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

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What’s On for families in Ireland? Are you searching for things to do near you? Do you want to do something special at the weekend? Or have a midweek treat with the kids? We take the hard work out of entertaining the family with our pick of what’s on and things to do with kids in Ireland for the coming months, from family fun days, to festivals, to days out.

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We have listings below for an amazing mix of family and kid friendly events taking place around Ireland. They include plenty of free options, and ideas to introduce the whole family to a variety of cultural events, music events and festivals, open days, classes and much more.

What’s On Around Ireland in May 2020

As the country slowly comes out of lockdown, venues are beginning to open up for safe, distanced visits. However, many events are now taking place virtually. To help you enjoy what is on offer for you and family to enjoy, we have included online events that children and families can enjoy during the lockdown.

If you are looking for alternative at home ideas we have a wealth of them in our for parents, school, lifestyle, food and recipes, entertainment & tech and things to do sections.

What’s On? – Online Events for Kids and Families to Attend

National Print Museum Poetry Competition

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Dates & Times: Runs from May 3rd 2020 to May 21st 2020 at 12pm

To celebrate National Poetry Day, the National Print Museum in association with Creative Ireland have announced a poetry competition. With 2 categories, under 18 and over 18, send your entries in and the winner will have their poem printed in letterpress.

How to Enter: Please click here for full details of the poetry competition 

Eco Explorers Club 10 Week Program

SSE Airtricity Eco Explorers Club

Dates: From May 11th for 10 weeks every Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 10am

Together with their Sustainability Partner Dublin Zoo, SSE Airtricity have launched The Eco Explorers Club, a 10 week brand-new series designed to entertain and educate primary school children and their families alike.

For the next 10 weeks The Eco Explorers Club will explore inspiring educational content hosted on a dedicated hub and across the @SSEAirtricity social channels, giving parents and kids the opportunity to engage with all things sustainability while adjusting to our current lifestyle changes.

Don’t miss out on:

  • The Draw with Don Conroy – Art Classes and the Animated video series on Youtube
  • Instagram Live Storytelling with Reuben the Entertainer & SSE Airtricity’s Mia Fahey McCarthy
  • Imagination Children’s Yoga
  • Virtual Eco Explorer Tours at Dublin Zoo

National Drawing Day Online Event Go Big and Stay Home

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Date: Saturday May 16th 2020

The annual National Drawing Day events sees galleries, museums, libraries and other cultural organisations in Ireland offer free events, classes, talks and competitions to encourage everyone to get drawing.

This year the event is going online with the National Gallery and many other partners asking you to share your artistic creations with them online on May 16th.

Online Mayhem Youth Circus Festival

Galway Community Circus Mayhem in Youth

Dates & Times: Friday May 22nd to Sunday May 24th 2020

Roll Up Roll Up! Galway Circus Project presents their first Mayhem Youth Circus Festival where you can learn to juggle with 3 balls, take part in a physical family games night and a family quiz night, learn some broomstick magic, learn yoga and have a family film night and enjoy a screening night too.

How to Book: Check out the website for a full list of events and how you can join in the fun.

FREE Play At Home Fest, Online Event

Play at home fest 2020

Dates & Times: Saturday May 23rd & Sunday May 24th.

Join in the fun safely at the Play At Home Fest, a free online event for kids and families to enjoy. The festival is brought to you by Dr Drummer’s Good Play Guide and has a full line up of virtual events, workshops and more for you to join from the comfort of your own home.

How to Book: Get your free tickets here.

What’s On? – Outdoor Events for Children and Families to Enjoy

Retro Drive In Movies, Sport & Music in Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny & Kildare

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Dates: Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd May 2020

Retro Drive In Movies are offering a night out with a difference this May. From 80’s & 90’s Retro Caraoke Music nights to Classic Father Ted and 90’s Football to drive in music gigs featuring Hudson Taylor, Jamie Lawson, Megan O’Neill & Moncrieff, all enjoyed from the comfort of your car!

How to Book: Check out the website for your preferred location and entertainment.

Strokestown Park, House & Gardens, Roscommon

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Phased Re-Opening: From May 18th 2020, Monday to Friday 10am to 5.30pm

Strokestown Park have announced that they will re-open the front grounds to the public from 10am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday from May 18th. The house, famine museum, café and other areas will open up as per government guidelines.

Learn More: Visit the website for updates and safety guidelines

Fota House Gardens & Arboretum, Cork

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Phased Re-Opening: From May 18th 2020, 9am to 6pm daily

Fota House have announced the re-opening of their gardens and arboretum from May 18th. Families can visit with children while adhering to the social distancing guidelines from 9am to 6pm daily.

