What’s On April 2024!

Michelle Mead

April 11, 2024

What's On

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A round-up of free events in Ireland for Families for April 2024.

The National Concert Hall

The Totally Made Up Orchestra presents:

Dates: April 27th 1.30pm

Location: Kevin Barry Recital Room, National Concert Hall

NMD24: The Totally Made Up Orchestra

A 15 minute walk in any direction and other new, unheard creations

The Totally Made Up Orchestra 
Members of the Public
Brian Irvine, composer / director

Brian Irvine A 15 minute walk in any direction and other new, unheard creations [world premiere]

A recurring highlight of the NMD lineup, The Totally Made Up Orchestra is a group like no other—blending composition, improvisation, words, sounds, movements, noises, gestures, humour and much head scratching in this unique and captivating performance.

Led by composer Brian Irvine, musicians and music lovers of any age, any instrument and any ability are encouraged to join this ‘beautiful, monster, music machine phenomenon’, the only requirements being a desire to be heard and to make music with others, an open mind and a big, creative heart. Come and be a part of it (see below to register), or book a ticket for the performance to hear the finished results!

Register to take part here: https://forms.gle/1Qp4Cz3Lq3dkibsw7. Musicians of all levels and all ages (we really do mean this!) are very welcome.

Presented by New Music Dublin in partnership with NCH & RTÉ and supported by The Arts Council

Silk Worm Drop-in for Families: Earth Day

Date: April 20th 12:00pm

Location: Atrium, Chester Beaty Library, Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92

Duration: 2 hours.

Help us celebrate Earth Day with this sustainable, environmentally-friendly activity. Using recycled material such as paper or plastic cups, pieces of yarn and left over fabrics participants will create decorative containers suitable for stationery or bric-à-brac items.

Limited to 15 participants. FREE, no booking required.

Early Years Samba: Ta Tum Tum!

Date: Wed 10 Apr 2024 , 10.10am & 11.30am

Location: Draíocht is located in West Dublin in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, and is part of the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre complex.

Listen to the beat of your heart and unleash your little one's creativity in this exciting samba workshop with musicians Kasia and William. Discover the building blocks of samba as we play with rhythm and melody through creative movement, singing, sound exploration and body percussion! Little ones and their grown-ups will also have fun trying out Brazilian instruments used in Samba Music, including caxixi, agogo, pandeiro, tamborim and more.

Booking through Box Office: 01-885 2622

These workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for this age range. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).

'Highlights of the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology' Tours

Date: Friday 5th April 12:30pm

Saturday 6th April 10:30am 3:30pm

Wednesday 10th April 12:30pm

Thursday 11th April 2:30pm

Friday 12th April 3:30pm

Saturday 14th April 12:30pm

Wednesday 17th April 12:30pm

Thursday 18th April 2:30pm

Friday 19th April 11:30am

Saturday 20th April 12:30pm

Wednesday 24th April 12:30pm

Thursday 25th April 2:30pm

Friday 26th April 3:30pm

Saturday 27th April 3:30pm

Location: Archaeology,
Kildare St,
Dublin 2
D02 FH48

Join in this tour and discover what life was like from Stone Age to Medieval Ireland. Learn about perfectly preserved fish traps from the Mesolithic, gold objects from the Bronze Age, and iconic Early Medieval treasures of the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice.

No booking required, places allocated on a first come first served basis. Meet in the Reception, on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible. Families with children 8+

Limerick Activities

Children playing with mud

Saturday Arts and Crafts for Children

Dates: Sat 13th April 11am to 4pm

Location:  Watch House Cross Library, Watch house cross shopping centre, Moyross, Limerick.

Join us for free-play art & craft for children on Saturday 13th April from 11am to 4pm at Watch House Cross Library.

A fresh set of craft materials will be provided. Collect your art materials from the library desk and make something to take home, to display in the library or both!

This is a self-guided activity so children must be accompanied and assisted by their grown-up.

No booking required.

Willow Weaving for Children

Willow weaving image

Dates: Thursday 11th April from 11-2.15pm

Location: The Hunt Museum

Join us for our next Creativity for Wellbeing workshop on Thursday 11th April from 11am - 2.15pm where we will be weaving willow with artist Rose Hanley!

Part 1: 11.00am - 12:40pm

In Part 1, we will discuss how creativity supports our wellbeing and mental health.
We will:

  • Explore what the term “creativity” means and the wide range of creative activities available.
  • Gain an understanding of the important role creativity has in enhancing our sense of wellbeing and improving our mental health.
  • Identify the potential barriers to creativity and explore ways in which we can build in creativity to our daily lives.
  • Start a creativity planner to help us get started, whether it’s learning something new or revisiting an old hobby.

At 12.40pm to 1.00pm there will be a break (Complimentary tea/coffee will be provided. Please feel free to bring a sandwich)

Part 2: 1.00pm - 2:15pm

Part 2 enables participants to get hands on with creativity. This session will focus on Willow Weaving. Artist Rose Hanley will facilitate this session. No experience is necessary.

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