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÷ The Beau­ti­ful Beasts ex­hi­bi­tion re­turns from its na­tional tour to The Ark in Tem­ple Bar. An­i­mal sculp­tures in cu­ri­ous ma­te­ri­als and un­ex­pected guises will de­light young minds and they get the chance to try out their own an­i­mal art at the end. Best of all, en­try is free. July 1-Au­gust 27.


÷ From to­day and through­out the sum­mer, the Na­tional Gallery of Ire­land will have drop-in fam­ily Sun­days from 11.30am-1.30pm. Themed to tie in with the Vermeer ex­hi­bi­tion, artist Caomhan Mac An Io­maire guides tots to teens through the art works. All ma­te­ri­als sup­plied. Last en­try 1.10pm. Free of charge.

at the Gal­way In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val, July 17-29. Par­ents of the un­der-sev­ens need hear no more. With pup­pets and mu­sic, it’s a non-ver­bal pro­duc­tion from the ac­claimed Bra­nar com­pany. No shows July 22-24.


÷ They will never be bored with a book but the West Cork Book Fes­ti­val boasts a Book Clinic to help those kids who are stuck in a read­ing rut. The chil­dren’s wing of the fes­ti­val also has read­ings from Lau­re­ate Na nog, PJ Lynch and Geek Girl au­thor, Holly Smale. July 14-21 and book­ing out fast. west­cork­mu­


÷ Car­low Mil­i­tary Mu­seum is worth a look for the small peo­ple in your life who like es­pi­onage and in­stru­ments of vi­o­lence. Check out their 1798 sec­tion, the recre­ated World War II trench and the Cold War map of Co Car­low in Rus­sian. Adults, €2.50, chil­dren, €1.30. car­low­


÷ Steam trains and vin­tage buses are among the ex­hibits at the Ca­van and Leitrim Rail­way mu­seum in Dro­mod, Co Leitrim. You can also take a 50-minute trip on a re­stored steam train, choo-choo­ing through the coun­try­side. Tel: (071) 963-8599

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