Children

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What is God? How do I know I’m not dreaming right now? Why do I have to go to school? Who decides what is bad and what is good? What makes me a girl and him a boy? Children are said to ask an average of 73 such difficult questions a day. Tired of coming up with the answers yourself? Bring your children along to HowTheLightGetsIn festival. We are proud to be family-friendly and under 12s are welcome on site for free – no ticket required.

The Park Hangout tent is full of fun and games like Giant Chess, Giant Jenga, Giant Guess Who and a whole lot more.

The Woodburner Tent and the Stage provide an all-day live soundtrack to the comings and goings of the festival, so if your children like to dance, sing along or just listen, there is always something for them to feast their ears on.

For budding space scientists, bookworms, players, and thinkers alike, HowTheLightGetsIn has plenty on offer to keep children busy.

Young Adults

At HowTheLightGetsIn we are passionate about making philosophy, science, and politics interesting and accessible for people of all ages, which is why we offer 30% off festival tickets for students and under-25s.

We’re not only about intellectual intensity at HowTheLightGetsIn - there is also an amazing line up of musicians. Whether it’s bewitching vocals and lyrical tales or chart-topping pop and cutting edge DJs that excite your ears, we’ve got a wealth of musical talent coming to play. Or if it’s a laugh you’re after, our comedy line up is showcasing household names as well as rising stars. A note to parents though, some of the comedy may include explicit content or strong language.

People of all ages are welcome at our debates and talks, but younger audience members may be especially interested in our events exploring Memes All The Way Down, (assessing the usefulness of meme theory), Trash, Trends and the Transcendant (modern culture), Lost in The Matrix (do we live in a simulation), Alien Thinking (how aliens might be similar or different to us), Cracking Girl Code (feminism and individualism), The Old Gods (the environmental crisis and nature as religion), and The Magic and the Mundane (our relationship with alcohol).

The Hat Sessions are also a great way of learning in a more interactive environment: from practicing how to get your ideas across to people (How To Excite People With Your Ideas), to the hugely informing and entertaining workshop Philosophy of the Senses.

For a full list of events suitable for teenagers, please see our programme page.

If you are looking for a dedicated space for 16-18 year olds, we also run the IAI School. Specially designed for sixth-form students, the two-day course will deliver a series of stimulating lectures, seminars and small group discussions from world-leading thinkers, as well as workshops and a Q&A with admissions tutors from both Cambridge University and King’s College London.

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