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

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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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Clonakility Park Easter Offers

Book some family time this Easter at The Clonakilty Park Hotel in stunning West Cork. At rates from just €63 pps for B&B you can also enjoy many on-site activities including:

  • Supervised indoor playzone with slides, ball pool and climbing frames
  • Crèche
  • Teen Room with all the latest tech gadgets and a pool and air hockey table.
  • 20m Swimming Pool & toddler pool
  • Pirate Ship Playground
  • Daily kids camps with inflatable slide
  • Evening entertainment including a kiddies disco
  • Easter Sunday Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny!
  • Onsite 3 screen cinema and high ropes adventure centre with ziplines & climbing wall.

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Round Up of March 2019 Events & Things to Do for Families

Events from Monday February 25th to Sunday March 3rd 2019

Romeo and Juliet at dlr mill theatreRomeo & Juliet at dlr Mill Theatre, Dublin

Monday February 25th to Friday March 1st, 10am & 1.30pm – An abridged version of Romeo & Juliet perfect for junior cycle students to experience their first live version of Shakespeare.

The play will also run on:

  • March 4th to 8th 2019
  • March 11th to 15th 2019

Battle of the Forces, Malahide Castle & Gardens, Dublin

Little Blue Heroes Sports-Day-Poster-2019Saturday, March 2nd from 12pm to 4pm – The Battle of the Forces takes place this Saturday, March 2nd at Malahide Castle and Gardens. Teams from the Dublin Fire Brigade, the Defence Forces, Civil Defence and An Garda Siochana are going head to head in a sports tournament challenge all in aid of Little Blue Heroes Foundation.

All are welcome to come along and cheer on the teams and see who comes out on top!! There will also be a number of the emergency vehicles on display to the public for families to view up close and to take photos of.

Junior Explorer Tours at Croke Park

Junior Explorer Tours of Croke Park

Saturday March 2nd from 10.30am (and every Saturday, subject to GAA fixtures, until May 18th 2019) – Cluasóg is back at the GAA Museum in Croke Park from February 22nd to May 18th to bring you on a family friendly junior explorer tour in the home of GAA.

Go behind-the-scenes and learn fun facts about the GAA and Croke Park. During the Stadium Tour, your intrepid little explorers will get to visit the team dressing rooms and warm-up area and run out pitch-side through the players’ tunnel – a highlight for any GAA fan or aspiring young star!

 Back at the GAA Museum, children will receive their Junior Explorer Passport so they can follow clues throughout the Museum and discover some of the museum’s most famous exhibits including the original Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy cups along the way. If the group find all the clues, all younger visitors will receive a special Junior Explorer badge and sticker pack!

Another highlight for many boys and girls (and mums and dads!) is the museum’s Interactive Games Zone, where the future (and past) All-Stars can test their own hurling and football skills. Who’s the fastest in the family? Find out by measuring the speed of your strike as you hit a sliotar down the hurling alley or test your goal scoring ability with a family and friends football challenge!

Junior Explorer Tours are recommended for all family members but will be of particular interest for children of 8 years of age and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Tours will depart from the GAA Museum at 10.30am and will continue on Saturday mornings (subject to GAA fixtures) until May 18th.

Junior Woodland Adventure Course, Castlecomer Discovery Park, Kilkenny

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd March – The junior woodland adventure course for under 7’s is open this weekend at Castlecomer Discovery Park along with the bouncing nets, archery and ax throwing! Sounds like a fun day out!

Engineering Our Future Free Family Fun Day at NUI Galway

NUI Galway Engineering Our Future Family Fun Day

Saturday, March 2nd, 10am to 4pm – NUI Galway invite all would be engineers to come along to the Alice Perry Engineering Building at NUI Galway from 10am on March 2nd for a FREE Family Fun Day to celebrate Engineers Week. There will workshops, engineering shows, science, movies and hands on activities to inspire all ages.

Engineers Week with Bricks 4 Kidz – National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Castlebar, Mayo

Sunday, March 3rd, 1.30pm – 4.30pm – Explore our collections in a very different way. Join the Bricks 4 Kidz team to celebrate Engineers Week and discover the engineering behind some of our artefacts using LEGO©. No booking required. All ages welcome.

Meet the Engineers at the Old Cork Waterworks

Sunday March 3rd  – The Old Waterworks in Cork have the Romans coming for a FREE fun family day do discover how engineering helped create the Roman empires. There will be hands on workshops and activities for all ages to enjoy.

Events from Monday March 4th to Sunday March 10th 2019

First Cut Youth Film Festival Cork

Wednesday, March 6th to Saturday March 9th – The First Cut Youth Film Festival takes place at the Mall Arts Center & The Regal Cinema in Youghal, Co Cork. The festival is now in its 10th year and celebrates and showcases the work of young film makers aged from 12 to 24.

