Things To Do with Kids in Northern Ireland

Looking for some fun things to do around  Northern Ireland with the family? Read on – there’s some great things to do with kids in Northern Ireland this month.

Things To Do with Kids in Northern Ireland in August

Sunflower Fest 2015 runs from July 31st to August 1st at Tubby’s Farm, Lisburn.

Celebrate Lunasa with free events including; live music, storytelling, kids activities & Crafts and a Wickerman Fire Ceremony at the Wickerman Gathering at Navan Centre and Fort, Armagh. 

The B/E Aeorspace Festival of Flight takes place in Newcastle, Co Down on August 8th. There will be amazing air displays, exhibitions, live music and more.

Children’s Street Theatre performances take place during August in Ballycastle and Portrush, Co Derry on August 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th and 31st.

Take part in the Big Wild Sleep Out at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh on August 8th.

Become a Bug Detective on August 12th at Mount Stewart, Co Down and bring a picnic along to enjoy Jazz In The Garden on August 30th and September 27th 2015.

Eastside Arts Festival 2015 runs from August 19th to 31st in various sites across the East side of Belfast and beyond.

Things To Do with Kids in Northern Ireland in July

Tall Ships Belfast is a free event in Belfast’s Dock area from July 2nd to 5th 2015.

Mr Stink comes to Slieve Gullion, Newry for an outdoor adaption do the David Wallims novel on July 7th from 4pm.

Celebrate the Lady of The Lake Festival, Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh on July 10th.

Enjoy a Teddy Bear’s Picnic at The Ark Open Farm, Bangor on July 17th at 2pm. And a Family Fun Day on August 10th.

The Londonderry and Limavady Agricultural Show takes place on July 18th, 2015.

Things To Do with Kids in Northern Ireland in June

The annual Walk The Glens Walking Festival is on in Antrim from June 5th to 7th

Horrible Histories is on at the Grand Opera House, Belfast from June 2nd to 6th.

The Walled City Music Festival takes place in Derry from June 4th to 7th and has a full programme of events and workshops for families.

The North Antrim Agricultural Association Ltd present the Ballymoney Show on June 5th & 6th 2015.

The Northern Irish Countrysports Fair is on June 6th & 7th 2015 at Scarvagh House, Antrim.

Join in the Medieval mayhem at the Strangford Lough Festival 2015 from June 10th to 14th.

The Ballyhackamore Summer Fair and Family Fun Day takes place in Ballyhackmore, Belfast on June 16th.

The Summer Jamm in Strabane is on June 13th and will offer a fun day out for all the family.

On June 19th Navan Centre and Fort, Armagh will host an evening of food and entertainment for adults and children aged 8+ with King Conor’s Supper!

Go Wild with Dad this Father’s Day, June 21st at Navan Centre & Fort, Armagh. Begin the day with a Wild BBQ and then help him as he tries his hand at making a wattle and daub fence!

The first Gran Fondo Giro d’Itlaia Northern Ireland takes place on June 21st around the Mourne Mountains and the shores of Strangford Lough.

Buskfest 2015 takes place in Bainbridge, Co Down and June 27th. Come and listen to some great new talent.

The Sea Bangor Martime Festival is on June 27th & 28th. With a tall ship, children’s events, food and music it will be a great event for families of all ages.

Save the Date

Join Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre and Drumcreatt Square, Derry, for a fun Food Fair on July 4th.

Rahtlin Island Festival Week 2015 is from July 12th to 19th.

The Portstewart Red Sales Festival 2015 is on from July 19th to 26th.

Sunflowerfest a festival of music, dance and theatre takes place in Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough, Co Down from July 31st to August 2nd 2015.

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Things To Do with Kids in Northern Ireland in May

Bring your little cubs and enjoy a day of family fun at Belfast Zoo on 9th May, with bouncy castles, cartoon characters, and face painting.

Meet Annie Oakley the Little Sure Shot of the Wild West at The Mac, Belfast from May 5th to May 10th.

Mark the 70th Anniversary of the U-Boat Surrender on May 16th at the Guildhall in Derry.

The Argory Country Fair Weekend takes place on May 16th and 17th at the Argory Estate in Armagh. Come along for shopping, family entertaimnent, dog show, demonstrations and much more.

