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

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Round Up of Family Things to Do in July 2018

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SeaFest 2018, Galway

SeaFest 2018 banner

A weekend of fun and free events is just on the horizon as SeaFest 2018 takes place in Galway city from June 29th to July 1st 2018.

Galway Harbour will be transformed into an ‘open air sea world’ and will be ‘awash with free family-friendly activities, entertainment and attractions both on and off the water’ for the three-day festival.

Visitors can expect to enjoy all things marine from seafood cookery to fun marine science exhibits, talks & workshops to exploring boats, taking part in sailing & kayaking lessons and watching flyboarders perform stunning aerial acrobatics.

Download the SeaFest App for up-to-date information on all the events taking place over the weekend. 

During Seafest 2018 Galway City Museum will run a number of events including FREE Fishy Faces workshops in association with GAP (Galway Autism Partnership)for children with sensory difficulties and their siblings. They take place on June 30th & July 1st from 11.30am to 12pm & 12.30pm to 1pm on the 30th and 12.30pm to 1pm & 1.30pm to 2pm on July 1st. and can be booked by calling 091 588899 or email – coordinator@galwayautismpartnership.com 

Summer Festival at Slieve Aughty

Slieve Aughty Summer Festival

The Summer Festival at Slieve Aughty takes place during July and August and provides a brilliant family day out for all ages with lots of fun experiences to take part in.

National Playday in Merrion Square

Dublin’s Merrion Square will become the city’s playground from 1pm-5pm on Sunday 1st July as the Ombudsman for the Children celebrate 25 years of Ireland’s ratification of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRO). Promising lots of FREE fun and activity throughout the day, families from across the city are encouraged to join in this fantastic day of play!

Ennis Street Arts Festival, Summer Camps, Music and more at glór Ennis

Aerial Workshops with Irish Areal Creation Centre at glor

Expect 7 days of engaging, entertaining and exciting arts & cultural events suitable for all the family at the Ennis Street Arts Festival in Co. Clare which takes place from July 2nd to 8th. For 2018 the theme is Urban Wildlife and there will be a host of free workshops and events to celebrate the creatures we share our cities with.

The festival HQ is the Ennis Market Building but the free entertainment will spill out onto the streets for a Viking Battle. And head to glór to:

In addition glór have fun workshops & camps taking place over the summer months including:

Finally enjoy some traditional Irish music events as part of Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan

Laya Healthcare City Spectacular Dublin & Cork

Laya City Spectacular

The 2018 Laya Healthcare City Spectacular Free Festival will take place in Merrion Square from July 6th to 8th 2018 and in Fitzgerald’s Park on July 14th & 15th 2018 with lots of free activities including international street performers, sword swallowers, jugglers, break dancers, strong women and more!

Free Family Fun at Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin

Jervis Street Shopping Centre

Jervis Shopping Centre are hosting free events for the whole family all summer! Events take place on Saturdays and include:

  • Sat 7th July – Garden Slime Time from 1-5pm – Make your own slime workshops. Every parent’s dream!
  • Sat 14th July – Find the Animals in the Enchanted Garden from 1-5pm – Interact with some cute animals including ducklings, bunnies, hedgehogs and more.
  • Sat 21st July -Circus in the Garden from 1-5pm – Try your hand at circus juggling and hula hooping with a series of circus themed workshops.
  • Sat 28th July – Meet Reuben from RTE Junior. Shows at 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm – Reuben from RTE Junior will be in the centre for a host of comedy, magic, miming, puppet shows and more.

Birr Castle Summer Tours, Offaly

Birr Castle Grand Room things to do with kids

If you are looking for a special day out this summer, head to Birr Castle where the Parsons family have lived since 1620.  We are delighted to announce that the 7th Earl of Rosse, William Brendan Parsons and Alison Lady Rosse have opened their home to the public for the summer months. Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre is open daily 9am to 6pm

  • Castle tours in May, June, July and August. Monday to Saturday at 10.00, 11.30, and 13.00 each day, pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment.
  • Tickets per adult of €18 and this also includes access to Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre. 
  • Castle tours are suitable for 12 years and above only.
  • Unfortunately Castle tours are not suitable for those dependent on wheelchairs, as there are several steps at the entrance to the castle which dates back to the 16th century. However there are 120 acres of grounds to explore and enjoy. 

National Museum of Ireland July Events

Vampire Jet NMI Decorative Arts & HIstory Museum

Our National Museums are a treasure trove of adventure and discovery! They run regular free events for families at all their locations and are free to visit at any time.

Country Life Turlough Park

Natural History Museum Merrion Square

Decorative Arts & History Museum Collins Barracks

Archaeology Museum Kildare Street

RHSI Russborough Flower & Garden Show

Mazes in Ireland Russborough House Maze

On July 7th & 8th the principal rooms at Russborough will be home to the RHSI Russborough Flower Show with stunning floral displays.

Russborough House & Gardens FlowersThe RHSI Russborough Garden Show will take place against a backdrop of fine architecture and beautiful west Wicklow parkland on Sunday, 29th July from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Highlights include:

• Top-quality plants, labour saving tools and garden accessories for sale
• RHSI Walled Garden: tours, advice and new Rose Display
• In the Hippodrome, a lively line up of speakers & demonstrators
• The Irish Society of Botanical Artists will hold an open studio in the Walled Garden
• The Bee Keepers of North Kildare will have a display in the Walled Garden
• Free car parking
• Admission: Adults €10 and children are free
• Proceeds from the show will support the charitable work of the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland (RHSI) and the gardens and demesne at Russborough.

What: The RHSI Russborough Garden Show 2018
When: Sunday, 29th July | 9.30am to 5pm
Where: Russborough, Blessington, Co. Wicklow

GAP AmAM Fundraiser, Galway

Galway Bay Golf Club Men's Club AmAm for GAPJoin GAP (Galway Autism Partnership) at Galway Bay Golf Resort on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July where the Annual Men’s Club AmAm tournament will be taking place, raising funds for GAP!

Come along to visit the resort, meet with members and enjoy family friendly activities between 11 – 1 pm at the Galway Bay FM resort. GAP Coordinator Aisling Colreavy and GAP volunteers will be present painting faces, arranging outdoor games and answering questions.

This is an event for all the family – assistance dogs are welcome! There will be lots of fun activities for kids, so enjoy the Sun at Galway Bay Golf Resort

Summer Sundays at Carrabane Forest, Galway

Every Sunday in July & August families are asked to pack and picnic and bring their bikes to Carrabane Forest, Athenry, Galway for a fun family gathering. Meet at the Gate Lodge pub at 11.15am

dlr Mill Theatre, Dublin

DLR Mill Theatre Summer Camps 2018

Book your place on a Mill Theatre Performing Arts Summer Camps which run weekly from July 2nd to 27th 2018. Camps include:

  • Harry Potter week
  • Fantastic Mr Fox week
  • Matilda week
  • Camp of Rock week

Max 25 students per week. Camps take place daily from 10am to 3pm and are suitable for ages 4 to 15 years. (children will be divided by age group) Find out more

Donal VaughnScience Magic is on Sunday 30th June 2018 at 2.30pm.
Triple-award-winning Irish comedian and scientist Donal Vaughan brings his hugely popular science and comedy show back to dlr Mill Theatre. With some brand new tricks and some old favourites too, learn about science using everyday objects and laugh your pants off while you do it. You too can become a science wizard and amaze your family and friends. Suitable for ages 5+
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Humpty Dumpty and The Big EggVenture is on at dlr Mill Theatre Saturday 7th July 2018 at 12pm and 2pm.
For the first time ever, the classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty is brought to the stage in this wonderful all singing and dancing interactive production.
Humpty is on a big adventure to climb the highest wall in the Kingdom but he needs your help. Singalong, solve puzzles, and meet lots of famous characters including The Three Little Pigs, Little Bo Peep and the animals on Old MacDonald’s Farm!
With amazing costumes, dazzling stage sets and a host of colourful characters.
Recommended age suitability up to 7 years.
Duration 1 hour with a short interval.
Admission: €12/ €40 family four €45 family of five

Little Red Riding Hood & The Silly Billy Wolf is on at the dlr Mill Theatre on  Sunday 8th July 2018
This colourful, fast-paced all singing and dancing show is a fun and gentle re-telling of the classic fairy-tale of Little Red Riding Hood. Children with have great fun joining in on the action, singing songs and playing games and meeting some amazing characters in this original show, written especially for this touring spectacular.
 
Recommended age suitability up to 7 years.
Duration 1 hour with a short interval.
Admission: €12/ €40 family four €45 family of five.

The Little Prince is on at the dlr Mill Theatre from August 1st to 4th 2018 at 7pm daily and a Matinee Sat at 2pm.

This contemporary performance uses multiple different art forms such as music and audio-visual work in order to bring the magical story to life. The Little Prince is a fantastical adventure that explores growing up and how the imagination we are all born with can save us. The production is family friendly and is most suitable for 7-12 year olds.
Admission: Adults €12 Children €10

Celebrate Bastille Day with Alliance Francaise

French Friday, Le Petit Journal Dublin and The Church Bar, Café & Restaurant have teamed up again with the support of the French Embassy to offer you the biggest Bastille Day celebration in Ireland on July 14th from 4.30pm to 2am at The Church, Wolf Tone Square, Dublin 1

Au programme: French Pastis, French Wine, French Pétanque & entertainment, French Crêpes, French Saucisson, French Fanfare Les Krapos and French DJs!

There will be prizes to be won including Alliance Française goodie bags, Member-ships and French courses! Entry is Free

Summer Camps, Exhibitions, Workshop and Music at The Ark, Dublin

Summer Events at The Ark

Summer 2018 at The Ark from 1st July – 25th August includes Creative 5-day Summer Camps, day-long Circus Skills sessions and Visual Art Workshops for kids plus the return of Fun Size Jazz for the August Bank Holiday!

Summer Stars 2018

summer stars reading program

Your local library is running a Summer Stars reading adventure for kids and teens this summer 2018. With rewards and incentives along the way there will be a grand finale event for all participants at the end of of the program. Dates July 3rd to August 31st.

Brick World Lego Exhibition

Brick World are hosting a Lego Exhibition on July 7th & 8th at Parochial Hall, Portarlington from 10am to 6pm. Fun for all the family and under 3’s go free.

Free Pony Rides at The National Stud & Gardens, Kildare

rish National Stud Pony Rides Things to do around Ireland at Easter

There are plenty of fun activities taking place at the Irish National Stud & Gardens, Co Kildare, during the Summer months. Every Tuesday and Sunday throughout the months of July and August enjoy a wonderful experience for the whole family.

Free pony rides are scheduled for 11:00am until 12:30pm and 2:00pm until 3:30pm along with face-painting and a fun and interactive Mobile Farm for all the family to enjoy and learn. It is also the perfect time to see all of the foals frolicking in their paddocks.

Visitors can also enjoy the regular attractions including the very beautiful Japanese Gardens and the serene and spiritual St. Fiachra’s Garden. The ‘Living Legends’, Beef Or Salmon, Hardy Eustace, Kicking King, Hurricane Fly and Rite Of Passage, can be seen in their paddocks every day enjoying their retirement from racing. The on-site restaurant offers delicious homemade baked goods and wholesome lunches.
And at the end of the day visit the playground and find the 20 resident fairies hidden along the fairy trail!

Tickets can be purchased on the day but to avail of discounted rates, book online at www.irishnationalstud.ie. Follow the Irish National Stud & Gardens on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular updates.

The Groove Festival

groove festival stage

The Groove Festival in association with Energia takes place at Killruddery House & Gardens, Bray, County Wicklow on July 7th & 8th. The family friendly festival  is jam-packed with activities for all the family to enjoy. From music to workshops and good to outdoor activities for all ages. Check out the full line up here.

The Festival of Curiosity, Dublin

The Festival of Curisoty

The Festival of Curiosity is back in Dublin this summer for a four-day cultural feast of science, arts, design, and technology for all the family from July 19th – 22nd.

Take your friends and your family on a play date with Dublin City this July during the Playful Days and Curious Nights festival programme. Here are just a few of the highlights.

• Meet world-famous bubble performers at The National Concert Hall.
• Don’t miss festival favourite The Curiosity Carnival for a hands on adventure in science, play, and curious technology (tickets always sell out, be quick!)
• For young explorers join a special family explorers series as we journey from the world’s highest pop-up lab at Everest Lab to the Depths of the Ocean, explore how to help the bees make honey in Beekeepers and Martians or find out how to train to become an astronaut during Explorer Training for Space.
• Join Sam (from The Lalala Choir) for a fun Singing Workshop for families and friends (aged four and up), where anyone can show up and learn to sing.
• At Litter Lab, Scientific Sue (Science2Life) will bring the family on a journey through the science of litter and what to do about it. Expect the unexpected!.

See the full programme of events at www.festivalofcuriosity.ie

Alice in Wonderland at Belvedere House, Westmeath

belvedere house and gardens westmeath Alice in Wonderland by Chapterhouse

Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland presented by Chapterhouse Theatre Company takes place on July 19th at Belevedere House & Gardens.

