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

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May 1, 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: May 2022

Drogheda Arts Festival

Date: April 28th to May 2nd

This year #DAF22 will bring national and international in-door, out-door and site-specific performances, along with visual arts exhibitions, music, spoken word, theatre, literature, circus, spectacle, street and family shows and workshops.

For more information, click here.

Riverfest, Limerick

Riverfest for What's on in Ireland

Date: April 29th to May 2nd

The banks of the Shannon will be the epicentre of this major festival as thousands are expected to flock to Limerick to take part in the festivities and soak up the atmosphere.

Highlights will include a Limerick scavenger hunt, BBQ on the Boardwalk, Great Limerick Run, Party in the Park, fireworks and more.

For more information, click here.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Van Gogh Immersive Experience

Date: From May 2022

Have you ever dreamy of stepping into a painting? Now you can at Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition in Dublin – awarded Best 2021 Immersive Experience by USA Today.

This 20,000 square foot light and sound spectacular features two-story projections of the artist’s most compelling works. Encounter the brilliance of one of history’s greatest artists in 360 degrees.

In addition to a spacious central area where Van Gogh’s works stretch floor-to-ceiling, the experience includes separate galleries that chronicle his life, technique, and influence thru informative panels, larger than life re-creations and engaging interactives. There is even a surprise at the end for young artists!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Sunday Sketching at Hugh Lane Gallery

Date: Sundays from 3-4pm

During these free family-friendly sketching workshops with professional artists from the gallery’s artist panel, explore and respond together to the collection and temporary exhibitions through discussion and drawing.

Bring your own sketchbook along or avail of the drawing materials provided. No booking required, although numbers may be limited.

Suited for ages 6-12 years. Parents stay with their children and are welcome to participate. For more information, click here.

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Trading Faces Film School, Galway

Trading Faces Film School Galway

Date: From May 7th to June 25th 2022

Trading Faces Film School is the perfect introductory course for children and teens aged 6+ to get a practical, hands on experience of film making. From brainstorming with a cast to choose a plot and theme, to working in front and behind the camera, participants collaborate to create, film and produce a short film which will be entered into a Film Festival.

Participants will learn many techniques along the way, while having lots of fun!

For more information and to book your place, click here. or call Claire on 085 1017766

Trading Faces Galway – Acting for Stage for Teens

Date: From May 7th to June 25th 2022

Have you ever dreamed of performing to a live audience at the theatre? Trading Faces Acting For Stage For Teens gives you the opportunity to do just that. This year students will perform Pride and Prejudice in The Taibhdhearc Theatre, Galway. Along the way they will learn everything from how to approach a script to acting techniques and vocal projection as they embark on their journey from page to stage!

For more information and to book your place, click here. or call Claire on 085 1017766

TikTok O’Clock Dance Workshops

TikTok workshop for what's on

Date: May 8th and 15th

TikTok O’Clock : A series of free dance workshops for pre- teens and teenagers will be held in the studio at The Civic, Tallaght. Workshops include:

  • Learn fancy footwork and new fresh dance moves.
  • Find out how to make your TikTok videos look impressive and get your dance posted on The Civic’s social media channels!
  • Have your content appear in a TikTok projection as part of Culture Night, 2022!

Dancer and filmmaker Matt Szczerek will teach you new ways of presenting dance online and share his approach to creating choreography. Learn elements of juggling, hip hop dance and illusion. Experience cutting edge immersive technology and explore how dance is embracing the Metaverse. Your TikTok films will be edited together to make one EPIC film that will be screened as part of Culture Night 2022.

Suitable for ages 10-16+

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Magic Goes Wrong

What's on in Ireland

Date: May 10-14th

Back with their biggest comedy catastrophe to date, multi award-winning Mischief (The Play That Goes Wrong, BBC One’s The Goes Wrong Show) return to the stage with their hilarious new show created with magic legends, Penn & Teller.

A hapless gang of magicians are staging an evening of grand illusion to raise cash for charity. But as the magic turns to mayhem, accidents spiral out of control and so does their fundraising target!

