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Things To Do in Dublin with Kids

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.

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Things To Do In Dublin with Kids In February

Alvin and The Chipmunks The Road ChipThe Boys are back; Alvin & The Chipmunks The Road Chip is released in cinemas on February12th 2016. – Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. A must see family film!

The ArkThe Ark are once again running the Temple Bar Tradfest Hub with a jam packed weekend of concerts, workshops and sessions for all the family. It takes place on the weekend on January 28th to 31st 2016.

!t’s all about Bees at The Ark this February, with a Bee Themed Workshops running on February 6th and BEES! A Musical runs on various dates from February 13th to March 13th.

The three Dublin National Museum of Ireland sites have free monthly events running including:

National Museum of Ireland ArchaelogyTake part in a Sacred Scarabs Workshop at Kildare Street Museum of Archaeology on February 19th and on February 20th enjoy a talk entitled ‘Across Africa’. Both events suitable for ages 6+

At Collins Barracks, Decorative Arts & History Museum It is all about Love this February with a ‘Love Tokens’ Family Tour on February 14th and a ‘Love is in the Air’ children’s workshop on February 19th. Other events include a Hands on History activity on February 21st and a ‘1916 Re-enacted Foot and Arms Drill’ demonstration on February 27th.

At Merrion Street, Natural History Museum families can enjoy the ‘Spring Into Action’ activity sheet and on February 18th you can enjoy a drop in activity on ‘Amazing Africa’ and a talk ‘Across Africa’ on February 20th.

Imaginosity Events for Families in DublinFebruary is all about the Carnival at Imaginosity. Celebrations include a Mardi-Gras weekend and lots of workshops and interactive learning events for children and parents.

As an accredited DPSM (Discover Primary Science & Maths Centre) Imaginosity offer camps and workshops designed to engage children in education outside the classroom in a fun and entertaining way.

Imaginosity Events and CampsUpcoming camps for 2016 include:

  • 15th-19th February 2016 (February Mid-Term): ‘Out of this World’ Space Camp
  • 21st-25th March 2016 (March Easter Break): ‘Mad Hatter’ Camp
  • 29th-1st April 2016 (March Easter Break): ‘Star Wars’ Camp
  • 3rd-6th May 2016 (Spring Mid Term): ‘Frozen Fever’ Camp

Spaces are limited for each camp, and so advance booking is advised. Camps can be availed of daily (€25) or weekly (€99), and run from 9.30am-1pm everyday (campers should bring their own lunch with them daily)….bookings can be made by calling 01 2176130.

The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Monkey, will run in venues across the city from February 6th to 21st 2016.

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2016 runs at various venues from February 18th to 28th. This year will see the introduction of a special section for children ‘Fantastic Flicks’ which will showcase films from around the globe to inspire young audiences and foster a life-long love affair with film.

SongschoolJunior Songschool run by Song School takes place February 20th 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.

The For something a bit different this mid-term, learn how to fish at the Ireland Angling Expo 2016, on February 20th & 21st at the National Show Centre, Swords.

Pine Forest Arts Centre will run a midterm Art & Craft day on February 18th for kids aged 5 to 16 years.

They called her Vivaldi, a theatre show for kids, takes place at The Pavillion Theatre on February 21st & 22nd.

Now in it’s 7th year, Dine in Dublin brings a feast of culinary delights to Dublin City Centre from February 22nd to 28th 2016.

Engineers Week takes place from February 28th to March 5th 2016 and there are a host of workshops and family friendly events taking place near you.

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Sensational Kids Special Educations Conference and ExpoThe Sensational Kids Special Educational Needs Conference and Expo takes place at Citywest Hotel on April 19th & 20th 2016. It is the ONLY dedicated, national even in Ireland catering for those working with and caring for children and adolescents with special educational needs. It aims to help parents, teachers and professionals support, educate and empower these young people though talks and Q&A sessions with leading experts such at Prof Tony Attwood. Get further information or book your place today.

The National Print Museum have a FREE Printfest event for children as part of Engineers Week 2016.  They will learn the engineering behind letterpress printing on March 5th from 12pm to 4pm.