And on August 2nd you can enjoy Robin Hood and his Merry Men with Chapterhouse Theatre Company.

These outdoor theatre events held in the gardens of the stunning Belevedere House are sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company Outdoor Summer Theatre Shows, Nationwide

Chapterhouse Theatre Company Little Women things to do with kids

The Chapterhouse Theatre Company present outdoor theatre events during June, July & August.

Little Women

    • Friday 22nd June – Curraghmore Estate, Co Waterford
    • Sunday 24th June – Wells House and Gardens, Co Wexford
    • Wednesday 27th June – Civic Square at Theatre at the Mill, Newtonabbey, Antrim
    • Friday 29th June – Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, Co Kilkenny

Sense and Sensibility

  • Tuesday 19th June – Enniskillen Castle, Co Fermanagh
  • Wednesday 20th June – Bellingham Castle, Co Louth
  • Thursday 21st June – Lisnavagh House, Co Carlow R93 RK07
  • Saturday 23rd June – Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens, Cork
  • Saturday 30th June – Battle of the Boyne Estate, Drogheda, Co Meath
  • Sunday 1st July – Hilton Park, Clones, Co. Monaghan

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

  • Tuesday 10th July – National Botanic Gardens Dublin
  • Thursday 12th July – Strokestown Park Strokestown, Co Roscommon
  • Friday 13th July – The Gardens at Rathmullan House, Co. Donegal
  • Saturday 14th July – Enniskillen Castle, Co Fermanagh
  • Sunday 15th July – Powerscourt Gardens, Co. Wicklow
  • Thursday 19th July – Belvedere House Gardens & Park, Mullingar Co. Westmeath
  • Saturday 21st July – Battle of the Boyne Estate, Oldbridge, Drogheda, Co Meath
  • Sunday 22nd July – Kilmokea Gardens, Great Island, Campile, New Ross, Co Wexford

A Midsummer’s Night Dream

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • Wednesday 25th July – The Gardens at Rathmullan House, Rathmullan, Co Donegal

Robin Hood and his Merry Men

  • Saturday 28th July – Mallow Castle, Co. Cork
  • Thursday 2nd August – Belvedere House Gardens & Park, Mullingar Co. Westmeath
  • Saturday 4th August  – Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Free Kids Events at Butler Gallery, Kilkenny

  • Storytelling inspired by The Breadwinner with Hollie Kearns for 5-9 year olds takes place on Fridays 6, 13, 20 July 11-11.30am
  • Excerpts from The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis read by Catriona Kenneally for Ages 9+ on Wednesdays 4, 11, 18 July 3-3.45pm

Limited places book in advance

Free Kids Activities at IKEA Dublin

IKEA are hosting eight weeks of kids activities, starting July 2nd and ending August 24th. The activities will run Monday-Friday, 12pm-4pm. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes. Monday, Tuesday – Slime Creation. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – Pottery Painting
Places are limited and FREE to IKEA FAMILY members.

Galway International Arts Festival

The annual Galway International Arts Festival returns from July 16th to 29th offering a host of music, dance, visual art, street performers, talks, theatre and much more for the family to enjoy. Eyre Square will be home to a new Festival Garden this year where visitors and locals alike can get information on the program, relax and soak up the atmosphere.

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August 2018 Events for Families

Dublinia Medieval Cookery, Weaponry & Music Displays, Dublin

Dublinia Viking Weaponary things to do with kids

MEDIEVAL WEAPONRY – Want to know more about arms and armour in Ireland c. 1170 – 1600?  If so, a wide range of reproductions will be on display including the equipment and clothing used in both the Anglo-Irish world and in Gaelic Ireland. Find out all about Swords, pole-arms, medieval ballistics and defensive armour and see a diverse range of domestic goods including medieval badges, Irish hammered coins and natural dyes.
Happening August 11th and August 12th
Suitable for all ages

MEDIEVAL MUSIC BY NUADA – Medieval musicians Nuada will present a range of music from the Viking and Norman periods using replicas of original historic instruments including Viking Lyre, Bone Whistles,  Jorvik Panpipe, an early Irish Harp, and much more.
Happening August 4th and August 5th
Suitable for all ages.

Free Family Fun at Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin

Jervis Street Centre August 2018 Free Entertainment for Families

Jervis Shopping Centre are hosting free events for the whole family all summer! Events take place on Saturdays and include:

  • August 4th – Hip-Hop Workshop with Double Impact from Irelands Got Talent! Learn a hip-hop dance routine and see Double Impact perform at every show on Saturday August 4th with shows at 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm
  • August 11th – Magic in the Secret Garden! Prepare to be Amazed, stunned, flabbergasted and sawn in half at an amazing magic show on Saturday August 11th with shows at 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm
  • August 18th – Science is Fun. Electrocute a Barbie doll, make slime and giant bubbles and do loads more fun science experiments on Saturday August 18th with shows at 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm
  • August 25th – Enchanted Garden Jungle Show. Are you brave enough to come meet the jungle animals? There will be reptiles & snakes running wild in Jervis on Saturday August 25th with shows at 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm

Basket Making Workshop at glór Ennis

Basket_Workshop at glor.Basket Making Workshop and Guided Tour of Common Languages with Willow Artist & Basket Maker Hanna Van Aelst takes place at glór on Saturday 11th August 11.30am – 1.30pm . The cost is €10 per participant and the workshop is suitable for adults and children 10+. No experience necessary.

Fota House and Gardens Outdoor Theatre

Fota House

Quantum Theatre Company presents: The Reluctant Dragon on August 11th at 7pm at Fota House and Garden, Cork. Everyone knows St. George has to do battle with the dragon, but what happens when the dragon simply won’t fight St. George ? Go along to find out!

The Speks at glór Ennis

the speks

The Speks present a lively show of nursery rhymes and singalong 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 Clare where everyone wears glasses! The Speks will be in glór on August 12th for 2 shows at 12.30pm and 3pm.

Playstival with The Happy Pear

playstival

Ireland’s new festival for kids & their parents, celebrating Play, Fun and Imagination, Playstival with The Happy Pear takes place Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August 2018 at Airfield Estate, Dundrum, Dublin 14.

Outdoor Theatre at Westport House & Gardens, Mayo

The Reluctant Dragon at Westport House

On August 14th from 7.30 to 9.30 enjoy The Reluctant Dragon presented by Quantum Theatre on the lawn in front of Westport House. so pack a picnic and head along for a magical evening of a boy who saves a dragon! Tickets on sale now.

Nore Valley Farm Park Superhero & Princess Day

superhero and princess day at Nore Valley Farm Park

Are you strong like Superman or agile like Wonder Woman? Can you swing like Spider Man or run like The Flash? Test your skills at our Superhero Training Centre, where you will prove your superhero abilities and gain an Official Superhero ID card.

Or maybe you’re more of a Cinderella or an Elsa? Princess Jasmine or Belle? Put on your best gown and don’t forget the tiara! We have set up a training course to transform your beautiful child into a well-mannered and confident individual! Complete the course for your princess certificate!

On top of all of this, the usual, fun farm activities are on offer at no extra charge (normally pay-per-go). Race around our go-kart track, seek a way through our 3D maze, or enjoy a tour of the farm on our tractor and trailer ride. Events take place 17-18 August 2018. Tickets will be available to buy online nearer the time

Movies at King John’s Castle, Limerick

Movies at King Johns Castle Limerick

What better way is there to experience wonderful movie magic than in the dramatic and stunning surrounds of King Johns Castle! Join us for all time family favourite SHREK at 3pm or (and!) The 80’s feel good classic STAND BY ME at 8pm on August 18th. Pack a picnic or pick up some snacks when you arrive, bring your blankets or take advantage of the seating provided and sit back and enjoy the show!
Food vendors will be on site and available for you to purchase Pizza, BBQ grub, popcorn and soft drinks!

Elves & Fairies Day at Brigit’s Garden, Galway

Elves and Fairies Day at Brigits Garden

The Fairy Queen and Elf King are on their way to Brigit’s Garden inviting all fairies and elves, young or old, to join them for a day of fairy magic and fun at the Elves & Fairies Day in Ireland’s award winning Celtic Gardens, on Sunday 19th August 2018, from 12.30p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Come dressed in your favourite costume as an elf or a fairy for an enchanting day!

Enjoy lots of activities including:

  • Stories and dancing with the Fairy Queen
  • Discover the fabulous Elf and Fairy Village
  • An epic tug-the-rope with the Elf King
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Face-painting
  • Crown-making and elven crafts
  • Ball fishing
  • Lots of fun!
  • Delicious seasonal dishes and a very special elves and fairies menu available in the Garden Café.

10% discount for Brigit’s Garden Members and under 3’s go free. Online booking will be available closer to the date. A magical all-weather event for children and their families!

Bee the Change at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

Bee the Change at Cool Planet Experience

The whole family can enjoy Heritage Week in our Secret Garden from the 18th to the 26th of August. With bee themed games and activities suitable for all ages, the importance of pollinators to plant life and the whole food-chain can be seen. This is free on purchase of a Cool Planet entry ticket.

Russborough House Heritage Week and Craft Fair

fairy trail at Russborough

As part of Heritage Week 2018 which runs from August 18th to 28th you can Discover the Demesne at Russborough House with Joan Griffith.
Time: Assemble in the Courtyard for the tour at 2pm on August 19th, 22nd & 26th. This is a FREE Event.

The Brickx Fest 2018

The Brickx Club Ireland will host a Brickx Fest on August 25th & 26th at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Cork. The event will be sensory friendly from 9am to 10am and you will be able to enjoy amazing lego displays, build your own lego constructions and much more.

Cirque Du Soleil, OVO, 3Arena Dublin

Cirque Du Soliel OVO at 3 Arena Dublin

Cirque Du Soleil presents OVO at 3Arena, Dublin for 6 performances only from October 10th to 14th. OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colourful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 14 countries specialising in many acrobatic acts.

Halloween at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

Halloween at The Cool Planet Experience

Can you save the humans? Go into the future at Cool Planet Experience this Halloween and see if you can save the earth. You may need a costume which you can make on a visit to the Bio Disaster Dome! Come only if you dare on dates from October 27th to November 4th.

Round Up of Family Things to Do in June 2018

The Speks at Town Hall Theatre, Galway

the speks

The Speks present 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!

At Town Hall Theatre Galway on Saturday 16th June 16 at 2pm. BookTickets Today

World Oceans Weekend at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

World Oceans Weekend at Cool Planet Experience Things to do

To celebrate World Oceans Day – the Cool Planet Experience in Wicklow are making a weekend of it this bank holiday. It’s time to stop feeding fish plastic & make fish from plastic instead!. There will be fun, sea-inspired art & crafts as well as our awesomely interactive Cool Planet tour! Come celebrate the importance of our oceans with us this June bank holiday!
What wonderful sea-creatures can you make from recyclables? 🦈 Or how about some re-purposed scuba packs? Let your imagination run wild!

The sea-inspired art & crafts will operate on a drop in basis from 12 pm until 3 pm & tours of the centre operate every fifteen minutes from 10am until last tour at 4pm. Crafts suitable for ages 5-9 (the tour is recommended for 7+). Book now

Summer Camps at Cool Planet Experience

Become an Agent of Change to save the planet and have fun doing it! The Climate Super Hereos Academy from 10am – 2.30pm daily is suitable for 7-9 year olds with each day focusing on a different theme. Inspire your child to #bet;hechange to help save the planet.

Cost  €135 for all 5 days or €35 for one day (additional sibling €130/€30)
Dates:June 18th to 22nd & July 2nd to 6th.

Limited spaces available, please visit website for more information

National Museum of Ireland Family Events June 2018

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National Museum of Ireland Archaeology

Summer Sun Discs! Saturday 16th June 2pm-4pm In Early Bronze Age Ireland, people made beautiful gold discs to look like the sun. Drop in to find out more about these precious objects and make your own shining sun disc! No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair Accessible Drop-in Activity

Bone Stories! Saturday 23rd June 2pm-4pm
Archaeologists can discover a lot about how people lived in the past by studying bones. Take part in this special workshop which will look at how bones are preserved in different environments and figure out which bones belong to a Bronze Age burial, a bog body and a Viking skeleton. No booking required. Located in Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity Ages 10+

National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks

Hands on History: Life in Victorian Ireland Sunday 10th June 3pm-4pm What did women wear when visiting friends for tea 150 years ago? How did we make tea before the invention of the tea bag? What were soldiers’ uniforms like to wear, and why did some soldiers’ helmets have a spike? Drop in and explore fascinating objects from the Museum’s collection for handling relating to life in 19th century Ireland. No booking required. All Ages

Stoneybatter Festival runs from Friday 22nd June – Sunday 24th June and showcases everything this great part of Dublin has to offer. For the second year running, the National Museum of Ireland is working with festival organisers on this year’s programme – look out for festival events including a family workshop with Artist in Residence at Collins Barracks, Róisín de Buitléar

National Museum of Ireland Country Life

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits takes place on Friday 1st June and Friday 15th June 11am – 1pm at National Museum of Ireland Country Life. Join the Museum Knitters this Summer and work on your knitting and crochet skills. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one! Exchange ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required. Drop-in Activity for ages 7+

There are two fun family workshops at National Museum of Ireland Country Life on Saturday 16th June: The Deep Blue Sea 11:30am – 12:30pm adults + kids 3-6 years, 2-3pm adults + kids 7+ Explore the objects in our fishing collection and then recreate the sounds of the sea through rhythm and percussion instruments with musician Mary Curran. Booking required.