World Book Day 2019

World Book Day 2019 Free Live Audio Books Streaming

Thursday, March 7th – Today is World Book Day and there are a host of activities taking place throughout the country in libraries & schools. You can also stream audio books for FREE up to March 31st with everything from picture books to teen fiction on offer.

Killarney Mountain Festival

Friday, March 8th to Sunday March 10th – The annual Killarney Mountain Festival takes place from March 8th to 10th and has varied range of activities for every age group including a family treasure hunt, music, walks, hikes, mountain bikes and runs, mountain rescue search dogs, films, food stalls and much more.

Inspectorium: Record Breakers! National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Dublin 2

Saturday, March 9th, 11am – 1pm – What animal has the largest appetite or best sense of smell? Drop into the Discovery Zone to find out more and see up close some animal record breakers from the handling collection! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.  All ages welcome.

Free Creative Workshop at Alliance Française French Library, Dublin

creative workshop at Alliance Francaise

Saturday March 9th, 11am – As part of the Festival de la Francophonie in Ireland The French Library at Alliance Française will host French children’s book illustrator Marc Majewski for a bilingual French/English creative workshop. Suitable for children aged 6+ you will learn how to make a pop up card. Admission is free but you must book your place.

Family Engineers Week Event at Birr Castle, Offaly

float your boat workshop at Birr CastleSaturday March 9th, 12pm to 1.30pm – Birr Castle will have a Family Engineers Week Event entitled Float Your Boat. Families will get to build a variety of boats and test their speed, tracking and weight limits before racing their final boat against other boats on the outdoor pond.

Pre-Booking Essential.

Bilingual Tour: Turas Dearbhú na Poblachta: Éirí Amach 1916 – National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

Sunday, March 10th, 3pm – 4pm – Glac páirt linn i Seachtain na Gaeilge, ar an turas dátheangach don taispeántas Dearbhú na Poblachta: Éirí Amach 1916, le treoir an Mhusaem, staraí Déaglán Ó Brádaigh. Ní gá aon áirithintí, déanfaimid leithroinnt d’áiteanna cúig nóiméad déag sula dtosaíonn an turas. Fáilte roimh chách.
Take part in Seachtain na Gaeilge, by joining Museum guide Declan Brady on a bilingual tour of Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition. No booking required, places allocated 15minutes before tour starts. All Ages welcome.

Designer Dojo Workshop, Cork

Sunday, March 10th, 10am to 1pm – This Designer Dojo workshop teaches children about 3D printing, modelling and virtual environments. The workshop takes place at The Webworkhouse, 8 Winthrop Street, Cork. Free but you much register for tickets. 

Events from Monday March 11th to Sunday March 17th 2019

Check out our List of Essentials for Going to the St Patrick’s Day Parade &  Round Up of Events in Ireland for St Patrick’s Weekend

ceili at Belvedere House things to do for familiesCéilí at Belvedere House, Westmeath

Saturday march 16th 2pm to 4pm – Join the team at Belvedere House for a fun Céilí for families to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

The Trail of St. Patrick and the Saints of Ireland National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Dublin 2

Sunday March 17th During Museum Opening Hours – To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, drop by the Museum and join in our special trail! Follow St. Patrick’s trail through the museum and discover all about the Patron Saint of Ireland; the myths, the legends and the objects. Find out more about the many other saints associated to Ireland. No booking required, trails will be available at the reception area of the Museum. Partially wheelchair accessible. Don’t forget to bring your pencil! Ages 8+

Slime Lab for St Patrick’s Weekend at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

ST PADDYS SLIME Cool Planet Experience St Patricks Day events

March 17th & 18th 2019 at 11am, 1pm & 3pm – Whatever the weather this St Paddy’s weekend – the kids will love the Cool Planet Experience’s GREEN Slime Labs. They will pop, play & stretch green slime to discover how to use these types of materials to save the planet (think edible water bottles)! The workshop is designed to make learning about climate action & sustainability interactive & really fun.

Workshops should be booked in advance. Each workshop lasts 90 minutes and are suitable for ages 6 to 14 years.

St Patrick’s Weekend Trails at Fota House & Gardens, Cork

St Patricks Weekend at Fota house and gardensSaturday 16th to Monday 18th March, 10.30am to 3.30pm – If you are in the Cork area this St. Patrick’s weekend be sure to take a trip to Fota House & Gardens for a bilingual self-guided family St. Patrick’s Trail / Slí Phádraig. Pick up your map, solve the clues and come back to the house for your treat. Fun for all the family! Adults go free and a child’s ticket is just €5 and includes a treat.

