This weekend, the clever folk at the Southbank have teamed up with Black Country Atelier, (a Midlands workshop that produces 3-D prototypes) for two days of hands on workshops dedicated to making, mending and moving. There will be loads of great things to do from learning how to mend your bicycle (12 – 4pm on Saturday), to creating your own unique magazine. And if printing the magazine isn’t enough for a curious mind, then you can help build an actual printer too. All the workshops are free and don’t need to be booked – just drop in and see what you fancy, though if you are keen for anything specific, do arrive early as spaces are limited for some of the workshops (details of this are on the website). If you’d rather take a spectator’s role while your child is busy creating, there is plenty to see and watch, with experts doing what they do best and making clever things, and a display of the best of British manufacturing, both modern and old school.
A few highlights include:
Learn how to make your own App and Ebook (Foyer 2 of the Royal Festival Hall. Workshops start on the hour from noon onwards on both Saturday and Sunday and are suitable for kids ages six and over, click here for more details).
There’s a great print making workshop in the Clore Ballroom when you can customise your bag or cards using ready made stencils (provided) and a mobile printing press. (Drop in anytime between 11am and 3pm on Saturday or Sunday).
Kids 12 years old and older can learn to solder and connect up flashing LEDs, synthesisers and the like, as well as watching experts hack into ordinary electrical appliances and transform them into something totally other worldly. (Drop in workshops on Saturday, on the hour from 11.30am onwards in the Clore Ballroom. Click here for more info).
But do look at the website, as it all looks like a lot of fun and not what you’d usually do with your kids of a weekend. And if it’s hot and sunny make sure the kids bring their swimmers for a splash in Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s fabulous fountains, also at the Southbank – see here for more details about that.