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

Michelle

July 29, 2021

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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: July/Aug 2021

Cork Puppetry Festival

Cork Puppetry Festival

Dates: July 29th to August 1st

Enjoy shows, workshops and cabaret for all ages at the Cork Puppetry Festival. Explore the craft of puppet making and manipulation, enjoy puppetry performances from some of Ireland and the UK’s most renowned acts.

For more information, click here.

Podcasting Workshop: Make Your Own Radio Show

Dates: July 30th at 11:30am

Have you ever dreamed of having your own podcast or radio show? Well here’s your chance to find your voice. During this workshop, you’ll be guided through it step-by-step, as you plan, produce and present your very own mini podcast.

This workshop is aimed at 9-12 year olds. Hosted by Central Library via Zoom and designed and delivered by Createschool.ie

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

Wearable Art: Online Visual Art Workshop

Dates: July 17th, 24th and 31st

Create wearable art from everyday STUFF you can find around the house in this exciting visual art workshop with artist Rhona Byrne.

Come and discover an array of different artists who make art that you can hold and wear! Be inspired by their work and get busy creating your own wearable art.

Suitable for children aged 8-12. Tickets cost €10 per child (20% off for members). For more information and to book tickets, visit www.theark.ie

Kids Art @StreatYard

StreatYard

Dates: July 17th, 24th, and 31st

Each child will paint their very own canvas, following a simple and fun step-by-step process. The session will take place in/outside The Artists Cabin @streatYard.

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

Storytime with Mr Read

Storytime with Mr Read

Dates: July 1st to 31st

Would you like a story that you wrote to be performed by an actor? Now is your chance. Clare Library has hired Mr. Read to read out stories written by the children of Clare on their YouTube channel.

All you have to do, is write a small story or poem. It doesn’t have to be long, or serious, or be about important things you hear about in the news. It just has to come from the FUNNEST place in your IMAGINATION!

This is not a competition and it is open to children aged 0-12 years. All stories will be performed on the @ClareLibrary YouTube channel in August.

To enter, drop your story into your nearest Clare library or email your story to [email protected] with “Mr Read” in the subject heading. The last date for entries is July 31st.

Toy Story Miniature Motors Exhibition

Dinky-Car-Exhibition Johnstown Castle

Dates: Throughout the Summer months

A must for toy lovers of all ages the Irish Agricultural Museum are delighted to showcase an exciting exhibition of over 600 model cars. Iconic names such as Dinky, Corgi and Matchbox are a significant part of the exhibition. The collection is complemented by a fascinating collection of vintage motoring memorabilia, garage pumps and equipment from the Museum’s extensive collection of transport related artefacts, long disappeared from forecourts, and other objects from a time when a car journey was still an adventure.

The exhibition comes as part of your general entry ticket. To find out more and to book click here.

Daily Guided Tours of the National Botanic Gardens

Guided tours National Botanic Gardens

Dates: Throughout July 2021

Walking through the Gardens in summertime when so many flowers are in bloom is a magnificent experience.

Join this popular guided tour and discover the most rare, iconic, helpful, environmentally vital, and quirkiest plants in the collection. Experienced guides will also tell you about the fascinating history and international significance of the National Botanic Gardens.

For more information and to book a guided tour, click here.

Greenway Day Out

Dates: June 30th to August 4th

Combine a visit to the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life with a scenic Greenway cycle for a great day out for all of the family.

The Castlebar to Turlough Greenway means Museum visitors can start their day with a cycle from Lough Lannagh, Castlebar, along a 10km, mainly off-road riverside route, all the way to the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life.

For more information, click here.

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Visit St Anne’s City Farm

Dates: August 3rd, 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 17th

St. Anne’s City Farm is a community lead city farm, run by volunteers, in St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5. Mornings on the farm are for visitors to come meet the animals, and there is a one-way system around the farm that allows you to meet all the animals.

It is free to visit the farm, however booking is essential and slots book up fast.

For more information or to register your interest, click here.