Events from Monday March 18th to Sunday March 24th 2019

My Fair Lady at dlr Mill Theatre, Dublin

My Fair Lady at dlr Mill Theatre

Tuesday March 19th to Saturday March 23rd at 8pm nightly – Glencullen Dundrum MDS present My Fair Lady for audiences to enjoy a musical night out.

Rock Your Socks! For Wold Down Syndrome Day

Rock Your Socks Down Syndrome Day Thursday March 21st 2019 – Word Down Syndrome day falls on the 21st of the 3rd month annually to represent the three copies of chromosome 21, which is Down Syndrome.

To celebrate and raise awareness the Down Syndrome Centre Cork are inviting work places, schools, creches, groups etc to don their best, brightest and down right awful funky socks and wear them with pride on March 21st.

Why socks? At first, it is strange to comprehend how wearing a pair of coloured, mismatched socks could possibly be related to something like Down Syndrome. The trend, however, has gripped people all over the world, who sport odd-coloured socks on World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). It also highlights that no matter what it looks like it’s purpose is the same! No matter the appearance, colour or pattern it keeps your tootsies warm! Essentially showing we are all more alike than different  And, on a more scientific note, chromosomes are said to resemble socks when examined under a microscope.

The Down Syndrome Centre Cork was set up by parents in Cork who wanted to give their children not only what they need in terms of services but what they deserve. It is a Centre for the whole and extended family providing new and expectant parents with support. We receive NO funding from the government and rely 100% on donations and fundraising..

SO ANY money raised 2€ 20€ 200€ it doesn’t matter – IT WILL BE MUCH APPRECIATED

If you or your Team would like to take in part in our fundraiser, please contact us at the DSCC [email protected] and we will forward some posters to you.

In the event you take part, we would love to see photos of your funky socks which can be uploaded to our page using #rockyoursocks #wdsd19 #worlddownsyndromeday and invite all your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.

Falconry & Flacons at NMI Natural History, Merrion Square, Dublin

Saturday, March 23rd, 10am to 12.30pm – Drop in and meet falconers Ellen Hagen and Hilary White and see a real live falcon display and learn about different birds of prey living in Ireland. This is a free event and no booking is required. However, as it is due to take place outside the museum it is weather dependent.

Falconry at National Museum of Ireland

A History of Falconry in Ireland and Norway National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Dublin 2

Saturday, March 23rd, 2.30pm – 3.30pmFalconers Ellen Hagen from the Museum of Archaeology at the University of Stavanger, Norway, and Hilary White of the Irish Hawking Club will explain the archaeological and historical evidence for falconry in Norway and Ireland, from medieval to modern times.

Booking required, please email: [email protected] or call 016486334. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. Ages 7+.

Free Native Scientist Workshop – Alliance Française Dublin

Native Science Workshops Alliance Francaise

Saturday, March 23rd, 11am – The Native Scientist Workshop is an opportunity for children who speak French at home to learn about science and meet role models in the field. They will meet 5 French speaking researchers from Trinity College and University College Dublin and learn about biology, chemistry, neuroscience, physiotherapy and computer science. The workshop will take place at Alliance Française and is free but must be booked in advance.

Woolly’s Quest at Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Woollys Quest Branar Theatre Company things to do in Ireland

Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd March – Branar Theatre Company tell the epic story of Woolly, the bravest of all sheep! The bilingual (english/irish) show combines music, puppetry, songs and storytelling and is suitable for kids aged 4+. It takes place at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway at 10am & 12pm on the 21st & 22nd and 3pm on the 23rd.

Blue Planet Live in Concert at 3 Arena Dublin

Sunday March 24th – See the Blue Planet Live in Concert at 3 Arena Dublin. The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra along with conductor Matthew Freeman will provide live music to stunning graphics from the award winning Blue Planet ll series form the BBC.

Navan Fire Station Open Day, Meath

Sunday, March 24th, 12pm to approx 3pm – Come and visit the Navan Fire Station on their open day and get to see real fire engines up close and maybe even get to use the hoses! A fun day out for all ages, but especially if you have a fire engine fan in the house!

