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.

With many events 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 alongside outdoor and socially distanced events too.

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 Around Ireland in September 2020

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

The Ark Presents A Rain Walk! Theatre in a Box, Nationwide

Dates: September 5th to 20th

The Ark have teamed up with The Dublin Fringe Festival to bring families a unique theatre experience posted out in a box for you to enjoy! Suitable for everyone aged 6+ to enjoy.

How to Book: Order your rain walk box today!

Alliance Française French Language Classes Online Open Day

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Date & Time: Saturday 12th September from 10am to 6pm (Autumn term begins on September 14th for 16 weeks)

Alliance Française offers french language classes for everyone from toddler up no matter what their level of french is. Their Autumn term will be online this year, so anyone from around Ireland can sign up for a class. To find out more, tune into their online open day.

How to Book: The open day will take place online from 10am to 6pm on September 12th.

Culture Night 2020 Online and in Venues Nationwide

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Date: Friday September 18th

Culture Night is an annual celebration of culture, creativity and the arts. Arts and cultural bodies, venues and organisations around Ireland extend their opening hours or run special workshops for the public to enjoy and experience spaces and events they may not otherwise engage with.

How to Book: Check out the full program of events here.

National Museum of Ireland Natural History The Dead Zoo – Extinction! Live Online

Culture Night 2020

Dates & Times: Friday, September 18th, 5.30pm to 5.50pm

What kind of extinct animals can you find in the Dead Zoo? Join the education team at the Dead Zoo this Culture Night to discover stories about some of the extinct animals in the collection.

How to Book: Free to watch live online.

Online Digital Book Clinic with Children’s Books Ireland

Dublin Book Festival Children's Programme

Dates & Times: Saturday September 26th from 11am to 1pm

The book doctor is taking to Zoom to help children and their families find new and inspiring reads for any age of young reader. So book your appointment today and get a prescription for a new book from your library or local book retailer.

How to Book: Book your online appointment with the book doctor here!

dlr Libraries Online Events for Kids & Families

Dates: Storytime – Mondays & Wednesdays at 10.30am

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.

How to Book: Just tune in at 10.30am or watch pre-recorded story times here.

National Gallery of Ireland Online Creative Events for Children

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Dates: Online access when it suits you

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.

International Observe The Moon Night 2020

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Date & Times: Saturday September 26th from 8pm to 11pm

Join astronomers from Go Stargazing to see live streaming views of the Moon, Saturn and Jupiter on September 26th. The International Moon gazing event is co-ordinated by NASA.

How To Book: This is a free event but you must book your ticket to join.

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

New Fairy Trail at National Museum of Ireland Country Life, Mayo

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Dates & Times: Visit during museum opening hours

A new fairy trail ‘Of Fairies and Fairy Folk’ has opened for families of all ages to explore at the National Museum of Ireland Country Life. Along the way you will see fairy settlements and discover more about the folklore surrounding these magical creatures and the tress and woods around you.

How To Book: The Fairy Trail is FREE to visit. Simply download the map in advance, or take a picture of it when you arrive and decide where you want to begin! While this is a free activity, please check for visiting restrictions/bookings before you travel.

Wexford Arts Centre Children’s Workshops

Dates & Times: Fridays from September 11th

Wexford Arts Centre are offering a children’s art class for children aged 8 to 12 years taking place from 3.30pm to 5pm on Fridays from September 11th for 6 weeks.

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

Family Cycle Sessions in Laois

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Dates: Tuesdays in September & October from 1st September to 27th October 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.

  • 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

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Dates: During opening hours

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.

Family Quest at  Birr Castle Demesne, Offaly

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Dates: The Family Quest is available during opening hours

The popular Family Quest is open again at Birr Castle. Families of all ages can pick up their pre-booked Quest from reception on arrival and enjoy challenging each other to see who will make the most discoveries!

How to Book: The Family Quest is included in the general entry price, but will need to be booked in advance.

Rathwood Express Peppa’s Picnic & Woodlands Train Adventure, Carlow

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Dates: During September & October

Hop aboard The Rathwood Express and enjoy a trip through the woodlands with some stops along the way. Look out for the deer, geese and ducks and if you are on the Peppa’s Picnic Express train ride, you will will also meet Peppa and George and enjoy a picnic and some colouring fun with them. Look out for other events including Spooky Halloween Train Rides and Magical Santa Train Rides.

How to Book: All journeys must be booked in advance. 

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

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Dates: Various Dates & Locations in September

Retro Drive In Movies  have a great selection of family friendly films taking place at their outdoor cinema locations in Ireland this September. From The Goonies to The BFG and much more. See the website for dates, venues and times.

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

Guided Discover Tours & Family Quest at  Birr Castle Demesne, Offaly

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Dates: During Opening Hours for Family Quest & every Friday to Sunday from September 4th to October 12th for Guided Discover Tours

The popular Family Quest is open again at Birr Castle. Families of all ages can pick up their pre-booked Quest from reception on arrival and enjoy challenging each other to see who will make the most discoveries!

You can also enjoy a 60 minute guided discover tour of Birr Castle Demesne where you will discover more about the phenomenal achievements in science, photography, engineering, botany and astronomy attributed to the Parsons family who lived at Birr Castle for 400 years. The tour includes at visit to the Great Telescope of 1845 and afterwards you are free to explore the 120 acres of award winning gardens and parklands.

How to Book: Both the Family Quest and Discover Tour is included in the general entry price, but will need to be booked in advance.

Celebrate European Sport Week with a Sport Ireland Virtual Family Mile Challenge

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Dates: September 23rd to 30th 2020

To celebrate European Sport Week 2020 you are being asked to take part in a virtual family mile. Families from around the country can register for free to take part and can also purchase a Family Mile Medal if they wish to mark their achievement.

How to Book: Book your family up to take part here.

The Ark Presents What Did I Miss?, Dublin

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Dates: From September 27th to October 11th

As part of theatre for children at the Dublin Theatre Festival, The Ark presents What Did I Miss? as show for ages 10+ that tells the story of Kyla who is throwing a party to celebrate her graduation.

How to Book: Book early to avoid disappointment as limited tickets available in line with social distancing regulations

Save The Date

Baboró International Arts Festival For Children, Galway

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Dates: 5th to 18th October 2020

The 24th annual Baboró International Arts Festival For Children will take place online and in person this October 2020. From singing to art to live theatre to online workshops and events, there is something to entertain all ages.

How to Book: Check out the 2020 festival programme and book your events online

Seasonal Family Fun Activities at Killruddery, Wicklow

Pumpkin picking at Kilruddery

Dates: Saturday October 25th to Monday October 27th

Enjoy picking and carving your very own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch at Killruddery House and Farm.

How to Book: €5 each book online

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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