Looking for some fun things to do around Limerick and the South West with the family? Read on – there’s some great things to do in Limerick and the South West with kids this month.
Things to Do in Limerick and the South West with Kids in October
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. South West Camps take place in Ennis, Killarney, Nenagh and Limerick.
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.
The Hunt Museum Limerick have an Arts & Crafts Drop in session on October 3rd. Ar-Kid-Tecture Workshops are back on October 10th as part of the Open House Festival. They have an Arts and Craft Fair and Workshops on October 17th.
The Bunratty Bluegrass Festival takes place on October 11th 2015 from 12pm to 5pm at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Come along and enjoy all the usual attractions while experiencing Trad meets Bluegrass music, with 8 scheduled sessions throughout the day. See the full line up here.
The 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.
The Source Arts Centre in Thurles have some great family shows running this October including Me, Michael on October 6th, Song of the Sea on October 10th & Blárh on October 22nd.
The 16th Kerry Film Festival is on from October 21st to 25th
Join in the fun this Halloween at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park where they will have spine chilling events from 12pm to 6pm on October 26th. Make sure to come in fancy dress for the annual competition for both children & adults!
Come face to face with dangerous animals! Enjoy a Celtic Halloween Experience, Time Travel and play games from the past, enjoy traditional and modern music and be Thrilled by a Michael Jackson tribute dance to ‘Thriller’. Normal admission rates apply with no extra charges for the additional entertainment.
The Burren Winterage Weekend celebrates the farming heritage of the region with events suitable for all the famiily. It takes place from October 22nd to 25th 2015.
Limerick will host it’s very own Halloween ‘Spooktacular’ Family Festival on Arthur’s Quay from October 23rd to November 1st 2015. With daily activities from 12pm to 8pm.
Moher Hill Open Farm in Liscannor is hosting a fun Halloween event on October 25th.
The Burren Food Fayre is on in Lisdoonvarna on October 24th and 25th 2015.
The annual Knocknagoshel Halloween Group Ghost Trail takes place in Knocknagoshel, Co Kerry on October 25th 2015 starting at 6.30pm come and join in if you dare!.
The annual Spleodar Family Arts Festival is on in Nenagh from October 26th to 31st 2015.
Save The Date
The 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
The Killaloe Festival of Light takes place on November 11th.
The National Circus Festival takes place in Tralee from November 12th to 15th 2015.
New listings are added daily so visit the website for a full list of What’s On in your area.
Things to Do in Limerick and the South West with Kids in August
Things to Do in Limerick and the South West with Kids in September
glór Ennis has a full schedule of classes and workshops starting back in September including astronomy, acting, music, art, yoga, dance and more. And on September 26th come to the Food Village at glór, part of the Ennis Food Festival.
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.
Westfest takes place in Newcastle West from Setpember 10th to 13th. Full of family fun with music, entertainment a food village and more.
Elemental Arts & Culture Festival is on in venues throughout Limerick from September 11th to September 13th. With loads of free events, the festival celebrates the arts in all their guises.
Dingle Tradfest 2015 take place from September 10th to 13th.
Flavour of Killorglin annual Food Festival takes place from September 11th to 13th.
The Listowel Races Harvest Festival is on from September 13th to 19th with events for all the family to enjoy.
The inaugural Tralee Food Festival is on from September 18th to 20th, 2015. Tralee will be transformed into a true gourmet paradise with events, tastings, markets, demos and more on offer.
Head to Carrigaholt for Seafood in September 2015, a culinary celebration of food on the Wild Atlantic Way which runs from September 18th to 20th.
Patrickswell Community are hosting The All Ireland Tractor Pulling Championship & Family Fun Day on Sunday 20th September at Limerick Racecourse.
The Ennis Food Festival 2015 runs from September 24th to 27th.
Traditional Harvest Day will be celebrated in style at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park on September 27th. from 1pm to 5pm, with a 19th century Harvest event. Get a flavour of Irish life from 100 years ago and enjoy threshing , butter churning and bread making demonstrations, along with traditional storytelling, music and dance. Owners of vintage tractors and machinery from far and wide will proudly display their wares for what promises to be a great family day out. Festivities included in normal ticket price.