Enjoy Traditional Games for Father’s Day on Sunday 17th June 2:30pm – 3:30pm. Join the Education team for Father’s Day to try your hand at some of Ireland’s traditional street and playground games. Play a round of Irish or English skittles, try some “Welly Wanging””or take a turn at a game of “Horseshoes” Bring your own Wellies! Booking required. Ages 7+

National Museum of Natural History

Drop into the National Museum of Ireland Natural History this month and enjoy their Seasonal Activity Sheet – Summer Sun! during opening hours. For some animals, it is warm all year long, depending on where they live – follow the Summer Sun trail to find out more! Copies of this activity sheet trail are available at the stands in Reception and the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Wheelchair accessible.

Family Tours: Animal Lottery with Catherine McGuinness at National Museum of Ireland Natural History on Saturday 9th June 12pm & 2pm You decide the route of the tour by having an animal lottery! Be prepared for a lot of walking! No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible. All ages

The Secret Life of Bats with Bat Conservation Ireland at National Museum of Ireland Natural History on Saturday 16th June 11am-1pm. Drop into the Discovery Zone and meet with Anna and all the gang from the Kildare Bat Group. During this hands-on session, discover the different species that live in Ireland and their night-time behaviours. No booking required but there may be a short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. All ages

bloom in the Park

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bloom, Ireland’s annual garden festival which takes place at the Phoenix Park is one of the top family friendly events in Ireland, with kids going free, and plenty of activities, food and garden fun for all ages. It takes place 31st May – 4th June 2018, it’s the 12th year of the popular festival and promises to be even bigger and better.

Here’s a selection of what’s on for Families at bloom 201

Ruaille Buaille Kids Music Festival

ruaille buaille music festival

Ruaille Buaille is a kids music festival taking place in Lucan, Dublin from June 6th to 9th 2018. Over 40 workshops and events will take place in Lucan schools and libraries with a festival day for all in Griffeen Park on June 9th.

Dublin Kite Festival

The annual Dublin Kite Festival takes place in North Bull Island, Clontarf on June 10th from 11am to 5pm. There will be free entertainment all day alongside kite flying wizardry!

King John’s Castle Limerick, Dance & Cinema Events

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  • Aerial Dance Performance at King Johns Castle – 15th & 16th June.
    World renowned aerial dance performers, Fidget Feet, will perform exclusively at King John’s Castle on June 15th & 16th as part of the Irish leg of Vertical Dance Forum June 2018 being held in Limerick. Come and view this spectacular art form at one of Ireland’s most iconic buildings from 11am-4.30pm on both days. Normal Admission Rates Apply
  • Movies at the Castle – King Johns Castle – 17th June PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS IT WILL RUN ON AUGUST 18TH AND YOUR TICKETS WILL BE VALID OR YOU CAN CANCEL THEM BY EMAILING – INFO@DOUBLERMEDIA.IE
    What better way is there to experience wonderful movie magic than in the dramatic and stunning surrounds of King Johns Castle! Join us for all time family favourite SHREK at 3pm or (and!) The 80’s feel good classic STAND BY ME at 8pm. Pack a picnic or pick up some snacks when you arrive, bring your blankets or take advantage of the seating provided and sit back and enjoy the show!
    Food vendors will be on site and available for you to purchase Pizza, BBQ grub, popcorn and soft drinks!

Fossett’s Circus at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Clare

Shannon Heritage Fossetts Circus at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Excitement is building at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park….the circus is coming to town on June 23rd & 24th. The fabulous Fossett’s Circus features Jugglers, Hula Hoop artistry, Aerial acrobats, Contortionist, Warren’s Canine Revue, Illusion and a truly unbelievable “Top of the Bill”act – A Motorbike on the High Wire!

Great value for all family.. ticket price include entry to the circus and full access to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.

Book Now to create a fun, memorable experience for all.

Galway Autism Project (GAP) Sensory Processing Workshops for Parents

GAP Bag Packing June 2018GAP are offering Sensory Processing Workshops for Parents with Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist Simone Mitton. The workshops will take place over 3 evenings in June at GAP, Laurel Park, Newcastle, Galway.

The aim of the workshops is to allow parents to understand the theory behind Sensory Processing and to share a good working knowledge of how to apply this at home.

Parents should also learn practical and realistic ideas about how to include calming and organising sensory activities in their child’s day in order to improve attention, learning, behaviour, alertness and engagement in daily tasks.

Parents will also be free to ask questions/to engage in discussion, as time permits, to aid in their learning.

GAP asks that participants are available to attend all three workshops on Monday the 11th, 18th and 25th of June from 7 – 8:30 pm. The cost to attend workshops is just €30 per person.

Spaces are limited – if you are interested in attending please call 091 588899 or email coordinator@galwayautismpartnership.com to book your place.

GAP are also looking for volunteers to help with bag packing at Tesco in Oranmore on June 1st. Please contact them if you can help.

Photography Exhibition to Celebrate International Children’s Day, Galway

Réalta School of Speech and Drama together with Julia Dunin Photography are holding their first Photography Exhibition. This will be entitled ‘In celebration of children.’ The launch of the exhibition will take place on Friday June 1st at 6.30pm in Tribeton, Merchant’s Road, Galway. This also coincides with International Children’s Day. At Réalta, we work with children from all walks of life including those with special needs and without. On June 1st, we want to celebrate these amazing children and we would love to see you all at the opening of the exhibition.

Dublinia Medieval Cookery, Weaponry & Music Displays, Dublin

Dublinia Viking Weaponary things to do with kids

MEDIEVAL WEAPONRY – Want to know more about arms and armour in Ireland c. 1170 – 1600?  If so, a wide range of reproductions will be on display including the equipment and clothing used in both the Anglo-Irish world and in Gaelic Ireland. Find out all about Swords, pole-arms, medieval ballistics and defensive armour and see a diverse range of domestic goods including medieval badges, Irish hammered coins and natural dyes.
Happening Saturday and Sunday, the 2nd and 3rd of June & August 11th and August 12th
Suitable for all ages

MEDIEVAL COOKERY – Meet our medieval Mistresses as they prepare and preserve foods from medieval Dublin. Using replica cookware and utensils, authentic recipes will be demonstrated and cooked. Find out what it meant to have a square meal, how important salt was and why you should keep an eye on the bread served to you. Step close and smell all the aromas of Dublin past.
Happening June 16th and June 17th
Suitable for all ages.

Stradbally Steam Train Rides

Stradbally Steam Train Rides take place at Stradbally in Co. Laois on Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th June. Enjoy a trip behind an authentic Steam Engine, the 1949 built locomotive No.2 will haul trains around the 1km line around the Woodland of Stradbally Hall. Trains run from 12pm-4pm. Fares Adults €7, Children (over 5) €3, Family Ticket €18

21st Innishannon Steam & Vintage Rally

The 21st Innishannon Steam & Vintage Rally takes place on Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th June 2018 at Innishannon Village, Cork with Steam Engines, Cars, Tractors, Fire Engines and Vintage Farm Machinery, Rural Crafts & Lots More

Summer Camps and Performances at dlr Mill Theatre, Dublin

dlr Mill Theatre Fantastic Mr Fox

Mill Productions bring another Roald Dhal classic, Fantastic Mr Fox to the stage this June 2018. Catch the show on dates from June 13th to 24th at 2pm and 4pm. Suitable for ages 4+.

And book your place on their Performing Arts Summer Camps which run weekly from July 2nd to 27th 2018. Camps include:

  • Harry Potter week
  • Fantastic Mr Fox week
  • Matilda week
  • Camp of Rock week

Max 25 students per week. Camps take place daily from 10am to 3pm and are suitable for ages 4 to 15 years. (children will be divided by age group) Find out more

Donal VaughnScience Magic is on Sunday 30th June 2018 at 2.30pm.
Triple-award-winning Irish comedian and scientist Donal Vaughan brings his hugely popular science and comedy show back to dlr Mill Theatre. With some brand new tricks and some old favourites too, learn about science using everyday objects and laugh your pants off while you do it. You too can become a science wizard and amaze your family and friends. Suitable for ages 5+
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Bike Week, Events Nationwide

Bike Week 2018 Things to Do

National Bike Week takes place from June 9th to 17th 2018. Groups around the country will organise bike related workshops and events to celebrate and promote cycling as a fun activity for families to enjoy together. Find out what events are taking place near you.

Away with the Fairies Family Fun at Strokestown Park House

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The Fairy Farewell Festival Event on Saturday, June 9th from 8pm will see a street party on Bawn St., Strokestown with

  • Magical children’s parade, which will open the event on the Saturday evening
  • Live music from Special guest Malachy Tuohy of The Riptide Movement, State Lights, Aimée, Katie Gallagher Music, US artist Jared Dylan and Psylo Celestial (lead singer is local girl Siofra Jordan).
  • Close the evening festivities with a firework display over the Strokestown night sky.
  • There will be fun and frolics for all the family including the opportunity of dunking some well-known locals in the Dunk Tank!

Admission is free, donations of the night are welcome, however to ensure the event is as enjoyable as possible, we are asking members of the public to register for their free tickets on Eventbrite .

IzzyB’s Away with the Fairies Family Fun Day in Strokestown Park House woodland and gardens on Sunday the 10th of June from 1pm. There will be an array for family fun activities on the day to create lasting memories for all the family. Admission is €10 per child or €35 family ticket for 4 or more children ** Adults and under 2’s are free. Tickets are available to pre book on Eventbrite or alternatively you can pay on the day at the gate.

Irish Cancer Society Colour Dashes 2018

irish cancer society colour dash run

The Irish Cancer Society in association with Aldi Ireland will host 4 colour dash runs in June.

  • NUI Galway on June 10th
  • Phoenix Park Dublin on June 17th
  • University of Limerick on June 23rd
  • Pairc Uí Chaoimh, Cork on June 24th

You can sign up here to take part.

Belfast Book Festival

Belfast Book Festival takes place across the city from June 6th to 16th with over 100 events planned.

Summer Solstice at Croke Park

summer solstice croke park

The GAA Museum at Croke Park is celebrating the ancient tradition of Summer Solstice with a truly enchanting family-friendly evening and Celtic-themed live performance on June 22.

The exciting and interactive family event will include plenty of dance, drama, storytelling, traditional games and audience participation in a mind-blowing hour-long spectacle with the famous ‘Armagh Rhymers’, one of Ireland’s most celebrated traditional music and theatre ensembles. There will be a performance at 6pm and another at 8pm. Your ticket includes a tour of the pitch, access to the GAA Museum including the interactive games zone andCú Chulainn’s Den.

Advance online booking is required and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are priced as follows: Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children): €50, Adult: €16, Student / senior (with ID): €14, Child (U16): €12, Under 3s: Free

See www.crokepark.ie/midsummer for booking and more information

Cruinniu na nÓg Festival, Nationwide

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The Cruinniu na nÓg Festival takes place nationwide on June 23rd 2018. It is a national day of creativity for children and young people to celebrate and encourage them to participate in culture and creativity. Most of the events taking place are free including:

As part of the festival glór in Ennis, Co. Clare will have theatre, workshops, music and cinema all free of charge (although booking is required for some events) including:

  • The Willow Wood by Julie Tiernan with Anne Blake for ages 3 to 5 years
  • Piano Music Marathon suitable for all ages
  • Family Workshop: Introduction for African Dance
  • Cinema: Making the Grade
  • Celebrating Birds in the City: Drop-in activities at The Ark Dublin

    Cruinniu na nÓg at The Ark

    At The Ark in Dublin a lush new planted façade and entrance garden will be unveiled on Saturday 23rd June 2018, transforming The Ark into a new green space to attract bird life, insects and flowers – with the design informed by the ideas and artworks created by local children.

    As part of activities for Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg, The Ark invites you and your family to come and explore the building, encouraging you to get creative, dig in, and get your hands dirty during numerous drop-in activities. The building will be a hive of activity aimed to inspire children (and their grown-ups) to examine the variety of plant and animal life in the city.

    Activities will run from 10.30-1.30pm and include:

    • Flower pot planting
    • Protein balls for birds
    • Make your own bird
    • Build a bird feeder
    • Make a bug motel

    Throughout the day, from 10.30- 4pm, the building will also host an interactive gallery space with a display of artwork and designs produced by local children during workshop sessions with city greening experts Green Edge.

  • Free Activities for Cruinniu na nÓg at Lough Key Forest & Activity Park

    cruinnui lough key

    There are lots of free events and activities taking place at Lough Key Forest & Activity Park for Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday 23rd June between 2 and 6pm at Lough Key including

    • Slovakian Jazz Band
    • Art Workshops
    • Castlerea Inflatables
    • Lough Key Adventure Kingdom
    • Magic Face Painting
    • Orienteering
    • Storytelling
    • The Lough Key Experience
    • Wheel O (Wheelchair Orienteering)

    Russborough Family Park Run & Children’s Fun Morning

    Mazes in Ireland Russborough House Maze

    The Park Run and Children’s Fun Morning at Russborough House is a fun, free family event on June 23rd. The course runs entirely on trail paths in beautiful Russborough Parklands and is 5 kilometres long.

