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

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

March 1, 2023

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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: March 2023

World Book Day Crafts at National Print Museum

Dates: Thursday 2nd March 2023 2-4pm

Free, drop-in event at the National Print Museum. To celebrate World Book Day you can create your own story and notebook!

Suitable for all the family. Self-guided activity.

More information here.

Tune Up Gear Up Buggy Maintenance Event at Dundrum Town Centre

UPPAbaby buggy maintenance

Dates: March 2nd to 5th 2023

UPPAbaby are running a free Tune Up Gear Up event for UPPAbaby buggy owners in Dundrum Town Centre this March. Services on offer at the Tune Up Gear Up Pop Up will include Maintenance tips & advice for UPPAbaby products, Fabric & Harness Safety Check, Wheel health check & maintenance, Frame & Handlebar tune up.

There will also be goodie bags for all pre-booked appointments and an opportunity to share learnings and chat to other families on the day.

Book your slot here.

Craft the Story at Clondalkin Library

Dates: Saturday 4th March 2023 2pm

In this family-friendly workshop with Artist Tamao Oka, children and their guardians will be transported to magical places through the ageless art of storytelling. Along the way, participants will bring the story to life through an art activity. This is a safe space to explore, discover, and unleash the creative imagination inside us all. Everyone is welcome to speak their family language and encouraged to make new friends. Let’s create magical moments together!

Suitable for children aged 4+. Booking is required. When you purchase a child ticket the accompanying adult goes free. Children must be under the supervision of an accompanying adult at all times. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Captain Splash at dlr Mill Theatre, Dublin

Dates: Saturday 4th March 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.

Workshop with Chris Judge at Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare

Dates: Saturday 4th March 2023 10am

Join author/ illustrator Chris Judge and create your own ‘Daily Cloud’ illustrations. A Daily Cloud is a series of illustrations created by Chris based on his online cloud drawings. Let your imagination wonder in the clouds, observe and draw the fantastical friendly creatures hiding in the clouds and discover their exciting stories in a relaxed and fun environment. All materials provided. 10am – 6-8 year olds, €8, duration 45 mins. 11:30am – 9-12 year olds, €10, duration 60 mins

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

St Patrick’s Festival 2023

St Patrick's Festival 2022

Dates: March 16-19th 2023

This year’s St Patrick’s Festival 2023 takes place in Dublin from March 16th to 19th. From the Festival Quarter in The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks to the main Festival Parade through the streets of the capital on March 17th, there are tons of free family-friendly activities and a host of entertainment that can be booked in advance.

Check out the line up for St Patrick’s Festival 2023 here

Family Fairs for STEPS Engineers Week 2023

STEPS family fairs

Dates: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March 2023

Family Fairs are taking place as part of STEPS Engineers Week 2023 across the country and online.

  • Dublin: To kick off STEPS Engineers Week 2023, the Dublin Family Fair will take place in Engineers Ireland, Clyde Road on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March 2023. Come and watch Scientific Sue’s Climate Show or attend hands-on workshops from a range of performers including Scientist and TV Presenter Mark The Science Guy, e² Young Engineers, The Rediscovery Centre, and The National Reptile Zoo.
  • Dublin: Silly Billy will be performing in Jervis Shopping Centre on Saturday, 4 March and Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on Sunday, 5 March at 12pm and 2pm.
  • Dublin: In celebration of Engineers Week, come and experience the buzz of a print shop at the National Print Museum Engineers Week Demo Day. Explore the collection through a series of exciting demonstrations. Sunday 5 March, 1-4pm
  • Galway: ‘Engineering Our Future: Family Fun Day’ in Alice Perry Engineering Building at University of Galway, Saturday, 4 March 2023 celebrating Engineering as part of the STEPS Engineers Week 2023! This Family Fun Day will provide plenty of science and engineering shows, workshops and hands-on activities that will inspire young (and older!!) people and help them learn about the world around us!
  • Sligo: The Engineering Fair, in person, at ATU Sligo will include a wide range of performances, interactive displays, workshops and demonstrations for all the family to enjoy. Free to all and open between 12-5pm on Sunday, 5 March 2023, come along to design, build, and discover.
  • Cork: “Meet the Engineers” Family Fun Day at Old Cork Waterworks, Sunday, 5 March from 12 – 4pm. Admission is free and children and adults can enjoy a series of stands and activities to help discover more about the many different types of engineering.
  • Online: Join from the comfort of your home at live online workshops taking place on Sunday 5 March.

