Our Pick of What’s On and Things to Do with Kids this Month

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January 15, 2023

What's On in Ireland

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Don’t miss our pick of what’s on and things to do with kids around Ireland this month, from virtual events to family fun days!

We have listings below for an amazing mix of family and kid-friendly events taking place around Ireland. They include plenty of free options, and ideas to introduce the whole family to a variety of cultural events, music events and festivals, open days, classes and much more.

With many events now taking place virtually, to help you enjoy what’s on offer for you and your family to enjoy, we have included online events that children and families can enjoy alongside outdoor and socially distanced events too.

What’s On: January 2023

Alpine Skate Trail, Cork

Dates: November 4th to January 29th 2023

The Alpine Skate Trail returns to Fota House and Gardens in Cork. It is fully weather proof so whether you’re a pro skater or more like Bambi, you’ll be sure to have an ‘ice time!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Dundrum on Ice

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Dates: November 7th to January 29th 2023

Dundrum on Ice at Pembroke Square in the Dundrum Town Centre is a popular family activity, surrounded by all that Dundrum Town Centre has to offer. Family tickets are available, and penguins for small kids.

For more information, click here.

Swords on Ice

Dates: November 8th to January 15th 2023

Bring on the festive season with a trip to Swords on Ice at Swords Pavilions this winter. With great music and atmosphere, this is a fun family activity with the benefits on the Pavilions on the doorstep.

For more information, click here.

Ice Skating Blanchardstown

Dates: November 18th 2022 to January 29th 2023

Ireland’s largest ice rink returns this year and very popular with families due to the dedicated rink for children, with penguin skating aids. With fresh ice every hour, the 1,000 sq. m. rink is found right next to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

FREE Parenting Talk about Starting Healthy Habits

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Dates: Tuesday 7th February 7pm

A talk with experts Dr Colman Noctor and Dr Aileen McGloin about how a small daily change can start families on the way to a healthier life.

Venue: Tallaght Library, Library Square, Dublin, D24A3EX or join via Zoom

Hosted by safefood, this event invites parents to ask our experts advice on setting small, realistic goals and overcoming pushback from the rest of the family.

The event will cover:

  • How to start making changes
  • How to deal with key challenges
  • How to stick to changes

Panel includes:

  • Child psychotherapist Dr. Colman Noctor
  • safefood Director of Nutrition Dr. Aileen McGloin
  • Suzanne Kane (host)

Register for this event here

Neurodivergent Studio Saturdays at dlr LexIcon

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Dates: January 7th 2023

Neurodivergent Studio Saturday at Studio Theatre, dlr LexIcon on Sat 7 January with Quaint Baby Art, 1pm 2.30pm and 3.45pm.

These creative art workshops are tailored to children with additional needs/neurodivergence. There will be lots of messy, colourful fun and explore a variety of art materials.

One adult guardian is required to attend with a child/children and is free to join in the fun. Old clothes that can get paint on them are recommended.

All ages welcome, but booking is required.

Save the dates for upcoming Studio Saturdays: Saturdays 11th February, 25th March, 15th April, 20th May, 24th June

For more information and to book tickets, email: libraryculture@dlrcoco.ie

Tiny Tots: Family Funday at EPIC

Dates: January 8th 2023

Meet EPIC’s famous figures in these workshops suitable for children 3 – 6 years old.

This month, discover all about journalist and explorer Nellie Bly, who is packing to go on a whistle-stop journey around the world! She will need your help to complete this journey in record-breaking time, are up for the challenge?

Help her navigate the globe, and go on a different sensory adventure in each country you visit, evading pirates out at sea, going animal spotting in Egypt, discovering beautiful paintings in France, exploring the sights and smells of sunny Italy, and beyond! This is a special sensory, immersive workshop in which parents and children will work together to bring the magic of the story to life – creating, making, interacting, singing, acting and experimenting along the way.