Enjoy an evening of magic with Ed Masters at his ‘Life of Illusion’ Ireland tour in the Mill Theatre, Dundrum on March 19th.

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

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You might also enjoy What’s on for Families in the North East and What’s on for Families in the Midlands and What’s on for Families in South East

Things To Do in Dublin with Kids in January

The New Years Festival is on in Dublin from December 30th to January 1st with events for all the family taking place throughout the city. Including a world record attempt. The message from the NYF Team is Get Up, Get Out, Get Active!

Family Ice Skating in DublinTommy Foggo Superhero is on January 2nd from 2pm to 3pm at The Ark. Design It runs at The Ark until January 16th 2015. Learn How to Screen Print workshops take place on Jan 9th & 16th. Check out all the events running as part of the Design It Festival.

Check out where to go Ice-Skating in Dublin and around the country in January.

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.

ImaginosityImaginosity celebrate the start of 2016 with a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mary Poppins month of art, drama and creation based learning events. From the Fly-a-Kite worksop to becoming a puppeteer children and families can come along and enjoy fun times together.

For children who love drama, check out Centre Stage Afterschool workshops at Imaginosity. The new term begins on January 20th 2016 for 10 weeks. Suitable for children aged 4 to 7 years.

The Little Museum in Dublin are having Origami Lessons for Families on December 27th, Jan 2nd & 3rd.

The Moving Crib at St. Martin Apostolate Church on Parnell Square remains open until January 11th and is free to visit. Well worth a trip.

The BT Young Scientist Exhibition takes place at the RDS from January 6th to 9th 2016.

Funderland is at the RDS  until January 10th, 2016.

Mary Poppins will be at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre until January 9th 2016.

Things To Do in Dublin with Kids in December

Magical Places to Visit Santa in IrelandThe big news for December is that Santa and his helpers will be at venues all over Ireland to see boys and girls to hear what they want for Christmas.

We have found 50 Magical Places to Visit Santa in Ireland this year.

One for Mums & Dads – Carve to Impress; Poulet Bonne Femme are running a Carving Master Class at The Salt Cáfe, Avoca, Monkstown on December 2nd and January 19th.

Events at the National Museum of Ireland: Archaeology,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2 this December include;  On Sunday 6th December from 2 to 4.30pm people from the Middle Ages will be preparing for the feast of Christmas with music, food, crafts and skills that you can join in and enjoy. On Sunday 20th December enjoy a Winter Solstice Tour from 2.30 to 3.30pm and on Wednesday 30th December  enjoy Knot Again! Take a closer look at the Ardagh Chalice a workshop for kids aged 6+ from 2 to 3pm.

The ArkThe Ark presents The Henry Girls in a festive music show celebrating some of the things we love to do and see when the world turns white. From 2nd – 20th December every Saturday & Sunday at 2pm & 4pm. Autism Friendly Performance Fri 11 Dec @ 12.15pm. And Design It runs until January 16th 2015. Check out all the events running as part of the Design It Festival.

Events at the National Museum of Ireland: Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7 this December include; Christmas Family Trails running all month and Hands on HIstory a fun drop in activity for families running Sunday 13th December from 3 to 4pm,

The I Believe Christmas Village will be in the Custom House Quarter from November 28th to December 23rd 2015. Come and discover the magic of Christmas.

Christmas at ImaginoistyImaginosity start their Christmas celebrations with Santa’s Science Lab which will run fun science crafts for kids throughout December. And on December 19th Santa himself will pay a visit to Imaginosity for 1 day only. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Events at the National Museum of Ireland: Natural History,
Merrion Street, Dublin 2 this December include; Join the Dead Zoo Winter Trail Challenge on December 12th from 2.15 to 3.30pm and on December 30th enjoy ‘It’s cold outside’ from 11am to 1pm in the Discovery Zone.

Mary Poppins will be at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre from December 3rd 2015 to January 9th 2016.

Croke Park Santa ExperienceWe all know that Santa’s favourite games are Gaelic Games! He will set up his Irish headquarters at Croke Park this November 2015 and you can come along to The Santa Experience at Croke Park, on various dates from November 28th to December 23rd and let him know what you want this Christmas.

Glow Festival, a free festival for families, takes place in Smithfield Square from 2pm to 6pm, December 13th.

