If you are looking for something unusual to occupy your children this Mid-Term, you will find it just outside Macroom off the N22. The Toy Soldier Factory is only 35min drive from either Cork or Killarney, so it is not as far as you think. They run 60 – 90 min workshops in how to cast metal figures followed by an introduction into painting the figure. The workshops are suitable for children 7 + years to adult, but if you come with younger kids, the factory offers a Paint Only workshop too.
The Toy Soldier Factory has seen a huge increase in families visiting the visitor center and participating in their Make and Paint workshops. “A lot of parents want to keep their children occupied during the weekends and school holidays. They are increasingly interested and concerned with their children’s holistic health. Currently, one of the most concerning aspects of raising children is the amount of time they spend in front of screens, whether it is TV, DVD, mobile phones, computer, PlayStation, etc. Parents would prefer to see their children using their hands and their imagination just like they did, when they were small. Our Make and Paint workshops do exactly that,” says Mary Moynihan, manager of the visitor center. “From only €10 you can cast (make) a metal figurine with the help of our friendly staff then visit the creative corner, choose your colours and just start painting. This price includes all materials from casting, priming, painting and studio time. Once you are finished painting, you get to take your masterpiece home.”
“Parents are constantly praising us for setting up the Make and Paint workshops and it must be working”; says Mary , “as we get a lot of repeat visits.” It’s an enjoyable and relaxing way to spend some time with your children and at the same time giving the whole family a “digital detox”.
And don’t let the ‘toy soldier” name fool you; you can make all manner of tiny models. From soldier and castle door, fairy and fairy doors and their New fantasy “Winged WereBat” to witches and monsters.
The Make and Paint workshops run 7 days a week from 10am – 4pm daily. Special themed workshops are run during Mid-Term, Easter and summer holidays.
For further info visit their website www.toysoldierfactory.ie or contact 026 40342.