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Things To Do with Kids in the North East

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

Things To Do with Kids in the North East in September

The Monaghan Harvest Times Rhythm & Blues Festival runs from September 4th to 6th 2015.

Tayto Park Goeldi's MonkeysTayto Park have just announced the arrival of 4 endangered Goeldi’s Monkeys to their animal sanctuary. Pop in at weekends from September 5th to see how they are settling in and hear their unique high-pitched calls!

September 12th sees the 7th Annual Irish Bog Snorkeling Championships taking place in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan. Fun to watch or take part in!

Loughcrew in Oldcastle, Co Meath will say farewell to the light with the Autumn Equinox Festival on September 18th to 21st. Activities will include drama, walks Cinema and more.

The Taste of Togher Food & Heritage Festival 2015 is on September 26th in Annagassan, Co Louth. Celebrating our viking past and showcasing local producers this will be a great family event.

The Dunshaughlin Harvest Festival is on from September 24th to 27th. This family friendly festival will include a Soapbox Derby, so get building now to enter! and fun workshops and events for children.

Dunboyne Motor Club host the Spirit of Dunboyne Festival of Motorsport on September 26th & 27th 2015. With a parade lap of classic cars and motorcycles and family entertainment it is sure be a great weekend.

Save The Date

The Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival 2015 takes place from October 2nd to 4th in Kells Co Meath.

If you run events, classes or camps for families please list them with us. It is FREE TO LIST add events here and for class and camp providers you can list them here.

For more great ideas that cost nothing but time visit our articles on Free Things to Do in Cavan, Monaghan, Louth and Meath

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

Things To Do with Kids in the North East in August

August Bank Holiday

The All Ireland Poc Fada Championship takes place on August 1st, 2015 at Annaverna Mountain, Co Louth.

Loughcrew House Gardens and Adventure Park in Meath opens a new Tree Climbing Activity on August 2nd. Scale a 40 foot pine tree before abseiling down! Or try out the Zipline, Playground and Garden Quiz.

We have rounded up some of the fun events and activities happening in the arts and culture space during August.

The Boyne Music Festival 2015 is on from August 6th to 9th at Townley Hall, Drogheda.

Tayto Park has a Bug Bonanza running from August 3rd to August 9th. Come along for all things creepy crawly! Lots of events and workshops will run.

Hands on History, Medieval Life in Trim is on from August 9th to 16th 2015.

Scarecrow Day takes place at Newgrange Farm on Saturday 15th August, they need some new scarecrows as the crows are attacking the crops and so are having a COMPETITION WITH SUPER PRIZES for the winners. Children should make a scarecrow at home and bring it to the farm before 3.30pm for judging. (Normal family rate admission charges apply for this event.)

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 nationwide from August 22nd to 30th.

summer camps for kids

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If you have not already booked your Summer Camp for August ones to check out include;

Things To Do with Kids in the North East in July

The Kells Hay Festival also takes place in Kells on from June 25th to 28th. In it’s 3rd year, it promises to be a great event with workshops, music, authors and much more.

An Chúirt Chruitireachta, the annual Irish harp festival, takes place from Sunday 28th June until Friday 3rd July 2015 in Termonfeckin, Louth. Harpers of all standards from absolute beginners to advanced players are welcome.

The Loughcrew Opera Festival is on from July 4th & 5th in Oldcastle, Co Meath.

The Inniskeen Road July Arts Evening Festival runs from July 11th & 12th, 2015 at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Monaghan.

The Le Cheile Arts and Music Festival 2015 is on in Oldcastle, Co Meath from July 31st to August 3rd.

 

Things To Do with Kids in the North East in June

national bike weekNational Bike Week runs from 13-21 June with lots of family-friendly cycling events around the North East including Family Cycle Fun Days and Cycle Fest.

You can search all the Bike Week events by county here.

June Bank Holiday Events

The Tattersalls International Horse Trials take place in Ratoath, Co Meath from May 27th to May 31st. Come along to enjoy all things equestrian and free activities for toddlers and children.

The Monaghan County Fleadh runs from May 28th to 31st at various venues in Monaghan Town including the VEC Campus.

Join Queen Maeve for family friendly events at The Táin March which commences in Co Roscommon on May 25th and reaches Co Louth on June 1st.

June Events for Families and children

The Clones Canal Festival and annual Soapbox Race is on in Clones, Monaghan, from June 5th to 7th 2015.

Find your inner farmer and try your hand at some sheaf tossing at the National Hay Making Festival in Trim, Co. Meath (Jun 21st). This is a fun day for all the family with working horses, vintage tractors, a pets’ corner and a chance to see a hay cocking machine in action!

Bring your Lego Mini Figures to life at a Brick Filcks Stop Motion Workshop taster class at the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan on June 20th. Suitable for 8 to 13 year olds.