The Dundrum Town Centre Experience runs up until Christmas Eve and includes Dundrum on Ice which is open daily from December 1st to January 3rd 2016 except for Christmas Day.

Santa arrives at Powerscourt Townhouse Centre on December 5th at 12pm and will be there every Saturday and Sunday until Decmber 20th. The Lazus Children’s Choir will be there to welcome him and a portion of all the Santa Visit entry prices throughout December, will go the Simon Community. On December 10th to 13th you can enjoy Simon House of Lights a festive themed light projection show and live performances throughout December.

On December 6th come along and Make a Christmas Wreath at The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre in The Naul. Suitable for children aged 6+ booking is essential.

Santa will be at The Butlers Chocolate Experience on various dates from December 5th to 23rd 2015.

The Coca Cola Truck from their Christmas ad will be visiting cities around Ireland during December. It will be at Tesco Clarehall on December 11th.

Funderland is back at the RDS on December 17th and will remain open until January 10th, 2016.

Bray Beach Christmas Market will be in The Harbour Bar Bray on December 12th & 13th from 12pm to 5pm. There will be a large array of stalls selling everything from clothes to cakes, skincare and photography. Something for everyone in the family.

Come along to the National Concert Hall and experience the magic of The Christmas Concert featuring the Snowman. Book in advance for December 18th to 20th 2015.

Things To Do in Dublin with Kids in November

The Ark Design ItDesign It a fun look at how designers take an idea and make it a reality, runs at The Ark from November 7th 2015 to January 16th 2016. There are a host of design workshops to choose from including Design Your Own Room, Construct It – make your own toy, Print It – fabric design and much more. Check out all the events running as part of the Design It Festival.

On November 8th, head to Collins Barracks National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts & History for a Hands On History special Science Week Tours of the artefacts from the Museum’s collection. This is a free drop in event for all ages. And on November 28th take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas Shopping to enjoy the Christmas Open Day with music, talks food, Christmas trails, Christmas Crib and Emmet Kane gives a demonstrations of craft wood-turning.

The Smock Alley Theatre in association with the Big Telly Theatre Company and MAC’s presents a family show Gulliver based on the Jonathan Swift character from November 8th to 10th.

Science Week 2015The 20th annual Science Week takes place from November 8th to 15th. Events take place throughout Ireland and this year, you are being asked to celebrate by hosting your own Science Week Party on November 13th. Download your free celebrations pack from the Primary Science website and share your celebrations online using #ScienceWeek Party

One for Mums & Dads – Carve to Impress; Poulet Bonne Femme are running a Carving Master Class at The Salt Cáfe, Avoca, Monkstown on Tuesday November 10th, December 2nd and January 19th.

The Civic Theatre in Tallaght presents Me Too! a show by the Barnstorm Theatre Company on November 10th 2015.

On November 14th at the Archaeology Museum (Kildare Street) they are celebrating Science Week with a special workshopBecome a Bona-Fide Expert, which will use experiments to show how bones are preserved in different environments and take a closer look at a Bronze Age burial, a bog body and a Viking skeleton. Booking is required. Ages 8+.

Science Week at ImagionositySuper Science Week @ Imaginosity is going to be out of this world! Join the fun and educational programme, which will introduce children to the wonders of Science through a combination of curriculum-linked demonstrations and workshop participation from the 8th to the 15th of November. Imaginosity is a Discovery Primary Science and Math Centre.

On November 19th, Imaginosity joins forces with Make-A-Wish Ireland and sleep consultant, Lucy Wolfe, for an event entitled ‘How to get your child a good nights sleep’. It runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm and all proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundations. Price includes free entry to Imaginosity.

On November 21st and 22nd, Imaginosity are hosting a Star Wars Weekend with everything from R2-D2 Arts and Crafts to Light Sabre Crafts. Find out more about all these events at Imaginosity.

The National Gallery have a Free Fun Family Workshop running on November 21st 2015.

The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre in The Naul is having a Christmas Pottery Decoration Workshop for families on November 22nd 2015. Suitable for ages 5+ booking is essential.

