Looking for some fun things to do around Galway with the family? Read on – there’s some great things to do in Galway with kids this month.
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The annual Baboró Festival will take place in Galway from October 12th to 18th.
Baboró Box Open is open to book tickets for the 19th International Arts Festival for Children from September 8th 2015. You are in for a real treat this October if you live in or are visiting Galway from October 12th to 18th. Book shows like Guess How Much I Love You, The Mimirichi Clown and Pantomime Theatre, Up to Speed and much more.
The Galway International Oyster Festival 2015 is on from September 24th to 27th.
Calling all parents, families and fitness fanatics join in the Slieve Aughty Mountain Adventures Challenge on September 26th. You can take part in a 5k run or a 10k hike or a 35k cycle or all 3! Proceeds go to Kilchreest National School.
Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop are launching new Book Clubs for Children and Young Adults / Teens. The Book Club is free to join, but space is limited, The first meeting of the Kids’s Book Club (Age 9 to 11 years) will be on September 29th from 4.30 to 5.30 pm and for Young Adults (Age 16 to 18 years) will be on September 30th from 5 to 6pm.
The 1st Galway St. Joesph’s Scout Unit is hosting an open house on September 27th from 12 to 3pm at Ozaman House, St Augustine Street. This event is designed for familijes who want to explore the scouting program for their children (boys and girls) aged 6 to 19 years.
The annual Ballinasloe Horse Fair & Festival is on from October 3rd to 11th 2015.
Buy and Sell baby/toddler and Mum items at The Bubbly Baby Market which takes place at The Clybaun Hotel on October 11th 2015 from 12pm to 3pm.
Take part in a Charity Night run for Croí on October 16th on the Prom in Salthill from 8 to 9pm. Cost of entry is €35 with 100% of this going to the charity. Participants will get a pack worth €70 with running goodies.
Galway Bake Fest takes place in Leisureland on October 17th & 18th.
On October 17th the Galway City Museum celebrates International Uilleann Piping Day with a FREE recital from Tommy Keane from 2pm to 5pm. For adults and children aged 12+ come and enjoy FREE talks on October 3rd – Galway’s Three-In-a-Row, 1965 and October 10th Swimming with Sharks, & October 24th Galway’s Dominican Textiles. From October 28th to October 31st there will be workshops for children aged 7 to 12 years running from 11am to 12.30 or 1pm.
Autumn Harvest Feast is on October 17th in Brigit’s Garden from 7pm. Enjoy a feast created by chefs Romain Cario and Nico Sampietro. And on October 30th come along to send the Samhain Hallloween Bonfire from 4 to 9pm.
The Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway takes place from October 20th to 26th 2015.
Book 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. Galway Camps take place in Salthill.
The Galway Atlantaquaria have fun Schools Out for Science Halloween Camps running from October 27th to 29th. These are suitable for children ages 8 to 10 years and take place over 3 days (or you can book 1 or 2 day camps). And a Junior Fright Camp takes place on October 30th for children aged 5 to 7 years. To book your place call (091) 585100.
The annual Macnas Halloween Parade – The Shadow Lighter – takes place on the streets of Galway on October 25th from 17.30.
The Harbour Hotel is having a Kids Halloween Show on Octboer 29th from 6pm.
The Galway Arts Center are running Halloween Costume Making Workshops from October 27th to 30th.
Save The Date
The 21st annual Junior Film Fleadh takes place in Galway from November 11th to 14th. Come along and be educated and entertained at the same time!
Buy and Sell baby/toddler and Mum items at The Bubbly Baby Market which takes place at The Clybaun Hotel on November 8th 2015 from 12pm to 3pm.
New listings are added daily so visit the website for a full list of What’s On in Galway.
For more great ideas that cost nothing but time visit our Free Things to Do in Galway article.
Things To Do In Galway With Kids in September
The Oughterard Agricultural and Horticultural Show is on August 29th & 30th.
Loughrea, County Galway will once again transform into a bustling medieval town for the 2nd Annual Award Winning Loughrea Medieval Festival, on August 28-30, 2015. Lots of free family fun for all ages .
The IMC Cinema on the Headford Road will host a Sensory Friendly Cinema session in association with GAP (Galway Autism Project) on August 30th
Do you have a budding young actor or director in the house? The Galway Junior Film Fleadh are looking for entries to this year’s Film Shorts section. All entries must be in by September 9th.
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.
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.