Find a Story Challenge

Dates: August 4th at 11am

Solve the clues in this online storytelling challenge with Sarah Tully, children’s performer, storyteller, artist and teacher.

Can you solve the clues, sing the songs, find some objects in your home and help Sarah create a unique story before the time runs out?  In this “treasure hunt” style event, children will answer clues, complete challenges and gather some items in their home in order to help her tell a story. But can you finish all the parts to the story before time runs out?

This event is suitable for children age 5-8 years and hosted by Inchicore Library via Zoom. Places are limited, so early booking is recommended. To register for tickets, click here.

Kids Art @StreatYard

StreatYard

Dates: August 7th and 14th

Each child will paint their very own canvas, following a simple and fun step-by-step process. The session will take place in/outside The Artists Cabin @streatYard.

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

Dublin Circus Project

Dates: August 7th, 14th and 19th

Let Dublin Circus Project knock you off your seat and tickle your funny bone with a pop up circus show. Dublin’s finest circus performers have been sewing costumes and practicing their tricks all lockdown and now they are rearing to show you what they’ve got!!

This family event is suitable for children 6-12 years. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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Sensory Storytelling

Sensory storytelling

Dates: August 11th at 12:30pm

Come along and experience a little journey and adventure through your imagination and senses.

Each family in attendance will receive a little pack of props containing things to see, feel, hear and smell, making this story one that can be experienced with both mind and body.

This event is suitable for 9-12 year olds. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

National Heritage Week 2021

Dates: August 14th to 24th

National Heritage Week 2021 may be a time for individuals or families to uncover their personal histories for the first time. Is there a tradition such as a song or craft that has been passed down through your family or community that you are curious about? Have you become more aware of nature in your locality? Heritage exploration opportunities are endless, no matter your interest.

On Wild Child Day, The Heritage Council encourages kids and families to drop the devices, jump off the couch and get outdoors to explore the heritage in their locality. This year’s Wild Child Day will take place on Wednesday, 18th August.

For more information, visit www.heritageweek.ie

The Big Dig

The Big Dig

Dates: August 15th

Visit Castle Park House for family fun and entertainment as part of Heritage Week 2021. Throughout the day, families can explore the past through the Viking House workshop and excavation, designed around children from 5-12 years of age.

This innovative product allows children to explore the Viking world through a simulated and controlled archaeology dig. Children have an opportunity to experience what it is like to be an archaeologist by learning how to excavate the remains of a Viking house. They will have an opportunity to dig for Viking treasures and artefacts dating back over 1000 years and learn about our Viking ancestors through the eyes of real archaeologists!

Places are limited so booking is advised. For more information, click here.

Children’s History Camp at 14 Henrietta Street

Dates: August 16th-17th or 23rd-24th

Join Dublin’s Historian-in-Residence for Children, Dervilia Roche, and Tour Guide, Justine Murphy, for an in-person two-day summer camp this August, exploring history through games and crafts in the historic setting of 14 Henrietta Street.

Learn about the different chapters of Dublin’s fascinating history, create your own artworks inspired by some of the subjects, and enjoy fun interactive games.

The summer camp is suitable for children aged 9 – 12 years old. Places are very limited, so advanced booking is advised.

Tickets cost €10 per child. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Live Online Workshop for Teens: Pop Art meets Ottoman Turkey

Image © Murat Palta

Dates: August 17th at 12pm

Meet artist Murat Palta to discover his artworks which are commentaries on popular culture, historical events and current affairs. Using art materials and a sense of humour, why not create your own response to contemporary culture in the style of 17th century Turkish painting?

For more information and to register for a place, visit www.chesterbeatty.ie

For Our World

Dates: Until August 23rd

This summer, SSE Airtricity and Dublin Zoo will bring the excitement of wildlife and conservation into homes nationwide with For Our World; a series of interactive and fun online learning adventures, featuring renowned wildlife photographer Mike Brown and the animals from Dublin Zoo.

