What's On

From Thursday 12 & Saturday 21 March for 7 weeks, 10.15am & 11.15am, €55 per child per term

Gymboree

for 6 months - 4 year olds

Expect musical fun and games incorporating all types of music, over 20 different Styles RnB, African, Latin, Classical, Abba, Elvis and lots more fun mixed with giggles!

Advance booking is required as capacity is strictly limited. 

For bookings and all enquiries, please contact Oonagh Minogue on 086 354 0253.
www.playandmusic.ie  /  www.facebook.com/gymboreeclare

Saturday 14 March, 11am - 3pm, free of charge

Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinic

Prescribing great books for every child

Finished a series and not sure what to read next? Just can’t find a book that interests you? Then the Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinic is the place to go!

Young readers of all ages are invited to drop in and meet the Book Doctor – no appointment needed, and no nasty jabs or tablets, we promise. After a chat about your favourite books, comics or things to do, the doctor will make a diagnosis and write a prescription for your next reads. This year for the first time ever the Book Doctors will be assisted by the Doodle Doctors who will do some fun drawing activities with children/families while they are waiting to see the doctor.

Every visit with the Doctors will end with the patient receiving a Reading Passport to take with them on their book adventures!

From Saturday 14 March for 5 weeks, 10.30am - 11.30am,

Art Classes for Children

Suitable for children aged 5-12 years old

These childrens art classes will take place in the glór foyer with experienced teacher Helen Lowe.

All material is included in the class. The series of classes will touch on still life, portrait, landscape, abstract and animals. For this series of classes we will use oil pastels, watercolors and acrylic on different media. The aim is that after 5 classes the children will feel comfortable with using different media and supports. Class size is limited so please book in advance.

Cost per student €55
(€50 for 2nd child / €40 for 3rd child from same family)

Booking directly with Helen on 086 736 3320.
More information at www.facebook.com/quinart.class

Classes start on Saturday 14 March for 8 weeks, €80 (Activity book and CD included in class costs) / €60 class only

French For Fun For Kids

presented by La Jolie Ronde tutor Rhona Gomès

An opportunity for 4-12 year olds to learn French through games, songs, rhymes, stories, role-plays and fun!
Classes start on Saturday 14th March and run for 8 weeks.

Please pre-book with Rhona Gomès at 086-8262500 as spaces are limited.

For more information about La Jolie Ronde please visit www.lajolieronde.ie

Tuesday 17 March, 1.30pm, €7

The Speks

Songs and Music for kids and kids at heart

We are The Speks and we sing nursery rhymes and kids' songs set to Irish music because we love Irish music!

We live on an island in the middle of the ocean off the coast of Co. Clare, Ireland. It's called Glasses Island because everybody wears glasses here. Our names are Quince, Naymon, Tommo, Pete, Ed and Rafferty and we love to sing, dance and play Irish music for kids. In fact, we're just like big kids ourselves. We never really grew up...we just grew older.

Sing along and sing aloud!

www.thespeks.com

Monday 30 & Tuesday 31 March, 10am - 1pm or 2pm - 5pm, €40 for 2 days

Brick Flicks Stop Motion Workshops

Suitable for ages 8-12 years

Ever wanted to send your favourite mini figure on a space adventure?

This 2 day Brick Flicks stop motion workshop will show you how to blast off in a rocket, charter unknown space, and explore alien planets. Participants will work in small groups to collaborate and create the set, storyboard and plan their stop motion movie and then to film and edit it.

The workshop is focused on hands-on learning and all participants will receive a certificate of participation and a copy of their movie.

All materials are supplied including our mobile film studio kit of iPads so all you need to bring is your favourite Lego character.

Thursday 2 April, 11.45am - 1.45pm, €10 (includes all materials)

Chicken & Nest Model Making - Easter Art Classes for 7-10 year olds

with Helen Lowe

The class looks at our best friend the chicken. To protect their young they need to build a strong and warm nest for them. The children get to develop, learn and create through model making the skills need to keep our chickens warm over the Easter holidays. The children will bring home their own  chicken and nest model.