As part of the session, tots will create a painting of the earth to bring home with them, to remember their journey by.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

The National Museums of Ireland, Dublin and Mayo

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Dates: Various dates in January 2023

From The Bear Family Christmas, Winter Highlight Tours, Wonder Cabinet Pop Up Chats and The Armagh Rhymers there’s plenty free family fun at our National Museum of Ireland museums this month.

Check out all events taking place at National Museum of Ireland sites in January

Storytime Sundays at MOLI

Dates: Sunday January 8th 2023

Storytime Sundays returns to MOLI at 11am and 2pm. Hear stories from Irish children’s authors, presented by the museum’s learning team. Suitable for babies, toddlers, and children (accompanied by an adult).

  • 11am is aimed at 0-5 year olds
  • 2pm is aimed at 6+ year olds

Entry is included with your museum ticket (or free for MoLI members)

For more information click here.

Family Day: Cut and Glue at Draiocht

Dates: January 14th 2023 at 12pm / 1pm / 2pm

Taking inspiration from the ‘Making Art Photography’ exhibition, look at the interesting ways that artists work with photographs and use a range of materials to create something different. Next, investigate if we can do the same thing – cutting, sticking, shaping, collaging, wondering.

Sessions are FREE, but space is limited.

  • Session 1: 12pm-12.50pm
  • Session 2: 1pm-1.50pm
  • Session 3: 2pm-2.50pm

Tickets are free but advance booking required.

For more information and to book, click here.

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Alice in Wonderland at Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

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Dates: January 18th to 2023

Arclight Drama Studio present Alice In Wonderland at Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. Join Alice and her friends, Hatter, Hare, Cheshire Cat, Rabbit, Dormouse & The Tweedles as they try to save Wonderland from the wicked Queen of Hearts and the equally evil Jack of Hearts.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

K-Pop Dance Workshop

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Dates: January 25th 2023 at 7pm

Join Órna from Pink K-Pop Dance for a special festival workshop at The Lab, Foley Street, Dublin 1. Enjoy K-Pop dance in a fun, beginner-friendly class and meet other K-Pop fans! The workshop will include some stretching, basic steps, the main dance and a break with time to chat.

Órna has been teaching K-Pop classes since 2015. She trained at one of Seoul’s top dance schools, DEF Dance for over 4 years, alongside idols and trainees. She focuses on keeping classes fun and enjoyable, teaching dances step-by-step so everyone can follow, and building up confidence and ability.

Tickets cost €5 each. Class suitable for older teens and adults. For more information, click here.

Dates: Various

‘Brigid 1500’ is a national programme of events, to celebrate and commemorate St. Brigid the woman, her life and her legacy in a broad and rich way.The programme will engage with the values St. Brigid championed including faith and spirituality, biodiversity and sustainability, arts and culture, social justice, peace, hospitality and education.

Family-friendly events will be taking place across dlr libraries. For more information, click here.

Herstory Light Show for St Brigid’s Day, Galway

Herstory light show for St Brigid's Day

Dates: January 27th 2023 from 5.30pm to midnight

This year Herstory will spark the national St. Brigid’s Day celebrations in Galway city with a spectacular Herstory Light Show in honour of Brigid and Galway women. Iconic landmarks will be illuminated, including Lynch’s Castle, St. Nicholas Church, Galway City Museum and Pálás Cinema.

The Galway illuminations will celebrate Brigid and the strength and spirit of Galway women. Legendary locals will be celebrated including Úna Taaffe, Ena McEntee,  Biddy Ward, Lady Gregory and Gort heroine Mara; with portraits by local artists Geraldine Kilmartin, Irene Naughton, Shona MacGillivray and local school children. The illuminations will be animated with performances by visual artist Áine Philips, singer Ceara Conway and Moth & Butterfly storytellers.

The Herstory Light Show Schedule is:

  • 5.30-7pm: Lynch’s Castle
  • 7.30-8.45pm: St. Nicholas’ Church
  • 9-10pm: Galway City Museum
  • 10.30pm-12am: Pálás Cinema

Tickets cost €5 each. Class suitable for older teens and adults. For more information, click here.