Starting from mid-June, with new content added fortnightly until the end of August, the series will be packed full of unique facts and information about the animals at Dublin Zoo and the conservation programmes they support, as well as plenty of inspiration to explore Ireland’s natural world.

Throughout the For Our World series, wildlife photographer Mike Brown will set mini challenges that will get viewers to explore their local area and understand more about conservation and biodiversity.

For more information, click here.

Causey Ice Cream Adventure

Causey Farm ice cream adventure

Dates: Until August 29th

This year, the Causey Farm Ice Cream adventure will be extended with more challenges, a new Story Time Willow Walk, some potatoes to dig, and extra characters to meet. All the games, puzzles and animals – topped off with a delicious ice cream for everyone – will ensure a great summer day out for all!

All tickets must be pre-booked online at www.causey.ie/icecream

Fairy Trail: Of Fairies and Fairy Folk

Fairy Trail at NMI Country Life

Dates: June 30th to August 31st

Of Fairies and Fairy Folk is a new fairy trail at National Museum of Ireland – Country Life in Castlebar exploring fairy dwellings and tree folklore with artworks produced by local artists Carmel Balfe and Tom Meskell, of Wandering Lighthouse Artworks.

The trail delivers a timely message about sustainability and biodiversity and curious families of all ages can find out more about the native and introduced tree species dotted across the grounds of Turlough Park House, in our magical woodlands, wonderful waterways and beautifully restored gardens.

Entry is free. For more information, click here.

All-Ireland Ladybird Survey 2021

Dates: Ongoing

The All Ireland Ladybird online survey is part of a research project on “the status, threats, protection and conservation of ladybirds in Ireland”. The research project is managed by Fota Wildlife Park and University College Cork, and part of research towards a PhD degree. This project will help to discover the distribution of ladybirds in Ireland, and help to determine conservation plans for the future.

How can you help? First, download the Native Ladybirds of Ireland Sheet and the Harlequin Ladybird Identification Sheet. If you are in your garden, going for a walk or at work and you see a ladybird:

  • Leave it on the plant/place that you found it
  • Take a photo (very important as it helps to verify)
  • Make a note of where it is, date, time, description
  • Go to the biology.ie and record your sightings.

You can also record your ladybird find via the Irish Ladybird Survey app (free on Google Play) and get more information here.

Take the Trivia Trail at Lough Key Forest Park, Roscommon

Lough Key Trivia Trail things to do, what's on Ireland

Dates: When you visit

The next time you visit Lough Key Forest and Activity park families can enjoy The Lough Key Trivia Trail! Simply purchase your trivia pack from the info booth and get everything you need to decipher the clues and complete the trail.

How to Book: Simply purchase your trivia pack from the info booth and the family can enjoy hours of outdoor problem solving fun!

Relationships are Key: eLearning Parenting Course

Dates: Available now

A positive relationship with you will help your child to learn, make friends and contribute successfully to society. Would you like to learn more about getting the most out of your relationship with your child to benefit you, your family and your child?

Whether you are a new parent and or a parent that has been doing this for a while, the seven Relationships Are Key modules will support you to learn new techniques, tips and tricks to help enhance your relationship with your child. Completing the modules individually, on line, is particularly useful as you can dip in and out of the modules.

For more information and to register your place, click here.

Sport Ireland ‘Keep Well’ Video Series for Children with Autism

Dates: Available now

The Keep Well campaign is encouraging people to mind their physical and mental health and wellbeing by adding healthy habits to their routines.

Sport Ireland has produced this 6-part series of exercise videos, designed to focus in on movement patterns that are beneficial for development, combined with low and higher intensity exercises that use a similar pattern to aid learning.

The key focus is the development of gross motor skills to improve co-ordinated movement, core strength and balance.

The sessions can be done as week by week progressions or standalone sessions. You can do the exercises in your own space and at your own pace, by pausing and restarting the videos at a pace that works for you.

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Published On: July 29th, 2021 / Categories: Ireland, Things To Do / Last Updated: July 29th, 2021 / Tags: , , , , , , , /

About the Author: Michelle

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

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