Events from Monday March 25th to Sunday March 31st 2019

dlr Mill Theatre – Romeo and Juliet

Monday February 25th to Friday March 15th – Show time: 10am and 1.30pm (various dates) – This abridged version is an ideal opportunity to expose Junior Cycle students to their first live Shakespeare experience. Directed by Geoff O’Keeffe for MILL PRODUCTIONS Throughout the year the venue also offers you and your pupils (at all levels) the opportunity to really engage with your chosen text by offering Drama Workshops to bring these texts to life. Workshops are led by experienced facilitators and designed to engage the student creatively by exploring characters, themes and language of your chosen text. Mill Productions has produced 2 Shakespeare plays every year for many years – including Macbeth in 2018, King Lear 2017 and Hamlet 2016

BOOK YOUR CLASS IN TODAY! €12.50 per student, 1 teacher per 20 students goes free. 20% deposit required to secure booking. Full payment due 2 weeks before performance date. Contact [email protected] or call our Box Office on 012969340

Create Your Own Typo-Poem at The French Library at Alliance Française, Dublin

typomatic at Alliance Francasie Dublin

Tuesday March 26th, 6.30pm to 9pm – Step into the photo booth for poetry at the French Library at Alliance Française in Dublin. Type in your poem and wait for it to be printed. This is a free event and there will be other word related workshops and games taking place during the evening.

dlr Mill Theatre – Mountains to Sea Book Festival 2019 Beag Bideach

Thursday March 28th 2019 – Show time: 11AM in the STUDIO
 – Tá grá ag Nína dá deartháir, Jimí, ach, uaireanta cuireann sé isteach uirthi. Go háirithe nuair atá sí ag iarraidh a bheith ag spraoi lena cairde, na babóga. Ba bhreá le Nína bheith bídeach ionas go bhféadfadh sí dul chun cónaithe lena cairde, na bábóg. Nach mbeadh an saol i dteach bábóige, gan Jimí, go hiontach ar fad?! Seans anseo do ghach einne buaileadh leis an tÚdar Sadhbh Devlin. This event is for school groups (Suitable for age 4+) Duration 60 minutes.

dlr Mill Theatre Knights and Bikes

dlr Mill Theatre KnightsAndBikeswebFriday March 29th 2019 – Show time: 11AM in the STUDIO
 – Welcome to the sleepy Cornish island of Penfurzy, where nothing exciting ever happens. Or does it? We join Demelza and her new best friend in the whole world, Nessa, as they explore the island and uncover the mysteries of the Penfurzy Knights. Gabrielle Kent introduces her new mystery novel for ages 7+. Featuring Chopper bikes, medieval pickled heads and boom boxes, Gabrielle will read and discuss themes behind the book, as well as the use of stories in video games.

Gabrielle Kent is the author of the Alfie Bloom mystery series and Knights and Bikes (Knights Of), which is based on a video game of the same name. She teaches computer game technology at Teeside University. – This event is for school groups (Suitable for age 7+) Duration 60 minutes.

Kids Gardening Class at Powerscourt, Wicklow

Powerscourt Kids Gardening Class

Saturday March 30th, 10am to 11am – Enjoy a kids gardening class with your child and pot up some flowers to take home. Gardening in an excellent way to spend time together and spark an interest in the environment and learn where food comes from. This class is suitable for children aged 5 to 12 years accompanied by an adult. This cost is €10 per child and adults go free.

Save The Date

April 2019 Events for Families

Celebrate National Tree Week at Belvedere House & Gardens, Westmeath

National Tree Week 2019

Saturday, April 6th, 2pm to 4pm – Enjoy a guided walk around Belvedere House Gardens with Diarmuid McAree to celebrate National Tree Week 2019. This is a FREE event and you should meet at the visitor centre at 2pm.

Donal Vaughan Science Magic at dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum

Donal Vaughan Science Magic dlr Mill Theatre

Saturday, April 20th, 12pm & 2pm – Enjoy the award winning Irish comedian and scientist, Donal Vaughan at the dlr Mill Theatre with his popular family show combining magic, comedy and science. Using only things you can find around the house, Donal will wow audiences with vomiting unicorns, dragons breath and even a rocket launcher!

Egg and Spoon an Interactive Show for Under 5’s at dlr Mill Theatre

Monday, April 22nd, 2pm & 4pm – Lyngo Theatre presents Egg and Spoon an interactive show for under 5’s at the dlr Mill Theatre. It is a show about the seasons where all the children can take part.

May 2019 Events for families

Dog Show and Family Fun Day & Foraging at Birr Castle & Gardens, Offaly

5th May – Enjoy all things canine during the annual dog show and family fun day at Birr Castle and Gardens. Castle Tours take place daily from Monday to Saturday at Birr Castle and can be booked in advance.

6th May – Adults and teenagers over 16 can take part in a fun foraging walk with a light lunch. Pre booking for this event is essential.

