Wild Child is London’s newest boutique children’s festival – by mums and dads, for the whole family. Bringing together the very best in arts activities, workshops and performances by a wide range of companies, many founded by London mums and dads themselves, Wild Child offers an alternative to larger, commercial, brand heavy festivals. Some event highlights include:
- Family dance parties with Bebop Baby’s very best Hip Hop beats, heavy funk, rare soul, dusty old jazz, obscuro funk and psych
- Trapeze, Tightrope and Juggling skills with the acrobatic Circus Dreams – even for the under 5s!
- Children as young as three can have a go at coding with Mama Codes in the STEAM Lab – introducing kids to coding through song, rhyme and storytelling, children of all backgrounds and learning styles are able to learn to code creatively with confidence, making full use of their bountiful imagination
- Immersive experiences including a Dinosaur Land where you can see baby dinosaurs hatching and a Magical Unicorn Meadow where little ones can have fun and games becoming experts in Unicornology
The Festival is made up of 10 arts inspired zones. Families are encouraged to visit the different zones and try something new together:
The Giggly Grove
Laugh out loud in the Giggly Grove with comedy shows and stand up.
The Magic Hollow
Become a magician and learn tricks to impress all your friends in fun magic workshops with El Baldiniho Magic.
The Wordy Wood
Help Little Folk Tales bring to life amazing stories from around the World and take part in workshops with inspirational authors & illustrators.
The Wellness Warren
Chill out in this peaceful holistic space with yoga, nature arts and mindfulness activities for the whole family to enjoy together with Seedlings Wellbeing.
The Little Top
Roll up to the Little Top and tightrope walk, fly on the trapeze skills or learn to juggle with fantastic workshops from Fantistiko.
The Bop Along Ballroom
Dance the day away in the Bop Along Ballroom learning new moves & grooves at family dance workshops ranging from Bollywood to Line dancing. See an exciting Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Princess and the Frog Ballets brought to you by the fantastic Lets All Dance.
The STEAM Lab
Get tech-savvy in the STEAM Lab where children as young as three can have a go a creative coding using song and rhyme with Mama Codes. Become a mini-professor with creative science & art workshops with Okido, create your very own story using the amazing Scribeasy storytelling app and engineer a Water Wall with characters from WUBL World the Water for Kids.
Follow the funky music to the Harmony Hideaway where BeBop Baby are hosting family dance parties with featuring a mix of funk, soul & jazz for families and Live Music from Mrs H and the Sing-along Band, The Dixie Ticklers, FUN DMC and Groove Baby. Make sure you wear your dancing shoes and bring the family for some day time beats and live music. They play rock and roll, soul, funk and Afrobeat, tunes to move those little feet!
Babes in the Burrow
For the tiniest festival-goers, we have designed an intimate Babes in the Burrow area. It features a magical sensory play garden, a creative edible messy play area with Grubby Bub, circus workshops with Circus Dreams and Baby Broadway & Baby Jazz concerts especially for 0-3-year-olds and their grown-ups. There will also be a cosy baby feeding and changing space.
Create a masterpiece in the Crafty Den with giant outdoor painting & funky arts and crafts including Festival Crowns, Dream Catchers, Pom Poms, Wacky Weaving, Water Pistol Painting, Giant Spirographs.
The Play House
Visit the Playhouse for theatre & puppet shows. Go on an adventure exploring a Dinosaur World with Tea Dance for Little People and have fun and games playing in the Unicorn Meadow with Skewbald Theatre.
Wild Child is founded by London mum and family arts producer Hayley Byfield, who wanted to create a children’s festival in the capital which prioritized arts and culture without being affiliated to big brands or television characters. She says “I wanted to bring together all the amazing unique creative workshops, performances and activities for families together in one exciting space. I’ve found that many great activities have actually been developed by parents who have found ways to share their creative talents with their own children and then developed businesses from this in areas like Circus, Music, Technology or arts and crafts. These parents are obviously extremely skilled in engaging children so these activities are the very best you can find. Wild Child Festival is also an opportunity for London families to enjoy the whole outdoor festival experience right here in the capital.”
Wild Child Festival
Trevor Bailey Sports Ground, Dulwich, London SE21 7LE
10am – 5pm daily (with gates open from 9am – 6pm)
Suitable for ages 0 – 11 years.
Early Bird Tickets from £20, Under 3s £5, Under 18 months Free
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