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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Round Up of November 2019 Events & Things To Do for Families

Monday November 4th to Sunday November 10th

Ger Carey Live: A Comic Journey Inside the Teenage Mind, glór Ennis

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Tuesday 5th November, 11am – Ger Carey is back with his hilarious stand-up comedy show for transition year students. By secretly observing his subjects in their natural habitat, such as leaning on lampposts, in chippers, outside chippers, in shopping centres and sitting on any kind of steps, Ger has uncovered the weird and frightening world of the teenager! The aim of the show is to get teenagers to laugh at themselves and appreciate the differences of others.

The Knitting & Stitching Show 2019, RDS Dublin

The Knitting and Stitching Show 2019 at RDS

Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th November 2019 – With 150 exhibitors and 192 workshops taking place, attendees will have plenty to be truly inspired by all the craftsmanship on display at the years Knitting & Stitching Show. There will be a fantastic line-up with tutors/experts from both Ireland and the UK who will share their passion and skills with knitting and stitching enthusiasts and an opportunity to learn the basics too.

Cork Film Festival 2019

Cork Film Festival 2019

Thursday 7th to Sunday 17th November – The 64th annual Cork Film Festival takes place at venues throughout the city. The festival includes a full range of option for families including:

  • Birthday Wonderland – Saturday November 9th @ 11am
  • In the West – Saturday November 9th @ 1pm
  • Away – Sunday November 10th @1pm
  • Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom – Saturday November 16th @ 1pm
  • Into the West – Saturday November 16th @ 6.30pm
  • Family Friendly Shorts – Sunday 17th November @ 11.45am
  • Frozen 2 – Sunday 17th November @ 3.30pm

Mayo Science and Technology Festival, NMI Country Life, Mayo

NMI things to do with kids

Sunday November 10th, 11.30am & 2pm – The educations team will host a series of science based workshops as part of Mayo Science and Technology Festival.

Free Family Trad Session Series with Eoin O’Neill and Friends

Eoin O Neill MORglor featured event image

Saturday 9th November, 2pm – Award winning musician Eoin O’Neill will be joined by special guests from the Clare music scene for this monthly family trad series. Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. In 2015 Eoin was the winner of the MÓRglór award for Outstanding Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare and he is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county.

Monday November 11th to Sunday November 17th 2019

Free French Festival at Science Week, Dublin

Alliance Francaise French Science Week Festival

Monday 11th to Saturday 16th November – To celebrate Science Week, Alliance Française and the French Embassy of Ireland have partnered with researchers, artists and and performance artists to offer a special line up of science themed events with a French touch! All events are free but should be booked in advance and they include:

  • Earth from the Moon on Monday 11th November at 6.30pm
  • Apéro Scientifique: Vaccines & Antibiotics on Tuesday 12th November at 6.30pm
  • Native Scientists Children’s Workshop on Saturday 16th November at 11am

Science Week, Nationwide

science week 2019

Sunday 10th to Sunday 17th November 2019 – Science Week will be celebrated in schools and venues throughout Ireland. From workshops  to classroom based activities and fun activities for all ages.

Powerscourt Garden Pavilion Christmas Launch Night

powerscourt garden pavillion Christmas launch night

Wednesday November 13th, 5pm to 8pm – Step into the magical wonder of Christmas at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion on their Christmas launch night. Visitors can check out the full Christmas range and enjoy a 20% discount for the night.

South Dublin On Ice

South Dublin on Ice

Friday November 15th 2019 to Sunday January 26th 2020. South Dublin On Ice at Tallaght Stadium offers ice skating fun for all the family. The spectacular real ice rink at Tallaght Stadium will be the centrepiece of the South County Dublin Christmas Festival this year and is sure to attract thousands of skaters young and old to the town. 

Free Knitting Circle at NMI Country Life, Mayo

Knitting-Winter-Woolies at NMI Country Life Museum

Friday 15th November, 11am to 1pm – Learn a new skill for life with the museum knitters. This is a free, family friendly drop in activity and all levels of knitters and stitchers are welcome to come along and exchange tips, patterns and ideas.

Dublin Book Festival Children’s Programme

Dublin Book Festival Children's Programme

Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November – The Children’s Programme for the Dublin Book Festival 2019 takes place at Smock Alley Theatre and offers FREE workshops, storytelling, treasure hunts and the opportunity to relax with your favourite book in their magical indoor Winter garden.

Survival Vs Extinction Science Week Event at NMI Natural History, Merrion Square, Dublin

Science week at NMI Natural History Museum survival vs extinction

Saturday 16th November 11am to 1pmLearn about incredible animals and amazing adaptions and how animals survive in their environment and why some animals become extinct. This is a free event for all ages and no booking is required. It is fully accessible.

Free Science Week Workshop at Birr Castle, Offaly

birr castle science week eventSaturday November 16th, 12pm to 4pm – To celebrate Science Week and as part of the Midlands Science Week Festival, Birr Castle have a free fun workshop for kids aged 7+. It’s Gas explores climate change and the greenhouse effect in a child friendly way.

You will explore how carbon dioxide is produced within modern society and how that impacts upon global warming and how a warmer climate affects everything from sea levels to biodiversity.

A variety of scientific experiments and investigations will help us draw our own conclusions as to what steps we can take to reduce our carbon footprint.

Spaces are limited. Early booking advised. To book phone 057 9120336

Free Music Circle at NMI Country Life, Mayo

Music-circle at NMI Country Life

Saturday 16th November, 2pm to 4.30pm – Dust down your fiddle, tune up your whistle and join the free music circle at NMI Country Life. Share and play tunes and songs or simply drop by to listen to the free music circle group.

