Storyhippo Children’s Village

Children's Village at The Hay Festival Nairobi

In addition to the schools programme, the festival will feature sessions for children and teens in Theatre, Art & Drawing, Funky Science Experiments, Publish Your Own Book, Dance, Stories and Storytelling Workshops and many more.

4 Days of Fun Learning for Children and Teens Age 6 - 18

Sunday  11AM Coconut Tree Amphitheatre


Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa. She lives with her whole family in a wonderful house. There is always someone to laugh and play with. She loves to splash in the sea with her cousins and have parties with her aunties. But more than anything else in the world, Anna Hibiscus would love to see snow. Hear all about it from the great storyteller and writer, Atinuke!

Children and parents

Supported by Wales Arts International

Sunday 11AM Shidas Tent

Innovate Kenya

Innovation Workshop – Hackathon

You have the creative freedom to design the future you want, and to find solutions to problems you see in the country. Let the innovation begin!


In partnership with Innovate Kenya

Sunday 11AM Koko Riko Tent

Kwame Nyong’o

I Love Ugali and Sukuma Wiki

This sequel to A Tasty Maandazi (2006), is the latest children’s book by Kwame Nyong’o which brings to life the world of a young African boy, Akiki, and his love for his favorite food – Ugali and Sukuma Wiki! In this interactive session, join animator and illustrator Kwame as he shares his secrets about breathing life into his characters. A must for budding artists and illustrators.

6+ years with parents

Sunday  11AM–4PM Science Zone And Make & Take Tent

Storyhippo Workshops

Come to the Storyhippo Village for awesome Science Experiments, Fab Lab Robotics, Art and Crafts. There’s something for everyone! Please drop in at any time.

Sunday 1PM Discovery Hall

Going for Gold

Journalist, writer and proud dad, Jackson Biko interviews a surprise guest about their life and times, their hurdles and triumphs.

In partnership with Careerpedia


Sunday 1PM Koko Riko Tent

Jenny Valentine

Iggy And Me

Jenny’s wonderful series of family stories featuring the mishaps and shenanigans of the irrepressible five-year-old Iggy, seen through the eyes of big sister Flo. Jenny hosts this creative workshop of collage-making and capers.

6–9 years with parents

Sunday 1PM Shidas Tent

Storyhippo Creative Arts Programme

A fun writing workshop where you will learn how to breathe life into the characters that you dream up. Find out how to make your monsters scarier, your villains more evil and your superheroes even more powerful!

10–13 years with parents

In partnership with S-CAP

Sunday 1PM Coconut Tree Amphitheatre

Wanjiku Mwangi

Nature, Ancestors and a 2 million year-old Elephant

Who are your ancestors? How well do you know your lineage? What does a 2 million year-old elephant have to do with any of this? Wanjiku, fondly known as Mama Porini, guides this interactive session.

10+ years with parents

In partnership with the Porini Association

Sunday 3PM Louis Leakey Auditorium

Mara Menzies


A truly beautiful children’s production inspired by Ben Okri. The beautiful Starbird loves her tiny little starchicks and every evening when the sun sets, she flies up, up, up into the sky to light up the stars until they sing, giggle and glow. But when a greedy hunter enters her magical forest, her whole world changes forever…Powerful storytelling theatre with a dazzling fusion of music from around the world, story, dance, stunning costume and puppetry.

6+ years and families

Sunday 3PM Shidas Tent

The Theatre Company

Attack of the Shidas Workshop

Learn all the hot secrets for dramatizing this science-fiction book.

In partnership with The Theatre Company

14–18 years