Soul Kids

A playground for the imagination with magic, mystery and mystical happenings.

Soul Kids at Body&Soul is a celebration of creativity, music, play and the magic of nature, where children can be free in a world without schedules or routines. If you are lucky enough to be hanging out with your little person, you can gain access to Soul Kids, Body&Soul’s only super-exclusive kids’ area. Expect spectacular acts, performances and creative workshops amidst the secluded walled gardens and beautiful leafy forests of Ballinlough.

 Soul Kids is a unique children’s area that has been entertaining families for over a decade. A space dedicated solely to children and their families.

For 2018, the incredibly successful dedicated Family Campsite will return, with a jam-packed campsite schedule complementing the incredible happenings taking place in the Soul Kids garden. It has its own separate entrance and car park, as well as an early opening ‘Soul Kids Tent’ to help your little ones wake up with yoga and art workshops. This sanctuary for sleepy little ones far away from the other campsites also includes space for family campervans. There will be wind-down activities in the evening with storytelling, yoga and hot water-bottle filling as well as dedicated family toilets, baby changing areas, security and a Family HQ Info point, alongside hot showers and family friendly traders.

Soul Kids Programme 2018


Eco-Unesco Nature Trails

ECO-UNESCO is Ireland’s environmental youth organisation that works to conserve the environment and empower young people. ECO-UNESCO offers a range of innovative environmental education programmes. Our aims are to raise awareness, understanding and knowledge of the environment, and empower and support young people to take action on environmental issues.

ECO-UNESCO will be delivering environmental workshops for children in the Soul Kids area. Our experienced facilitators will lead nature trails through the festival woods to explore and learn about the natural environment and biodiversity. There will be plenty of fun, educational activities such as tree identification and a bug hunt. Website


Kyle Riley – Little Folk Music for Babies & Toddlers

Kyle began his career some 20 years ago performing in Baltimore, Maryland, Washington DC and New York. He has toured the UK with the Buddy Holly Story and performed in regional theatres in England. He’s toured Ireland with the Lyric Theatre, Belfast and An Grianán Theatre’s co-production of Brian Friel’s ‘The Home Place’. Most recently he created his own interpretations of the songs of Percy French for Two-For-One Productions ‘Percy French- Melodies of Unforgotten Years. In 2016, he was honoured to take part in the 1916 Commemoration in Dublin singing in St. Stephen’s Green and providing a songwriting workshop for children. He received a commendation as part of St. Fiach’s National School’s contribution to the All Island Song Competition- Song for ’16. He’s been known to make appearances at The CO Club in Oldcastle, Co. Meath performing a variety of original music and unique interpretations. Last Summer, he made his festival debut playing the Sunrise Children’s Festival, Sunnydaze Children’s Festival, Le Cheile Music Festival and Soul Kids @ Electric Picnic 2017. Since then he’s been bringing his show – Little Folk On Tour to venues throughout the island of Ireland. He resides near Oldcastle, Co. Meath with his family, drawing much of his inspiration from his two young children. (suitable for 6 mths-7yrs) Soundcloud


Bucky’s Circus Skills

Bucky’s circus has been at festivals since 1977. The founder, Paul Taylor, has been working as a performer and clown for the same duration and is currently employed as a clown doctor at the Royal Hospital in Belfast as well as working freelance for the Belfast Community Circus School, Streetwise CIC and In your Space. Bucky’s Circus feels that it is immensely gratifying to see children try and learn a skill and succeed. Circus is a broad medium and every child will be able to challenge themselves at their own level. The circus is non-competitive and non-academic and can change the hierarchy that exists within school grounds. A child may realise that it can achieve something and grow more confident and willing to try new and different experiences and challenges.

Join in the fun and learn some circus skills! We offer a range of circus skills, like juggling, diabolo, hula hoops and handheld stilts.  For 2 hours participants can drop in and try some circus skills. These workshops are accessible for people of all ages, abilities and skill levels. We try to include everyone who is interested in our workshops and are more than willing to amend our workshop for people with specific needs, if possible.


Your Mans Puppets Variety Show

Thomas Baker is a puppet theater director, puppet builder and performer. Turning full-time puppeteer in 1994 he has developed his own particular style, drawing from diverse influences in puppetry from all over the world such as marionette and rod puppets from Sweden and Germany, Bunkraku puppetry from Japan and masks from India.

His constant experimentation with new ideas is pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with puppet theater. As such, he is helping to develop a uniquely Irish tradition of puppet theater which can hold its own with the finest competitors on the international stage. This year we are bringing “Your Man’s Puppets Variety show” with a unique blend of puppetry and storytelling for the whole family. This is a combination of some timeless stories and some very unique new


Hula Hoop Workshops

Hula Hooping workshops with Alisha for the Children of Soul Kids. Learn to hula hoop like a pro! Hula hoops will be provided. Make sure your child has a drink with them as an hour of hula hooping can be thirsty work.