Game Design Workshop, Galway

Games-Design-Workshop Baboro thing to do with kids in Galway

Saturday November 16th, 9.30am to 1.30pm – Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in association with Romero Games presents a Game Design Workshop – Characters and Stories at The Connacht Hotel, Galway. Tickets are €20 per child which includes light refreshments and the workshop is suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years.

Monday November 18th to Sunday November 24th 2019

New Winter Term French Classes for Kids, Teens & Adults at Alliance Française, Dublin

Winter 2020 French Classes at Alliance Francaise Dublin

November 18th 2019 to January 25th 2020Book now for your Winter Term French Classes at Alliance Française, Dublin. There are French Classes for toddlers, children, teens and adults.

The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket presented by Barnstorm Theatre, glór Ennis

Bucket-Henry-to-sky Barnstorm Theatre glor ennisThursday 21st November @ 5:00pm, Friday 22 November @ 10am & 11.45am – Henry and Bucket are best pals, although sometimes you wouldn’t think so! Like all good friends they have their ups and downs, their battles and reconciliations, their shared adventures and, at times, their need for their own space. But as long as these two friends are together, transforming their rusty, dusty, battered and bockety world into a place of wonder, their adventures can take them anywhere! Suitable for ages 4 – 8 years.

Cork Baking and Chocolate Weekend, Cork International Hotel

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th November 2019 – Renowned local and international chocolatiers and bakers will showcase their work at the Cork Baking and Chocolate Weekend. There will also be masterclasses, demonstrations, workshops, tasting sessions and a children’s zone for the whole family to enjoy. As part of the weekend visitors can also enjoy the Great Cork Bake Off!

Family Tour of The Treasures of The NMI Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

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Saturday November 23rd, 2.30pm to 3.15pmTake a tour of the iconic treasures at the NMI Archaeology and see and learn more about the priceless treasures including the Tara Brooch & Ardagh Chalice. The tour is free and no booking is required, it is fully accessible and most suited to families with children aged 7+

Christmas Lantern Workshops at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

Christmas Lantern Workshops Cool Planet Experience

Saturday November 23rd to Sunday December 22nd – 11am & 2pm every Saturday & Sunday – Crafty kids aged 6 to 12 years will love these festive Christmas lantern making workshops. Children will make their Christmas lantern before decorating them and adding lights. The workshop will excite your kids and teach them about sustainable and low energy choices. All materials will be supplied and kids get to take their lanterns home.

Book your place now.

Santa’s Animals at Powerscourt Stables, Wicklow

Christmas animals at Powerscourt

Saturday November 23rd to Monday December 23rd, 10am to 5pm daily – Bring the children along to meet some of Santa’s animals at Powerscourt stables including Santa’s deer, pygmy goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and miniature donkeys. This experience is free of charge and you will find the stables loacated next to the Garden Pavillion.

Free Family Film Screenings with Alliance Française, Dublin

Alliance Francaise cinema club

Saturday November 23rd, from 11am – The French Library at Alliance Française are having a FREE morning screening of 3 short animated films around the world of the sea. The films are full of adventures to dazzle your children while educating them on the beauty and fragility of the aquatic world. They are suitable for families with children from 3 years+. This is a free event and no booking is required. The films are – Enco une traversée à vapeur, Le Petit Bateau en Papier Rouge and Le Bonjomme de Sable.

Charity Christmas Children’s Book Launch, Harcourt Hotel, Dublin

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Saturday November 23rd, 6.30pm to 10pm – Author Sophie Goldsbury is launching her new Christmas children’s book ‘Santa Wipe Your Feet‘ on November 23rd. All proceeds raised from the sale of the book that night and for December 2019 will go to the Little Blue Heroes Foundation.

Winterval, Waterford

Winterval carousel

Saturday November 23rd to Monday December 23rd – Winterval, the largest Christmas festival in Ireland is back! Located in Waterford city, this year’s festival is bigger than ever, running 23rd November – 23rd December. From a medieval Santa experience to a brand-new interactive Wizards and Dragons exhibition featuring animatronic dragons, there’s plenty for all ages including ice-skating, Festival Express Train, Christmas markets and more.

Galway Science and Technology Festival 2019

Sunday 24th November The theme for the 2019 Galway Science and Technology Festival is ‘Climate Action’; it runs from 11th – 24th November with the annual family Exhibition Day taking place Sunday 24th November. Tickets for the Exhibition shows and workshops will be released on Saturday 16 November 2019.

Monday November 25th to Sunday December 1st 2019

The Moving Crib, Parnell Square, Dublin

The-Moving-Crib-2019 What's On and things to do in IrelandThursday November 28th to Sunday January 5th, 11am to 6pm daily – The moving crib will be back at St Martin’s in Parnell Square this Christmas season. It is free to visit and offers a fun, magical visit for all ages. A true Dublin institution and a must visit experience this festive season.

Taste of Dublin Festive Edition, RDS, Dublin

Family Sunday at taste festive edition

Thursday November 28th to Sunday December 1st 2019 – The RDS is home to Taste of Dublin Festive Edition, four days of festive food, fun, crafts, demonstrations, masterclasses and entertainment for all to enjoy. Sunday 1st December will be a family friendly day with gingerbread cookie decorating, learn how to make healthy treats for Santa & edible festive presents too.

Meet the Crafters at NMI Country Life, Mayo

Saturday November 30th, 11.30 to 3pm – Meet the talented members of the Connacht Textile Crafters and get some tips for Christmas gifts and decorations. This is a free drop in event suitable for all ages.

Craft Fair at County Library, Tallaght

Christmas Craft Fair 2019 at country library TallaghtSaturday November 30th, 9.45am to 6pm – With free entry and over 40 craft exhibitors, Christmas carols & DJ, outdoor food market and a very special guest the Christmas Craft Fair at the county library Tallaght promises to be a fun day out for all the family.