Galway City Museum in association with the Galway Music Residency presents ConTempo Quartet along with some of Ireland’s young musical artists on Saturday September 5th, 12th & 19th from 11am to 1pm. The musicians will fill the museum with beautiful music for all ages to enjoy for FREE. On Saturday 19th come along and enjoy a free dance performance of Cotaí Dearga at 2pm & 3.30pm
Come along to the Town Hall Theatre on September 13th to sing along with Goldilocks and the Three Bears & Ruff the Dog who will be live on stage at 2.30pm & 4.30pm. And on September 27th Jurassic Adventures is live on stage for children aged 3+
The Portumna Shorelines Arts Festival takes place from September 17th to 20th.
The Clifden Arts Festival takes place from September 17th to 27th.
Are you feeling stressed? Galway Diet and Lifestyle are running Reiki Workshop for Mums to teach them techniques to relax and to help soothe their own children. The workshops take place at The Granary Learning Centre on September 19th & 20th.
Things To Do In Galway With Kids in August
August Bank Holiday
The annual Galway Races Summer Festival is on from July 27th to August 2nd 2015. Why not get the girls together and start the bank holiday early with a trip to Ladies Day on July 30th?
The All Ireland Dog Show is on in Roundstone, Connemara, on August 3rd 2015.
Take a break from the racing at Ballybrit and visit The Omey Races, which take place on the beach near Claddaghduff, just a few miles from Clifden. The start time will depend on the tide! The races take place on August 2nd from (around)11am!
Brigit’s Garden plays host to the Story Bus on August 3rd. The bus will leave Galway City at 2pm and return at 6pm.
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 for August we have gathered information on what is available in one handy place Summer Camps for Kids in Galway.
Camps we can recommend include;
Art In Galway have fun Art Camps for children running in Salthill from August 10th to 14th 2015.
GAP the Galway Autism Project will run fun Summer Camps for children and teens who are on the Autism spectrum from August 4th to 22nd 2015. Camps will take place in Newcastle, Galway.
The Boys Are Back in Town on August 4th the Galway City Library. The Chatham Saxapohone Quartet play a free concert at 1.10pm.
Seussical The Musical brings all your favourite Dr Seuss characters to life in a fun show. It runs in the Town Hall Theatre from August 12th to 16th 2015.
Crinniú na mBád 2015, the annual Galway Hooker Gathering and race, takes place in Kinvara on August 14th to 16th 2015.
Take part in The Tuam Treasure Hunt, suitable for all the family, on August 15th from 2pm in Tuam Town. In aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
CARI (Children At Risk Ireland) are having a fun Watersports Day at Glassilaun Beach, Renvyle on August 16th 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.
National Heritage Week 2015 has fun events for families and children in Galway from August 22nd to 30th.
The Claregalway Agricultural Show celebrates 25 years on August 23rd 2015 .
Things To Do In Galway With Kids in July
Féile Traidphicnic takes place in Spiddal from July 3rd to 5th 2015. There will be music, talks, arts and crafts and loads for fun for all the family.
Take a FREE guided tour of The Galway City Museum on July 4th and learn more about Galway City, The Claddagh and the River Corrib.
Claregalway Castle plays host to this year’s Galway Garden Festival on July 4th & 5th 2015.
Brigit’s Garden Rosscahill are running Nature Summer Camps for Kids starting on July 6th and July 13th.
Learn Spanish Through Drama at Drambola a fun summer camp for kids which runs in Cappagh Sports Centre, Knocknacarra from July 6th to 16th 2015.
Kids are asked to bring their parents to a Free Family Fun Music Event at Galway City Library on July 7th.
The annual Galway Film Fleadh is on from July 7th to 12th 2015.
The Galway Fringe Festival 2015 runs from July 11th to 27th.
The Galway Arts Centre have fun Drama, Art and Literature Summer Camps running for 3 weeks in July. Each weekly camp caters to a different age group, from 5 to 15 years, and run daily from 9am to 2pm at The Galway Arts Centre, Dominc Street. Camps start on July 13th.
The Roundstone Connemara Pony Show is on July 12th 2015. It includes, Pony, Sheep and Dog shows and is fun day out for the whole family.
See Galway City come alive for the annual Galway International Arts Festival July 13th -26th 2015. Showcasing street performers music and theatre Galway is the place to be this July.
The Roundstone Regatta is on July 25th and 26th 2015.
Things to do in Galway with Kids in June
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This June Bank Holiday come to Corofin for the Annual Corofin Duck Race. Which takes place in the castle grounds from 1pm on May 31st. All proceeds raised will go to GAP (Galway Autism Project) and in addition to the duck race there will be family entertainment all day long.
Connemara Bog Week runs from May 22nd to June 1st in the village of Letterfrack. With guided bog walks, traditional music and events for all the family.