February 2019 Events for Families

Events from Monday January 28th to Sunday February 3rd 2019

Spring Knitting at NMI Country Life

Saturday 2nd February 11am to 1pm – Knitting & Crochet Circle: Springtime Patterns. 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.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Adults & Children 7+

Power, Prayer & Pattens – Life in Medieval Ireland at NMI Archaeology

Saturday 2nd February 1pm to 1.45pm – Tour: Power, Prayer and Pattens- Life in Medieval Ireland. To celebrate St. Brigid’s day, take a tour of our Medieval Ireland exhibition with a special emphasis on archaeological evidence from the lives of women. Join Museum Educator Annie Birney to discover how the themes of power, work and prayer dominated the lives of people living in the Middle Ages and learn more about artefacts associated with women like shrine of St. Brigid’s shoe. No booking required. Places allocated on a first come basis. Not wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Tour
Topic: Archaeology
Audience: Adults & Children 12+
Venue: Kildare Street (Archaeology)

St. Brigit’s Cross Making Workshop at Brigit’s Garden Galway

brigits garden things to do with kids in Galway

Saturday 2nd February – Celebrate the start of Spring at Brigit’s Garden, Galway with a family friendly Brigit’s Cross making workshop. You will have everything you need to create you very own traditional Brigit’s Cross and lean all about St Brigit, including Brigit’s Cloak. Afterwards you can explore the Discovery Trail and enjoy a bite to eat in the Garden Café.

Sunday 3rd February – Join Down to Earth Forest School to celebrate Brigit’s Weekend and the start of Spring in Esker Woods. The family will get to sit around the Imbolc fire and make traditional natural crafts and is suitable for all ages. Booking essential. 

Events from Monday February 4th to Sunday February 10th 2019

Spring Term & Feb Mid Term Break French Classes for All Ages in Dublin

MidTerm 2019 Alliance Francaise french camps for children and teens in DublinSpring Term Dates: 4 February– 8 June 2019 – French Language Courses for Toddlers, Children and Teens Spring Term.

Mid-Term Break French Camps

Children – Monday 18 to Friday 22 February – 9.30am to 1.00pm (17,5 hours)

Teenagers  – Monday 18 to Friday 22 February – 1pm to 4pm (15 hours)

dlr Mill Theatre – Hidden Strength Speaker Series Girls With Grit: Find Your Hidden Strength

Tuesday February 5th 2019- Show time: 10.30am – This speaker event is for secondary school age girls where Trish Patterson and Lisa Jacob will share their experiences with young girls and teach how to overcome fear, how to be your best and how to achieve more than you ever thought was possible.

Trish grew up on the most remote inhabited island in the world- Tristan de Cunha. She has served in Afghanistan twice with the British Army, led over 5000 people across the world in business, and has competed for the army at nordic skiing and rugby. She has completed 100km ultramarathon runs, finishing the Serpent Trail over 2 hours ahead of the next female. She is now stay at home mum to her two twin girls.

Lisa played hockey for the Irish senior women’s team from 2006-2014. During this time she also played semi-professionally in Holland, and then moved to rugby 7s where she became part of the Irish squad. Once finished over a decade in international team sport, she then completed the Race Around Ireland, a 2,200km non-stop cycling ultramarathon race with her partner Nikki, setting a still unbeaten record of 88 hrs 25 mins in the female pair category, raising €30,000 for mental health charity SOS. Lisa has also worked as the hockey analyst for RTE in their coverage of the Rio Olympics and Women’s World Cup.

Trish and Lisa want to inspire the next generation of young women and give them the strategies they have used to survive and succeed in their own endeavours.

dlr Mill Theatre – Developing Hidden Strength in Young People

Tuesday February 5th 2019 Show time: 7.15pm – This speaker event with Trish Patterson and Lisa Jacob will have 2 main aims. 1) To teach young people how to persevere in challenge, how to deal with fear, how to become their best, and how to achieve more than they think they can. 2) The second aims is to resource parents, teachers and coaches to get more from their children, students or athletes, and support them to navigate challenges and setbacks to become more flexible, resilient, decisive and confident.

Lisa and Trish will discuss their incredible array of experiences- playing internationally in 4 sports, completing 100km running and 2,200km cycling ultra-marathons, raising €30,000 for charity, scaling mountains over 6,000m in elevation, serving in Afghanistan twice, working in TV sports analysis, and leading 5,000 people globally as Head of International Security and People in a leading defense company.

FOR GROUP BOOKINGS PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY – [email protected] / 012969340. For more information see www.hidden-strength.com

Parenting Masterclass with Parenting Coach Val Mulally, Carlow

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Val Mullally from Koemba Parenting is a parenting expert, coach and author and is passionate about empowering people to create happier, healthier and more meaningful relationships. The parenting masterclass will finish with a Q&A.

