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Fun and activities for little ones and big 'uns too

June 27, 2013


1 Arts & Crafts with Dobby 9:30am to 3pm each day. Come and try your hand at making badges, flags, puppets and jewellery or simply let your imagination run wild on the scrawl wall.

1 Baby Sensory 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm each day. 20 minute classes aiming to build up a vocabulary of sensory experiences to enhance physical contact (massage, reflexology, touching, cuddling and rocking) between parent and baby, as well as help promote the development of speech through the use of sign language, music, songs and puppets.

Boxed In 9:30am to 3pm each day This activity is based on unstructured play and will provide children and carers with the opportunity to create whatever their imagination leads them to.

Expect creations from tunnels and cribs to castles, buses and ships.

Bug Bazaar by The Fairyland Trust 9:30am to 3pm each day Within the fairies' decorated tent come and marvel at the beauty of insects. Using safe craft materials make a cuddly caterpillar finger puppet, a sparkling bug bangle to wear or a fluttering butterfly or moth that you can play with.

Chelmsford Museum 9:30am to 3pm each day, plus story sessions at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm. Chelmsford Museum offers hands- on fun with an opportunity to handle and explore historical artifacts showing the way people used to live. They will also be running sessions throughout the day based on stories and rhymes that link to a museum object.

3 Club Dinks presented by Firstsite 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm Club Dinks is for all pre-school children and their grown-ups, with Proper DJ Stereofreakz, a chill out zone, colour and art. The tent is set up like a rave, with old skool choons played by a real DJ. The music is enhanced by a dance area with tactile and day-glo objects, and a chill out area where little ones can express themselves through an art activity and creative play.

2 Creation Station, Get Ready Club and Babysign 10.10-10.40 Babysign 10.50-11.10 Creation Station 11.20-11.50 Babysign 12.00- 12.20 Get Ready Club 12.30-12.50 Creation Station 1.00-1.30 Babysign 1.40-2.00 Get Ready Club 2.10-2.30 Creation Station 2.40-3.00 Babysign Creation Station provides Little Explorers arts and crafts classes for both boys and girls. They are educational and fun, and children are encouraged to use their imagination thereby increasing their confidence and having great fun in the process.

Get Ready Club encourages your child to develop skills for school. Fun parent and child group activities to improve motor skills and independence.

Babysign teaches you how to communicate with your baby using easy to learn signs before your baby can speak. Using Babysign also encourages earlier speech and a wider vocabulary.

4 Dance Workshop Tent: 10.30-11.00 Streetlife Dance 11.30-12.00 Streetlife Dance 12.15-12.45 Babyballet 1.15-1.45 Babyballet 2.15- 2.45 Babyballet Streetlife Dance lets your toddler or preschooler enjoy learning some street dance moves to the latest funky sounds, improving their coordination, rhythm and confidence at the same time.

Babyballet offer pre-school ballet classes for boys and girls from six months to five-years-old. Their classes are specially designed in a way that children can learn the basics of ballet but in a fun and imaginative way.

Dinky Dragons 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm Dinky Dragons is a non- contact, non-violent form of karate for 2 to 4-year-olds. These 30 minute sessions cleverly combine fun and learning, whilst maintaining the ethos of traditional karate (respect and discipline). Some of the skills that your child will gain from a Dinky Dragons class include, balance and co-ordination, listening skills, self discipline and basic pre-school learning.

Football for Mini Kickers hosted by Allstar Soccer School Drop in activity 9:30am to 3pm each day Allstar Soccer School is affiliated with the Essex F.A and will be introducing football to children in a fun environment allowing them to partake in simple football activities such as dribbling, passing and shooting.

GlastonBabies by Adam Amor Repeated hourly from 10am 20 mins - Multiplay access to Activity Worlds equipment with live music 30 mins - Leader-led music/dance/drama activities 10 mins - Multiplay access to 'Activity Worlds' equipment without live music GlastonBabies - freewheeling musical and performing arts fun for your little one.

This year's 3foot People Festival experience sees Adam combine his high-quality and imaginative leader-led interactive show with a completely new range of ingenious interactive play environments.

Glitter Tattoos and Mini Manicures by Phoenix Holistic Beauty Drop in activity 9:30am to 3pm each day Fun & Exciting Glitter Temporary Tattoos that are safe for use by Children - CE Approved products. There will be a variety of fun tattoo designs available for girls, boys and parents/carers, plus mini manicures, hand massage treatments also available for carers/parents.

