TIFF Bell Lightbox is the place to for tweens to be this March! From the return of the award-winning innovative exhibition, digiPlaySpace, to the rare opportunity to see some of the most beloved Walt Disney Classics back on the big screen, and week-long March Break Camps that take kids into the fun worlds of filmmaking and gaming, there is so much for tweens to do at TIFF Bell Lightbox in March.
Saturday, March 7 to Sunday, April 19
Kids and families will learn through play with multi-player installations and learning-centric videogames, robotics, mobile apps, hands-on activities and workshops from acclaimed Canadian and international media artists. Tweenhood had a chance to check out last year’s digiPlaySpace, and we can confirm that it is definitely a fun place for tweens. The digiPlaySpace will be open until the end of the TIFF Kids International Film Festival, which runs from April 7 to 19.
Programming for the TIFF Kids International Film Festival and the new installations for digiPlaySpace will be announced on March 4. – stay tuned for more details!
Update: We had a chance to attend the digiPlaySpace media preview just before it opened this year. Get a peak at some of our favourite exhibits: TIFF digiPlaySpace 2015.
Walt Disney Classics movie screenings
Saturday, March 14 to Sunday, March 22
TIFF offers the rare opportunity to see some of Walt Disney’s most treasured and influential animated classics on the big screen, such as The Little Mermaid, Dumbo, The Aristocats, The Sword in the Stone, The Rescuers, The Rescuers Down Under and Robin Hood. The lineup also includes three live-action spectaculars that pushed the frontiers of cinematic special effects, including the sci-fi adventure Flight of the Navigator (1986) and extremely rare 70mm screenings of Tron (1982), one of the first major motion pictures to extensively utilize computer graphics, and the studio’s astonishing space opus The Black Hole (1979).
March Break Camps
Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20
TIFF’s Gaming News Nexus
Does your son or daughter live and breathe video games? In this week-long camp, participants will act as production crew and on-air talent to create their own short news-style program about all things in the gaming sphere — including reviews of games, consoles, and devices, and interviews with gamers and producers to find out the latest industry buzz. They’ll also get a behind-the scenes look at digiPlaySpace. Runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ages 9 to 12.
Maker/Creator Camp gives participants the chance to experiment with game design, basic robotics, and DIY projects using ‘maker’ technology including Makeymakey and Arduino boards. Campers will also get an in-depth look at digiPlaySpace and learn how its cutting-edge attractions were created. Runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ages 12 to 16.
Tickets for digiPlaySpace are available March 4 for TIFF Members, and March 7 for the general public. Entry to digiPlaySpace is $10 (free for TIFF Members), or as of March 7 pair it with a Walt Disney Classic film for $15 for children, and $20 for adults.
* Registration for 2015 TIFF Summer Camps is also now open.