The Fun Family Festival on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th August promises to be the perfect solution for anyone trying to entertain children during the summer holidays on a tight budget.
Paignton Library Supervisor Charlotte Harris-Sumner said: “We know the cost of living crisis is presenting a real problem for so many parents and carers of children during the summer. Keeping the youngsters entertained at home throughout the holidays can be extremely expensive. We hope our eclectic range of events are the answer to their prayers. Most are free or bookable with just a small donation (£1 – £3). And of course while the youngsters are in the library they can also borrow books to take home, join other groups, and sign up for our Summer Reading Challenge to keep up their reading skills.”
Both days run between 10am and 3pm, and include a wide range of free, bookable workshops and activities. Space on many of the workshops is limited, so booking via Eventbrite, by telephone on 01803 714460 or in the library is advised.
Friday 11th August
10 – 10.30am New Earth Mama crystal workshop. Come and discover how crystals are believed to balance everyone’s daily wellbeing. Booking required
10am – 2pm Star Wars Cosplay with South West Garrison. Princess Leia or R2-D2? Put on your best Star Wars fancy dress and come and enjoy photo opportunities with a host of characters including a life size Jabba the Hutt.
11am – 12pm Screen Printing Workshop. Join Chester for a fun workshop and take your designs home. Booking required.
11.30am – 12.30pm Music in the library from nine-year-old Elvis impersonator ‘King’ Cooper Worthington.
12.30 – 1.30pm Jal’s Beads Workshop. Jewellery making including wrap-around and zigzag bracelets made with beautiful beads which the participants can keep. Aged 8 and upwards. Booking required
1.30 – 2.15pm Sea songs and shanties in the main library from Brixham’s Missin’ Tackle.
2 – 3pm Stone Painting. Join Jess and have fun creating art on stones with acrylic pens and stencils. Bookable with a donation.
Saturday 12th August
10 – 11am Torbay Folk Choir Folk songs from England and around the world, sung in the library.
10 – 10.30am Children’s Dance Workshop with Ami Lauren. A fun workshop for children with music from the Disney classic ‘Encanto’. Booking required with a donation.
10.45 – 11.15am Street Dance Workshop with Ami Lauren. Great tunes and a chance to pick up some street dance moves. Suitable for all ages. Booking required
11.30am – 12pm Bollywood Dance Workshop with Ami Lauren. Experience the glitz and glamour of Bollywood. Recommended age 11+. Booking required with donation.
11 – 11.45am Comedy Juggling Show with Elfic the juggler, followed by a circus skills workshop for all the family between 12 and 1pm. Booking required
11am – 2pm STEM Science Experiments. Interactive science experiments with the Paignton Library Science Technology Engineering and Maths Club. Drop-in, no need to book.
11.30 – 1.30pm Balloon Modelling Cosmo the magician will teach you how to create something amazing with your balloon which you will then be able to keep! Booking required with a donation.
2 – 3pm Magic and Comedy with Cosmo the magician. No need to book.
Faces Glitz and Glam will be at the library on Saturday morning with face painting, festival glitter and glitter tattoos. There will also be stall holders and information stands on both days selling beautiful gifts and crafts, toys and games, plus a half price book sale and games to win great prizes.
The Fun Family Festival is part of an exciting seasons of creative events being rolled out by Libraries Unlimited in Devon and Torbay. Last year the charity secured a £720,369 grant from Arts Council England to boost its thriving programme of music, films, workshops and high-quality community events between 2023 and 2026. The ‘Get Creating!’ series of events encourages local communities to discover their inner artist and have fun. See what’s on at librariesevolve.org.uk/events.
Libraries in Devon and Torbay are run by Libraries Unlimited, an independent staff and community owned charity. Join up for free by filling in the online form at devonlibraries.org.uk or torbaylibraries.org.uk. Follow Libraries Unlimited on Facebook.
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