Take Part in These FREE Events for Kids at Cruinniu na nÓg


May 16, 2022

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Cruinniu na nÓg 2022 takes place 11th June 2022 with lots of free events and activities for children and families to enjoy in person and online. They will help children and young people to celebrate and encourage them to participate in culture and creativity.

Although June 11th is the official day for Cruinniu na nÓg 2022, check out the Creative Ireland website for activities to do in the lead up to and beyond the day.

Free Events for Cruinniú na nÓg 2022

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From photography workshops to making musical instruments, there are tons of free events for kids and teens around Ireland to celebrate this special day. Here are some of the highlights for Cruinniu na nÓg 2022:

At Home with National Museum of Ireland

NMI – Archaeology

Date: June 11th

Where: At Home / Virtual

Did you know that the Vikings never had horns on their helmets? Download and print out Horrible Helmet craft instructions, make your own Viking Helmet, and find out more about helmets in the Viking Age.

In Norse Mythology, Hugin and Munin are a pair of ravens that fly all around the world and bring back information to the Viking god Odin. Download each of the three PDFs to find out more about Hugin and Munin, a template to create your mask, and instructions to show you how to make it.

These activities are designed for children aged 7-12 years old. For more information and to download the activities, click here.

NMI – Natural History

Date: June 11th

Where: At Home / Virtual

While the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History is closed for important building works, get creative this Cruinniú na nÓg with some short ‘Museum at Home’ activities.

Take a peek inside the NMI – Natural History, fondly nicknamed the Dead Zoo. Meet the Bengal tiger, walrus and giant deer, as you discover the different types of animals and fossils on display at the Museum during this short video for young children.

Download and print an activity sheet on the giant deer and learn about an ancient animal that lived on your doorstep thousands of years ago! Colouring in the illustration and help the giant deer to escape the ice sheet by completing a short maze activity.

For more information on these activities, click here.

Celebrating Ukrainian Craft: Creating Berehynias

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Date: June 11th at 11am, 12.30pm (for Ukrainian children only) and 2pm

Where: Drogheda Library

In this craft workshop children will create traditional Ukrainian dolls Berehynias. Berehynia is a Slavic goddess with a function of hearth mother, protectress of the home. Traditionally in Ukraine those dolls were created to bring luck and prosperity to one’s home and protect it from bad spirits and people with bad intentions.

Run by Ukrainian artist Olga Duka, the children will learn how to craft the dolls by using Ukrainian traditional doll-making techniques and all natural recyclable materials.

The workshops will be a safe, friendly, artistic environment for Ukrainian children where they can speak their own language to peers and to the facilitator. The 12.30pm session is open to Ukrainian children only.

The three workshops will be held in the Drogheda Library and are open to ages 9-12yrs.

For more information and to book a place, click here.

Have Your Say

Don’t miss the chance to have your say! We’re looking for parents to get involved and give their feedback on all aspects of family life.

Have Your Say

Historic Houses Ireland Heritage Habitats – Creative Activities at Birr Castle

Cruinniu na nog 2021

Date: June 11th

Where: Birr Castle Demesne

Set in the heritage town of Birr, on 120 acres of parklands and gardens, Birr Castle Demesne boasts a rare collection of over 5000 species of trees and plants, wonderful wildlife, and peaceful walks along rivers, waterfalls, and lakeside.

On June 11, Birr Castle will open the doors to several workshops linking their Astronomical Heritage alongside their rich Wildlife and Plant Heritage, which can all be found within the demesne of Birr Castle.

Each of the workshops will have an informative session followed by a creative activity, and afterwards the participating children along with their parents can spend time exploring the parklands on one of the many trails.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Bain Traill As Uirlisí Ceoil – Try Out Musical Instruments

Date: June 11th at 12pm and 2pm

Where: Doirí Beaga, Donegal

Primary school children will be very welcome to try out a wide range of traditional musical instruments based in the Crannóg including pipe, harp, concertina, fiddle, mandolin, flute.

The music group An Crann Óg will be playing music and instructors will show and explain to the younger children about the instruments. A great opportunity to stimulate interest in Irish music, with the help of teenagers from the Gaeltacht.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

TIKTOK | Dance and Tech Drop In Workshop

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Date: June 11th

Where: The Civic, Tallaght

Wanna really up your dance game and learn some of the TIKTOK tricks of the trade? Come and take part in these drop in TIKTOK classes with filmmaker and dancer Matt Szczerek.

Learn elements of juggling, hip hop dance and illusion. Experience cutting edge immersive technology and explore how dance is embracing the Metaverse. Your TIKTOK films will be edited together to make one epic film that will be projected as part of Culture Night 2022.