Soul Kids Disco with DJ Will Softly

Will Softly is the Soul Kids resident DJ. During this time he has entertained thousands of kids and parents with his unique blend of music and laughter! Expect the unexpected! Chart, Disco Classics, World Grooves and many more surprises! Prizes galore for all Parents and Kids who participate on the dance floor. Will has also brought his unique Kids Disco to lots of festivals around Ireland over the years.


Groovers & Shakers Music Makers

Groovers & Shakers Music Makers  – Where will we start?, at the very beginning (it’s a very good place to start) finding the rhythm and the pulse in music, experiencing an eclectic mix of instruments and on to songs about hippos, life, love and hammers. We shall sing at the tops of our voices and dance till the cows come singing, stunning onlookers and parents alike with the flair and beauty that is our new found talent!


The Fairy Face Painters

These ancient fairy statues are brought back to life by the music and magic of Soul Kids and Body&Soul. They come to join in the fun, to laugh, play and blow lots of bubbles. They are a group of artists who have been working with the festivals for the past five years. They have all studied Art to different levels, two of the fairies have a BA Hon Degree in Visual Art. They come dressed in their unique costumes that are handmade, each of the fairies has a different colour theme. These fairies love face painting and transforming everyone into whatever character they choose.


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We are a group of children’s entertainers offering face-painting, glitter tattoos and hair braiding as well as good chat! We have been working with Soul Kids for 5 years and it is one of the highlights of the year for us. We meet so many unique and inspiring young people and parents throughout the weekend and we are delighted to help these people express themselves and enjoy the full festival experience! Facebook


Giant Bubbles (The Bubble Guys)

The Bubble Guys first made an appearance at Soul Kids, Body & Soul Festival in 2014, became an instant favourite, and went on to perform at every Soul Kids since! Their giant bubbles will amaze both the young and the young-at-heart, and their ability to blow possibly the largest bubbles you are ever likely to see will astound. Of course, their love of bubbles doesn’t rest solely on the large variety.

Relaxing, mesmerizing and yet full of excitement and energy, The Bubble Guys’ extravagant display of giant bubbles will leave you breathless! Back once again with their mesmerising outdoor display, The Bubble Guys will delight the young and the young-at-heart, bringing a wonderful spectacle to this year’s Electric Picnic. From giant bubbles (and we mean GIANT!) to their fabulous garland displays, these Bubble Performers will be bringing smiles to plenty of faces.


Mermaid Yoga Singing Story Time

Mermaid Niamh has swum all the way from Australia, making it through the rough Irish seas, with her ukulele, yoga mat and lots of glitter! She has been a children’s entertainer and teacher for the last 6 years, travelling to different festivals and markets around the world with her magical trades. Niamh loves dancing and yoga. She loves making the special treasures she finds into jewellery! But most of all, Niamh loves singing silly nonsense songs with lots of instruments, lots of friends and lots of love.

If you found yourself in our magical workshop bubble, you can expect to be singing and jamming to songs we all know and songs we all make up! On top of our music jam story time session, we’ll be taking some deep sea relaxing breaths with some funky mermaid yoga as well as spicing up our merpeople looks with hair wraps, friendship bracelets and glitter!!! Come along for a sing, a stretch and a smile!


Magic Alchemy Amulet – Workshop

Ines Metzner is a textile artist and yoga teacher with a strong interest in art, facilitation, technology and education. She has a broad background in various crafts from Grennan Mill Craft School exploring metal, fabric, clay, textiles, wool and print as well as an Msc. in Digital Media. She loves to share the joy of making and spark interest in crafts as something exciting, especially with a young audience. During this workshop, Cara Coyle, a visual artist, and Aodh Cunningham, a furniture maker, will join her for a magical adventure.

Alchemy means transformation – and we will do just that! Transform a little bit of cardboard using colourful wool, your hands and creative minds plus a little sprinkle of magic dust into your own magical alchemy amulet. Cast a spell on it and use its superpowers throughout the weekend. It will be a magically fun workshop with Ines, Cara and Aodh! Website/Instagram


YPSY MAKES workshops are the brainchild of Georgia Connolly. Having studied textile design in NCAD where she specialised in Embroidery, she went on to train as a yoga teacher in Darjeeling, India. She is interested in harnessing the repetitive nature of craft to help people connect with mindfulness and meditation. She is currently making dyes out of indigenous Icelandic plants as part of an artist residency in Blönduos.

Ypsy Makes will be back making Pom-poms at Soul Kids this year! Using unspun wool hand-dyed using dyes made from fruits, vegetables and plants, children (and parents!) will have the opportunity to make their very own Pom-poms. We invite participants to relax and take a little break from the chaos of the festival by harnessing the repetitive nature of the craft. Unwind as you wrap wool into fluffy orbs!


Kids Crafts at Unit T

Keeping in mind the theme of this year’s Body & Soul festival, we invite children of all ages to participate in our workshops. Get hands-on, creative and experience the transformation from Cuddly Caterpillar to Beautiful Butterfly. Join us at Kids Crafts at Unit T for a fun range of creative crafts helping to inspire, motivate and promote creativity.

