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. It is an independent area, run directly by the Green Fields. Our theme this year is HUGS AND PEACE. We all know that Peace is the most important thing to bring about global education and happiness. And Hugs are really important to keep us all smiling.
All activities in the Green Kids Field are free of charge. The area includes a children’s Performance Marquee, Children’s Art and Craft Marquees (see the notice boards for specific times of workshops), and smaller craft tents and many outside activities. Banana Fish Crafts will be making 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. The fantastic Baby Robotic Elephant will be on parade around the field. We also are welcoming Wooden Horse Puppet Theatre with their Cornish stories of magic, mermaids and piracy and a certain young pixie who seems to have lost his laugh.
Other activities for this year include The Book Club, Making Stick Men, Pottery, Gymnastics, Storytelling, Robotics, Facepainting, Dark Age Jewellery and Olde World Games with Chas and Sandy – including for the first time this year – a bowling alley. 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, and music performances with Barney and his crew.
In the Games arena we have board games, jumping games, the Incredible Sock Wrestling (World championships Sunday afternoon) and circus skills. And we start each morning in the Performance marquee with Gymnastics. We are having a brilliant horizontal climbing wall that all ages and abilities can have a go on.
The Camera Obscura is back again this year to amuse and delight.
The New Ark – Cadmus
We have a ship in the Green Kids Area – The CADMUS – based on the design for an ancient Ark. It will be “crewed” 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. UNDER FIVE’S ARE NEVER ALLOWED ON ANY PART OF THE SHIP, ONLY IN THE SANDY AREA UNDERNEATH.
We are also having some very special things this year:
We have again been lucky enough to join up with Yoko Ono’s “Peace Tower” project. Each day under the Oak tree we will have some “Wish Trees”. Everyone, young and old, will be invited to make their wishes and put them on the trees. At the end of the Festival the wishes will all be taken to Iceland and placed under the Peace Tower that Yoko made as a memorial to John Lennon, and as a beam of light to aid World Peace. There are also Wish Trees situated in the Peace Garden in King’s Meadow and in the Craft Field. Find out more at http://IMAGINEPEACETOWER.com
Oh my gosh, what are those pesky storytellers coming up with this year? Mike is doing King Arthur and his Naughty Knights – “The Making and Breaking of The Round Table”, “Serious and Silly Searches for The Holy Grail” and “Swords and Spears and Splatter”. Calvin is doing The Wishing Fish, The Faery Dance and Magpie And The Dragontellers.
Mr Brown’s Pig
Back this year is “Annie Bonnie” –”In a Green field far away, filled with peace and love, joy, friendship and children playing; there is a war going on. 1720. England is at war with France. In amongst the mayhem, Annie Bonny, Pirate Queen and her lover Jack Rackham are after stolen gold. A story of hanging and betrayal, of sea battles, of blood and guts all played to its crescendo, at the top of the Green Kids field, at least twice a day! Mr Brown’s Pig re-enacts the epic tale with small figures, model ships and a scenic coastline, as Major Harvey Wall-Banger CB.DOS who points out the pythonesque details of sea and a small dog.
Be in a Band
We think this is the first time this has been tried at Glastonbury. Have you ever dreamt of being in a band ? Or playing on a stage at Glastonbury ? If you are age between 8 – 15, and would like an opportunity to be part of “The Green Kids Glastonbury Band”, then now is your chance. We will go through the whole process; write the songs, make the music, play the instruments, rehearse, set up and perform. If you would like to be part of this then came and meet Kate in the Performance Marquee 1 – 2 pm on Thursday, and she will sign you in. If you are definitely interested and can bring an instrument that you normally play, then do bring it (at your own risk). (PS. Parents please note – we will need your permission to take the kids to various parts of the site etc).
Ever fancied being a film maker? Create, shoot, direct and edit a unique movie with our help and experience having your creation world premiered in front of an audience at Glastonbury’s Groovy Movie Solar Cinema! No previous experience necessary – just bring your enthusiasm, imagination and willingness to work as a member of a team to make a movie magic masterpiece. Film makers will be given a link to download the film at the end of the workshop. Film making workshops for kids with Spitting Feathers Films. Lights… Camera… Action!
Bees Make Honey
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a bee? Come and get sticky fingers whist we harvest honey straight from the comb, model with beeswax and make homes for our stripy friends. An hour long educational workshop which will leave you buzzing. Practical hands-on honey Bee workshops run by “Bee Social Enterprise”.
We have joined up with the Charity Campaign for “Toilet Twinning”. Around our lovely little clean and beautiful compost children’s toilets we will be showing pictures of the awful conditions that a lot of children in the world have to endure for their toilets. The idea is to realise how lucky we are to have clean water and proper toilets, and how we have to help the rest of the world get them as well. Not only do we have to learn to look after the creatures of the planet, we also have to learn to look after all the people on the planet – more lives are saved every year through clean toilets than anything else. And more lives are lost each year through bad sanitation and dirty water than anything else.
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.
PERFORMANCE MARQUEE PROGRAMME
Dynamix – Wonderful, environmental games for children of all ages, and surfing.
Big Games and Sock Wrestling in the Arena – World Championships on Sunday afternoon.
The NEW Climbing Wall – this wall goes along and around, not up.
Old Fashioned Skill Games for all to enjoy. The Bowling Alley Championships.
Circus Skills, Hula Hoops and Spacehoppers, Board Games and Towers of Wood.
Impromptu Stories, Walkabout Omfra, and some very strange objects.
Stories, games and nature watching around the Oak Tree
ARTS AND CRAFTS
(see blackboards for specific times)
Banana Fish Crafts.
Wooden whistle making
Dark Age Jewellery and Amulets, Leather work .
Pottery – Plays with Clay.
Stick Men (and women).
OTHER ACTIVITIES – outside
Marvel in the Camera Obscura.
Cat in The Hat – kid-friendly café.
Pirate Games on The Cadmus, Open from 8 am – 9 pm each day.
Book Club – come and read to your heart’s content.
The Tardis – loads of good advice available for saving the people and the planet.
Hope you all have a great time!
Jos and the Green Kids Team.