Children of all ages are welcome at FiLiA.

We have a creche for pre-schoolers and free workshops for primary aged children. These are limited in number so do book in advance to be sure of a space - we also ask that if you book a space that you do use it, or let us know in advance if you no longer need it so that another child can take it. Children are also welcome at the panels, at their parent’s discretion, although those with infants are encouraged to sit at the end of a row so that if needed they can pop out.

Breastfeeding is welcome throughout the venue and hot water will be made available for bottles.


The creche will be open from 9.00 - 12.30 and 1.30 - 5.30 both days. Food is not provided, parents are responsible for making sure their child has lunch during the lunch break, and the creche will be closed for an hour for lunch. If your child needs nappies or bottles please bring these.

Children’s workshops

Workshops will not run during the opening, closing or twilight sessions, but are available for the rest of the day.

Saturday 11.00 - 12.30: Quilts
With Jean Norman

We will be looking at the role of women in migration using a children’s picture book showing a family migrating from the east to west of America in the nineteenth century from the perspective of a nine year old girl. What did women choose to take with them? Why did they move, and did they know in advance how hard it would be? What would you take, and where - the next town, another country, outer space? We will look at women’s crafts and quilts from that period, and then use fabric paints to make squares to create a quilt of our own ideas and experiences, which will be displayed for the rest of the conference.

Saturday 1.30 - 3.00: Collage
With Mary Duggan

Poet and artist Mary Duggan will be running a session doing collage creations, which the children can exhibit after the session. Come and get creative!

Saturday 3.30 - 5.00: TBC

Sunday 11.00 - 12.30: The Rights of the Child
With Jean Norman

Using a children’s version of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, we will explore the rights that children have and talk about what these might mean to us. Children will be able to create a poster of one (or more) of the rights, and if there is time, come up with suggestions for things the children think is missing and which they would include on their own version!

Sunday 1.30 - 3.00: Feminist Sunday School
With Rachel McMahon

The session will be an interactive mix of storytelling, dressing up, craft and colouring in. 

I will introduce kids to feminist role models and encourage them to identify and celebrate their own role models.

I will bring my collection of alternative children’s books and and share stories challenging gender stereotypes and celebrating individuality and diversity.

There will opportunities to envisage themselves as superSheroes or princess boys and to make books, braids, masks/headbands etc. 

The session may ‘weave’ according to the needs and interests of the children attending - “one size never fits all”!