Roola Boola

On the school holidays my brother and I went to Roola Boola’s Hip Hop workshop. My Brother really, really enjoyed it. At home his favorite move is the pancake, which he loves to show every one.  We learnt other moves such as the snake, stomp body roll, wave  roller skating and some others. The age group was 4-10 years old but I think was more for a younger age group 3-7.

Roola Boola festival had other great activities during the school holidays. The Curious Game, Kapow, The Buzznicks as well as dance, circus, arts and craft workshops.

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The Winter Kids Festival at the Substation

Kids Winter Festival

The Winter Kids Festival had lots of entertaining things on. It was awesome I went 3 days in a row. I saw some great shows The Curious Game, The Magical Circus and The Listies (you can read my reviews below). There were readings at the bookshop, drawing competition and loads more things happening. I also enjoyed Mitchell’s magic tricks before the shows started. It was well organised and the Substation was a cool location for the festival. I hope there is a Spring Kids Festival for the next school holidays.

Thanks Mitchell for your magic tricks

The Listies

Rich me and Matt

Tayger’s List of The Listies

  • Hysterical
  • Rude
  • Disgusting
  • Cool
  • Gross
  • Whacky
  • Hysterical
  • Awesome
  • Silly
  • Funny
  • Weird
  • Hysterical
  • Must see The Listies again!

This is a SENSATIONAL, side splitting funny show for all ages. It was very noisy because the entire audience was laughing.  The Listies, Richard and Matt are a great comedy duo. Rich is very serious and Matt is very very silly. They taught us about interesting/boring animals, rude words, secrets about nanas, facts about icicle chickens and how to make “the Ultimate Sandwidj.” I have seen the List Operators before and I have not tired of their silliness. 10/10

The Magical Circus – Chris Morant

What is the magic word? If you answered abracadabra you are wrong. In the Magical Circus it is …….. PLEASE!

This show requires audience participation. We all participated in juggling huge cubes and some children were selected to help Chris carry out his tricks. It was educational. I learnt that can do the “floor show” and how to make a cracker disappear. Try this at home.

Things you need:

  • 1 cracker
  • 2 hands
  • imagination

Here is when the magic come in, put the cracker in one hand and pretend to put it in the other. Then say I am going to put some magic dust over the cracker. Start crumbling the cracker over your hand that they think the cracker is in. When the cracker is all crumbled up, open your hand that the cracker was supposed to be in and show that the cracker has gone, MAGIC.

I was impressed with the whip cracking. Chris is very talented and entertaining. My younger brother was selected as an assistant. He had a great time. I recommend this show for 2-7 year olds.

The Curious Game

Who likes games? Well there was an interactive show at the The Substation part of The Winter Kids Festival in Melbourne called The Curious Game. It is performed by a local theatre group called Born in a Taxi.

The Pawn, the Queen and the Knight

The costumes were whacky and amazing, just like the performance. There were 3 performers, a bossy Queen, a silly Knight and a devious Pawn. The stage was set up with a throne. They lay down a large chess board mat and invited audience members to come and play. The Queen tells  you to do some funny things and if you do it wrong you’re out. The winner got to sit on the throne. There was not much talking but we did have to make lots of different sounds. I learned early on that you had to bow to the Queen, otherwise you were pulled out of the audience and smacked, all in good fun. I laughed alot!

As part of the festival there were other activities as well – drawing competition, art gallery, bookshop, story telling and more.

The Queen and me

The Curious Game was a really really good show! I loved it so much I asked dad if I could go again and we did! I recommend The Curious Game for 5+.

I am 11

I saw I Am 11, a documentary by Genevieve Bailey. The film is currently showing at Cinema Nova, in Carlton.

The producers of the film interviewed 11 year olds  from 15 countries around the world. I Am 11 is about 11 year olds from all over the world telling you their perspective of the world and what it means to be 11.

The film was OK. A lot of the film was not in  English so we had to read subtitles. The subtitles were fast so it was hard for me to keep up  so I could only understand parts of it, which made the film boring in parts. The film was also very long.

I recommend this film for 10+.

I AM ELEVEN

I am 11

Softie Friends

In the holidays I went to Softie Friends at Artplay with Katie Evans. Katie ran the  sewing workshop with Monika. Firstly we chose our pattern (or made our own). I chose the owl. We selected our felt and fabrics for decorations. Katie talked about the different stitches we could use to sew our Softie Friends. I used running stitch. There were also different types of stuffing. Apart from the soft fluffy fill, there was paper and foam.

Tracing the pattern

Creating Bink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think putting it together, making it come to life was the best part of the workshop. Adding a face, eyes, nose and wings gave “Bink” her own personality.

Sewing

 

I could have stayed there all day sewing. This workshop has inspired me to make some more things. Katie showed us that you can make something from anything for example a circle could be used to make a cat. Katie has a great book called Little Things for Busy Hands.

 

Me and Bink

Everyone can enjoy this workshop and you don’t have to know how to sew!