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A plan for the weekend

The weekend is here, and what a fun one it will be in the capital with outdoor games for kids, a literary reading festival, a ceramics workshop for children from five to ten-years-old, and two festivals.

Today, from 10am until 1pm, the Loukia and Michael Zampelas Art Museum’s yard will host an event for children to get involved with old school, traditional Cypriot games. The games, which are inspired by the games in Zuzana Chalupova’s paintings which are currently being exhibited at the museum, include hop scotch, tug of war, sack races, egg on a spoon and many more fun games.

For all those who love the reading of words, the fourth Sardam Alternative Literary Readings Festival will take place at the ARTos Cultural and Research foundation at 8.30pm tonight. This very different festival, which seeks to present out of the box literature, will present the work of writers from Cyprus and abroad in alternative, performance and mixed media ways.

The festival will move to Limassol tomorrow at the Trade bar, where you can get ready for a poetry slam by Italian writer Sergio Garau at 3.30pm until 7.30pm.

Tomorrow the Leventis Municipal Museum will continue with its educational events for children with a ceramics workshop for those from five to ten-years-old. Under the title Old Traditions – New Expeditions, ceramist Koula Kalvari will present her personal creations inspired by lace and lace embroideries of Cyprus to encourage the participating children to be inspired by traditions of their homeland and create their own ceramic works of art.

The two festivals set for children tomorrow have a very charitable feel. The first, Happy Day 2016, is in aid of the Pancyprian Association for Genetic Rare Diseases – Unique Smiles.

The fun-filled event, that will take place at the Nicosia Race Club from 3pm until 6pm, will include a number of mascots roaming around, ready to take a selfie with the kids and clowns – doing what they do best – clowning around. The kids can get their face painted and become their favourite hero, take a pony ride, get all tired out from jumping on the bouncy castles and let their creative side out over at the creative corner, where they can draw, do cut-outs and other activities.

There will also be plenty to eat, from ice-cream to popcorn, to corn on the cob to candy floss.

The cost for children is €5 and this covers all activities.

If you are an animal loving family, then the Pet and Family Fun Day at the Nicosia Municipal Gardens from 11am until 6pm may appeal. There will be a shadow theatre performance with the famous Greek character Karagiozis, animal arts and crafts, boating expeditions in the garden, archery and dog competitions. So bring your dogs along for a truly all-rounded family day out.

Proceeds from the events will go towards supporting stray dogs.

Old School Outdoor Games
Traditional Cypriot games for children. October 8. Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum. 27 Arch. Makarios III Ave, 1020 Kaimakli, Nicosia. 10am-1pm. €5. Tel: 22-456098

Fourth Sardam Alternative Literary Readings Festival
Literary festival with readings and workshops. October 8. ARTos Cultural and Research Foundation, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €5. Tel: 99-404072

Old Traditions – New Expeditions
Educational programme for children from 5-10 with ceramist Koula Kalvari. October 9. The Leventis Municipal Museum, 15-17 Hippocrates Street, Laiki Yitonia, Nicosia. 10.30am. Free. In Greek. Tel: 22-661475

Happy Day 2016
A day out with the kids with mascots, clowns, bouncy castles, paints, pony rides and more in aid of charity. October 9. Nicosia Race Club, Ippodromion Street, Ayios Dometios, Nicosia. 3pm-6pm. €5 children only. Tel: 99-678100

Pet and Family Fun Day
A fun day out with the kids with lots to do. October 9. Municipal Gardens, Nicosia. 11am-6pm. Free. Tel: 22-797192

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