How to Book: For more information and to pre register for some events, visit the Engineers Ireland website here.

Free Family Events at NMI Museums

Dates: Various throughout March

Free family events at our National Museum of Ireland museums include:

  • Seachtain na Gaeilge: Thóg Tráil at Museum of Archaeology and Museum of Country Life 1-17 March 2023. Thóg trál! Take a Trail! Chun Seachtain na Gaeilge 2023 a cheiliúradh, ar mhaith leat bualadh isteach agus tabhairt faoi cheann dár mbileoga oibre Gaeilge
  • Online Museum at Home activity for Museum of Natural History 1-17 March 2023. Seachtain na Gaeilge: Féach thart ar chuid de na hainmhithe is cáiliúla sa mhúsaem sna físeáin seo do pháistí
  • March Tours at NMI Museum of Decorative Arts & History 1 – 26 March 2023. Throughout March, join Museum Educators at Collins Barracks on a variety of engaging free family tours exploring the Museum and its collection.

More information here.

Sm(ALL) Folk Festival at axis Ballymun

Sm(ALL) Folk Festival at axis Ballymun

Dates: Various during March 2023

Axis Ballymun introduces Sm(ALL) Folk – a children’s arts festival for everybody! The festival runs throughout March with dance, theatre and storytelling from some of Ireland’s top artists and companies including Jess Rowell, WhistleBlast Quartet, Theatre Lovett, Selma Daniels, Grasshoppers Early Years Festival and more. Shows will be affordable, with some free storytelling events happening at axis café. Highlights include:

  • The Teddy Bear’s Picnic by Theatre Lovett March 21st 10am & 12pm
  • A-do-le-TA! Family performances in Axis, Ballymun: 28th March 2023, 10am & 12pm
  • WhistleBlast Quartet presents Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky March 6th at 1pm.
  • Captain Splash’s Eggsellent Adventure, a pirate magic show where children become part of the crew, perform magic tricks, and hear tales of the high seas. March 4th 6pm
  • Sm(ALL) Folk Storytelling Sessions free in the axis café, every Wednesday during March 1pm

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

The Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Nationwide

what's on in ireland

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!)


  • 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

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.

Seachtain na Gaeilge events at EPIC HQ

Dates: Various between 4th and 14th March 2023

EPIC HQ are hosting a selection of events for Seachtain na Gaeilge:

  • Tour: The Irish in Hollywood as Gaeilge 4th and 11th March 2023 at 10am, suitable for all ages
  • Tiny Tots: Seachtain na Gaeilge, 12th and 14th March, 10am, for families with kids 3-6 years
  • EPIC Explorers Family Tour – Seachtain na Gaeilge 12th March 2023 11am for families with kids ages 6-12 years

How to Book: Tickets from €12, depending on event, For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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

what's on in ireland for kids

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.

Family Events at Irish Heritage Trust Properties in March

Tree Week Events at Strokestown Park, Roscommon

Tree Week Tree Folklore Event at Strokestown Park

Dates: Sunday 26th March, 1pm

As part of National Tree Week enjoy an educational walking tour through the 19th-century woodland at Strokestown Park to learn about ancient Irish folklore surrounding trees and how the evidence of our ancient forest is still embedded in the world around us through stories and place names.

Learn about the challenges posed by deforestation and invasive species like Japanese Knotweed. A relaxed, short walking tour suitable for all ages.

How to Book: Tickets costs €5pp and can be booked online here, members go free.

