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

Cool Planet Experience Things to do in Ireland Feb 2020

What’s On for families in Ireland? 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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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.

What’s On Around Ireland in February 2020

Don’t miss out on these upcoming shows and events taking place for families and kids.

Imbolc Story & Textile Workshop, NMI Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin

What's On National Museum of Ireland

Date & Time: Saturday February 1st, 10am to 1.30pm

Join award winning Irish textile artist & designer, Alison Conneely to participate in Imbolc, a story and textile workshop.

How to Book: Admission is FREE and the workshop is suitable for all ages. Booking required.

FREE Teddy Bear Hospital, St Michael’s House, Stephens Green, Dublin

What's On RCSI Paediatric Society Teddy Bear Hospital

Dates & Times: Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd February, Saturday 9.30am to 12pm & 1.30pm to 4pm, Sunday 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Bring you teddy along to an exciting day to see what happens in the hospital, meet the people who work there and see how they can help teddy. This is a free event. Sessions on Saturday are suitable for children aged 4 to 10 years and the Sunday session are going to be smaller and will be suitable for children with disabilities or who have chronic illness.

How to Book: Please visit the RCSI Paediatrics Society page or email [email protected] for a link to sign up.

Make a St Brigid’s Cross, NMI Country Life, Mayo

What's On St-Brigid-s-Cross-Making NMI Country Life Museum

Date & Time: Sunday February 2nd, 2pm to 4pm

Learn more about St Brigid and make a St Brigid’s Cross to take home.

How To Book: Free event for adults and children aged 7+. No booking required. 

World Wetlands day: Treasures of the Bog Trail, NMI Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

NMI National Museum of ireland bog bodies

Date & Time: Sunday 2nd February, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

To celebrate World Wetlands Day, the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology have a Treasures of the Bog trail sheet that families can take to learn more about the unusual artefacts found in bogs.

How To Book: This is a FREE drop in activity and no booking is required. Recommended for ages 7+

FREE Family Sundays at The Glucksman, University College Cork

Family Sundays at Glucksman

Dates & Times: Sunday February 2nd to Sunday March 22nd 2020, 3 to 4pm

The whole family can enjoy a free art led workshop at The Glucksman, University College Cork on Sunday afternoons.

How to Book: This is a free workshop and children must be accompanied by a guardian. Places limited and allocated on a first come basis. (it is suggested you make a small donation by way of thanks)

Urban Orienteering For The Family, Kilkenny

The Sports Maze UrbanO, Kilkenny

Date & Time: Sunday February 2nd, 10am to 12pm

Enjoy orienteering urban style in Kilkenny! Along with the sports maze, there will be a long, medium and short course suitable for all ages to complete.

How to Book: Organised by Waterford Orienteers the Kilkenny UrbanO is suitable for families of all ages. Registration at St Kierans College, Lower New Street, Kilkenny from 10am.

Free Event – Chinese New Year Celebrations, Nano Nagle Place, Cork

Chinese New Year Nano Nagle Place Things to Do with Kids in Ireland Feb 2020

Date & Time: Sunday February 2nd, 1pm

See lions and dragons dance in the front plaza of Nano Nagle Place from 1pm and afterwards enjoy a special Shaolin Martial Arts weapon demonstration from 2pm.

How to Book: This is a free event but you must register in advance for the performance at 2pm.

Harry Potter Night at Charlie Byrnes Bookshop, Galway

Date and Time: Thursday 6th February 5-6pm

Calling all Harry Potter fans! On Thursday, February 6th Charlie Byrnes will be hosting #HarryPotterBookNight2020 in store between 5pm and 6pm. All are welcome to apparate in and join the magic!

How to Book: Free, no booking required

Galway 2020 Fire Tour and Opening Ceremony

galway2020 opening ceremony

Dates & Times: 1-8 February various evening times

Beginning in the farthest reaches of Galway on St Brigid’s Day, fiery celebrations will erupt in towns and villages across the county in keeping with the ancient traditions of the Irish Celtic calendar.