    There will be free admittance for children to the Russborough Maze on the day and children can enjoy trying out a smoothie bike.

    Fun “giant” games will also be organised.

    More Free Cruinniu na nÓg Events Around Ireland

    cruinnui na nog

    From Animation Workshops in Cavan to Jewellery Workshops in Galway to Creative Writing in Wexford, there are tons of free events for kids and teens around Ireland to celebrate this special day.

    Find all the events near you on the Creative Ireland website.

Free Family Screening at Garter Lane Arts Centre

Free Family Screening: Shorts for Middle Ones at Garter Lane Arts Centre in Waterford on Saturday 23rd June at 2:00pm.

This collection of short films is a patchwork of experiences – funny, sad, thrilling, emotional and, in one particular case, a tad stomach-churning (in a very tasteful way, of course!). The films were chosen with advice and suggestions from young people (and they all loved the stomach-churning one!) and they most definitely present a broad and brilliant world view.

This free screening is suitable for children 5+ years accompanied by an adult. Free event but booking in advance advised.

All About Baby Fair

Not in it’s 7th year the All About Baby Fair is back on June 24th at The Osprey Hotel, Nass Kildare from 10.30 to 5pm. There will be stalls selling baby goods and maternity goods, talks, demos, exhibitions and entertainment for the kids.

Twilight Walk at Fota Wildlife Park

On Thursday, 28 June, Fota Wildlife Park in Cork will host a fundraising Twilight Walk for BUMBLEance, the Children’s National Ambulance Service. The walk will take place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm (last entry is 6.45pm) and the cost of entry on the night will be €10 per adult and €5 per child with 100% of the proceeds going directly towards BUMBLEance. The PR BUMBLEance, one of the state of the art ambulances used at public events to showcase the work of the charity will be on site that evening, along with the BUMBLEance BEE Mascot.

SeaFest 2018, Galway

SeaFest 2018 banner

A weekend of fun and free events is just on the horizon as SeaFest 2018 takes place in Galway city from June 29th to July 1st 2018.

Galway Harbour will be transformed into an ‘open air sea world’ and will be ‘awash with free family-friendly activities, entertainment and attractions both on and off the water’ for the three-day festival.

Visitors can expect to enjoy all things marine from seafood cookery to fun marine science exhibits, talks & workshops to exploring boats, taking part in sailing & kayaking lessons and watching flyboarders perform stunning aerial acrobatics.

Download the SeaFest App for up-to-date information on all the events taking place over the weekend. 

During Seafest 2018 Galway City Museum will run a number of events including FREE Fishy Faces workshops in association with GAP (Galway Autism Partnership)for children with sensory difficulties and their siblings. They take place on June 30th & July 1st from 11.30am to 12pm & 12.30pm to 1pm on the 30th and 12.30pm to 1pm & 1.30pm to 2pm on July 1st. and can be booked by calling 091 588899 or email – coordinator@galwayautismpartnership.com 

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Comic Book Festival, Dublin

Alliance Francaise Comic Book Festival Workshops with Orchimy

As part of the annual Comic Book Festival in Dublin which takes place from May 1st to 5th, Alliance Francaise will host Children’s Workshops – Create Your Own Comic Strip on May 5th at 11am.

Children from 7 years old are invited to discover how an artist creates a comic strip! French cartoonist Melody Ung, AKA Orchimy, will explain the basics of making comics by drawing live, on screen, a comic strip. Everyone will get a chance to create their very own strip with the assistance of the artist and the Library team!

Admission is FREE – Book your place

Other FREE events taking place as part of the 4th annual Alliance Française Dublin Comic Book Festival in partnership with Illustrators Ireland and the Comics Lab include:

  • May 1st – an interview with legendary French illustrator, Tomi Ungerer, followed by a screening of the documentary Far Out Isn’t Far Enough.
  • May 2nd – Live reading performances featuring Sarah Bowie, Alan Dunne, Philip Elliott, Paddy Lynch, Roger O’Reilly, Debbie Jenkinson, Elida Maiques, Alé Mercado and Orchimy.
  • May 2nd – A pop-up comic book fair.
  • April 11th to May 14th – An exhibition of students work from the French art school La HEAR.
  • May 3rd – Round Table on The Future of Comics
  • May 5th – Children’s workshop (detailed above)

Full details for the festival

Riverfest Limerick

Riverfest 2018

The award winning Riverfest Limerick is set to return for the May Bank Holiday, May 4th to 7th 2018, offering a dazzling array of free activities to amuse families of all ages. Riverfest aims to showcase all that is great about Limerick. Full details are to be soon announced but expect a vibrant mix of music, family fun, great food and much much more.

Cool Planet Experience Official Climate Hero Training, Wicklow

May bank holiday at the Cool Planet experience

To celebrate the opening of their Secret Garden this May bank holiday Cool Planet Experience are looking for world class super heroes to save the planet! Come along for official climate hero training in the outdoor climate hero course followed by an indoor tour. Finally complete your transformation with a visit to the climate hero craft centre where you can create your cape, cuffs & shield.

Guaranteed fun come rain or shine!

The Climate Hero Outdoor Training Course & indoor Climate Hero Crafts operate all day on a drop in basis from 12 pm until 3 pm & tours of the centre operate every fifteen minutes from 10am until last tour at 4pm. The outdoor course and climate hero crafts are best suited to children aged 5 to 9 years.

National Museum of Ireland

national drawing day

The National Museum of Ireland Archaeology Kildare Street, Decorative Arts & History Collins Barracks,  Natural History Merrion Square and Country Life Turlough Park are all FREE to visit. They have a free program of events for families and children running across all 3 sites during May.

This month’s events:

National Museum of Ireland Archaeology

Fishy Business! Saturday 5th May at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology 2pm-4pm
Drop-in to the Kildare Room to discover the Stone Age replica objects in the Museum’s handling collection. Examine the replica fish trap and flint stone tools to learn about how people in Stone Age Ireland caught their dinner. Then make your own paper fish to take home! No booking required. Located in Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair Accessible
Ages 8+ Saturday 5th May 2pm-4pm

Drawing Day Workshop: Storyboard how the Ardagh Chalice was lost and found! Saturday, 19th May 11am-12pm for 6-10 year olds and 2pm-3pm for 11-16 year olds. To celebrate National Drawing Day, join award-winning children’s illustrator Mark Wickham to storyboard how the Ardagh Chalice was discovered. The chalice and its hoard was hidden away in the 9th century; a time when the Vikings first travelled to Ireland and raided monasteries in the search for treasure and precious objects. The hoard was rediscovered 150 years ago by a boy digging potatoes at a ringfort and today, remains one of Ireland’s most iconic objects. Booking Required, please email educationarch@museum.ie

National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks

Hands on History School days on Sunday 13th May 3pm-4pm Join Museum educators in an exciting drop-in handling session for all ages, using the Museum’s collection of objects for handling. Explore and learn about the history of education and discover key objects used in the classroom during specific time periods. No booking required. All Ages

National Drawing Day 2018: Tapestry Tales on Saturday 19th May 2pm-3.30pm. To mark National Drawing Day 2018 the Museum invites you to drop in and discover the joys of drawing with our workshop Tapestry Tales. Join us to create a large-scale tapestry drawing inspired by stories from the Museum’s collection. Tapestry Tales is a collaborative workshop for all age groups that looks at the practice of drawing through observational and drawing techniques. No booking required.

National Museum of Ireland Country Life

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits on Friday 4th May 11am – 1pm and Friday 18th May 11am – 1pm. Join the Museum Knitters this Summer and work on your knitting and crochet skills. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one! Exchange ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required. Drop-in Activity for ages 7+

National Museum of Ireland Natural History

Find out about The Secret Life of Birds with BirdWatch Ireland on Saturday 12th May 11am-1pm Drop into the Discovery Zone and meet the team from Birdwatch Ireland. During this hands-on session, learn about the dawn chorus and why it is such an important time of year for all the different birds living in Ireland. No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. All ages

Find out about the secret lives of Ireland’s native reptiles and amphibians! Biodiversity Week with the Herpetological Society of Ireland on Saturday 26th May 11am-1pm Join Rob Gandola and Collie Ennis in the Discovery Zone for a hands-on session to learn about biodiversity in Ireland including our native reptiles and amphibians! No booking required but there may be a short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. All ages

Drop into the National Museum of Ireland Natural History this month and enjoy their Seasonal Activity Sheet – Summer Sun! during Opening Hours. For some animals, it is warm all year long, depending on where they live – follow the Summer Sun trail to find out more! Copies of this activity sheet trail are available at the stands in Reception and the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Wheelchair accessible.

Nore Valley Park, Kilkenny

nore valley park Slime workshops May bank holidayNore Valley Park in Kilkenny is opening its doors to slime fans everywhere. Slime is the latest craze among kids, with endless viral videos online of kids playing with different types of slime. Well, now your kids can get off the internet and get stuck into some good wholesome fun, making their own slime right here at the farm! We will provide all you will need,and will be on hand to guide you through the process.

The Slime Factory will take place on Saturday 5th and Monday 7th May, and tickets will be made available online nearer the time. Tickets include farm entry.

Hanami Festival, Irish National Stud & Gardens, Kildare

Irish National Stud Japanese Gardens Hanami Festival

Celebrate all things Japanese at the Hanami Festival which takes place On May 5th from 11am.

  • There will be workshops and activities celebrating Japanese culture from 11am to 12.30 and again from 2pm to 3.30pm.
  • At 3:30 an expert horticulturist will be giving historic guided tours of the Japanese garden.

Afterwards families can enjoy visiting the playground meeting the foals and the horses or finding fairies on the fairy trail.

Tickets are available to book in advance or pay on the day. Season ticket holders get access to the National Stud and Gardens year round and get access to exclusive members events.

Family Events at glór, Ennis Co Clare

events at glor Ennis

glór have a packed line up for families during May. You can check out the full listings here and below are some we think you will all enjoy.

  • Presented as part of Bealtaine Festival & preceded by ‘Stories from the Landscape’ by Clare County Council Heritage Office, Older Than Ireland runs on May 5th at 2.30.
  • Public Spinning Demonstration FREE event on May 5th 12pm to 2.30pm
  • The annual showcase from Clare-based Broadway Dance School May 19th & 20th
  • Embrace Exhibition FREE exhibition of artistic work by people of different abilities May 18th to June 16th.
  • Fleadh Nua 2018 trad music events from May 25th to 27th.
  • Beauty & The Beast presented by The Dinan School of Ballet May 31st & June 1st.

Bug & Nature Hunts and Family Raft Building Challenges at Castlecomer Discovery Park

castlecomer discovery park

May is Project Family month at Castlecomer Discovery Park and they will be hosting a range of events that are specially designed for families to bond and spend quality time together in nature. The beautiful surroundings of the park here are perfect for parents to relieve stress and to avail of healthy activities that promote good behaviours in young people, and more importantly get rid of the screens for the day!

  • Be nature detectives on Saturday 5th & 19th May at Castlecomer Discovery Park and enjoy Bug & Nature hunts in the forest. This is an activity that all the family can do and is suitable for 5 upwards. Bug viewers are provided and a trained guide will give you lots of interesting facts about insect life. Times are available on their website and the sessions last approximately 45 minutes. Cost per child is €5 and adult price is €2.50.
  • On Saturday 12th & 26th May enjoy a “Raft Building” family challenge! The instructors will challenge you with the task of making a raft. How would you fare getting off a desert island? Your family are required to make a water-worthy vessel, but using only limited supplies and no instructions! Teamwork, communication, and a positive attitude are key to staying afloat. Work as a family and have lots of fun working out how to get onto the lake. This activity is for family teams up to 5 people (age 8+). Cost per family is €50 and this activity takes about four hours.
  • As part of Project Family there will also be number of free arts activities for children, these will be located in the elf and fairy village where you can spend some time relaxing over a freshly ground coffee or snack.
  • And while you are visiting, you can enjoy all their other fabulous adventure activities from Ireland’s longest zip wire to archery, tree top walks, to coal mining museum and boating. To book and for more details visit the website

Love Your Home Show, City West, Dublin

Love Your Home runs on May 12th & 13th at Citywest, Dublin. Register today for FREE TICKETS and be inspired by over 100 exhibitors.

  • Get expert advice on projects of any size for both your home and your garden
  • Be inspired in the Homestyle Theatre
  • Visit the Artisan Food Show
  • Visit the Artist & Makers Village
  • Check out the celebrity chef cookery demonstrations
  • Visit the Agri-Aware Mobile Farm, perfect to entertain and educate the kids

Register for your free tickets.