Suitable for ages 11+. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

The Toddler Take Over 2022

Date: May 12th

Celebrate the limitless imagination of the very young child and the magic that happens when it is combined with the world of artists and the arts. With a combination of book-in and free drop-in events, and the very special addition of a Sensory Toddler Day, children are invited to explore at Draiocht’s 7th Toddler Take Over.

For this one day, Draíocht transforms into a big space for adventure through story, visual arts and music for the very young. Children are invited to bring their insatiable curiosity and their adults to explore, discover new art forms, create, play, dance, draw, sing and nurture creative potential, while having fun too.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Guided Bee Walk at Johnstown Castle

What's on Johnstown Castle

Dates: May 20th

Celebrate the wonderful world of bees on Friday May 20th for ‘World Bee Day’. Hosted during National Biodiversity Week, this guided walk and talk will be led by Property Curator Matt Wheeler and wildlife expert Harm Deenen. You will learn all about the Johnstown apiary and the wild honeybees that inhabit the Estate, as well as more unusual types of bee which are also important for pollination.

The walks take place at 11am and 2pm and places must be booked in advance.

For more information and to book a place, click here.

Little Artists’ Club

Little Artists Club

Date: Saturdays at 10am

Little Artist Club at Wexford Arts Centre is back! The new classes for 4-7 year olds will be bursting with activities to inspire your little artist.

Classes will keep young minds engaged and little hands busy as they work with glitter and glue, pom-poms and feathers, coloured papers and shapes – all materials children love to work with. In a fun environment, the activities will encourage children’s creativity whilst developing their fine motor skills.

For more information and to book a class, click here.

Saturday Art Club

What's on in Ireland

Date: Saturdays at 11.30am

Saturday Art Club at Wexford Arts Centre gives older children (aged 7-11 years) the opportunity to learn about the technical aspects of art-making while working with a team of professional artists.

This season children will paint, draw and create mixed media pieces. Taking a close look at the work of famous artists, children will discover what the artists made and how they worked; taking inspiration to create their own pieces in response.

For more information and to book a class, click here.

Make Your Own Swift Box at Rediscovery Centre

national biodiversity week events

Dates: May 21st at 10.30am and 2.30pm

Swift populations have declined in recent years and this is attributed to the loss of natural breeding sites. Swift boxes give the birds a safe place to breed. During this workshop, Nessa Doran O’Reilly, programme manager at Rediscover Furniture, will help you and your child assemble a Swift box.

Working as a team you will learn how to use a marking gauge, how to glue and pin, and also how to pilot drill and screw your nest boxes together ready to be brought home. All tools and materials will be supplied.

This event is taking place for Biodiversity Week and it is kindly supported by the Irish Environmental Network. Suitable for ages 8+

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Biodiversity Workshop for Kids – Nature Explorers

biodiversity workshop for kids

Dates: May 21st at 11am and 2.30pm

Explore urban wildlife in the Rediscover Centre pond and garden, doing a range of fun hands-on activities such as pond-dipping and bug hunting. Children will learn about food chains and food webs, Irish ecosystems and how small daily actions can help promote and conserve our natural environment. Suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

World Bee Day at Solas Eco Garden Centre, Portlaoise

Date: May 21st

Solas Eco Garden Centre are celebrating World Bee Day with lots of buzzing events and workshops, including:

  • Bee Friendly Planter Workshop at 12pm (€15, booking required)
  • Bee children’s craft and face painting from 12pm
  • All about Bees and Bee Keeping with expert Beekeepers Roger and Angela at 2pm (adults €5, children free, booking required)
  • Buzzing tunes from the DJ from 2pm

For more information, click here.

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Dublin Wizard Con

Date: May 21st and 22nd

Dublin Wizard Con is a fan made, fan focused event geared to connecting wizards through magical, interactive activities all housed in Dublin’s famous RDS venue.

Tickets include exclusive access to all activities and entertainment, such as:

  • Treasure hunts and wizard bingo
  • Meeting the owls and magical creatures
  • Talks and panels
  • Broom Rodeo, Quiddich demonstrations and Wizard carnival games
  • Forbidden Forest Walk through
  • Interactive games, photo props and sets
  • and more!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Tinier Tots: Mertots at EPIC

Date: May 21st

Join in for a new monthly Tinier Tots class, suitable for ages 3 and under.

