What's On

Classes start on Saturday 5 September for 7 weeks, €56 (Activity book & CD an additional cost of €20)
Classes start on Saturday November for 6 weeks, €48 (Activity book & CD an additional cost of €20)

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 5th September and run for 7 weeks with a second term starting on Saturday 7th November for 6 weeks.
If children are attending both terms the cost is €100.
Pay for both terms up front to be in with a chance to win a free one to one tuition with Rhona.

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

From Thursday 10 & Saturday 12 September 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

From Saturday 12 September for 10 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 €110
(€100 for 2nd child / €80 for 3rd child from same family)

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

Term starting Tuesday 29 September, 10am -10.45am & 11am - 11.45am,

Kindermusik Baby & Toddler Class with Anita - Autumn 2015 term

For ages newborn to 3.5 year olds

Bond with your child as you play, sing, dance (no talent required!), and giggle together. Your child will learn and grow through activities that stimulate brain growth, build motor skills, enhance social-emotional development, and much more.

Parents know instinctively what scientists have proven: young children thrive on music. All over the world, parents bond with their babies through musical sounds and rhythmic movement. They rock and swing their children, put them to sleep with lullabies, make them laugh with nursery rhymes. Kindermusik is the world’s most trusted music movement program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children. 

Digital home material: 
Music downloads: All of the songs, rhymes, stories and sounds from class are easy to download and add to your music collection.  Monthly literature book is included in e-book format, with pages you can turn yourself, and a page-by-page audio read-aloud that you can turn on or off.  Activity buttons take you to a variety of different activity types, including dance and movement instructions, fingerplay demonstrations and instructions, together-in-the-kitchen activities, music time, listening games, vocal play activities, video field trips, find-it/count-it style activities, ideas for pretend play, and more.

For more information or to book, contact Anita directly:
Mobile:   089 983 7551
Email:    kindermusikwithanita@gmail.com

Term commences Wednesday 30 September, 3.30pm - 4.30pm, First Child €100/Additional children €90

The Unlimited Dream Machine School of Theatre with Zara Starr

for 6-12 year olds

Clare based professional theatre company The Unlimited Dream Machine operate a school for budding performers.  Hosting weekly workshops over a ten week term, facilitator Zara Starr will inspire confidence and creativity in a fun and dynamic learning environment.  Zara's hands on approach to devising new and innovative work will encourage students to investigate theatre and performance in an invigorating way while honing their skills as artists.

A native of Clare, Zara is a passionate teacher of Youth Theatre teaching acting, singing and dance.  She is a company member of the multi-award winning ANU Productions and she also plays the character of Loretta in Fair City (RTE).  Zara has five years training in Theatre and in Film from GMIT and specialises in physical theatre, dance, and choreography. 

As well as being a Theatre Maker, Zara is also a Director of both Theatre and Film with her most recent work as Assistant Director on the DCTV production of 'The Inquiry' shown as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2014.  Zara was Theatre Artist in Residence for County Louth 2012/2013.

Workshops take place each Wednesday, 3:30pm-4:30pm, between September 30th & December 9th (excluding Oct 28th, mid-term).
Enrolment in glór on Saturday 12th September from 11am to 1pm.

Booking and information are directly with Zara:
Phone:   083 4512002
Email:     theunlimiteddream@gmail.com
Website: www.theunlimiteddreammachine.com

Monday 12 October in Cúlturlann Sweeney, Kilkee, 10.15am & 12.15pm, €6 (teachers go free)
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Tuesday 13 October in glór, Ennis, 10am, 12pm & 2pm, €6 (teachers go free)

Me, Michael by Tara McKevitt

presented by The Abbey Theatre

Me, Michael by Tara McKevitt is based on the character of Michael Evans, from Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel. Aimed at ages 10+ (5th and 6th class pupils), the online resources cover topics and issues raised in the Friel play such as illegitimacy, inclusion and social structure in 1930s Ireland. These resources incorporate strands of the 5th and 6th class Drama, History, English, Music and SPHE curricula.

It's 1936 and when we first meet friendly and enthusiastic Michael Evans, it's hard to understand why some of the locals say he doesn't fit in.  But then we learn that today is the first time young Michael has ever met his father.

The play introduces the children to an engaging young boy who lives in an unconventional situation, protected by a passionate mother and several idiosyncratic aunts. Me, Michael explores the magic and the pathos of an imaginative child growing up without a father in 1930s Donegal. By sharing his family story of the strong women and absent men that shape his life, Michael finds a new strength in dealing with prejudice.

