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


August 28, 2022

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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: September 2022

National Cinema Day

Date: September 3rd all day

The majority of cinemas in Ireland will take part in National Cinema Day dropping all ticket prices to €4, including premium seats, screens and 3D screenings.
Tickets will be available from Monday 29th August. Participating cinemas include:

  • Arc Cinemas
  • Carrick Cineplex
  • Cineworld
  • Eclipse Cinemas
  • Eye Cinema
  • Gate Cinemas
  • IMC Cinemas
  • Light House Cinema
  • Movies @ Cinemas
  • Odeon Cinemas
  • Omniplex Cinemas
  • Pálás Cinema
  • Reel Cinemas
  • Vue Cinemas

Nature Explorers Workshop at Airfield

nature explorers workshop Airfield

Date: Sunday 4th September 10am-12:30pm

Autumn is the perfect time of year to go for a foraging walk at Airfield Estate. Bring back your finds to make a delicious snack and hot drinks.All participants will also make their own nature journal to keep and learn some nature art activities to add to their journal. This workshop is created for nature explorers aged 8-12.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Outdoor Cinema Club in Temple Bar

Date: September 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th at 12pm and 3pm

Dublin City Council has announced a new, free, ticketed, family-friendly ‘Outdoor Cinema Club’, taking place in the Meeting House Square every Sunday in September.

The programme is curated for children between 5-8 years old and 8-11 years old to enjoy. Films will include Sing 2, Encanto, Clifford the Big Red Dog and The Greatest Showman. It will also feature Irish-language film and 2015’s ‘Best Film’ IFTA winner, Amhrán na Mara (Song of the Sea). There will be food and drinks available from vendors onsite and walkabout fun characters for photo opportunities.

Free tickets will be available on a weekly basis via Eventbrite starting from the 16th August. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Wexford Honey Festival at Johnstown Castle

what's on in ireland Johnstown Honey Festival

Dates: September 10th and 11th from 10.30am-4pm

There will be a buzz about Johnstown Castle as it will be staging the Wexford Honey Festival, in partnership with South Wexford Beekeepers Association.

There will be information stands for visitors to learn more about the importance of bees and biodiversity, as well as stalls with Wexford beekeepers showcasing their delicious products. There will also be some demonstrations, talks, walks and fun activities for children.

Johnstown Castle will also be using the weekend to declare the Estate a Conservation Area for the native Irish black bee which is thriving in wild colonies on the Estate. The scheme is administered by NIHBS (the Native Irish Honey Bee Society) and will ensure that no other non-native strains of honeybee can be introduced to the Estate.

No booking required. Free to annual members. Usual admission rates apply for non-members.

Pups in the Park

Pups in the Park for what's on

Date: September 10th and 11th

Pups in the Park is Ireland’s ultimate dog-friendly festival, taking place in Marlay Park, Dublin.

Pups in the Park has over 7 fun-filled areas to enjoy including the Leader Main Arena, Expert Talk Stage, Obedience Ring, Agility Course, Puppy Academy, The Great Dog Walk and much more.

Try out the have-a-go activities with your furry friend or watch the four-legged experts show you how it’s done. Learn top tips from renowned veterinary experts with speciality talks and get hands (and paws!) on with the country’s best dog trainers. Your dog also might have the chance to bring home the gold in one of many fun dog show competitions from Golden Oldies to Waggiest Tail.

Browse for the latest must-have accessories in the retail village before refreshing the humans from one of the many food vendors on site.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This at Draíocht

Sweet Dreams are Made of This

Date: September 12-14th

A new adventure for younger children with complex needs. Performed inside a dreamy blue tent to just 3 children at a time, Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This drifts its audience off to a gentle magical place of dancing lights, curious mice and giant moons.

Sweet Dreams features gorgeous live harmony singing composed especially for the show by award-winning composer, David Goodall with costumes created by Irish fashion designer, Rebecca Marsden.