Thursday 2 April, 10.15am - 11.15am, €8 (includes all materials)

The Clever Chicken - Easter Art Classes for Children for 4-6 year olds

with Helen Lowe

Each child gets to design and build their own clever chicken and nest. Once built they get to paint and decorate the nest that will keep their chicken nice and warm.  The children get to bring home their new pal (which they must feed every day with chocolate bars...only kidding!) which turns into a great hiding place for all the chocolate eggs!!!!

Tuesday 7 April , 10.30am, €5
Wednesday 8 April, 10.30am, €5

Blitz - Everyone can Draw Cartoons

with Aidan Courtney

This is a forty minute workshop where children from 5 years of age to 10 years of age can do really quick step-by-step drawings.  They will draw cartoon characters of all shapes and sizes.  This workshop is to show that everyone can draw cartoons.

Aidan Courtney is an Ennis based former bookseller, book reviewer, cartoonist, workshop facilitator, editor, writer and publisher.  He founded Coimicí Gael to promote comics and the Irish language.  He also has worked as a cartoonist and writer for publications in Ireland, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.  He is a judge with Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year 2014.  He also teaches kids around the country how to make comics through Irish and English.

Tuesday 7 April, 12pm - 1.30pm, €8
Wednesday 8 April, 12pm - 1.30pm, €8
Sign up for both workshops, €14

Comic Workshops for ages 10+

with Aidan Courtney

Tuesday 7th April - Comic Strip Workshop
This is an hour and a half workshop aimed at children of ten years of age and older.  This is to show kids how to tell stories through a comic strip like Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes and Peanuts.  This workshop will use elements of storytelling, where do ideas come from and some step-by-step warm-up drawing exercises.

Wednesday 8th April - Mini Comic Workshop
This hour and a half workshop is aimed at children of ten years of age and older.  This workshop shows kids how to make their own eight page A7 comic from a sheet of A4 paper.  It will also use elements of storytelling and also use some step-by-step warm-up exercises.

Aidan Courtney is an Ennis based former bookseller, book reviewer, cartoonist, workshop facilitator, editor, writer and publisher.  He founded Coimicí Gael to promote comics and the Irish language.  He also has worked as a cartoonist and writer for publications in Ireland, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.  He is a judge with Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year 2014.  He also teaches kids around the country how to make comics through Irish and English.

Thursday 9 April, 10.30am, 1.30pm & 4.30pm,
Friday 10 April, 12pm & 3pm, €8/€28 family of 4

The Elves & The Shoemaker

presented by Fidget Feet

Meet Herman and Daisy. They want to make shoes for your feet. But they owe so much money they barely can eat.  Don’t worry though, because magic is always just around the corner. The Elves are here to help! And sometimes the answers are right above your head.

Fidget Feet’s The Elves & The Shoemaker is immersive storytelling with music and aerial circus for children aged between 4-8yrs and their families.

There is no stage, you will join them inside their workshop and actually help them to make the best pair of shoes ever made.  Herman, Daisy and the Elves need you!

“You are left utterly stunned. Excellent.”  - The Irish Times (on Fidget Feet)

Duration: 75 minutes

Thursday 16 April, 7.30pm, €20/€18 conc./€12.50 child (16 or under)/€50 family (2 adults, 2 children)
2 course supper, 6pm, €16.50

Tutus & Beyond

presented by Ballet Ireland

Ballet Ireland’s Tutus & Beyond journeys from traditional classical ballet to the striking contemporary work being produced today.

Pas de Quatre, the romantic classic caused a sensation when it was created for the four greatest ballerinas of the time in 1845. Next up, Sing Sing Sing inspired by Bob Fosse, a legendary choreographer of Broadway & Hollywood throughout the 60s & 70s.  The second half of the programme features the premiere of a powerful and magical new ballet, Lost, by Ludovic Ondievla. Ballet Ireland continues its commitment to new work in presenting this compelling piece by this ‘young rising choreographer’ (The Guardian).