This month, meet infamous Irish pirate queen Anne Bonny and adventure across the seven seas in this sensory exploration session. Create sea pictures using tiny hands and feet which you can take away with you to frame; explore the feeling of shells, sea and sand; and sing songs and tell tales about sailors, pirates and mermaids.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Tiny Tots: Anne Bonny’s Pirate Adventure at EPIC

Date: May 21st

Join monthly Tiny Tots, where you’ll meet infamous Irish pirate queen Anne Bonny and adventure across the seven seas in this original interactive storytelling session suitable for ages 3-6 years old.

You and your tot will sing songs, draw pictures and meet a whole host of characters including the Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship, victorious Vikings, the nautical navy and a singing submarine. Can you and your tot find the hidden treasure and evade capture by the British Navy?

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Explorer’s Club: Pirates at EPIC

What's on in Ireland

Date: May 21st

Do you have a mini-explorer at home? Join the monthly EPIC Explorers Club for ages 6-12 years old, where history is brought to life through fun interactive crafts and games.

This month, be immersed in historical tales all about Irish pirates. Hear about how a Wexford man inspired the legend of Zorro, discover the Irish pirate that appears in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, and learn why Cromwell used pirates as a reason to invade Ireland. Then go on a treasure hunt, and make your very own pirate hats to take home!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Family Screening: The Aristocats at Riverbank Arts Centre

Date: May 21st

In Paris in 1910, millionairess Madame Bonfamille, wills her fortune to her cat Duchess and her three kittens, Marie, Toulouse and Berlioz. Edgar, the butler has other plans, but with the help of O”Malley, an adventurous alley-cat, the ”Aristocats” are restored to their rightful place.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Fidget Feet: Family Fun Day

What's on in Ireland

Date: May 21st

Fidget Feet Family Fun Day will take place in the People’s Park from 11am-4pm as part of the Future Limerick Festival. The day will be packed with fun for all the family, featuring aerial performances from Fidget Feet as well as children’s games, face painting, installations and arts & crafts stations. There will also be a kids’ drumming workshop, circus performances, stilt walkers and a clothes swap: visitors of all ages are invited to bring unwanted clothes and take home something nice. All are welcome, entry is free.

For more information, click here.

Art Bot Workshop, Hugh Lane

Date: May 21st

For National Drawing Day, Hugh Lane Gallery invites you to work with professional artist Megan Scott in a technology and art based workshop for 7-10 year olds. In this workshop, you will create your own robot – that can draw!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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Biodiversity Workshop for Kids, Kilkenny Castle

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Date: May 22nd

Dale Treadwell of Naturally Wild will be bringing his 5 B’s of Biodiversity workshops to Kilkenny Castle for Biodiversity Week on Sunday 22 May. Dale is well known for his stints on RTE jnr television and will bring with him stories of the Wild, fun filled games and activities, bug hunts, how to make a solitary Bee Hotel and more. Fun for young and the young at heart.

These are outdoor events and suitable for children age 5 to 12 years. Outdoor clothing and footwear required.

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.

Pedalpalooza

Pedalpalooza

Date: May 22nd

Pedalpalooza is DCC’s flagship event for Bike Week. It’s a family-friendly cycling for all bike festival taking place in Fairview Park from 12-4pm.

Pedalpalooza aims to celebrate and promote the benefits of cycling through workshops, guided cycles and fun activities. A wide range of activities, suitable for all ages and abilities, will be held in the park to get people moving and to promote a more sustainable urban mobility culture, such as e-bike and cargo bike demos, information tents, children’s workshops, bike maintenance workshops, and much more!

For more information, click here.

Limerick Brick Show

What's on in Ireland

Date: May 22nd 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.

Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever

Peppa Pig's best day ever for what's on

Date: May 28th and 29th

Get ready for a road-trip full of fun adventures. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice creams to muddy puddles – there is something for all of the family and their friends to enjoy, including Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull, Suzy Sheep, Gerald Giraffe and more!

