Tuesday 23 July 2019

A day of youthful creativity

Cruinniú na nÓg returns for the second year and features events which encourage participation by children and young people in creative activities

Myles Buchanan

Now in its second year, Cruinniú na nÓg celebrates and encourages participation by children and young people in creative activities in their local neighbourhoods and communities.

Ireland is the first, and only, country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18.

Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme's Creative Youth plan to enable the creative potential of children and young people.

It takes place on June 15 with numerous events taking place throughout the county.

Russborough House hosts a day-long programme of events and activities, including a Free Creative Family Fun Day to taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You can enjoy an individual session or simply soak up the atmosphere and lap up a family walk, face painting, and lots of drop-by activities while siblings are busy at other activities.

You can also visit Russborough House's Exploration Dome Mobile Planetarium. The mobile planetarium is designed to explore science, astronomy, geology and geography in a fun and interactive way to fully envelop the audience.

This is a fully mobile digital planetarium dome with astronomy and science shows. Exploration Dome uses state-of-the-art full dome 360-degree 3D digital projection technology, stunning graphics, and advanced computer simulations. The astronomy shows and full dome films are suitable for all ages and are projected throughout the inner surface of the dome to fully envelop the audience. Booking is essential and the available times are 10.30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11.30 a.m., 1 p.m., 1.30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3.30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4.30 p.m., 5 p.m.

On the same day Russborough also hosts a fun willow sculpture event for children, where they can craft a fish, flowers, stars and much more. Each 30-minute workshop is hosted by Aoife and Pat of Wicklow Willow. Again, booking is required.

The Key Notes are one of the world's top close harmony groups ad will be performing live from 4 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a Process Art Workshops With Me and the Moon taking place. Drop in and join in with a series of fun and engaging process art workshops throughout the day.

The National Bird of Prey Centre in Russborough will be open as well for guided tours and handling sessions.

Enjoy a free guided tour, meet hawks, falcons, eagles and owls from all around the world, and enjoy a handling session with some of centre's many hand-reared birds.

Booking is essential. The session will last up to one hour and the available times are 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

A singing workshop with Tracy Nagle takes place in the Courtyard Workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Speks present a lively show of nursery rhymes and sing-along songs set to acoustic Irish music in the Hippodrome from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Brick Flick stop motion animation workshops will take place too. You'll work in small teams with like-minded young animators to create short films and learn some of the basic skills. You can bring along your favourite mini figures but select carefully! Make sure they have what it takes to be the star in your film.

You can also explore the raised boardwalks and woodland rides of Birdwatch Ireland's East Coast Nature Reserve to find out more about our native tree species and woodland wildlife.

Scoil na Coroine Mhuire in Ashford hosts a singing workshop by traditional singer Aileen Lambert, who has loads of experience singing with children and loves nothing more than passing on our unique song heritage to the next generation.

A lego workshop takes place in Enniskerry Library from 11 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. The Mermaid Arts Centre will screen 'Can You ever forgiven me?' staring Melissa McCarthy at 8 p.m.

You can join artist and folklorist Michael Fortune in the Mermaid Arts Centre for a once-off series of workshops which creatively explore the living folklore, stories, and customs of County Wicklow. 'WAVE' is a show specially designed for babies under 12 months old by Early Years drama specialist Anna Newell and musician Eamon Sweeney. It takes place in Greystones Library.

At Blessington Library you can journey through magical worlds filled with incredible creatures and wonderful characters with internationally renowned storyteller Joe Brennan.

A traditional singing initiative with artist Rachel Uí Fhaoláin called 'Let's Plant a Seed' takes place in The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely.

The same venue also hosts 'The Secret Garden' at 12 noon to 12.40 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 2.40 p.m. Hear Mary's story in this atmospheric reading, abridged by Sara Keating and performed by Jody O'Neill (Fair City).

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