Culture Night for Children
Culture Night has grown from small beginnings to become one of the most important fixtures in the cultural calendar in Ireland. While there are events planned for all ages this is definitely a night to involve the children. The atmosphere is electric, as you introduce them to new worlds as the sun goes down. We have selected a few of our favourite child-friendly events all over the country below to give you a small flavour of what’s on.
Kerry for Colour
If you have children who like colouring outside the lines then Tralee ENTS in Kerry has the workshop for you. The Process Painting Workshop will encourage experimentation. Children of all ages will create unique pieces while learning about painting techniques and art history.
Sproai in Sligo
In Sligo, the Hawkswell Theatre will be throwing open its doors to children aged 3-10 years. Explore the Imagination Playground hosted by Bricí Spraoi. Blue foam blocks of all different shapes and sizes will stimulate their imagination as new constructions are created. And parents are welcome to join in to – just remember to wait your turn and share!
And for even smaller children, there will be the fabulous Lullabies from Around the World in the Hawkswell. This celebration will see singers from around the world soothe both children and parents with their favourite lullabies. Nobody will judge if you find yourself nodding off at this one.
Top fun in Tipp
The clever people in Cashel Library are multitasking and combining culture night with the Cashel Art Festival. Famous children’s author Julian Gough will be in residence for a storytelling session. Julian will be reading from his much-loved Rabbit and Bear books. This promises to be a popular event for children from 5-8 years so booking is essential.
While in Cahir, artist Deirdre Dunn will host a Children’s Painting Class. For one hour your budding Picasso will explore colour,perspective and distance – and possibly create a masterpiece for the fridge.
And in Clonmel Library there will be Fabulous Tales – Family Story Time. this interactive storytelling session is for all the family. Watch little faces fill with delight as expert storyteller Simone brings her characters to life.
At a time when we are trying to encourage children to step away from the screen the Civic House Trust in Cork is celebrating the classics. Children and grownups can bring along their favourite picture book from 4-5.30 pm. As your book is read aloud, images will be projected onto the wall so you can see your favourite characters come alive.
Also in Cork at 6pm the Centre for Russian Culture will be launching a children’s ceramic art exhibition entitled ‘My Beautiful Cork’. Before that there will be a free pottery workshop for children and adults where you can create your own masterpiece – or a wonky pot.
Carrigaline Library will play host to puppeteer Dominic Moore and Basher Bacon.This interactive show will have children shouting out the answers as they help our puppet hero and his friends on their adventurous journey, defeating wizards and villians on the way.
For the future All-Stars
In Dublin budding GAA stars should head to Croke Park where there will be free guided tours of the stadium. And afterwards you can explore the GAA museum and check out your skills in the Interactive Games Zone. While in Cork there is an all-access tour of Pairc ui Chaoimh – where you can emulate your GAA heroes.
Lots of fun in Limerick
The brilliantly named Printy Little Fingers in Limerick Printmakers will be running childrens only printing workshops from 5-8pm. After that the adults get to take their turn.
Culture Night for Children – Lots more events to choose from
We also have hundreds of Culture Night 2018 events listed on www.inspireme.ie. Or check out www.culturenight.ie for the complete programme. And don’t forget to sign up here to save your favorites and to receive notifications about upcoming events