Russborough House, Wicklow

Russborough House events for families

Russborough House in Blessington, Co Wicklow have a fun FREE day out for all the family on May 13th from 11am to 5pm, when they host a Teddy Bears Picnic. Lots of fun activities including a woodland walk, crafts, gardening, story telling and lots of stalls. Don’t forget to bring along your favourite Teddy to join in the fun!

The West Wicklow Music Festival will be held at Russborough House for 4 days from May 17th to 20th. The festival showcases world class music from national and international talent. On Sunday May 20th there is a FREE Children’s Music Trail at 10am and Concert at 12pm.

Also on May 20th you can enjoy the Veteran & Vintage Car Rally ‘Spring Run” in front of the main house from 9.30am to 11am. This event is FREE.

Family Day 2018, Smithfield, Dublin

Celebrate Family, Celebrate Diversity – Family Day 2018 Smithfield Square, Saturday May 19. Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone, sharing parenting and separating – celebrates the wonderful diversity of families in Ireland with its eighth annual Family Day Festival taking place on Saturday 19 May from 1-5pm in Smithfield Square, Dublin 7. All families welcome to join in a host of free fun and festivities including workshops, magic, art, games, storytelling and lots more besides.

Shakefest at Charleville Castle, Tullamore

Shakefest is a fun family festival focusing on cultural art and dance in the beautiful surroundings of Charleville Castle.  It takes place on May 26th & 27th. There will be activities, performances and workshops for toddlers, children and adults. Drama, circus, dance, storytelling through music even textiles. Great value for money and a lovely day out.

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    glór, Ennis Co Clare

    glór have a packed line up for families during April. You can check out the full listings here and below are some we think you will all enjoy.

    Brigit’s Garden, Galway

    Easter egg hunt at Brigit's Garden

    On Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, April 1st & 2nd enjoy a Family Easter Hun at Brigit’s Garden There are two types of hunt: A mini​-​hunt for the little ones around the four Celtic Gardens and a mighty​-​hunt for the older children around the nature trail. Everyone gets a ​p​rize and the activities start anytime from 1pm onwards. There is a park and ride service available on the day.

    Dublinia Viking Fest 2018 & Pencil Topper Workshops

    dublinia knight or princess topper event

    Join in the fun this Easter weekend from March 30th to April 2nd and celebrate Viking Culture at the Dublinia Viking Fest 2018. On April 7th Meet a Real Viking and hear stories of his perilous adventures! Warning – It might be smelly! And on April 28th create your very own Knight or Princess Topper.

    GAP (Galway Autism Partnership), Galway

    GAP Galway Autism Project Autism Awareness Day events

    Galway Autism Partnership (GAP) will be hosting a family friendly event on Monday 2nd of April to celebrate Autism Awareness Day. Visit us in the Galway Shopping Centre from 12 – 5 pm to meet with families and individuals living with autism.

    • Check out the GAP information stand
    • Take part in fun arts and crafts and Lego activities
    • Chill out in the Sensory Zone
    • Have your face painted
    • Celebrate diversity!

    All ages, individuals and families are welcome and GAP would love to see you on the day.

    Birr Castle, Offaly

    birr castle Easter events

    For anyone interested in nature, discovery and adventure, Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre has a real treat in store this Easter break. The new Birr Castle Easter Family Quest which is an alternative to the traditional Easter Egg Hunt will take young, and maybe not so young, explorers on a journey through time, from great engineering feats to wildlife discoveries, and many more highlights in between. Once the young explorers complete the quest they return to the playground kiosk for their Easter treat and some free face painting. The Easter Family Quest takes place on dates from March 28th to April 6th.

    The Friends of Birr Castle Dog Show takes place on April 14th. Enjoy a fun filled day with your dog at the members of Birr Castle event with best in show competitions taking place from 12pm.

    Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

    Easter events at cool planet experienceCool Planet Experience is a new interactive Climate Change Experience for families at Powerscourt. They have some great Easter events and workshops taking place this Eater Mid-Term.

    The cocoa bean is the crop most vulnerable to climate change & unless we reduce our carbon footprint we will have no chocolate by 2030!

    Enjoy delicious treats on our indoor tour or take part in our Eggs-treme Easter workshops where you can learn the science behind eggs, chocolate & ice cream production & the importance of reducing our carbon footprint so we can continue to enjoy our favourite treats in the future! (Ice cream, chocolate treats & toppings included! YUM!).

    Roscommon Arts Centre

    There’s a Kids Comedy Camp running from April 3rd to 6th at Roscommon Arts Centre.

    dlr Mill Theatre, Dublin

    Blind Elephant Colouring Session dlr Mill TheatreThe Blind Elephant Illustration Collective have launched their first colouring book and to celebrate they are asking families of all ages to join them on April 7th at the dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum, from 3pm for a FREE afternoon of colouring and refreshments. Everything you need will be provided, just bring your creativity!

    The Amazing Grace Festival, Donegal

    The Amazing Grace Festival 2018 is on from April 4th to 9th, with loads of fun family activities throughout.

    Also in Inishowen, Carndonagh will host its Annual Easter Parade on Easter Monday, April 2nd 2018, with fun for all the family guaranteed.

    Free Events at Jervis Shopping Centre

    Free Easter Events at Jervis Shopping Centre

    This Easter break, Jervis SC are hosting an egg-cellent programme of FREE family events so read on to find out what they have in store!

    • Sat 7th April: 1-5pm – Science is Fun Day – Where Science can be Fun and Educational at the same time…. Lots and lots of chances for participation from our young Scientists of the Future.Jervis SC are also giving away a fantastic Family Trip to LEGOLAND  so if you like the sound of a Windsor getaway then go to Jervis.ie to find out more.

    National Museum of Ireland

    National Museum of Ireland glass exhibition

    The National Museum of Ireland Archaeology Kildare Street, Decorative Arts & History Collins Barracks,  Natural History Merrion Square and Country Life Turlough Park are all FREE to visit. They have a full program of events for families and children running across all 3 sites during April.

    Enchanted Merlin Forest Walk

    Join in the fun at Merlin Woods on Saturday 7th April 2-4pm to explore the magical kingdom of Merlin Woods, enter the world of fairies and Cleite the amazing fairy as she engrosses us all with stories of the forest creatures and their adventures. There will be face painters on the day. So come dressed as your favourite elf, fairy or superhero. 5 euro per child no more than 15 for families with more than three children, parents go free. Departing from the Doughiska entrance at 2pm sharp.

    ACT for Meningitis 5k Run, Galway

    ACT for Meningitis RunOn Sunday 8th April, the ACT for Meningitis annual sporting event, Remembering Aoibhe Renville Challenge will take place at Renville Park Oranmore, Galway. This year’s race line-up includes a 5k fully time-chipped run/walk at 11am and an exciting 3k/16k/3k Duathlon at 3pm, and this year to mark Aoibhe’s 10th anniversary, there will be a 2.5k Junior Race at 10am.

    Registration is open at www.iregister.ie/rarc and the first 300 people to register will receive a specialist designed event sports top.

    Child Centre Method Training with Simple Physical Literacy, Dublin

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    Simple Physical Literary are running a 2 day Child Centre Method Workshop at the Raddison Blu Airport Hotel on April 14th & 15th. The workshop is a foundation course for further studies in The Child Centre Method, an effective way of addressing learning, behavioural and emotional issues with children. The workshop is aimed at parents, carers and teachers of children to help each child reach their full potential in a holistic way.

    Dates: April 14th & 15th from 10am to 5pm daily. Find out more

    Russborough House, Wicklow

    the Art Room art classes for kids at Russborough House

    Wicklow artist Kate Dick runs art classes for children aged 5 to 8 years and aged 9 to 14 years in The Art Room at Russborough House.  The next classes takes place on Sunday April 15th from 2pm to 3.15pm (older age) & 3.30pm to 4.45pm (younger age)and costs €10 per child.  Classes can be booked online.

    FREE VR Games at Future Shock, Dublin

    Future Shock in Smithfield, Dublin 7 are having a FREE VR Gaming Event for families to come and give virtual reality games and experiences a go. The event takes place on April 15th from 10am to 7pm and each player gets 20 minutes free game time and can choose up to 3 virtual reality games or experiences from the 40+ on offer. No need to book, just turn up on April 15th and have a go!

    NPCpp Spring Conference – STEM: A Pathway to Success

    What is STEM

    Parents of secondary school students are invited to attend the National Parents Council post primary (NPCpp) Spring Conference 2018 on April 21st at Trinity College Dublin, Jonathan Swift Theatre from 10am to 1pm. The theme for the conference is STEM: A Pathway to Success and will equip parents with the knowledge to assist students on choosing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM). Register for your place now.

    Tech Week 2018, Nationwide

    Tech Week 2018

    Tech Week 2018 takes place nationwide from April 22nd to the 28th 2018. Tech Week, which is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), provides hands-on opportunities to learn about how computing and related technology is shaping every area of life that we live in today. Education, health, environment, social interaction, leisure, citizenship … the list never ends and the pace of change never stops. Check out www.techweek.ie for details of all events including the Tech Week Showcase at the RDS on Thursday April 28th 2018.

    The aim of Tech Week is to inspire students to engage actively with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM subjects), and equip them with the knowledge and experience necessary to make informed choices about their future subject and career choices.

    Tech Week also aims to educate all citizens – of every age group and background – about the challenges and rewards of our fast-changing technological society.

    Connect with Tech Week on Twitter @TechWeekIRL and don’t forget to use the hashtag #techweekirl to be part of the conversation!

    Lough Key Forest Park, Roscommon

    Family Fun Day at Lough Key Forest Park What's On and Things to DoEnjoy ‘Celebrating Family’ with a family picnic fun day on April 22nd  at Lough Key Forest Park in Boyle. This FREE event will include:

    • Music
    • Face Painting
    • Games
    • Walks and much more

    Pack your picnic and any musical instruments you can play and come along for some great family fun.

    Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway

    The annual Cúirt International Festival Literature takes place in Galway from April 23rd to 29th 2018. The festival includes an eclectic line-up looking at literature in all forms including music, prose, spoken word, poetry and theatre. There will be 70+ events to choose from, many of which are free and the line up includes family friendly events, exhibitions and talks.

    Wear Gold & Blue and Walk The Salthill Prom for GAP

    Support our crew - wear Gold & Blue things to do in Galway with kidsWear gold & blue and show support for friends and family with autism by joining the Galway Autism Project (GAP) on Sunday, April 29th to walk the Salthill Prom.

    The walk begins at 2pm in Salthill Park (opposite Leisureland) and ends with celebrations, games and refreshments for all at the Claddagh Community Hall from 3pm to 4.30pm. Everyone welcome.

    Round Up of Family Things to Do in March 2018

    Recommended Reading: 50 Egg-straordinary Places for an Easter Egg Hunt & to See the Easter Bunny in Ireland and Best Easter Camps for Kids in Ireland for 2018 and Things to Do in Ireland with Kids for Easter 2018 and Things to Do in Ireland with Kids This St Patrick’s Day 2018

    Art Classes for Children at Russborough House, Wicklow

    Wicklow artist Kate Dick runs art classes for children aged 5 to 8 years in The Art Room at Russborough House.  The first one of 2018 takes place on Sunday March 4th from 3.30pm to 4.45pm and cost €10 per child. The theme this month is I Spy at Russborough and the children will paint and draw on wood blocks. Classes can be booked online.

    glór, Ennis Co Clare

    entertainment at glor Ennis for families

    glór have a packed line up for families during March. You can check out the full listings here and below are some we think you will all enjoy.

    dlr Mill Theatre, Dublin

    Goldilocks and the three bears at dlr mill theatre things to do for families

    From Tiny Tunes to Kids Comedy Club the dlr Mill Theatre has a full line up of events for families in March including:

    National Museum of Ireland

    national museum of Ireland Collins Barracks proclaiming a republic

    The National Museum of Ireland Archaeology Kildare Street, Decorative Arts & History Collins Barracks,  Natural History Merrion Square and Country Life Turlough Park are all FREE to visit. They have a full program of events for families and children running across all 3 sites during March.

    BOOKING INFORMATION:

    Dublin Sites

    National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

    National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin

    National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin

    Mayo Site

    National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

    Nore Valley Park, Kilkenny

    Easter Egg Hunt at Nore Valley Park

    • St Patricks Snake Hunt on March 17th & 19th come along to Nore Valley Park to hunt for the snakes that managed to hide from St. Patrick! Free event as part of your entry ticket price.
    • Easter Egg Hunt on dates from March 24th to 30th come to Nore Valley Park and hunt far and wide for hidden eggs and sweet treats!

    Brigit’s Garden, Galway

    Mothers Day at Brigits Garden

    • Mother’s Day Celebration Lunch on March 11th 1pm to 2.30pm. The adult ticket includes 3 courses with a glass of Elderflower Prosecco, admission to the Garden and a posy of flowers for each mother.
    • Family Easter Hunt on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, April 1st & 2nd. There are two types of hunt: A mini​-​hunt for the little ones around the four Celtic Gardens and a mighty​-​hunt for the older children around the nature trail. Everyone gets a ​p​rize and the activities start anytime from 1pm onwards. There is a park and ride service available on the day.

