Looking for some fun things to do around Dublin with the family? Read on – there’s some great things to do in Dublin with kids this month.
Things To Do in Dublin with Kids in August
August Bank Holiday
There will be a Blue Moon on July 31st! To celebrate, Season Beast are having a Once in A Blue Moon evening of live music, telescope workshops, short film screening and inspiring talks, at the Freemasons Hall, Molesworth Street.
We have rounded up some of the fun events and activities happening in the arts and culture space during August.
If you are looking for Summer Camps to book during June, July and August we have gathered information on what is available in one handy place Summer Camps for Kids in Dublin.
Camps to watch out for include; Starcamp Sing… Dance… Act… Summer Camps, Brick Flicks Stop Motion Film Summer Camps and Workshops, Let’s Go Activity Summer Camps, Learn-It Lego Education Summer Camps and Whizzkids Discover IT Summer Camps.
Check out the Fun Summer Camps running at Imaginosity until August 21st 2015. Each week has a different theme including Elsa & Olaf Camp, School of Magic, School of Circus, Engineering and Imaginosity’s Got Talent Camp! All camps can be booked by the day or week and run from 9.30am to 1pm, for children aged 4 to 7 years.
Summer at The Ark, Temple Bar, is full of Colour from July 14th to August 23rd they will be helping you discover the secrets behind your favourite colours with fun exhibitions, host workshops, performances and talks for families.
The Ideas Festival takes place at Ikea from August 6th to 9th. There will be Foodie Workshops for adults and kids and loads of fun activities in-store.
It’s the Kids turn to take the Adults for a Day Out! Families Go Free* on Sunday the 9th of August for the Keeneland Family Race Day at The Curragh Racecourse. The feature race is the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes, the first European two year old Group 1 race of 2015. A clash between some of the best colts and fillies around. While the adults are cheering the winner’s home, the children can enjoy the FREE Keeneland Kids Zone featuring bouncy castles, face painters, arts and craft workshops and a chance to meet famous cartoon characters. For race day information visit www.curragh.ie For more information on Keeneland visit www.keeneland.com *Adult admission is free once they are accompanied by a child 16 years or under.
There’s something for everyone at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show from the 5th – 9th August, with live music and entertainment, art, fashion, shopping, food and the best in national and international equestrian competitions. The popular Kids’ Zone, will keep kids busy with pony rides, fun inflatables, face painting, and magic shows!
The National Museum of Ireland Archaeology in Kildare Street invites you to come along and make your own Summer Sun Discs on August 5th. Explore Ireland at the time of the Celts on August 19th and become an Artefact Detective on Agusut 22nd & 28th.
Hands on History at Collins Barracks, Decorative Arts & History Museum, gives you the chance to explore and handle some of the artefacts from the Museum’s collection and find out more about them. Tours run from 3pm to 4pm on August 9th. Drop in during Heritage Week, August 22nd to 30th 2015 and pick up the free Heritage Trail.
The Natural History Museum, Merrion Square, had FREE Busy Bee Activity Sheets which you can collect from beside the Giant Deer Display!
Ardgillan Castle in north county Dublin plays host to an open air theatre performance of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book on August 9th 2015.
National Heritage Week 2015 has fun events for families and children nationwide from August 22nd to 30th.
The Ukulele Hooley by the Sea 2015 is on in the People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire on August 22nd and 23rd 2015.
New listings are added daily so visit the website for a full list of What’s On in your area.
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From Viking Traders to Kingly Attire to using your head to make a hat, there are heaps of free events on at National Museums of Ireland this July & August, more details here.
A few that caught our eye include FREE Summer Activity Sheets at The Natural History Museum, which you can collect from beside the Giant Deer Display!
Hands on History at Collins Barracks, Decorative Arts & History Museum, gives you the chance to explore and handle some of the artefacts from the Museum’s collection and find out more about them. Tours run from 3pm to 4pm on July 12th, and August 9th.