Brigid’s Awakening Festival Events at Strokestown House

Brigids Awakening Festival

Dates: 28th January until 5th February 2023

Brigid’s Awakening Festival, Roscommon takes place over two weekends from 28th January until 5th February with a mix of events including these family friendly events at Strokestown House:

Saturday 28th January

  • 4pm HerStory Salon Join in the conversation led by Melanie Lynch CEO of HerStory and featuring speakers such as Mary Kennedy
  • 5.30pm HerStory Illumination Spectacular featuring the work of local schools
  • 6.30pm Shadow Puppet Show Experience the story of St Brigid through shadow puppetry

Saturday 4th February

  • 3pm Candlelit Tales: Goddess & Saint Family Show. Gather round the fireplace to hear the stories of ancient times in a new light, with music and magical storytelling for all ages.
  • 7pm Candlelit Tales: Imbolc & Briget, Join us for the tale of Brigid who might have been a godess and migth have been a saint, as memories of her ancient power come to the surface again

Sunday 5th February

  • 2pm Candlelit Tales: New Communiites Workshop. The oldest legends of Ireland tell us that the Irish came from elsewhere so we are sharing stories of ancient Irish peoples and their journeys to welcome some of our newest arrivals.

For more information click here.

Flipbook Animation Workshop at Draiocht

Dates: January 28th 2023 from 11am-12.30pm

Try out your drawing and animation skills with this Flipbook Animation Workshop with animation artist Joseph Orr.

Learn how to use the basic principles of hand drawn animation to make your own creations come to life. With live demonstrations, easy-to-follow drawing guides and practical hands-on creativity you will take home your very own uniquely created flipbook.

Tickets €5 per child, duration 90 mins. Age guideline: 8-13 years

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Family-Friendly Carnival Celebration, Dublin 2

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Dates: January 28th, 2023

Asia Market in Dublin 2, working with city partners, will mark the upcoming year of the rabbit by hosting a day of family-friendly festival celebrations. An eye-catching ten metre-long dragon will dance its way through Dublin city centre and down towards the action on Drury Street, where the sounds of oriental music and Asian aromas will fill the air.

Shoppers will be tempted towards a street market selling traditional Asian arts and crafts, and tuk-tuk stalls handing out sumptuous samples for passersby to enjoy. Complimentary Japanese Gyozas and Chinese Dumplings, Steamed Bunny Bao Buns and a variety of Mochi Monkey Bubble Teas are guaranteed to get shoppers into the festival mood.

Meanwhile, in-store there will be kid activities such as face paintings & origami.

For more information, click here.

Lunar New Year Community Celebration, Hill Street, Dublin 1

Dates: January 28th 2023 from 2–7pm

Join in the celebration of the Lunar New Year, taking place on Hill Street in Dublin 1 to ring in the Year of the Rabbit! Brought to you by the Hill Street Family Resource Centre (HSFRC) in collaboration with the North East Inner City initiative, this FREE family-friendly fun event will showcase live performances from South-East Asian communities, as well as traditional interactive workshops.

Everyone is invited to share the experience as Hill Street is transformed into a festive wonderland. The event will host a wide range of entertainment on the afternoon, from food and drama to Tai Chi, Origami and Calligraphy. Open to all, there are delights for everyone as a variety of workshops and traditional performers, including children from Hill Street Family Resource Centre’s Cultural Dance Group, take over this central Dublin Street.

For more information, click here.

Silk Worm Families: Rabbit Hats at Chester Beatty Library, Dublin 2

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Dates: January 28th 2023

The rabbit is considered the luckiest animal of the Chinese zodiac. To celebrate the Year of the Rabbit, let’s join Hoi-Shan Mak and make your own colourful hats with paper, paints and fabric. Your rabbit hat will bring you fortune and keep you safe throughout the year.

Suitable for ages 6-11 years, with limited spaces available. Free, but booking is essential. For more information, click here.