    Shannon Heritage, Limerick & Clare

    Easter events at Bunratty Castle and King Johns Castle

    King John’s Castle, Limerick

    Easter Adventure awaits all the family at King Johns Castle on Easter Sunday, April 1st from 1 to 5pm. Highlights include the hilarious Wobbly Circus Show, Mr Boom and his Drum & Percussion Show, 52 foot inflatable obstacle course, fairytale stilt-walkers, face painting, Ger’s amazing animal farm and much more

    Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Clare

    Bunratty Castle and Folk Park promises to be a hive of activity and excitement this Easter Bank Holiday Monday, April 2nd from 1-5pm. There will be activities for all ages and a fantastic line up of events including the Wobbly Circus Show, Train Rides on the Easter Express, Mr Boom and his Drum & Percussion Show, magic shows, air juggler shooting alley and much more.

    Belvedere House, Westmeath

    things to do in Ireland with kids Belvedere House National Tree Week 2018

    Belvedere House have a packed schedule of events for March including:

    Slieve Aughty Spring Festival, Galway

    Slieve Aughty party ideas for kids

    Slieve Aughty Equestrian Centre host a Spring Festival with events daily from March 24th to April 8th. Take a stroll through the Enchanted Forest and see if you can spot the Easter Bunny along with some fairy folk. Learn about wild rabbits, take a pony ride and explore the grounds. Afterwards do some spring crafts or treat yourself to lunch or dinner at the Three Towers Organic Kitchen.

    Croke Park Junior Explorer Tours, Dublin

    Croke Park GAA Museum junior-explorer tours What's on for famiilies

    If you are looking for a Saturday morning activity that’s a bit more exciting than a trip to the playground, the GAA Museum at Croke Park has a Junior Explorer Tour for young families on Saturday mornings from 17th February to 26th May.

    Tours will depart from the GAA Museum at 10.30am
    Saturday 3rd March – CANCELLED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS
    Saturdays 10th March, 24th March, 28th April, 5th May, 12th May, 19th May, 26th May

    Easter Egg Trails are back too on dates from March 26th to March 29th. Participants will get an access-all-areas guided tour combined with an Easter Egg Hunt following clues around the Croke Park Stadium to find tokens which can be exchanged for a Cadbury’s Easter Egg and will finish off with a visit to the GAA Museum.

    Growing Gourmets Cookery Easter Camp, Dublin Cookery School

    Dublin Cookery School Camps

    Dublin Cookery School located in Blackrock, Co Dublin is a purpose built, state of the art facility with a team of experienced tutors from around the World.

    Our ‘Growing Gourmets’  Easter Camp is open to young and enthusiastic aspiring chefs (ages 12-16 years). This exciting, hands-on course focuses on easy to prepare, fun and delicious recipes.

    The course runs from from Monday the 26th of March to Thursday 29th. 10am until 3.30pm

    Some examples would include Thai Meatballs, Hummus, Pizza, Gnocchi, Flat Breads, Lemon Drizzle Cake and Chocolate Eclairs. Fascinated, excited kids eagerly roll fresh pasta, fill raviolis and top fresh pizzas.

    Places are limited to 24 students – places filling quickly so book today.

    Dublinia Viking Fest & the Big Dig – Dublin

    Dublina Easter Events for families The Big Dig

    Dublinia has loads going on over the Easter break for families and kids including:

    Cool Planet Experience – Wicklow

    Cool Planet Experience Science of Climate Change 2

    Cool Planet Experience officially open their doors to the public on the 15th of March 2018 at 1pm. Based in the picturesque Powerscourt Estate, the Cool Planet Experience is Ireland’s first interactive experience aimed at inspiring positive climate action. Through a series of interactive exhibitions & games, the Cool Planet Experience aims to inspire, uplift & essentially make sustainability so cool it becomes the norm! Check out our website for more info www.coolplanetexperience.org

    GAP (Galway Autism Partnership), Galway

    • Bag Packing at Tesco, Oranmore from 10am to 6pm on March 3rd. If you could spare a couple of hours and would like to volunteer please contact the GAP office on 091 588899 or email.
    • Sensory screening of COCO at IMC Cinema, Headford Road on March 4th at 12pm. This screening is open to all individuals and families living with autism to enjoy a great film with lights dimmed and sound reduced. Cost €3 each and can be purchased directly from IMC.
    • Cash for Clobber fundraiser from March 20th to 23rd. Please drop you bags to The GAP House at 36 Laurel Park from 10am to 5pm. Please note no soiled clothes, underwear, bedding, towels or duvets or pillows.

    Story Spinners Exhibition, Dublin

    story spinners trinityThe skill and artistry of Irish women writers and illustrators of children’s texts from the 18th to the 21st centuries will be celebrated in a new exhibition entitled Story Spinners: Irish Women and Children’s Books in the Long Room of the Old Library at Trinity. The Story Spinners exhibition highlights the central role that women played in Irish history, politics, and culture, including literary arts. There is particular emphasis on representations of strong female characters and the exhibition includes works from writers and illustrators such as Eilís Dillon, Maria Edgeworth, Eileen O’Faolain, Patricia Lynch, Norah McGuinness, Sinéad de Valera and others. The exhibition runs at Trinity College until May 2018 and will also be available to view online.

    Also check out 20 Brilliant Books for Bold Girls

    Launch of Galway, West of Ireland European Region of Gastronomy 2018

    ERG PDF INVITATIONTo celebrate the launch of the flagship programme for Galway, West of Ireland European Region of Gastronomy 2018, the people of Galway are invited to a free, family, outdoor event at Spanish Arch in Galway on Friday the 16th of March at 5pm. A community opening ceremony will be followed by a family céilí, and the celebration will also showcase local food producers to spotlight the region’s dynamic food sector and rich food heritage.

    Galway Food Festival

    The annual Galway Food Festival takes place around Galway City and County from March 29th to April 2nd 2018. There will be over 100 food based events take place during the festival, so plenty to amuse and entertain families of all ages.

    The Village Hall, Cork

    Enjoy a Tribe Crafty Sunday session on March 4th where you can make Superhero Spoon Puppets. Open to all just show your interested in attending so they have enough materials.

    Round Up of Family Things to Do in February 2018

    Be sure to check out our round up of events for kids during February Mid-Term & Fun Family Events for Bank Holidays in Ireland 

    Whats on for Families Wide Eyes Baboro

    A one off 4 days of performing arts, Wide Eyes is especially for young children aged 0 to 6 years and features theatre, workshops and installations from some of Europe’s finest artists producing work for early years. There are 3 magical free events for families that weekend too:

    • Finding Magic, miniature art works made especially for very small children on the streets and in venues around Galway City
    • Sky Phonics, an interactive audio and visual installation, at NUI Galway
    • Flash Mob at Eyre Square on Sunday 4 Feb at 1.30pm

    glór Ennis have a full line up of events for families this February 2018 including:

    • Little Folk on Tour with Kyle Riley on February 3rd at 10.30am & 12.30pm
    • Public Spinning a FREE event presented by the mid-western spinners and textiles group on February 3rd from 12pm to 2pm
    • Bosco Meets Hansel and Gretel by The Paula Lambert Puppet Theatre on February 17th at 1.3pm
    • Rithimí Nua presented by glór and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance are a series of FREE lunchtime concerts showcasing the development of traditional music and dance in an informal setting. February 8th at 1pm and March 8th and April 12th.
    • Keith Barry’s Magic Madhouse on February 11th at 8pm
    • The Jarlath Henderson Band a BYOK (bring your own kids event) is on February 22nd from 8pm
    • Wyvern Lingo are on February 24th from 8pm a three-piece from Wicklow and have previously toured with Hozier

    Parenting Masterclass with Val Mulally

    Our resident parenting expert Val Mulally of Koemba Parenting is hosting a Parenting Masterclass in the Kathleen Ward Health Clinic, Castleblaney, Monaghan on Saturday February 3rd.

    This is your opportunity to discover key insights and practical advice for a calmer family life including:

    • How to parent with less stress and without family chaos
    • How to create more fun and co-opeartion in the in the family

    Book your place today!

    brigits garden things to do with kids in Galway

    Brigit’s Garden in Galway are having a FREE Brigit’s Cross making Workshop on February 1st and 4th. The rushes will be provided and you will be taught how to make a traditional St. Brigit’s Cross to celebrate the saints day and the beginning of Spring.

    Edenderry Library has a Let’s Get Crafty Kids Workhop on February 2nd with Sharon Eady. All materials supplied. Email edenderrrylibrary@offalycoco.ie to book a place.

    alliance Francaise fliac things to do in Dublin

    Enjoy a FREE dance performance suitable for the whole family at The French Library, Alliance Française Dublin, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 on Saturday, February 10th at 11am. “Fraternité” by Compagnie Filao – The French contemporary dance company Filao, comprised of Géraldine Borghi and Cyril Véra-Coussieu, will put on a very special show for the whole family, from 3 years of age, at the French Library.
For the past 8 years they have been creating shows using the dancing body as a means of communication and of conveying emotions. This duo unites physicality, organicity and contact. Their newest creation, Fraternité, portrays the relationship which unites brother and sister. It will lead both young and old to question themselves about the world and their connections with one another. Admission is free and you can reserve your place here.

    The National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Decorative Arts & History,  Natural History and Country Life are all FREE to visit. They have a full program of events for families and children running across all 3 sites during February.

    BOOKING INFORMATION:

    National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

    national museum of Ireland events and workshops

    Medieval Knights and Ladies

    2pm – 4pm, February 14th

    In Medieval times a lady would give a knight a love token to carry into ‘battle’ for good luck. Join us to find out more about love and courting in Medieval times and to make your own love token to bring home. No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families with children 8+

    Artefact Detective

    2pm – 4pm, Friday, February 16
    Learn how to think like an archaeologist and try to solve the puzzle of some mystery objects! This is a drop-in session in the Kildare Room on the ground floor of the Museum. No booking required. Suitable for families with children aged eight years plus.

    Viking Ireland

    3pm – 3.45pm, February 25th

    Did you know that Dublin was established by the Vikings? Take our Viking Ireland tour with museum educator Annie Birney to learn more about Viking raiders, traders and settlers, see the skeleton of a Viking warrior, and discover ice skates made of bone! No booking required. Places are limited and allocated on a first come basis. Meet at Reception. Not wheelchair accessible. Adults & Children 7+

    National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin

    Seasonal Activity Sheet – Spring into Action

    During opening hours, February 1st to 28th

    Spring has sprung so why not drop in to the Museum and try our Spring Activity Trail. Copies of this activity sheet are available at the stands in Reception and the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil!
    Drop-in Activity. Audience: Families

    Meet the Relatives

    11am – 1pm, Saturday, February 10
    What’s the difference between a chimp, a gorilla and an orangutan. Meet a zoologist, investigate ape skulls and complete the primate trail to find out more about our closest relatives. No booking required but there may be a short wait time. Suitable for children aged eight years plus.

    Family Tour: Animal Lottery with Catherine McGuinness

    11.30am & 2.30pm, February 10th

    You decide the route of the tour by having an animal lottery- be prepared for a lot of walking! No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible. Audience: Families

    National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin

    Love tokens things to do in Dublin

    Family Tour: Love Tokens

    11am – 12pm, February 14th

    An opportunity to explore the romantic histories of objects on display in the Museum’s collections with Lisa Flanagan, focusing on the fashion and furniture exhibitions, The Way We Wore and Irish Country Furniture. No booking required, places allocated on a first come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Audience: Families

    Chinese New Year Workshop

    2.30pm – 4pm, Friday, February 16
    Celebrate the Year of the Dog and learn all about Chinese New Year with this special art workshop for families. All art materials will be provided. Suitable for families with children aged seven years plus. Booking is required.

    Hands on Design: Elegance or functionality, display or camouflage?

    3pm – 4pm, February 18th

    Drop in and explore the design of military uniforms, headwear and other equipment Irish men and women used while preparing for or fighting in different conflicts. A chance to test designs of objects from the Museum’s collection for handling. No booking required. All ages

    Public Tour: Recovered Voices – Ireland and World War 1

    3pm – 4pm, February 25th

    Join a public tour of Recovered Voices exploring the experience of Irish men and women during World War I. No booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Audience: Adults & Children 12+

    National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

    National Museum of Ireland

    Knitting & Crochet Circle – A Woolly Winter

    11am – 1pm, February 2nd

    Working on some winter woollies? Starting a new crochet project? Come along to our Knitting & Crochet Circle for some help, advice and a good auld yarn. Beginners welcome. No booking required. Drop-in Activity. Audience: Adults & Children 7+

    Be My Valentine

    2.30pm to 4.30pm, February 10th

    Join artist Veronika Straberger for a Valentine’s themed creative writing workshop. Compose a love poem and make a unique card for that special someone. Booking required for workshop. Audience: Adults & Children 12+

    You Could Draw That Blindfolded

    2.30pm to 3.30pm, February 13th

    Join artist Nuala Clarke for a fun and collaborative workshop for parents and children with a shared interest in art. With a little help, see if you can draw an object from our collections with your eyes closed. Booking required for workshop. Audience: Adults & Children 7+

    Little Red Hen

    2.30pm – 3.30pm, Thursday, February 15
    Hear the story of the Little Red Hen and her friends, told through puppets, in this fun, interactive gallery session with Barbara Barclay. Hear the tale, handle objects from the collection and then make your own character. Booking required. Suitable for children aged three to six years.

