRENS ART FESTIVAL. LEICESTER, UK
The city’s parks and sports centres are transformed, providing storytelling, performances, exhibitions and workshops. One event is a water-theatre production of SINBAD complete with pirates and sea monsters, real fun kids activities.
WYCHWOOD, CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE, UK
Held on Cheltenham Racecourse, this is not technically a children’s festival and has been likened to a miniature Glastonbury Music Festival. Since its inception in 2005, this event has won the Best Family Festival Award each year. There are four music stages, a children’s literary festival and many workshops.
The festival season means fun for all the family. We hope the few we have mentioned will provide some ideas for you and ideas exciting for kids. We think they are all a fun place for kids of all ages.