Fire Tour dates:

  • Clifden – 2 February
  • An Spidéal – 3 February
  • Tuam – 4 February
  • Ballinasloe – 5 February
  • Portumna – 6 February
  • Athenry – 7 February

Galway 2020 Opening Ceremony Saturday 8th February South Park, The Claddagh from 5pm. President Michael D. Higgins will officially inaugurate Galway 2020 at the spectacular Opening Ceremony, marking the start of Galway’s extraordinary year as European Capital of Culture.

This free open-air event. Attendees can expect a fully immersive experience, everyone will be able to join in on the fun and enjoy a truly once in a lifetime experience.

4pm – Gates Open in South Park
5pm – Live music
6pm – Ceremony Starts

How to Book: No booking required, all free

Birds, Bees & Trees Spring Festival at NMI Country Life, Mayo

Birds and Bees festival at NMI country life

Dates and times: Saturday 8th February 11am-4pm and Sunday 9th February 1-4pm

Spring into life this February with a special Spring-themed two day event for all the family, Birds, Bees & Trees: Celebrating the Start of an Irish Spring at NMI Country Life, Mayo.

Explore gardening, nature and biodiversity featuring expert speakers, nature walks, pop-up talks, a family fair and nature-inspired arts and crafts.

How to book: Admission is free, no booking required.

25th Festival of Youth Orchestras at National Concert Hall, Dublin

Festival of Youth Orchestra NCH

Date and Time: Saturday 8th February 3pm and 8pm

The IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras is the annual celebration of youth orchestras in Ireland, and their members, with a diverse variety of music played by young people, for young people, from the standard classical repertoire to music from the movies, pop tunes arranged for orchestra, Irish traditional, and new music by Irish Composers.

How to Book: Tickets cost €20 and can be purchased on the National Concert Hall website

Sásta! Fossil Arts & Crafts Workshop at Kerry County Museum

sasta fossil and crafts workshop kerry county museum

Date and Time: Saturday 8th February 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Explore the world of fossils through arts and crafts with facilitator Hazel. Drop-in workshop take place from 10am until 4.30pm and each session lasts about 30 minutes. There will also be some fossils from the Museum’s collection on display. Fossil workshops are suitable for children ages 3 to 12 with different activities to suit all ages.

How to Book: The cost of €5 per adult (children go free) also covers entry to all our exhibitions with many hands-on activities and exhibits for children and families. Please note that children must be accompanied by a guardian at all times.

Little Artist Club at Wexford Arts Centre

little artists club at wexford arts centre

Dates and Times: Saturdays 8th, 15th and 29th February 10am

Inspire your budding Artists with this year’s offerings from the skilled facilitators at the Little Artists Club, with feathers and veggies, wibble-wobbles and zig-zags, flower masks and fun tasks full of surprises. Come with full bellies ready for burning energy, getting messy and not wanting to leave!

Facilitated by Wexford based artists; Deirdre Buttimer & Jeni Roddy, both with a passion for creativity and delivering the best possible workshops to your little artists!

Max 16 children per group, for ages 4-7.

How to Book: on the Wexford Arts Centre website

Free Family Trad Session at glór Ennis, Clare

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Date & Time: Saturday February 15th, 2.00pm

At glór Ennis you can dust off your instruments and enjoy a FREE family trad session with Eoin O’Neill and friends.

How to Book: No booking required.

Sásta! Become a Stone Age Artist at Kerry County Museum

Date and Time: Saturday 15th February 10:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Join Hazel for a fun-filled drop-in workshop recreating Stone Age cave paintings and rock art. Sessions take place from 10am until 4.30pm and each session lasts about 30 minutes. This workshop is suitable for children ages 3 to 10 with different activities to suit all ages.

How to Book: The cost of €5 per adult (children go free) also covers entry to all museum exhibitions with many hands-on activities and exhibits for children and families. Please note that children must be accompanied by a guardian at all times.

