Dates: August 11th at 12:30pm
Come along and experience a little journey and adventure through your imagination and senses.
Each family in attendance will receive a little pack of props containing things to see, feel, hear and smell, making this story one that can be experienced with both mind and body.
This event is suitable for 9-12 year olds. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
National Heritage Week 2021
Dates: August 14th to 24th
National Heritage Week 2021 may be a time for individuals or families to uncover their personal histories for the first time. Is there a tradition such as a song or craft that has been passed down through your family or community that you are curious about? Have you become more aware of nature in your locality? Heritage exploration opportunities are endless, no matter your interest.
On Wild Child Day, The Heritage Council encourages kids and families to drop the devices, jump off the couch and get outdoors to explore the heritage in their locality. This year’s Wild Child Day will take place on Wednesday, 18th August.
For more information, visit www.heritageweek.ie
The Big Dig
Dates: August 15th
Visit Castle Park House for family fun and entertainment as part of Heritage Week 2021. Throughout the day, families can explore the past through the Viking House workshop and excavation, designed around children from 5-12 years of age.
This innovative product allows children to explore the Viking world through a simulated and controlled archaeology dig. Children have an opportunity to experience what it is like to be an archaeologist by learning how to excavate the remains of a Viking house. They will have an opportunity to dig for Viking treasures and artefacts dating back over 1000 years and learn about our Viking ancestors through the eyes of real archaeologists!
Places are limited so booking is advised. For more information, click here.
Children’s History Camp at 14 Henrietta Street
Dates: August 16th-17th or 23rd-24th
Join Dublin’s Historian-in-Residence for Children, Dervilia Roche, and Tour Guide, Justine Murphy, for an in-person two-day summer camp this August, exploring history through games and crafts in the historic setting of 14 Henrietta Street.
Learn about the different chapters of Dublin’s fascinating history, create your own artworks inspired by some of the subjects, and enjoy fun interactive games.
The summer camp is suitable for children aged 9 – 12 years old. Places are very limited, so advanced booking is advised.
Tickets cost €10 per child. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
Live Online Workshop for Teens: Pop Art meets Ottoman Turkey
Image © Murat Palta
Dates: August 17th at 12pm
Meet artist Murat Palta to discover his artworks which are commentaries on popular culture, historical events and current affairs. Using art materials and a sense of humour, why not create your own response to contemporary culture in the style of 17th century Turkish painting?
For more information and to register for a place, visit www.chesterbeatty.ie
For Our World
Dates: Until August 23rd
This summer, SSE Airtricity and Dublin Zoo will bring the excitement of wildlife and conservation into homes nationwide with For Our World; a series of interactive and fun online learning adventures, featuring renowned wildlife photographer Mike Brown and the animals from Dublin Zoo.
Starting from mid-June, with new content added fortnightly until the end of August, the series will be packed full of unique facts and information about the animals at Dublin Zoo and the conservation programmes they support, as well as plenty of inspiration to explore Ireland’s natural world.
Throughout the For Our World series, wildlife photographer Mike Brown will set mini challenges that will get viewers to explore their local area and understand more about conservation and biodiversity.
For more information, click here.
Causey Ice Cream Adventure
Dates: Until August 29th
This year, the Causey Farm Ice Cream adventure will be extended with more challenges, a new Story Time Willow Walk, some potatoes to dig, and extra characters to meet. All the games, puzzles and animals – topped off with a delicious ice cream for everyone – will ensure a great summer day out for all!
All tickets must be pre-booked online at www.causey.ie/icecream
Fairy Trail: Of Fairies and Fairy Folk
Dates: June 30th to August 31st
Of Fairies and Fairy Folk is a new fairy trail at National Museum of Ireland – Country Life in Castlebar exploring fairy dwellings and tree folklore with artworks produced by local artists Carmel Balfe and Tom Meskell, of Wandering Lighthouse Artworks.
The trail delivers a timely message about sustainability and biodiversity and curious families of all ages can find out more about the native and introduced tree species dotted across the grounds of Turlough Park House, in our magical woodlands, wonderful waterways and beautifully restored gardens.
Entry is free. For more information, click here.
All-Ireland Ladybird Survey 2021
The All Ireland Ladybird online survey is part of a research project on “the status, threats, protection and conservation of ladybirds in Ireland”. The research project is managed by Fota Wildlife Park and University College Cork, and part of research towards a PhD degree. This project will help to discover the distribution of ladybirds in Ireland, and help to determine conservation plans for the future.
How can you help? First, download the Native Ladybirds of Ireland Sheet and the Harlequin Ladybird Identification Sheet. If you are in your garden, going for a walk or at work and you see a ladybird:
- Leave it on the plant/place that you found it
- Take a photo (very important as it helps to verify)
- Make a note of where it is, date, time, description
- Go to the biology.ie and record your sightings.
You can also record your ladybird find via the Irish Ladybird Survey app (free on Google Play) and get more information here.
Take the Trivia Trail at Lough Key Forest Park, Roscommon
Dates: When you visit
The next time you visit Lough Key Forest and Activity park families can enjoy The Lough Key Trivia Trail! Simply purchase your trivia pack from the info booth and get everything you need to decipher the clues and complete the trail.
How to Book: Simply purchase your trivia pack from the info booth and the family can enjoy hours of outdoor problem solving fun!
Relationships are Key: eLearning Parenting Course
Dates: Available now
A positive relationship with you will help your child to learn, make friends and contribute successfully to society. Would you like to learn more about getting the most out of your relationship with your child to benefit you, your family and your child?
Whether you are a new parent and or a parent that has been doing this for a while, the seven Relationships Are Key modules will support you to learn new techniques, tips and tricks to help enhance your relationship with your child. Completing the modules individually, on line, is particularly useful as you can dip in and out of the modules.
For more information and to register your place, click here.
Sport Ireland ‘Keep Well’ Video Series for Children with Autism
Dates: Available now
The Keep Well campaign is encouraging people to mind their physical and mental health and wellbeing by adding healthy habits to their routines.
Sport Ireland has produced this 6-part series of exercise videos, designed to focus in on movement patterns that are beneficial for development, combined with low and higher intensity exercises that use a similar pattern to aid learning.
The key focus is the development of gross motor skills to improve co-ordinated movement, core strength and balance.
The sessions can be done as week by week progressions or standalone sessions. You can do the exercises in your own space and at your own pace, by pausing and restarting the videos at a pace that works for you.