Christmas Food and Craft Fair Galway

November 30th and December 1st – LEO Galway is running its 8th annual Local Food and Craft Fair on at the Black Box Theatre, a great opportunity to pick up some locally made Christmas gifts and support small businesses.

This year they have teamed up with Dee Deegan of Galway Art Academy to provide entertainment for the kids during their annual Local Food and Craft Gift Fair. Dee will be hosting art classes for children, as well as parent and child workshops. Booking is required, details on the LEO Galway website.

The Big Escape, Cork & Galway

The Big Escape things to do with kids in Ireland

Saturday November 30th, 10am to 2pm – The Big Escape organise city wide escape games around the country. Played on smartphones, you need to register your team of 4 in advance and on the day you will receive a game briefing in advance. Throughout the day you will receive puzzles and challenges to solve and the team with the most points win. Games are suitable for all ages including families.

Charity Santa Cycle, Portlaoise

santa cycle Portlaoise

Sunday December 1st, 5.30pm to 8.30pmLight up your bike Santa cycle is a charity event taking place in Portlaoise. It is a 14km (slow) cycle beginning and  ending at Killeshin Hotel. It is suitable for those over 16 and will raise funds for Down Syndrome Centre Midlands and Teac Tom. Registration includes a Santa Suit, 1 set of battery lights, sponsor card and light refreshments at the hotel on completion.

Home Alone in Concert

Enjoy the Home Alone movie on a huge screen with a 75 piece orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic music score to film and a full choir performing songs from the movie. This will take place in 3 locations:

  • 30th November – Royal Theatre, Castlebar
  • 1st December – The Convention Centre, Dublin
  • 2nd December – INEC, Killarney

Tickets priced from €28 – €56 (+ booking fee) available from Ticketmaster.ie.

Save The Date

December Events and Things to Do In Ireland For Families

Monday December 2nd to Sunday December 8th 2019

The Speks at gór, Clare

Saturday 7th December 2pm – The Speks present a lively show of nursery rhymes and sing-along songs set to acoustic Irish music which will have adults and kids jumping in their seats! They will be at glór , Ennis with their hand-clapping, toe-tapping, hearty-laughing show all about life on Glasses Island – a magical island off the coast of Co. Clare where everybody wears glasses!

The Speks have won a Parents’ Choice music award in the US where their music has been described as “Riverdance for kids” and they encourage everyone to sing, scream, clap and dance along during their performances.

This will be a great, fun event for kids aged 2 to 92 and they encourage everyone to sing, scream, clap and dance along during their performances. Tickets cost €8 and the show will be 50 mins and is suitable for ages 2+. Book your tickets here.

Free Harness The Power Family Workshop, NMI Country Life, Mayo

NMI Country Life Museum Workshop

Saturday December 7th, 12pm, 2pm & 3pm – Learn about the science behind electrically generated motion. And use a motor to build you own robotic aid to help with the housework! The workshop is free but places must be booked in advance.

Monday December 9th to Sunday December 15th 2019

Bring Your Pets To Meet Santa at The Nore Valley Christmas Experience, MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, Kilkenny

Bring your pet to see Santa at Nore Valley Farm Park

On Tuesday December 10th you are invited to bring your pets along to meet Santa! Families are charged €5 per pet to have a photo with Santa and receive a small gift. No booking is necessary and all proceeds from this one-off event will be donated to Samaritans, helping to save lives in Ireland.

Christmas Workshops at Alliance Française

Christmas French Workshops Dublin

Wednesday December 11th – Alliance Française are running fun Christmas Themed French Workshops for kids and teens this December. Why not drop the kids off and get your Christmas shopping done! The Christmas Workshops are suitable for kids and teens aged from 4 years to 15 years.

Free Family Trad Session Series with Eoin O’Neill and Friends

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Saturday 14th December, 2pm – Award winning musician Eoin O’Neill will be joined by special guests from the Clare music scene for this monthly family trad series. Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. In 2015 Eoin was the winner of the MÓRglór award for Outstanding Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare and he is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county.

Enjoy a Weekend of Festive Family Fun at NMI Country Life, Mayo

National Museum Christmas Activities

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th December – Go along to the museum during opening hours for the Little Crafty Christmas event and take part in Christmas craft workshops, tree decorating, cookie decorating, a festive challenge in the galleries, watch a seasonal movie and listen to a choral performance. Admission is free and no booking is required.

Swan Lake at glór, Clare

Thursday 12th & Friday 13th December at 7.30pm – Ballet Ireland is delighted to present Swan Lake, one of the great love stories of classical ballet, in glór this December. This most famous of ballets combines romantic themes, classical technique and ethereal imagery, with Tchaikovsky’s majestic score, to ensure this masterpiece’s immortality. Tickets cost €25 or €70 for a family of 4. Duration: 2 hours and 20 minutes (inclusive of a 20 minute interval). Suitable for ages 8+

Santa’s Crafty Labs at King John’s Castle, Limerick

Planet Science Kidz Christmas labs at King Johns CastleSaturday December 14th & 21st 2019 – Santa’s Crafty Labs with Planet Science Kidz at King John’s Castle is a 1 hour festive science workshop for children aged 5 – 12 years. Children will engage in the awesome world of chemistry, explore Glittery Slime and be amazed by intriguing polymers. Children will be prompted to explore their creativity / artsy side using Slime to draw Christmas trees! Children will appreciate acid base reactions by launching Rudolph rockets & explore eruptions in our Erupting Christmas Ornaments experiment. One not to be missed!
Book here: December 14th, 12.30pm & 2pm & December 21st, 11am, 12.30pm & 2pm