Prepare for the brand new Peppa Pig live show at 3Olympia packed full of songs, games and laughter…it really is the best day ever for Peppa Pig fans!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Histrionix at Smock Alley Theatre

Date: May 28th and 29th

Histrionix is a fun-filled comedy show for younger audiences featuring true stories from history and absolute nonsense made up on the spot. Our young historians have researched fascinating tales from the past to tell to the audience. Meanwhile our adult improvisers have never heard the stories before but they’ll be doing their best to recreate what happened. Things will go wrong, mistakes will get exaggerated and imagination will take flight.

This show is a fun, free-wheeling comedy which leaves the audience both more and less informed about the past.

Recommended for ages 9-12yrs. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Barretstown Dublin Mountain Challenge

Barretstown Dublin Mountain Challenge for What's on in Ireland

Image: Tadhg Beirne with Barretstown campers, Luke (13) and Michael (15) Collins from County Clare

Date: May 29th

Join Irish rugby star Tadhg Beirne and sign-up for the Barretstown Dublin Mountains Challenge and help raise vital funds for Barretstown, the children’s charity that offers free, specially designed camps and programmes for children and their families living with serious illness.

The annual Barretstown Dublin Mountains Challenge is a 30km sponsored hike along the beautiful Dublin Mountains Way.

For more information or to register for the event, visit www.barretstown.org/dmc  or contact [email protected].

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Upcoming Events

Bord Bia Bloom

Bord Bia Bloom for what's on

Date: June 2nd to 6th

Ireland’s favourite gardening and lifestyle festival, Bord Bia Bloom, is returning to the Phoenix Park, Dublin.. Now in its 16th year, the festival returns to a physical event following two successful virtual #BloomAtHome events.

The festival is the perfect opportunity for the public to experience the very best of Irish horticulture, food and drink directly from world-class designers, suppliers and growers, as well as engage with important topics like sustainability, biodiversity, and mental health through beautiful floral design, expert talks and family-friendly exhibits.

Discounted early bird tickets are available to buy from bordbiabloom.com until March 27th – and don’t forget, two children under 16 can attend for free with each ticket!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Still Here at The Civic

What's on in Ireland

Date: June 3rd and 4th

A wordless physical theatre piece with a unique musical score played live on baroque guitars, Still Here is a quirky playful exploration of the journey from restriction, suspicion and fear to collaboration and celebration, gently exploring some of the feelings of the last couple of years and our changing times.

Presented as part of the 2022 Network For Extraordinary Audiences programme and funded by Arts Council of Ireland, Still Here was originally commissioned by South County Dublin Arts Office & Ruaille Buaille Children’s Festival.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Family Drumming Workshop at Riverbank Art Centre

Date: June 4th

An intergenerational workshop for families at Riverbank Arts Centre –  come and enjoy the energy of group drumming in a friendly environment with Jabba Jabba Jembe.

This interactive workshop encourages all ages to learn and play a vast range of Drums and Percussion instruments. Learn about the origins of the instruments, how to play rhythms with your body and voice, discover rhythms from across the globe.

Jabba Jabbe Jembe has been providing workshops to people of all ages, creating a unique learning environment. Playing rhythms in a group environment is a fantastic introduction to creative music making for young and old.

All instruments are supplied for this event and no previous experience is needed to enjoy this event

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Still Moving – Early Years Dance Workshop

What's on in Ireland

Date: June 10th

This Cruinniú na nÓg, join Monica Muñoz at The Ark for an early years dance workshop for children aged 2-4 years.

This fun and interactive dance and movement workshop is full of physical games specially designed for parents and children to move and play together. From low on the floor to high in the air, from boogie time to cuddle time…this workshop explores how you can spice up everyday games and physical interaction with your little ones.

This workshop makes it easy to move and play together and helps to develop a child motor’s skills, discover physical possibilities and build mutual trust. This special workshop will feature live music from a percussionist drummer!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

West Waterford Festival of Food

West WAterford Festival of Food

Dates: June 10th to 12th

One of Ireland’s biggest food festivals, the West Waterford Festival of Food returns with almost 100 events, both free and ticketed.

Highlights include the Long Table Feast by Paul Flynn and Greg Harris while Tom Walsh cooks at Woodhouse Estate and The Old Bank’s David Larkin joins Luis Martin for a tasting menu. There’s a FoodCloud and GIY supper, Dungarvan Brewing Company welcomes Lily Ramirez-Foran and Anthony O’Toole and Sunday lunch at Dromana House by Colin Hennessy.

