The Cruinniu na nÓg Festival takes place nationwide on June 23rd 2018. 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 2018:
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Free Events for Cruinniu na nÓg at glor in Ennis
As part of the festival glór in Ennis, Co. Clare will have theatre, workshops, music and cinema all free of charge (although booking is required for some events) including:
- The Willow Wood by Julie Tiernan with Anne Blake for ages 3 to 5 years
- Piano Music Marathon suitable for all ages
- Family Workshop: Introduction for African Dance
- Cinema: Making the Grade
Celebrating Birds in the City: Drop-in activities at The Ark Dublin
At The Ark in Dublin a lush new planted façade and entrance garden will be unveiled on Saturday 23rd June 2018, transforming The Ark into a new green space to attract bird life, insects and flowers – with the design informed by the ideas and artworks created by local children.
As part of activities for Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg, The Ark invites you and your family to come and explore the building, encouraging you to get creative, dig in, and get your hands dirty during numerous drop-in activities. The building will be a hive of activity aimed to inspire children (and their grown-ups) to examine the variety of plant and animal life in the city.
Activities will run from 10.30-1.30pm and include:
- Flower pot planting
- Protein balls for birds
- Make your own bird
- Build a bird feeder
- Make a bug motel
Throughout the day, from 10.30- 4pm, the building will also host an interactive gallery space with a display of artwork and designs produced by local children during workshop sessions with city greening experts Green Edge.
Free Activities for Cruinniu na nÓg at Lough Key Forest & Activity Park
There are lots of free events and activities taking place at Lough Key Forest & Activity Park for Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday 23rd June between 2 and 6pm at Lough Key including
- Slovakian Jazz Band
- Art Workshops
- Castlerea Inflatables
- Lough Key Adventure Kingdom
- Magic Face Painting
- The Lough Key Experience
- Wheel O (Wheelchair Orienteering)
Russborough Family Park Run & Children’s Fun Morning
The Park Run and Children’s Fun Morning at Russborough House is a fun, free family event. The course runs entirely on trail paths in beautiful Russborough Parklands and is 5 kilometres long.
There will be free admittance for children to the Russborough Maze on the day and children can enjoy trying out a smoothie bike.
Fun “giant” games will also be organised.
More Free Cruinniu na nÓg Events Around Ireland
From Animation Workshops in Cavan to Jewellery Workshops in Galway to Creative Writing in Wexford, 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.