Mini Beasts

Thu, 11/06/2015 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Slieve Gullion Forest Park
Giant's Lair

A Mini Beast hunt with Danielle at Slieve Gullion on Thursday 11th June at 11am. This is a free event.
Danielle will take us on the Nature trail, including the Giants Lair, discussing the Biodiversity while hunting out some mini beasts 
We all need to meet at the main car park at 11am, and the session should last till around 12.30-1pm so might be worthwhile to bring a picnic, though there is also the Cafe.
Booking essential.

History of Art - Painting

Tue, 26/05/2015 - 10:30am - 2:30pm
Marquis Hall, Bangor

We will look at different styles of painting throughout the ages. Each family could present one style of painting and we will have a go at recreating some famous paintings.

Please bring an overall for your artists!

Stop Motion Animation

Tue, 12/05/2015 - 10:30am - 2:30pm
Marquis Hall, Bangor

We will be learning about different ways to make stop motion animation films. From plasticine to lego and also using ourselves to create stop motion animation. 
There are various apps you can download to your smartphone or tablet. iMotion is an app that we have used with success. 
Please bring a smartphone or tablet with a stop motion app. There will be extra's available if you don't have your own.

Consider beforehand how you will keep the camera steady for each shot. Small phone tripods are available from Amazon.

Theatre Open Day

Sat, 13/06/2015 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
The Alley Theatre, Strabane

The Alley Theatre in Strabane are running an open day again on 13th June.

Some home educators attended the last one in the autumn and the kids LOVED it, so there will certainly be some of us there again.

Last time they got to try on costumes and wigs, got face painted, tried out lighting, sound, smoke machine, etc. Also had a dance and art workshop.

Highly recommend and as a bonus it's free! You just need to pre-book your slot, go every 30mins from 12-3pm I think.

Contact us to arrange to meet up with other home educators.

Foraging Walk

Thu, 30/04/2015 (All day)
Near Coleraine

A walk through a forest somewhere near Coleraine (time and place to be confirmed) with someone who knows about such things. Identifying plants with medicinal and culinary uses, trying out some recipes for both. Bring wet weather gear and snacks.

Wild Woods

Wed, 22/04/2015 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
An Creagan
Wild Woods

Playing in the 'Wild Woods' at An Creagán. Water, mud, fire, sticks, marshmallows and more mud. Bring a picnic and wet weather gear (wellies, waterproof everything, a change of clothes), we won't give up just because it happens to rain!

"I’ve booked you in for the 22nd April and the numbers are totally flexible. With the Wild Woods there is no guided programme, but I usually walk the group down and welcome them as we light the campfire and then it’s off to play. We normally put out pond nets, buckets and spades, den building materials, paints and maybe some other junk art stuff and the children are free to move around as they please and engage in whatever activities appeal to them – parents can stand back and supervise."

From Sheep to Jumper

Tue, 23/06/2015 - 10:30am - 2:30pm
Marquis Hall, Bangor

From Sheep to Jumper- This co-op will take us through all the processes needed to create and knit or crochet with yarn. From washing wool, carding, spinning, plying, knitting and more. There will be a chance to try spinning yourself on a spinning wheel and with drop spindle.

Beach Safari

Thu, 02/07/2015 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Rock Pools

Hunting and gathering with Jim Allen (from the Environment Agency- local historian and environmental expert), learning about the shoreline and collecting shells and things. 

1000: Meet at Portballintrae car park (overlooking Bush River).

Crab Claws (how a crab survives in a rock pool)

Penguins & Killer whales (wildlife conservation in the ocean)

Waves (water on the move – or is it? What makes a wave?) 

Message (leaving a message for others to read)

There is a charge for the session, which will depend on uptake.  It will definitely be less than £10 per family for the two sessions. Given that we usually pay £3/4 for the hall that works out as an extra £2/3 per session.

Beleek Pottery Tour

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Beleek Pottery, Fermanagh

As part of the Discover Fermanagh weekend there will be some home educators booked into the public tour on Friday, anyone wishing to join them or other events through the weekend should get in touch. This is a chance to meet casually at an interesting and educational public event.


Thu, 05/03/2015 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
Coleraine West Community Centre, Rope Walk, BT52 2LT
Cave Painting

Taking inspiration from the Living History event that many of us are attending on the 18th (but not depending on it) we will be exploring aspects of pre-history.

We plan on constructing a brown-paper cave for paintings by (electric) fire-light, making stone circles and other pre-historic excitements.

New members welcome, let us know if you want to attend.

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