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In partnership with UNICEF World Children’s Day, POP-UP Festival is celebrated in 200+ countries are sharing free, playful, meaningful activities to help kids grow their emotional intelligence and take action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – see details below or get started now: 

POP-UP FESTIVAL in Partnership with UNICEF World Children’s Day

Culminating November 20 in celebration of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Grow emotional intelligence to work toward the Sustainable Development Goals and children's rights

Free do-it-yourself kit with activities and resources + free online training

Millions of children & adults in 20+ languages, 200+ countries & territories

POP-UP Festival is all about growing the skills for a better life and a better world. Grow friendship, reduce conflict. Grow self-awareness, reduce volatility. Grow connections, reduce isolation.


What is a POP-UP Festival?

A POP-UP Festival is a hands-on learning experience with playful activities.

When you sign up, you get access to the online kit with activities, decorations, instructions… plus you get free training/support from volunteer mentors

The activities teach valuable social emotional skills that support wellbeing and leadership toward the Sustainable Development Goals

Parents, teachers, community leaders, youth leaders host the festivals

They’re held at homes, parks, classrooms, offices, community centers, museums…. anywhere!

The participants are children of any age and/or adults. The activities in the kit are organized for ages <5, 6-12, 13+, and adults

World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s annual celebration for children, by children, in recognition of the signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (the most-signed human rights law in world history)

Organizations can apply to become POP-UP Partners to help amplify your work and this global celebration

Play-based, creative learning

A few children or a few hundred

Uses simple, low-cost materials

Adaptable to home, classroom, park, community hall

What kinds of activities are in the POP-UP Kits? Written by experts from Six Seconds together with volunteers & partners, they focus on increasing awareness, making positive choices, and making the world better. Here are two examples.

Feelings into Actions was co-created with Sit With Us, a partner focused on reducing bullying. Activity Instructions. Cards.

Friendship Medal was created with Peppy Pals, a partner focus on EQ & friendship for younger children. Activity Instructions.

Hosted by the global EQ org

Six Seconds is the world’s leading nonprofit org for emotional intelligence (EQ); established in 1997, our tools and methods are used in 200+ countries.

Emotional intelligence (being smarter with feelings) is a learnable skill that makes life better. At work, at home, at school and in the community, these skills are the missing link.

Six Seconds is a global nonprofit working to support ALL people to grow and practice emotional intelligence.

We think the world would be a better place if a billion people were practicing the skills of emotional intelligence (EQ). So, we research and share scientific, global, transformational tools & methods to support that goal. Learn more about Six Seconds' vision or to go deeper, explore EQ Certification Training for coaching, facilitating, consulting or educating.

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