Kids - let your creative spirit fly! As a safe and welcoming environment for families and children up to 12, Kidzone is the place where creativity, stories and entertainment abound.  Kidzone has a magical, festival atmosphere and to top it all off its absolutely free! Children take center stage in the WOMAD Kidzone with this years theme of Things With Wings. There will be a feast of creation celebrated in song, visual arts, movement, circus, story and performance, all shared through WOMAD Kidzone radio. Kids will develop their performance skills for the Kidzone Parade on Sunday evening.


What’s on Offer

Maori arts and Games with KAI (Ki-o-Rahi Akotanga Iho)
KAI will offer an invigorating journey into traditional Maori arts and ngaa taakaro (games) which reflect Maori values and philosophies. You’ll be in stitches playing high-energy games with the KAI youth leaders. Play koauaua (flute), weave gliders, kites and other treasures, and let them take flight during the peace dance. The KAI youth leadership team have travelled the world sharing their indigenous games and arts led by Harko Brown, our nation’s leading exponent of cultural games. Hang out and share stories with them during the freestyle sessions.

Taranaki Community Circus Collective
Come join the circus! The collective members are down to earth and know how to have fun. In the circus workshops you will learn the skills and tricks of the circus trade, from aerial silks, juggling, and hooping to balancing and acrobatics. Then you can put your new skills into play through performance. Leave the workshops with a set of juggling balls, fun skills up your sleeve, and a smile as wide as a circus ring. During freestyle sessions, hang out with the circus and practice your tricks.

The Ukulele Institute
Let your inner Rockstar out with Shane McAlister who puts the fun back into ukulele. With his faithful puppet band on hand, Shane offers a fun environment to bring ukulele to the world of music and dance. Strum the uke, blow the kazoo, bash out percussion lines, and sing along to fun and easy songs. Each session will end with a performance which builds up to the Kidzone Parade on Sunday evening.

The Travelling Tuataras
The Tuataras ignite the creative spark wherever they go, taking their inspiration from Maori mythology and the natural world to produce extraordinary parade art to wear and dance with in the WOMAD Kidzone Parade. At the Tuataras craft village your children can expect a creative adventure into bucket drumming, crafting and painting parade art. Awarded the 2016 NZ Children’s Arthouse Foundation Award 2016 - The Artists Most Contributing to Children, we are delighted to have the legendary Jill Walker and Brian Potiki back at WOMAD. 

Capoeira Mandinga Aotearoa
Capoeira Angola is a cultural martial artform from Brazil. It is a playful game of wit and strategy mixed with acrobatics, percussion, and song. Join the Capoeira Mandinga Aotearoa crew for a workshop, then watch the capoeira players in the 'roda', or circle, accompanied by traditional Afro-Brazilian instruments and songs.

Kidzone Access Radio with Pictures
Join Access Radios’ youth broadcasters – your stories of WOMAD will fly through the airwaves, broadcast live to the WOMAD Kidzone. Take a turn creating your own live interviews, or get in front of the camera and share your story.  Interviews will be recorded and turned into podcast to later be shared with participants via email, as a lasting momento from Kidzone.

Come and experience the wonder of magic in the Kidzone at WOMAD. Local magician Josh invites you to be entertained by amazing magic and quirky antics, in a show that is fun for the whole family!

Martin Baynton
Best known for his Jane And The Dragon series, Martin Baynton is an internationally acclaimed writer and illustrator of children's books with over 40 published titles. His latest picture book, Dragon Island, deals with the issue of confronting violence in a safe, child-centric way. Martin will be reading from his books here at Womad, but is also happy to talk to children, students and parents about their own writing. 

The Travelling Tuataras story-time
All the way from Rotoehu with their rainbow- coloured suitcases full of storytelling magic, the Travelling Tuataras are legendary fun-makers and performers who have enchanted thousands of children (and the young at heart!) with their unique mixture of storytelling, song and general merry-making.

Face Painting with the Magical Masquerade crew
A Kidzone favourite, our face painting team’s imagination explodes transforming your children into fantastic creatures, fantasy fairies or menacing monsters. Be in early – there is always a queue!

The Kidzone Parade
The WOMAD Kidzone parade is back! Your kids will feature in a roaming cornucopia where they can show off their drumming skills, Things with Wings creations, new songs, and circus tricks, trailed by a flock of kites! The parade will assemble at the Gables stage at 5:15pm, and will begin their march at 6pm. The parade ends at 6:30pm. Adults must accompany children during the parade. 






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