Song of the Sea: The Exhibition

11 Jun - 31 Aug

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.

Song of the Sea: The Exhibition

Story Doodles Family Workshop

18 Jun - 20 Aug

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+

Story Doodles Family Workshop

Character Design Workshop: Shapeshifters

20 Jul - 4 Aug

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

Character Design Workshop: Shapeshifters

Building Characters: Sea Creature Creations

22 Jul - 6 Aug

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

Building Characters: Sea Creature Creations

5 Day Animation Camp: Making the Film

8 Aug - 12 Aug

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

5 Day Animation Camp: Making the Film

Family Gigs: Kíla

13 Aug - 14 Aug

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.

Family Gigs: Kíla

Lego Animation Workshops

17 Aug - 19 Aug

Make your own Lego movie in this hands-on workshop with Brick Flicks. Ages 8-12

Lego Animation Workshops

Teacher’s Course: A Visual Arts Approach

22 Aug - 26 Aug

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.

Teacher’s Course: A Visual Arts Approach

Family Hang-Out 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.

Family Hang-Out Zone

Birthday Cakes!

23 Sep - 25 Sep

A very special exhibition - of cake! Some of Ireland's best cake artists have joined together to celebrate The Ark’s 21st birthday with an exhibition of spectacular birthday cakes representing The Ark and our past projects.

Birthday Cakes!

Katie’s Birthday Party

1 Oct - 4 Oct

There will be truths, there will be dares, there will be presents and there will be cake! You are invited to celebrate Katie's 12th birthday as she explores what it's like to be 12 years old and moving from primary to secondary school.

Katie’s Birthday Party

Johannes and Margarethe

6 Oct - 9 Oct

Whatever did happen to Hansel and Gretel? Meet Johannes and Margarethe as they open the door of their little cottage - for one day only - to mark a very special celebration.

Johannes and Margarethe

Aston’s Stones

13 Oct - 16 Oct

Aston is a little dog who wants to take care of all the stones he can find. Some are big and some are small. One is sad, another one feels cold. All of them need to be taken care of.

Aston’s Stones

An Online Tool for Easy Music Making in the Classroom

15 Oct

A CPD for Teachers introducing a specially designed online resource for primary music education called Dabbledoo Music.

An Online Tool for Easy Music Making in the Classroom

Monster Music Improv 2016

27 Oct

Join acclaimed jazz vocalist and improviser Lauren Kinsella, outstanding guitarist and technology-whizz Shane Latimer and inventive cartoonist Patrick Sanders for a music performance with a difference.

Monster Music Improv 2016

Tiny Tunes: Early Years Cabaret Performances

29 Oct

Cabaret queen Susannah de Wrixon faces her toughest critics yet as she sings from her charming collection of tunes for the under fives.

Tiny Tunes: Early Years Cabaret Performances

Dabbledoo Music Family Workshops

29 Oct

Let us introduce you to an exciting new way to make music together as a family using shapes, colours and animation.

Dabbledoo Music Family Workshops

Dracula’s Spooky Underground Sound Lab

30 Oct

It’s day time so Dracula is asleep. We have stolen into his underground sound lab and are going to make the spookiest music we can – and hope we don’t wake him up! Presented in association with Bram Stoker Festival 2016

Dracula’s Spooky Underground Sound Lab

The Bram Jam 2016 – Drop-In Music Session

30 Oct

Bring your instrument and join-in to play fun and easy pop tunes and riffs with a spooky theme with other young musicians in a real popular music jam session. Ages 7+. In association with Bram Stoker Festival 2016

The Bram Jam 2016 – Drop-In Music Session

Dracula’s Disco

31 Oct

Get in the spooky spirit with Dracula’s own DJ Will Softly spinning the decks and scratching vinyl. Don't forget your Halloween costumes! Presented in association with Bram Stoker Festival 2016

Dracula’s Disco

I’m in the Band: Mid-term Music Camp

1 Nov

Want to be in a band? Not sure how it all works? Come along to this fun music performance mid-term camp and find out! For Ages 8+

I’m in the Band: Mid-term Music Camp

Conor: at the end of the Universe

9 Nov - 13 Nov

The Ark welcome Collapsing Horse with a theatrical adventure for children aged 4- 6 (and those who remember what it was like to be 4-6!)

Conor: at the end of the Universe

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