We are delighted to host Bealtaine as they present a conversation and reading event for grandparents and their grandchildren with Marita Conlon McKenna and Sarah Webb.
Learn how to create your own art that helps to tell a story in this interactive workshop for young children led by prizewinning artist and writer Marta Altés.
Every great fantasy story starts somewhere, but where, and how, do you begin? Learn how to create your own fantasy world, from inventing heroes and villains to shaping your characters and plot.
Chaos Descends at the Ark! Join Shane Hegarty for a hilarious rollercoaster ride through the third book in the monstrously funny and action-packed Darkmouth series.
Baby aliens, vampire rat teachers and spies – primary school is an interesting place! Especially if you’re Blue Peter Book Award-winning author Pamela Butchart.
Are you a young reader? Do your bookshelves need perking up? Don’t worry – the Book Doctors are back!
Welcome to The Magic Bookshop: a treasure trove of wonders where second-hand books flock together and their stories leap from the pages!
Are you wild about wildebeest? Crazy about crocodiles? Barmy about bears? Alan Nolan and Sarah Webb know all about that: they’re Animal Crackers. Join them for an interactive mash-up of crazy animal facts, drawing and book fun.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet one of the finest children’s authors writing today - Frances Hardinge. Part of the International Literature Festival Dublin 2016
Performance poet Joseph Coelho brings his award-winning poetry collection Werewolf Club Rules off the page with this wonderful interactive performance that will make you wild about writing.
The Ark & Dublin Dance Festival present a captivating experience for ages 7+ from multi award-winning choreographer Akram Khan at the O'Reilly Theatre.
A creative dance session for children aged 7-12 years will be led by the dancers of Akram Khan Company’s Chotto Desh - Dennis Alamanos and Nicolas Ricchini.
Perfect for school tours, this fun and engaging animation workshop experience can be delivered in English or as Gaeilge. For 3rd-6th Class
Dive into an underwater adventure with artist Paula Henihan for an interactive story-based session that will introduce very young children to simple animation forms. Ages 2-4
A beautiful exhibition that gives you a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of the Oscar® nominated film Song of the Sea by Irish animation company Cartoon Saloon. Part of our Get Animated Summer Programme
Join Brown Bag Films’ Emmy-Award winning storyboard artist Marten Jonmark and invent your own story, design the visuals and then draw the storyboards! Ages 5+
Following the huge success in 2013, we are excited to present this engaging arts summer course for primary school teachers. This course will focus on two curriculum areas: drama and music. In partnership with Dublin West Education Centre
In this engaging camp, you will work in groups to create, storyboard and animate short animated films using a different technique every day. For Ages 8-12.
Join animator Rory Conway and discover how simple shapes create complex characters! Rory will firstly tell you about the process of creating characters for animation and then you will get a chance to design and draw your own characters. Age 7-12
Work with artist Jane Groves to create a cast of characters to fill our specially created sea-themed animation stage. A hands-on workshop for you to get creative with different materials to make your individual characters. Ages 5-7
Screening of Song of The Sea in the Irish Film Institute in Irish with English subtitles.
IFI Family in collaboration with The Ark
Sa cheardlann seo atá spreagtha ag príomhscannán Cartoon Saloon Amhrán na Farraige, cruthóidh tú do chuid beochana féin a bhfuil téama den fharraige acu. This is an animation workshop delivered in the Irish language inspired by Cartoon Saloon’s Song of the Sea.
Become part of an animation film production team in this hands-on practical course and be part of creating a short film! For Ages 8-12
Outstanding Irish band Kíla play a gig specially for families as they bring their hip-shaking, smile-making, groovy brand of trad back to The Ark.
Make your own Lego movie in this hands-on workshop with Brick Flicks. Ages 8-12
Due to popular demand, we are delighted to be presenting this course for a third year in a row. This hands-on, creative course focuses on a visual arts approach to exploring narrative, literacy & other subjects.