Funky Fungi Craft Workshop at The Ark

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Dates: January 28th 2023 at 10.15am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm

Delve into the ancient craft of felt-making with this fun and creative workshop for children aged 8-12yrs.

Using colourful wool fibres children will learn the art of needle felting from professional craft artist Miriam Brady, creating beautiful funky works of art from toadstool to fairy circles!

Tickets from €9.50. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Frozen Movie Sing Along, Cork

Dates: January 29th 2023

Screening of Disney’s Frozen at The Pav, Carey’s Lane, Cork with lyrics on screen to help you sing along with Anna and Elsa during the film. Introduced by live singers who will help you to warm up your singing voices before you sit back and “Let it Go”.

Complete with Goody Bag, get a photo with Anna and Elsa, enjoy the movie – and remember to dress up as your favourite character and be a snow queen, Sven the reindeer or Olaf, the coolest snowman ever!

So do you wanna build a snowman…?

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Mad Hatter’s Chinese Tea Party

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Dates: January 29th 2023 from 12-5pm

Asia Market, Drury Street, Dublin 2 will host a magical one-of-a-kind ‘Year of the Rabbit’ themed Mad Hatter’s Chinese Tea Party Experience for children aged 4-8 years of age (children must be accompanied by an adult) that will run throughout the day.

Upstairs, away from the hustle and bustle of the shop floor, children will be transported down the rabbit hole to a world of enchantment as they pull out a chair and take a seat alongside the Mad Hatter.

There, they will be served Chinese tea and a treasure trove of Asian treats by the White Rabbit, while Alice regales them with stories of traditional Chinese folk tales. Young attendees will also take home an Asia Market goodie bag.

Tickets are €20. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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Upcoming Events in 2023

Enter the ECO-UNESCO 2023 Young Environmentalist Awards

Closing Date: February 28th 2023

The Young Environmentalist Awards is an all-Ireland environmental awards programme that recognises and rewards young people aged 10-18 years who raise environmental awareness and improve the environment.

Since 1999, ECO-UNESCO has run the YEA programme to honour the work of young people to protect, conserve and enhance the environment through local environmental projects, making a difference to their lives and the lives of others both locally and globally. Over 49,000 young people have taken part in the YEA since it began, bringing about lasting change to the environment, and reaching countless others with awareness-raising campaigns in schools and communities throughout Ireland.

The YEA programme is a fun and exciting way to empower young people to become better citizens, to build awareness of environmental issues in the community and promote local actions and lifestyle changes to the environment.

Categories include: Biodiversity; Energy; Climage Change; Eco Health and Wellbeing; Water; Eco Art and Design; Eco Innovation; Waste; Eco Community Development; Food; Marine Life.

Get the full details on how to enter, click here.

St Brigid’s Day Workshop at Wexford Arts Centre

Dates: February 1st 2023

Join artist Caoimhe Dunn to Celebrate Spring. Caoimhe will be introducing St. Brigid’s Day customs and traditions and will be demonstrating different types of St. Brigid’s Crosses found around Ireland.

Join in and experiment with different materials and cross styles and learn about St. Brigid’s day Traditions. This event is suitable for families and people of all ages and all materials are provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets priced at €5. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Richmond Barracks St Brigid’s Day Fair

Dates: February 4th and 5th 2023

Head to the heart of Inchicore at Richmond Barracks for a fair filled with crafts, fun, workshops, entertainment, food and over 30 stalls with clothing, crafts, design and art.

Visitors of all ages will have the chance to take part in the free Spring-themed drop-in creative workshops for all ages, including juggling, upcycling, crochet, designing patterned wrapping paper, gift cards and graphic posters. There will be workshops and readings themed around St Brigid over the weekend too.

Entertainment on both days will include the Dublin Ukelele Collective, an exciting dance troupe called the Queens Project and Inchicore’s St. James’s Brass and Reed Band, considered Ireland’s oldest band.

Visitors can also find out what’s coming up in the Richmond Barracks Culture Connects programme for all ages, including free workshops teaching crafts, dance, gardening, local history, storytelling and singing.