Learn More: Visit the website for updates and safety guidelines

Lough Key Forest and Activity Park, Roscommon

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Opening: Grounds remain open for visitors within the travel zone

Lough Key Forest Park remains open to those who live within the travel distances allowed by the government. For those lucky enough to avail of the stunning surrounds, please do maintain social distance so the grounds can remain open for everyone.

The visitor centre and other attractions remain closed at this time but will be part of a phased re-opening plan as per government guidelines.

Learn More: Visit the Lough Key Facebook page for regular updates on the re-opening and safety guidelines.

Powerscourt Estate, Wicklow

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Phased Re-Opening: From May 18th 2020, 9.30am to 5.30pm daily

Powerscourt Estate is reopening to members and those living within the allocated travel distance on May 18th. Initially the following areas and outlets will re-open:

  • Gardens
  • Waterfall
  • Avoca Food Hall
  • Garden Pavilion
  • The Riverwalk – for annual members only
  • Golf Course – for members only

Outdoor tea, coffee & treats will be available for purchase.

Learn More: Visit the website for further details on safety measures and guidelines around visits.

What’s On Around Ireland in June 2020

What’s On? – Online Events for Kids and Families to Attend

Eco Explorers Club 10 Week Program

SSE Airtricity Eco Explorers Club

Dates: From May 11th for 10 weeks every Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 10am

Together with their Sustainability Partner Dublin Zoo, SSE Airtricity have launched The Eco Explorers Club, a 10 week brand-new series designed to entertain and educate primary school children and their families alike.

For the next 10 weeks The Eco Explorers Club will explore inspiring educational content hosted on a dedicated hub and across the @SSEAirtricity social channels, giving parents and kids the opportunity to engage with all things sustainability while adjusting to our current lifestyle changes.

Don’t miss out on:

  • The Draw with Don Conroy – Art Classes and the Animated video series on Youtube
  • Instagram Live Storytelling with Reuben the Entertainer & SSE Airtricity’s Mia Fahey McCarthy
  • Imagination Children’s Yoga
  • Virtual Eco Explorer Tours at Dublin Zoo
  • Free Online Screenings From Heartbreak Productions

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    Dates: April 2020 onwards

    Heartbreak Productions offer outdoor theatre experiences in the UK and Ireland. Due to the curtailment of travel and large gatherings they have had to cancel many of the shows planned. However, they have created a new hub on their website – Heartbreak at Home, where they will stream videos of past performances.

    Over to you now. If you are running a family event, you can list your event for free by registering here.

Wexford Arts Centre Online Art & Storytelling Workshops

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Dates & Times: May 23rd to July 11th 2020 (various dates & times)

Wexford Arts Centre have moved their popular Little Artists Club online and are offering various children’s workshops via Zoom.

How to Book: Check out the website for full details of all online events & classes.

Shakefest 2020 – FREE Online Celebration of World Cultures Art & Dance

Shakefest 2020

Dates: Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th June 2020

Shakefeset is moving online for 2020. There are free online animation & dance workshops, performance and exhibitions for families to enjoy.

How to Book: Please check the website for reservation details for workshops and links for online events.

Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 – National Day of FREE Creative Activities for Children

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Dates & Times: Saturday June 13th 2020, all day

Cruinniú na nÓg is moving online for 2020. Creative Ireland in conjunction with its partners have developed a number of creative, cultural and engaging ‘calls to action’ for young people and their families. They are invited to get creative and active from their homes & gardens on June 13th. From creating video games to kites and Céilí’s in kitchens to becoming story keepers, there will be a full program of FREE fun for children around Ireland.

How to Book: Check out the full line up of events for this years Cruinniú na nÓg festival over the the Creative Ireland website.

What’s On? – Outdoor Events for Children and Families to Enjoy

Birr Castle, Offaly

Birr Castle Gardens

Phased Re-Opening: From June 8th

Birr Castle in Offaly will re-open the demesne on June 8th for visitors to come and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and get back to nature.

Learn More: Visit the website & Facebook page for further details on re-opening times and guidelines around safe visits.

Save The Date:

The Festival of Curiosity

Festival of curiosity 2020

Dates & Times: July 16th to 19th 2020, day & night events

The 8th annual Festival of Curiosity will take place in the curious new way for Summer 2020. The international festival is full of science, design, arts and technology. The festival will be a blend of digital and virtual formats.

How to Book: Festival Program ready end June 2020

Outdoor Cinema at Fota House & Gardens, Cork

Whats On Fota House Pop up movie club august 2020

Dates & Times: Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th August (different times for different movies)

Fota House & Gardens have teamed up with the Pop Up Movie Club to bring you a range of family friendly movie screening in the grounds of Fota House. The films on offer include:

  • Toy Story
  • Grease
  • Peppa Pig
  • The Lion King
  • Mamma Mia

How to Book: Check out the website for bookings

Have your say! Have you got an online event or a safe outdoor event happening near you? Please share them with us in the comments box below.

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