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Land of Kids Festival: meerkats, seed bombs and drums

Bank Holiday Monday 6 May 12noon – 6pm

Picture by: Sonya Hurtado

We’re very pleased to be involved in Dalston’s new one day family festival Land of Kids taking place this Monday 6 May. Tickets to the festival which includes 10 venues on Ashwin Street and Abbot Street are available from landofkids.co.uk . As usual entrance to the Garden will be free and open to all and the weather looks set to make it a great event.

Here’s how the organisers describe this new festival:

“From the people behind the annual, multi-venue music and arts showcase Land of Kings, comes Land of Kids – a new one-day, part-indoor, part-outdoor family festival, bringing a world of curiosities to Dalston’s doorstep…”

‘Land of Kids’ is happening in venues in and around Ashwin Street, Dalston and is a ticket only festival, however they have organised an all day programme at the Garden which is free for everyone and here’s what children can get involved in:

Pop Up Petting Zoo – with Kigu Kids
Bringing the jungle to the junction at the bottom of the Garden… Your chance to cuddle up to meerkats, snakes, owls, pygmy hedgehogs and other cute creatures that like to be petted. Now there’s something you don’t get to do every day in the heart of Dalston!

Coffee Composting and Seedling Planting – with Ground to Ground
Come and learn about the myriad uses for coffee in the garden and plant and take away your very own seedling that you’ve potted into coffee compost.

Seed Bombing Workshop – with Guerilla Gardening
Join in a ‘Seed Bombing’ workshop with ‘Mobile Gardener’ Paul McGann, a real Guerilla Gardener who’ll show you how to make a flower seed bomb so you can create your own bombs to take away and throw into those hard to reach places in your local area that need greening up!

Drumming workshop
Learn some beats and percussions with Festival ‘junk drummers’! Using old plastic pots and pans to create a wonderfully rhythmic sound…

Soft Play Area – hosted by Nanny Network
For wee ones aged two and under, there’ll be a specially designated Soft Play Area in the Pineapple House – perfect for jumping around, unleashing some energy, and playing with big bold colours – its cushioned and soft and safe!

The Land of Kids will be happening near the Garden in and around Ashwin Street. Please note this is a ticket only one day event although all of the activities in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden are free. For more information about the programme outside of the Garden and to buy tickets please visit landofkids.co.uk

Children under the age of 10 should be accompanied by an adult.

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