Touring The Network For Extraordinary Audiences in 2022 funded by Arts Council Ireland, Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This will play theatre venues, special schools and early years settings for children with complex needs across Ireland.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Outdoor Markets in Corkagh Park and Tymon Park

Dates: Every Saturday from June 4th to September 24th

Corkagh Park: Every Saturday from 11am-5pm, Urban Picnic are hosting an outdoor food and craft market with live entertainment from June 4th until September 24th. For more information, check Urban Picnic’s Facebook page.

Tymon Park: Every Saturday from 11am-4pm, Dublin Market Events are hosting a food and craft market with live entertainment from June 11th until September 24th. For more information, check Dublin Market Events Facebook page.

Listowel International Storytelling Festival

Date: September 15th to 18th

The 4th annual Listowel International Storytelling Festival takes place at Kerry Writers’ Museum and will feature a packed programme of events including storytelling sessions & workshops, story & history walks, children’s events and music sessions.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Fingal Festival of Children’s Literature

Fingal Festival of Children's Literature

Date: September 17th from 10am-4pm

Fingal Libraries will host the very first Fingal Festival of Children’s Literature – a celebration of children’s stories and books – at the unique venue of Swords Castle.

Meet bestselling authors, amazing illustrators, awesome artists, and see where your imagination can take you! And just like the Libraries, every event is free to the public.

For more information and to see the full programme of events, click here.

Restore My Dinosaur: Toy Upcycling Workshops

Date: September 17th from 12-2pm

Reinvent your toys into playful, kitsch coat racks, frames and wall art! These 30-minute workshops breathe new life into broken and unloved toys by reimagining them as playful room decorations.

Using a combination of cardboard, paint, fabric, plastic & wood, dinosaurs and your old toys will be restored and reinvented into new creations.

Workshops take place at the dlr’s pop-up shop at 213B George’s Street, Dún Laoghaire (next to the entrance to Dún Laoghaire Shopping Centre) at 12pm, 12.45 and 1.15pm. Suitable for all ages.

Booking in advance is required. For more information, click here.

Eat the Streets! Festival at NMI Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks

eat the streets for what's on

Date: September 17th from 12-5pm

Dublin City Council will be hosting the ‘Eat the Streets!’ Festival at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. The festival is taking place as part of Dublin Climate Action Week 2022.

There will be free workshops for children and the young at heart. You can learn how to pickle vegetables, to chop like a chef and earn your knife licence, or how to turn food scraps into compost. Chefs will be ready to cook with you, and share their tips on climate action in the kitchen! You can also take part in a food-inspired treasure hunt that will take you through the halls of the museum.

A series of After-Lunch Chats will be hosted to share ideas and talk about how food can be a solution to climate change, and of course delicious food and fun entertainment for all.

The festival is free to attend, no booking required. For more information, click here.

Climate Action ‘Swap Shop’

Date: September 17th from 10am-12pm

Trade your unloved toys, clothes and curiosities in this inter-generational Swap Shop!

This Climate Action Week 2022, dlr have teamed up with ReCreate, The Creative Reuse Company, to host a swap shop for all ages. Be part of the circular economy, by trading your unloved, quality items in exchange for new reuse treasures. Clothes and toys are not the only currency in Small Swaps, your best reuse ideas are just as valuable, so add them into our Creative Reuse Toolbox in exchange for Small Swap items.

Textile artist Katie Hanlon will host the Fix & Twist clothes repair corner, adding an unusual twist to repair with reuse crochet patches. Katie will provide hands-on guidance on how to upcycle your duds into glad rags! Small Swaps will also feature some creative reuse Green Games to help inspire your best reuse toolbox ideas.

No registration needed, just drop in to the Council’s Pop-Up Shop at 213B George’s Street, Dún Laoghaire between 10am and 12pm (located next to the entrance to Dún Laoghaire Shopping Centre).

Climate Festival at Tymon Park, Dublin

Date: September 17th from 11am-4pm

There will something for everyone at the Climate Festival in Tymon Park:

  • The Stop Food Waste team will be there to talk about how reducing your food waste can reduce your impact on the climate.
  • The Recreate team will be designing creative circular solutions to help offset climate change.
  • Dale Treadwell will take you on an exploration of the local biodiversity around the festival, and the reasons to keep nature healthy in the face of climate change impacts.
  • Plus, many more including the South Dublin County Council Climate Action Team, ESB e-bikes, and RecycleIT.