Monday December 16th to Sunday December 22nd 2019

Mother Goose presented by Pantaloons at glór, Clare

December 21st – 31st at 2.30pm (no shows 24th, 25th, 26th)- Pantaloons are back at glór this festive season with the hilarious Mother Goose… This is the story of Mother Goose who, about to be thrown off her land because she cannot pay the rent, gets a gift of Pricilla – the golden egg laying goose – from The Good Fairy. Mother Goose becomes rich, but the Demon King and his Bailiffs are on hand to tempt her with the things she doesn’t have – youth and Beauty. Will Mother Goose enter the Fountain of Youth? Will everybody love her? It wouldn’t be Christmas without Panto, and Pantaloons – now in their 17th year, have firmly established themselves as a wonderful family tradition in Clare. Pantaloons will be joined on stage by Sparks Hip Hop Dance School. €15/€50 Family of 4 Duration: 135 mins

Santa’s Crafty Labs at King John’s Castle, Limerick

Planet Science Kidz Christmas labs at King Johns CastleSaturday December 21st 2019 – Santa’s Crafty Labs with Planet Science Kidz at King John’s Castle is a 1 hour festive science workshop for children aged 5 – 12 years. Children will engage in the awesome world of chemistry, explore Glittery Slime and be amazed by intriguing polymers. Children will be prompted to explore their creativity / artsy side using Slime to draw Christmas trees! Children will appreciate acid base reactions by launching Rudolph rockets & explore eruptions in our Erupting Christmas Ornaments experiment. One not to be missed!
Book here:  December 21st, 11am, 12.30pm & 2pm

Monday December 23rd to Sunday December 29th 2019

Save the date

Cirque du Soleil Corteo, Dublin

Cirque du Soleil Corteo

Wednesday July 8th to Sunday July 12th 2020 – CORTEO, one of the best-loved Cirque du Soleil productions is coming to Ireland in July 2020. The show will visit Dublin at the 3Arena from Wednesday 8th July for a limited run of seven performances. General tickets will be on sale on Friday 18th October at 9am at cirquedusoleil.com/corteo or www.ticketmaster.ie.

Ocotber 2019 Family Events & Things to Do For Families

Dublin Festival of History

October 1st to 20th 2019 – Enjoy free history events for all at libraries and other prominent historical venues in Dublin during October.

Monday September 30th to Sunday October 6th 2019

Wet Paint: A play written by and featuring Shane Casey at glór Ennis

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Wednesday 2nd October, 8pm – It’s 2005 – the country is booming-Jambons are at an all time high at €2. That blind opera singer guy is coming to Cork and tickets are impossible to find. Tony has a fresh tan from the Canaries; Pa is wondering how Liverpool will get on in the Champion’s League and Barry’s got a secret.
Sound familiar?

Inspired by his time as a painter decorator himself, Shane Casey’s very funny play depicts a day-in-the-life of two painter/decorators and their boss during the Celtic Tiger era, when anything was possible-at least inside your head. Also featuring Michael Sands and Tommy Harris. Suitable for ages 12+

Bat Walk Through Galway City

Wednesday October 2nd, 8pm – The Galway Bat Group invite you to meet them at Galway Cathedral at 8pm on October 2nd for a magical mystery tour through town at dusk. Participants will use bat detectors to listen out for bats and learn to identify some of the bat species that live in our towns. Please wear appropriate footwear, dress for the weather and all children must be accompanied by an adult (not necessarily a superhero!) Keep an
eye on our Facebook page for wet weather notifications.

Open House Cork

Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October – Open House Cork is a free festival aimed at showcasing and celebrating the best architecture in Cork. From buildings to places and neighbourhoods there will be free tours, talks, workshops, exhibitions and events by architects, designers and historians for all to enjoy. Full event details can be found on the Open House Cork website and social media pages.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Autumn Patterns, NMI Country Life, Mayo

Easy knitting projects for kids - Mykidstime

Friday 4th & 18th October, 11am to 1pm – The knitting circle invites adults and children aged 7+ to come and join them for some autumnal knitting of scarves, hats and jumpers. This is a free event and does not require booking. Beginners welcome.

Half Price Entry To Dublin Zoo This Weekend

Dublin zooSaturday 5th & Sunday 6th October, 12pm to 4pm daily – To celebrate World Animal Day which falls on October 4th, Dublin Zoo are offering half price entry on all standard tickets. There will be fun games, face painting and activities to celebrate record breaking animals.

Autism Awareness Weekend at Tayto Park, Meath

autism awareness weekend at Tayto Park

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th October – Tayto Park are hosting an autism awareness weekend for children with additional needs and their families can enjoy all the attractions and facilities available at Tayto Park in an autism friendly enviornment. They have teamed up with As I Am, The Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind association and Adam and Friends to make the weekend as inclusive as possible.

The Future is Rural – Family Open day at NMI Country Life, Mayo

Things to do in Ireland Whats On at the Mueum

Saturday October 5th, 10am to 4.30pm – A family-friendly event with workshops and demonstrations for all ages. Enjoy a fun and family-friendly fair as part of The Future is Rural, an event by Foodture, the Irish Environmental Network and Friends of the Earth.

Celebrate change makers and innovators in sustainable food, farming and community energy. Take part in interactive workshops and demonstrations for all ages on a range of topics from composting to fermenting and zero waste.

There will also be film screenings throughout the day in the museum’s AV Theatre followed by discussions on how to eat better for people, place and planet.

Admission free. No booking required.

Art Cart – Music With Tanya at Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Dublin

Sunday October 6th, 11am – Kids can enjoy a free, fun music session with Tanya at the Phoenix Park visitor centre from 11am and may even get to play some instruments! No booking required.

Carnation Theatre’s Greyhound on Train – NMI Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin

Greyhound on a train nmi collins barracks

Sunday October 6th, 3pm to 4pm – Come along to a performance of Greyhound on Train, a play by Carnation Theatre about the War of Independence story that no-one has told. Greyhound on Train is based on the real-life testimonies of extraordinary women. Discover Elizabeth Bloxham, a Protestant teacher, pamphleteer and radicaliser; Peg Flanagan, a waitress, gun runner, spy and Bloody Sunday witness; and Bridget Fitzpatrick, who plays a crucial role in the famous Knocklong ambush through a telegram warning ‘Greyhound on Train’.

