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 April 2018

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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

win a parachute canopy

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.

Save the Date

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 lessonss and watching flyboarders perform stunning aerial acrobatics.

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.

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.

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.


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
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.


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

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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.