Cru­in­niú na nÓg: a day of free events for young peo­ple

CRU­IN­NIÚ NA NÓG RE­TURNS FOR THE SEC­OND YEAR AND FEA­TURES EVENTS WHICH EN­COUR­AGE PAR­TIC­I­PA­TION IN CRE­ATIVE AC­TIV­I­TIES.

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By 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 on­ce­off 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).

Storytelle­r Joe Bren­nan.

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