1 Gymnastics with Chelmsford Gym Club Drop in activity 9.30am to 3pm each day Learn to walk along the beam - swing and circle the bars - run and jump on a springboard and learn how to do forward and backward rolls down a soft wedge. There will be lots of gymnastic equipment to investigate and play with as well as qualified coaches on hand to advise parents.

2 Handimals with Valerie Osment Drop in activity 10am to noon and 1pm to 3pm Create a unique hand imprint onto fabric that's turns into a Handimal - a handprint that looks like an animal - before your very eyes. Sign and date your artwork with 3D fabric paint and then your one-of-a-kind original will be ready to take home.

Hartbeeps & Tiny Sing 10.00 - 10.30 Babybells by Hartbeeps 10.50 - 11.20 Babybeeps by Hartbeeps 11.40 - 12.10 Happy House by Hartbeeps 12.30 - 1.00 Tiny Sing 1.30 - 2.00 Tiny Sing 2.30 - 3.00 Tiny Sing Hartbeeps challenges accepted definitions of baby and toddler music classes.

They use state of the art music production, original music composition, sound effects, songs and sound plays, lighting effects, innovative props and puppetry, together with a vast array of multi- sensory techniques.

Tiny Sing introduces your child to music with activities that encourage marching, rolling, tapping, clapping, and moving to the beat.

Sing songs that go along with simple hand motions or dance moves, including jazzed-up nursery rhymes, modern pop tunes and their own funky self-penned songs.

High Chelmer & Ideas Hub 9.30am - 3.00pm The Ideas Hub artists and creative team have joined together with High Chelmer Shopping Centre to present a variety of contemporary and interactive art and crafts to inspire visitors of all ages and abilities to try something new, some a bit sticky, some a bit messy, some just lots and lots of fun but all inspiring.

In the Picture - exploring stories with Just Imagine 9.30am - 3pm Drop in each day. Step into a world of stories with the Just Imagine Story Team who will be joined by some of your favourite authors. Help us bring the stories to life with singing, drawing, printing, playing and maybe some dancing too.

J's Hospice 9.30am - 3.00pm Drop in each day for balloon modelling and information about J's Hospice plus 15 minute Little Rascals sessions at: 10.00am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 12.45pm, 1.30pm, 2.15pm Rascals offer fun and funky classes that will inspire confidence, character and creativity in every child giving them skills that they are able to use in all aspects of their lives. Their disco and dance parties are great fun and have guest's talking for weeks.

Kiddimoto Balance Bikes 9.30am - 3.00pm Drop in each day. Children from the age of 2 (or younger ones with a sense of balance) will be able to ride balance bikes around the inflatable track. Balance bikes are bikes without pedals or brakes. They build confidence, balance and spatial awareness in children, and provide the ideal first steps towards riding a big bike.

Little Scrummers 9.30am - 3.00pm Drop in each day.

Little Scrummers Rugby is an exciting idea based on non-contact rugby for boys and girls aged 2 to 6 years, which not only encourages them to have fun and play sport, but work as a team and share.

2 Little Stars Theatre Workshops 9.45 - 10.15 Melody Bear 10.30 - 11.00 Singing Starlets 11.15 - 11.45 Melody Bear 12.00 - 12.30 Singing Starlets 12.45 - 1.15 Melody Bear 1.30 - 2.00 Singing Starlets 2.15 - 2.45 Melody Bear Does your child love singing, acting and dancing? These sessions are high energy, exciting and lots of fun. Our Melody Bear Classes teach movement fundamentals and our Singing Starlets Classes work on speech language and communication skills.

Mad Science 10.00am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.00pm Spark your Mini Mad Scientists mind, as they learn about the Colours of the Rainbow, are amazed by Floating Balls & Objects, Meet Eggburt the Egg & have fun with the Air around them.

Lots of fun, hands on interactive experiments to join in with, make sure you see one of our 30 minute shows during your visit.

Mini Marsh Farm Drop in activity 9.30am - 3.00pm each day with 15 minute petting sessions every half hour from 10.00am.

Meet the animals at the Mini Marsh Farm marquee. Some of your farmyard favourites as well as our pesky pets will be on display all day. Get up close with some of our smaller furry friends (set times) in the pet handling area.

2 Monkey Tots Soft Play 9.30am - 3.00pm each day. Come and try Monkey Tots soft play equipment that will keep your little ones entertained in a safely soft environment. Sessions will last approximately 10 minutes.