Adult & Child Baking Workshop at Airfield, Dublin

cake decorating class february mid term 2020 at Airfield

Date and time: Saturday 15th February 10.30 am to 1 pm

Have you an eager young baker at home aged 8 or upwards? Or maybe Mum & Dad want a break? Grandparents and parents bring your young bakers along and together create and decorate some delicious cupcakes & chocolate biscuit cake.

Each adult can bring no more than 2 kids, not suitable for kids with food allergies, kids must be aged 8 and upwards for health and safety.

How to Book: Tickets cost €40 per adult and young chef (+ 1 additional adult/young chef €20) and can be booked online

Explore Play Learn Family Day, Galway

Explore play learn family day at Ballybane Library

Date and Time: Saturday 15 February, 11.00 am to 1.00 pm,

There will be an Explore Play Learn Family Day taking place at Ballybane Library in Galway, which promises to be an amazing morning of immersive play and exploration for children and families.

  • There will be special play-zones set up in the library that children and parents can explore.
  • Experts from Galway Childcare Committee will be there to talk to you about your child’s development and learning.
  • You can learn how to make your own play spaces and sensory toys from items you have in your home.
  • There will be free music and rhyme sessions with professional musicians from Groundswell Arts Studio.
  • And lastly, free resource packs for all families to take home.

How to book: The best bit is you don’t have to book. It’s open to all, so come along and join in! Phone 091 509244 for more information.

Mid Term Tales at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

mid term tales glasnevin cemetery museum

Dates and Times: Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th February 11:00am

Back for February 2020 – Mid Term Tales. The history of Glasnevin Cemetery will be brought to life with this family friendly tour. Highlights include:

  • Fr. Browne and the Titanic – the man who captured rare photographs of the famous ship
  • Grave-robbing – Why does Glasnevin Cemetery have such high walls and watch towers?
  • Yew Trees – there is more to them than you think!
  • William Fogarty’s pesky parrot
  • Maria Higgins the only person in the cemetery who was buried twice

You are requested to arrive at the Museum Reception at least 15 minutes before the start of your Tour. Please note that due to the nature of these tours, all attending adults must be accompanying a child or children. Unfortunately, attendees registering without a child or children will be unable to join the tour.

How to Book: Tickets are €7.50pp and can be booked online

Alliance Française February Mid-Term Break French Camps, Dublin

MidTerm 2019 Alliance Francaise french camps for children and teens in DublinDates & Times: Monday 17th to Friday 21st February  – 9.30am to 1pm for 4 to 6 and 7-10 year olds. And 1pm to 4pm for Teens.

French camps for kids are open to students with all levels of French. Intensive revision camps for teens studying for Junior Cert and Leaving Cert.

How to Book: Book your French Mid-term camp here. 

Explorers and Adventurers Mid Term Camps at Airfield, Dublin

airfield mid term camp

Dates & Times: 17th – 21st February, 9am-2:30pm with After Camp Care options until 5:30pm available.

There are 2 Mid Term camps taking place this February mid term at Airfield: Explorers Camp and Adventurers Camp.

  • Explorers Camp: Explorers will spend a week taking on the role of a scientist, whilst at the same time, exploring the farm, gardens and natural habitats at Airfield. Perfect for inquisitive little ones, think experiments with crazy concoctions, making rain-resistant shelters, building and construction.
  • Adventurers Mid-Term Camp: Campers will spend the week out and about exploring the gardens, farm and natural habitats at Airfield. Camp goers will search for mini-beasts, get to know all the animals, sow seeds and take part in loads of fun activities.
  • After-camp is available for 1-5 days of your choice! This which means your child is with camp at Airfield until 5.30 pm. This afternoon part of the camp is essentially a continuation of camp activities and could include forest skills, cooking, crafts, play, storytime etc. You can book as many or as few days of after care as you wish.

How to Book: Both camps are suitable for kids from age 5-8. More details on the Airfield website.

Curiosity Camp at Imaginosity, Dublin

imaginosity mid term camp

Dates and Times: 17th – 21st February 2020, 9am-2.30pm daily

This February mid-term break, Imaginosity will be running another FUN packed 5 days of camp to keep the kids entertained and engaged throughout the school holidays!