The event is free to attend, no booking required.

Geodesign Games for Families: Minecraft and Flood Protection

Date: September 17th

We need your help to fight climate change! Join in this online Minecraft workshop to design environmentally-friendly ways to protect our homes and improve your local area.

Suitable for ages 10+. Minecraft experts and newbies all welcome.

This event for Climate Action Week 2022 is hosted by University College Dublin and will take place online. Saul Crowley, research scientist in the Spatial Dynamics Lab at UCD, will be speaking on the day.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Comic Con Northern Ireland

Comic Con Northern Ireland

Date: September 17th and 18th

The first Comic Con Northern Ireland promises to be an event to remember for comic, tv, and film culture fans across the globe with a fantastic guest line-up including:

  • Originals, Vampire Diaries, and Legacies stars Candice King, Daniel Gillies, Michael Trevino, and Michael Malarky
  • Sons of Anarchy stars Kim Coates and Mark Boone Jr
  • The Walking Dead stars Chandler Riggs, Steven Ogg, and Katelyn Nacon
  • Gotham stars Robin Lord Taylor, Cameron Monaghan, and David Mazouz
  • Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick
  • Lucifer stars Aimee Garcia, DB Woodside, and Lesley Ann Brandt
  • Impractical Joker James Murray
  • Battlestar Galactica and A-Team legend Dirk Benedict
  • Gremlins star Zach Galligan
  • Fresh Prince star Karyn Parsons
  • and many more!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Glencullen Family Fun Day

Date: September 18th

Spend time in the outdoors at Glencullen Adventure Park playing with your children and experiencing new things.

This Forest Fun activity includes introduction to tools, cooking on the fire, craft and all the Forest School activities of mud kitchen, swings, hammocks, den building and nature appreciation.

Under 5s welcome for this event with a parent. Under 2s free.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Family Tours at the National Gallery of Ireland

Date: Every Sunday at 12.30pm

Visit the National Gallery of Ireland for a free tour of the collection each Sunday, tailored to engage young visitors and their families.

For more information, click here.

Culture Night: Highlight Tour of the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology

Ardagh Challice and Tara Broches NMI National Musuem of Ireland Archaeology

Date: September 23rd at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm

This Culture Night, visit the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology after dark and look upon some of our national treasures. Join in this tour and discover what life was like from Stone Age to Medieval Ireland. Learn about striking ground stone axes from the Neolithic, gold objects from the Bronze Age and iconic Early Medieval treasures of the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice.

Free admission and no booking required. Places allocated on a first come, first served basis. Meet at the beginning of the Prehistoric Ireland Exhibition, on the ground floor.

Wheelchair accessible. Suitable for families with children aged 8+

Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinic

Culture Night 2021

Date: September 23rd from 4-8pm

Are you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Then pop into the Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinic at St Andrew’s Street Post Office, Dublin 2.

Young readers and their families are invited to drop in for an informal consultation with one of Children’s Books Ireland’s friendly Book Doctors, who are ready to offer the best advice for young readers. The consultation begins with some questions about books the young reader previously read, as well as activities, movies, TV shows and video games they enjoy. This lets the Book Doctor know a little bit more about the patient so they can write a book prescription, which is a personalised list of books recommended for the individual patient. Every patient leaves the Book Clinic with a book prescription to take to their local library or bookshop to have filled.

No booking is required. For more information, click here.

Junior Explorer at the GAA Museum

croke park

Date: September 23rd from 4-9pm

Join in this Culture Night for Junior Explorer Night at the GAA Museum at Croke Park. Younger visitors are encouraged to take a Junior Explorer passport and find the answers to the questions amidst the museum’s exhibitions. Learn about the evolution of the GAA and see some awesome objects along the way! There will also be pop-up workshops, colouring Cú Chulainn’s Den and pitch viewings.

Booking is essential and will open on 1 September. For more information and to book, click here.