St Patrick’s Trail at Fota House & Gardens, Cork

St Patrick's Trail at Fota House and Gardens

Date: March 17th to 19th from 11am to 4pm

Enjoy a themed trail around the Arboretum & Gardens at Fota House & Gardens, Cork! Learn about the legend of St Patrick and stories of old from the vikings to the Hill of Tara!

How to Book: St Patrick’s Legends Trail takes place at Fota House from March 17-19th. No pre-booking is required. Cost €5 per child.

St Patrick’s Museum Trail at Johnstown Castle, Wexford

Date: March 17th to 20th 2023 during opening hours

Enjoy a fun family Leprechaun Folklore Trail this St Patrick’s weekend at the Irish Agricultural Museum at Johnstown Castle. The trail will give you  a unique insight into the history of Irish country life and all participants will receive a treat on completion.

How to Book: The trail is included in the general admission price. No booking required but they have advised that you wear something green to avoid being pinched by a Leprechaun!

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.


  • 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

How to Book: For more information and tickets, click here.

St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun Day at National Print Museum

Dates: Thursday 16 March, 2-4pm

Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day at the National Print Museum and create some Irish-themed crafts.

Suitable for all the family. Self-guided activity.

Free, drop-in event. For more information, click here.

Joe the Magician at glór, Ennis

joe the magician glor ennis

Dates: Friday 17th March 2023 2pm

Joe the Magician is back to glór this Patrick’s Day! Yes, It’s Joe from RTÉjr’s ‘abraKIDabra’ and ‘Dizzy Deliveries.’ His brand-new show ‘It’s Magic’ features an array of impossible spellbinding magic and illusion presented in Joe’s unique style that will have the children of all ages roaring laughing one minute and in complete awe the next.

For more information and to book tickets click here.

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A History of Play at The Model Sligo

a history of play model sligo

Dates: Friday 17th February – Saturday 8th April 2023

This colourful and much-loved artwork and play space is a great place to spend creative time with your children! Created by artist Eamon O’Kane, this installation is inspired by the magic of modernist art and the freedom of Froebel’s philosophy on art, imagination and learning. Installed in the main public foyer gallery area, A History of Play invites children to make, create, construct and play freely, using simple colour and shapes.

Free Admission, no booking required, for more information click here.

Kyle Riley Little Folk – On The Road at Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare

Dates: Saturday 18th March, 2023, 12pm

Little Folk – On the Road is a fun family concert perfectly suited for 2-8 year olds and their adults. Kyle has been writing and performing children’s music for over 10 years, touring Ireland and abroad. Little Folk features his award-winning original children’s music, catchy kids tunes and some proper sing-a-long songs. It’s a foot-stomping, hand-clapping and jumping good time. The fun doesn’t stop when the show ends, each child gets a little musical goody bag so they can join in during the show and take the music home with them. Bring your rock toddlers, your little boppers, and cool kids to Kyle’s one of a kind family concert.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Mother Goose, Dublin

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?!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Wander Wild Festival, Killarney Town and National Park

Wander Wild Festival Killarney

Dates: March 25-26th 2023

From Gruffalo hunts and digital treasure hunts to musical master classes, an escape room and a buzzing ‘Kids Zone’, the little ones (and not so little ones!) are guaranteed a weekend of adventure, nature, music, creativity and most importantly, fun at The Wander Wild Festival 2023, a unique adventure and wellness festival in Killarney National Park.

Planned events include Mother & Baby Yoga, Children’s Yoga, The Magical Gruffalo Experience, ‘Ciar’s Quest’ digital treasure hunt, Urban Orienteering, drama workshop and a Wander Wild Kids Zone where kids can get messy and make some noise!

