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Super Happy Fun Times at Home

Super Happy Fun Times at Home

August 16, 2020

(Last updated: August 17)

It is so heartwarming to see artists and performers from around the world share their work freely across the internet for us all to enjoy. We will be keeping this page up to date with the streams and collections that may inspire imagination and movement.

While it is a quite incredible to have so much digital content and connection at our fingertips, the most precious time spent will be playing and creating away from screens. In this unusual time, may you uncover hidden curiosities, talents and experiences.

From our Baboró family to yours, we wish you health and happiness!


REGULARLY UPDATED CHANNELS

These are links to artists, theatre makers and venues who are releasing new content and performances on a regular basis. Some performances are limited releases!


ANNA AND ARJI'S BROOM CUPBOARD
3 TO 7 YRS | ACTIVITIES
A Line Art presents a series of free activity based online workshops that are BSL interpreted. Children and their families are invited to make, play, learn and create every day items from the home. Why not start with a pair of Superhero Underpants!
View on their website

CONNECTING KIDS WITH CONTEMPO FROM GALWAY MUSIC RESIDENCY
ALL AGES | MUSIC
Connecting Kids with ConTempo is a four-week initiative designed to help children engage with classical music in a fun and creative way. Starting Friday July 31 at 11am for 4 weeks.
View on Galway Music Residency Facebook Page

CREATIVE SCHOOLS TV FROM THE ARTS COUNCIL OF IRELAND
ALL AGES | CREATIVE
CSTV is a new initiative to bring the work of Creative Associates right into your home. A YouTube playlist features dance, lacemaking, photography and creative writing!
View on YouTube

CAMPA CÚLA4 FROM CÚLA4
ALL AGES | ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS
A fun and entertaining series that focuses on the educational, athletic and cultural development of young people. There will be a new theme each week.
View on Cúla 4

THE ARK AT HOME ARTS ACTIVITIES
ALL AGES | THEATRE
Since you can't come to The Ark, they're bringing a piece of The Ark to you, with streams of new performances being put live each week.
View on TheArk.ie

CÚLA4 AR SCOIL
ALL AGES | TEILEFÍS GAEILGE
Shows and music in Irish and programmes covering elements of the school primary curriculum each week.
View on Cula4.ie

TRADOODLE TV
3+ YRS | MUSIC
Tradoodle is a traditional arts festival for young people. They are running 'The Far Field' sessions on their YouTube channel. The Far Field sessions draw on the show’s themes of fairies, folklore, and farming!
Watch on YouTube


NATURE

WILD AND WONDERFUL THINGS
ALL AGES | NATURE
The Linenhall Arts Centre presents a series of four online videos to support loose parts play and to encourage and inspire you to create an artwork on this theme from items in your home or surroundings. Create your own art piece based on the theme “Wild and Wonderful Things” using found items from around your home and garden.
View on Youtube

12 GARDEN ACTIVITIES
UP TO 8 YRS | NATURE
A collection of garden activity ideas with children from MyKidsTime.ie. Plant, scavenge, make a bird bath, decorate rocks and more!
View on MyKidsTime.ie

MUSIC OF PLANTS FROM HERITAGE IN SCHOOLS
UP TO 12 YRS | DRAWING AND NATURE
A tutorial for primary school children with an introduction to the Violet in springtime in an Irish woodland including a lesson on how to draw the Violet.
View Part 1
and Part 2


DRAMA

HOME DRAME RESOURCES FROM THE GAIETY SCHOOL OF ACTING
ALL AGES | ACTING
These drama resources have been developed by the GSA’s education team, and in addition to creative drama, they provide a selection of science, craft and film-making activities for you and your children to explore a variety of themes and have fun!
View on gaietyschool.com


READING, WRITING & DRAWING

NOVEL TEENS FROM MUSEUM OF LITERATURE IRELAND
TEENS | WRITING
NovelTeens is an online series of creative writing mini-masterclasses for teenage writers. The series kicks off with a bitesize masterclass from Dave Rudden, Author of Knights of the Borrowed Dark series.
More on MOLI.ie

CHILDREN'S BOOKS IRELAND
5-8 | READING
Children's Books Ireland has a series of videos and resource packs for children on their website.
View resource packs on childrensbooksireland.ie
View their #boredombusters playlist on YouTube
View all Children's Books Ireland resources here


POP UP POETRY FOR LIL' PEEPS (LIVE FROM JUNE 13TH)
UP TO 6 YRS | POETRY
A new multi-platform project by Branar Téatar Do Pháistí for children up to 6 years. Irish writers and artists Inni-k, Mary Murphy, Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin and Liz Weir have created new poems and nursery rhymes in Irish and English for this unique project. Audiences can enjoy this work online through vivid audio recordings and new animations by artist Maeve Clancy.
More on Branar's Website

