Children takeover the city for free weekend of family fun

Posted: Sun, 06 Feb 2022 10:10

Children takeover the city for free weekend of family fun

Leicester will be transformed into the biggest children's playground this February when The Spark Festival takes over the city for a free weekend of family fun.

Families will be able to take part in exciting free activities at the city's cultural venues including print and art workshops, a kid's comedy club and disco, an amazing, augmented reality trail, yoga classes, poetry readings, dress up rooms and magic shows!

Central to the weekend will be a series of takeovers of some of the city's biggest cultural venues by school children at Curve theatre and Leicester Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday 12 February.

One such takeover is The Festival of Kindness, held at Curve, that will feature activities designed by children from Ash Field Academy and Mellor Community Primary School with the help of artist Sian W Taylor.

Planned activities include open mic joke telling with stand-up comedian Daniel Nicholas, a DJ Party with live set from DJ Polky spinning a playlist of joy sparked by the children from the schools and a Joy Booth where visitors will be gifted a small gift of joy including musical performances, a piece of art, a joke or a recipe for the best sandwich in the world!

Upstairs at Curve (via the secret elevator) will be a Joy Room, chill out area and a magic space with photographer Samuel Kirby. A dress up zone, and a room covered entirely with paper for drawing or to simply to relax and perhaps pop some bubble wrap!

Across the city you will find The Fantastic Festival of Fun, held at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery. There will be a host of original activities designed by pupils from Mayflower Primary School and Falcons Primary School with the help of artist Rachel Scanlon. Activities include tricks by roaming Magician Adam Chappell, Virtual Reality sessions with Phoenix Arts, 'Poems to Go' with Poet John Berkavitch, Yoga sessions, origami workshops as well as an Art and Music Trail.

There's no need to book to attend – just drop in at any point between 11am and 3pm.

Trina Haldar at The Spark Festival commented: "We are so excited to bring you The Spark Festival 2022. The ambition for this year's programme is to experience the extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary and to ignite the imaginations of children. How we will do this is by offering high quality artistic performances and activities that reflect our incredible city. We are proud to present a festival that truly represents the vibrancy of Leicester, where everyone is welcome to come together and celebrate being themselves."

Other drop-in events across the city as part of the The Spark Festival Family Day include:

There are also pre-bookable family activities to enjoy, including:

  • The Undiscovered Island at Attenborough Arts Centre, Sat 12 Feb 12 - 5pm & Sun 13 Feb 12pm – 4pm
  • Paper Play at Pork Pie Library, Sat 12 Feb 11.30am – 3.30pm (pre-booking required)
  • Paper Play at St Barnabas Library, Sat 12 Feb 11.30am – 3.30pm (pre-booking required)
  • Family Fun at The BRITE Centre, Sat 12 Feb which includes a fun filled day of live music and fantastic free activities for all the family to enjoy! 11.30am – 3.30pm (pre-booking required)
  • Sunday fun day at Belgrave Library on Sun 13 Feb which includes an extraordinary day of storytelling, movement and arts activities for all the family to enjoy. Limited spaces so book early to avoid missing out.

For the full low down on all the weekend's activities visit

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