Drop in and explore different era’s in history at the Archaeology Museum, Kildare Street. From Celtic Kings on July 15th to Norse Men on July 22nd, to Ancient Egypt on July 25th. Make your own Battle Banner on July 29th.
Things To Do in Dublin with Kids in July
Body Worlds present Animals Inside Out at the Ambassador Theatre from June 28th to July 26th.
Foróige – Ireland’s National Youth Organisation – are due to deliver the Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life Module One Programme aimed at 15-18 yr olds, from Tuesday 30th June – Thursday 2nd July 2015, in Whitefriars Community Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.
Ardgillan Castle in north county Dublin plays host to an open air theatre performance of The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes on July 3rd 2015.
Take the Story Bus on a fairytale ride with a fairy story and tea party on July 4th from The Ibis Hotel, Monastery Road, Dublin 22 to Russborough House, Wiclow, Fairy Village (and home again!)
The 24th Irish Classic & Vintage Motor Show, Ireland’s largest classic car show, will be held in Terenure College, Dublin, on Sunday July 5th 2015.
Draiocht, Blanchardstown are hosting a family friendly stand-up comedy show for little and big kids. Punch Lion is on July 4th.
The Laya Healthcare City Spectacular Free Festival will take place in Merrion Square from July 10th to 12th 2015.
The IFI Family Festival returns to the Irish Film Institute from Thursday, July 16th to Sunday, 19th. You can look forward to four days of fantastic family films, cinema workshops a fun activities. For more information on films and workshops, and to book tickets, visit www.ifi.ie/familyfest or pick up a programme at the IFI.
Where’s Wally Weekend is back at Imaginosity on July 18th & 19th 2015. With Wally Art Workshops, a Wally Hunt with great Wally Prizes, all Wally Wannabee’s are invited to come dressed up for a chance to win a great spot prize!
Bray Air Display on 19th July is Ireland’s largest free air ‘extreme formation’ aerobatics in the skies, with high speed formations such as the ‘Hammerhead,’ the ‘Blade Break,’ the ‘Palm Tree Split’ and the ‘Centrifuge’ set to thrill the crowds.
The Festival of Curiosity runs in various Dublin venues from July 23rd to 26th 2015. The festival programme is packed full of arts, science and technology events and has a host of free daytime activities for families.
Enjoy Pride and Prejudice under the stars! Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents an outdoor theatre night at Malahide Castle on July 24th from 6.30pm.
Things To Do in Dublin with Kids in June
Bloom In The Park runs over the June Bank Holiday Weekend from May 28th to June 1st at the Phoenix Park.
This June Bank Holiday enjoy The Dublin Port River Fest with loads of family fun from May 30th to June 1st.
Enjoy Professor Squigley’s Waterlab on the June Bank Holiday Weekend, June 1st at Imaginosity. Who have a full program of ongoing events and workshops for children and their parents. Booking is advisable.
Most events at The National Museum of Ireland sites are FREE and this June include:
At The National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Kildare Street this June Bank Holiday Weekend come and enjoy Bone Stories! on May 30th. And become a Canny Viking Trader on June 6th, an Artefact Detective on June 13th and June 27th.
At The National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks come along to a Historical Re-enactment and Interactive Display on June 6th to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War 2. And get your Hands on History on June 14th. And on June 28th they have a Family Art Workshop entitled Use Your Head To Make A Hat!
At The National Museum of Ireland Natural History join zoologist Geraldine Breen on June 20th, for Dublin Garden Square’s Day celebrations and discover the history and natural history of the Museum
The Ark is the ideal venue for school tours with a Colour! Workshop and Tour Experience for Schools from June 3rd to 19th.
As part of The Glitch Festival 2015 which takes place at Rua Red Tallaght, you are invited to design and create your very own branded merchandise. The course last 3 weeks and costs just €20 and is suitable for children aged 8 to 16 years. 1st day is May 30th.
The Bloomsday Literary Festival has events running from June 6th to 9th in venues across Dublin.