The Marine Conservation Society in association with M&S have their annual Big Beach Clean Up taking place at beaches across Northern Ireland from May 7th to 13th.

The Ballyclare May Fair 2015 takes place in Newtownabbey, Antrim from May 19th to 23rd.

The Ards Arts Centre in Down are hosting their annual Puppet Festival in venues across the county from May 22nd to 25th.

Cool FM in association with Cash for Kids and C0-operation Ireland will have a giant water slide at Stormont Estate in Belfast on May 23rd to 24th. To celebrate Splash On The Hill register now to have a go!

The Bangor Car and Motorcycle Show takes place at Bangor Elim on May 23rd.

The Bruce Festival takes place in Carrickfergus from May 29th to 31st

Things To Do with Kids in Northern Ireland in April

Easter Events

The Northern Ireland Adventure Weekend takes place on March 28th & 29th with 50 outdoor activities and events happening across Northern Ireland at reduced prices.

Roll Up Roll Up for the Easter Carnival at W5 Belfast. Join in the fun with old fashioned games that have been given a modern twist! Events run from March 28th to April 15th.

The MAC have a free Easter Egg Hunt on April 4th. Drop in from 10am to 7pm and see how many eggs you can find!

The Castle Espie Wetlands have a Giant Easter Bunny Hunt with egg-citing Easter Activities for families from March 30th to April 12th.

The Ulster American Folk Park have Easter Celebrations from April 4th to 6th. Step back in time for a Traditional Spring Fair Day from 1914.

The Armagh County Museum have an Easter Family Fun Day on Saturday March 28th from 12pm to 4pm. There will be FREE kids seasonal activities running all day.

Become a Cadbury Eggsplorer this Easter by taking part in the Cadbury National Trust Easter Egg Trail. There are 14 trails in Northern Ireland.

Things To Do with Kids in Northern Ireland in March

shamrock1The Enniskillen Drama Festival takes place from March 6th to 14th with nightly performances

The 2015 Omagh St Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on March 17th from 2pm at Strule Arts Centre.

The 2015 Derry St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival Parade takes place on March 17th from 2.30pm

Belfast Children’s Festival 2015 runs from March 6th to 13th and has lots of fun activities for children and families.

Festival in a Day 2015
takes place on March 8th from 12pm to 5pm on Belfast’s Waterfront. Loads of fun fun for all the family.

The 2015 Belfast St Patrick’s Day Festival and Concert takes place on March 17th from 12pm to 3pm leaving from Belfast City Hall.

Feile Earraigh runs from March 10th to 17th in Belfast with music and fun for all.

Armagh hosts a 2015 St Patrick’s Day Festival from March 12th to 17th.

The Northern Ireland Adventure Weekend
takes place on March 28th & 29th with 50 outdoor activities and events happening across Northern Ireland at reduced prices.

Things To Do with Kids in Northern Ireland in February

  • Become an astronaut at Planet Hunt at Learning Space Belfast takes place daily during February.
  • The Mac has a unique take on musical chairs on February 7th & 8th – Quartet for 15 Chairs.
  • Titanic Dance is on at the Millennium Forum on from February 5th to 7th.
  • The Courtyard Theatre, Newtownabbey has a Frozen Singalong for families on February 31st.
  • National Nest Box Week runs from February 14th to 21st and events are taking place across Northern Ireland.
  • Ballymoney Drama Festival takes place in Antrim, from February 27th to March 7th.

Things To Do with Kids in Northern Ireland in January

  • Legenderry on Ice runs until  January 18th.
  • Discovery Farm at Ulster Folk & Transport Museum: Stroll back in time, uncover a way of life on the farms of 100 years ago as you explore a number of farmhouses and farm-related buildings.
  • True Colours Exhibition starts Friday January 16th, with artwork by some of the brightest young artists and designers in Northern Ireland’s schools and colleges. Students, families and the general public can visit at weekends and on weekday afternoons.
  • Winterland Express at W5 has extra dates now Saturdays January 10th, 17th and 24th FREE with admission to W5 and the ride lasts approximately 5 – 8 minutes.


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