This performance is part of the Museum’s programme for the Dublin Festival of History. It is suitable for all ages and should be booked in advance.

Cork Film Festival SEE & HEAR Children’s Film Season in Crawford Art Gallery

Sunday 6th October 2019, 2pm  to 3.10pm – As Crawford Art Gallery celebrates childhood in their major survey exhibition SEEN, NOT HEARD, Cork Film Festival invites children to SEE and HEAR the best of world cinema.

On October 6th from 2pm to 3.10pm audiences can enjoy a delightful double bill of two enchanting films which bring classic books to life for children aged 6+. The Overcoat is an animated adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s classic short story about an office worker (Cillian Murphy) who saves all his money to buy a new coat, only to have fate take a ghostly hand.

Tickets: €25 Family Pass (2 adults & 2 children) per screening €7.50 Additional adult tickets / €6 Additional child tickets. Book online: corkfilmfest.org. Limited tickets available on the door. Booking in advance online is advised. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Victorian Steampunk Tea Party, Copper Coast Geopark, Waterford

Copper Coast Geopark things to do in Ireland what's on for families in Ireland

Sunday October 6th, 2pm to 5pm – A family fun afternoon to celebrate the heritage of Copper Coast Geopark.

Monday October 7th to Sunday October 13th 2019

Space Week Workshops with Deirdre Kelleghan at glór Ennis

St-Peters-childrens-drawings Space Week workshops at glor ennis

Tuesday 8th October, 10.30am & 2.30pm – Deirdre Kelleghan will facilitate 2 fun Space Week workshops at glór Ennis that are suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years. All materials for the workshops will be provided.

  • Let’s Go to The Moon – Apollo, 11 10.30 – 11.30am
    July 20th, 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. This workshop will tell the story of Apollo 11, followed by a drawing session where each child will produce a pastel drawing of an aspect of the mission. A4 Apollo 11 information sheet and European Southern Observatory stickers for all taking part.
  • Our Sun and other Stars, 2.30 – 3.30pm
    Presentation followed by a drawing session. This workshop will look at our sun in detail and children will draw aspects of the activities on our sun as well as a winter constellation so they can recognise it in the sky at night. Children will learn where stars come from and why they are different colours. European Southern Observatory stickers for all taking part.

Wexford Spiegeltent Festival 2019

Tuesday 8th to Monday 28th October – The Wexford Spiegeltent Festival is back with music, shows and entertainment for all ages to enjoy including Hudson Taylor, Keith Barry, Bosco, The Coronas, OTT Wrestling, Wild Youth, The Academic and more.

Maths in Space Workshop at Birr Castle, Offaly

Birr Castle Space Workshops with I-Lofar

Saturday 12th October, 12pm to 2pm – To celebrate Maths Week, Birr Castle have a Maths in Space workshop exploring our solar system. During the workshop you will look at our neighbouring planets and compare their relative sizes and distances from the Sun. Using a variety interactive activities you will learn the names of the planets within our solar system, their order from the Sun and their relative sizes. We will then walk the solar system to demonstrate how vast this small section of space is before comparing that to the Milky Way and Observable Universe. Be prepared to be AMAZED!

Workshops are suitable for ages 7+ and their parents and the price includes access to the 120 acres of gardens, the playground and Science Galleries. Spaces are limited. Early booking advised. To book phone 057 9120336

Fun FREE Trad Session for All Ages at glór, Ennis

Eoin O Neill MORglor featured event image

Saturday October 12th, Saturday November 9th & Saturday December 14th, 2pm – Join Eoin O’Neill and friends for a fun, free trad session in the foyer of glór Ennis, Co Clare on selected Saturdays in October, November & December. Anyone can take part, just bring along your instrument or simply come along and enjoy the music.

dlr Festival of Inclusion Make a Book Workshop at dlr Mill Theatre

lr festvial of inclusion make a book workshop for those with special needs

Saturday 12th October, 2pm to 4pm – As part of the dlr Festival of Inclusion illustrator Eva Kelly is running a handmade book illustration workshop for those aged 12+ with special needs, along with their carers. The workshop is free of charge but places should be booked in advance. Full booking details can be found here.

Open House Junior – Changing Home from Viking to Medieval Homes in Dublin, NMI Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

Saturday 12th October, 2pm to 4pm – Make your own Viking house or Medieval tower! To celebrate the Open House architectural festival and the theme of ‘Our City in Motion’, come along to the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology on Saturday 12th October 2-4pm for OPEN HOUSE JUNIOR: Changing Homes from Viking to Medieval Dublin.

Explore the different homes made and lived in by people of Dublin down through the ages. Make your own Viking house, Medieval tower house or even a Tudor period home to help build up the city of Dublin. No booking required. Suitable for all ages.

Open House – Photography Workshop NMI Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin

Photography Workshop Collins Barracks things to do

Saturday October 12th, 11am to 12pm & 1pm to 2pm – See the city through a fresh lens. Discover the magic of photography in its most basic form and see the city through a fresh lens at this Open House Junior event.

Join artist Seliena Coyle to explore photographic techniques including photograms, cyanotypes and pinhole photography.

Take inspiration from the architecture of Collins Barracks and its surroundings to create your own original composition using source material from maps and existing photographs, printed on acetate. All Ages.

Admission is free. Booking required. Email: [email protected].