DEBRA Ireland are looking for your support on November 22nd. They are hosting a twelve hour tattoo-a-thon at Tallaght Ink to raise money to support patients and families living with the painful and rare condition epidermolysis bullosa (EB).

The Dublin Gospel Choir will help launch the Dundrum Town Centre Christmas Experience on November 26th. at 5.30pm. Come along to see Ireland’s first ever 10 metre water curtain which will screen Santa and the Starkeeper at 6pm.

On November 28th, join Museum archaeologist Donna Gilligan, at the Archaeology Museum (Kildare Street),  to learn about the types of jewelry worn by men and women in medieval times, and get the chance to make your own medieval ring brooch to wear yourself!  Booking is required. Age 7+

Croke Park Santa ExperienceWe all know that Santa’s favourite games are Gaelic Games! He will set up his Irish headquarters at Croke Park this November 2015 and you can come along to The Santa Experience at Croke Park, on various dates from November 28th to December 23rd and let him know what you want this Christmas.

The I Believe Christmas Village will be in the Custom House Quarter from November 28th to December 23rd 2015. Come and discover the magic of Christmas.

Things To Do in Dublin with Kids in October

Allergy and Free From Expo CorkThe Allergy and Free From Expo takes place at the RDS on October 10th & 11th 2015. It is is Ireland’s largest event dedicated to those suffering from allergies and / or leading a gluten free, wheat free, sugar free and / or dairy free life. It is a family oriented expo of information, advice, seminars and demonstrations, as well as a showcase of the best free from suppliers in the country, all offering their latest products for you to try. To purchase tickets for the Allergy & Free From Expo please click here

Starcamps Halloween Camps 2015Book Now: Starcamp is back for Halloween! It is the perfect way for your child to spend their mid-term break – but please note, PLACES ARE VERY LIMITED. With songs, dances and movies scenes of a SPOOKY nature – throw in a few CREEPY games and some EERIE laughter, they will make sure that your children have a SUPER SCARY 4 days at STARCAMP! Open to boys & girls 4-13 of all levels and abilities, whether the shy and less confident type or born for the stage, camps will be running 9:30am – 2:30pm Tuesday to Friday for the midterm 27-30 October 2015. Dublin Camps take place in Clontarf, and Rathfarnham.

 

The ArkThe Ark has a full calendar of events running for the Dublin Theatre Festival Season 2015 which is on from September 22nd to October 11th. BEES! a fun filled musical for children aged 6+ is on from September 22nd to 27th, with an Autism Friendly performance on September 25th at 12/15pm. Book your tickets now!

October has been designated Polotober by Ireland Water Polo. This month you can try out water polo for free at clubs across the country. Find your nearest participating club.

Cheerios Childline Breakfast will be in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre (September 25th/26th/27th) where the Cheerios Wishing Well and children’s entertainment, free kids activities from facepainting to magic shows, will be located outside ODEON cinema, and every child who makes a wish receives a special wish certificate. Cheerios Childline Breakfast

Cheerios Childline Breakfast goody bags will be sold by ISPCC volunteers for €2 to raise funds. And on Sunday 27th at 11am ODEON cinema will show a special children’s film with all ticket proceeds being donated to Childline.

The Dublin Festival of History 2015 runs from September 25th to October 10th and has a host of family friendly activities running throughout.

The first ever DEBRA Ireland Firewalk will take place at the Stillorgan Park Hotel on October 1st. All funds raised will go to DEBRA Ireland to support people living with EB. So register now and tick Firewalk off your bucket list!

On October 3rd from 10am to 12pm. Celbridge Library hosts a FREE Coder Dojo Workshop and a FREE Teen Python Programming Workshop

Autism FundraiserFundraiser for Zachary, a 3 year old from Dublin who has been diagnosed with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), ADHD, and ODD. His Mum needs to raise funds to support his treatment and is holding a coffee morning and raffle at The Red Cow on October 3rd from 10am to 1pm. Please support if you can.

The Cheerios Childline Breakfast 2015 is on from October 5th to 11th and Cheerios Childline are looking for you to host a Cheerios Breakfast in aid of Childline and the ISPCC. Find out more.

Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum is set to once again to host a family celebration of children’s literature, stories, story-telling and reading at The Festival of Stories which takes place from October 10th to 18th 2015.