Day access to the Kids Zone is €10, prices for other activities range from free to €25. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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Upcoming Events in 2023

permanent tsb Ideal Home Show 2023 at RDS

permanent tsb Ideal Home Show

Dates: Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April 2023

The spring 2023 permanent tsb Ideal Home Show takes place in the RDS Simmonscourt. Returning features and exhibits for this spring include the ever-popular permanent tsb Centre, Phonewatch Ask An Expert Hub, Mitsubishi Electric Ecodan Home Advice Theatre, The Electric Ireland Superhomes Home Energy Upgrade Village, Dunnes Stores Simply Better Chef’s Live Theatre, DFS Interiors Inspiration Centre, Interior Design Hub and much more!

Special guests will be in attendance throughout the weekend at three show theatres, including permanent tsb Ideal Home Show ambassadors: Sustainability Journalist Jo Linehan, Chef Neven Maguire and QS Patricia Power.

Adult €15 and kids under 12 go free. Free entry when you show your permanent tsb Visa Debit or Credit Card. Tickets can be booked online here.

Riverfest, Limerick

Riverfest for What's on in Ireland

Dates: April 28th to May 1st 2023

The award-winning Riverfest Limerick is set to return for the May Bank Holiday, offering a dazzling array of free activities to amuse families of all ages. Highlights of the festival will include:

  • Riverfest Fireworks
  • Fashion Friday
  • Riverfestival village in Arthur’s Quay Park
  • Ireland’s largest BBQ cook-off
  • Free tours of one of Ireland’s Navy Vessels
  • Regeneron Great Limerick Run

Best of all, most of the activities are completely free to keep you and your family entertained.

The SpongeBob Musical, Dublin

Spongebob Musical for what's on in ireland

Dates: May 9-13th 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.

National Drawing Day, Nationwide

Date: May 2023 (TBC)

National Drawing Day is an annual event initiated by the National Gallery of Ireland involving venues across Ireland and encouraging people to get involved and draw!


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Family Events at Irish Heritage Trust Properties in April

Fun Family Events at Strokestown Park, Roscommon

Family events at Strokestown Park

Dates: Various dates in April 2023

Strokestown Park are hosting a number of family friendly events in April including:

  • 1st to 16th April – Easter Egg Hunt – Cost €10
  • 15th April – Mud Bugs Nature Workshop for children – Cost €20 per child
  • 28th April to May 1st – Strokestown Poetry Festival

How to Book: Visit the website for further details and bookings

Fun Family Events at Fota House and Gardens, Cork

Fota House Easter Egg Hunt

Dates: Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th April 2023

This Easter, be sure to head to Fota House & Gardens and enjoy the annual Easter egg hunt.

Find clues in the magnificent Arboretum which will bring the history and beauty of Fota alive for everyone. Amongst the trees and wildlife, follow the woodland path, leading you to your very own Easter treat! Be sure to look out for your favourite characters along the way!

How to Book: Suitable for all ages and adults go free. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Fun Family Events at Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens, Wexford

Dates: Various dates in April

This April Johnstown Castle Estate have some fun events for the family including:

  • Vintage Ford Cortina owners club day on April 15th where anyone visiting can see these classic cars up close
  • Heraldic Castle Tour with Peter Henry on April 22nd
  • Evening Bat Walk on April 27th at 20.15

How to Book: For more information on these and other events, click here.

Dinosaur Express, Belfast

Date: Sunday May 7th  2023, 11am or 2pm

Hop aboard the Dinosaur Express, where you will be joined by a range of baby dinosaurs for your journey from Belfast to Whitehead and back. Along the way visit the Whitehead Railway Museum to get up close to an enormous triceratops and export the world of dinosaurs in the mobile museum.

To Book: Tickets are £20 per person and can be booked online in advance.

Bord Bia Bloom, Dublin

Bord Bia Bloom

Dates: June 1st to 5th 2023

Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event, Bord Bia Bloom is back this year at Dublin’s Phoenix Park in Dublin City this June Bank Holiday weekend.

Families visiting the event this year will once again be entertained by the outdoor entertainment stage and highly enjoyable and educational Kids Zone.

