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 April 2020
PLEASE NOTE: IN A BID TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID 19/ CORONAVIRUS, MANY EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED AROUND THE COUNTRY. SO PLEASE CHECK THE EVENT YOU WANT TO ATTEND IS TAKING PLACE BEOFRE TRAVELLING
If you are looking for alternative at home ideas we have a wealth of them in our for parents, school, lifestyle, food and recipes, entertainment & tech and things to do sections. And especially for Easter we have put together alternative Easter Fun Ideas
Bring Along A Baby at National Concert Hall, Dublin
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
Planet Science Kidz Easter Camp Lab at King John’s Castle, Limerick
Dates & Times: Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th April 2020, 12pm to 1pm
A fun lab coupled with amusing science facts that kids will love. Your children will learn about rocket fuel, liquids in nature with really low boiling points and of course get creative by making egg-slime and learning about polymers!
How to Book: Suitable for ages 5 to 12 years and can be booked in advance.
Winnie the Pooh Honey Pot Trail Adventure at Rathwood, Carlow
Dates & Times: Wednesday 15th April to Sunday 10th May
Meet Winnie the Pooh and friends on the Honey Pot Trail at Rathwood’s Fox’s Park and take a ride onboard the Rathwood Express. You can help Winnie feed the geese and enjoy a picnic with Winnie and his friends.
How To Book: Book your tickets in advance.
West Waterford Festival of Food
Dates: April 16th–19th 2020
The 13th annual West Waterford Festival of Food takes place from 16 – 19 April, with over 100 free and ticketed events. The 2020 theme will explore what it means to be sustainably Irish
The Festival Market will be Quayside on Saturday, April 18, with a programme of entertainment and food that celebrates Dungarvan’s marine heritage. The Festival Market will then travel to Grattan Square on Sunday, April 19 featuring over 100 local and artisan producers including the Food The Waterford Way’s Festival Demo Marquee.
For budding young foodies, there are over 40 family-friendly events this year including free Glanbia Family Fun Days; interactive workshops on healthy eating and cooking; and how to grow crops from seeds. There will be tips to reduce food waste by FoodCloud; biscuit baking classes; a teddy bears picnic; food treasure hunt; and family yoga sessions.
How to Book: For further information visit www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com
National Tourism Day Across Ireland
Date: Friday 17th April 2020
National Tourism Day takes place on 17th April with over a hundred attractions and venues, of all shapes and sizes across Ireland offering free places to the public. It’s the chance to get free entry to a variety of attractions, as well as highlighting interesting places you can visit in your county/province.
How to Book: Free entry but tickets must be pre-registered at www.tourismday.ie.
Fota House Plant & Garden Fair, Cork
Date & Time: Sunday 19th April, 11am to 4pm
A one stop shop for all gardening enthusiasts with over 50 specialist nurseries attending. Perfect for both novice and experienced gardeners. Visitors can also enjoy the beauty of Fota House gardens including the Victorian Working garden.
How to Book: Tickets €8 with part of the proceeds raised going to Marymount Hospice. Advance booking not required.
Wildmind Festival, Kerry
Dates: 24th to 26th April 2020
The Wildmind Festival which takes place in Fenit, Co. Kerry is a family focused festival on the theme of the welfare of the environment and our planet. The main ethos is to inform and empower people on environmental issues both local and international and how they can make a difference. There are lots of events happening throughout the weekend.
How To Book: More info on www.wildmind.ie
I AM BABA, glór Ennis
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.
Kids Arty Party, Tullamore Library, Offaly
Dates and Times: Last Saturday of Every Month @ 2-3pm
An arts & crafts party for 6-10 year olds. We will have a new theme for each party including Fairy Tales, Astronomy, Superheroes, Nature and much more!
How to Book: Free – all participants must have a valid library card. Booking is essential, contact 057 93 46832 or email [email protected] to reserve a place.
Retro Drive-In Movies Feel Good Movie Weekend, Lepoardstown Racecourse, Dublin
Dates & Times: Saturday 25th April 2020, 6pm and 9pm
Roll up for a family movie with a difference, you can watch it from your car! Pack the goodies and get over to Leopardstown Racecourse to see feelgood movies; ‘Airplane!’ at 6pm and ‘Rocketman’ at 9pm.
How to Book: Book tickets online
Save The Date – What’s On in Ireland
Towers & Tales: Lismore Story Festival at Lismore Castle Gardens, Waterford
Date & Times: Saturday May 2nd
Towers and Tales is a celebration of children’s books and stories with a full programme of events taking place throughout the day suitable for all ages.
How to Book: Many events are free. Full programme here.
Pop Up Movie Club: Peppa Pig, The Lion King & Mamma Mia at Fota House, Cork
Date & Times: Sunday May 3rd, 12pm (Peppa Pig), 3pm (The Lion King), 6.30pm (Mamma Mia). Times indicated are when the gates open, film begins 45 minutes after this time.
Enjoy a unique outdoor movie experience in the gardens at Fota House. Bring blankets, bean bags, deckchairs and a picnic and enjoy your favourite film. Popcorn and treats available too.
How To Book: Select the movie you wish to see and book online.
Dublin Brick Show
Dates and Times: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May 12-5pm
Dublin Brick Show takes place in the Conference Suite at the Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin. The show will have some amazing original models including Ireland and UK’s biggest Lego Death Star, Avengers tower and Kirwan castle (1.2 x 3m, over 200,000 pieces). Kids can also enjoy
- Free Lego play area
- Free face painting
- Free speed build and Master Builder competitions
- Treasure hunt
- Chill out and sensory areas
- Colouring table for younger kids.
How to Book: Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children) €38, Single adult ticket €13.50, Single child ticket (4-17) €9, Single toddler ticket (under 4) €2. Tickets are available online
Mr Stink Outdoor Theatre at Fota House, Cork
Date & Time: Saturday May 9th, 4.30pm – Cancelled
You are invited to celebrate Annabelle’s 10th birthday, hosted by Janet Crumb! Pack a picnic and chair and enjoy this outdoor show by Heartbreak Productions suitable for kids aged 7+
How to Book: Book online at fotahouse.com
Over to you now. If you are running a family event, you can list your event for free by registering here.