The Howth Literary Festival runs from June 5th to 7th.
Summer Rising IMMA Festival will run from June 4th to 14th at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
Taste of Dublin 2015 is at The Iveagh Gardens from June 11th to 14th.
The Moonlight Cinema comes to Dublin on June 12th.
The You Bloom Dublin Music Festival runs from June 12th to 14th with lots of free music gigs.
The Dublin Kite Festival will be on North Bull Island Beach, Clontarf on June 14th.
To celebrate National Bike Week, Cycling Ireland has organised Family Bike Fest a free event in St Anne’s Park, Dublin 5 from 12pm to 6pm on June 14th. There are lots more great events during National Bike Week in Dublin, for more information click here.
Dublin Garden Festival takes place at Christ Church Cathedral from June 19th to 21st.
Things To Do in Dublin with Kids in May
To celebrate the Dublin Dance Festival and The Dublin Literature Festival, The Ark presents a week of Dance and Literature Events for all the family including on May 17th Heros of the Wild and Bestselling Besties Judi Curtin and Sarah Webb. FREE Events Trail Tales, The Book and Doodle Doctor at The Book Clinic. Dance events include: Tiger Tale, a dance show suitable for children aged 7+ on May 22nd to 24th. Everyone’s a Translator on May 23rd, Elephant Walk on May 27th & 28th.
Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom comes to the Olympia Theatre on Saturday May 9th & Sunday May 10th.
Celebrate National Drawing Day at The National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts and History on May 16th. This Free Event takes place from 2pm to 3pm. And on May 17th get to grips with some of the museum’s artefacts at the Hands on History event.
The 2015 Docklands Summer Festival has events running on land and water on May 16th & 17th.
The Lets Talk Science Festival takes place in various locations in Ballymun from May 21st to 24th.
Watch or take part in a charity bungee jump, The Plunge, at Carisle Pier in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on May 23rd. Money raised will go to The Irish Youth Foundation.
Dublin Zoo celebrates Native Species Weekend on May 23rd & 24th.
Bank Holiday Events
Don’t miss your chance to discover the story behind the animated film Song of The Sea. Suitable for children aged 5+ this FREE fun event takes place at The Ark on May 2nd.
The Eason Children’s Spring Fest continues in stores nationwide, with fun activities in stores on May 2nd and May 9th. Full details on www.easonedition.com
Hop on the Story Bus this May bank holiday weekend for a fun adventure for both parents and kids. The Story Bus will run from Dublin to Russborough House on May 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
Mark your diary for the AES Bord na Móna Family Day at Punchestown Festival on May 2nd.
Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum have Star Wars themed events on Monday 4th May
Things To Do in Dublin with Kids in April
Post Easter Events
Events this April at the National Museum of Ireland: Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 include:
Storytelling – Viking Stories of Gods, Heroes, Baddies and Brutes with Niall de Búrca !
Saturday 18th April, 2.30 – 3.30pm. Free Event, Family Event suitable for ages 6+. This event will take place in the Ceramics Room, First Floor. No booking required, places will be allocated on a first come basis. Not wheelchair accessible.
Kingly Attire! Drop-in and join Laura Fitzachary to explore Ireland at the time of Celtic Kings. Find out more about the mysterious bog bodies and what they may have worn to special ceremonies. Saturday 25th April, 2 – 3pm for ages 10 years+. This is a Free Event This event will take place in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. No booking required. Not wheelchair accessible.
Events this April at the National Museum of Ireland: Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7 include:
The Easter Rising: Irish Volunteer Drills Come along and see re-enactors practice drills as the Irish Volunteers did between 1913 and 1916. In the period before the 1916 Easter Rising the Irish Volunteers organised openly and trained in the use of rifles and military skills. See the uniforms and weapons used by the Volunteers and how they were taught to use them. Saturday 18th April, 2 – 4pm this Free Event is suitable for all ages.
