With poetry by Dommy B, a funky music festival for little ones and four family fun days, Summer at Z-arts offers something for everyone! Find out what else is happening this season…
There’s a marvellous May in store with AAAAAAAAAAAAAGH Dinosaurs! (Saturday 19 May). An upbeat, interactive poetry show from multi award-winning poet Dominic Berry, aka Dommy B, this show for ages 5+ follows a young troll girl who finds herself defending the town from a gang of destructive, deadly dinosaurs!
In May half-term we’ll be blasting off from Planet Earth to spend the week exploring outer space through drama, movement and dance in Out of this World our holiday activity for ages 6-10. And on Wednesday 30 May the whole family can get intergalactic at our free Milky Way Family Fun Day where there’ll be a chance to see the night sky brought to life in the Daresbury StarLab mobile planetarium!
As we roll into June you’ll have to check your oxygen, adjust your space suit and buckle up for the biggest mission of your life! Following five-star rave reviews, Oxford Playhouse’s One Small Step comes to Z-arts on Saturday 2 June for a fast, full-throttled trip to the moon.
On Saturday 23 June we’ll be at Manchester Central Library for The Ministry of Lost & Found. An immersive adventure for the whole family, The Ministry of Lost & Found is full of strange and wonderful characters who you can meet and help in their search for something special. Lose yourself within the walls of Central Library as you make, play, and find adventures!
On Sunday 17 June we’ll be flying back down to earth with Tidy Up. A vibrant, upbeat, and interactive dance show for ages 3 upwards, Tidy Up explores order, chaos, and how amazing it is to embrace both! This joyful, silly and larger than life dance show is a stimulating, interactive journey infused with colour and laughter. There will be a relaxed performance of Tidy Up at midday on Sunday 17 June as well as a Z-access Family Fun Day, designed especially for families with disabilities or additional needs.
Time to get those vocal chords warmed up! Tiny voices and their grown-ups can welcome in World Music Day on Thursday 21 June with a music session and sing song with Z-arts’ resident musician and Z-arts’ Youth Music Coordinator Tsana.
And the grooving continues on Saturday 30 June with Artful Playground’s Minifest at Z-arts. An immersive musical experience for children aged 2-9 and their families, Minifest has original songs written to stimulate young imaginations and get the whole family up and moving. Expect a whole host of musical styles ranging from rock ‘n’ roll, to gypsy jazz and rap. The fun doesn’t stop there as there will also be a family fun day at Z-arts for all ages on the same day. So, bring your mini ones, get some festival vibes and do the steam train conga ‘till you drop!
There’ll be giggles aplenty as with Comedy Club 4 Kids on Saturday 14 July presenting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit for children aged 6+ and their families… without the rude bits! It’s just like a normal comedy club, but it’s on in the day, kids are allowed in, and thus there is a higher than usual chance of heckles like “why is that your face!?”
Hulme is the place to be this July! On Saturday 21 July join us as we head to Hulme Community Garden Centre for food, music, craft stalls aplenty, and frolicking among the flowers. There’ll be activities for kids all afternoon and a bar for the grown ups! The following week on Saturday 28 July we’ll be back at Z-arts for a jam-packed Hulme is Where the Art is Fun Day full of accessible arts and crafts activities to inspire, entertain and engage! You can even finish off the day with a performance of the hilarious and surreal Climb That Tree by the award-winning songwriter David Gibb.
School may be out for Summer, but Z-arts certainly isn’t! Become a ‘green’ conscious superhero with Captain Planet (Monday 23 – Friday 27 July) for ages 6-10. Over the course of the week try different arts activities that are themed to the environment, from upcycling to natural pigment painting. Those that attend the whole week can even gain their very own Carbon Literacy certificate!
And if you’ve always thought drama was all about clowning around, this time you’re right. The Circus is Coming to Town on Monday 23 July – Saturday 4 August. A fun and colourful week of activities for ages 11+, work with professional performers from the world of mime, street theatre and circus to perfect your skills and perform unusual theatre in an unusual space.
August will also see the return of Z-arts’ Creative Picnics (Monday 20, Wednesday 22, Friday 24 August), fun-filled mornings of creative activity centred on the theme of hedgehogs, with different sessions featuring music, dance, and crafts. Afterwards, you can join Z-arts for a relaxing lunch either at Z-arts or at Hulme Park (weather permitting!)
It’s set to be a red hot summer at Z-arts, so don’t miss out!