The Kells Hay Festival also takes place in Kells on from June 25th to 28th. In it’s 3rd year, it promises to be a great event with workshops, music, authors and much more.

An Chúirt Chruitireachta, the annual Irish harp festival, takes place from Sunday 28th June until Friday 3rd July 2015 in Termonfeckin, Louth. Harpers of all standards from absolute beginners to advanced players are welcome.

Things To Do with Kids in the North East in May

Vantastival takes place in Drogheda from May 1st to 3rd. This family friendly festival will have 3 main stages with over 80 acts performing music, dance, comedy, poetry and much more. You don’t need a campervan to attend….but if you have one, you can park it for free!

Drogheda Arts Festival runs 27 April – 4 May with lots of music and events.

There’s a Living History Festival at the Irish Military War Museum in Collon, Co. Meath 2nd and 3rd May bringing history to life with educational and interactive activities

There’s a Teddy Bear Adventure Walk on 3rd May, part of the Cavan Walking Festival which runs from May 1st to 10th.

On Monday 4th May there’s Geodetectives and Fossil Fun at Marble Arch Caves

The Iontas Theatre in Castleblaney, Co Monaghan presents Puss In Boots on May 13th. Suitable for ages 4+

Things To Do with Kids in the North East in April

Post Easter Events

Iontas Castleblaney presents Ricuhi a show combining Circus, Magic and Dance.

Check out the website to find more great events and classes and camps.

For more great ideas that cost nothing but time visit our articles on Free Things to Do in Cavan, Monaghan, Louth and Meath

Easter Events and Easter Camps

Stop Motion Brick FlicksBrick Flicks are running a Stop Motion workshop on April 8th at the Droichead Arts Centre. Book your place now.

There will be a Brick Flicks Stop Motion Workshop on April 8th to 10th at Ashbourne Library Book your place now.

Kids Cook Cookery School
in Clonee are running fun Easter Adult and Child Cookery Classes on April 4th.

Become a chocolate detective for the day on April 5th at Rathbeggan Lakes. Enjoy the Easter Bumble Egg Hunt, DJ’s and entertainment with all proceeds going to BUMBLEance.

Tayto Park re-opens on March 28th and is open over the Easter Holidays. Join in the Easter Scavenger Hunt on April 5th.

Mellowes Adventure have a fun Easter Egg Hunt with lots of Easter Activities on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday.

 

Things To Do with Kids in the North East in March

Funtasia Waterpark is running a Frozen Themed Event from March 27th to April 12th – CANCELLED

The National Leprechaun Hunt takes place on March 29th at 2pm on Slieve Foy in Carlingford

St Patrick’s Day Celebrations

  • ShamrockThe 2015 Drogheda St Patrick’s Day Parade will start at 12pm on March 17th.
  • The 2015 Dundalk St Patrick’s Day Parade will be help on March 17th Get further information from the St Patrick’s Day Dundalk facebook page.
  • The 2015 Monaghan Town St Patrick’s Day Parade is on March 17th.
  • The Carrickmacross St Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 3pm on March 17th.
  • The 2015 Clones St Patrick’s Festival starts on March 16th with a parade at 7pm.
  • For St Patrick’s Day 2015 Navan celebrates with the 2015 Navan Shamrock Festival celebrating all things St Patrick! The Parade begins at 2pm.
  • The 2015 Kells St Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 3pm but there will be street entertainment from 2pm.
  • The 2015 Ratoath St Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 12pm on March 17th.
  • Ashbourne and Dunboyne will both have 2015 St Patrick’s Day Parades on March 17th.
  • The 2015 Arvagh St Patrick’s Day Parade is on March 17th from 3pm to 6pm.

Things To Do with Kids in the North East in February

Storytelling with Nuala Hayes and St Brigid’s Cross Making with Rita Duffy and Marilyn Gaffney at Cavan Burren Park, Blacklion on Sunday February 1 at 2.30pm

Monday’s Child with Barnstorm Theatre at Droichead Arts Centre on Friday 6th February, suitable for 4 – 8 years.

Snow White & Bosco with Lambert Puppet Theatre at Solstice Arts Centre on February 21st 2015. Suitable for Ages 3-10yrs.

Engineers Week takes place from February 8th to 14th and there are family friendly events taking place across the North East.

Things To Do with Kids in the North East in January

Secondary school students interested in attending NUI Galway are invited to an information evening in Cavan on Thursday, 15th January

Free screening of the original version of Disney’s “Cinderella” being shown at the Solstice Arts Centre Saturday 10th Jan

Launch of ‘Brigid of Faughart’ Festival in Dundalk Library on Tuesday January 13th

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 run events, classes or camps for families please list them with us. It is FREE TO LIST add events here and for class and camp providers you can list them here.

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