1 Music & Movement 1 9.45 - 10.30 Jo Jingles 10.40 - 11.10 Caterpillar Music 11.20 - 11.50 Gymboree 12.00 - 12.45 Jo Jingles 12.55 - 1.25 Caterpillar Music 1.35 - 2.05 Gymboree 2.15 - 3.00 Jo Jingles offers really fun music and movement sessions for babies and children up to 5 years and provides quality time for parent/carer and child. There are no experiences as rewarding as those you do with your baby and child.

Caterpillar Music sessions are amazing fun with music, action songs, puppets, instruments and exciting activities - a creative learning experience for babies and young children offering a unique introduction to music.

Gymboree are fun, interactive classes for babies and children from a few months old to 4 years old.

The Pirate's Art Cannon Arts and crafts all day and cannon firing at set times Ahoy thar! This be a place where little pirates can make treasure and take it home or perhaps fire it from a cannon. There is something creative and destructive all in one! A mischievous place that's perfect for any aspiring little pirate.

2 Music & Movement 2 9.50 - 10.20 Do Re Minis 10.35 - 10.55 Sprites with Talking Tots (1-2 years) 11.10 - 11.30 Sing & Sign 11.45 - 12.15 Do Re Minis 12.30 - 12.50 Sprinters with Talking Tots (2-3 years) 1.05 - 1.25 Sing & Sign 1.40 - 2.10 Do Re Minis 2.25 - 2.55 Sparklers with Talking Tots (3yrs+) Do Re Minis is a fun 30 minute session of singing, movement, puppets, instruments and more for babies and toddlers. Meet Rainbird who lives in the land of rainbows and will introduce your little one to musical theatre, nursery rhymes, pop songs and kids classics, assisting with their creative, intellectual, artistic and social skills.

Talking Tots classes offer an exciting opportunity to help pre- school children develop important communication skills during their early years, skills that are vital for when they eventually start big school.

Sing & Sign encourages your baby with extra signs like milk, more, change nappy or tired will help your baby communicate. Your baby will recognise important words sooner and can use the signs to talk to you before speech.

Natural Foundations 9.30am - 3.00pm Drop in each day. Come and meet the woodcutter and the fairy who will take you on a journey through the river, the woods, the long grass and the muddy swamp. When you safely make it back come and relax in the den area where you can lie down in the tent for a rest, cook your tea or even build your own shelter.

1 Show Tent 1 9.45 - 10.15 Marionette Show 10.30 - 11.10 Imagination Station Puppet Show 11.40 - 12.10 Marionette Show 12.25 - 1.10 Knights & Princesses Adventure 1.40 - 2.10 Marionette Show 2.15 - 3.00 Nursery Disco Marionette show - An exciting version of a traditional folk tale presented by Moving Stage.

Knights & Princesses Adventure & Nursery Disco by Caza's Parties - Join Caza on her interactive adventures, full of music, dance, drama, bubbles and of course a little imagination.

Imagination Station - Join the Dingy Dangle Scarecrow in the magical garden as he tries to stop the very hungry caterpillar from eating all veggies but the mini beasts are worried, where has caterpillar gone? And what is that thing hanging on the leaf? 2 Show Tent 2 10.15 - 10.45 Tomorrow's Talent 'Move & Groove' 11.05 - 11.50 Big Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Plus by Booster Cushion 12.10 - 12.40 Tomorrow's Talent 'Move & Groove' 1.00 - 1.45 Big Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Plus by Booster Cushion 2.05 - 2.35 Tomorrow's Talent 'Move & Groove' - An interactive show for preschool children and their carers, the show is a unique opportunity for children to watch and join in with professional performers on an exciting and fun journey through song and dance.

Big Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Plus by Booster Cushion - The story has the Bears join with other forest animals to escape from Goldilocks. They've heard of the Animal Rescue Centre (ARC) and plan to take a trip on a boat to free themselves of Goldilocks. The Big G wanders off from her parents and goes into the bear's house, hungry, grumpy and tired.

Small Wonders Commissions Small Wonders is a national commissioning, action research and professional development initiative creating high quality, outdoor work for the under 5s.

Little Artist: Big Painting (Monday & Tuesday) 10.45am, 12.30pm, 2.15pm Join Commotion Dance in a world of magical movement and daring dance. Watch as the dancers create a visually striking, larger than life painting through a colourful mixture of dance, paint and music.