    Knitting & Crochet Circle – Springtime Patterns

    11am – 1pm, February 16th

    Update your style for Spring. Join the group to work on your knitting and crochet skills, swap patterns and get advice. Beginners welcome. No booking required. Audience: Adults & Children 7+

    the ark Zombie prosthetics Workshop Things to do in Dublin for kids

    Come along to The Ark this February and enjoy some creative workshops including:

    • Music in Glass exhibition by Róisín de Buitléar run until February 10th. Some of the sculptures are created to evoke the sound and duration of a musical note, others look like musical instruments. And you can also enjoy a fun interactive glass sound exploring area where you can try making your own musical sounds!
    • Zombie Prosthetics Workshop 10 February
      For Ages 9+. Learn how to transform into a spooky zombie with Julie-Ann Ryan, special effects makeup artist on productions such as The Tudors, Vikings & Game of Thrones! Part of Fantastic Flix at The Ark.
    • Lego Animation Workshops 13-16 February 2018
      Make your own Lego movie in this practical workshop with Brick Flicks. Part of Fantastic Flix at The Ark.
    • Discover Graphic Design for Filmmaking 17 February
      Join Annie Atkins, graphic designer on The Box Trolls and The Grand Budapest Hotel, in a fun workshop in which you will create a passport for Dracula, just as she would for the movies!

    The Tullamore Musical Society presents Sister Act on February 10th to 16th in Tullamore GAA Centre. To book contact 0852240669 4 to 6pm weekdays.

    Blind Elephants Exhibition

    The ‘Colour Me Blind Exhibition‘ to celebrate and promote the Colour Me Blind colouring book opens at the dlr Mill Theatre in Dundrum Town Centre on February 17th and runs until April 20th. The exhibition comprises of large framed coloured in images from the book finished in various media by the artists on display for inspiration.

    Live colouring in and refreshments on the opening evening Saturday 17th February 5pm.

    Cool Planet Experience Science of Climate Change 2

    Cool Planet Experience officially opens to the public on the 28th of February 2018 at 12.30pm & cannot wait to welcome you! Based in the picturesque Powerscourt Estate, the Cool Planet Experience is Ireland’s first interactive experience aimed at inspiring the next generation to take positive climate action.

    Round Up of Family Things to Do in January 2018

    Check out Where to go Ice Skating in Dublin & Around Ireland & Sensory Shows, Pantos & Places to Visit Santa & Round Up of the Best Pantos for a Family Trip to the Theatre

    nmi scribes museum whats on for families

    The 3 National Museum of Ireland sites in Dublin have a host of FREE activities and events taking place in January.

    Events at NMI Archaeology include:

    • Precious Gifts and Where to Find them a look at where archaeologists find precious objects. Create a special bookmark with precious objects. Suitable for families ages 7+ on December 30th and January 6th.
    • Budding Scribes workshop for families aged 10+ takes place on January 3rd. Free but booking required email education@museum.ie or call 01 6488334.
    • Gold, Amber and Bronze Tour on January 4th with Trisha Ryan.
    • Take a tour of the treasures of the museum on January 20th. Suitable for families aged 7+. No booking required.

    Events at NMI Natural History in January include:

    • Open daily from January 2nd 2018 come along and pick up the Do Not Disturb Activity Sheet to fill in while you visit.
    • For families aged 8+ check out a Selection Box of Natural History Mysteries in the Discovery Zone on January 6th.
    • Learn how the museum acquires and cares for their collection with a special taxidermy talk on January 27th. For families aged 12+. No booking required.

    Events at NMI Decorative Arts & History in January include:

    • Join Armagh Ryhmers on January 2nd for a seasonal performance of stories with costumes and specially crafted masks. Suitable for all ages and no booking required.
    • Artist in Residency – Róisín de Buitléar will have a studio on site at Collins Barracks throughout 2018.
    • In Kind is an exhibition by local artists and is open to the public from January 2nd 2018 to March 11th 2018.
    • Eileen Gray tour take place on January 28th 2018 and is suitable for families aged 7+

    knitting and rochet circle at NMI Country LIfe Whats on

    The NMI Country Life in Mayo has FREE events in January including:

    • Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Christmas) musical celebration on January 6th from 2pm to 3pm.
    • Knitting and Crochet Circle on January 19th from 11am to 1pm (beginners welcome)
    • The Hoard and the Sword Exhibition is open from January 3rd to 28th 2018.
    • Open Mic Afternoon on January 21st from 2.30 to 4.30pm for adults and children aged 12+
    • Meet the Connacht Textile Crafters on January 27th from 11.30am to 12.30pm and from 3pm to 4pm.
    • Make a St Brigid’s Cross at the museum on January 28th.

    imagionsoity dublin COCO Skull creations whats on

    Imaginosity Dublin have events running throughout January for children including Scavenger Hunts and play days. And Children aged 3 to 9 years can take part in a special art and craft workshop COCO Skull Creations on January 2nd & 4rd from 2pm to celebrate the release of the new Disney movie COCO.

    The Ark Dublin have family and adult friendly events running this January all with a trad music theme including:

    • Music in Glass Exhibition from January 20th to February 10th
    • Socks in the Frying Pan Trad gigs for children on January 26th & 27th.
    • Give Trad a Try on January 27th & 28th.
    • Children’s Craft Club on January 27th & 28th.
    • The Butterfly and the Mockingbird early years performance on January 28th.
    • Children’s Open Trad Session on January 28th.

    art and craft sundays at Lough Key whats on

    Lough Key Forest Park, Roscommon have Children’s Craft Classes taking place every Sunday in January. The classes are suitable for ages 6 to 12 years and run from 11am to 12pm. Booking is essential; email bookings@loughkey.ie. Cost is €10 per class and includes all materials.

    glor st flannans college trad club whats on

    glór Ennis have a full line up of events for families this January 2018 including:

    • Music from St Flannan’s College Trad Club with special guests the Kilfenora Céllí Band on January 5th at 8pm.
    • The Kilfenora Céllí Band will perform also on January 6 & 7th at 8pm
    • Yoga for Teens workshops begin again on January 8th from 4.30pm to 5.30pm for 7 weeks.
    • Art Classes for Children Spring term begins on January 13th from 10.30am to 11.30am and are suitable for children aged 5 to 12 years.

    Galway City Museum have a FREE guided tour on January 6th from 12pm to 12.45pm. Tour visitors will discover the fascinating history and folklore behind the exhibitions including a rare Penfold Post Box!

    The National Print Museum, Dublin have a FREE guided tour of their collection on January 7th and every Sunday in January at 3pm. Each visitor is offered the opportunity to hand compose and print a poster during the tour!

    The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin have a FREE Sunday Sketching Workshop running on January 7th. Suitable for ages 6+ it takes place from 3pm to 4pm.

    Alliance Française Dublin hosts La Petite Nuit des Idées on Thursday 25 January at 4pm, Admission free. Children from 5 to 11 years old will get the opportunity to join us for an interactive discussion and create a collective story by video conference with children from London, Paris, Dublin, Dakar and Marrakesh! The workshop will be led from Paris by the famous children books writer Anaïs Vaugelade.

    Based on the game “Once Upon a Time “, kids will engage in short debates allowing everyone to share their views on various topics in a fun and educative way. Presented by Institut Français Paris in association with Alliance Française Dublin and the Institut Français in London, Marrakech and Dakar. At The French Library, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

    Things to do in Dublin with KidsHalf Light at The Mill Theatre, Dundrum. Friday 26th and Saturday 27th January. Imagine this: you’re walking up a mountain, through a forest of pine trees, and you’re trying to find your Dad. He’s been taken by a monster.
    Meet Robin, a ten-year-old boy travelling through the magical woodland of his father’s storybook. A tale which is as true as it is untrue. Half dark and half light.  Ages 8+

    School performance Friday 26th January 1pm – please email helen@milltheatre.ie for school bookings (€8 per child)
    Admission: €12/€10

    The Crawford Art Gallery in Cork have 5 exhibitions of work from different artists for January and is FREE to visit.

    Things to Do in December 2017

    Magical Places to Visit Santa in Ireland

    Places are filling up fast for Santa Visits. If you have not booked yours already, be sure to check out 50 Magical Places to Visit Santa in Ireland and The Best Value & Free Places to Visit Santa in Ireland

    Check out The Best Christmas Markets in Ireland & the Best places in Ireland to see Christmas Lights & Where to go Ice Skating in Dublin & Around Ireland & Sensory Shows, Pantos & Places to Visit Santa & Round Up of the Best Pantos for a Family Trip to the Theatre

    what's on for families in Clare

    Frozen Sing Along with face painting is on at glór Ennis on December 9th from 4.15pm. Come along for a fun-filled afternoon of singing. Ballet Ireland presents Romeo & Juliet on December 15th and Cinderella by The Pantoloons is on from December 22nd to 31st.

    tracks in the snow at The Ark Things to do in Dublin with kids

    The Henry Girls are back at The Ark Dublin with their show Tracks in the Snow on dates from December 2nd to 30th.

    The Museum of Country Life in Mayo has a weekend of free festive family entertainment, crafts and festive fun on December 16th & 17th.

    christmas carol

    Chapterhouse Theatre Company present A Christmas Carol on December 18th at Belvedere House and Gardens, Mullingar. Tickets are selling fast so book yours today for this magical family event.

    christmas at Lough key 2017

    Lough Key Forest Park in Roscommon are have a Christmas Sunday for families on December 17th from 11am. Activities will include:

    • Festive arts and crafts class
    • Christmas Movie with festive treats
    • Face-painting
    • Festive floral demonstration
    • Santa will be there with his helpers and you can enjoy festive singing, mince pies and mulled wine.

    Magical window poster Betty Ann Norton Theatre SchoolCome along and be entertained by the current students at the Betty Ann Norton Theatre School on Sunday December 17th at St. Louis High School, Rathmines, Dublin 6 from 7.30 when they present “The Magical Window” a delightful Christmas show to be enjoyed by all the family.

    For those wishing to register for a course at the renowned Betty Ann Norton Theatre School & Agency beginning in January 2018, you will receive 10% off all courses when you Book by Saturday, 16th December

    The Grand Parade in Cork will be once again transformed into a festive feast for the senses from December 1st to 22nd 2017 as the Glow Festival returns to light up the city skyline.

    On December 3rd, Waterford Castle Hotel will host their 5th annual Christmas Family Fair with food, entertainment and festive fun for all ages.

    Winterval is back in Waterford for 2017 from November 17th to December 23rd a traditional family festival celebrating all things festive.

    A must for all Harry Potter Fans, 3Arena Dublin are hosting Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Concert on December 6th. Watch the film on a giant screen and listen to a live orchestra performing alongside the screening.

    Enjoy a Christmas Open Day at Collins Barracks (Museum of Decorative Arts & History) on December 10th from 2pm to 5pm. All welcome with free events and festive activities for families.

    YuleFest Kilkenny takes place across Kilkenny from December 1st to 31st, incorporated into the festival is Medieval Week from December 1st to 8th, Cultural Week from December 9th to 15th and Arts Week 16th to 24th December.

    Mullingar Christmas Market runs from December 7th to 10th 2017. Go along to stock up on Christmas goodies and soak up the festive spirit.

    Be sure to check out the Best places in Ireland to see Christmas Lights & Where to go Ice Skating in Dublin & Around Ireland

    If you are running an event that is of interest to children or families, you can add it for free to our events section

    November 2017

    The annual Hullaballo Children’s Arts Festival takes place in Offaly from November 1st to 4th 2017. Events will take place in Birr, Endenderry and Clara and in selected libraries including a Harry Potter Night in Tullamore Library on November 1st from 5.30 to 7pm.

    The 23rd Junior Galway Film Fleadh takes place from November 8th to 11th 2017. There are film screenings, workshops and even a script pitching competition for would be screen writers.

    Living a Wild Life with Colin Staffod-Johnson takes place at glór Ennis on November 9th at 8pm. It promises to be a spell-binding evening for all ages.

    lough key baking classes

    Lough Key in Roscommon are running Sunday morning baking classes for kids starting November 12th. The classes will take place in the Moylurg Room next to the lakeside Café and are for children aged 6 to 12 years. They cost €12 per child and run from 11am to 12pm. Booking is essential. To book a place please call (071) 9673122 or email: bookings@loughkey.ie

    Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo opens on November 3rd. Go along to see the Zoo in a whole new light!

    The Dublin Book Festival is back from November 2nd to 9th 2017 with an amazing line up of events for readers and book lovers of all ages.

