2015 Arab Festival: Parent Edition

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Arab Festival 2015 Parent Edition


Attn: Parents! To help you navigate this huge and amazing festival, we have curated a festival program for you and your little (or not-so-little) ones!

 


Check out our family-friendly programs & activities at the 2015 Arab Festival! 

 

IF YOU HAVE TODDLERS:

TODDLERS

Plan to come early at 11 am to join Nadia Kabbani for a 45 minute Arabic circle time (3rd floor of the Armory) where your little ones can do some movement and other fun activities in Arabic. After, grab lunch on the Fisher Rooftop from one of our four fabulous food booths, then drop by our open art table on the floor of the Armory to find a fun Arab art activity before heading home for a nap.

 

IF YOU HAVE PRESCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN:

PRESCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

Come early for lunch before heading up to the conference rooms on the 3rd floor of the Armory for Arabic Story Time with Miss Yasmin (Saturday at 12 pm, Sunday at 1:45 pm). Your preschooler will pick up some Arabic words through songs, movement, games and stories. After this, head to the art table on the floor of the Armory for some fun Arabic craft projects.

 

IF YOU HAVE ELEMENTARY AGE CHILDREN:

ELEMENTARY AGE CHILDRENStart by stopping by the ACW Information Booth through the front doors of the Armory and grab a trivia card. Visit a few booths get answers to the questions and then return the card to the art table fore a fun prize. Be sure to visit the country booths on the 3rd floor of the Armory to learn about some Arab countries (including Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine and Syria).

If your children are 5 and older, the whole family can join Deima Alnatour for a one hour dabkeh workshop in the 3rd floor conference rooms, after which the group will have the opportunity ti perform what they learned in front of a crowd on the Armory stage (Saturday only at 1 pm).Be sure to explore Arab culture through Children’s Hands-on Activities. This is a drop-in art area geared for K-5th graders. Children will have the opportunity to engage in various hands-on craft projects to explore the rich social and historical context of Arab culture. These activities include: Arabic Bingo, write your name in Arabic, coloring activities, and additional games (Saturday and Sunday, 12 pm – 5 pm).

 

IF YOU HAVE ELEMENTARY OR MIDDLE SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN:

SoccerStop by the ACW Information Booth through the front doors of the Armory and grab an Arab trivia card. Visit a few booths to get answers to the questions and learn some fun facts about the Arab world return the card to the drop-in art table for a prize.

Be sure to visit the country booths on the 3rd floor of the Armory to meet members of the community and to learn about some Arab countries (including Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine and Syria).

And for soccer fans – bring your soccer balls, hopefully, we will find a spot for a soccer clinic with Fawzi Belal, ex-Sounder player (ages 7-14), place and time TBD.

 

FOR PRE-TEENS AND TEENS:

BackgammonCheck out the Youth Interactive Art Workshops ongoing from 1pm-4pm, Saturday and Sunday.Youth will have the opportunity to learn about Arab history, art and culture through interactive workshops including creating mosaics, learning basic embroidery stitching, and cooking Arab style.

Backgammon Workshop come and learn the basics of this super fun game that is found in nearly every Arab home and enjoyed by millions around the world (Saturday from 4 pm – pm on the 3rd floor of the Armory).

 

IF YOU HAVE A TEEN:

PoetryWe have a poetry workshop to get their literary juices flowing. Laurel Albina, a local published writer and poet plans to create an inspiring space for free writing. Paper and pens provided, everyone welcome and encouraged (Sunday at 2:45 pm in the 3rd floor Armory conference rooms).

Join Reham Elkhayat for a mini Arabic language lesson. Reham will teach you how to say hello and how are you in another language and a few basics so you can show off how worldly you are to your friends and family (Saturday at 2:15 pm in the 3rd floor Armory conference rooms).

In a workshop setting, Angie Kamel, will explore the ideas of identity, community and home using exercises common to the community‐engaged theater making process. Come ready to move, express yourself, write, and have a great time! Identity, Community and Home Workshop (Saturday at 3:15 – 4:45 pm in the 3rd floor Armory conference rooms).

For those with curly hair, be sure to check out the Ouidad Curly Hair Workshop with Studio Trend Salon. Come and learn techniques for managing your fabulous curls! And they will be giving away 2 free haircuts. So don’t miss. (Saturday from 5 pm – 6 pm in the 3rd floor Armory conference rooms).

For those with curly hair, be sure to check out the Ouidad Curly Hair Workshop with Studio Trend Salon. Come and learn techniques for managing your fabulous curls! And they will be giving away 2 free haircuts. So don’t miss. (Saturday from 5 pm – 6 pm in the 3rd floor Armory conference rooms).

And consider having your teen volunteer with us. What a great way to give back to the community and get a jump start on those volunteer hour requirements for school! We would love to have high school volunteers in our coffee house and at the art tables. You can sign them up here, or email Hala or Joanne the volunteer coordinators at volunteers@arabcenterwa.org.

 

How you can help?

have worked hard to make this a lovely Festival for all. If you would like to support the festival we have an Indiegogo campaign running here. $25 dollars helps us go a long way!