Maths Week IrelandThe 10th annual Maths Week Ireland takes place from October 10th to 18th 2015. Schools can get on the map by submitting their activities to the www.mathsweek.ie and pick up ideas to engage all pupils.

Come along to 10 Ormond Quay at 7.30pm on October 16th to enjoy an ‘Evening for Book Lovers’. To help CMRF Crumlin to raise funds for paediatric research in association with Eason Book Club. the evening will feature an all-star line-up of authors including Donal Ryan, Susan Loughnane, Niall MacMonagle, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Martina Devlin and Sinead Moriarty. Tickets cost €75 and can be purchased online in advance.

Eason has announced the launch of DeptCon 1, Ireland’s First Ever Young Adult Book Convention which will take place in Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin on October 23rd & 24th. The line up includes 23 bestselling young adult authors including Patrick Ness, Louise O’ Neill, Darren Shan, Derek Landy, Holly Smale, Jenny Downham and Non Pratt amongst others (see full list attached) take part in panel discussions, Q&As, signings and meet and greet sessions.
Tickets are on sale from September 14th and are limited to 200 people

Let’s Go are running fun Halloween Camps for kids over the Halloween Midterm break. Complete with Fun & Games, Inflatables, Fancy Dress, Halloween Games, iPads and lots, lots more! from  27th-30th October in Dublin at Foxrock – Loreto College and Ballinteer – Wesley College. Book Online

Halloween Activities DublinIt is all about Music this Halloween at The Ark who have fun music workshops, gigs and more for families and children from October 25th to 31st, a Halloween Disco on October 31st.

Imaginosity are running Spook-tacular Halloween Camps during the mid-term break. Suitable for children aged 4 to 7 years they can be booked by the day or for the week. They run from 9.30am to 1pm daily from October 26th to 30th 2015.

Starcamps are running SUPER SCARY 4 day Halloween Camps for boys & girls aged 4-13 years. They welcome children of all levels and abilities, whether the shy and less confident type or born for the stage, camps will be running 9:30am – 2:30pm Tuesday to Friday for the midterm 27-30 October 2015. Dublin Camps take place in Clontarf, and Rathfarnham.

The 3 National Museum of Ireland sites have FREE activities and workshops running over the Halloween mid-term including – Scary Skulls Halloween Inspectorium at the Natural History Museum  (Merrion Square) on October 27th & 28th, Go Wild at the Museum Halloween workshop at the the Decorative Arts & History Museum (Collins Barracks) on October 30th and Creepy Cauldrons and Scary Stories activity and performance events at the Archaeology Museum (Kildare Street) from October 27th to 29th.

Corke Park are having Halloween Trick or Treat Trail Tours from October 24th to 31st 2015.

Head to Ikea Dublin this Halloween mid-term for some Halloween Fun from cookie decorating to a spooky disco, treasure hunt and more. Events run on October 24th, 25th, 26th & November 1st.

The annual Bram Stoker Festival takes place in Dublin from October 23rd to 30th 2015. With events both during the day and at night, all the family can enjoy some spooky fun. The Macnas Twilight Procession will take place on October 26th from 6.30pm.

Things To Do in Dublin with Kids in September

Birthday CakeHappy 125th Birthday to the Museum of Archaeology, Kildare Street, who celebrate in style on August 29th with a fun filled day of family activities. Come along and become an Artefact Detective, take part in a Digital Workshop and Check out ‘Where Do They Get Their Stuff’ at the 125 years of collecting exhibition which runs from August 25th to 30th 2015.

Imaginosity will close for annual maintenance from August 31st to September 4th and will re-open with a great after-school program on September 5th.

Happenings have fun events in Dublin during September including Whippersnappenings open air cinema for familes in Darthmouth Square on September 6th and The Doggie Do, a Mardi Gras for Mutt and Man! in Merrion Square on September 12th.

The inaugural European Week of Sport will be celebrated in 31 countries across Europe from 7-13 September 2015. It aims to promote sport and physical activity for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. Inspiring  Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples’ everyday lives to exercise more.  Find out what is on in your area.