This is a free event. For more information, click here.

Family Day: 3D Stick Shapes at Draiocht

Dates: February 4th 2023 at 12pm / 1pm / 2pm

Draiocht’s artist-in-residence, Ellen Duffy who works in the artist studio, uses a range of interesting materials to create sculptures. Inspired by her creations, explore natural materials like sticks and clay to create and recreate wild and wonderful shapes that maybe stand – and maybe fall down!

Sessions are FREE, but space is limited.

  • Session 1: 12pm-12.50pm
  • Session 2: 1pm-1.50pm
  • Session 3: 2pm-2.50pm

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Tiny Tots: Brigid’s Stories at EPIC The Irish Immigration Museum

Dates: February 6th 2023 at 10am

Come meet Irish saint and Celtic goddess Brigid as she weaves you a tale about incredible women from Irish history. Discover the stories of pirates, pilots, mountaineers and poets. This is an interactive storytelling session utilising historical re-enactment and imaginative storytelling to bring to life stories from Irish history.

Suitable for families with children aged 6 and under, this drop-in session is included as part of your EPIC ticket. Get ready to help bring the story to life by moving, engaging and acting together!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

St. Brigid’s Day Irish Cultural Exchange at glór, Ennis

Dates: February 6th 2023 at 2pm

St Brigid is Ireland’s only female patron and has origins in the old Celtic celebration of Imbolc. The festivals represent new beginnings and prosperity; it marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

This will be a celebration through music, dance, poetry, and art. It promises to be an uplifting and family friendly event with performances from Los Paddys, a Céilí, children’s workshops, traditional Irish music, and more. There will be tea, coffee, and baked goods available.

Tickets priced €5 for adults, children go free. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

I Spy With My Little Eye, Nationwide

Dates: Various

Today is Molly’s 6th birthday. She and Bingo the puppy are having a birthday party and, best of all, you’re invited! There’ll be a terrific treasure hunt, all your favourite sing-along songs (The Ants Go Marching, Hickory Dickory Dock and BINGO) and lots of fantastic games to play, including Molly’s favourite game: I Spy With My Little Eye!

So put on your party clothes, and join a magical day of fun and laughter.

Suitable for children aged 2-7 years.

Shows:

  • Feb 7 – An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk
  • Feb 9 – Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
  • Feb 10/11 – Belltable, Limerick
  • Feb 12 – The Civic, Tallaght
  • Feb 13 – Iontas Arts Centre, Castleblayney
  • Feb 14 – Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
  • Feb 15 – glór, Ennis
  • Feb 16 – Birr Theatre, Birr

The Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Nationwide

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Dates: Various

If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise…!

The teddy bears’ picnic! Where can we find it?
What’s the address? Are we invited?
Do teddies eat food? Is the tea they drink real?
It’s hard to digest, this mythical meal.

Theodor is a detective who found Timbuktu and a two headed llama that lives in Peru. Now Theo’s hot on the trail of the famous teddy bears’ picnic… a tricky puzzle to pick. Come join us and together, we’ll try our best to help Theo on this cuddly quest.

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic is a theatrical treat for children aged 5+ and everyone else is welcome too. (Teddy bears are especially welcome!)

Shows:

  • Feb 10/11 – Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbrige
  • Feb 14 – Dunamase Arts Centre, Portlaoise
  • Feb 16 – Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
  • Feb 18 – Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
  • Feb 22 – Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
  • Feb 24 – Backstage Theatre, Longford
  • Feb 26 – Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
  • March 1 – Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon
  • March 3 – Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
  • March 8 – Siamsa Tire, Tralee
  • March 12/13 – Theatre Royal, Waterford
  • March 15 – The Source Arts Centre, Thurles
  • March 18 – Belltable, Limerick
  • March 23/24 – The Everyman, Cork
  • March 28 – Draoicht, Blanchardstown
  • March 30 – Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda
  • April 1 – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

LEGO Print Workshop at the National Print Museum

Dates: February 12th 2023 at 2pm

Join graphic artist and letterpress printer, Mary Plunkett, in this playful workshop to build and print!

