Super Summer

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The summer holidays saw a fun packed schedule, with activities taking place all over the District.

Summer Activities 16

Dancing round the district

Children learnt a whole range of dances in the ‘Dance like a Dinosaur’ workshop at North Weald Village Hall, Tuesday 26 July. Based on Jane Clarke and Lee Wildish’s book Dance Together Dinosaurs participants were getting ready for a competition and tried their claws at the tango, ballet, breaking dancing, disco and samba.

They made some fang-tastic dinosaur masks and performed a small routine for parents.

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Kids were moving and grooving at Budworth Hall, Ongar in our ‘Street Dance Crash Course’ led by Hip Hop Pop dancer Jenny Bater.

Street dance crash course

Dancers learnt hip hop moves like Bartman, Smurf, Tip Tap Toe and the Melbourne Shuffle as well as break dancing moves W Drop, Thread and Rolling Tread, which all tied up in a great routine performed to family and friends.

A packed workshop of 30 children worked very hard at our new musical theatre workshop; ‘Musical in a Day’ to learn and perform three songs, from Tim Minchin’s hit West End musical Matilda based on Roald Dahl’s beloved book, as well as the accompanying choreography and two scenes.

Teddy Bear Tales

Theydon Bois Village Hall was filled to the brim with bears on Wednesday 28 July as Freehand Theatre performed their latest show, Frogs, Snails and Teddy Bear Tales.

Bear was having terrible sleeping with all the excitement of his birthday the next day.  The audience brought along their teddy bears to enjoy the show too and were wowed by a season changing washing line and a monster picnic basket.

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Audience members said: ‘Beautiful production. Wonderful story and the children were mesmerised’

‘Most enjoyable and enchanting’

‘A Lovely sweet show with excellent use of laundry’

More bears came to visit the district at Loughton Library on Thursday 4 August for Booster Cushion Theatre’s wacky production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears Plus.

All told through a giant book and physical humour, the show was a hit with all ages.

Audience members said: ‘Great fun.  My 3 year old giggled through it all as did my 7 year old and me!’

‘Really wonderful show, very funny and kids were really entertained.’

‘Very funny and entertaining for all ages, thoroughly enjoyed it.’

Getting creative

Over the holidays children got to channel their inner artists, in new workshop for 2016 ‘discover your Inner Artist’.

Taking inspiration from the collection at Epping Forest District Museum, children learnt about;

  • Artist William Morris
  • Create classic ancient Chinese willow patterns
  • Design and create their own short stories,
  • Design fabric using silk

The ‘How to Draw’ workshop was taken to the next level with ‘How to Draw More’, which explored the world of drawing a bit further by drawing in different ways using: tiny pencils, pencils on the end of long sticks, with their shut and in the hand they don’t normally draw with.

The children got to study Henry Moore’s drawing of a sheep and experiment with different techniques and used tips and tricks they learnt from the ‘How to Draw’ as well as discovering new ones.

‘How to Paint’ returned this year, with watercolour and acrylic, which explored different effects of watercolour and texture of acrylic paint.

At ‘Be an Animator’ children spent the day making their own clay models and stories to turn into a short animated film.

There was a wide range of characters and stories including; snakes fighting amongst the leaves, a multi-coloured giraffe crossing a river and water squirting elephant.  All the short films are currently being edited into one and will be available to view in a few weeks.

In ‘Be a Textile Artist’ at the newly refurbished Epping Forest District Museum, children got to experiment with printing on to fabric, applique and designing their own patterns taking inspiration from the museum’s collections.

Families had great fun at the drop-in sessions, held at the both Epping Forest District Museum and Lowewood Museum, experimenting with clay, printing and model making.  Over 200 people attended the Family Fun Day held at both museums and enjoyed puppet shows and willow weaving, African drumming and mask making.

Travel with the museum passport

The Passport Project returned this summer encouraging families to visit new museums, to take part in activities and get their passports stamped. This year even more museums from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex were involved in the project.

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