BRIGHT SPARKS CREATIVE BURSTS
9+ YRS | WRITING
Creative Bursts are a collection of video activities created by Sarah Webb and supported by the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI). Sarah Webb is an award-winning children's writer and children's book champion.
View on the MoLI website

THE ARK AT HOME ARTS ACTIVITIES
ALL AGES | ART
Since you can't come to The Ark, they're bringing a piece of The Ark to you, with this great selection of At-Home Arts Worksheets and Activities. New activities are released each weekday.
View on TheArk.ie

CARTOONING CLUB
ALL AGES | DRAWING
Cartooning Club is an art channel teaching simple drawing techniques. The channel is packed with step by step lessons to draw favourite characters from popular culture.
View on YouTube

CRAWFORD ART GALLERY
FAMILY | ART
Crawford Art Gallery in Cork has produced some rather charming activities for families.
View on their website

DRAWING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
12+ | DRAWING
Achill based artist, Maeve Clancy has published a workshop to help you discover skills that can be used to draw a person in their home setting.
View on Facebook

LUNCH DOODLES WITH MO WILLEMS
FAMILY | DRAWING
Mo Willems is an animator and creator of children's books who has worked on Sesame Street and The Muppets. Each week he is uploading a doodle videos to his YouTube channel.
Watch on YouTube

SAND CLAY HANDPRINTS
FAMILY | ART
Make some handprint keepsakes using this simple, homemade sand clay recipe for long-lasting memories and sweet gifts. Add shells and treasures collected on beach visits too!
View instructions here

GET IRELAND MAKING FAMILY | CRAFT
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland have joined up with Culture Ireland to produce crafting activities at home under the banner 'Get Ireland Making'.
View on their website

DESIGNER MINDS DAILY EXPLORER 8+ | STEM
Designer Minds is for the children who can't stop tinkering with technology, the ones who love learning about nature and how the world works. They are sharing a 'Daily Explorer' activity each day on their Facebook Page.
Daily Activities on Facebook


STORYTELLING

LEABHAIR DO PHÁISTÍ
ALL AGES | STORYTELLING
A wonderful and diverse collection of stories for children in Irish curated by Máire Nic an Rí.
View the collection

RAB FULTON CELTIC TALES
ALL AGES | STORYTELLING
Rab is a Galway based storyteller who is sharing his magical adventure poems and stories for children and families.
View Details

WORLD STORYTELLING CAFE
ALL AGES | STORYTELLING
Órla McGovern has added a child friendly set to a collection of stories for all ages. The first set is from her book Wild Waves & Wishing Wells.
View here

AUDIBLE
FAMILY | STORYTELLING
Audible are streaming their incredible collection of stories for children for free while schools are closed. All are available through the link below to stream on desktop or mobile.
Listen on Audible

SEOID PRODUCTIONS
FAMILY | STORYTELLING
Producer and writer, Ann Dalton, has published activities and a collection of free podcasts for children which have been broadcast on RTE JR.
View and listen here

OLIVER JEFFERS BOOK READING
FAMILY | STORYTELLING
Oliver Jeffers is a visual artist and author who makes picture books for children. He is live casting daily readings on his Instagram (@oliverjeffers) and past readings on his website.
Watch Old Episodes

CLIODHNA NOONAN STORYTELLING
EARLY YEARS | READING
Join Cliodhna Noonan daily as she shares some short stories and songs for babies on her Facebook Page.
Watch on Facebook


MUSIC & MOVEMENT

CIRCUS @ HOME
ALL AGES | CIRCUS
Circus@Home with Galway Community Circus are online classes from Monday to Friday, both live and pre recorded, through Zoom. You can join Family Circus, Object Manipulation, Strength and Flexibility, Handstand or Training Space and the Creative Lab.
Learn more on their website

IRISH AERIAL CREATION CENTRE
ALL AGES | CIRCUS
The Irish Aerial Creation Centre is running some online conditioning classes for children, families and adults. Schedule available through the link below.
Sign up on their website

MORNINGS WITH PAPA TOM
FAMILY | MUSIC
Musician Tom Chapin is presenting 'Mornings with Papa Tom' on his Youtube Channel.
Livecast on Facebook & YouTube


EXHIBITIONS & ONLINE

VIRTUAL TOURS OF WORLD MUSEUMS & GALLERIES FOR CHILDREN
FAMILY | EXHIBITIONS
The UK website, Family Days Tried and Tested, have compiled a comprehensive list of virtual tours you can take with children. It is an incredible resource of travel, geographical and historical knowledge!
View the list on their website

HUNT MUSEUM
FAMILY | ACTIVITIES & EXHIBITIONS
The Hunt Museum is bringing exciting, cultural and educational content for families to do from home.
View on their website