GREEN KIDS AREA - Where kids just want to have fun.
The Green Kids Area is sited at the back half of the Greenpeace Field and will be open from 8am till 9pm each day at Glastonbury 2013. It is an independent area, run directly by the Green Fields. Our theme this year is Oak Trees, Art, Science and Magic. So we will be focusing on the beautiful tree life in our area. – And see what magical creatures you can see looking out at you…..or help create.
All activities in the Green Kids Field are free of charge. The area includes a children’s Performance Marquee, a children’s Art and Craft Marquee (see the notice boards for specific times of workshops), and smaller craft tents and many outside activities. Banana Fish Crafts will be helping make magical landscapes. There will be activities and events to amuse and entertain children of all ages, and a café and picnic area provided by Cat In The Hat. I am most excited about several new things we have never had before – we are going to attempt to Split the Atom (Hydrogen, that is,) – Science and Fun workshops open to all presented by “Splash Bang Wallop” – who are coming to us all the way from the Edinburgh International Science Festival. We also thought in these days of internationalism that we should all learn Welsh – so the wonderful Dynamix troupe are going to be offering Welsh speaking workshops each day. Also new is lovely Steve Collins with his staff spinning workshops; and Steely Dan with steel drum bonanzas.
Other activities for this year include The Book Club; Mr Brown’s Pig and his delightful suitcase full of puppets, characters and unexpected events; And a new show from an old entertainer – Enter the Dark and Secret Underwater World of Mr. Pineapple Head. On the music front we have a full array of DJ workshops, come and play with all the gadgets and gismos, plus songwriting, rap and poetry, storytelling and music performances and singalongs with Mall Webb. For Artwork we are specialising in Trees and Forests – one minute you see something, and then its gone…. Plus plenty of walkabouts, drama, shows and making things, and the amazing Camera Obscura to amuse and delight.
In the Games arena we have board games, jumping games, sock wrestling, exciting games, and circus skills, and we start each morning in the Performance marquee with Gymnastics, and Tai Chi for Kids. We are having a brilliant horizontal climbing wall that all ages and abilities can have a go on.
The New Ark - Cadmus
We have a new ship in the Green Kids Area - The CADMUS, based on the design for an ancient Ark. It will be “manned” from 8am to 9pm each day, and can only be used during these times. The rules of the Ark are as follows:- no children under the age of five; no climbing on the outside of the frame; no jumping off it; no smoking, drinking or glass bottles to be brought onto it; and no interfering with the play of other children. Between 8am and 7pm each day the Cadmus is for the use of five to 14 year olds only, from 7pm to 9pm it’s for 14 to 17 year olds and adults. The views around the site you get from the top deck are worth the climb.
Lost Kids Tent
Parents are responsible for their children at all times during the Festival. However, beside the Ark at the top of the field is a Lost Kids Tent where staff can provide help for any child who is lost, or for any adult who has lost a child. The tent will be open from 9am till 6pm. At other times, simply find a steward who can direct you to the 24-hour on site lost kids/welfare system. The Lost Kids tent can also be used as a first port of call by any families for any medical, emergency or other on site problem.
An enclosed space for the very little ones age 0 – 5; it includes a sandpit, little teepees, soft toys, games, stories and a shady space for resting and quiet times, next to the Cat In The Hat Café.
Hope you all have a great time
Jos and the Green Kids Team.