Calling all kids, or anyone else who wants to make sock puppets and get their face painted: In the Soil is once again going to be packed full of fun and free activities, including music workshops, crafts, theatre, and more! Saturday April 29 is the day for families, with theatre and workshop programming for all ages at the St. Catharines Central Library. Be sure to also check out ongoing events at the Festival Hub and around downtown all weekend! Here’s a taste of what’s in store:

Carousel Players will be showing a workshop performance of their new play Boys, Girls, and Other Mythological Creatures, set to tour schools through April and May. Characters Simon and Abby play dress up and make believe, fighting dragons and turning into mythical beasts, while Simon’s brother Zach has concerns about all this fairy tale business. With themes of imagination, self-expression, gender, and friendship, Boys, Girls, and Other Mythological Creatures is a funny and honest comedy about our ability to imagine and transform.

The Philip and Lucinda Dino-Show

Clown duo Philip and Lucinda will be performing The Philip and Lucinda Dino-Show Saturday morning. Performers and writers Zita Nyarady and Myque Franz combine elements of clown, circus arts, mask, and Commedia Dell’arte in their acrobatic dinosaur adventure. Birdwatchers Philip and Lucinda discover both a book full of dubious facts about dinosaurs and a mystery, and embark on a hilarious Jurassic quest. Be sure to catch this show before Philip and Lucinda embark on another quest, performing in summer festivals across Canada!

All weekend long the Festival Hub will be a-buzz with free family activities and workshops. The Interactive Village is back, with Summer Collective’s Cardboardland Creature, face painting, craft workshops, and more. The PuppetComputer, operated by MeatPuppet Devon James, will be dispensing wisdom to those brave enough and Play: Four Square will transform James St. into a large playground, with a series of recess-reminiscent activities to engage adults and children alike in community play. And, of course, the Massive Band Parade led by music director Joe Lapinski will convene at the Central Library on Saturday at noon for a music-making workshop before setting out on parade to the Hub.

From In the Soil 2016

Tons of other music, art, and theatre events – including a bunch of this year’s RHIZOMES – are also friendly for audiences of all ages, so check out our family scheduling for more info.