Exhibition Tour: Military aspects of the 1916 Rising Join Lar Joye, curator of the ‘Soldiers & Chiefs’ exhibition in an illustrated talk which will explore the Rising in military terms.
Sunday 26th April, 3 – 4pm Free Event for adults and children aged 14 years +. No booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before talk starts.
Artist’s Tour: A Journey with Emmet Kane offers a chance to tour the new exhibition, ‘A Journey: Twenty Seven Years of the work of Irish Woodturner Emmet Kane’, with the maker, Emmet Kane, and hear how he makes and what inspires his practice’.
Sunday 3rd May, 3 – 3.30pm this Free Event is for adults and children aged 14 years +. Booking essential.
Tech Week runs from April 26th to May 2nd. Events will run across the country aimed at students, parents and the public providing them with hands-on-opportunities to learn about how technology shapes every area of our lives. The Tech Week Showcase takes place at Dublin Castle on April 29th and 30th.
The Unislim Health and Wellness Show 2015 will be held in the Croke Park Hogan Suite on April 18th from 10am to 4pm. Come along and discover new ways to enhance your health and wellbeing with top chefs, sports personalities, motivators and TV personalities including; Clodagh McKenna, Bressie, Derval O’Rourke, Mairead Farrell and more.
For lots of cycling related fun visit The Irish Cycling Show which takes place at the RDS Main Hall on April 18th & 19th. It is a great day out for all the family with vibrant stands, stunt teams, an indoor cycle track and a jam-packed series of seminars. An array of national and international exhibitors will add to the excitement at Ireland’s leading consumer cycling event.
The Croke Park Easter Egg Trail departs the GAA Museum at 11.30am and 13.30pm daily from April 1st to April 6th (except for April 3rd). Get a special guided tour of Croke Park Stadium and follow clues to find tokens to collect your Easter Eggs! Take a tour behind the scenes at Croke Park, visit the all new GAA Museum and test your hurling and football skills in the interactive games zones. Book your place now!
The Ark in Temple Bar have workshops and storytelling this Easter.
- Children aged 4 to 9 years can enjoy an Inventing Quirky Characters Workshop on March 20th and 31st where they will create their own quirky character using a range of mixed media.
- Enjoy Storytelling Sessions with Jack Lynch on April 4th.
- Families can enjoy Making Magical Stories at family workshops on April 6th and 7th. Work together to create your own magical story and bring it to life visually.
- Children aged 8 to 12 years can enjoy The Art of Fantastical Flavours Workshops on April 10th and 11th, they will discover bizarre recipes and create some of their own!
This Easter Imaginosity are running a week of unforgettable Frozen themed Camps where campers are encouraged to dress up and enjoy music, dance, drama, art, crafts, singing and storytelling. This camp runs from March 30th to April 3rd – 9.30am to 1pm daily.
For week 2, April 7th to 10th, they are calling all detectives to come along and enjoy a CSI Investigator Camp. Find clues, check finger prints, solve mysteries and unravel riddles! The camps runs daily from 9.30am to 1pm.
Places are limited so booking is essential. Call (01) 2176130
The Dublin Walking Festival 2015 takes place from April 3rd to 5th. There are activities to suit young and old!
Canoe Ireland are running fun Easter Kayak Camps during the 2 week Easter Break. The camps are suitable for children aged 8+, with morning and afternoon sessions available.
Pine Forest Arts Centre Easter Camps run from March 30th to April 3rd. These fun Easter Courses are for children aged 8 to 16 years.
Things To Do in Dublin with Kids in March
The National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Decorative Arts & History and Natural History are all FREE to visit. They have some great events for families and children running across all 3 sites in March. Here are some we picked out:
- Museum of Decorative Arts & History: Tar chugainn le trial a bhaint as Conair Gníomhaíochta trí Ghaeilge sa Mhúsaem, oiriúnach do pháistí idir 8 -12 bhlian d’aois, ar fáil le linn Seachtain na Gaeilge. Drop in and try out a Museum activity trail in Irish, suitable for children aged 8 – 12 years old, available during Seachtain na Gaeilge. Runs 1st – 17th March during Museum opening hours.
