This weekend my two girlfriends, (with their most adorable, cheeky children) joined us for a play at the Storystock Festival. We joined the talented crew from Okido, and the charming Claire (founder of the festival) at The Saatchi Gallery (Education Room) having pre-booked our £10 weekend pass. We had a very relaxed, creative and ‘happy go lucky’ day of animal card making, story-telling, pigeon chasing (very important past time whilst eating lunch outside the gallery) followed by the kids enjoying the alternative anti-audio guide around the Pangaea Exhibition.
The creative team from Okido magazine (see a piece of the Okido-action above) and Claire and her girls could not be more accommodating. They were endlessly helpful, sweet and generally thankful that we made the time to be there. They were happy to be sharing their wonderful event with every child, grand-parent and coat holder (otherwise known as parent) that made the effort to join in. The kids and us girls really did make the whole day fun, so much though I am tempted back for the Easter weekend. We were so pleased with ourselves having learnt how to make simple and smart animal cards, that we celebrated with a glass of wine for each of us, whilst the children ate their picnic supper of bread-sticks and kit-kats (essential nutrients for growing children you know).
The festival are also running daily workshops for the rest of the holidays. They are split into ages 4-7 years, 7-13 years, and the anti-guide is for ages 4-144! (see the schedule link below or check their @storystockfest for info of which workshops are selling fast). To find out more about OKIDO magazine, here is a little info from a no.1 fan.
“…Brilliant. Utterly intelligent and interactive” – Okido’s My Big World Book
OKIDO, is a science and arts magazine for kids. It is the brainchild of multimedia designer and scientist, Dr Sophie Dauvois and illustrator Rachel Ortas, and is beautifully illustrated by contemporary artists and designers. It is designed for children aged 3-8, but they won’t be offended if it ends up in Mum’s hand bag on the way to work. The magazine is published every 2 months by OKIDO Studio, and can be purchased in independent stockists or you can subscribe for a year of 6 issues for £24 +P&P. Their books, prints and doodle books are all totally fantastic, and I promise, you will feel great giving them as presents to any curious child and family.
Workshop Tickets : Priced individually, check via the festival website, or read on the schedule link : story stock. Look out for Comic Book drawing (15/4), Rap with MC Story (17/4) El Dorado modelling (22/4) and Art is Rubbish junk modelling and more with the crafters from Buttonbag as a finale on 27/4).
Weekend Pass : £10 per child on weekends and entire Easter weekend : Every hour another story and another activity. Do as many as you can 1100-1600! Pass holders can also do a tour of the gallery (1030 & 1230) and do the ANTI-GUIDE audio tour all day long! Older ones can buy the ANTI-GUIDE on the day to keep them occupied. Storystock has commissioned artist Amy Gadney to create the ANTI-GUIDE: an audacious audio guide which will take children on an unexpected and enlightening journey around the Pangaea exhibition.
Ps. check out my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook (on the home page) for more photos of our award winning creations from the Okido workshop. You won’t be disappointed!