Little Universe (Wednesday & Thursday) 11.30am, 1.00pm and 2.30pm Created by Fevered Sleep. From the biggest of galaxies to the smallest things in the world, Little Universe reveals the patterns and movements that set everything in motion. Visually striking and playful Fevered Sleep presents a brand new performance for 3 - 5 year olds, created especially for the outdoors.

Soft Play People 9.30am - 3.00pm Drop in sessions each day. 1 Come and try the soft play equipment that will keep your little ones entertained in a safely soft environment. There are separate areas for under 2s and over 2s.

Storytelling Tepee with Mike Dodsworth 10.00am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 12.45pm, 1.30pm, 2.25pm Well-loved tales crafted for the under 5s and their carers in these 20 minute sessions. Told with sparkling energy these interactive performances are designed to be memory making moments. Catch Mike tell different stories throughout the day so that you can visit more than once.

1 Theatre Workshop Tent 10.15 - 10.45 Broadway Babies 11.00 - 11.30 Broadway Babies 11.45 - 12.15 Imagination Station 12.30 - 1.00 Broadway Babies 1.15 - 1.45 Imagination Station 2.00 - 2.30 Broadway Babies introduce the magic of musical theatre to our toddlers by teaching them simple routines to songs from all the best musicals. Singing in the Rain, Les Mis, Annie, Barnum, Mary Poppins and many more. Props, costumes and even sparkly hats are provided to bring out the performer in your child.

Imagination Station - Ye ha partners calling all cowboys and cowgirls it's time to mosey to the ranch and get set for an adventure, we have to saddle up our horses and drive the cattle all the way to grandma's farm.Let your imagination run wild as we play cowboys, sleep under the stairs and pretend to get grits.

Toot Cornettos Story & Playtime 10.30am to 2.30pm Swim into Coral Ridge and say toot, toot to Toot Cornetto, Miss Tutt tut, Postie Pop alot and an Ocean of friends.

Travels with Granddad by Pickled Image 12.00pm to 12.40pm, 2.00pm to 2.40pm Cuddle up around the campfire as Granddad regales you with tales of greedy goblins, grumpy trolls, sneaky princes, a giant pair of underpants and a daring escape from a hungry shark.

2 Tumble Tots 10.00 - 10.20 walking-2 s 10.30 - 10.50 2-3 years 11.00 - 11.20 3-5 years 11.30 - 11.50 walking-2s 12.00 - 12.20 Gymbabes 1.00 - 1.20 Gymbabes 1.30 - 1.50 walking-2s 2.00 - 2.20 2- 3 years 2.30 - 2.50 3-5 years. It's all about climbing, crawling, rolling, balancing, bouncing, hanging, swinging, singing and much more. We'll be running 20 minute age-appropriate taster sessions so check out the age group times and please book early.

Upswing - Aerial Silk Cocoon Drop-in workshop 11am-2pm each day. A fantastic opportunity for your child to have a go at flying! Silk Cocoon is a hammock like structure, made of a soft silk-like material, which operates like a very flexible swing. Children can get into it (with carers if necessary) or the more adventurous participants can be taught basic cocoon skills, which might involve hanging upside down, flying or spinning...

3 A Chance to Meet Beaulieu Bear with New Hall Preparatory School Throughout, 9.30am - 3pm each day. At the New Hall Preparatory School tent there will be fun activities for children of all ages, including colouring and wellie-peg making, while the grown-ups can meet with staff from New Hall Pre-Reception and the Admissions Department to discuss the admissions process. Beaulieu Bear will be walking around the festival with balloons and bear hugs all day.

Also running throughout the day to entertain you and your little ones will be: An open air music stage featuring performances from The Singalong Band, Felsted School''s Steel Band and graduates from the Royal College of Music including Chi-Hoi Cheung (piano), Steven Hickey (guitar), Agnieszka Pluta (piano), Graeme Thewlis (piano), Plumeria String Quartet and Exchanging Blows (clarinet/saxophone).

Face painting by Follies in a dome and in the Meadows Shopping Centre Hexagon tent A giant sand pit Children''s vintage rides The Water Tree Advice for Carers Information and activities from parent advice groups, Seymour House Day Nurseries and New Hall School.

The 3foot People Festival facilities Toilets Nappy and nursing tent Information Gate First Aid Drinking Water Cafe Please note: Programme and map are subject to change

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