The Cruinniu na nÓg Festival takes place nationwide on 15th June 2019. It is a national day of creativity for children and young people to celebrate and encourage them to participate in culture and creativity. Here’s a selection of what’s on with Free Events for Kids at Cruinniu na nÓg 2019:
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Free Events for Cruinniú na nÓg at glór in Ennis
As part of the festival glór in Ennis, Co. Clare will have two fun events for families:
The Far Flung Trio presents Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev
Date: Saturday 15 June 12:00pm & 2:00pm
Cost: Free of charge but ticketed. Please pre-book.
Duration: 45 mins Suitable for all ages
Peter and the Wolf is full of enchanting melodies and rich textures, topped off with Prokofiev’s colourful orchestration. This much-loved gem is a universally familiar tale, suitable for children but also a sophisticated piece of music that will appeal to any age. The tale of Peter will be narrated by the Trio while playing.
Including an educational introduction to the music and the instruments, (violin, accordion and double-bass), and a post-show Q&A.
Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf is a piece full of enchanting melodies and rich textures that we have enjoyed arranging to suit our instruments. Prokofiev’s colourful orchestration has been fascinating to engage with, stimulating our imagination as we hope it will the audience’s.
Date: Saturday 15 June 4:00pm
Cost: Free of charge but ticketed. 94 minutes duration, 12A. Please pre-book.
When 11-year-old Parvana’s father is taken by the Taliban, she and her family find it difficult to survive without a man in the house. Women are forbidden from going anywhere unaccompanied, which means access to food or even trying to enquire about their father’s whereabouts is impossible. Parvana decides to cut her hair and pass herself off as a boy, so that she can become the family’s new breadwinner.
Based on Deborah Ellis’ award-winning novel, director Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner tells an extraordinary story of courage as a young Afghan girl finds strength in the love of her family and the power of storytelling. This is the third Oscar-nominated film from Irish animation studio The Cartoon Saloon.
Cruinniú na nÓg: Art Workshop at National Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks
Saturday 15th June, 2pm to 4pm – What would happen if artefacts in the Museum came to life? Let your imagination go and develop your artistic skills in this fun workshop creating animations of Museum objects!
Cruinniú na nÓg Family Tour – Off the Cuff? Clothes through the Ages at the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology
Saturday 15th June, 2pm to 2.45pm – To celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg, take this special tour of the Museum galleries to find out about clothes in the past! What did people make their clothes from hundreds of years ago? Can clothes tell us anything about the people who made and wore them? Uncover the answers to these questions and more and handle some of our replica artefacts relating to clothing on this special family tour. Ages 7+
Cruinnui na nOg events at Strokestown Park, House, Gardens & Famine Museum
There are a number of fun events taking place at Strokestown House for Cruinnui na nOg:
11am-1pm Gymboree, ages 0-4
An enthusiastic entertainer will lead children in play and song through musical games and instruments, movement, and dance.
2-3pm Danielle’s Storytime ages 5-8
Professional storyteller Danielle Allison will transport children to places near and far with stories that are funny, serious, wise and interactive.
2-4pm Jack Flash Juggling Workshop, ages 9-12
Have a ball at this juggling workshop. Watch, then learn, juggling skills and presentation. Everyone gets involved and everyone will be able to learn at least one trick.
3-4pm Theatre Workshop, ages 13+
Why not try your hand at acting? Whether or not you have performed before, this Roscommon County Youth Theatre workshop could be the thing for you.
4-5pm Jack Flash Juggling Show, all ages
This is a juggling show with the ‘wow’ factor that will keep the whole family entertained.
4.30-5.30pm Board Game Making Workshop, ages 13+
Like playing board games? Well, how about creating your own? This fun and interactive workshop will show you how to create your very own board game.
Cruinniú na nÓg Family Day at Corkagh Park with ReCreate
ReCreate invites you and your family to Corkagh Park for a Creative Family Day on the 15th June 2019. Join them between 12-5pm for a fun filled afternoon of making and creating. To celebrate the national day of creativity and culture for children and young people, the ReCreate team will bring an array of creative activities to this beautiful green space.
Be curious and inventive together with materials such as wool, plastics, fabric and foil and celebrate ReCreate’s first Family Fun Day for Cruinniú na nÓg 2019. Catering for all ages, a range of activities will be available, and the children’s creations can be taken home as a memory of Cruinniú na nÓg 2019.
With a local music and performance showcase as well as special guests from The Kabin Studio and Music Generation Cork. Relax under the sail shades made by children from St Luke’s National School, have fun in the messy play corner, or join us for storytelling and reading sessions courtesy of Douglas Library Service with their pop-up library. A day for ‘doing’, ‘making’ and ‘creating’, with music, dance, circus, arts and crafts workshops, performances and much more.
More Free Cruinniu na nÓg Events Around Ireland
From Nature Art Boat Trips in Carlow to Alice in Wonderland in Donegal to a Family Fun Day in Wicklow, there are tons of free events for kids and teens around Ireland to celebrate this special day.
Find all the events near you on the Creative Ireland website.
Over to you now. What do you think of the events planned for Cruinniu na nÓg? Tell us in the comments below.