Mid-term Curiosity Camp at the museum will run from 17th – 21st February 2020, and will be suitable for children aged 4-6 and 7-9 years.

How to Book: Full 5 days €135, camp daily rate €35. Call Call 01 217 6130 to book. Daily, and weekly rates with additional discounts available for members/sibling bookings.

Mid-Term Workshops at the Toy Soldier Factory, Cork

Dates & Times: Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd February, 10am to 4pm

Enjoy a casting and painting workshop where you will make and paint a miniature to take home. Choose from a large variety of moulds with everything from fairies to elves to toy soldiers and monsters! Best suited for children aged 7+.

How to Book: While there you can pay a visit to the Toy Soldier Factory visitor centre and see the world’s largest model battle scene of the Battle of Waterloo. Book today

The Confidence Clinic Mid Term Camp for Kids, Dublin

Dates and Times: 18th – 21st February 2020, 10-3pm

The Confidence Clinic Kids Camps for ages 7-12 years are all about helping children to live their best life. The camp takes place in Queen of Angels National School, Sandyford and includes games, yoga, fun lessons, mindfulness and guided meditations. Most of the camp will be outdoors weather permitting.

How to Book: Cost per child: €90.00, can be booked online

Family Workshop: Spring is Here! at NMI Country Life, Mayo

NMI country Life spring

Date and Time: Wednesday 19th February, there are two sessions available at 11.30am and 2pm.

Celebrate the arrival of spring with some great art and craft activities for little ones. Join artist Cass McCarthy to take part in a range of arts and crafts for little ones at this fun-filled, hands-on family workshop.

How to Book: Admission is free but booking is required, email [email protected] or telephone +353 94 90 31751.

Print Workshops for Kids at National Print Museum, Dublin

Print Lab National Print Museum

Date and Time: Wednesday 19th February 2020 10.30-11.30am and 12.30-13.30pm

There are 2 workshops for kids taking place at National Print Museum this February Mid Term Break both on Wednesday 19th February:

  • Onomatopoeia! – Workshop for 4-7 years. An introduction to printing, using the shapes of the wood type to make some inky expressive posters! Cost €15, Max. 6 children
  • Build-A-Print – Workshop for 8-12 years In this workshop you will use Lego bases and tiles to create fabulous designs to print with the museum’s Adana printing press! Cost €15, Max. 6 children

How to Book: 01 6603770 or email [email protected]

Magical Oceans Lab, Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

What's On Cool planet experience magical ocean workshops

Dates & Times: Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23rd February, 11.30am & 2.30pm daily

Ideally suited for kids who love to experiment and explore kids will explore how nature based solutions can help protect and restore our ocean’s delicate ecosystem with experiments, chemical reactions and some real, messy fun!

How to Book: The Magical Oceans Labs can be booked online and are suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years.

Kids Midterm Camp at The Hunt Museum, Limerick

hunt museum february mid term kids camp

Dates and Times: Wednesday 19th – Friday 21st February 10am-4pm

Artist Stephan Murphy will lead the ‘Little Gems’ camp, helping camp kids ages 6-12 to seek out and create imagined worlds for some of the tiniest, most fascinating objects in the museum’s Collection. Experimentation with new art materials and techniques guaranteed.

How to book: €65 per child, book online

Back in Time for Supper! at NMI Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

Back in Time for Supper

Date and Time: Thursday 20th February 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Find out what people ate for their supper in the past! Back in Time for Supper! at NMI Archaeology will help you understand how food in Ireland has changed from prehistoric Ireland through to Medieval times, match the menu to the time period and then make your own tiny replica quern stone! Ages 6+

How to Book: Free drop in activity, no booking required.

Hands on Design at NMI Collins Barracks, Dublin

collins barracks mid term events

Date and Time: Thursday 20th February 3pm to 4pm

Explore elegance or functionality, display or camouflage at this hands on event at NMI Collins Barracks. Learn about the design of military uniforms, headwear and other equipment Irish men and women used while preparing for or fighting in different conflicts.

