Family Weekend

6 – 7 October 2018

Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm

BFX Family weekend is a two-day drop in event aimed at visual effects and games enthusiasts between the ages of 8-18 years. Tickets for this event usually go on sale from September.

Family Weekend Activity 2017

Z-Brush workshops (1hr)

Ages 12+

Using industry standard software Z-Brush learn how to sculpt your very own 3D character.  Limited availability, please sign up on the day

Green Screen

Ages 5+

Take part in your very own movie sequence using Green screen technology. Will you flee the zombie hordes or be lost in space? Drop in

Computer Museum Exhibition and coding workshops

Ages 8+

The Centre for Computing history will be bringing a fantastic display of computing throughout the ages. Play retro games on early machines and try your hand at coding with BBC Micro:bit

Disney Animation Concept Art Exhibition

Browse an incredible collection of concept art from Walt Disney Animation studios flown in exclusively for BFX festival.

Animation workshop with Arts University Bournemouth

Age 8+

Do you remember the films Shaun the Sheep, Fantastic Mr Fox, Chicken Run or Wallace and Gromit, these are all films using a stop motion animation technique. Attend our workshop to find out how stop motion works, create your own characters and make your own mini film with some of our current AUB Animation Students.

Acting for animation workshop (Sunday only £5)

11am-1pm Age 8-12 year olds
2pm – 4pm Age 13-17 year olds

Through Games and Movement inspired improvisations we will look at the basics of character movement and how we can bring a character or creature to life both physically and vocally.
NB – Places are limited. Tickets for this workshop are bought separately and you do not need to have a BFX family ticket to participate.

Tech Age Kids & So Make It Stand

3D Printing Demonstration – nominal fee to purchase 3D printed objects (money will go towards covering materials and So Make It – the Southampton Makerspace.)

OhBot Demo – speak and interact with a robot head.  Purchase goods and pay for activities at TAK stand.

Joke Box with Electro Mats (£3)

Ages 5+

Use an Electro Mat voice recorder to create your own Joke Box and record a joke to play back to your friends and family. Who can create the funniest jokes? There’s lots of opportunity to get creative and design your box to suit your style.

A small charge of £3 applies to cover material costs and you get to take your Joke Box home!

Pixel Art with Simbrix

Ages 6+

Make a pixel art picture using British-designed Simbrix mini puzzle blocks. There’s no charge to take part, but you’ll need to leave your creations behind for others to play too! Remember a smartphone or camera to take a picture of your artwork!

Simbrix will be on sale whilst stocks last.

Floor robots with Bee-Bot Robots, Code-a-pillar and Code and Go Mouse

Ages 4+

Use the Bee-Bot robots to find Minecraft animals on a mat. Make use of coding skills to send the robots in the right direction and find the animals in a sequence. Also have a go at coding a Caterpillar and a Mouse!

Bloxels – Create your own video game

Ages 8+

Build, capture, design, play and share your very own video games. Using the Bloxels game board, pixel blocks and Bloxels app, kids can create their own characters and game layout by connecting the physical and digital world. Build the board and play in the app.

You need to bring your own smartphone or tablet to take part in this activity. Free app available for iOS, Andriod and Amazon.

Stikbot Zanimations Studio Pro with Pets and Accessories

Ages 5+

Make your own movie with a green screen and audio, using Stikbot as the main character. You can also add pets and use props like hats, weapons and funny hair to make a compelling story.

You need to bring your own smartphone or tablet to take part in this activity. Free app available for iOS and Andriod.

Makey Makey Game Controllers

Ages 6+

Use playdough and a Makey Makey to make your own game controller. Test your online gaming skills using a Scratch game or make your own simple game in Scratch.

White Rabbit’s Paper Circuits Greeting Card (£3)

Age 8+

Learn how an electric circuit works by making a simple paper circuit inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Make the White Rabbit’s pocket watch and use it as a switch to light up his nose!

A small charge of £3 applies to cover material costs and you get to take your techie greeting card home!

Micro:bit in Wonderland drop-in Coding and Craft Workshop

Ages 8+

Have a go at coding with the micro:bit and make your own Mad Hatter’s top hat, heart playing card or a little door with a lock and key just like in the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.


The new digital journalling app where kids can import their photos, write, draw and share the best moments of their day, is excited to be at Bournemouth BFX Family Weekend.

Kids coming along will be able to create their own Zappicon – a unique buddy that guides them through the app helping them to unlock more stickers – and have a selfie with it, as well as play on the app and record the best moments of their day.

Brainchild of Noah Dance, aged 10, who was determined to make a school project of keeping a diary current in the digital age and a whole lot more fun will be at the show on Sunday along with parents Charlie, mum, and Jon, dad, who he convinced to hire an app company to help build the app itself, along with sister Ella who is chief tester.

A Zappicon colouring table will also be set up to see who can come up with the most creative ideas with colour.

Bring your tablets and phones along to be able to enter their comp to win prizes from DiaryZapp’s partner PhotoBox.