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Carrick Carnival, Leitrim

Dates: June 5-9th 2023

The Carrick Carnival is an action-packed festival held in Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim from June Bank Holiday Monday. You will be entertained by amazing street entertainers, live music, shows, amusements, ridiculous races including raft races on the river Shannon, pig racing with teddy bear jockeys, balls racing down the street, fireworks, street parades water antics and much more.

Almost all the events taking place are free of charge and suitable for all ages.

Cruinniu na nÓg Festival, Nationwide

Date: June 2023

The Cruinniu na nÓg Festival takes place nationwide in June. It is a national day of creativity for children and young people to celebrate and encourage them to participate in culture and creativity. Venues nationwide will team up with their local authorities to host free events for children to participate in.

Sense and Sensibility at Newbridge House & Gardens

sense and sensibility for what's on in ireland

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.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Cork Midsummer Festival

Cork Midsummer Festival

Dates: June 14-25th 2023

Cork Midsummer Festival is Cork’s largest annual multi-disciplinary arts festival for all ages along the banks of the river Lee, with many national and international theatre and music events, and the return of family favourite, Picnic in the Park.

Exhilarating theatre, electrifying music, joyful spectacle, and so much more!

Hey Duggee the Live Theatre Show, Dublin

Hey Duggee for what's on

Dates: June 15-18th 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.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Kilflynn Enchanted Fairy Festival, Kerry

killflynn enchanted fairy festival

Dates: June 24-25th 2023

Kilflynn Enchanted Fairy Festival takes place in Kilflynn near Tralee, Co. Kerry.

On Saturday a magical parade takes place at 6.30pm with street entertainers and the wonderful Kilflynn fairies. At the end of the parade the largest elf in the world will use magic to open the sealed treasure chest to reveal a map of the Fairy Trail which will open on the Sunday.

On Sunday, enjoy the Fairy Trail from 11-5pm, as well as free creative workshops and play in the meadow.

Kaleidoscope Festival, Wicklow

Kaleidoscope Festival

Dates: June 30th to July 2nd 2023

A completely inclusive family camping festival, Kaleidoscope will take place at Russborough House in Blessington, Co. Wicklow with three days of high energy, full colour, multi-stage entertainment over 15 stages, designed to entice and enthrall all, from babes in arms to those eligible for a bus pass!

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Féile Brian Ború, Clare

Dates:  July 5-9th 2023

Féile Brian Ború celebrates the life and legacy of Brian Ború (founder of the O’Briens) –  the most famous son of the historic twin towns of Killaloe and Ballina.

Fun activities include historical guided tours on lake and land, fireworks display over the River Shannon, traditional street games, garden party, children’s art competition, street theatre and much more! There really is something for everyone in the family at this fun event.

Ballina Salmon Festival, Mayo

Ballina Salmon Festival

Dates: July 8-15th 2023

The Ballina Salmon Festival is a celebration of summer. With music, heritage, teddy bear picnic, fireworks, street parties, treasure hunts and a full line up of events for children, visitors and locals alike are sure to enjoy this fun packed 7 day festival.

Galway International Arts Festival, Galway

Dates: July 17-30th 2023

See Galway City come alive for the annual Galway International Arts Festival this July. Showcasing street performers music and theatre, there are events for all ages, and surprises around every corner. This is a great time to visit Galway. Many events and workshops are free.

The Festival of Curiosity, Dublin

Festival of curiosity

Dates: July 2023 (TBC)

The Festival of Curiosity is back in Dublin this summer for a four-day cultural feast of science, arts, design, and technology for all the family.

Take your friends and your family on a play date with Dublin City this July during the Playful Days and Curious Nights festival programme.

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.

Boyle Arts Festival, Roscommon

Dates: July 20-29th 2023

The Boyle Arts Festival is a celebration of music, arts and culture and takes place in the beautiful town of Boyle, Co. Roscommon in the middle of July. Children can avail of workshops and families can enjoy music, theatre and visual arts.

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.

