We’ve been exploring LARPs that focus on children recently. This is out third set of listings – this time covering organisations in continental Europe.
Anecdotally we’ve heard of great things throughout Scandinavia and also the Netherlands. However for the purpose of this series we’ve focused on organisations where we either had an organiser talk directly to us or a champion come forward and evangelise to us. This is true of our lists for the UK and USA as well. We felt that as children were involved we needed just a little bit more than checking out a website. Its not possible for us to check everything in person so using these personal recommendations has been important to us.
We’re also very happy to expand this list. Keep sending in recommendations and we will happily keep adding them in.
However despite saying that we have been passed a list of larps in Denmark that includes larps for children. Here is the link to that resource: http://www.spilrollespil.dk/kampagner
Here is the list of Larps for Children.
Web : http://www.sindeon.hu/
Programs for Children 8 – 18 yeears of Age throughout the year. The main event is a 2 week summer camp. Educational goals are included within the games via both social inclusion (learn from anothers point of viwe) and more practical skills such as money management.
Games – N – Stuff
Info: Runs games for Ages 6 to 12 and has been operating over the last decade. Many of the children who go here have moved onto play and NPC in big Fest larps such as Conquest of Mythodea.
Artago specialises in providing larp experiences for 8 – 13 year olds and runs 3 events per year.
Expatio is a long running larp in the Netherlands that provides a larp experience for 12-18 year olds. There seem to 4 games a year – including an introduction.
Web for Junior Games: http://juniorrollespil.dk/billeder/
Magic School (College of Wizardry Universe): http://rollespilsakademiet.wixsite.com/denmagiskeskole
Winners of a DUF award in Denmark. DUF is a national level organisation that promotes and enables the running of events of young people. In 2016 RollespilsFabrikken won the Youth organisation of the year award. Which is notable as it was a larping organisation up against all other types of youth activity. Though having met some of its members not too surprised.
Running accross Germany. WaldRitter aims to develop children in accordance with the guidelines of the UN Children’s Rights Covention. The result is a mix of events that work with youth clubs, schools and others which provides a range of experiences for young people. I’d recommend reading their website as there are a lot of good ideas going on here in the field of childrens larps
Cave Canem runs events based around Baltic and Slavic fairy tales aiming to look at themes and content of these. Children have their own story lines in Cave Canem allowing them to take part at the clubs events.
Dromen van Ankoria
Operated by Oneiros, Dromen van Ankoria is a Belgium larp for children of the ages 6 – 13. Events generally run from a Friday Evening to a Sunday Afternoon. The game takes place in a fantastical world. Protagonists are either other children or adults.
Also run bu Oneiros is Vortex. This larp is for players aged 12-18. Allowing a younger to player to experience larp in a peer group before moving on to adult events. Family group participation is encouraged in Vortex.
TidsReiser specialises in creating larps for children. In addition to their own planned events, Tidreiser can also supply larps to schools or as birthday entertainments. Providing both an educational and or fun experience.
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