How to Book: Free drop in activity, no booking required

February mid-term STEM Camp at Birr Castle Gardens, Offaly

mid term STEM camp

Date and Time: Thursday 20th February 10:00 – 15:00

Explore the wonderful worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in this one day camp at Birr Castle Gardens. The day will be filled with hands-on exciting experiments, investigations and challenges that will encourage a greater appreciation and understanding of the STEM subjects. We’ll be conducting experiments with dry ice; making elephant toothpaste and ice cream; playing with levitation; building catapults and hovercraft and much, much more! €40 per child, suitable for ages 8-12.

How to Book: Spaces are strictly limited so book now on 057 9120336 to avoid disappointment.

One Day Junior Songschool at National Concert Hall, Dublin

junior song school at nch

Date and Time: Thursday 20th February 10:30am – The Studio with free concert for family and friends at 2:30pm

Junior Songschool is for students aged 8 -12 years old who are interested in writing and recording songs, performing them in concert, learning about music technology, and meeting people who love music as much as they do… not to mention forming bands and having fun!

Make music and new friends! Please bring your instrument and a packed lunch. Free concert for family and friends at 2.30pm.

How to Book: €20 per child, book online

Pony Camps, Donegal

donegal equestrian centre pony camps

Dates and Times: 20th, 21st & 22nd February 2020, full day and half day available.

Donegal Equestrian Centre have non residential Pony Camps for children of all levels of riding, from the novice to the experienced. They are the ideal way to introduce children to horses and ponies and provide further training for the experienced child rider. Children learn through fun and hands on experience under supervision. All children are divided into groups according to ability.

How to Book: Full and half day available, camps can be booked online.

Family Mid-term Events at glór, Ennis, Clare

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Dates & Times: Thursday 20th, 11.30am & 2.30pm and Friday 21st, 8pm.

  • Thursday February 20th, 11.30am & 2.30pm – The People’s Theatre present their version of the classic nursery rhyme There was an old lady who swallowed a fly! Suitable for ages 2 to 102!. Book here
  • Friday February 21st, 8pm – Take Off Your Cornflakes written by and starring Rose Henderson and Pat Nolan is a play about love and loss with plenty of humour along the way. The show is suitable for ages 14+. Book here 

How to Book: Book here

Make and Do Studio Midterm Workshops at Kildare Village

Kildare Village what's on things to do with kids in Ireland

Dates & Times: Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd February, 12pm to 5pm

The kids can enjoy four fun filled days of workshops while you get some shopping time at Kildare Village this February midterm.

  • Thursday is Arts & Crafts Workshop
  • Friday is Lego Technics Workshop
  • Saturday is Pound Drumming, music and dance workshop
  • Sunday is Science & Slime workshop

How to Book: Each drop in workshop lasts approx 45 minutes and there is no pre-booking required.

Family Mid-Term Tour: Raiders, Traders & Settlers in Viking Ireland, NMI Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

NMI Archaeology mid term events

Date and Time: Friday 21st February 11.00am to 11.45am

Did you know that the City of Dublin was established by the Vikings? Take the family Mid-term Tour: Raiders, Traders and Settlers in Viking Ireland at NMI Archaeology to learn more about what the archaeology of Dublin can tell us about Viking raiders, traders and settlers. See the skeleton of a Viking warrior, examine the beautiful oval brooches worn by Scandinavian women and discover ice skates made of bone! Families ages 7+

How to Book: Free. No booking required. Places are limited and allocated on a first come basis. Meet at Reception. Not wheelchair accessible.

Mid-Term Science Lab at King John’s Castle, Limerick

Planet Science Kids discover science lead

Date & Time: Friday, February 21st, 10am to 12pm

These Planet Science Kidz labs are suitable for kids aged 5 to 12 years. The hands on labs cover everything from chemistry to biology, geology to physics and should not be missed by curious, budding young scientists!

How to Book: Advance booking is essential as spaces are limited.