  • Tuesday 5th February at Bagenalstown Library at 11am
  • Wednesday 6th February at Borris Library at 11am
  • Thursday 7th February at Carlow Libruary at 11am

CAMP Project: Building a Bendy National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Castlebar, Mayo

Thursday February 7th from 12pm – 1pm – As part of the Travellers’ Journey CAMP arts project, artist Gianna Tomasso and members of the Tipperary Traveller Horse Owners’ Association, will demonstrate the construction of a traditional Shelter Tent or ‘Bendy’, on the grounds of Turlough Park House. Discover the different materials and construction techniques that went into this mainstay of traditional Traveller Camp. No booking required. All ages welcome.

Free Family Trad Session with Eoin O Neill at glór, Ennis

Eoin O Neill MORglor featured event image

Saturday February 9th at 2pm – Join Eoin O Neil for a free, fun family trad session in the foyer of glór, Ennis, Co Clare. These monthly sessions are a fun way for the whole family to get together and enjoy trad music. They are free and open to all members of the family so bring along your instrument of choice, tune up and join in!

Trad sessions take place monthly and will be on March 17th & April 13th too.

Family Tours – An Introduction to Collins Barracks

Sunday 10th February 3-4pm and Friday 24th February 3pm-4pm – Join an introductory tour to learn about the history of Collins Barracks, from the 1700s to the present day and its transition from Barracks to Museum, taking in some of the highlights from the Museum’s military history or decorative arts exhibitions. Families. Admission free. No booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.

Spring Festival Fair, Dublin

Spring Festival Fair for Dublin Chinese New Year

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th February 11am – The Spring Fair returns to the chq Building, Dublin to celebrate the arrival of the Chinese New Year. This free, family friendly festival has a full line up of events including; workshops, demonstrations, stalls, fairground rides, face painting and much more.

See the full festival program here.

Events from Monday February 11th to Sunday February 17th 2019

Check out what is on in Ireland for February Mid-term Break

Parenting Talk with Val Mullally, Meath

Tuesday 12th February at Ashbourne Library at 7pm join parenting expert, coach and author Val Mullally from Koemba Parenting for a parenting talk followed by a Q&A session.

Performing Arts Festival – PERFORM at the RDS

Friday February 15th to Sunday February 17th 2019 – Perform is Ireland’s first Performing Arts Festival and takes place in the RDS, Dublin from February 15th to 17th 2019. There will be over 170 workshops, masterclasses and seminars from stars of screen, stage, internet and music and performers from around Ireland will entertain and take part in competitions throughout the weekend. PERFORM is a non-profit organisation and all profits will be used for scholarships and bursaries.

Jurassic Skies: Open Day – National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

Sunday February 17th 2019 1pm – 4pm – Dinosaurs are taking over Collins Barracks for a special open day! Drop-in on the day to visit the temporary exhibition, Jurassic Skies, and meet with scientists, artists and storytellers to discover more about when dinosaurs took to the air. Activities on the day include a hands-on look at real dinosaur fossils, bird feathers and bones. No booking required. All ages welcome.

Events from Monday February 18th to Sunday February 24th 2019

Slime Lab Workshops at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

Slime Lab at Cool Planet Experience Feb Midterm

February 17th, 22nd, 23rd & 24th 2019 – 12pm & 2pm – This February mid-term, your kids can don their lab coat, goggles & get stuck into the strange & squishy world of slime! This kids’ workshop is designed to make learning about climate action & sustainability an interactive & lasting experience for all ages.

  • Kids will take a closer look at environmental science (think slime, goo, jelly balls & seaweed!).
  • They will play, pop & stretch their self-made slime to discover how we can use these unusual materials to save the planet (think edible water bottles & sustainable packaging)!

Workshops suitable for Ages 6-14 and each workshop lasts 1hour and 15mins and costs €15 per child. Booking essential.

Add a tour of the Cool Planet ground-breaking exhibition for €5.50 (child), €9.50 (adult). Book 1hr before, or after your slime workshop.

Feb Mid Term Break French Classes for All Ages in Dublin

MidTerm 2019 Alliance Francaise french camps for children and teens in Dublin

Children – Monday 18 to Friday 22 February – 9.30am to 1.00pm (17,5 hours)

Teenagers  – Monday 18 to Friday 22 February – 1pm to 4pm (15 hours)

dlr Mill Theatre – Great Expectations

Tuesday February 19th to Saturday February 23rd 2019 – Show time: 8pm
 – Balally Players Theatre Co. presents Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Adapted by Jo Clifford . Directed by Brian Molloy. A beautifully simple adaptation of one of Dickens’s best-loved novels, bringing it thrillingly to life for the stage.