Interactive Experience Workshops for parents and children aged 4 to 9 years take place at Harbour Playhouse on March 1st and The Mill Theatre on March 8th.
Far Away From Me continues at The Ark until March 15th. Once upon A Picture starts on March 28th and runs until May 2nd with an exhibition of mysterious, alluring and magical artworks, Workshops and Storytelling.
Croke Park hosts tours as Gaeilge to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge – Turais Staide i bPáirc an Chrócaigh Reachtáilfear turais threoaithe i nGaelige ar Staid Pháirc an Chrócaigh ar an Satharn 7ú agus 14ú Márta ag 11.30. Also on March 14th at 12.00 there will be a unique guided tour by All-Ireland winning captain, Joe Connolly.
Treat your Mum to high tea with the Etihad Skyline Tour on Mother’s Day, March 15th.
The annual St Patrick’s Festival takes place in Dublin from March 14th to 17th. Brendan O’Carroll is the Grand Marshall for the St Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17th.
Other events you may enjoy:
The Cat in The Hat at The Pavillion Theatre Dun Laoghaire on March 24th and 25th.
Celebrate Water Day on March 14th through and Experience Workshop at Recreate Centre in Dublin 12.
Things To Do in Dublin with Kids in February
Now in it’s 6th year, Dine in Dublin brings a feast of culinary delights to Dublin City Centre. Don’t miss this year’s edition of Dine in Dublin on February 23rd through March 1st!
The Festival kicks off with a Disco Brunch at Drury Buildings on February 22nd.
The Ark in Temple Bar have drama and workshops taking place during the month including a World premiere of a brand new theatre show by Amy Conroy, Far Away From Me, inspired by The Princess and the Pea and infused with the wild energy of aerial performance, dance music and great storytelling. That starts 12 Feb and runs until mid March.
The National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Decorative Arts & History and Natural History are all FREE to visit. They have a full program of events for families and children running across all 3 sites in February. Here are 3 we picked out:
- Museum of Natural History has Drop-in Activity Natural History Spring Surprises on Saturday 7th February.
- Museum of Archaeology has a Drop-in Activity Valentine’s Day: Medieval Love Tokens on Saturday 14th February.
- Museum of Decorative Arts & History has Mid-term workshops: Celebrating Chinese New Year on Thursday 19th February.
Junior Songschool run by Song School takes place Sat Feb 28th and is a chance for 8-12 year olds to spend some time at the National Concert Hall, learning about writing, performing and recording songs. Make music and new friends! Limited places so be sure to book early.
Engineers Week takes place from February 8th to 14th and there are family friendly events taking place across Dublin City and County.
The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival runs from February 14th to 28th with a host of events taking place.
The For something a bit different this mid-term, learn how to fish at the Ireland Angling Expo 2015, on Sat 21st & Sun 22nd February at the National Show Centre, Swords.
Pine Forest Art Centre, set in the Dublin Mountains, have a Mid Term Art Day for children on February 19th
The ‘you can build it workshop’ takes place at Imaginosity on 13th & 15th Feb. Or celebrate Chinese New Year all week from 16th to 22nd Feb with workshops and activities. Workshops are on a first come, first served basis and are suited for 4+ years.
Things To Do in Dublin with Kids in January
The Ark in Temple Bar is a great place to meet up with friends. This January they have drama and music workshops.
Enjoy Storytime, Craft Afternoons, Balloon Crafts and much more on a visit to Imaginosity.
The National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Decorative Arts & History and Natural History are all FREE to visit. They have a full program of events for families and children running across all 3 sites in January.
Peter Pan Pantomime runs at the Gaiety Theatre until January 25th.
Operation Transformation are running walks around the country on January 17th. Find one near you and get the whole family off the sofa and out in the fresh air!
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