If you were fretting about potentially having to leave the kids at home or find someone to mind them while you toddle off to All Together Now next weekend, there's good news.
Not only is Ireland's newest music and arts festival kid-friendly, but there's a wide array of kid and family-friendly activities taking place at the Curraghmore Estate in Co. Waterford from August 3rd - 5th.
Family Camping Tickets are on sale now priced at €179.50 which allow a parent to attend the full festival plus their children 12 or under can attend free of charge. Family Campervan Passes are also available.
What's more, ATN are also providing Sunday (Only) Family Day Tickets priced at €75, which allows one parent per ticket to attend the Sunday of the festival with up to two children 12 or under, free of charge. (Entry from 11am and last entry 6pm on Sunday, 5 August.)
The 'Kids Together' element of the festival will see ATN "promoting creativity and the innocence of children’s imagination", and they have partnered with kids' event Mel Wilds to create the special area, which will entail the below:
Arcadia Spectacular Kids Rave
Arcadia is a world renowned festival installation producer which has its roots in some of our very first festivals. Arcadia is delighted to return to a POD festival on its tenth anniversary year and is working with us to set All Together Now off to a momentous start. Arcadia famed for its late night entertainment at festivals such as Glastonbury and Burning Man can now be enjoyed for the first time in Ireland by KIDS. Arcadia’s breathtaking productions have never been for kids and younger audiences before but at All Together Now we are making the exception. The full spectacular of the Arcadia Afterburner can be witnessed at approximately 6.30pm on Sunday in the main arena with a very special international guest DJ. We will be making the adjustments necessary to ensure the levels are safe for young children. Kids Together will temporarily close while the Kids Rave is in progress.
Graffiti Workshop - Waterford Walls
Waterford Walls, started by the Walls Project is a group that transforms the walls of Waterford City. Waterford Walls is very excited to bring its graffiti workshop programme facilitated by experienced Walls artist to All Together Now festival - so grab the chance to learn some spraying and using stencils at our workshop area.
Forest Crafts - Forest School Natural Crafts
Our family and kid friendly Forest School Natural Crafts sessions will offer you the chance to use tools (a saw and drill) typically used during a Forest School session in a perfectly safe way. You can make a wooden pendant, a willow garland, magical clay creatures and marvellous natural plant dye bunting.
Scavenger Hunt - Wilder Wander
Make your stay at the All Together Now Festival that bit wilder with the Wilder Wander scavenger hunt. The family-friendly game can be played right from your smartphone and will take you around beautiful Curraghmore grounds to learn about all the wildlife and history of the estate. What’s even better, it’s free to play, and you might even win a prize at the end if you get all the questions correct!
The decks went in the shed, the speakers on the roof and Peepshow Paddy said let's take it on the road. The rest, as they say, is a mystery...
Renowned for creating a uniquely ‘shed’onistic atmosphere, with its kitsch allotment of garden games, vibes and visuals, plus party pummelling sound system playing beats as eclectic as the contents of your average shed. Disco Shed DJs seamlessly spin everything from funk to punk, hip hop to house, rock & roll to reggae, and drum & bass to dubstep.
Science outside the classroom is always more fun! From the weird to the wonderful, kids will be able to interact with our mad scientists to create their own slime and see things explode!! See ice-cream making, chromatography (splitting ink), slime, magic divers and more!
Mike Dodsworth can be found telling stories just about anywhere an audience can or will gather and his storytelling adventures have taken him far across the seas of the world and back to the fields and towns of home…so expect to hear magical tales from the deserts, mountains and forests alongside captivating fireside favourites and an array of talking animals that will come to life before your very eyes. Mike is a specialist in combining rich verbal expression with physically energetic gestures resulting in a storytelling style that communicates with an audience on many levels.
We will be hosting a number of dance workshops to suit all tastes and ages at Kids Together.
Musical Theatre Workshops
Dance and Sing along to all your favourite Musicals and Disney Songs from Frozen, Trolls, Matilda, Aladdin and many more and learn some funky dance moves with our fun dance teachers. Other Dance Workshops include Hip Hop, Dancing With The Stars and Pop Music.
Children's drama specialist Anita Nicholson will host a fun filled creative and imaginative workshops involving drama techniques for young children, 2-5 years old, that gently encourages them to express themselves through dance acting and play. The fun filled workshops will include activities such as:
· Let's be the best band at the festival.
· Meet the world's most glamorous and kindest spider 'Ms. Sparkles'
· Help mammy and daddy bird teach the baby birds how to fly, but watch out for the fox!
· Take a drive to the little safari zoo and help the animals come to life.
· Let's take a trip to Peigi's hat shop and try on different hats and become the characters who wear them.
· Meet the puppets of the ' Finger Family'
Mad Hatter Party
Kids Together wouldn’t be complete without a Mad Hatter Tea Party! Come to the party to be immersed in the classic story and experience what it is to be a mad hatter for the day!
It’s all about balance! Try your hand at the highwire or see can you juggle more than two! The circus workshop will teach some new skills and provide enjoyment for the whole family.
Get your hands dirty with our pottery workshop. Kids can make their own piece of pottery with the guidance of a professional potter. Make something that you can remember from All Together Now.
Kids can design and print their own giant bunting. Play and get as messy and colourful as you want! No picnic area is complete without a dash of colour and bunting.
Kids can design and make their very own print artwork. Printmaking is a rewarding art activity for kids and is a wonderful way to show cause and effect and, depending on the technique, to create multiple images and designs. Get creative with paint and colours to make your unique designs.
Giant Bubble Workshop
It’s going to blow up.. or away! Make them, burst them or chase after them! Giant Bubbles are popular and fun for any age.
There will also be assortment of other characters and activities dotted around Kids Together including Face Painters, Stilt Walkers, Balloon Makers and much more!
All that, plus a stellar line-up that includes Fleet Foxes, Underworld and Roisin Murphy? We're in...