On the 12th of September, The Ronald McDonald House will be holding its annual #Walking4Families event to raise money to build a new 50 Bedroom House at the New National Children’s Hospital. Please support by joining your local event. Or text WALK to 50300 to Donate €4 if unable to attend.

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 September 13th. On September 30th to October 10th come along to celebrate the Dublin City Council Festival of History, there will be events for young and old.

The Natural History Museum, Merrion Square, has a FREE Busy Bee Activity Sheets which you can collect from beside the Giant Deer Display and work on seasonal activities while enjoying the displays!

The Dublin Fashion Festival including The Young Designer of The Year Awards is on from September 7th to 13th 2015.

The annual Cabinteely Carnival takes place on September 13th in Cabinteely Park from 1pm to 5pm. There is a full line up of fun events for all the family from circus skills to juggling!

Eason has announced that tickets go on sale on September 14th for DeptCon 1, Ireland’s First Ever Young Adult Book Convention. Limited to 200 people it is advisable to book early.

The National Museum of Ireland Archaeology in Kildare Street celebrates Culture Night on September 18th.

Fiona Uyema, author of Japenese Food Made Easy, is running a fun Mum and Baby Cooking Class on September 15th at the Miele Gallery, Citywest.

Culture Night 2015 takes place on September 18th. From 5pm to 11pm arts and culture organisations will open their doors and offer entertainment and events for young and old. Find events near you.

BlueFire the organisation behind the Simthfiled Sunday Summer Picnics, are running the 3rd annual BlureFire Street Fest on September 19th in Simithfield Square, Dublin 7. This all day event (12 pm to 10pm) will have zones with activities and events for all ages.

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.

summer camps for kids

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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.

Be a Doggy Detective for a Day! If you are aged between 6 and 13 years, come along to the Dog Trust Ireland Rehoming Centre in Finglas on August 16th between 12pm and 2pm and become a Doggy Detective. Cost is €5 per child or €4 for 2 or more children. You will learn all about dog safety, responsible dog ownership, take a canine quiz and do lots of detective work! Book your place now.

The ArkSummer 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.

Kids-Zone-logo_01a (1)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 & 29th. Take part in a Digital Workshop on August 29th. Check out ‘Where Do They Get Their Stuff’ 125 years of collecting exhibition from August 25th to 30th 2015. And on Sunday August 30th the Kildare Street museum celebrates it’s 125th Birthday with a host of family friendly activities.

National Museum of IrelandHands 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 and take part in tours and workshops

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.

All Island Whale Watch Day is on Sunday, August 23rd. Members of the public are invited to join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) on one of 20 land-based whale watches being held at headlands around the Irish coast between 2:00-5:00 pm. Find your closest event.

Things To Do in Dublin with Kids in July

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.

national bike weekTo 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.

The 2015 Flavours of Fingal County Show takes place at Newbridge House and Farm, Donabate, Co Dublin on June 27th & 28th 2015, just twenty minutes from Dublin.

Things To Do in Dublin with Kids in May

The Book ClinicTo 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.

Bne and Holly's Little KingdomBen 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

The Ark Song of The SeaDon’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:

National Museum of Ireland ArchaelogyStorytelling – 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.

Collins BarracksEvents 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.

Emmet CaneArtist’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 2015Tech 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.

Easter Events

Croke Park Easter Egg TrailThe 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.

Imaginosity Frozen CampThis 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.

Imaginosity DetectiveFor 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.
Once Upon a Picture at The Ark
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 LogoCroke 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.

shamrock1The 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.

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival runs from March 19th to 29th 2015

Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
takes place in Dun Laoghaire from March 18th to 22nd

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.

Butlers Chocolate Experience in Clonshaugh have a Kids Chocolate Cookery Day on March 21st . And from 30th March to April 3rd Meet the Easter Bunny.

 

Things To Do in Dublin with Kids in February

Dine in DublinNow 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 arkThe 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. 

songschoolJunior Song School at National Concert Hall

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

Imaginosity LogoImaginosity

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

Get your skates on and head to Dundrum on Ice, or Winterfunderland at the RDS. Both are open until January 11th.

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!

For more great ideas that cost nothing but time visit our article on Free Things to Do in Dublin

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