Come On In!  Family Hangout Zone

23 Sep - 6 Jan

Throughout our birthday season, we invite you to escape from the hustle and bustle of town and drop in to our free hang-out area.

Come On In!  Family Hangout Zone

A Christmas Carol

2 Dec - 6 Jan

Back by popular demand, The Ark presents Aaron Monaghan and Bryan Burroughs’s playful adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story. The perfect Christmas treat for Ages 7+.

A Christmas Carol

The Ark on Tour: RIDICULOUS!

6 Dec - 7 Dec

We're heading out to The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon with our show full of crazy poems, silly songs and nonsense verse from some of the best loved children’s poets.

The Ark on Tour: RIDICULOUS!

Trad Gigs for Children: MOXIE

27 Jan - 28 Jan

Don’t miss your chance to catch a young band at the forefront of new Irish trad music in a series of special concerts for young audiences.

Trad Gigs for Children: MOXIE

Give Trad a Try 2017

28 Jan - 29 Jan

Have a go at playing traditional music on one of a range of instruments at these fun drop-in sessions for beginners.

Give Trad a Try 2017

Children’s Open Trad Session 2017

28 Jan - 29 Jan

If you’re aged 6+ and play an instrument, this is your chance to come and play in a real trad session!

Children’s Open Trad Session 2017

Children’s Crafts Club 2017

28 Jan - 29 Jan

Try your hand at a variety of fun traditional crafts using different natural materials at this year’s Tradfest Children’s Crafts Club for Ages 4+.

Children’s Crafts Club 2017

Family Workshop: Jim Jam Jugband

29 Jan

Learn to use a range of fun household objects to create music as you form your own family folk band for an afternoon!

Family Workshop: Jim Jam Jugband

Early Years Music: The Quiet Tree

29 Jan

An intimate traditional music performance specifically designed for young children (aged 3-6) and their families.

Early Years Music: The Quiet Tree

Foley Workshop: Creating Sounds for the Screen

18 Feb

Come join Caoimhe Doyle and Jean McGrath in an inspiring and fun Foley workshop looking at the often surprising ways that sound effects are is produced for film.

Foley Workshop: Creating Sounds for the Screen

Lego Animation Workshops

22 Feb - 24 Feb

Make your own Lego movie in this hands-on workshop with Brick Flicks.

Lego Animation Workshops

Storyboard Workshop: The Breadwinner

25 Feb

Cartoon Saloon, the creators of Oscar nominated Song of the Sea return to The Ark with a fun workshop to introduce their brand-new animated feature film The Breadwinner.

Storyboard Workshop: The Breadwinner

Put Yourself in the Portrait Gallery

4 Mar - 26 Mar

Children are the focus of our portrait gallery, with a collection of 12 portraits by acclaimed Irish artist Brian Maguire alongside a range of self-portraits drawn by children.

Put Yourself in the Portrait Gallery

Schools: Face to Face – Portrait workshops

7 Mar - 24 Mar

This creative workshop focuses on developing drawing and observational skills, and is strongly aligned with the drawing, paint and colour strand of the visual arts curriculum.

Schools: Face to Face – Portrait workshops

Face to Face – Portrait workshops

11 Mar - 25 Mar

Forget the mobile phone, why not draw or paint your own selfie? Artist Jole Bortoli helps you explore different ways and styles to create your self portrait in this creative workshop

Face to Face – Portrait workshops

Early Years Workshop: Look at Me!

11 Mar - 18 Mar

A fun and creative session with artist Jane Groves that introduces young children (Ages 2-4) to simple portraiture.

Early Years Workshop: Look at Me!

Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore

12 Apr - 26 Apr

It's not what you say, it's how you say it in this “stupidly lovely show… that offers a child’s eye view of the world and all its mysteries” (The Guardian), for ages 3+ from the Unicorn Theatre in London.

Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore

Artist Professional Development with Tim Crouch

13 Apr

A professional development workshop with Tim Crouch, director of Jeramee, Hartleby and Ooglemore.

Artist Professional Development with Tim Crouch