23 June 2013

Cardboardia comes to Skeleton Park

(Note: if you are looking for the *amazing* "Made in Cardboardia" from Russia, click HERE.)

I had the absolute *BEST* day yesterday. I led an installation called Cardboardia at the Skeleton Park Arts Festival in Kingston, Ontario. I showed up at the park with a van full of cardboard at 8 AM, and over the next few hours, crews of worker bees buzzed in and out, helping build this creative cardboard kingdom for kids.

I made myself a cardboard crown and was the self-professed Queen of Cardboardia. Let me show you around my kingdom!

It was a rather busy place, with lots of running, crawling and peeking.

If you were lucky, someone would put on a puppet show for you.

Or you could catch a performance by the Barefoot Players right outside our gates.

 There was some rocking out on cardboard instruments...

And my citizens were encouraged to draw on the walls!

Many took trips in our time machine: 

Although probably the most popular site was our barn, 
complete with a menagerie of cardboard animals and a real straw bale!

Over the course of the day, hundreds of kids enjoyed the wonder of Cardboardia.

 But the best compliment of all...

Was when they started building their own cardboard creations.

We were just one small part of an amazing festival; although I didn't get to see much of it, I snuck away for a few minutes to watch the Lemon Bucket Orchestra, playing on the teeter-totter...

Eventually the rains came and we packed up Cardboardia for the recycling crew to take away. My sister Caitlin and I sat under umbrellas watching The Gertrudes rock out, and were delighted by children dancing barefoot and joyful in the mud... until the deluge got the better of the electrical system, and the festival came to an early close. But the mood was high - everyone had had a brilliant day.

Krista and Caitlin: Queen and Princess of Cardboardia Skeleton Park
A huge thanks to Skeleton Park Music Festival for inviting us to play, and to the many helpers who brought Cardboardia to the people!


  1. Anonymous23 June, 2013

    you never cease to amaze me with your awesomeness! Wish I could have been there!

  2. Anonymous23 June, 2013

    Hail to Cardboardia and its royal majesties!!! You rock, Krista! Thanks for such a fun experience! :)
    Brie and Michella

  3. Ahhhhhmazing! Wish I could have been there to play and make and bow before your cardboard greatness!