Captain Cauliflower and Marvin the Mischievous Moose, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Wexford

Captain cauliflower and marvin the mischievous moose garter lane things to do with kids

Date & Times: Friday 21st February 12pm & 2pm

Join Captain Cauliflower and Marvin the Mischievous Moose for a show about superheroes with a difference.

How to Book: Suitable for ages 3+. Book tickets here.

Family Open Day: Nature Heroes at NMI Natural History, Dublin

NAture Heroes Family Open Day

Date and Time: Saturday 22nd February 10am to 4pm

Meet some real nature heroes from organisations such as BirdWatch Ireland, Irish Whale & Dolphin Group, Seal Rescue Ireland, Inland Fisheries Ireland and The Herpetological Society of Ireland at the Family Open Day: Nature Heroes at NMI Natural History on Saturday 22nd February 10am-4pm.

Learn about sustainability and how to be more environmentally friendly towards wildlife in Ireland. Join different activities and short talks on the day during this free, fun and educational event.

How to Book: Free, drop in. No booking required. Partially wheelchair accessible.

Sásta! Make a Viking Shield at Kerry County Museum

Sasta-Viking-shields kerry county museum

Date and Time: Saturday 22nd February 10:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Join Hazel for a fun-filled drop-in workshop discovering the Vikings in Kerry. Viking shield making sessions take place from 10am until 4.30pm and each session lasts about 30 minutes. This workshop is suitable for children ages 3 to 10 with different activities to suit all ages.

How to Book: The cost of €5 per adult (children go free) also covers entry to all the museum exhibitions with many hands-on activities and exhibits for children and families. After having a look at Viking grave-goods on display in the main gallery you can dig up Viking skeletons and other replica artefacts in our Archaeology Hall. Please note that children must be accompanied by a guardian at all times.

Bosco Magical Garden and Sleeping Beauty at Visual Carlow

Bosco once upon a time tour

Date and Time: Sunday 23rd February 2pm

Bosco is Bosco, not a boy, not a girl, just a Bosco: a cheeky, lovely, funny, slightly cracked, irrepressible, eternal five-year-old who lives in a box and who loves nothing more than to just be Bosco and meet all the boys and girls. After starring on Irish TV for three decades, you’ll see why Bosco remains a firm favorite for each new generation.

Enjoy the enchanted story of Sleeping Beauty where an evil Fairy-Night filled with jealousy tries to harm Beauty but luckily, she has very good fairy friends. With its brilliant array of Characters, lots of fun and excitement through this completely interactive live experience with the absolute magic of Puppet Theatre.

How to Book: Tickets €12 or Family of 4 €40 on the Visual Carlow website

Miriam Lambert Puppeteer Presents: The Gingerbread Man at Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny

Gingerbread Man

Date and Time: Sunday 23rd February 2pm

“Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbreadman”. In this rendition of the age-old tale Miriam Lambert, using herself as a humanette, bakes the gingerbread. The freshly baked biscuit runs, eluding the hungry grasp of everyone – until he meets a very clever fox.

Miriam Lambert has been at the heart of the Irish puppetry industry since her childhood, having grown up with the Lambert Puppet Theatre in Dublin. Trained by her mentor and father, the late Master puppeteer Eugene Lambert, she has played an integral part in the creation of many of the legendary puppet characters and performances in the renowned Lambert productions. Her unique and creative style of puppetry is a theatrical joy for both child and adult to behold.

How to Book: Tickets €8.50 / Family of 4 €30 on the Watergate Theatre website

Nine Stories About Love, glór, Ennis, Clare

nine stories about love at glor ennis things to do with kids What's On

Date & Times: Wednesday 26th February, 10am & 12pm

The Little Door Theatre Company presents an enchanting show for children aged 5 to 9 years and grown ups! In Nine Stories About Love, you will meet a man who felt full or rain and a little girl who found a bird and other tales of love and belonging.

How to Book: Book here (teachers go free) Suitable for children aged 5 to 9 years.