There are 3 workshops divided by age:

  • Ages 12-13: 10-11.30am
  • Ages 14-16: 11.30am-1pm
  • Ages 16+: 2-3.30pm

For more information, click here.

Make Your Own Polaroid Camera with Cardboard Collectif

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Date: June 11th

Where: Dunlavin Library, Wicklow

It’s amazing what we can make out of old cardboard and paper along with some glue and scissors! In this hands-on junk modelling workshop, Cardboard Collectif will help you make polaroid cameras and collaged photographs out of cardboard and paper.

All materials are supplied – you just need to register. Be sure to wear something comfortable and not brand-new for this fun-packed activity!

Suitable for ages 8-10 years. The workshop is free but places are limited so booking is essential.

For more information, click here.

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LEGO Robotics and Coding Workshops

Date: June 11th

Where: Spiddal Library, Galway

Come and have fun while learning to build, connect, and code robots with building kits and computers!

Corrib Kids Coding will run a LEGO robotics and coding workshop for kids aged 8-12 year olds and are suitable for complete beginners as well as those who have already have coding skills.

The workshop is free, but places are limited so booking is essential. For more information and booking contact Laura at corribkidscoding@gmail.com

Make Your Own Badge Workshop

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Date: June 11th

Where: Castlebar Library, Mayo

Have you ever wanted to make a badge with your own design? Here is your chance to use your own drawings and ideas to create a wearable piece of art to display on your clothes/bags or to give as a unique gift.

Under artist Fiona Dowling’s guidance, you will create a number of designs based on your own ideas and then pick your favourites to turn into badges. Every participant will have the opportunity to create and bring home up to five of their very own badges.

Each workshop is 45-minutes long and can accommodate 12 children.

Age 7-12

Workshop 1: 10-10:45am
Workshop 2: 11-11.45am
Workshop 3: 12-12.45pm

Age 13+

Workshop 4: 2-2.45pm
Workshop 5: 3-3.45pm

The workshop is free but places are limited so booking is essential. Book now by contacting Fiona on storyoffiona@gmail.com

Monster Doodle Workshop

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Date: June 11th at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm

Where: Riverbank Art Centre, Kildare

Join the Doodle Doctor in making a massive Monster Doodle! What kind of monster do you imagine? Are they friendly or scary? How many eyes so they have? How many tongues? Noses?!

The Doodle Doctor will be on-hand to help you take part in a massive collaborative drawing on a giant piece of paper. Grab some colours and join in! You’ll have as much space as you want to let your imagination run wild!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

The Big Dig at Carlow County Museum

Cruinniu na nog 2021

Date: June 11th from 11am-5pm

Where: Carlow County Museum

Dig into Viking history with the School of Irish Archaeology! Explore the Viking world through a replica Viking house and excavation site and experience a simulated archaeology dig.

This hands-on workshop gives young explorers the chance to experience what it’s like to be an archaeologist by learning how to excavate Viking remains. They’ll learn about the lives of our Viking ancestors and, as they dig through the site, participants will unearth Viking treasures and artefacts dating back 1,000 years!

The School of Irish Archaeology educational workshops offer a unique experience that will leave our future generations fascinated by our ancient ancestors and eager to learn more.

This event is free but booking is required. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Step Inside a Painting

Date: June 11th from 11am-1pm

Where: Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

A workshop to stretch the imagination and awaken the senses for 7–10-year-olds.

Join professional artists Ashleigh Downey and Kimberly Griffith Walsh and be inspired to imagine the world inside a painting. Together the artists will bring you on a journey of sights and sounds, and help you to create your own colourful multimedia artworks, in this special two-hour workshop.

Booking is essential. For more information, click here.

Fís Feasa: Wisdom of Youth

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Date: Workshops on May 14th and May 28th; screening June 11th from 1-3pm

Where: Dunfanaghy Workhouse

Our local landscape is filled with rich heritage and mythology that we engage with every day, and this project invites teens to respond creatively to the landscape of Dunfanaghy and Donegal.

Taking place at Dunfanaghy Workhouse, these workshops will have participants learning how to create short films inspired by the resources around them and finding new ways of engaging with our surrounding heritage through different media.

Workshops take place Saturday 14 May, 1pm-6pm and Saturday 28 May, 1pm-6pm. The audio-visual results of their work will be one minute short films (bilingual/Irish language) that will be shown in the Workhouse cinema space on 11 June at 1pm and 3pm.

For more information, click here.

Find more great events on the Creative Ireland website.

Free Events for Kids at Cruinniu na nÓg

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Published On: May 16th, 2022 / Categories: Ireland, Things To Do / Last Updated: June 22nd, 2022 / Tags: , , /

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Michelle is a Mum to 2 girls and co-founded Mykidstime.

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