Are you searching for things to do near you? Do you want to do something special at the weekend? Or have a midweek treat with the kids? We take the hard work out of entertaining the family with our pick of what’s on and things to do with kids in Ireland for the coming months, from family fun days, to festivals, to days out
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Round Up of Family Things to Do in September 2017
The National Museum of Ireland have a full line up of family events running during September at their 3 Dublin sites and at The Country Life Museum in Mayo . All activities are free and usually no booking is required but places are given on a first come first served system.
Hooked Killybegs 2017 takes place on September 2nd in LYIT Killybegs, Co Donegal. Come along to discover all about fishing and sample so local seafood at this fishy family friendly event.
The 22nd annual Monaghan Harvest Times Rhythm & Blues Festival runs from September 1st to 3rd 2017.
As part of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th, there will be a Family Fun Festival at ‘The Walled Garden’ in Kilcornan House, Clarinbridge, Co Galway from 2 to 5pm.
All proceeds will go to Helplink Support Service. There will be music, a treasure hunt, entertainers, a creative corner, competitions and much more. Tickets are €10 and children under 12 go free.
The annual Cabinteely Carnival takes place on September 10th in Cabinteely Park from 1pm to 5pm. There is a full line up of FREE fun events for all the family from circus skills to juggling!
The Irish Times Higher Options event takes place in the RDS from September 13th to 15th 2017. It is a unique opportunity to find out about university and college courses in Ireland and abroad for students in 5th or 6th year and their parents.
The 10th annual Portumna Shorelines Arts Festival takes place from September 14th to 17th, 2017 and has a full line up of events for families.
FÉILE NA SEITEANNA 2017 (Letterkenny Set Dancing Festival) is on in Letterkenny from September 15th to 17th 2017.
Take a Bat Walk at Belvedere House and Gardens in Co Westmeath on September 16th at 7.30pm. The walks are held in association with Bat Conservation Ireland.
The 5th annual BlureFire Street Fest is on September 16th in Simithfield Square, Dublin 7. This all day event (2 pm till late) will have zones with activities and events for all ages and is totally FREE.
The annual National Ploughing Championships 2017 take place in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly from September 19th to 21st.
The Loughcrew Autumn Equinox Festival takes place at Loughcrew, Co Meath on September 21st – 23rd 2017. There will be workshops, guided walks and talks for all ages.
The Ark, Dublin is a special place to visit with kids anytime, with an art gallery, workshops, theatre and chill out zone for kids and parents. This September they throw open their doors for Culture Night events on September 22nd and as part of The Dublin Theatre Show they will show If Only Rosa Could Do Magic from September 30th to October 3rd.
The Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival 2017 is on from September 22nd to 24th.
Culture Night 2017 takes place on September 22nd. From 5pm to 11pm arts and culture organisations nationwide will open their doors and offer entertainment and events for young and old.
The Celtic Fringe Festival 2017 takes place in Grange, Co Sligo from September 22nd to 24th.
The Dunshaughlin Harvest Festival is on from September 22nd to 24th. This family friendly festival will include a Festival Bake Off and loads of fun workshops and events for children.
The Taste of Togher Food & Heritage Festival 2017 is on September 23rd in Annagassan, Co Louth.Celebrating our viking past and showcasing local producers this will be a great family event.
The European Week of Sport and Physical Activity 2017 will be celebrated in venues nationwide from September 23rd to 30th.
Roll Up Roll Up! Fossett’s Circus will be at Westport House, Co Mayo from September 27th to October 1st, 2017. They have an all-new show for 2017 featuring magical aerial manoeuvres, skilled knife throwing and motorcycle on a high-wire.
Wesport House will also open their doors for Culture Night on October 22nd with a FREE guided tour of Westport House and a recital by Coda, the Mayo male choir who have just performed at Electric Picnic!
The annual Westport Arts Festival runs from September 27th to October 1st 2017.
Bottom’s Dream – A magical tale of rude mechanical and scheming fairies is presented at glór Ennis, Co Clare by Footsbarn Theatre on September 29th. Suitable for ages 5+ this magical production lasts 80 minutes and is sure to impress even the youngest members of the audience.
glór Ennis also offer a full range of classes from art to dance to languages and has an art gallery and café suitable for families to visit and enjoy, so check out the full line up of things to do at glór.
The Kite Music Festival and Battle for the Lake Competition takes place on September 29th 2017 in Achill, Co Mayo. Come along for music, fun and an exciting display of Kitesurfing.
Powerscourt Estate are introducing fun nature workshops in conjunction wth OWLS (Outdoor, Wildlife, Learning, and Survival Nature Charity) on September 29th. For the first workshop, kids will be making bird feeders.
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Round Up of Family Things To Do in October 2017
Space Week 2017 runs from October 4th to 10th and offer events and workshops nationwide.
On the October 7th & 8th 2017, The Ronald McDonald House will be holding its annual #Walking4Families event nationwide to raise money to build a new 53 Bedroom Ronald McDonald House alongside the New National Children’s Hospital. Please support by joining your local event. Or text WALK to 50300 to Donate €4 if unable to attend.
Ignite your family’s imagination at the 2017 Baboró International Arts Festival for Children. Happening at venues all over Galway from 16th – 22nd October. From beautifully animated features to drop in family fun there really is something for everyone.
Powerscourt Estate are running their annual Pumpkin Carving workshops on October 28th & 29th.
The annual “HallowFest” is back at Westport House this halloween mid-term from October 28th to November 5th. With some ghoulishly good fun to be had in the haunted historic Westport House, fun in the Pirate Park and Halloween themed workshops and activities throughout the mid-term break.