Open House 2019 – From Big House to National Museum NMI Country Life, Mayo

NMI Country Life thing to do and whats on for families in Ireland

Saturday October 12th, 2pm to 3pm – Celebrate Open House 2019 with a special talk about historic Turlough Park House. Join archaeologist and historian Christy Lawless for this insight into how Turlough Park House, once the seat of the Fitzgerald family, became the site of the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life. This is a free event, suitable for all ages. Booking required. Contact the Bookings Office on +353 94 90 31751 or book now by email.

Howl At The Moon 2019, Galway

Howl at the moon galway mountain rescue things to do and whats on for families in Ireland

Saturday October 12th from 6pm to midnight – Galway Mountain Rescue Team invite you to join them for Howl At The Moon 2019, a unique night walk along forest tracks and walking paths, by the light of the full moon! The walk is 17km long or there is a shorter option for those with children. Maps and marshals will be in place along the route. Meet at the Galway Wind Park near Oughterard.

Art Cart – Farmer Ann at Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Dublin

Sunday October 13th, 11am – Children are invited to come along and meet Farmer Ann and some of her animal friends. This is a free event and no booking is required.

Music and the Collections, NMI Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin

Performance music and the collections things to do and whats on for families in Ireland

Sunday October 13th, 3pm to 4pm – Come along to the first in a new series of concerts inspired by the Museum collections, in collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

This first concert will celebrate the creative genius of the 20th century pioneer of design and architecture, Eileen Gray, and the city of Paris, where Gray lived for most of her life.

Suitable for all Ages. Admission is €8/€5 concessions. Booking required. See www.riam.ie for further details.

The Happy Pear Apple Pie Competition at The Round Tower Clondalkin, Dublin

The Happy Pear Apple Pie Competition at Round Tower Clondalkin things to do in Ireland what's on for the family

Sunday 13th October, 2pm to 4pm – Bake your finest apple pie and bring it along to The Happy Pear Café at the Round Tower Clondalkin before 2pm on Sunday 13th October and your entry will be judged. Open to all ages, U16 & Adult category with prizes for the best apple pies! Pick up free apples for your entries during the week before.

Monday October 14th to Sunday October 20th 2019

Babóro International Arts Festival For Children, Galway

2019 Baboró

Monday 14th to Sunday 20th October 2019 – The annual Babóro International Arts Festival For Children returns to venues around Galway this October. The aim of the festival is to make the arts accessible to all and showcase local, national and international talent to children and families.

There is a packed line up with shows, workshops, demonstrations and events for all ages from babies to teens and adults. Check out the full festival programme and book your tickets today as many shows sell out quickly.

Cahoots NI presents Secrets of Space at glór Ennis

Secrets of Space by Cahoots NI at glor ennis

Wednesday 16th October, 10am & 12pm – Suni and Mae are dreamers. As young girls they dreamt about journeying far beyond our solar system, singing among the stars and discovering all that was unknown to them: the secrets of space. Using magical illusions and a state-of-the-art digital LED wall, the sisters and the audience embark on an interactive journey across the galaxy. They explore with dazzling imagery the wonders of the cosmos using key ideas in science and technology.

Get ready to embark on a journey of intergalactic proportions with Cahoots NI as you uncover the Secrets of Space. Secrets of Space has been developed with leading space industry experts and features curriculum connections for primary school audiences in STEAM learning.

Danceperados of Ireland: An Authentic show of Irish Music, Song & Dance at glór Ennis

Danceperados of Ireland at glor ennis things to do

Friday 18th October & Saturday 19th October, 8pm – This innovative Irish Dance production is choreographed by local Ennis man and two times World Champion Dancer Michael Donnellan. Danceperados of Ireland is the only professional touring show based in Clare. Michael is joined by fellow Clare man Eimhin Liddy at the helm of the musical direction.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Autumn Patterns, NMI Country Life, Mayo

Friday 18th October, 11am to 1pm – The knitting circle invites adults and children aged 7+ to come and join them for some autumnal knitting of scarves, hats and jumpers. This is a free event and does not require booking. Beginners welcome.

Harry Potter Adventure Day at Castlecomer Discovery Park, Kilkenny

Harry Potter Adventure Day at Castlecomer Discovery Park

Saturday 19th October, 10am & 1pm – For fans of the Harry Potter books and films this will be an adventure not to be missed! At the Harry Potter Adventure Day at Castlecomer Discovery Park you can learn to fly on a broomstick, take a Harry Potter themed walking trail with clues to solve along the way, meet a Snowy the owl, try your hand at quidditch and learn how to make a magical wand!

FREE Music Circle & Film at NMI Country Life, Mayo

free screening of The Promise of Barty O Brien

Sunday, October 19th, 2pm to 4.30pm & 3pm – Dust off your instruments and enjoy a free music circle to play, share and enjoy music. Free drop in event open to adults and children aged 12+ from 2pm to 4.30pm.

From 3pm – Join Sunniva O’Flynn from the Irish Film Institute for an introduction and screening of the film The Promise of Barty O’Brien. Made in 1951 by the Economic Co-Operation Administration (Marshall Aid Programme), this film is a curious mix of melodrama, propaganda and promotion.

It follows Barty O’Brien, the son of a small Irish farmer who becomes trained as an electrical engineer in the United States. This event is in conjunction with the temporary exhibition Kitchen Power: Women’s Experiences of Rural Electrification.

This is a free event but booking is required. Contact the Bookings Office on +353 94 90 31751 or book now by email. Adults and children aged 14+

Irish Adventures Crana Fest 2019, Buncrana, Donegal

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October 2019 – The River Crana plays host to the 10th annual Irish Adventures Crana Fest, a 2 day event for kayakers from grade 2 to 4 in all disciplines and for those who enjoy watching the action from the shores!