Suitable for ages 8–12. Max 6 children.

Tickets priced €12. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Love Bug Crafts at the National Print Museum

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Dates: February 14th 2023 at 2pm

Make some little love bugs to take home for Valentine’s Day. Suitable for all the family. Self-guided activity.

This is a free, drop-in event. No booking needed.

Mid-Term Family Workshops: Express Yourself! at The Ark

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Dates: February 16-18th 2023

Come along to this fun, creative workshop with visual artist Jole Bortoli. Learn all about your rights as a child, design your own protest slogans and express them creatively with beautiful posters, placards, or banners!

In this workshop, explore the theme of children’s rights, ensuring that you are aware of your rights and fully informed so that you’re primed and ready to take action to express yourself.

Together as a family, you will work with your grown-ups using a range of materials to creatively express the issues that you feel most strongly about. Jole will help you design artwork that is eye catching and unique so your work is seen and your voice is heard!

Suitable for ages 5+. Tickets are free, but booking is essential. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Joe The Magician Live – Children’s Magic & Illusion Show, Longford

Dates: February 16-18th 2023

Joe the Magician from RTÉjr brings his spectacular children’s comedy magic and illusion show to Backstage Theatre, Longford for an unforgettable afternoon of mind-boggling fun!

Joe the Magician fuses laugh-out-loud comedy magic with spectacular jaw-dropping illusions. You won’t believe your eyes as tables take to the air and a friendly ghost magically flies into the audience to charm kids and grownups alike. Joe will even make it snow live on stage – and that’s just for starters!

Joe’s hugely popular TV show abraKIDabra has become one of the most watched shows both on RTÉjr and on the RTÉ player, and he also stars in a new educational comedy show Dizzy Deliveries about a magical delivery man who uses ‘Lámh Sign’.

Suitable for ages 4-12 (but grown ups will love it too!). For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Personalise Your Storage at IKEA Ballymun

Dates: February 16th and 17th 2023

Get creative and personalise your storage! Spend time with the family while learning how to give your storage a makeover. Using MALA paints, decorate some magazine files to give them a whole new look.

All children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Timeslots are 45 minutes each.

This is a free event. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Creative Teens Lab: 3-Day Screen Printing Workshop

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Dates: February 16-18th 2023

This mid-term break head to Chester Beatty Library, Dublin 2 for a three-day screen-printing workshop. Drawing an inspiration from the shapes, colours and patterns found in the Chester Beatty, you will learn how to design and make your own unique print. Artist Jen O’Brian will introduce the principles of screen printing through demonstrations and guided hands-on activities. These workshops are designed for you to gain new skills and knowledge through fun and inspiring experiments in art.

This is a three-day workshop, participants are encouraged to attend the entire series to fully participate. Limited to 12 teens aged 12-17. Free, but booking is essential.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Explore the Magic of Printing with Anne Cradden at Draiocht

Dates: February 22nd 2023 10.20am-11.10am / 11.30am-12.20pm

Visual Artist Anne Cradden will transform the workshop room at Draiocht into an open space for discovering the magic of paint and print and lead you on this self-guided journey, where you and your child will have time to experience the joy of colour, stamping and printing together, with fingers and toes!

Duration 50 mins, recommended for ages 2-4 yrs

Tickets €5 per child (accompanying adult is free). For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Ukrainian National Ballet Presents Swan Lake

Dates: Various

For the very first time, the internationally esteemed Ukrainian National Ballet will perform its critically acclaimed production of Swan Lake.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s delightful score, Swan Lake is one of the most famous and best loved Ballets in the world. The Ukrainian National Ballet’s production of Swan Lake is a magical combination of drama and tragedy and the perpetual battle between good and evil. From the splendour of the palace Ballroom to the moon lit lake where Swans glide in perfect formation.

Through the use of sumptuous costumes, wonderful traditional stage sets and decorations this classic Ballet is brought to life right before your very eyes.