Celebrate World Ocean Day on June 7th at Galway Atlantaquaria. There will be loads of family activities from 11am to 5pm.
MY Galway, MY Capital, MY Culture Free Haiku Poetry Workshops for Families and Schools. Join Poet Terry McDonagh and Facilitator Sinead Hackett June 13th 2015 at Galway 2020 Hub, The Cornstore.
Baboró invite all children and their families to express their vision or dream of Galway in the future through a Haiku poem. You can also add a drawing or photograph and contribute to a response wall on public display in the Galway Capital of Culture bid team’s office.
What would your child love to see if Galway wins the bid? What age will your child be in 2020? What does culture mean to you and your family?
Get Going and Get Rowing have fun Rowing Summer Camps running at NUIG Boat Club from June 16th to 19th.
Galway Bike Week offers events throughout Galway city and county from June 13th to 21st.
Bia Lover Festival of Food is on in Athenry from June 19th to 21st. There will be events for children and families alongside cookery demonstrations, food-tastings, competitions and much more.
Described as a ‘Riverdance for Toddlers’ The Town Hall Theatre presents The Speks live show which is guaranteed to have both adults and children jumping in their seats with a lively mix of nursery rhymes and singsongs set to Irish music. The show is at 1pm on June 27th.
Things To Do in Galway with Kids in May
The Town Hall Theatre have some fun family shows during May including A Journey Through Time with Evelyn Cusack. Evelyn will take us on a whistle stop tour through the varying climates of early earth, to the beginning of civilisation and the Weather Gods on to the Age of Enlightenment and our own Robert Boyle and then to the present high-spec numerical forecast models which can predict weather about a week ahead. This family friendly show runs on May 14th at 8pm.
Join the Saving Grace Gala Dinner on Friday May 8th at The Clayton Hotel. Grace suffers from a rare chldren’s cancer and this fundraiser is to help raise money to bring her abroad for treatment.
The Galway City Museum have a host of family events and workshops in May including a Get to Know Vikings Archaeology Workshop for children aged 7 to 12 years on May 9th from 11am to 12.30pm.
The Galway Early Music Festival takes place from May 14th to 17th with Concerts, Free Events and Workshops.
Eat Out Speak Out is on May 17th at Claregalway Castle from 1pm to 4pm. A unique bring your own family picnic event with entertainment for children and a chance for you to give your opinion on what food means to you. It is a free event but you must register in advance.
Take a guided walk through Merlin Woods with the Friends of Merlin Woods from May 18th to 24th.
Bank Holiday Events
Celebrate Mayo Day with a Family Fun Day Event at The Galway Bay Hotel Salthill on May 2nd.
Duncan Stewart, of RTE’s Eco Eye will be at Brigit’s Garden on May 3rd for an action-packed day for all ages to learn about small steps you can take to become more eco-wise.
The Connemara Mussel Festival takes place from May 1st to 3rd with events for all the family including treasure hunts, music, dancing and cooking.
The Ceardlann Craft Village in Spiddeal has a festival of fun and workshops for families over the May Bank Holiday Weekend on May 2nd & 3rd.
Fleadh na gCuach, The Cuckoo Fleadh, is on in Kinvara from May 1st to 4th. They have a full programme of events for families
Things To Do in Galway with Kids in April
Post Easter Events
The Clifden Traditional Music Festival takes place from April 9th to 12th. Suitable for all the family with trad sessions, sean-nos dance workshops and much more.
The Ark presents Far Away From Me at the Town Hall Theatre on April 12th. This family show is an adaption by Amy Conroy of the age-old literary fairy tale The Princess and The Pea. The show contains music, aerial performances, wild energy and great storytelling. It is suitable for children aged 6 years+
For anyone with an interest in Watersports the annual Galway Watersports Show takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa on April 11th & 12th. This year it will incorporate the National Summit for Watersports in Ireland 2015.
The Cúirt International Festival of Literature runs in Galway from April 21st to 27th. Young people are invited to join in the Cúirt Labs taking place at the Galway Arts Centre from April 22nd to 24th.
As part of the festival The Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinic will be in Spanish Arch on April 25th. Young children are invited to visit The Book Doctor who will be on hand to help them choose the next great book to read!
Galway Atlantaquaria are running their fun science workshops for kids over the Easter Break. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment call (091)585100 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Galway City Museum have fun creative workshops running over the Easter break including a needle and felting workshop for children aged 12+ on April 4th. A Sea & Science Workshop for 7 to 12 year olds on April 9th & 11th and for a story-telling event with Rab Fulton on April 10th for children aged 7+
Brigit’s Garden have fun Easter Egg Hunts on April 5th & 6th and have Easter Nature Camps running from April 7th to 10th.
