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.
As the country re-opens, 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 your family to enjoy, we have included online events that children and families can enjoy too.
What’s On Around Ireland in August 2020
What’s On? – Online Events for Kids and Families to Attend
Eco Explorers Club 10 Week Program
Dates: Online access anytime
Together with their Sustainability Partner Dublin Zoo, SSE Airtricity have launched The Eco Explorers Club, a brand-new series designed to entertain and educate primary school children and their families alike.
The Eco Explorers Club explores 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
Wexford Arts Centre Children’s Workshops
Dates & Times: August 4th to 7th, 10am to 1pm
Wexford Arts Centre are offering various children’s workshops via Zoom and this month they have a Little Medical School Summer Camp.
How to Book: Check out the website for full details of all online events & classes.
National Gallery UK Story Studio Online Family Sessions
Dates & Times: Wednesday August 5th & 26th at 11am
Listen in as a storyteller tells you the tale behind the painting. Afterwards an artist will help you to create a story inspired by artwork. All sessions are via zoom and last approx 1 hour. They are suitable for ages 4+
How to Book: Check out the full list of events here and book your family place.
dlr Libraries Online Events for Kids & Families
Dates: Storytime – Mondays & Wednesdays at 10.30am, Summer Stars Workshop 10.30am on August 8th, .
dlr Libraries have re-opened. But for those who can’t make it to their local library, they are offering online story time on Mondays (in english) and Wednesdays (as gaeilge) at 10.30am.
In addition the popular Summer Stars Online Workshops run during August.
- Saturday August 8th at 10am It’s a Mystery – Writing Cracking Mystery Stories with Sharna Jackson 9+
- Friday August 14th at 10am, Shane Hegarty presents Boot and the Summer Stars Big Book Quiz 8+
- Friday, August 21st at 10am, Go Animal Crackers with Sarah Webb and Alan Nolan 7+
How to Book: To book a Summer Stars Online Workshop please email – [email protected] by 12pm the day before the workshop takes place.
National Gallery of Ireland Online Creative Events for Children
Dates: Throughout August
From making your very own camera obscura to colouring the collection, the National Gallery of Ireland have an online hub of artistic and fun activities for families of all ages to enjoy safely online .
How to Book: Visit the website to see the full children and families program.
What’s On? – Outdoor Events for Children and Families to Enjoy
Family Cycle Sessions in Laois
Dates: August 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th from 6.30pm to 8pm
SVT Activity and Wellness Hub are hosting Family Cycle sessions in Vicarstown, Laois on Tuesdays. Registration from 6.30PM in the car park opposite Creans Vicarstown. Cycle begins at 7PM.
- NB NO HELMET, NO CYCLE.
- Parents please accompany and be responsible for younger children.
- Remember to bring a hi-vis jacket.
- Bicycles are available to hire from Barrow Way Bike Hire for €5.
- Bring your own hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
How to Book: no booking required, more details here.
Giant Outdoor Games and Fun Packs at Fota House, Cork
Dates: August 2020
Fota House and Gardens are open for visitors. You can book a house tour or simply visit the spectacular gardens and enjoy getting back to nature. They have also created fun packs for little ones which cost just €4 and have lawn games to hire for larger groups from €10 for 90 minutes.
How to Book: Book your visit here. Fun Packs and Lawn Game Hire can be purchased at the visitor centre.
Durrow Food and Craft Fair
Date: Saturday August 1st 2020
With the Durrow Scarecrow Festival cancelled for 2020 the committee have organised a safe, fun food & craft fair day with Clown Jeca for Saturday 1st August.
How To Book: No booking required. Find out more here.
Toy Story @ Moneygall Drive In Movies
Date and Time: Saturday 8th August 2020 4pm
In a world where toys are living things but pretend to be lifeless when humans are present a group of toys are caught off-guard when Andy’s birthday party is moved up a week, as his family (including his mother and infant sister Molly) are preparing to move the following week.
How to Book: Tickets can be booked online
Outdoor Cinema at Fota House & Gardens, Cork
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
- Peppa Pig
- The Lion King
- Mamma Mia
How to Book: Check out the website for bookings
Family Fun Activities at Killruddery, Wicklow
Dates: August 23rd, 11am to 4pm
Enjoy Family Fun Activities in Killruddery Estate, Bray, Co Wicklow on August 23rd at the Best of Killruddery Family Day with a Garden Party, Teddy Bears Picnic, High Summer Fling and Woodland Faerie Trail all set to live music. Bring your own picnic rug and hamper and top up with treats from the BBQ and Tea Room.
How to Book: Children €3, Adult €8.50 and members free, book online
Retro Drive In Movies, Sport & Music in Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny & Kildare
Dates: Various Dates in August
Retro Drive In Movies have a great selection of family friendly films taking place at their outdoor cinema locations in Ireland this Summer. From Peppa Pig Festival of Fun to Mamma Mia, Grease, Forest Gump, Back to the Future and much more. See the website for dates, venues and times.
How to Book: Check out the website for your preferred location and entertainment.
Save The Date
Lego Shows Ireland
Dates & Times: Various, please see below.
- Kilkenny Lego Show 20th September in the Ormonde Hotel
- Ennis Lego Show Sunday 4th October in the West County Hotel
- Charleville, Cork Lego Show Sunday 11th October in the Charleville Park Hotel
- Dublin Brick Show Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October , Moran Red Cow Hotel
- Clonmel, Tipperary Lego Show Sunday 9th November @ the Clonmel Park Hotel 12-5pm
- Cork Christmas Lego Show will continue as planned on the 22/29 of November
Social distancing and various health and safety precautions will apply at all shows.
How To Book: Check the website for full details of how to book.
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.