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A day of play: National Heritage Week celebrates Wild Child Day


Wild Child Day will take place on Wednesday, 18th August and the Heritage Council is encouraging children and families to drop the devices, and get outdoors to explore heritage in their locality.

Heritage project organisers have embraced this message and in preparation for National Heritage Week, have been working to create projects showcasing ‘heritage for all ages’.

To help get those younger heritage enthusiasts started, here are a selection of activities taking place this year during Wild Child Day.

Online children’s crafts: Build a Viking longship with Kim Jenkinson (Co. Dublin – South Dublin, online)
11.00 am

This Zoom craft workshop will explore how the Vikings built their famous longships and children will learn how to design and create their own miniature models. Material packs will be available for collection at the Clondalkin Library one week prior to the event. More…

In Search of Otter Poo: Otter ID on Mulkear River (Co. Limerick, in-person)
2.00 pm

Become a nature detective at this family friendly event in Limerick. Ruairí Ó Conchúir of the Local Authority Waters Programme will explain the amazing world of the European Otter and the biodiversity of the Mulkear River at Annacotty. Ruairí will outline the role of otter poo in otter identification and discuss otter habitat, diet, instream and riparian biodiversity and the importance of good water quality. More…

Become a Donegal museum detective (Co. Donegal, in-person)
Museum hours
Families are welcome to borrow a free educational backpack to transform young ones into museum detectives as they explore the exhibitions. After completing the activities, have your Donegal Museum Detectives Passport stamped and collect a prize. More…

Burrenbeo Wild Child event (Co. Clare, in-person)
11.00 am

Spend a fun-filled morning investigating the bugs and blooms of the Burren in one of Clare’s most stunning and fascinating areas. More…