Cashel Comhaltas Music Seisiun

culture night 2022

Date: September 23rd from 4-8pm

Craobh Caiseal Mumhan CCÉ will hold a cultural evening in the Brú Ború Cultural Centre, Cashel, Co Tipperary for Culture Night 2022. Weather permitting, the evening’s proceedings will get under way with a music seisiún in the grounds of the cultural centre in the shadow of the ancient Rock of Cashel. The evenings events will then continue in the Teach Ceoil and will include traditional music, song and dance. Visitors will get the opportunity to take part and demonstrate their own talents while also getting the opportunity to learn about our rich cultural traditions.

All are welcome to this night of culture and fun and refreshments will also be provided on the night.

No booking is required. For more information, click here.

Culture Night 2022

There are dozens of fun family-friendly events for Culture Night 2022 taking place around the country on September 23rd, ranging from pottery, painting and performances to drumming, drawing and dancing!

50th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships at Birr Castle

Ballooning Championships for what's on in ireland

Dates: September 24th to 30th

Birr Castle Demesne in Offaly will play host to the 50th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships 2022 in September. Over the course of several days, Birr Castle Demesne will be open for the public to view a number of flights, depending on weather.

Prebooking is essential for this fully ticketed event. Tickets cost €6 per person for ages 4 upwards (under 3s free).

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Athlone Brick Show

What's on in Ireland

Date: September 25th at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm

Brick Shows bring to life the world of LEGO with huge custom made models, dioramas and MOCs made by LEGO enthusiasts. These cover a range of the favourite LEGO themes, including LEGO City, Star Wars, Ninjago, Technic and Castle to name but a few.

Brick Shows are targeted at children aged 4-12 years. Activities include:

  • a LEGO ‘free play’ area for children to sit/stand and play. Due to covid this is at tables and not in brick pits.
  • Free speed-build competitions with a small prize given for each winner and the fastest overall in each age category at the end of the day win a set. The age categories are: under 6s; age 7-8; age 9-11; age 12 and over.
  • Colouring table for younger kids.
  • Duplo play area for younger kids.
  • Treasure hunt for everyone, featuring 12 questions based on the models on display, prizes given for the winner drawn at each time slot.
  • Vendors selling LEGO mini figures and merchandise.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

The Speks

Date: September 25th at 2pm

The Speks are coming to Glór Ennis presenting a lively show of nursery rhymes and sing-along songs set to acoustic Irish music which will have adults and kids jumping in their seats! Their hand-clapping, toe-tapping, hearty-laughing show is all about life on Glasses Island – a magical island off the coast of Co. Clare where everybody wears glasses!

The Speks have won a Parents’ Choice music award in the US where their music has been described as “Riverdance for kids” and they encourage everyone to sing, scream, clap and dance along during their performances. This will be a great, fun event for kids aged 2 to 92!

Band members are Tommo on bass and vocals, Ed on guitar and vocals, Rafferty on banjo and vocals, Pete on accordion and vocals, Naymon on fiddle and vocals, and Quince on flute and vocals.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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Grand Soft Day

Date: 28 Sep – 2 Oct 2022

The Ark and Dublin Theatre Festival present Grand Soft Day, a show of all seasons.

Splashing in puddles, wind whipping your hair, crunching frost under your feet, and rain dripping on your nose, now that’s a grand soft day. A playful show about always being prepared even though you do not know what the day will bring.

Commissioned by The Ark, Grand Soft Day is a predominantly non-verbal piece that combines physical storytelling, live music and colourful wellies performed by Greg Hall, Helen Gregg, Jonathan Gunning and Linda Scaramella.

An international co-production from the award winning teams of Branar and New International Encounter this curious and charming new show is for young children aged 2 – 6 years. Duration 45 mins.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

The Glasshouse

The Glasshouse Draiocht

Date: October 13th and 14th

A ballet by Róisín Whelan for young people. An earnest young person is determined to keep their last plant alive as the city’s smoke and fumes engulf the world’s greenery. Along the way friendships are made with unlikely characters and adventures are had on a mission to keep the world turning.

