Free Art Materials

Mon, 07/09/2015 (All day) - Tue, 15/09/2015 (All day)
Free materials

Free stuff for Art, Craft, Science...

All sorts of bits and pieces will be available from my car boot  through Not Back To School week including the N Down sports day- first come first served, take what you want and leave the rest (not to Derry- we'll be going on the train).

Much of it has been used, but that makes it great for using and not worrying about it- huge paper for creations, crayons to melt with a hairdryer, scraps to collage with!

I will also be bringing the CPR training kits, anyone who still has one out, it's a good opportunity to return them.

Carnfunnock September Camping Trip

Sun, 20/09/2015 (All day) - Wed, 23/09/2015 (All day)
Carnfunnock Country Park
The Northern Ireland Maze

A few families have booked 2-3 nights camping in Carnfunnock Country Park and would love some company! They have lots of resources available and I hope to be able to explore the maze, play in the park, have a bug hunt, hug a few trees and get mucky.

"2 nights camping works out 27.50£ as its off peak time, obviously if you fancy coming along book for however many nights you want my aim would be we can hook up closer to the time and pitch nearby / next to each other if it suits.

The Family fun zone will be open on the Sunday and they have Treasure hunts, Orienteering, Maze, amd the Park open until dark all other days"

W5 - Not Back To School Exhibition visit with Workshop on Light

Fri, 11/09/2015 - 10:30am - 3:40pm
W5 sign

School is back and the museums are empty again. A relaxed trip to W5 in Belfast to celebrate.  We will arrive at 10:30 for a 11am workshop on Light, eat a lunch in the cafe (you can bring a picnic) and go on to explore the exhibition.

We will be benefiting from group/educational rates so payment in advance is essential to secure a place.


"W5 has over 250 interactive exhibits which cover many curriculum areas such as science, technology, art & design, geography, mathematics, ICT and english. They are organised into four main exhibition areas DISCOVERY (for under 8's only), GO, SEE/DO (8 Years +). The exhibits are designed to develop children's understanding and encourage thinking and problem solving skills. We also have a new exhibit “Climbit”  Climbit is a unique, visually elegant, three dimensional sculpture specially designed for climbing.  Oval platforms let children traverse over and under and through an amazing structure.  Details of the exhibits in the different areas and links to the curriculum can be found on our website."

International Bog Day

Sat, 25/07/2015 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Cuilcagh Mountain Park
Cuilcagh Mountain Park

Learn about bog habitats, learn how people hand cut peat, stories from days gone by in the bog, bog pool dipping, other fun interactive activities from all the family. Free event for general public, booking essential through Marble Arch Caves visitor centre 02866 348855. The organiser would especially love to meet up with other Fermanagh families at this event.

Giant's Causeway Tour

Fri, 10/07/2015 - 10:30am - 2:00pm
Giant's Causeway

"In general terms the group would meet in the Community Learning Centre, welcome talk, guided tour outdoors down to the Giant’s Causeway covering myths & legends and basic geology, then time in the exhibition inside the visitor centre"
Cost is £4.25 per child, one adult per six children will be free  (we'll share the saving).


Mini Beast Hunt

Fri, 12/06/2015 - 10:20am - 12:00pm
Lisburn Museum

Mini-beast hunt followed by summer craft workshop at Lisburn museum and Castle Gardens
Friday 12th June - meet at 10.20 am Lisburn museum.
For age 4 yr + (younger ones can come with you). No charge.
We could go to Wallace Park for lunch and play afterwards weather permitting.
Please let me know for numbers if you would like to come.

Mayo Bushcraft Course

Fri, 03/07/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/07/2015 (All day)

Bushcraft family home ed camp happening again. Friday - Sunday 3-5 July, in Mayo, food included, camping facilities all provided, beautiful 10 person tepees. Places were first offered to those who attended the first bushcraft a few months ago, and some cannot go because they have other arrangements so there are 6 places on offer. Children over 7, with accompanying adult. Some actitives are for the adults and children, and some are for children with adults more in supporting role, and a few just for children. There was a constant camp fire and it was great to have that time to chat and drink lotsa tea, while the kids played nearby in the forest. There is a lovely rhythm to Bushcraft weekend, there is quite a number of organised activities and then also time in between to just chill, as Colm from Bushcraft feels that it is important to slow down, and not pack too much in, to feel the rhythm of the nature. Just six places, price €50 per person. message - a deposit of €30 per person to book your place. 

Tour of Cathaleen Falls Hyrdo Electric Station

Tue, 26/05/2015 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Cathaleen Falls, Ballyshannon

Cathaleen's Fall

Booking essential. Please let us know if you would like to come. Arrive 11/11:15 to start the hour-long tour at 11;30.

"The construction of the Erne Hydro Electric Scheme after the Second World War was a major boost for County Donegal. The development prompted a building boom in the region which saw an employment increase surge in construction bringing engineers, electricians and other hydro-specialists from both at home and abroad to the town of Ballyshannon when work began in 1946.

At Ballyshannon, and on the stretch of the River between the sea, the natural fall of water is 45m, which makes the Erne catchment the perfect location to house the hydro-electric dams. The River Erne itself is 60 miles long and is the second largest river system in Ireland. From its source at Slieve Clah in County Cavan (200m above sea level), it winds its way through Loughs Gowna, Oughter, Upper and Lower Erne before it enters the Belleek Channel. Two power stations were built on the river – one at Cliff and a larger at Cathaleen's Fall. They were commissioned in November 1951 and April 1952 respectively.

ESB is offering FREE guided tours of the Cathaleen's Fall Generating Station which is located in Ballyshannon in County Donegal."

St Aiden's Old Church and Woodland

Thu, 25/06/2015 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
St Aiden's Old Church, Magilligan
St Aiden's

We will explore and find out about the history and natural history of the place, bring a picnic and wet weather gear.

All welcome but let us know you are coming...

Belfast Zoo

Wed, 10/06/2015 - 12:00am - 2:00pm
Belfast Zoo
Giraffes and zebras at Belfast Zoo

We will meet in the Children's Zoo and have a picnic or play in the play park before the presentation at 1:15, then we'll explore the zoo at our own paces. Bring a picnic and wet weather gear. Let us know if you want to come.

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