Monday October 21st to Sunday October 27th 2019

The Busquitos Jazz Quartet: Music for all Ages at glór, Ennis

Busquitos at glor ennis

Tuesday October 22nd, 7pm – The Busquitos play a very catchy mix of brilliantly played music and dazzling, funny entertainment that will put a smile on everyone’s face!
The Busquitos play their merry jazzy tunes, sung with a Louis Armstrong like hoarse voice… And if the time is right, they will mingle and play a serenade, organize a limbo or line dance, or get the audience to sing along to one of their catchy, jazzy tunes.

Musical entertainment for all ages!

Creepy Creator Tours of Croke Park, Dublin

GAA Museum - Creepy Creators Halloween Tours 2019 things to do in Ireland at Halloween

Friday October 25th to Thursday October 31st – Croke Park’s GAA Museum is marking the ancient Irish festival of Samhain with Creepy Creator Tours this Halloween. Meet Cluasóg and enjoy a child-friendly stadium tour which includes a visit to the dressing rooms and a pitch-side walk where you will learn all about Croke Park.

Your creepy creator tour tickets includes entry to the GAA Museum and Interactive Games Zone. Here you can enjoy a spooky arts & crafts session and you can create your very own ceramic Halloween masterpiece, to take home, enjoy seasonal scratch art, temporary tattoo’s, test your skills in the interactive games zone and see the original Sam Maguire & Liam MacCarthy trophies!

Tickets for the Creepy Creator Tours must be booked in advance online.

Visitors are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and upload their photos to instagram. The GAA Museum will give a goody bag to the three best Halloween photos!

Boo! at Ballymaloe, Cork

Friday 25th to Thursday 31st October, 10am to 5pm – A frightful theatrical treat for all the family which includes a maze, interactive characters and solving clues to find the Prince and send him home. This event is suitable for all ages and you are encouraged to come along in costume!

Halloween Trails at Belvedere House & Gardens, Westmeath

Halloween 2019 at Belvedere House

Saturday October 26th to Monday 28th – Belvedere House and Gardens will have a host of spooky and not so spooky Halloween events for families. They include Belvedere Halloween Treasure Trails which take place on October 26th to 28th. Expect lots of fun and treats. Or, as we say to the children, expect:

“Witches and Zombies and Ghouls of all kinds

are waiting for you and your family to find

There’ll be a few frights and hard work for your treats

and laughter and fun with the Ghouls that you’ll meet

Be a little afraid and deep breaths do inhale

To prepare for the Belvedere Halloween Trail”

Booking essential. Call 044 9349060 to book your place.

Jackula dlr Mill Theatre, Dublin

Jackula dlr Mill Theatre

Saturday 26th October, 4pm & 7pm – Being a vampire sucks, but being Dracula’s younger brother is driving Jackula batty! This inspirational Halloween magic show is performed by Jeff Keough and is suitable for kids aged 4 to 12 years. Book tickets early as they usually sell out quickly!

Spooky Science Halloween Workshops at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

Halloween camps at Cool Planet Experience

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th October at 11am & 2pm & from Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st October at 11am – Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow are open for tours during the Halloween mid-term break and are also hosting Spooky Science Workshops. Kids can release their mad scientist and explore the spookier side of chemistry & physics.

Workshops take place from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th October at 11am & 2pm & from Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st October at 11am, and are suitable for ages 6 to 12 years.

Book your place today.

Megalithic Mid-Term at NMI Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

things to do in Ireland and what's on for families NMI Megalithic mid term

Saturday 26th October, 1.30pm to 3.30pmHandle amazing replica stone tools and weapons. Did you know you can use flint stone to not only catch your dinner, but to cook it too? Drop-in to the ground floor education space at the Museum this October midterm to find out how people worked with stone thousands of years ago. Meet archaeologist Dave O’Reilly to handle amazing replica stone tools and weapons and learn about the skills of people in the past.  No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible.

Halloween at Lough Key Forest Park, Roscommon

Halloween Lough Spookey 2019 things to do around Ireland for families at Halloween

Saturday October 26th to Sunday November 3rd 2019 – Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co Roscommon host their annual Lough SpooKey Halloween Fest from October 26th to November 3rd 2019. With spot prizes for the best costumes, face painting, balloon modelling, pumpkin carving, mask decorating, and extra fun at Boda Boooo! Check out the events line up here.

Halloween Spooktacular at the Irish National Stud, Kildare

Things to do around Ireland at Halloween Irish National Stud Kildare

October 26th to 31st 2019, 11am to 3pm daily – Halloween Spooktacular at The National Stud, Kildare is always great fun. Spooky Free Pony Rides on Prince, Dipper & Bertie, Terrifying Face Painting, Scariest Outfit Competition, magic shows and spooky slime workshops, the spooky tunnel experience & the opportunity to Experience the Life of a Thoroughbred, balance on the stepping stones in the Japanese Garden and take the fairy trail in St Fichara’s Garden there’s plenty of family fun to be had this Halloween at the Irish National Stud & Gardens!

Halloween Family Quest at Birr Castle, Offaly

Halloween at Birr Castle Things to do around Ireland at Halloween

October 26th to November 3rd 2019 – Birr Castle in Offaly promise tricks and treats for all the family this Halloween midterm including; a family quest with a spooky twist, dress up competitions, face painting, pumpkin trails, and seasonal arts & crafts. Halloween events take place daily from October 26th to November 3rd 2019.

Sensory Saturday Movie at the Eye Cinema, Galway

eye cinema sensory saturday

Saturday 26th October – The Eye Cinema run a sensory Saturday session on the last Saturday of every month starting between 10.30 & 11.30am. For these sensory friendly sessions, families living with autism and other sensory needs are invited to enjoy the latest releases with the lights turned up, sound turned down, on screen subtitles, no trailers and freedom to make noise and move around the cinema. See the website for film information.