With lighting by award winning designer Paul Keogan, this mixed programme shows the diversity of the company following its ‘wonderful tour’ (Sunday Independent) of Swan Lake which ‘ticked all the boxes’ (Sunday Independent) and was hailed as ‘one of best productions’ the company has done (Irish Mail on Sunday).

Nolan & Lambe @ glór will be open on the evening and you can opt for a 2 course supper before the event for just €16.50.  This may be booked with box office directly on online here.

Wednesday 22 April, 7.30pm, €10

Actors + Reactors End of Year Showcase

An evening of dramatic extracts, poetry, mime, drama and recitals presented by talented young people from 4 to 15 years and introduced and stage managed by senior Actors and Reactors students.

Actors and Reactors, Ennis – a drama school established by Aoibhín and Doireann Garrihy – will showcase a term’s work in aid of The Clare Crusaders Children Clinic, a self funded clinic providing free therapy and specialist treatment to over 350 children with special needs in County Clare.

Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 May, 7.30pm, €13/€11 conc.

Working With Beauty and the Beast

presented by Ennis Academy for the Performing Arts

This much-loved story, packed with great songs, magical characters and lavish dance routines, has won the hearts of millions, both young and old, throughout the world.  The Ennis Academy for the Performing Arts are putting their magical touch to this all-time favourite and guarantees a great night’s entertainment for children of all ages.  Many wonderful excerpts from  other hit shows will also be included in the evening.  This is a great opportunity to bring the kids along  to experience the magic of real live theatre.

www.ennisacademyperformingarts.com

Saturday 16 May, Ages 10 - 12, 11am - 12.30pm,
Saturday 16 May, Adults, 1.30pm -3pm, €10 (all materials included)

The Big Draw @ glór - with Hazel Walker

as part of National Drawing Day

A drawing  workshop exploring ways and means of  drawing and  what is possible when we draw the line….a  range of materials and methods will be explored, from scribble drawings to large ink and egg yolk drawings and everything in between. No matter whether the last drawing you made was a map of how  to get  to glór, for drawing can be a daily discovery for everyone! 

Suitable for all.

Hazel Walker is visual artist living in Co. Clare. She studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Wimbledon School of Art where she specialised in drawing, completing an MA in Drawing in 2000.  She has worked in a wide variety of art projects, taught classes and workshops both here and in Scotland.  She currently teaches at GMIT Galway and Castlebar.

Thursday 21 May, 7pm, €12/€10 conc./€35 family of 4

Shoot for the Stars

presented by Broadway Dance Recital

This show brings together our three dance schools from Doolin and Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare and Kinvara, Co. Galway.  We will showcase all styles of dance, ranging from jazz, tap, ballet, hiphop, musical theatre and contemporary. 

A family friendly show to guaranteed to entertain all ages.  You will be dancing in you seats to all the well-known pop hits and music throughout the decades.

Thursday 4 June, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer

Written and Performed by Aidan Dooley

Tom Crean, the intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes, is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley.

Hear the riveting true stories of Crean’s Antarctic explorations as one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive the three famous expeditions.  Crean’s story is a testament of human fortitude against all the elements of the Antarctic, his 36 mile, solitary trek to base camp during the Terra Nova expedition to rescue his comrades Teddy Evans and William Lashly has been described by Antarctic historians as “the finest feat of individual heroism from the entire age of exploration”. He was subsequently awarded the Albert Medal for his bravery.

This multi-award winning show has now played critically acclaimed sell-out performances throughout Ireland, USA, Australia, Europe and the UK.

“a remarkable and uplifting piece of theatre, gives everything and asks nothing.” 
Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent

“You will go to then end of the earth to find theatre this rewarding"
Murray Bramwell, The Australian