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Rights fest for children transforms Museum during spring break Free admission all week for children 12 and under

A woman, a man and a young boy are gathered around a circular table. Several photographs are scattered on the table, and the woman is pointing one out to the boy.

Photo: CMHR, Colin Corneau

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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) will be transformed into a lively and colourful festival of rights for children next week, bursting with circus acts, hoop dancing, singing, magic, comedy, jigging, hip hop and bluegrass music. Performers and workshops take over the ground-floor mainstage every day from March 25 to 28 in celebration of the right to play, with activities at stations for face painting and crafts.

Opportunities for fun and learning about human rights can also be found in the galleries above, where kids 12 and under enter for free from March 23 to 31. A special family tour with a focus on Nelson Mandela will be offered each day, featuring finger puppets, books, touch screens and discussion. Animated films with inspiring stories about children’s rights will also play all day long on Level 7.

Photo: CMHR, Thomas Fricke

From March 25 to 29, families can enjoy in-gallery activities, matching photos to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or creating collages that describe human rights defenders. A schedule of events is posted on the Museum’s website.

The Museum Boutique offers a great selection of toys, clothes, books and treats suitable for kids of all ages – including Mandela finger puppets and paper dolls.

Throughout spring break, ERA Bistro will offer a special kids menu that includes grilled cheese, chicken fingers, mac-and-cheese, pita pizza, Pic-a-Pop floats and Shirley Temples.

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