IT'S THE WEEKEND: Family Fun - Join the cultural creepy-crawly club

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FOUR new creepy crawlies have arrived in the Wales Millenium Centre, for a new type of culture-packed family fun.

‘Clwb Milipwts’, which launched last Saturday, is a new free event to be held at the Wales Millennium Centre every weekend.

Children and grown-ups are invited to join the Milipwts – Ogi, Lecsi, Ponti and Dyfi - the Centre’s culture loving characters, as they share their passion for literature, dance, music and theatre through a variety of free activities and workshops.

These funny-named creatures are living in The Milipwts’ Den, found just next to the Glanfa stage on the ground floor at the Centre.

Inspired by the world of performing arts, shows that have visited the Centre and national and international cultural events, Clwb Milipwts aims to provide little ones with a fun packed introduction to the exciting world of arts and culture.

Last weekend, Clwb Milipwts celebrated Gwanwyn (‘Spring’) with Milipwt character Dyfi, a glamour-snail who loves to dress up and perform. Activities on the day followed a spring-like theme and the Centre encouraged children to bring along their grandparents for a day of song writing, craft and beautiful Henna hand painting.

This Saturday will continue with the Gwanwyn celebrations, with activities inspired by wise book-beetle Ogi. There’ll be plenty of story-telling and books to read, along with a magical ‘memory-tree’ where children can plant their favourite memories. The following week, Ogi returns to celebrate Refugee Week with plenty more storytelling, poetry and a giant map of the world to explore.

Further highlights to look out for from the weekly programme include a War Horse themed day on June 28 filled with puppetry and inspired by dance loving Lecsi. On August 23, music loving technibug Ponti will be flying in for some DJ-ing workshops to celebrate Breakin’ the Bay.

Louise Miles-Crust, head of Ppogramming at Wales Millennium Centre, said: ‘We’re really pleased to be extending the Centre’s family offer to include a day of programmed free activity every week, helping to make the Centre the perfect place to visit with the children on the weekend.

“Our child friendly activity space, the ‘Milipwts Den’, has been a great success and a brilliant way to interest little ones in the world of performing arts. It’s great that we can now extend our family offer with a fun and exciting programme of workshops and activities to further engage children in the arts.”

For more information visit www.wmc.org.uk/makeityours/families/

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