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

The Ark on Tour: The Beautiful Beasts

27 Aug - 31 Dec

Touring to three venues across Ireland, visit a weird and wonderful collection of animal sculptures curated by The Ark especially for children.

The Ark on Tour: The Beautiful Beasts

Culture Night 2016 at The Ark

16 Sep

As cultural organisations across Ireland throw open their doors for free-events, join us at The Ark and Meet the Animators!

Culture Night 2016 at The Ark

Come On In!  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.

Come On In!  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

The Ark on Tour: Monster Music Improv

21 Oct - 31 Oct

We're out on tour with Improvised Music Company this Autumn with our music improvisation and visual adventure!

The Ark on Tour: Monster Music Improv

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

Talk for Grown-ups: I Still Want to Go to Space

16 Nov

Join Dr Niamh Shaw in conversation as she shares the science of space travel in her naturally engaging and warm style. A talk for adults that will change your relationship with space and inspire you to embrace STEM in new and interactive ways

Talk for Grown-ups: I Still Want to Go to Space

Science Week Family Talk: My Place in Space

20 Nov

How was our Solar System made? How do we smash an atom? Did you know that we are all made from Star dust? Find out in this special space-themed Science Week event

Science Week Family Talk: My Place in Space

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