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Foraging, willow wonders and adventures in the woods!

Five highlights for families to enjoy together at the museum this summer

03 July 2017, Various dates, summer 2017, Turlough Park (Country Life).

(Photo: Donkey Day at the museum)

The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life has just launched its new summer series of free workshops, demonstrations, talks and tours. To celebrate the launch, and with school out for summer, we have highlighted five fantastic activities for families to enjoy together at the museum over the next few months.

For bookings, telephone (094) 90 31751 or email educationtph@museum.ie.

1. Willow House

Discover the new willow structure in a magical woodland setting behind the main exhibition galleries. Teach Saileach/Willow House is a large, beehive shaped shelter woven from natural materials and a great place to explore with children of all ages. Be sure to keep an eye out for the new ‘bug hotel’! 

2. Art in the Great Outdoors

On Thursday, July 20, take an adventure in art in the award-winning gardens and woodland at Turlough Park, with the Toodlelou Creativity Lab. Paint with trees, make mobiles with natural materials and build a bug house to bring home to your own garden. There is a junior activity at 10am, suitable for children aged two to four years and a workshop at 11.30am for children aged five to 10 years.

3. Woodland explorers

Join Catherine Mulcahy and Liza Delaney for some nature crafts in the woods on Wednesday, August 9, from 12 noon to 3pm. Participants will learn about shelter building; scavenger hunting and more. Booking is required as numbers are limited.  Suitable for families with children aged four to 10 years.

4. Donkey Day

Celebrate the humble donkey on Wednesday, August 23, as part of the Heritage Week programme at the museum. Learn all about this much-loved creature, which was once such a central part of Irish farm life. Meet the donkeys; watch the farrier at work; and learn about straw crafts. This event is organised in association with the Irish Donkey Welfare Organisation. No booking required.

5. Family foraging

On Sunday, September 10, go foraging in the hedgerows and woodlands of Turlough Park with ‘Wild Food Mary’. See how you can forage from nature to create some tasty treats! Booking is required as numbers are limited. This activity is suitable for families with children aged four years plus.

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Visitor information

Admission to the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park House & Gardens is free. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 5pm, and on Sundays from 2 to 5pm. Closed Mondays. Brambles Café is open during museum opening hours with extended opening on Sundays from 12noon.

For events that are Booking Required. Contact the Bookings Office on: educationtph@museum.ie, 094 9031751 with your contact details (names, address & phone).