Ready for those pre-teenage kicks

Fantastic Mr Fox
Fantastic Mr Fox

ALL roads lead to Belfast’s Waterfront this weekend when Young at Art hold a series of exciting events at the venue as part of the Belfast Children’s Festival which opens today and runs until March 16.

Festival in a Weekend takes place at the Waterfront tomorrow and Sunday (March 10-11) and features a Ska-themed Baby Rave (at which the under 4s can shake it out on soft mats and cushions, beneath disco balls and to tunes from The Specials to Madness, mixed by a professional DJ); screening of a selection of animated films, including Fern Gully, Fantastic Mr Fox and Ponyo - a Japanese anime (cartoon) version of the Little Mermaid story; plus a selection of Arts & Play events including badge-making classes, art workshops. the chance to play with toy cars on the Helter Belter Sketlter race track, and a novel ‘Stare Wars’ competition at which young competitors see who will blink first.

There will be a celebration of World Book Day on March 10, with stories and readings in the Waterfront Studio.

Children and parents can gain access to all the Arts & Play events by purchasing the Arts & Play Family Passport.

The passport also grants entry to Debutots Early Years Drama - a unique blend of interactive story telling and dramatic play for ages two plus.

Lots of free events are taking place including the Festival in a Weekend Art Exhibition and Magic George’s Balloon Modelling and Magic Shows.

For more information on Festival in a Weekend events or to book tickets call the Waterfront box office on 02890 334 455 or visit For more information on all events and activities available during the Belfast Children’s Festival, March 9-16, visit