August Bank Holiday
The Cahersiveen Festival of Music & The Arts runs over the August bank holiday weekend from July 31st to August 2nd 2015.
The Scariff Harbour Festival runs in various venues around Scariff, Co Clare from July 31st to August 2nd 2015.
Celebrate Lughnasa at Craggaunowen from 2nd- 3rd August, with an array of costumed re-enactors from the Bronze Age to Medieval times. Activities include combat demonstrations, Brehon law trials and much more!
The Hunt Museum, Limerick have a Kids’ Art and Craft Session on August 2nd, 2015 from 2.30pm to 4pm.
The annual Kilgarvan Agricultural Show takes place in Kilgarvan, Co Kerry on August 2nd 2015.
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 August we have gathered information on what is available in one handy place Summer Camps for Kids in Limerick.
Camps to watch out for include;
The Hunt Museum Summer Camps theme this year is Victuals, Varmints and Vessels, inspired by the museum collection. The camps are open to children aged 5+. Weekly Summer Camps take place from July 6th to August 21st, 2015, and run daily from 10am to 4pm. Book your place now. In addition, every weekday in August, The Hunt Museum is asking you to come along and get Hands On with the collection. Encounter Artefacts in a new and exciting way.
The Feakle Festival of Traditional Music 2015 is on from August 5th to 10th.
The famous Puck Fair in Killorglin, Co. Kerry (August 10th-12th), is one of Ireland’s most unusual street festivals! See the crowning of a wild mountain goat and take to the streets for lots of fun.
The annual Rose of Tralee Festival takes place from August 14th to the 18th. There are family friendly events running throughout the week.
For all Lord of The Rings fans join the Burren Tolkien Society for the inaugural Burren Tolkien Festival from August 15th to 24th.
The Cappamore Agricultural Show takes place in Cappamore, Limerick on August 15th 2015.
Sarsfields Day Festival Weekend takes place on the weekend of August 21st to 23rd 2015 in various venues in Limerick City and County.
The Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival takes place in Waterville, Co Kerry from August 20th to 23rd 2015.
The Limerick Show Family Festival takes place at Limerick Racecourse, Peterswell on August 22nd and 23rd 2015 .
National Heritage Week 2015 has fun events for families and children nationwide from August 22nd to 30th.
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 Limerick and the South West with Kids in July
The annual Féile Brian Ború Festival runs in Killaloe an Ballina from July 1st to July 5th 2015.
The Hunt Museum, Limerick have a Kids’ Art and Craft Session on July 5th 2015 from 2.30pm to 4pm.
On July 18th, 2015, The Hunt Museum, Limerick will host a Family Fun Day in association with, Hands in Harmony, Limerick’s first Deaf Community Choir to raise much needed funds for the Limerick Deaf Community Centre.
Ennis Street Festival is a celebration of the many cultures and artistic ways that make Ennis, Co. Clare, a special place, with a colourful mix of music, dance, visual arts, puppets shows, arts exhibitions, workshops, acrobatics and more surprises from the 3rd – 5th July 2015!
glór Ennis will host a full programme of events for the Ennis Street Festival. Starting on July 1st with an Aerial Workshop for ages 8+ there will be children’s theatre and workshops daily until July 5th 2015.
The annual Limerick Make A Move Festival of Hip Hop and Music takes place in various venues in Limerick City from July 2nd to 5th 2015.
Limerick goes red, white and blue for the annual 4th of July Limerick Festival which takes place over the weekend of July 3rd to 5th.
Limerick Racecourse have a FREE Family Fun Day on July 5th 2015.
The Burren Garden Festival runs from July 6th to 12th 2015 at various gardens in teh Burren Region, Co Clare.
If you have a teen who would love to sing and record music, the Songschool Camp at The Source in Thurles is the ideal venue. It takes place from July 13th to 17th 2015.
The Richie Hayes Summer Panto Camps is on at UCH Limerick from July 13th to 17th 2015.
On July 17th get the family out to enjoy the 1st ever Electric Night Run at University of Limerick. It is an exciting 5km run suitable for all ages and will be full of lights, sound and uv paint!
