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We have just finished another busy Science Week at Imaginosity. We welcomed over 250 students to the museum to explore Bubbles, Colours, Fizzing, Foaming and Explosions. The interest and knowledge of the Junior Scientists participating in the workshops of the students, ranging from Junior Infants to 2nd class was amazing! The highlights of the week for me ranged from listening as a Senior Infant explained how air pressure worked to shape a bubble, to learning how to catch bubbles on a straw, taught to me by a group of children with special needs. Chemical experiments, stepping into bubbles, creating colourful glittery explosions: Science week 2013 certainly went off with a bang!

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Without appearing to blow our own trumpets (jingle our own bells?) we are fairly confident that 2013 is set to be the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER at Imaginosity!  For starters we are welcoming Santa for the very first time in Imaginosity – after some rearranging of his extremely packed schedule he has managed to fit in a visit on Saturday the 14th of December.  There will be “An audience with Santa” during every session on the 14th, during which time the kids will get to listen to a Christmas story and enjoy a hot chocolate and cookie – and of course each child will leave with a small gift from the man in red!

We’re also showing Christmas movies every Monday to Thursday in our cosy cushion filled art studio – I personally cannot wait for “The Muppets Christmas Carol” and “Miracle on 34th Street” – check out our line-up on the calendar, your favourite is bound to be there, and if it’s not, let us know for next year!

We’ve also got lots of Christmas crafts on the programme of events including how to make traditional Christmas decorations – if you can’t make it to the museum, don’t worry there will be a “How to, At Home” on the blog later in the month.

With all this, a fantastic Elf on the Shelf theatre performance and “Christmas Sing Alongs” scheduled throughout December, we’ll be fit to burst with that festive feeling!

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Our Festival of Stories is over for another year, bringing to an end a wonderfully successful 9-day celebration of children’s literature, stories and story-telling in all its forms. We can breathe a big sigh of relief knowing that our visitors had a great time, those that participated had a great time and we had a fantastic time too, knowing that all the work that went into the Festival paid off.

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A big part of the Festival has always been to promote and encourage literacy in children and the creation of strong family bonds through reading together as a family.

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The unprecedented blistering heat of July had an eerie effect on the floors of Imaginosity.  As the beaches and parks around the country filled fit to burst, an echoing silence overtook the building.  Dust built up on the steps to the building as the mercury rose to historic levels and there was even an unconfirmed sighting of a tumbleweed through the construction zone by a staff member (who admittedly may have been suffering from heat exhaustion.)

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Until one fateful day in July the silence was broken as our first summer campers burst through the doors!  For eight weeks we explored science, sang our hearts out, built bridges, hunted fairies, chased down bad guys, encountered aliens, danced our socks off, exploded potions, glued things, got messy, got theatrical, played and played and played!

With 8 themed camps, over 200 creative activities, 139 happy campers and 10 absolutely EXHAUSTED facilitators we are confident enough to declare 2013 an extremely successful summer camp season.

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