This compelling dance show is about the courage of the human spirit, friendship and life’s determination to survive. Audiences will journey through a tale of transformation and growth and how important it is to take care of things that are precious.

Ballet Ireland’s The Glasshouse by Róisín Whelan is a feast for the eyes and the senses. With moments of suspense and joy, exhilarating dancing and a magical original score, The Glasshouse will enthral children and families alike.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Galway

Dates: October 14th to 23rd

Baboró aims to inspire children to engage with the world through their experience of the creative arts. To create spaces where children can deepen their understanding of themselves, the perspectives of others and the world around them.

Events take place over two weeks, creating a moment in the year where children are put first as the doors of Galway’s theatres, galleries and public spaces are thrown open for their exploration and play.

Expect workshops and events centred around dance, theatre, visual arts, sensory experiences, music, literature, storytelling, and even circus skills!

To see the full festival programme and to book tickets, click here.

Dublin Brick Con

Dublin Brick Con

Date: October 15th and 16th

Dublin Brick Con is the biggest showcase of LEGO ever seen in the country, and will take place in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght.

The event features over 1,600 sqm of Ireland’s biggest & best custom models with over 1 million bricks, fun activities, special guests and more! There are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy, including:

  • Lego Play Areas
  • Duplo Play Area
  • Face Painting
  • Speed building Competitions
  • Master Builder Competitions
  • Lego Colouring Area
  • Minifigure Hunts
  • LEGO Wordsearch
  • Meet & Greets
  • Vendors
  • Customs models from Europe’s best builders
  • See your favourite LEGO sets, vintage and new
  • LEGO themed carnival games

Let yourself get carried away by history with a minifig scale version of Trim Castle featuring almost 1,000 LEGO knights! This is truly Ireland’s largest LEGO castle. You’ll also have a chance to see the Easter Rising unfolding brick by brick for the first time ever!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Halloween at the Irish Agricultural Museum, Johnstown Castle Estate, Wexford

Dates: October 29th to 31st from 10am-4pm

Halloween has its roots firmly planted in Celtic tradition and Irish folklore, so to tie in with its Irish heritage this Halloween event will take place in the Irish Agricultural Museum.

Join some creepy characters as you follow the witches trail around the museum finding the clues to solve the mystery. Each guest will receive a Halloween treat and enjoy some Halloween fun along the way.

The Halloween trail is aimed at family groups and is not intended to have a high scare factor – just lots of fun!

Dressing in costume is highly recommended!

For more information, click here.

Hullabaloo! Children’s Arts Festival, Offaly

hullabaloo arts festival

Dates: November 2nd to 5th

Hullabaloo 2022 Festival workshops and family performances will take place in Birr, Clara, Edenderry and more during the Festival dates.

Children and families can enjoy art, storytelling, animation, film, musical theatre, dance, paper folding, craft and much, much more!

To see the full festival programme and to book tickets, click here.

Mayo Dark Sky Festival

Dates: November 4-6th

County Mayo has pristine skies for stargazing. Apart from minimising the effects of light pollution, dark sky places offer protection to wildlife and the environment – many insects, birds and mammals rely on darkness at night to function properly.

During the Festival, there are talks, workshops and stargazing in Newport, Mulranny and Ballycroy.

For more information, click here.

Kellogg’s Skyline Croke Park at Dusk Tours

Date: Fridays and Saturdays from 19th November 4.30pm

Take in the sights of Dublin and see the capital move from twilight to darkness on the Kellogg’s Skyline Croke Park at Dusk Tour on the rooftop of Croke Park – 44 metres above the city. The Dusk tour gives visitors the opportunity to see the glow of Dublin’s lights as tour guides treat you to tales from the city’s rich history and tell some local winter stories all while enjoying the great outdoors.

Once again, the GAA Museum has teamed up with The Croke Park Hotel to make your winter visit even more special. Ticket prices include a complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soft drink, beer or glass of wine in the hotel’s Sideline Bistro & Bar where you can relax after seeing the sights. Tickets are limited and must be booked in advance.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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