When the orphan Pip meets the convict Magwitch in a graveyard and is forced to help him escape, his life takes a series of unexpected turns. Invited to the house of the mysterious
Miss Havisham, he falls in love with her adopted daughter, the beautiful but cold-hearted

Estella. Then the generosity of an unknown benefactor sends him to London to become a gentleman. But the truth behind his change of fortune, once revealed, is not what Pip expects…

Made to Measure? – National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Dublin 2

Thursday, February 21st 2019 12pm & 2pm – Are you the height of a beaver? Are you as long as a moose? Join zoologist Catherine McGuinness to learn how we measure animals and guess their sizes. You might be surprised by your animal height! No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible.  All ages welcome.

The French Library’s Escape Game, Alliance Francaise, Dublin

Alliance Francaise Escape game

Friday February 22nd at 5.30pm – The French library is being haunted by a French speaking ghost and staff need your help to lift the curse! You have 60 minutes to solve puzzles using clues and hints and escape from the library. The surprise it that the Escape game is in French only! Come along if you dare!

Fairy Day at the Irish National Stud & Gardens, Kildare

Fairy Trail at Irish National Stud and Gardens

Friday 22nd February 12pm to 3pm – For anyone with a fairy fan in the house, the 22nd season ticket holder event at Irish National Stud, celebrates the return of the fairy trail to the Irish National Stud & Gardens, which is home to 20 residents this year. There will be lots of fun activities including face painting, magic show and much more. The kids can make the day even more magical by dressing up in their favourite fairy costume. Please note places are limited and booking is required via email on [email protected].

Prehistory Mysteries! Humans and the Natural World – National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Dublin 2

Saturday, February 23rd, 2.30pm – 4.30pm – Pop into the Museum and have a chat with our Museum Educators who will have an array of replica artefacts and raw materials, which you can pick up and examine. Discover how humans cleverly used antler, wood, and clay in centuries past – long before there was plastic! No booking required. Located in the Prehistoric Ireland exhibition, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.  All ages welcome.

Brick World Lego Exhibition Tullamore

Sunday February 24th – 10.30am to 5.30pm – Brick World are hosting a Lego Exhibition at the Charleville Centre in Tullamore. All welcome to come along and see some amazing displays of Lego and get your hands on all new Lego sets for 2019.

Round Up of January 2019 Events & Things to Do for Families

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

Events from Monday December 31st 2018 to Sunday January 6th 2019

New Years Eve Bank Holidays in Ireland

Monday December 31st 2019 – NYF Dublin is back for 2018/2019. This special New Years Eve Festival sees the area around the Custom House come to life with music, lights and a New Year countdown. This year ring in the New Year on December 31st with Gavin James.

Discovery Zone at NMI Natural History

NMI National Museum of ireland fossils

Wednesday January 2nd 2019 11am to 1pmInspetorium: Skullduggery drop in activity at NMI Natural History, Merrion Square. When a scientist discovers a new fossil, how can it tell what that animal eats? Drop into the Discovery Zone to inspect different animal skulls from the handling collection and learn how to tell what it eats by looking at its teeth! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.

Family Fun at NMI Archaeology, Kildare Street

national museum of Ireland events and workshops

Thursday January 3rd 2019 2pm to 4pmMini Medieval Architects – Make Your Own Tower House! Tower Houses were built all around the Irish landscape in Medieval Ireland and can still be seen today. They were the defended homes of lords and ladies. Drop in to the National Museum of Ireland to handle replicas of the objects that were used in these homes, from pottery to shoes, and explore the architecture of these castles as you make your own Tower House! No booking required. Located in Kildare Room, ground floor. Wheelchair accessible.

Saturday January 5th 2019 11.30am to 1.30pmPaper Puzzle drop in activity for ages 6+. Solve our puzzle and help us to piece together some archaeological objects from the Museum’s collection including the Ardagh Chalice and the Loughnashade Trumpet by piecing the paper ‘fragments’ together! No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room. Not Wheelchair accessible.

Slime Lab at Lough KeySlime Lab at Lough Key Forest and Activity Park, Roscommon

Thursday January 3rd & Friday January 4th 11.30am to 12.30 pm – Planet Science Kidz are back at the Moylorg Room in Lough Key Forest & Activity Park for fun Slime Lab Workshops for children.

Pre-booking essential call 071 9673122 or email [email protected]

Storytelling & The Armagh Rhymers at NMI Collins Barracks

national museum of Ireland rhymers

Sunday January 6th 2019 – Enjoy Family Storytime for Little Christmas from 2.15pm to 4.14pm and The Armagh Rhymers from 3pm to 4pm at NMI Collins Barracks. Join renowned storyteller Nuala Hayes in the Museum’s Out of Storage Gallery to hear stories and tales that reflect this special day in January, Nollaig na mBan, or Little Christmas and the coming of the Three Wise Men. Nuala’s stories will include Cailleachaí Sliabh na mBan – The Fairy Hill’s on Fire, The Three Gifts and a story from Norway called The Devil’s Handmill. No booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis.

