Biology

Spiders and Arachnids

Tue, 13/01/2015 - 10:30am - 2:30pm
Location: 
Marquis Hall, Bangor

All about spiders, anatomy, habitat, prey etc

All welcome, the Co-Op charges £5 per family to attend, with discounts for families with no children over 5.  Contact the Co-Op if you wish to attend.

Mushrooms

Tue, 25/11/2014 - 10:30am - 2:30pm
Location: 
Marquis Hall, Bangor

Mycology, the study of mushrooms and fungus. We can have a go at identifying mushrooms, making spore prints, cooking with mushrooms and finding out what the biggest living organism on earth is!

Day Camp at Intouch Equestrian Stables (second)

Thu, 28/08/2014 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location: 
100 Mullaleilish road, Richill

With horsey crafts and activities whilst each family has a turn with the horses, hopefully involving a variety such as mucking out, grooming, tacking, leading and riding.

£15 per family, please book through Learning Labyrinth Facebook Group, or through the contact us form here.

http://intouchequestrian.webs.com/

 

Address is 100 Mullaleilish road. From Portadown to Armagh direction (along Armagh road) turn left at the Stonebridge restaurant r'about towards Richhill. Take 2nd left, ballyleny road, just after bad bend (slow down coming up to this), go along until crossroads then turn left, then left at fork. About 1/2 mile, Clayton's car place on right, we're just after, on left, D rail fencing, old chicken houses! Drive very slowly in yard please.


Wear stretchy clothes like leggings or joggers with boots/closed shoes/wellington boots, bring raincoats and suncream (just in case), picnic lunch and drinks, and horse related crafts and activities. We have a small room if its wet and space outside if its dry.

 

Day Camp at Intouch Equestrian Stables (first)

Thu, 17/07/2014 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location: 
100 Mullaleilish Road Richill

 

With horsey crafts and activities whilst each family has a turn with the horses, hopefully involving a variety such as mucking out, grooming, tacking, leading and riding.

£15 per family, please book through Learning Labyrinth Facebook Group, or through the contact us form here.

http://intouchequestrian.webs.com/

 

 

Address is 100 Mullaleilish road. From Portadown to Armagh direction (along Armagh road) turn left at the Stonebridge restaurant r'about towards Richhill. Take 2nd left, ballyleny road, just after bad bend (slow down coming up to this), go along until crossroads then turn left, then left at fork. About 1/2 mile, Clayton's car place on right, we're just after, on left, D rail fencing, old chicken houses! Drive very slowly in yard please.

 

Wear stretchy clothes like leggings or joggers with boots/closed shoes/wellington boots, bring raincoats and suncream (just in case), picnic lunch and drinks, and horse related crafts and activities. We have a small room if its wet and space outside if its dry.

 

If anyone is up for more fun after the stables I have two suggestions; if dry- Loughgall Country Park and if wet- Armagh Museums or Planetarium :-) All free admission! Just need loose change for parking.

Exploris Education Tour

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Location: 
Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry

A guided tour of the Exploris Aquarium and Seal Sanctuary. Please can we meet outside the entrance at 1.15pm so we are ready to go in together at 1.30pm. 

Cost is £3.50 per child and 1 adult for every 8 paying children is free. Otherwise adults £7.

If you haven't let us know you are coming already please contact HEdNI.

Bees Co-op

Tue, 10/06/2014 (All day)
Looking at demonstration hive
Bees Co-op
Location: 
Marquis Hall, Bangor

Our bees co-op was a great success. 

We started off the day by making salt dough bees, which was perfect for some of our younger members, and looking at some information about bees. 

We also made a Banana and Honey Teabread which was ready in time for lunch and lasted no time at all. Recipe is at the bottom of the post if you would like to try it.

At 12 O'clock Phelim Breen, a local beekeeper, came with his demonstration hive and a pot of his own honey for us all to try. It was delicous! He told us about bees, how they organise their hive and the different jobs they do. He told us about their life-cycle and how they get through the winter. Phelim also told us about some of the pests and diseases that can affect bees and how to treat them, including a swarm of bees which he removed recently from Bangor that is affected with the verroa mite. And just before he left we finally managed to spot the queen in the hive. 

We had some information about bumblebees too including identification aids. After lunch the children had fun outside spotting bees and even manged to catch a bumblebee which we identified as a white tailed bumblebee. The bee was released before we went home.

 

Banana and Honey Teabread - from Mary Berry's Ultimate Cake Book

Ingredients: 225g self-raising flour

1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

100g margarine (we used butter)

225g bananas (we only had 180g)

100g caster sugar

grated rind of 1 lemon

2 extra large eggs (we used 3 small ones)

6 tablespoons thick honey

Makes 1 x 900g Loaf

Prehead oven to 180C and lightly grease and base line a 900g loaf tin.

Measure the flour and nutmeg into a large bowl and rub in the fat using the fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcumbs.

Bees

Tue, 10/06/2014 - 10:30am - 2:30pm
Location: 
Marquis Hall, Bangor

We will be looking at all aspects of bees and bee behaviour. We will have a beekeeper in attendance with a demonstration hive which is a fantastic opportunity to see the honey bee up close. 

Before you come perhaps you could do a survey of the bees in your garden and see how many different types of bee you can spot. Bring photographs if possible too!

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