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first commercial transatlantic flight, Shannon Airport will have an amazing Air Display and Family Day on Saturday 18th July.
The six hour event will include visual treats from some of Ireland and Europe’s leading aerobatics performers, parachutists, helicopters, jet fighters and stunt fliers.
There will be music and fun for all of the family with plenty of activities and entertainment for children. Tickets cost €5 per person, kids under 6 years go free, Book here and included in your ticket price is a complimentary day visit to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, King John’s Castle or Craggaunowen on the weekend of the 18th & 19th July.
It’s A Long Way to Tipperary Festival takes place in Tipperary Town on July 17th and 18th 2015.
The Eyeries Family Festival takes place from July 17th to 19th 2015 in Eyeries, Co Kerry.
The Sneem Family Festival takes place in Sneem, Co Kerry from July 22nd to 26th 2015.
The Kilrush Traditional Music & Set Dancing Festival is on in various venues in Kilrush, Co Clare from July 22nd to 26th 2015.
Things to Do in Limerick and the South West with Kids in June
You can search all the Bike Week events by county here.
Fossetts Circus comes to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park on June 20th and 21st 2015. Come and enjoy the fun of the circus with 2 shows daily.
Price includes access to the Bunratty Castle & Folk Park complete with brand new playground!! Have buckets of fun with Swing boats, Victorian carousel rides and lots more!!
Bring your teddy bear along to The People’s Park Pery’s Square, Limerick on July 27th for the Cuidiú Teddy Bear Picnic from 12pm to 2pm.
The Ballybunion Wild Atlantic Seaweed Weekend runs from June 5th to June 7th and incorporate everything from cooking with seaweed to bathing in seaweed!
Féile na mBláth @ The Park Festival Tralee takes place on June 13th & 14th from 9am to 6.30pm. With undercover and outdoor events for all the family this promises to be a great weekend of fun.
The Killarney Festival of Music and Food runs on June 27th & 28th on Muckross Road. There will be plenty of music and activiteis to keep all members of the family happy.
On the June Bank Holiday Weekend, May 30th & 31st kids are invited to help the Hunt Museum celebrate Culture and Chips with fun food-craft sessions. Booking is recommended as places are limited.
The Doonbeg Jazz Festival runs from May 29th to June 1st in Doonbeg, Co Clare
Listowel Wrtiers’ Week has events for adults and children in Listowel, Co Kerry, from May 27th to 31st .
Things to Do in Limerick and the South West with Kids in May
The Hunt Museum have their fun 1st Sunday Art Club for kids on Sunday, May 3rd from 2.30pm to 4pm, advance booking recommended. And on May 15th they celebrate Grandparents Day with fun art activities, dress up and workshops for children and their Grandparents.
Riverfest 2015 takes place in Limerick over the May Bank Holiday Weekend, May 1st to 4th. It showcases and celebrates all that is great about Limerick with family friendly events taking place throughout the city.
The Fleadh and Céilí Nua have events from May 21st to 25th in Cois na hAbhna, Ennis, Co Clare.
Fleadh by the Feale runs in Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick from April 30th to May 4th with muisc, song, dance and stories.
The Féile na Bealtaine Arts Festival runs over the May Bank Holiday Weekend, April 30th to May 4th in Dingle and surrounding areas.
A must for all car enthusiasts, the 2015 International Rally of the Lakes takes place in Killarney over the May Bank Holiday Weekend.
The annual Listowel Military Tattoo takes place in Listowel on May 2nd to 5th with battle re-enactments, a vintage car rally and fun in the square for all the family.
The Whitegate May Bank Holiday Festival runs in Whitegate, Co Clare from April 30th to May 6th with a full programme of events and family activities throughout.
The Gospel Rising Music Festival is on in Ennis from May 8th to 10th.
The Burren Slow Food Festival 2015 runs from May 16th to 24th with a host of family friendly events taking place over the final weekend.
Things to Do in Limerick and the South West with Kids in April
Post Easter Events
The Hunt Museum invite you to start your Saturday mornings creatively at their Drop in Arts & Craft For Kids and Parents. Just €2 for one craft and €3 for both with different projects weekly. Booking is not required.
The Limerick Film Festival takes place from April 23rd to 25th.