Me, Michael is imaginative, energetic and tender interactive monologue full of music and dance, performed with great skill by experienced actor/facilitators. This lively re-framing of Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa showcases all the exuberance and insight of the original. It celebrates the innate resilience and courage of children in challenging situations.

Duration is 55 minutes as follows: Pre-show workshop (10 minutes), followed by a performance (35 minutes) and a post-show Q&A session (10 minutes)

Booking for Cúlturlann Sweeney, Kilkee is on 065 906 0769 & www.culturlannsweeney.ie

Booking for glór, Ennis is on 065 68 43103 & www.glor.ie

Tuesday 20 October, 11am, free of charge

Shane Hegarty Reading from the Darkmouth Series for Children’s Book Festival

presented by Clare Library

Shane Hegarty was the Arts Editor of the Irish Times but left when Darkmouth became the sensation of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, with record-breaking publishing deals worldwide.
His best-selling debut explores the border between our world and the world of monsters, (properly called Legends). One of those towns is Darkmouth. There, our hero Finn is the son of the last remaining Legend Hunter – which means that one day soon Finn will be the last remaining Legend Hunter.  Except…he’s not very good at it.

Book directly with Clare Library on 065 6821616.

Saturday 24 October, 11am - 4pm,

P.A.W.S.

The International Pictures and Words Storytelling Convention

The International Pictures and Words Storytelling, (P.A.W.S.), Convention 2015 is an annual arts convention based in County Clare, to highlight art, storytelling, literature, comics, education, the Irish language, film, theatre, traditional storytelling and other media in which stories are told.

This year we will have a gathering in glór with cartoonists, writers and illustrators with sessions from 11am to 4pm, including authors and illustrators Alan Nolan, Matthew Griffin as well as others. 

There will be six paid workshops on the day also.
More details to follow.

Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 October, 10am - 1pm or 2pm - 5pm, €40 for 2 days

Brick Flicks Stop Motion Halloween Workshops

Suitable for 8-12 year olds

Another stop motion masterclass from Createschool for serious Brick Flicks enthusiasts. Fine tune your production skills as you create a deadly Halloween themed set, materialise monsters and zombify characters. Loads of tips on lighting, audio, soundscapes, special effects, FPS & more.  Join us - you’d be mad not to - mwah ha ha!

Thursday 29 October, 10.30am - 11.30am, €10 (includes all materials)

Halloween Workshop - Shadow Fun

with Ana Colomer

Suitable for those aged 4-6 years old.

Create your own shadow puppets and make up a scary story to show your friends this Halloween.
 

Thursday 29 October, 12.00pm - 1.30pm, €10 (includes all materials)

Halloween Puppet Making

with Ana Colomer

Suitable for those aged 7-12 years old.

Learn how to make a scary sock puppet and a rod puppet to bring home and have a frightful good time playing with your friends!

Friday 30 October, 2.15pm - 4.15pm, €10 (incl. all materials)

Halloween Workshop - Itsy Bitsy Spider

with Helen Lowe

Suitable for ages 7-10 years

We will be making lots of itsy bitsy spiders and hopefully no rain will come to wash our spider out. If the sun comes out it will help our spider-makers create a wonderful web to keep our spiders safe and warm.

Friday 30 October, 10.30am - 12pm, €10 (incl. all materials)

African Mask Making

with Helen Lowe

Suitable for ages 4-6

Beware, children's imaginations run wild with this creative African mask-making workshop. The masks will scare all the neighbours during Halloween. It will be a fun filled event that will turn heads over the holidays!

Saturday 31 October, 1.30pm & 3.30pm, €10 Adult / €8 Child / €30 Family

Hansel and Gretel with Bosco

presented by The Lambert Puppet Theatre

Suitable for ages up to 10 │Duration 60 mins

The Lambert Puppet Theatre is now widely recognised as the premier touring puppet theatre company in Ireland. Hansel and Gretel is a beautifully produced show with large puppets, colourful sets and exquisite lighting. 

Paula Lambert was the Bosco voice on TV for seventeen years and indeed Bosco is still a firm favourite with younger children and will make a nostalgic appearance in the opening part of the show.

Thursday 26 November, 8pm, €10

The Liddy O’Reilly School of Speech & Drama

A spectacular evening of drama and fun for all the family, with one of Clare’s longest established school.