Old favourites return with the Market and demos in the Taste Waterford marquee, the Flahavan’s Greenway Breakfast, the Bake-Off, Afternoon Tea at Salterbridge House, a BBQ at Comeragh Pods, blind food and cocktail tasting and Bus Bia Tours.

For young foodies, there’s the Glanbia Fun Zone, farm trips, yoga sessions, treasure hunt and picnic, sensory cooking and reducing food waste workshops.

For further information, click here.

Monster Doodle Workshop at Riverbank Art Centre

What's on in Ireland

Date: June 11th

Join the Doodle Doctor in making a massive Monster Doodle! What kind of monster do you imagine? Are they friendly or scary? How many eyes so they have? How many tongues? Noses?!

The Doodle Doctor will be on-hand to help you take part in a massive collaborative drawing on a giant piece of paper. Grab some colours and join in! You’ll have as much space as you want to let your imagination run wild!

Monster doodle sessions take place at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm – FREE, but booking advised!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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Tír na nÓg at dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum

Date: June 11-19th

“There are two sides to every story, even those from days of old”.  We all know the classic tale of Oisín in Tír na nÓg, but what about Niamh?

Tír na nÓg is a new bilingual musical by Shauna Carrick with additional music by Aidan Byrne. It flips the well-known story on its head, bringing Niamh Cinn Óir into the spotlight to tell her version of events.

The story of Tír na nÓg is a popular Irish folk tale which tells the story of Oisín, a brave warrior and Niamh Cinn Óir, the princess of Tír na nÓg. In the traditional tale, Niamh is seen as a magical fairy-like woman who appears to Oisín from across a lake on the back of a white horse. She brings him back with her to the land of Tír na nÓg, where everyone is always happy and no one ever dies, to be her husband.

Suitable for ages 7+. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Gangsta Granny

Date: June 15-19th

From the acclaimed producers of Billionaire Boy and Awful Auntie, Birmingham Stage Company, comes the award-winning West End production of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children.

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny. There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

School of Rock

Date: June 21st to July 2nd

Get ready to stick it to the man Dublin, because Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End and Broadway hit musical School of Rock is coming to rock out at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre!

School of Rock is the global hit musical based on the iconic movie starring Jack Black. Wannabe rock star Dewey Finn is cast out by his dive-bar bandmates and finds himself in desperate need of cash. Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite prep school, he exposes his students to the rock gods he idolises, transforming them into a mind-blowing rock band.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Cork Carnival of Science

Cork carnival of science for what's on

Date: June 22nd and 23rd

Cork Carnival of Science at Fitzgerald Park features non-stop, free family-friendly experiments, interactive activities, garden games, street cuisine and a packed line-up of live demonstrations, big top shows, hands on workshops and entertainment.

Activities will include making slime, meeting live zoo animals, checking out the inner workings of robots, extracting DNA, and plenty more.

For more information, click here.

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

Date: June 24th to 26th

Ireland’s number one music and arts camping festival for families and friends is returning to Russborough House, Wicklow.

Kaleidoscope is about the family unit, family experiences and family moments. It offers a wide programme which appeals to all ages, interests and abilities.

The music programme encompasses across three stages, The Main Stage, Zozimus Stage and Jerry Fish Electric Show which celebrated credible Irish and international talent such as Imelda May, Tom Odell and BellX1.

A strong emphasis is placed on ease of access for families throughout the festival and creating a safe environment where the family can be entertained together.

For more information, click here.

Cinderella at Powerscourt Gardens

What's on in Ireland

Dates: June 25th

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Cinderella in the magical surroundings of Powerscourt Gardens.

In an enchanted kingdom in a faraway land magical creatures and fairy godmothers come together to tell the best loved of all fairytales. Full of song, mirth, and joy for the summer ahead, see Cinderella’s journey of a lifetime to a magical ball where nearly anything is possible, especially if it is before midnight.

