Fun events for you and your kids this weekend: May 5 to 7, 2023

Among other activities, you can teach your children about sustainability, go on a journey back in time in Żejtun, attend the annual Scouts and Girl Guides parade or enjoy a night walk in Foresta 2000
Families may enjoy some peaceful time strolling around the ‘fantasy garden’ while learning about sustainability at the Valletta Green Festival this weekend. Photo: Valletta Cultural Agency

Valletta Green Festival

St George’s Square in Valletta has been turned into a ‘fantasy garden’ for the Valletta Green Festival.

One can take a stroll around the garden which is adorned with 18,000 plants, while learning about sustainability at various stands set up in the square. These include stands by Ambjent Malta, ERA, Water – Be the Change, Project Green and WasteServ.

One can also visit the EIT Urban Mobility RIS Hub Malta stand on Sunday between 10.30am and 1pm and hop on one of their stationary bikes and cycle for trees. For every 10 minutes of cycling, one tree will be planted at the Valletta primary school.

EIT Urban Mobility is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. EIT Urban Mobility acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable.

This initiative is the result of a collaboration between NGO Move, an NGO spearheading the use of sports and culture as a tool for the community.

As part of the festival, ECO Market Malta is also holding a market of sustainable products in Old Theatre Street on Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 6pm.

The festival comes to an end on Sunday but the garden will remain open till May 14.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

The Snail and the Whale

Spazju Kreattiv in Valletta is on Saturday screening The Snail and the Whale, a half-hour family film based on the much-loved picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

As the snail goes on the tail of a great big grey-blue humpback whale on her journey around the globe, the young audience will discover the power of the sea and the perils of swimming too close to the shore!

Aimed at children aged two to four, The Snail and the Whale is being shown at 11am. For tickets, visit https://ziguzajg.org/the-snail-and-the-whale/.

Il-manuċċa ttir maż-żmien

Embark on a journey back in time as the manuċċa, a kite and a symbol of Żejtun, takes you across different periods of the locality’s rich history on Saturday.

Żejtun’s main square and the surrounding open spaces will be transformed to host various activities and re-enactments from three different periods: the Knights of St John, the French and British periods.

This event, which starts at 7pm, is organised by the Southern Regional Council and the Żejtun local council.

For more information, look up the event’s Facebook page.


Victoria is on Saturday holding a Notte Bianca-style event but with all activities somehow related to the Word of God.

The Jewish word ‘Shema’ translates into ‘Hear, o Israel’ (Deut 6.45), which are the first words of a daily Jewish prayer in the Bible.

Activities vary from an exhibition, concerts, outdoor exhibitions by local artists to activities for children. Visitors will be provided with a map to guide them through the event.

Among those taking part are the Animae Gospel Choir, under the direction of Pamela Bezzina which will hold a concluding concert in Independence Square, the Cash Trio, Echo String Ensemble, Gaulitanus Choir, the Diocesan Youth Choir, soprano Miriam Cauchi and harpist Caroline Muscat, the Beta Entertainment Theatre Company, chef George Borg and TV presenter Peppi Azzopardi.

For more details and information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

The event’s poster

Spring Workshop at Palazzo Falson

For this year’s second spring-themed workshop, Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum in Mdina is inviting children to an hour of fun activities on Sunday at 11am.

The workshop will consist of themed music, dance and sensory activities including gardening.

The young participants will also learn about the life cycle of a bee and taste three types of Maltese honey.

The event is suitable for children aged three to five, accompanied by an adult. Pre-booking is essential. One may send an e-mail on bookings@palazzofalson.com or call on 2145 4512 is essential.

A donation of €15 per child and €12 for Friends of Palazzo Falson is suggested. The donation includes all materials needed for the workshop. 

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page

The Scouts & Guides Annual Rally 2023

The Scout Association of Malta and Malta Girl Guides are teaming up again for this year’s Scouts and Guides Parade on Sunday.

The programme will see the central district groups/units attending Mass at Floriana church at 9am, followed by the parade starting at 11am for Valletta.

Photo: The Scout Association of Malta

Klabb Ħuttaf Night Walk at Foresta 2000

BirdLife Malta is holding a night walk for its Klabb Ħuttaf members in one of the most biodiverse locations on the island – the Foresta 2000 nature reserve – on Sunday.

Participants will learn about the 11 bat species that can be found in Malta and spot chameleons hiding in the twilight, which are abundant at Foresta 2000.

Weather permitting, a small picnic will be held to enjoy a breath-taking sunset from a vantage point.

This event, which starts at 6.30pm, is open to Klabb Ħuttaf members only and one will need to provide the membership number to book a place. If your child is still not a member of the club, you can enrol them here. Then book your place for the two-hour walk via this link.

Foresta 2000. Photo: BirdLife Malta

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