For more information, click here.

Shows:

  • Feb 23 – The Helix, Dublin
  • Feb 24 – The TLT, Drogheda
  • Feb 25 – Theatre Royal, Waterford
  • Feb 26 – Cork Opera House
  • March 1 – UCH Limerick
  • March 2 – The Millenium Forum, Derry
  • March 3 – Royal Theatre Castlebar
  • March 4 – Town Hall Theatre, Galway
  • March 5 – National Opera House, Wexford

Right Here Right Now Rally

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Dates: February 24th at 12pm

The Children’s Rally will be the pinnacle moment of Right Here Right Now! The Ark’s Festival of Children and they want YOU to join in!

It’s time to get on your soapbox and tell us what’s on your mind, making sure that children are seen and heard. There are two ways that families, school groups, or children’s clubs can take part – either by joining in at The Ark or holding a rally where you are.

Either way, to help children get ready for the rally, The Ark has created a Rally Activity Pack that can be used in school or at home to explore the topic of children’s rights and the importance of children’s voices being heard by grown-ups.

Children from all over Ireland will rally together in Meeting House Square in Temple Bar (just behind The Ark). There’ll be speeches and banners, flags and songs! It will be a colourful celebration of children’s rights: the right to play, to engage in cultural activities and the right to express yourself.

If you, your family, group or school would like to take part, then call The Ark on (01) 670 7788 or the online registration form and request to receive the Rally Activity Pack.

This is a free event. For more information, click here.

‘Ireland Reads’ with National Print Museum at dlr LexIcon

Dates: February 25th from 2-4pm

Celebrate Ireland Reads with the National Print Museum’s workshop at dlr LexIcon. Children will have the opportunity to learn about the invention of books, make a printer’s hat and roll up their sleeves to print their own letterpress poster.

This is a free, drop-in event. No booking required.

Captain Splash at dlr Mill Theatre, Dublin

Dates: March 4th 2023

Arrrrrr you ready to set sail to fun and imagination?! See Captain Splash make dreams become real. And, if you believe in magic, you have a chance to take some home with you. An amazing voyage where everyone becomes part of the crew. Plenty of outrageous water tricks, funny magic, and tons of audience participation. A heartwarming tale about the magic that can happen when you believe in your dreams.

Enjoy this wild, water filled, wonderful show. (Don’t worry, the audience stays dry!)

Suitable for children aged 4+. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Dublin Comic Con

Dublin Comic Con 2023

Dates: March 11th and 12th 2023

DCC is a pop-culture/fandom event, ideal as a family day out or a fan nerd out, covering everything from movies/tv shows to comics, cosplay and gaming!

Whether you are coming to find rare collectibles, meet some Hollywood actors and local artists, have your portfolio reviews by industry professionals or simply cosplay…there’s lots to choose from.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Silk Worm Families: Felt Finger Puppets at Chester Beatty Library, Dublin 2

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Dates: March 11th 2023

To celebrate the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, join in at Chester Beatty Library to make felt finger puppets inspire by Irish literature, myths, folklore.

Limited to 20 children aged 6-11 years and their parents or guardians. Free, but booking is essential.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Mother Goose, Dublin

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Dates: March 22nd to 26th 2023

The ultimate theatrical feast Mother Goose is coming to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

The pantomime Mother Goose stars the award-winning actor Ian McKellen as Mother Goose and John Bishop as Vic Goose as they join forces to bring you a hilarious family-friendly panto. Mother Goose is full of fun, farce and surprises that will make you honk out loud.

Mother Goose and her husband Vic run an Animal Sanctuary for waifs and strays and live a wholesome life inside an abandoned Debenhams. But when a magical goose comes a-knocking, will fame & fortune get the better of them?!

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The SpongeBob Musical, Dublin

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Dates: May 9th to 13th 2023

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and became the hottest star on Broadway? SpongeBob SquarePants! Plunge into this stunning all-singing, all-dancing, dynamic stage show!