Bray Air Display, Wicklow

Dates: July 29-30th 2023

The Bray Air Display Festival will have a full line up of events, displays and attractions for families including some amazing displays in the skies over Bray.

Durrow Scarecrow Festival, Laois

Durrow scarecrow festival

Dates: July 30th to August 7th 2023

The Durrow Scarecrow Festival is a fun family event for young and old, with over 300 scarecrows to see around the village, in many different designs and themes. There’s plenty more on offer too including live music, craft workshops, country market, adult, teen and children’s entertainment, and scarecrow treasure hunt.

Titanic the Musical, Dublin

Titanic the Musical dublin

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.


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Spraoi International Street Arts Festival, Waterford

Spraoi festival

Dates: August 4-6th 2023

The 2023 Spraoi International Street Arts Festival has an exciting programme of street performances including theatre, parade and music planned for this year. And specially for kids, Garter Lane Arts Centre presents SprÓg Childrens Festival, during Spraoi Weekend, with workshops all week and over the Spraoi festival weekend. Many events are free, so pre-booking is essential.

Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival, Wexford

Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival

Dates: August 4-7th 2023

The Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival takes place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend bringing the very best in local food and fruit producers, family entertainment and as always, the best of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The 2023 festival will have lots of new events running throughout the weekend as well as welcoming back some festival favourites. The Artisan Food, Drink and Crafts Market brings over 50 vendors taking over the market streets.

For families, there are a variety of free and low cost events, fun fair with Big Wheel, kids dance classes in the Market Square and some opportunities to get involved in Kids Food Demonstrations. Enniscorthy Castle plays host to a variety of kids activities with a host of enjoyable and interactive sessions for the whole family.

Waterford Walls Street Art Festival

Dates: August 11-20th 2023

Waterford Walls, Ireland’s largest International Street Art Festival will take place in August. Artists have created large scale mural artworks around Waterford City and the surrounding areas. The Festival will see 10 days of live art, music, workshops, guided tours and much more.

National Heritage Week, Nationwide

Dates: August 12-20th 2023

For National Heritage Week, events take place across the country to celebrate Irish heritage and culture. Events include opportunities for free guided tours of many of our heritage attractions. It’s the perfect way to finish off the school holidays!

Shrek the Musical, Dublin

Shrek the musical dublin

Dates: August 15-20th 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”.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Annie, Dublin

Annie for What's on in ireland

Dates: August 22nd to 26th (starring Craig Revel Horwood) and August 29th to September 3rd (starring Paul O’Grady)

The smash-hit West End production Annie is coming to Bord Gais Energy Theatre, with two runs starring Craig Revel Horwood and then Paul O’Grady as Miss Hannigan!

Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she’s chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family…

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Culture Night 2023, Nationwide

Dates: September 22nd 2023

Culture Night sees venues and public spaces come alive with free entertainment. From music to arts to entertainers, workshops and tours there will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

The Lion King, Dublin

Dates: September 28th to November 11th 2023 (with a relaxed performance on November 9th)

The award-winning musical returns to Dublin at the Bord Gais Theatre.

With an incredible cast of more than 50 actors, singers and dancers, the story of The Lion King roars into life using spectacular masks, puppets, and costumes to tell the story of Simba’s journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Steve Backshall Ocean Live Show

Dates: November 10th 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.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical, Dublin

Dates: December 5th 2023 to January 7th 2024

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical will have its Irish premiere at the Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells the devilishly delicious tale of young golden ticket winner Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectionary wizard Willy Wonka.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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Published On: March 1st, 2023 / Categories: Ireland / Last Updated: March 27th, 2023 / Tags: , , , , , , , , /

About the Author: Emily Manning

Emily Manning
Emily is the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime. Mum of one daughter and two naughty Tibetan Terriers, she is particularly partial to Curly Wurlys and unable to resist pretty stationery and new cookbooks. As an avid foodie and domestic goddess-wannabe, she is most likely to be found in the kitchen.

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