06/01/2019 – 06/01/2019 3 – 4pm
Join the Armagh Rhymers, one of Ireland’s most celebrated folk theatre ensembles, for their traditional seasonal performance at Collins Barracks. Take part in this annual tradition and see them sing, act, make music, dance, tell stories and act the clown, dressed in costume and beautifully crafted masks of flax, willow and straw. This January they will once again give voice to a tradition that dates back to 2,500 years. Suitable for all ages. No Booking required, places allocated on a first come basis.

Sunday January 6th 2019 – See Bosco and Cinderella at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre at 2pm.

Events from Monday January 7th to Sunday January 13th 2019

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2019

Wednesday January 9th to Saturday 12th – The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2019 takes place at the RDS in Dublin from January 9th to 12th.

NMI Collins Barracks Museum Tours

National Museum of Ireland

Sunday January 13th 2019 – 3pm to 4pmFamily Tour of Collins Barracks. Join an introductory tour to learn about the history of Collins Barracks, from the 1700s to the present day and its transition from Barracks to Museum, taking in some of the highlights from the Museum’s military history or decorative arts exhibitions. Admission free, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.

Events from Monday January 14th to Sunday January 20th 2019

Music & Knitting at NMI Country Life Turlough Park

Friday January 18th 11am to 1pm – Knitting & Crochet Circle: A Woolly Winter. Have you made a resolution to try something different for the New Year? Come along to our Knitting & Crochet Circle for some help, advice and a good auld yarn. Beginners welcome. No booking required.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Adults & Children 7+

Saturday January 19th 2pm to 4pm – Music Circle. Dust down that fiddle, polish that whistle and join the music circle to practice, share, play tunes and songs. No booking required.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Adults & Children 12+

Behind the Scenes at NMI Natural History

Saturday January 19th 12pm & 2pm – Meet Museum Educator, Geraldine Breen, and discover the science and stories behind the collections on display during this free public highlights tour of the Museum of Natural History. No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible.

A Decade of Conflict at NMI Collins Barracks

Sunday January 20th 3pm to 4pm – 1913 – 1923 A Decade of Conflict. Join Museum guide Diarmuid Bolger in a tour which will explore the decade of conflict in Irish history from 1913 – 1923, with a special focus on the First Dáil in January 1919, marking the centenary and the new temporary exhibition on display at Collins Barracks. Admission free, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.

Treasures of the National Museum of Archaeology

Sunday January 20th 3pm to 3.45pm – Public Tour: Treasures of the National Museum. Take a tour of the iconic treasures in the National Museum, including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice. Irish Sign Language Interpretation will be provided for this tour. Booking required, please email [email protected] or call 01 6486 334. Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Tour
Topic: Archaeology
Audience: Adults & Children 7+

Events from Monday January 21st to Sunday January 27th 2019

dlr Mill Theatre – Bosco’s Garden And Cinderella

Bosco Cinderalla

Saturday January 26th 2019 – Show times: 12PM and 2PM
 – Bosco is Bosco, not a boy, not a girl, just a Bosco: a cheeky, lovely, funny, slightly-cracked, irrepressible, eternal five-year-old who lives in a box and who loves nothing more than to just be Bosco and meet all the boys and girls.

After starring on Irish TV for three decades, you’ll see why Bosco remains a firm favourite for each new generation. Enjoy the story of Cinderella through this completely interactive live experience.

Free Family Trad Events at The Ark

Friday January 25th to Sunday January 27th – As part of TradFest 2019, The Ark in Temple Bar have a host of free Trad sessions and workshops for families to enjoy. You can give trad a try, experience a variety of different crafts and listen to trad sessions. No pre-booking required, places limited and given on a first come basis.

Make a St Brigid’s Cross at NMI Country Life, Mayo

Sunday January 27th 2pm to 4pm – Make a St. Brigid’s Cross. Join the members of the Education team to learn more about the history, customs and traditions around St. Brigid’s Day and make your very own St. Brigid’s Cross. No booking required.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Families

Tour of Eileen Gray Exhibition NMI Collins Barracks

Sunday January 27th 3pm to 4pm – Tour of the Eileen Gray exhibition. Join a public tour of the Eileen Gray gallery, exploring one of the most influential designers and architects of the 20th century. No booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.
Event Type: Tour
Topic: History
Audience: Families


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