Spring/Summer Programme 2014

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Are you ready planeteers?

Are you brave and willing enough to help us save the planet at Imaginosity this April? Captain Planet has issued instructions to Imaginosity's facilitators to lead kid planeteers in workshops that will set them on the path to being responsible global citizens! Kids can take part in Captain Planet's superhero trail, or join in an art workshop that explains all about endangered species and what we can do to help. Workshops are free with admission but booking is essential!

You can find out times and dates of workshops on our calendar.


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Jungle Dave visits Imaginosity, Friday 18th April 



Jungle Dave is back at Imaginosity for the third year running and, as always he's bringing a few furry and fierce creatures with him!  

Dave's Jungle is a menagerie of snakes, spiders, lizards, iguanas and more - and we're invited all those brave children out there to come along and meet them.  The show will take place in the 9.30am and 11.30am session on Friday the 18th of April and spaces are limited so early booking is advised.  Why not start the Easter weekend off to a wild start?


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Join us this Easter Monday for a fun-filled day out at Powerscourt. This is a trail through Powerscourt, during which the families will encounter various characters – some of whom may be familiar from storybooks and all of whom are experiencing scientific dilemmas. We have Goldilocks and her never-ending bubbling over porridge pot – can you figure out which chemical is causing the trouble and why? The Billy Goat Gruff's bridge is baffling him in the engineering department and finally, Imaginosity's Mad Scientist has a show for you at the end that may create more questions than it answers! Throughout the trail, the children will also have other scientific conundrums to figure out based on the natural environment of the gardens.

Book your tickets now on the Powerscourt Website (Imaginosity will not be handling tickets for this event.)

What's the Story? A Big Competition for Little Storymakers 2014



 Imaginosity, Dublin Children's Museum, is celebrating childrens' imaginations by hosting its second nationwide creative story-making competition for children aged 3-8 years. We're looking for creative, unique, imaginative stories that will excite and delight our wonderful panel of guest judges. Children can choose to enter the competition using the written word (story or poem) or a drawing, painting or animation and be in with a chance to win some great educational prizes.  Check out last year's talented winners!

To enter the competition in the individual categories, download the application form here and see all rules, terms & conditions here! For further information download a competition pack here.

Print out your school entry information pack and application form here!

Competition Categories:
*Age 3-4 *Age 5-6 *Age 7-8
Group 1: *Junior/Senior Infants
Group 2: *First/Second Class
Important Dates

*Competition Opens: Monday 3rd February, 2014

*Competition Closes: Friday 28th February, 2014

*Winners Announced:Thursday,May 1st 2014

*Winners' Prize-Giving Ceremony at Imaginosity: Saturday, 17th May 2014

*Winning Schools' Tour Visit to Imaginosity: May 29th – 11:30am-1:30pm. This date is fixed and cannot be changed. 

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Paul Howard - Author

Peter Sheridan – Playwright & Author

 Bláthnaid Ni Chofaigh – Journalist & RTE Broadcaster

 Roisin Ingle – Daily Features Editor, Irish Times & Author

 Maeve Ingoldsby – Playwright & Author

 Eithne Kennedy – Lecturer in Literacy, DCU

 David Maybury – Children's Author & Editor

 Conor Hackett – Publishers' Agent

Find out more about our judges! 


**Individual Category, Age 3-4 years**

Winning Prize**Annual Family Membership for Imaginosity, Scooter, Puppet Theatre with Puppet donated by The Puppet Co., Train Set donated by Toysonline.ie &  an Art Kit donated by Cork Art Supplies.

Runner-up** Annual Family Membership for Imaginosity, Puppet donated by The Puppet Co., a bundle of art supplies donated by Euro Giant a fantastic goody bag!

**Individual Category, Age 5-6 years**

Winning Prize** Annual Family Membership for Imaginosity, A Bike donated by Halfords, 100 piece box of construction toys donated by Triqo, a Puppet Co. puppet, a Dinosaur Craft Kit and a bundle of art supplies donated by Euro Giant.

Runner-up** Annual Family Membership for Imaginosity, Puppet donated by the Puppet Co., a Dinosaur Craft Kit & bundle of art supplies donated by Euro Giant and a goody bag!

**Individual Category, Age 7-8 years

Winning Prize** Annual Family Membership for Imaginosity, A Bike donated by Halfords, a 100 piece box of construction toys donated by Triqo, a Puppet Co. puppet, a Candle Making kit and Magic Tricks Set donated by Euro Giant and an easel with paints, donated by Cork Arts Supplies.

Runner-up** Annual Family Membership for Imaginosity, a Puppet donated by The Puppet Co., a Candle Making kit and bundle of art supplies donated by Euro Giant, and a goody bag!

**Schools Category, Group One (Junior/Senior Infants) & Group Two (First/Second Class)

Winning Prize**A Class Trip to Imaginosity with transport (Bartons Coach Company will kindly provide the bus within the Dublin area, and fund €125 towards the coach if the winning school is coming from beyond this zone.) The tour will take place on Thursday the 29th of May from 11.30am - 1.30pm. This date is fixed and cannot be changed.

The winning classes in both groups will also win a school library to the value of €240 provided by Walker Books.  A 600 piece set of construction toys from Triqo. Each child will receive a fantastic prize pack generously donated by Euro Giant complete with assorted toys and art supplies!!

Please call us on 01 2176135 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about the competition.


Many thanks to all our wonderful sponsors for their generous support

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Imaginosity, Dublin Childrens Museum is pleased to announce our involvement as an Associated Partner of 'WEAVE', a European project managed by 'Explora, The Children's Museum of Rome' in Italy (www.mdbr.it), 'Waag Society' in the Netherlands (www.waag.org) and 'Association Art Land' in Bulgaria (www.artland-sofia.eu).

Weaving Europe: Artefacts, Values & Exchanges - Cycles of cultural events and ateliers to discover Culture and Art through Textiles and Fibre Artefacts in Europe (WEAVE) aims to meet with 3-12 year old children, families, schools, teachers, museums operators, designers, fibre & textile artists, university researchers and students to promote cultural heritage through an innovative and non formal approach, learning by doing activities, hands-on experiences and art performances.

The main aim of the project 'WEAVE' is to organize three free events about textile art in the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Italy: ZigZag - Textile, fibre and felt: it's a Smart Child's play!


The project will also offer training courses and teaching-packs for teachers, twelve free downloadable video tutorials about the textiles workshops, a photo-exhibition at 'Explora', and a best practice guide.

As Associated Partner, Imaginosity, Dublin Childrens Museum will allow a facilitator on its staff to take part in 3 free access ZigZag events in Amsterdam, Sofia and Rome (September-October 2014) working side by side with 'Waag Society'/'Association Art Land'/'Explora' staff, 3 international textile artists and art student groups to offer textile workshops to children, families and schools. Before the events, the facilitator will take part in an international training meeting in Sofia learning about textile art and new workshops.

We look forward to sending our Education Development Facilitator Rebecca Dolan, to participate in the training session and in the events being held in Sofia, Amsterdam and Rome. By introducing our facilitator to the rich trans‐national traditions of textiles, they will have the ability to bring back the knowledge to our museum and continue the intercultural dialogue concerning the traditions and heritage with our own visitors through activities we will develop for our own institution.

This experience is also a valuable opportunity for our facilitator to build an informative cultural exchange with the museum professionals that she will meet and work with from across Europe, in turn bringing back to our institution new ideas for projects, best practice, and events that we could incorporate into our future calendar.

'WEAVE' is a project developed with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

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