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Pop Up Picnic: Discover a little piece of magic in the home on our multi-sensory performance project for young children with complex needs

Helium Arts’ Pop Up Picnic is a multi-sensory performance created for young children with complex needs and their families. The project supports families in absorbing creative and play skills to be used in everyday life in the home, providing parents with new ways of bonding with their very young child using sound, light, music, movement, smell and touch. The project was developed in collaboration with the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation.

Discover the magic of the Pop Up Picnic and simple play techniques to try at home in this booklet created with the kind permission of families in Kildare:  Helium Arts Pop Up Picnic Booklet

Watch the Pop Up Picnic come to life in family homes below and hear from families about the positive impact the project has had on their lives.

The Morning Ireland team from RTE Radio One popped into the Pop Up Picnic Cruinniú na nÓg rehearsals in June 2018. Listen below to Eithne, mum of Ailís, talking about what the project has meant to her family, and learn more about Pop Up Picnic from Mary Joe Guilfoyle, Specialist Liaison Nurse with the Jack and Jill Foundation, and members of the creative team.


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