The Toddler Take Over 2018 - For Ages 1-4 Years - SOLD OUT

The Toddler Take Over 2018 - For Ages 1-4 Years - SOLD OUT

A Little Event For The Youngest Citizens of Blanchardstown

Thu 24 May 2018 10AM-3.15PM / Ages 1-4 Years Draíocht Galleries, Draíocht Foyer & Draíocht Workshop Room // Free / €5

Shadows, sights, sounds … scribbles, giggles, swirls ...
Join Us For our 4th Toddler Take Over Adventure in May!

A host of wonderful artists and art forms awaits you to see, hear and experience new adventures during our Toddler Take Over Adventure 2018! Draíocht’s Toddler Take Over, now in its 4th Year, celebrates the limitless imagination of the very young child and the magic that happens when it is combined with the world of artists and the arts. With a combination of book-in and free drop-in events, children are invited to explore synaesthesia with Sights and Sounds and think about really important questions:
For this one day, Draíocht transforms into a big space for adventure through story, visual arts, music, circus and dance for the very young. Scribble and draw inspired by Sharon Kelly’s exhibition, dance, move and see a mysterious and strange land of domes and  shapes in our Main Auditorium, discover musicians playing, Roll Up with the circus, dance with shadows, watch a film unfold and more. Children are invited to bring their insatiable curiosity and their adults to explore, discover new art forms, create, play, dance, draw, sing and nurture creative potential, while having fun too.

All Children must be accompanied by an Adult and all Adults must be accompanied by a child! Dress for Mess and we would ask you to please respect age limits on book in workshops. Booking is by phone via Box Office on 01-8852622 or in person at Box Office, open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm.


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Family Day: Drawing

Family Day: Drawing

Sat 2 Jun 2018 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Scribble, shade, circle and line. Be inspired by the exhibition ‘MAKing Art: The DRAWing Exhibition’ and along with the exhibition artists, Curator Sharon Murphy and Draíocht Family Day artists Deirdre and Genevieve, explore the magic of simple mark making, with charcoal and pencil and chalks.

Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop.
Session 1: 12pm-12.50pm
Session 2: 1pm-1.50pm
Session 3: 2pm-2.50pm
Dress for Mess/ Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part/ Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family Days are not designed for groups/ Children must be accompanied by an adult… and all adults must be accompanied by a child!

Learn To Play Music Day 2018

Learn To Play Music Day 2018

With Castleknock School of Music

Thu 7 Jun 2018 1.30pm-5.30pm / Age: 6 months to 8+ Years // €5 per child per session (accompanying adult free)

Ever wondered what it would be like to play a piano, pluck a violin string or blow into a saxophone? Well, now you can with Castleknock School of Music’s ‘Learn to Play Music Day’, where you can come and try an instrument. There are also ‘Mini Music Classes’ available for ages 6 months to 7 years. This promises to be a great afternoon to learn a little about music and have some fun.
Advance booking essential on tel: 01-8852622

Ages / Mini Music & Instrumental Classes / Times

6-24 mths / Mini Music: Busy Babies  / 1.30-2.00pm
2-3 Yrs   / Mini Music: Bonny Bluebirds / 2.10-2.40pm
3-4 Yrs   / Mini Music: Red Robins      / 2.50-3.20pm
4-5 Yrs   / Mini Music: Pink Bears      / 3.30-4.00pm
5-6 Yrs   / Try it Out: Pathway to Piano / 3.30-4.00pm
5-6 Yrs   / Mini Music: Yellow Bunnies   / 4.00-4.30pm
5-6 Yrs   / Try it Out: Adventures in Violin / 4.30-5.00pm
6-7 Yrs   / Try it Out: Adventures in Violin / 3.30-4.00pm
6-7 Yrs   / Try it Out: Gateway to Guitar  / 4.00-4.30pm
6-7 Yrs   / Mini Music: Green Frogs     / 4.30-5.00pm
6-7 Yrs   / Try it Out: Pathway to Piano  / 5.00-5.30pm
7+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Adventures in Violin  / 4.00-4.30pm
7+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Pathway To Piano   / 4.30-5.00pm
7+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Gateway to Guitar     / 5.00-5.30pm
8+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Flute/Clarinet/Sax   / 2.50-3.30pm

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie - Sensory Friendly Screening
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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie - Sensory Friendly Screening

Cinema at Draíocht

Sat 16 Jun 2018 3PM Draíocht Studio // €5 adults & children

Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, DreamWorks Animation brings audiences the long-awaited global movie event, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dim-witted superhero named Captain Underpants.

For this sensory friendly screening the volume is lowered, the auditorium lights are left on at a low level so the auditorium won't be in total darkness, we have restricted the capacity and viewers can make noise and move around the auditorium space if they wish.

Cert: PG / Language: English / Dur: 84 mins
In association with Access Cinema


Bookings: 01-8852622

Summer Projects 2018 - Art Explorers: Adventures of Me

Summer Projects 2018 - Art Explorers: Adventures of Me

Mon 9 - Fri 13 Jul 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // €35

Bookings: 01-8852622

WORKSHOP A: 4-8 YEARS   10AM-12PM  €35
WORKSHOP B: 9-12 YEARS 1PM-3PM    €35   

Artist Deirdre O’Reilly will introduce the children to a range of art materials and artistic experiences. ‘Adventures of Me’ will be an artistic journey for children to explore a wide range of techniques which will stimulate their imaginations to be inventive and harness their curiosity. From print making, to painting, to creating their own clay panels, to making 21st century fossils, and looking at and responding to other artists work, all of which will be curated into their end of week exhibition for all to enjoy.