How to Catch a Star

5 Dec - 30 Dec

We welcome Branar Téatar do Pháistí back to The Ark for the festive season with their gorgeous adaptation of Oliver Jeffers' best-selling picture book.

How to Catch a Star

Clowns Without Borders Workshop

19 Jan

Come and join the circus with Clowns Without Borders and learn some new circus skills and tricks in this fun-filled free workshop.

Clowns Without Borders Workshop

TradGigs for Children: Pólca 4

25 Jan - 26 Jan

Bringing the distinctive driving rhythms and speed of West Kerry trad to the stage, Pólca 4 will showcase their lively take on this unique regional style of Irish music with fun and energetic bilingual gigs for schools and families.

TradGigs for Children: Pólca 4

Give Trad a Try 2019

26 Jan - 27 Jan

Have a go at playing traditional music on one of a range of instruments at our popular drop-in sessions for beginners. Part of the TradFest Children's Hub 2019

Give Trad a Try 2019

Children’s Crafts Club 2019

26 Jan - 27 Jan

Try your hand at a variety of fun crafts using different materials at this year’s Tradfest Children’s Crafts Club for Ages 4+. Part of the TradFest Children's Hub 2019.

Children’s Crafts Club 2019

Children’s Open Trad Session 2019

27 Jan

If you’re aged 6+ and play an instrument, this is your chance to come and play in a real trad session! Part of the TradFest Children's Hub 2019

Children’s Open Trad Session 2019

Family Workshop: Bodhrán Beats & Rhythms

27 Jan

Everyone's a drummer in this fun musical workshop for families to enjoy together! Part of the TradFest Children's Hub 2019

Family Workshop: Bodhrán Beats & Rhythms

String Play

8 Feb - 9 Feb

Enjoy a musical trip through an ordinary day in this fun concert for Ages 5+.

String Play

Interactive Installation: The Curious Cello

8 Feb - 9 Feb

Discover an unusual cello you can play without having taken any lessons! A fun new music installation by composer Jonathan Nangle.

Interactive Installation: The Curious Cello

Creative Music-Making with Ernst Reijseger

9 Feb

Invent your own music and crazy sounds with the help of Dutch cello virtuoso Ernst Reijseger. This is a very special opportunity for children to experience the energy and imagination of Ernst while he visits Ireland for the Spike Cello Festival.

Creative Music-Making with Ernst Reijseger

Lego Animation Workshops 2019

19 Feb - 22 Feb

Make your own Lego movie in this practical workshop with Brick Flicks. Part of Fantastic Flix at The Ark.

Lego Animation Workshops 2019

Directing for the Screen

23 Feb

Join IFTA and Emmy award winning Director Dearbhla Walsh for a workshop for children with a keen interest in film and life behind the screen. Part of Fantastic Flix at The Ark.

Directing for the Screen

Peat

28 Feb - 31 Mar

The Ark presents the world premiere of a brand new theatre show for ages 8+ by Kate Heffernan. Directed by Tim Crouch.

Peat

BIG BANG Dublin! 2019

5 Apr - 7 Apr

In April 2019, we will present Ireland’s first ever annual international music festival for young audiences. You can look forward to lots of amazing music performances and exciting installations for children aged 2 to 12.

BIG BANG Dublin! 2019

Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered!

13 Apr - 23 Jun

Throw the dice and enter a colourful and creative world of board games in this exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, London.

Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered!

Young Inventors Camp

23 Apr - 26 Apr

From analogue to digital - explore the evolution of physical games with Make Create Innovate in this four day camp for Ages 9-12.

Young Inventors Camp

Workshop: Game Changer Jewellery

4 May

From fun to funky, make your own accessories with old game pieces in these craft workshops for ages 8-12.

Workshop: Game Changer Jewellery

Workshop: Design a Board Game

6 May

Join award winning game designer and developer Brenda Romero and design your very own board game in this fun workshop for Ages 8-12.

Workshop: Design a Board Game

Family Talk: So you want to be a Game Designer?

6 May

Award-winning game designer and developer Brenda Romero has been inventing games since she was a child, landing her first job in game design at the age of 15.

Family Talk: So you want to be a Game Designer?

W.A.M. (We Are Monchichi)

11 May - 12 May

The Ark and Dublin Dance Festival present an engaging family show at the O'Reilly Theatre for ages 7+ that takes an amusing look at our relationship with others.

W.A.M. (We Are Monchichi)

Children’s Dance Workshop

11 May

This fun dance workshop for ages 7-12 will incorporate hip hop and contemporary dance techniques.

Children’s Dance Workshop

Game Plan for Schools: Polar Opposite Players

22 May - 21 Jun

A STEAM-based workshop on games and magnetism that can be tailored for Junior Infants to 6th Class.

Game Plan for Schools: Polar Opposite Players

ILFD at The Ark

26 May

We welcome International Literature Festival of Dublin back to The Ark again in 2019 with a day full of fun events featuring some of your favourite authors and books.

ILFD at The Ark