The Galway Food Festival takes place from April 2nd to 6th with foodie events running throughout the Galway City and County.
Things To Do in Galway with Kids in March
Grimm’s Circus is at The Blackbox Theatre on March 14th and 14th tickets can be purchased online.
Jurassic Adventures a Dino-Mite Show for families with children aged 3+ comes to the Town Hall Theatre on April 7th. Visit the website to find out more and book your tickets to avoid disappointment.
St Patrick’s Day Celebrations
The 2015 Galway St Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at the Fire Station in the Cladagh at 11.30am and follow a route up Dominic Street, into Shop Street and past Eyre Square to finish on Prospect Hill at approx 1pm.
Other St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Co Galway include:
- The 2015 Loughrea St Patrick’s Day Parade in starts at 1pm on March 17th
- The 2015 Oranmore St Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 11.45am on March 17th
- The 2015 Gort St Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on Sunday March 22nd 2015 and not on St Patrick’s Day it begins at 12.30pm.
- The 2015 Tuam St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on March 17th.
- The 2015 Clifden St Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 1pm on March 17th
- The 2015 Roundstone St Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 17th and starts on Main Street at 2pm.
- The 2015 Oughterard St Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on March 17th from 1pm to 3.30pm
- The 2015 Athenry St Patrick’s Day Parade is themed “Let’s Face the Music and Dance and will take place on March 17th.
New listings are added daily so visit the website for a full list of What’s On in your area.
For more great ideas that cost nothing but time visit our Free Things to Do in Galway article.
Things To Do in Galway with Kids in February
Theatre Lovet presents The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly on February 6th at 10.30am and 3pm and 7th at 11am and 2pm at The Town Hall Theatre. Tickets are €8 or a family ticket for €24. Suitable for ages 7+
Brigit’s Garden invite you to celebrate Brigit’s Day on February 1st. They will have a host of Brigit related activities, with the proceeds going to charity. On from 1.30pm to 5pm this event is suitable for all ages.
Bubbly Baby Market takes place at the Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra on February 8th. Suitable for those wishing to buy and sell their baby and toddler products. Cost €2
The Galway City Museum have a full calendar of events for families this February including Music For All on February 14th, 21st and 28th, Archaeology Workshops for children aged 7 to 12 years on February 19th and 20th, Storytelling for children aged 5+ on February 20th and a Sean Nós Dancing display on February 28th. All events are FREE but booking may be required for some.
The Galway Atlantaquaria have fun Marine Science Workshops running during the mid-term break – February 19th & 20th. These are suitable for children aged 5 – 8 years and cost €20 for day and €40 for 2 days with discounts for 2 or more children.
Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment call (091)585100 or Email: email@example.com
Engineers Week takes place in Ireland from February 8th to 14th. In addition to events in the classroom, Galway Atlantaquaria are having Engineering Workshops on February 11th, 12th & 13th and visitors can take part in the Engineering Trail. For children aged 7 to 12 years, NUI Galway are hosting a FREE Magical and Engineering Show – booking is essential. For a full list of events taking place visit www.engineeringweek.ie
The Galway Astronomy Club are running Galway Astrofest 2015 on February 20th at Brigit’s Garden and 21st at The Westwood Hotel.
Galway Artist Kathy Ross is showing her work ‘Catching Dreams’ a collection of fairytale illustrations in NUI Galway until March 6th.
Things To Do in Galway with Kids in January
Babóro International Arts Festival for Children presents a Small Size Day on January 31st at the Town Hall Theatre. Suitable for children aged 2 to 6 years.
Galway Arts Centre – Mosaic Children’s Art Classes are back on January 14th and 17th. Suitable for children aged 5 to 12 years.
The Renmore Pantomine Cinderella is always a hit with families and runs at the Town Hall Theatre until January 11th.
Family Bushcraft Day takes place at Cregg Castle on February 1st. Come along to learn survival skills
Galway City Museum have a St Brigid’s Cross Workshop on January 31st. Entry is FREE but you must register in advance. It is suitable for children aged 8+
If you didn’t make it to the cinema over the Christmas, there are some great family films showing this month at both the Eye Cinema and IMC Headford Road and IMC Oranmore. We saw Paddington (read our review) and Annie recently both great and for older children the final Hobbit movie was a big hit.
Take a trip to Galway Atlantaquaria where you can search for treasure and hold crabs and starfish.
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 Free Things to Do in Galway article.