Choose from a range of colours and styles to create your very own unique and individual interpretation of the transformation in the life cycle of a butterfly. Using materials such as wood, paper, felt and colourful pens. For the younger ones create your own beautiful butterfly using paper, crayons, felt and your imagination.


Magical Superhero Capes with The Bossi Tribe

The Bossi Tribe have been making magical masks and swirly poi with mini festival goers since 2013! They are a group of children’s workshop facilitators bringing together a medley of creative backgrounds having worked with children of all ages through art, craft and music. We are passionate about providing space and time for young people to explore their creativity and strive to create an atmosphere of excitement and wonder to allow the young artists we meet unleash their vibrant imaginations in a myriad of fun and colourful ways!

This year we bring you an even more outrageous way to enter into the festival fun by letting your inner superhero run loose! Together we will create the most wondrous of superhero capes to help you fly around the festival in superhero style letting everyone see your many superpowers!! Using only the most magical of arts & crafts materials your cape will shimmer and shine very brightly, just like you!


Funky Felt-Making Workshops

Nicola Henley has enjoyed working with many art forms over the years, specialising in work with primary school children and the elderly. Nicola sees herself empowering others to find and express their creativity. Nicola is a facilitator who encourages, supports and shares in the joy of being creative. She has plenty of experience and her main objective is to ensure that everyone is well supported and having fun! Nicola has run Felt making workshops with Soul Kids for years.

Using beautifully dyed Merino sheep’s wool, each participant makes their own piece of hand-rolled felt. We use this traditional process in a fun and contemporary way. You can felt a gloriously colourful picture, or use your felt (when dry) to make a something useful such as a bag, case, phone purse or table mat. Website


Busy Beadz Jewellery

Come along and join Nadia at her jewellery workshop Busy Beadz. Children will be shown how to make a bracelet or a necklace on memory wire. They will get to choose from a fantastic selection of beautiful beads. Children will have a lovely piece of jewellery to take away with them and remind them of their time at Body&Soul Festival.


Goddess Áine and the magic Fairies

Teresa Mc Coole is an artist, arts facilitator and art therapist.  Shauna Mc Coole is a drama teacher with extensive experience in festivals in Vietnam and New Zealand.  Our art sessions aim to inspire children to think, act and make creatively. We love the festival environment and to be surrounded by a sea of creativity. Website/Website 

We will explore Irish mythology through art and drama. Áine was an Irish Goddess of the sun and moon. She was known as the Fairy Queen because she was friends with the fairies of Ireland.  We will listen to this tale, create fairies and play games. At the end of all our fun, we will sprinkle fairy dust and make a wish to the goddess Áine.

Kool Kids Yoga with Tanja

Tanja has been sharing yoga and well-being practices with kids, additional needs kids, teens and families nationally and internationally in studios, communities, Montessori preschools, primary & secondary schools, kids camps, libraries, at festivals and in independent classes.

A qualified yoga instructor specialising in children’s & family yoga, and trained in Three in One Concept, Kinesiology as well as Reiki and Sound Healing, Tanja has a special interest in meditation & visualisation practices, mindfulness, Chi Kung and sound healing. When her daughter was born in 2005 with Congenital Heart Disease, Holistic Practices & Yoga became integral to both herself and her daughter as a way of life. What she would love most is to pass on these tools to children to help empower them to be healthy, happy and balanced little people.

We might explore the African jungle, launch off to mars with a space rocket or take a trip and swim as dolphins in the ocean. We do acrobatic partner poses, breath together, play together, sing together and we’ll have fun together playing with Tibetan singing bowls, drums and gongs, doing sound art and giving each other a sound tickle massage to relax. Website/Facebook 


Laughter Yoga

Louise Burchall is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader since April 2013. Since then she has the pleasure of training with founder Dr. Madan Kataria in June 2014. Laughter Yoga works so well with children. It encourages them to be creative and silly. Louise Burchall is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, and she usually finds that by the end of the session, the children are coming up with their own ideas for games which is amazing! It is called Laughter Yoga because it incorporates Yoga breathing techniques with childlike playfulness. There are 4 basic steps of Laughter yoga. 1. Clapping (Warming up) 2. Deep breathing 3. Childlike Playfulness 4. Laughter Exercises Website


Move Mentor (Hula Hooping)

Move Mentor is a workshop ran by Ashlinn to mentor the kids to MOVE through the use of music, dance, and games all using hula hoops! it is fun, energetic and suited for both girls and boys. Movement is key in neutering our children’s health and wellbeing both physically and mentally. Some of the games include human tic tac toe, obstacle hoop courses and “Move Mentor says” which is a take on “Simon Says”.  This workshop will include yoga and qigong in the warm up and warm down. It is a holistic based workshop so working on the mind body and soul.

And more to come…