Féile na Bealtaine takes place in Dingle from April 30th to May 4th. With over 100 activities for visitors of all ages, this festival celebrates the arrival of summer.
Shannon Heritage are hosting fun Easter Events at all their sites. On April 5th from 1pm to 5pm come along and join the Easter Bunny at Craggaunowen. There will be hundreds of Easter Eggs, Bouncy Castles, Music, a Puppet Show and much more.
At Bunratty Castle and Folk Park on April 6th from 1pm to 5pm including train rides with the Easter Bunny, Easter Bonnet Competition, Easter Disco, Easter Clue Trail, Face-painting and much more.
King John’s Castle are running fun Family Easter Workshops on various dates from March31st to April 9th. €10 per child to include lunch and €5 per adult. Booking necessary. Call 061 360788 for further information.
Stay busy this Easter at glór Ennis by taking part in a Cartoon and Comic Strip Workshop with Aidan Courtney. The Cartoon Workshops take place on April 7th and 8th and are suitable for children aged 5 to 10 years and The Comic Strip Workshops are for children aged 10+ and also run on April 7th and 8th.
For younger children Fidget Feet presents The Elves & The Shoemaker on April 9th and 10th at glór Ennis. Suitable for children aged 4 to 8 years, be mesmerised by music, storytelling and aerial circus.
glór Arts Centre have also have a Brick Flicks Workshop running on March 30th & 31st book your places now.
The Source Arts Centre will run a Brick Flicks Stop Motion Workshop on April 1st and 2nd Book Now
The Hunt Museum are running a 4 day Easter Camp from March 30th to April 2nd. The camp runs daily from 10am to 4pm and is suitable for children aged 5 to 12 years. Included in the camp activities will be the creation of a digital Easter Egg Hunt that will take place from April 5th to April 7th. Find out more! The popular drop in Art Project for parents and children is on Saturday April 5th from 12pm to 1pm and on Sunday April 6th join in the Kids Art and Craft Session from 2.30pm to 4pm.
FitKids4Ever are running active Easter Camps in Castleconnell and Bird Hill from March 30th to April 2nd. Find out more.
Tír na nÓg Children’s Festival takes place in Tralee, Co Kerry this Easter with a full programme of indoor and outdoor activities are planned at various locations with – Easter Egg Hunts, Duck Races, Puppet Shows, Family Night at the Dogs, Arts and Craft Workshops, Teddy Bears & Dollies Picnics, Bonnie Baby Competition, Animal Farms and Bug Hunts!
Tralee Bay Easter Eco Art and Craft Camp
Running from Tuesday 31st March – Thursday 2nd April and Tuesday 7th April – Thursday 9th April- from 10am – 2pm Suitable for chlidren aged 5 to 12 years. Cost: €55 for three days and €20 for one day. Contact the Tralee Bay Wetlands on 066 7126700.
Toymaster in Bridge Street have a Free Children’s Puppet Show on Saturday April 4th from 11am to 1pm.
On Saturday April 4th from 1pm to 3pm the under 12’s Meadowlands Tralee Fancy Dress Fun Run is taking place in Tralee Town Park. Face painting, dancing with Linda Flanagan from Zumba Salsa Tralee and an outdoor disco with an appearances from some of our favorite Disney characters. Registration forms can be handed in to Tralee Chamber Alliance or The Meadowlands Hotel Tralee. Cost: €5 per child.
Things to Do in Limerick and the South West with Kids in March
If you are looking for a fun activity to do with the kids on Saturday mornings head over to the Hunt Museum for Drop in Arts and Crafts from 12pm to 1pm. It costs just €2 for 1 craft and €3 for both and children aged 2+ are welcome with their parents.
Take a trip to King John’s Castle this month and be amazed by over 800 years of history
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park are finalising their plans for Easter be sure to check out the website for a full list of family friendly events
The Easter Bunny will be back at Craggaunowen this year giving out hundreds of Easter Eggs. Find out more here
Dingle International Film Festival takes place from March 12th to 15th. As part of the festival Animation Dingle celebrates the best national and international animation.
Kenmare Lace Festival 2015 runs from March 19th to 22nd with lacemaking and millenary workshops, fashions shows, lace displays and more.