Creme Egg Café to Open in Dundrum, Dublin

Creme Egg cafe at Dundrum things to do with kids in Ireland What's On

Dates & Times: Thursday February 27th to Sunday March 1st, 6.30pm daily and extra show at 1pm on March 1st.

Enjoy a tasty treat and a movie at The Cadbury Creme Eggstra-Vision Café which opens for 4 days only at the Dundrum Town Centre. The event is part of the Creme Egg EATertainment experience.

How to Book: This is a free event but tickets should be booked in advance.

THRIVE Festival, Convention Centre, Dublin

Win tickets to THRIVE Festival

Dates & Times: Saturday February 29th & Sunday March 1st, 9.30am to 6pm daily

THRIVE Festival is Ireland’s most dynamic fitness, lifestyle & wellness event. The festival has a full line up of health, fitness and wellness experts for you to enjoy fitness workouts & classes, listen to inspirational speakers and watch cookery demonstrations. In the Marketplace you can also taste delicious food and drink and find natural beauty and wellness products to suit your lifestyle and make you thrive.

How to Book: Tickets must be booked in advance and are available for 1 day only or for weekend entry.

Performing Arts Festival – PERFORM at the RDS, Dublin

Perform Performing Arts Festival 2020 things to do in Ireland with kids what's on

Dates & Times: Saturday 29th February & Sunday 1st March, 10am to 5pm daily.

PERFORM Performing Arts Festival is back at the RDS with over 170 workshops, masterclasses and seminars from stars of screen, stage, internet and music and performers from around Ireland will entertain and take part in competitions throughout the weekend. PERFORM is a non-profit organisation and all profits will be used for scholarships and bursaries.

How to Book: Get your tickets here.

National Library Open Day, Nationwide

National Libraries Open Day 2020

Date & Time: Saturday 29th February 2020

On February 29th libraries around the country are taking part in the first ever National Library Open Day. There will be events, readings, special guests, classes and much more to enjoy at libraries around Ireland.

How to Book: Open Day events are free, check out your local library for full details of events taking place.

Dublin Zookeeper Brendan Walsh Free Talk at Kildare Library

Date & Time: Saturday 29th February, 3.30pm

Did you know that hippos can’t swim? Find out more amazing animal facts from Dublin Zookeeper Brendan Walsh at a free presentation on his career as a zookeeper at Kildare Open Library Day

How To Book: No booking required, free and you families can just turn up on the day.

Save The Date – What’s On in Ireland

Printfest for Engineers Week at National Print Museum, Dublin

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Date and Time: Sunday 1st March 2020, 2-4pm

In celebration of Engineer’s Week, discover the ‘engineering’ behind letterpress printing at National Print Museum with live demonstrations of the collection by the Museum’s Ambassadors, a panel of retired printers and compositors, from 2pm to 4pm. There will also be drop-in PrintLab workshops for a chance to get inky yourself! Suitable for all ages.

How to Book: No booking required. Free admission.

Junior Space Camps – Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork

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Date & Time: Sunday March 1st, 12pm to 1.30pm

Experience what it is like to solve problems like an engineer at this fun workshop for kids aged 5 to 7 years. Kids will get to design and make things that move, roll and launch!

How to Book: Places must be booked in advance by calling 021 4326120. One parent per child (or group) goes free. Spaces €10 per child.

Engineers Week – Bridge The Gap Family Workshop, Birr Castle, Offaly

What's On at Birr Castle

Date & Times: Saturday March 7th 2020, 12pm to 2pm

Birr Castle are offering a family STEM week event to celebrate Engineers Week. Bridge the Gap is a hands on event where you will learn about different types of bridges and how they work!

How To Book: Spaces are limited so early booking advised.

Prehistory Mysteries – The Bronze Age at Galway City Museum

bronze age

Date and Time: Saturday 7th March 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

The National Museum of Ireland’s Education Team come to Galway City Museum for an outreach event as part of Galway 2020 and the new exhibition, MONUMENT. This exhibition explores the Bronze Age communities who created the stone forts of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay such as Dún Aonghasa. Families can drop in to the museum to discover some of the secrets of surviving and thriving in the past in Ireland and get hands-on with some replicas of National Museum artefacts found on archaeological sites.

