GREEN KIDS AREA – Where kids just want to have fun
The Green Kids Area is situated 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 LOVE, LIGHT AND LAUGHTER. In the world today it feels like these are pretty important things to promote: global education and happiness. And this year, we are encouraging everyone to help make Green Kids Field, Glastonbury, the first Smoke Free Festival Field in England (probably in the world)! There will signs and sand buckets around the area to help encourage people to stub-out before setting into the field – we are asking everyone to treat the kids and the field with respect.
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. There will be activities and events to amuse and entertain children of all ages, and a café and picnic area provided by Tom’s Toasties. The fantastic Baby Robotic Elephant will be on parade around the field. We are also welcoming Jacqueline Haigh with performances, workshops and entertainment in “The Secret Life of Things”.
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 and their wonderful bowling alley. On the music front we have a full array of DJ workshops: came and play with all the gadgets and gizmos, plus songwriting, rap and poetry and music performances with Barney and his crew. Plus performances by the Formidable Vegetable Sound System.
In the Games arena we have board games, jumping games, The Incredible Sock Wrestling (World championships Sunday afternoon), and we start each morning in the Performance Marquee with Gymnastics. There will also be a brilliant horizontal climbing wall that all ages and abilities can have a go on.
Once again, the Camera Obscura is back 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 having some very special things this year…
Chris Brown “Anne Bonny and the Battles at Fort Charles” is a miniature model show featuring detailed model sailing ships, a castle, a tavern and hundreds of toy soldiers. With a newly vamped soundtrack of music and sound effects, the story of how Anne Bonny the pirate Queen, out-witted the French and English, will be re-enacted by Major Harvey Wallbanger three times every day. This show is a unique visual and audio feast. Funny, historical, bizarre and piratical. There will be hangings, drownings, explosions, a polar bear who plays the piano and a small dog who knows where the treasure is hidden.
Barney DJ Skills The Green Kids Field will be providing DJ and Music-Making workshops in their Performance Marquee this year. Here, young aspiring musicians – whatever their ability – will be able to learn in any style how to spin the decks, sing, Rap, play guitar, drums, bass, keyboard, as well as explore all manner of music technology under the helpful supervision of the DJ Skills crew. Write a Rap in half an hour, give your confidence a boost or just jam along. No previous experience necessary, fun assured.
Living History Workshops will be rekindling skills from the past with a range of workshops for families, including Leather Bracelets, Pewter Jewellery, Woodwork, Weaving, Carved Chalk Pendants and Felted Festi Deely Boppers, plus the ever-popular ‘Hitting Things with Hammers’ for the little people.
Stick Men Workshops will be making stick men puppets using sticks, as well as moss, feathers, leaves and flowers. Watch these stick men come to life, full of character. No two ever the same! They’ve even been known to dance to some awesome bands at the festival! Hours of fun.
Ms Chameleon’s Mechanical Melodies Marvel as Ms Chameleon winds up her wind ups and spins tunes that will delight you (and your grandma). From the 20s to the war years, Ms Chameleon will get your toes tapping to some supreme swing from both sides of the Atlantic (be warned there may be some novelty numbers too). There’s no dubstep here, just a spring in your step as you shake and shimmy to the shellac sounds of Ms Chameleon’s Mechanical Melodies and her incredible mobile sound system… The Pramophone!
Ms Chameleon’s Incredible Flea Circus Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls of all ages, prepare yourselves to be AMAZED by the teeny tiny feats of these teeny tiny fleas! Ms Chameleon’s Incredible Flea Circus will knock your socks off! The crowds will “OOOOOHHHHH” as Penelope walks the dizzying tightrope, tens of centimetres off the ground! Ladies will SWOON as Hercufleas, the Strongest Flea in The Universe, moves objects hundreds of times his weight around the ring! And don’t miss Bob, the FANTASTIC high-diving flea, in his TRIPLE BACKFLIP SOMMERSAULT OF DOOM! Ms Chameleon and her exotic collection of American Fleas have sailed from the New World to DELIGHT and ASTOUND you in their latest World Tour. Audience members are encouraged to participate – new fleas always welcome to RUN AWAY with the Circus! Don’t miss out on the TINY THRILLS brought to you by these LITTLE LEGENDS of the Insect World!
Mr Pineapple Head performs vintage clown routines – slapstick deckchair, squeaky shoes – and visual wonders. Mr Pineapple Head appeals to kids and parents alike and reminds us in 2017 that clowns aren’t here to scare us but to uplift our spirits and make us laugh!
Arbor Antics Misspent Youth Area is proud once again to be in the Green Kids Field. We will be providing a 10 pin bowling alley, no electricity required and a selection of traditional games to suit any age or ability.
Jacqueline Haigh Workshops
The Secret Life of Things: an interactive workshop in which we build characters around everyday objects and improvise stories by bringing them together, exploring the secret lives that could be going on under our very noses. Bring an object and a passion to discover its secret life!
Get Fruity: The popular fruit puppetry show in which the audience get to eat their favourite characters! Previously performed at the Tate Modern, at the Stroud festival, and various London theatres.
The Real Miss Universe: A spoof beauty pageant show with audience interaction. Come dressed as your inner alien, tell us about your extraordinary home planet and reveal your plans for intergalactic peace. Anyone can come to perform or just watch – all ages and planets welcome.
We welcome a brand new Toddler Space provided by Claire and her team from One World Festival. This enclosed space is where little ones – ages 0 – 5 – and their parents can play and rest. There’s a sandpit, storytelling, toys and games as well as shady shelters to chill out in. Next door to Tom’s Toasties.
Comedy Club 4 Kids Do you want to be a stand-up comedian? Over the festival weekend, the Comedy Club 4 Kids workshops will take you through the process of coming up with material, honing it, and performing it onstage. We’ll cover joke-writing, storytelling and improvisation, teaching kids aged 7-15 how to find the funny in their own experiences and turn it into confidently-delivered stand-up and sketches. They might even get a chance to perform on stage somewhere.
Magpie Dragonteller is back in the Green Kids sanctuary for more adventures, how exciting! It’s wholly immersive theatre, storytelling adventure, for young and old. Come quest with him and adventure to the hidden realms. Come ﬁnd the Magpie and set sail for…
The Quest for the Faeryground: Following the footsteps of Fae, to a pixie party.
The Quest for the Gypsy King: Sharing stories of animals and their champions.
The Quest for the Fool and the Flying ship: In search of funny, frivolous and fancy.
Michael – The Pop-up Poet Performance poet and adventure storyteller, Michael James Parker, will be wandering the field looking for words. If he finds you, or you find him, you can write a poem with him, or he can write a poem with you, for you, maybe even about you. And if you would like to, you can come back and read it, perform it, play with it, under the tree at 4.30 each day.
Toilet Twinning 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.
Oak Tree – Poetry, Stories, Nature Watch, making things, songs and music and laughter. Games Arena – Sock Wrestling, Big Games, environmental games, gentle games.
Old Tyme Games – 32 ft x 4 ft bowling alley.
Baby elephant rides and robots
Mr Pineapple Head.
Ms Chameleon’s Mechanical Melodies
Formidable Vegetable Sound System
Arts And Crafts (see blackboards for specific times)
Dark Age Jewellery: Amulets, Leather work.
Pottery: Plays with Clay.
Stick Men (and women).
Hope you all have a great time!
Jos and the Green Kids Team.