St Patrick’s Day Celebrations
Limerick Hosts a Festival of Kindness Festival from March 13th to 17th. With a Free Family Fun Day on Bedford Row from 11am to 3pm on March 15th a Free Day of Walking on Water at UL with free kayaking and a universal access excursion for wheelchair users and those who are visually impaired and on March 16th local scouts groups will carry out acts of kindness throughout the day.
Limerick has a St Patrick’s Festival which begins on March 15th with the 45th International Band Championships. The St Patrick’s Day Parade is on March 17th at 12pm
The Limerick Milk Market has a family friendly St Patrick’s Day Festival on March 17th from 3pm to 7pm.
Limerick Racecourse hosts a St Patrick’s Day 2 day Festival of Racing on March 14th & 15th
St Patrick’s Day starts early in Dingle with a 6am alarm call from Dingle’s Fife and Drum band. The 2015 Dingle St Patrick’s Day Parade takes place at 1pm and starts at Dingle hospital.
The 2015 Tralee St Partick’s Day Parade is on March 17th and begins at 12pm. The theme for this year’s parade is Active Tralee and the Kerry Rose Mary Hickey, will the the Grand Marshal for this year’s parade
Sneem will host it’s annual St Patrick’s Day Parade and Market on March 17th 2015. This year turn out in your green clothes to help in the Turn Sneem Green Campaign!
The Ennis St Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 17th and begins at 11am
The 2015 Ballina/Killaloe St Patricks Day Parde on 17th leaving Ballina Riverside Park at 2.30pm for further details check out Féile Brian Ború
The 2015 Thurles St Patrick’s Day Parade is on March 15th and begins at 3pm
The 2015 Tipperary St Patrick’s Day Parade is on March 17th 2015
Clonmel and Nenagh will both have St Patrick’s Day Parades on March 17th.
Things to Do in Limerick and the South West with Kids in February
- The Hunt Museum in Limerick have their Kids’ Art Club running on February 1st and the next Saturday Art & Crafts Drop In event is on February 7th. I Love The Hunt in association with Limerick Printmakers Studio & Gallery is running Fab Lab with crafts, tours music and more on February 14th.
Join instrument builder Ed Devane in this hands-on music workshop on February 22nd. Participants will learn about sound and musical instrument design, giving them a richer understanding of music while enhancing their craft skills, and make loads of noise in the process! suitable for Ages: 8 – 13. Drop in any time over the mid-term and you can Hunt for Treasure and Animals!
- Engineers Week takes place from February 8th to 14th and there are family friendly events taking place across the South West.
- Make Your Own Puppet Workshop is at the Lime Tree Limerick on February 7th.
- At Glor, Ennis on 18th Feb, the American Wrestling Roadshow comes to town.
- Brick Flicks Stop Motion Workshop by Creatschool takes place on February 19th at The Source. Suitable for children aged 8+.
Things To Do in Limerick and the South West with Kids in January
- The Hunt Museum in Limerick have free fun activity sheets for families and run regular family art sessions. The next one is on February 1st.
- Get your skates on at Killarney On Ice – open until January 11th.
- The Lime Tree Theatre Limerick are embracing music this January with family shows on January 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st.
- On January 17th Bunratty Castle & Folk Park are having their annual Winter Music Day.
- Take a visit to King John’s Castle where 800 years of history comes to life.
- Enjoy the Shannonside Winter Music Weekend which takes place in Sixmilebridge and Bunratty on January 15th & 16th.
- glór Clare have January classes for kids and toddlers in Music, Art and French
- The Source Arts Centre in Thurles have art classes for children aged 3-7 years and their parents/guardians starting January 9th for 6 weeks and the Lambert Puppet Theatre presents Snow White with Bosco on February 1st.
- 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!
- If you didn’t make it to the cinema over the Christmas, there are some great family films showing this month at Omniplex Tralee, Classic Cinema Listowel, Phoenix Cinema Dingle. Omniplex Limerick, Odeon Limerick, Tippeary Excel, IMC Thurles, Empire Moveieplex Ennis, We saw Paddington (read our review) and Annie recently both great and for older children the final Hobbit movie was a big hit.