When the citizens of Bikini Bottom discover that a volcano will soon erupt and destroy their humble home, SpongeBob and his friends must come together to save the fate of their undersea world!

The Tony Award-nominated, award-winning The SpongeBob Musical will have its Irish Premier next year in Dublin’s Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Sense and Sensibility at Newbridge House & Gardens

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Dates: June 11th 2023

Welcome to 1810 as Chapterhouse Theatre Company invites you to take a step back in time, and lose yourself in this magical story of romance, recklessness and restraint. Sense & Sensibility follows the trials and triumphs of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood as they make their first tentative forays into Regency Society – a world where the parties are tremendous, emotions always run high, and every woman is on the lookout for a husband!

This is an outdoor performance. Please bring your own picnic blankets or low-backed seating.

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Hey Duggee the Live Theatre Show, Dublin

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Dates: June 15th to 18th 2023

HEY DUGGEE the Live Theatre Show at Dublin’s 3Olympia is going to be huge and will feature Duggee and the Squirrels, plus many more of your favourite characters! Betty wants to make costumes, Happy wants to sing, Tag wants to make music, Norrie wants to dance, Roly wants jelly and they all want you to join them at the Clubhouse.

There is so much to do, but luckily Duggee has his theatre badge. Will you get yours too? A-Woof!

Be part of the hit CBeebies show and join Duggee and the Squirrels in this new vibrant interactive production bursting with music, puppets and barrels of laughs along the way.

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David Walliams’ Demon Dentist at 3Olympia

Dates: July 19th to 23rd 2023

The bestselling children’s author David Walliams and the award-winning Birmingham Stage Company have teamed up for a brand new production of Demon Dentist. This is their latest collaboration after Gangsta Granny and Billionaire Boy, both of which received Olivier award nominations.

Join Alfie and Gabz on this fabulous adventure, as they investigate the strange events happening in their home town! Children are leaving their teeth for the tooth fairy and waking up to find odd things under their pillows! Alfie and Gabz are determined to get to the bottom of the mystery – but no-one could have dreamed what they’ll discover when they come face to face with the demon dentist herself, in this hilarious and thrilling story!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Winnie the Pooh Musical, Dublin

Dates: July 28th to 30th 2023

Disney’s iconic Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and their best friends Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, and Owl (oh… and don’t forget Tigger too!) have come to life in a beautifully crafted musical stage adaptation.

Featuring the Sherman Brothers’ classic Grammy Award-winning music with further songs by A.A. Milne, this beautiful fresh stage adaptation is told with stunning life-sized puppetry through the eyes of the characters we all know and love, in a new story from the Hundred Acre Wood.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Titanic the Musical, Dublin

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Dates: July 31st to August 5th 2023

In the final hours of 14th April 1912 the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and ‘the unsinkable ship’ slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic disasters of the 20th Century. 1517 men, women and children lost their lives.

Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Titanic The Musical is a stunning and stirring production focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers.

The original Broadway production of Titanic The Musical won five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. This stunning production celebrates the 10th anniversary of its London premiere, where it won sweeping critical acclaim across the board.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Shrek the Musical, Dublin

Shrek the musical dublin

Dates: August 15th to 20th 2023

Join unlikely hero Shrek and his noble steed Donkey as they embark on a big, bright, musical adventure!

Featuring the beloved Princess Fiona, the evil Lord Farquaad, a host of magical fairy-tale characters and fabulous songs including the smash hit I’m a Believer, Shrek the Musical is a “musical extravaganza for big kids and little kids alike”.

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Steve Backshall Ocean Live Show

Dates: 10th November 2023

Steve Backshall’s Ocean is a love letter to the most exciting environment on our planet – and a great way to learn more about what we need to do to save our seas. Stunts, experiments, props, cutting edge science and big screen footage from his two decades in TV, will all help Steve to bring the icons of the Big Blue to life.

From great whites to great whales, seals to sardine shoals, Orca to the oddities of the deep: this exciting show is also a great opportunity for fans of all ages to dive deep into the wonderful world beneath the waves.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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