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 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.
New listings are added daily so visit the website for a full list of What’s On in your area.
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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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