    The annual Waterford Film Festival is back from November 3rd to 5th 2017.

    national museum of Ireland workshops things to do for kids

    The 4 National Museum of Ireland sites Dublin & Mayo, have no shortage of FREE workshops for families this November 2017 including:

    • Winter Trail Activity Sheets , Something Wicked this Way Comes, Exploring Ancient DNA and The Bone Vault at Kildare Street Museum of Archaeology
    • The Hoard & the Sword Echoes of the Vikings Exhibition, The Willow House, Spooky Shadow Puppets Workshop, Knitting & Crochet Circle, Open Mic Afternoon, The Vikings in Ireland and Connacht Textile Crafters demonstration at Turlough Park, Mayo Museum of Country Life
    • Shadow Puppet Workshop, Hands on History for Science Week, Christmas Advent Calendar Workshop, Eileen Gray Tour and Culture Club at Collins Barracks, Museum of Decorative Arts and History
    • Busy Bees Activity Sheet, Open Day to celebrate 160 years of the Natural History Museum, Merrion Square is on November 4th, The Bone Vault, Inspectorium: What on Earth? activity for Science Week, Christmas on the Square and The Do Not Disturb Activity Sheet.

    The Ark November 2017 things to do in Dublin with kids

    The Ark Dublin have family and adult friendly events running this November including: Songwriting & Digital Tools Workshop on November 1st, Spooky Sounds & Song Workshop on November 3rd, Strange Feathers by Fidget Feet on November 4th & 5th, Talk for Grown Ups – I still want to go to space on November 16th, Music Gig for Families – Space on November 17th & 18th and a Talk for Families – My Place in Space on November 19th.

    Sunday Funday is on at Galway Atlantaquaria on November 12th from 12pm to 5pm. The theme for the day is ‘Digital Ocean’ and there will be a host of family friendly activities on offer including:

    • Drive the remote control ROV
    • Mad Science
    • Jumping Clay
    • Scuba Divers
    • Printmaking
    • Galway Critters Animal Show

    Adam & Friends have a Christmas Toy & Product Expo for Children with Special Needs 7 Autism on November 5th from 11 to 5pm at Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork. 

    Powerscourt Estate in Co. Wicklow have a Christmas Launch Night on November 9th from 5pm to 8pm. This free event showcases the best of what is on offer at Powerscourt for the festive season and there will be tastings and samples to enjoy.

    The annual Cork Film Festival takes place in various venues from November 10th to 19th and this year they have a special children and schools program aimed at younger audiences.

    Disney on Ice presents Passport to Adventure at Citywest Dublin on November 10th, 11th & 12th.

    Science Week takes place from November 12th to 19th 2017 and there are STEM events planned nationwide to celebrate.  

    Games Expo Ireland is back at the RDS on November 25th & 26th 2017. Showcasing the latest technology and games there will be plenty to occupy all ages.

    The Jonathan Swift Festival takes place in Dublin from November 23rd to 26th 2017, with walking tours, food, music and family entertainment for all ages.

    Cork Chocolate & Baking Festival (yum yum!) is on from November 24th to 27th 2017 at the Cork International Hotel, a must visit for anyone who loves chocolate!

    The annual Galway Science and Technology Festival Exhibition Day is back at NUI Galway on Sunday November 26th from 10am – 6pm, it’s completely free and 30% of workshop/show event tickets are released on the day so you can still get into some of the fun events like The Bug Doctor or Fantastic DNA. Also on Saturday November 25th head to Galway Shopping Centre 10am-4pm to see the Richard III Discovered Exhibit, it’s the first time it’s come to Ireland, fun for young archaeology fans!

    iCAN Christmas Party

    iCAN the Irish Children’s Arthritis Network are having their annual Christmas Party at Bunratty Castle on November 26h. They invite those suffering with JIA and their families along to participate. Places are strictly limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Email icanireland.events@gmail.com with Xmas 2017 as the subject line.

    Winter Wonderland is back at Westport House, Mayo from November 25th 2017. Get a guided tour of the magical Westport House and enjoy the live crib and some Christmas magic.

    The Moving Crib opens on November 28th for the 61st year at St Martins, Parnell Square, Dublin 1. Admission is FREE, however large groups are asked to book online before arriving.

    Round Up of Family Things to Do in October 2017

    Whats on around Ireland this Halloween

    There are so many great events happing around Ireland this Halloween that we have created a round up post of Halloween Events and Things to Do and you can also check out

    Ignite your family’s imagination at the 2017 Baboró International Arts Festival for Children. Happening at venues all over Galway from 16th – 22nd October. From beautifully animated features to drop in family fun there really is something for everyone.

    The Dublin Festival of History 2017 runs from September 29th to October 14th and has over 80 FREE events in sites across Dublin, including a History Day for Kids on October 7th.

    The annual Ballinasloe Horse Fair & Festival is on from October 1st to 8th 2017.

    glor ennis Dermot and Dave

    glór Ennis have a full line up of events for families this October 2017 including:

    • For all the Fires Not Yet Lit a BYOK (bring your own kids) event on October 4th.
    • Yoga for Teens Workshops on Mondays from 4.30 to 5.30pm
    • Public Spinning Demo on October 6th
    • Misterman on October 11th (suitable for ages 14+)
    • The Godfather – Italian Film & Food Night on October 12th
    • Halcyon Days Exhibition from October 13th
    • Dermot & Dave ‘Ah Sure Lookit’ on October 13th
    • Gourmet Food Village featuring Kevin Dundon as part of the Ennis Food Festival on October 15th.
    • Irish Chamber Orchestra (BYOK Event) on October 19th
    • Clare’s Got Talent on October 22nd, 29th, November 5th & 12th.
    • Alice in Wonderland presented by Blue Raincoat Theatre on October 24th
    • Strange Feathers presented by Fidget Feet on October 28th
    • Donnie Darko screening on October 31st

    Space Week 2017 runs from October 4th to 10th and offer events and workshops nationwide.

    Whats on things to do with the kids Bricks4Kidz Lego creativity centre

    bricks4kidz have announced the opening of a new Creativity Centre at the Omni Park Shopping Centre, Dublin 9. Parents can drop kids off for some imaginative Lego play while they get in some retail therapy! The centre also caters for Lego Birthday Parties and will run seasonal camps and after school classes. For further information contact Joanne on 01 685 5700 or email jhartnett@bricks4kidz.com or visit the website.

    On the October 7th & 8th 2017, The Ronald McDonald House will be holding its annual #Walking4Families event nationwide to raise money to build a new 53 Bedroom Ronald McDonald House alongside the New National Children’s Hospital. Please support by joining your local event. Or text WALK to 50300 to Donate €4 if unable to attend.

    Spudfest 2017 takes place at Newbridge House and Farm on October 7th. It is a free event and family fun day for all to enjoy.

    Whats on in Dublin for Famiiles

    The National Museum of Ireland have a full line up of family events running during October at their 3 Dublin sites and at The Country Life Museum in Mayo . All activities are free and usually no booking is required but places are given on a first come first served system.

    Limerick Racecourse will have a Family Funday on October 7th.

    There will be a special exhibition of secondary school students artwork and lectures at the Hunt Museum, Limerick from October 9th to 15th for Mental Health Week.

    The `OFFline Film Festival takes place in Birr, Co Offaly from October 11th to 15th. And will include a program for both primary and secondary school students.

    For younger children, Four Go Wild in Wellies will be showing at the Hawkswell Theatre Sligo on October 13th.

    Buladh Bos Children’s Festival 2017 will take place in Limerick from October 10th to October 21st. The Lime Tree Theatre will host family shows and events throughout.

    Tayto Park are hosting a fundraising day for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) on October 14th. €2 from all entry fees on the day will be donated to CFI. Staff from CFI will be in the park on the day too and will be hosting a ‘Strawfie Challenge’ which they urge you to take part in!

    Maths Week 2017 is on from October 14th to 22nd and all schools nationwide are invited to get involved in fun maths challenges and projects.

    iCAN kidzone fun day

    iCAN the Irish Children’s Arthritis Network are hosting a ‘Laugh and Learn’ Day on October 14th at Kingfisher NUIG and have a Soft Play Fun Day at Kidzone, Wicklow on October 21st. They invite those suffering with JIA and their families along to participate.

    Take a Neolithic Autumn Walk on October 15th at Cavan Burren Park with guide Seámus ÓhUltacháin.

    The 18th Kerry Film Festival is on from October 19th to 22nd 2017.

    The 41st Kinsale Gourmet Festival takes place on October 14th & 15th 2017.

    EB Awareness Week supported by Debra Ireland, runs from October 23rd to 29th 2017. Please support this cause by purchasing a Butterfly Tattoo from Applegreen service stations nationwide.

    Tradoodle is a new Traditional Arts Festival for Children and Young Audiences in Monaghan and runs from October 24th to 29th 2017. They have a packed program of events for schools and families to enjoy.

    The Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre takes place in Armagh on October 28th with cooking demos, music, fun and games for all the family to get involved in.

    The Purple Turnip Festival takes place in Market Square Lisburn on October 28th & 29th. It promises to be a fun event with a hunt for the purple turnip, free craft activities, interactive dance floor and exotic animals on show.

    September 2017

    Hooked Killybegs 2017 takes place on September 2nd in LYIT Killybegs, Co Donegal. Come along to discover all about fishing and sample so local seafood at this fishy family friendly event.

    The 22nd annual Monaghan Harvest Times Rhythm & Blues Festival runs from September 1st to 3rd 2017.

    things to do with kids family fun cayAs part of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th, there will be a Family Fun Festival at ‘The Walled Garden’ in Kilcornan House, Clarinbridge, Co Galway from 2 to 5pm.

    All proceeds will go to Helplink Support Service. There will be music, a treasure hunt, entertainers, a creative corner, competitions and much more. Tickets are €10 and children under 12 go free.

    The annual Cabinteely Carnival takes place on September 10th in Cabinteely Park from 1pm to 5pm. There is a full line up of FREE fun events for all the family from circus skills to juggling!

    The Irish Times Higher Options event takes place in the RDS from September 13th to 15th 2017. It is a unique opportunity to find out about university and college courses in Ireland and abroad for students in 5th or 6th year and their parents.

    The 10th annual Portumna Shorelines Arts Festival takes place from September 14th to 17th, 2017 and has a full line up of events for families.

    FÉILE NA SEITEANNA 2017 (Letterkenny Set Dancing Festival)  is on in Letterkenny from September 15th to 17th 2017.

    What on in Westmeath Belvedere House Bat Walks

    Take a Bat Walk at Belvedere House and Gardens in Co Westmeath on September 16th at 7.30pm. The walks are held in association with Bat Conservation Ireland.

    The 5th annual BlureFire Street Fest is on September 16th in Simithfield Square, Dublin 7. This all day event (2 pm till late) will have zones with activities and events for all ages and is totally FREE.

    The annual National Ploughing Championships 2017 take place in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly from September 19th to 21st.

    The Loughcrew Autumn Equinox Festival takes place at Loughcrew, Co Meath on September 21st – 23rd 2017. There will be workshops, guided walks and talks for all ages.

    The Ark, Dublin is a special place to visit with kids anytime, with an art gallery, workshops, theatre and chill out zone for kids and parents. This September they throw open their doors for Culture Night events on September 22nd and as part of The Dublin Theatre Show they will show If Only Rosa Could Do Magic from September 30th to October 3rd.

    The Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival 2017 is on from September 22nd to 24th.

    Culture Night 2017 takes place on September 22nd. From 5pm to 11pm arts and culture organisations nationwide will open their doors and offer entertainment and events for young and old.

    The Celtic Fringe Festival 2017 takes place in Grange, Co Sligo from September 22nd to 24th.

    The Dunshaughlin Harvest Festival is on from September 22nd to 24th. This family friendly festival will include a Festival Bake Off and loads of fun workshops and events for children.

    The Taste of Togher Food & Heritage Festival 2017 is on September 23rd in Annagassan, Co Louth.Celebrating our viking past and showcasing local producers this will be a great family event.

    The European Week of Sport and Physical Activity 2017 will be celebrated in venues nationwide from September 23rd to 30th.

    whats on in Mayo Fossetts Circus at Westport House

    Roll Up Roll Up! Fossett’s Circus will be at Westport House, Co Mayo from September 27th to October 1st, 2017. They have an all-new show for 2017 featuring magical aerial manoeuvres, skilled knife throwing and motorcycle on a high-wire.

    Wesport House will also open their doors for Culture Night on October 22nd with a FREE guided tour of Westport House and a recital by Coda, the Mayo male choir who have just performed at Electric Picnic!

    The annual Westport Arts Festival runs from September 27th to October 1st 2017.

    things to do with kids in Ireland

    Bottom’s Dream – A magical tale of rude mechanical and scheming fairies is presented at glór Ennis, Co Clare by Footsbarn Theatre on September 29th. Suitable for ages 5+ this magical production lasts 80 minutes and is sure to impress even the youngest members of the audience.

    glór Ennis also offer a full range of classes from art to dance to languages and has an art gallery and café suitable for families to visit and enjoy, so check out the full line up of things to do at glór.

    The Kite Music Festival and Battle for the Lake Competition takes place on September 29th 2017 in Achill, Co Mayo. Come along for music, fun and an exciting display of Kitesurfing.

    Powerscourt Estate are introducing fun nature workshops in conjunction wth OWLS  (Outdoor, Wildlife, Learning, and Survival Nature Charity) on September 29th. For the first workshop, kids will be making bird feeders.

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