Family Zone

Families are a very important part of our festival community, so much so that we will have a dedicated family area for parents and children to enjoy together.

The emphasis this year is firmly on participation and creativity. Kids will get the opportunity to partake in a diverse range of activities and workshops. Whether it be drumming, dancing, foraging, circus skills, or lego bricks, there is something to ignite the imaginations of all who are lucky enough to attend.

More information on each activity can be found below.

Free Activities

One of the highlights of last year’s family area, the bemusement games will return again this year. Brought to you by Fuinnseog Woodland Crafts, the bemusement games are a collection of truly unique and mesmerizing games made exclusively from wood from Irish trees. Come and try your hand at draughts, snakes and ladders, pinball, marble mazes, marble runs, ring toss and many others.

Get ready for some disco, hip-hop, Bollywood, rock ‘n’ roll and much more. Professional dance teacher Kieran Kelly will lead a number of dance workshops for all the family at Night and Day. Having represented Ireland in international ballroom and Latin American dance competitions we couldn’t think of anyone better qualified to get kids and their adults moving to the music in Lough Key.

Bricks 4 Kidz will bring specially designed project kits and theme-based models which facilitate educational play and in the process develop an appreciation of how things really work, test problem-solving skills and stimulate children’s lively imaginations.

Fun-Believable Science is a wildly entertaining show that engages the audience from the moment it starts. Dr. Brain performs incredible circus tricks, explains how they are done, and then has audience members perform the tricks themselves. Fun-Believable Science is a show with a “wow” factor that will have the audience buzzing for days.

Dr. Brain is performed by Jeff Keough who toured with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey’s “Greatest Show on Earth”. Jeff has also performed at The White House, Leinster House, appeared on RTE numerous times, and has toured Ireland numerous times. 

Stephen from juggle.ie will host  circus skills workshops suitable for ages 4+. The workshops involve accomplishment of a number of skills designed to be attainable by every participant regardless of ability. All participants are left with a sense of inclusion and accomplishment. The workshops start and finish with a short entertaining show to engage the participants.  The workshops are designed to be as fun and as inclusive as possible. Skills involved include: Juggling, Balance, Plate spinning, Parachute games, Balloon modelling, Performance,  Devil stick, Flowerstick, Diabolo and more.

We Drum Ireland will facilitate inclusive and interactive drum workshops. These start with a humorous and energetic warm up routine involving Body-Percussion and Hip Hop beats. The workshop will also include a demonstration and a brief journey around the world of drums, from Africa to Ireland. Everyone will then receive an instrument and we will learn to play a piece of high-energy Samba music from Brazil. Absolutely no previous musical experience is necessary.

Fancy Dan and the Renegade Rascals are a renowned high energy circus group who will give a multi prop illuminated dance show while interacting with the crowd. Fancy Dan will provide the music while his band of renegade rascals perform a 45 minute sunset acrobatic and fire show, lighting up the skies and taking your breath away with their display of fire poi, fire hoops and fire breathing. Fancy Dan is a multi instrumentalist who combines virtuosic guitar playing with beatboxing, saxophone, percussion and passionate vocal performances. His music reflects the Renegade Rascals movements.

Baby Boppers will ensure that even the youngest attendees at Night and Day will have their musical tastes catered for. They’ll run music, movement and sensory activities for young children. The little ones can skip, hop, jump and twirl to the music with props such as scarfs, shakers, pom pom, ribbons, and parachute.

Nutritional therapist Emma Cooney will lead a walk around the forest where she will help people identify and collect some medicinal herbs. There will also be the opportunity to prepare and drink herbal teas using what has been gathered.

Kids love face painting. They love the way it transforms them into something new, something they love or a way they feel about themselves deep inside. It allows self-expression, triggers their imaginations, boosts self-esteem and engages their own creativity.

Adults equally love it, whether enjoying a festival-style eye design with lots of glitter, reliving their own childhood with the superhero design they always yearned for, or simply having the craic with the kids. Fierce Fun Faces will return to meet all your face painting needs this June.

Inspired by the colourful changes of our seasons, the organic shapes of Irish fauna and Irish mythology. Franziska designs and wet felt beautiful quality wall hangings, home accessories and fairies.

A graduate of the Beruflichen Gewerbeschule Bern, she has been honoured several times with prestigious awards received from the Royal Dublin Society.

At “Night and Day” not only will you have the opportunity to acquire inspirational art to give your home or workspace a contemporary modern ambience, but the little ones will have the opportunity to do a small project of their own. 

Please note there will be a 2 euro charge to cover material costs.

Tuesday, the resident arts facilitator at the nearby award-winning Willowbrook Glamping and Hideaways, brings you the following opportunities to get creative using natural materials. 

STONE PAINTING

Create your own personalised rock using acrylic markers that can withstand the elements. Bring along the whole family and see what you can create.

ALDER BEADS/WOOD COOKIES

Using native Irish wood,  challenge yourself to make some handmade jewellery.

FESTIVAL STICKS

Create a rainbow of colour and sparkle on your festival stick and see how it makes you dance.

DREAM CATCHERS

Using willow and twine create your own dream catcher to bring home. 

Suitable for all ages and abilities, all materials provided.

Ros Clay pottery will provide people with the opportunity to design and paint blank pottery pieces. A fun activity for all ages. Very mindful and therapeutic.

Sarah from Manomaya will host yoga and mindfulness activities developed specifically for young people.

TOP TIPS FOR FAMILIES 

  • You are welcome to bring pushchairs and buggies but please be aware an all-terrain one is recommended.
  • Loud music can be harmful to the ears so make sure your children have proper ear protection if you plan on visiting any of our stages throughout the Festival.
  • Take a photo of your child every day in case you are separated. You can then show a safety volunteer what your child looks like and what they’re wearing that day.
  • Show your kids what stewards look like in their hi-vis and tell them to present themselves to the nearest one if they get lost.
  • You will be provided with a paper wristband for your child onto which you must write your mobile number.  Our volunteers will use this to contact you in case of separation.
  • Wearing battery powered fairy lights is a great idea to help not to lose little ones at night time (and it looks great!)
  • Be prepared for all weather eventualities! It’s the west of Ireland so we can have blazing sunshine and torrential rain all in the same day! Make sure to pack those little wellies and waterproofs as well as sun cream and floppy hats.