Family and friends are welcome to picnic in the grounds, and children old and young are invited to dress in their favourite fairy tale characters and join for the midsummer ball dance.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Fairy Fest at Fota House

Dates: June 25-26th

Join the WonderWorld Fairies plus Friends at Fota House for a fairy fun filled day of magic and enchantment. There will be spellbinding activities for all, including:

  • Fairy Dance Performances
  • Disney Princess Sing a Longs
  • Interactive Theatre
  • Live Music
  • Fairy Facepainting
  • Magic Pixie Dust Creations
  • Fairy Yoga & Mindfulness
  • Exclusive WonderWorld Fairy Merchandise
  • Fairy Floss & Sweet Treats

This magical event is ideal for all the family to celebrate all things mystical!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Space Workshops for Kids at Rediscovery Centre

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Date: June 25th at 11am and 2.30pm

Join in for an out-of-this-world experience. The Space Explorers workshop at Rediscovery Centre investigates the universe, the origins of the solar system, its planets and moons and looks at space exploration. The workshop features fun hands-on activities including investigating meteor impacts, investigating solar eclipses and making rockets and space rovers. Suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Flavours of Fingal

Flavours of Fingal

Dates: July 2nd and 3rd

The Flavours of Fingal County Show is a two-day event jam-packed with events, combining the sights and sounds of an agricultural show with an unforgettable food and family fun experience, all taking place within the historic walled garden of Newbridge House, Donabate, County Dublin.

At Flavours there is something for everyone, from burger to vegan, artisan to sweet and much more inbetween. Take your pick from a wide variety of food stalls. There is also plenty for kids to do with bouncy castles, music, magic, story-telling, face painting, and lots more.

Just a stone’s throw from city life, the two-day event offers real value for money, unbeatable food and the ultimate farming experience for the whole family to enjoy.

Entry is free for those who walk, cycle, take public transport or use one of their free shuttle buses, more information on their website.

Causey Ice Cream Adventure

Causey Ice Cream Adventure

Dates: July 6th to August 28th

This year their theme for the Willow Trail will be Irish Foclóir stories. Listen to the myths and legends of Irish heroes’ including The Children of Lir, Fionn and the Salmon, Cú Chulainn & Oisín and Tír na nÓg to name but a few.

Their giant domino challenge has lots of extra dominos to captivate your young (and old) civil engineers. The pond is home to five giant swans (these have an extra charge) and you can pedal around the islands on them.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Date: July 8-10th

Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea comes to 3Olympia Theatre, Dublin, with 5 matinee performances on Friday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July.

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. Don’t miss this stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised!

Suitable for children aged 3+. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Gardening and Biodiversity Workshop for Kids at Rediscovery Centre

Date: July 16th at 11am and 2.30pm

Join in at the Rediscovery Centre for a Gardening and Biodiversity workshop for kids. Come and discover all the secrets of growing your own vegetables and herbs, explore the creatures inhabiting our garden and give us a hand in our own kitchen garden! Suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival, Wexford

Enniscorthy Rockin Food Festival

Dates: July 29th to August 1st

The Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival will be back in 2022. You can expect a brand-new, impressive schedule of chefs, producers and special guests in the FREE Food Marquee, an impressive artisan food market with over 50 of the best local and artisan vendors, a superlative international line-up of Rock ‘n’ Roll artists for free outdoor gigs, a jam-packed program of food and drink workshops, events and classes as well as lots of FREE and exceptional value packages for our younger festival goers!

Some events may need to be prebooked, programme details will be on their website.

The Big Grill Festival

The Big Grill Festival

Dates: August 11th to 14th

The Big Grill Festival takes place in Dublin’s Herbert Park and celebrates the art of cooking with fire and smoke!

Over 20 restaurants and 50 chefs and guests join for the weekend, with the only rule being they must cook with live fire using natural charcoal and wood only; no gas or electricity. Cue competitive fire pit builds in the lead up to the festival and plenty of theatre over the weekend!

For further information, click here.

Dublin Brick Show

What's on in Ireland

Date: August 27th at 1am, 12pm and 3pm (sensory session at 5pm); August 28th at 10am, 12pm and 2pm

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.

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.

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Published On: May 1st, 2022 / Categories: Ireland, Things To Do / Last Updated: May 25th, 2022 / Tags: , , , , /

About the Author: Michelle

Michelle is a Mum to 2 girls and co-founded Mykidstime.

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