How to Book: Free, no booking required. Just drop-in!

Mac Luí Westport Children’s Arts Festival, Mayo

Mac Lui westport children's arts festival mayo What's On

Dates & Times: Wednesday March 11th to Tuesday March 17th

The annual Mac Luí Westport Children’s Arts Festival takes place over St Patrick’s Weekend and the programme includes theatre, arts & craft, music and much more in various venues in Westport.

How to Book: Many events are free, those that require booking should be booked online.

Joe Daly Magic Show at glór, Ennis, Clare

Joe Daly at glor ennis St Patrick's day events in Ireland

Dates & Times: Sunday 15th March from 4pm & Tuesday 17th March from 12pm

glór in Ennis have a free evening of world music, dance and song suitable for all ages on Sunday March 14th from 4pm. And on March 17th go along to enjoy a free trad music session from 12pm to 2pm, face painting from 12pm to 3pm (€2 each) and get your tickets for The Joe Daly Children’s Magic & Illusion Show from 2pm.

How to Book: Some events are free. Book tickets for the Joe Daly Show here.

Fairy Treasure Hunt, Wells House, Wexford

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Date & Time: Sunday 15th March, 1-4pm

Help fairy Lola on a magical Spring treasure hunt and enjoy face-painting and a disco at Wells House in Wexford!

How to Book: Advance booking required.

St Patrick’s Day Snake Trail at Birr Castle, Offaly

St Patricks Day Snake Trail at Birr Castle St Patrick's day events in Ireland

Dates & Times: 14th to 17th March 2020, 9am to 6pm

Follow a trail of slithering snakes through the gardens, treehouse & playground at Birr Castle & Gardens 14th – 17th March 2020. Can you find the snakes that St. Patrick left behind? There will also be complimentary face painting on selected day over the St Patrick’s Weekend. And you are invited to take part in the Gallery Challenge and the New Quest in the Demense!

How To Book: The Snake Trial is covered by your general admission ticket. 

Hunt The Shamrock at The Hunt Museum, Limerick

Dates: Tuesday 17th March, during opening hours

Hunt the Shamrocks in the Hunt Museum. Find all 6 to give yourself a pot of luck.

How to Book: Book online, €7.50 and they also have a two for the price of one and children go free offer

Peppa Pig ‘Best Day Ever’ Live Show, Belfast, Dublin, Cork & Galway

Peppa Pig Best Day Ever Show things to do in Ireland with kids What's On

Dates & Times: Dates from Saturday 21st March to Tuesday 31st March

You are invited to join Peppa Pig on a day out with Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and George and and you are all going to have the ‘Best Day Ever’! The live show is packed full of songs, games, familiar friends and plenty of laughter is guaranteed.

How to Book: The show begins in Belfast on March 21st & 22nd, Cork 25th & 26th, Dublin 28th & 29th and Galway 30th & 31st. Full booking details here.

Bring Along A Baby at National Concert Hall, Dublin

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Date and Time: Tuesday 14th April 10.30am & 12pm.

Bring Along a Baby is an informal, relaxed, accessible chamber music recital of the highest standard, aimed primarily at parents, while babies or very young children sleep, feed and play.

There is no pressure to keep still or quiet, leaving parents free to sit back and enjoy the music. In fact, we encourage the babies to interact naturally with the music, and we have play mats and soft toys to this end.

Of course, the babies benefit from the music as well, so it’s a win-win. Presented by NCH in association with Classical Kids

How to Book: on the NCH website

I AM BABA, glór Ennis

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Date & Time: Friday, April 24th, shows at 10am, 11am & 12.30pm

I AM BABA is a theatre adventure of songs, lights and textures created by Anna Newell for babies ages 0 to 12 months.

How to Book: 20 Minute show with 20 minutes of free play afterwards.

Over to you now. If you are running a family event, you can list your event for free by registering here.

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