Creepy Crawl – Halloween Ramble at Fota House & Gardens, Cork

Creepy Crawl Halloeen Ramble Fota House Cork

Saturday October 26th to Monday October 28th & 31st, 11.00am to 3pm, bring the family along to Fota House for an Creepy Crawl Halloween Trail. This is a fun self-guided, day time trail around the Arboretum and Victoria Working Gardens. Take the trail and discover the darker side of Fota – you’ll never know who or what you might bump into!! Halloween costumes encouraged.

Spooky House Tours at Johnstown Castle Estate, Wexford

Halloween Spooktacular at Johnstown Castle Estate

Saturday 26th to Thursday 31st October, 11am to 3pm daily – Johnstown Castle have enlisted the help of some of their resident, friendly ghosts, to offer spooky house tours over the Halloween mid-term break. Sir John Esmonde will take visitors on a tour of the dungeons and through the gothic, ghoulish castle..  book if you dare! Visitors can also enjoy the Halloween Fairy Doctor’s Trail around the lake to discover the magical properties of the flora and fauna!

Creepy Town Halloween Spooktacular by TheatreworX Productions at Helix, Dublin

Creepytown 2019

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th October – Creepy Town is an hour long theatre show, designed with young families in mind. It will be full of the spooky fun of Halloween and laced with the panto style magic that TheatreworX are renowned for. Our audiences will enjoy the silliness of our returning character Dorkula, who has finally landed his dream job as the Gate-Creeper of Creepy Town. We promise all the ghostly goings-on of Halloween without the nightmares for our little ones – and all from the comfort & warmth of your theatre seat!

Free Macnas Halloween Parade, Galway

Macnas Halloween Parade 2019 Danse Macabre

Sunday October 27th, 5.30pm – The annual Macnas Halloween Parade is a sight to behold and this year it takes place on the streets of Galway from 5.30pm on October 27th. The theme for this years storytelling parade is ‘Danse Macabre’. The parade will tell the story of a boy called Conor and promises to be strange, unpredictable and utterly mesmerising!

Free Family Tour at NMI Collins Barracks, Dublin

27th October 3pm – 4pm – Join an introductory tour to learn all about the history of Collins Barracks, from the 1700s to the present day, and the transition of this important site from Barracks to National Museum of Ireland. This tour will also take in some highlights from the Museum’s exhibitions.

Admission free. No booking required. Places allocated on a first-come basis, 15 minutes before the tour starts.

Free Pumpkin Carving at Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Dublin

Sunday October 27th, 3pm – Enjoy a free, family friendly Halloween event at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre when Dale Treadwell will give a talk on ghosts, witches & ghouls followed by pumpkin carving. You need to bring your own pumpkin and come dressed up as there will be a prize for the best dressed!

Halloween Round Up of Events for Families in Ireland

Whats on around Ireland this Halloween

From pumpkin picking so Halloween train rides check out our pick of things to do around Ireland with the kids this Halloween.

Monday October 28th to Sunday November 3rd 2019

Halloween Treasure Hunts, Pumpkin Picking and More at Nore Valley Farm Park, Kilkenny

Halloween activities at Nore Valley Farm Park Things to do around Ireland at Halloween

Nore Valley Farm Park, Kilkenny is holding their annual torchlight treasure hunt from Monday 28th to Thursday 31st of October 2019, starting each evening at 7pm. Tickets are on sale now online.

This is a fun, family-oriented evening for all ages. Search the farm in the dark with your torches to find the reflective markers and pick up clues, then solve the puzzle to win your prize!

Afterwards, enjoy toasting marshmallows on our bonfire and test your nerve in the infamous and truly terrifying scare maze (tbc). There is also a fancy dress competition on the night, so prepare your best farm-themed costumes! Highlights include:

  • Treasure hunt by torchlight (bring your own torch!)
  • Bonfire with marshmallows (marshmallows provided, feel free to bring your own too!)
  • Horrifying scare maze

Choose to come to Nore Valley Park for Halloween and enjoy a family day of fun! Please note, Saturday night is only for those camping at the farm.

This Halloween season you can pick your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch as part of normal farm entry; one free pumpkin per family. Get creative and carve your pumpkin on the farm, or you take it home with you!

Just turn up to our Reception during pumpkin picking season to enjoy all the fun of the farm, with the added bonus of picking lovely locally grown pumpkins! Pumpkin picking season is during daylight hours, Monday to Saturday from October 19th.

Creepy Creator Tours of Croke Park, Dublin

GAA Museum - Creepy Creators Halloween Tours 2019 things to do in Ireland at Halloween

Friday October 25th to Thursday October 31st – Croke Park’s GAA Museum is marking the ancient Irish festival of Samhain with Creepy Creator Tours this Halloween. Meet Cluasóg and enjoy a child-friendly stadium tour which includes a visit to the dressing rooms and a pitch-side walk where you will learn all about Croke Park.

Your creepy creator tour tickets includes entry to the GAA Museum and Interactive Games Zone. Here you can enjoy a spooky arts & crafts session and you can create your very own ceramic Halloween masterpiece, to take home, enjoy seasonal scratch art, temporary tattoo’s, test your skills in the interactive games zone and see the original Sam Maguire & Liam MacCarthy trophies!

Tickets for the Creepy Creator Tours must be booked in advance online.

Visitors are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and upload their photos to instagram. The GAA Museum will give a goody bag to the three best Halloween photos!

Boo! at Ballymaloe, Cork

Friday 25th to Thursday 31st October, 10am to 5pm – A frightful theatrical treat for all the family which includes a maze, interactive characters and solving clues to find the Prince and send him home. This event is suitable for all ages and you are encouraged to come along in costume!

Halloween Trails at Belvedere House & Gardens, Westmeath

Halloween 2019 at Belvedere House

Saturday October 26th to Monday 28th – Belvedere House and Gardens will have a host of spooky and not so spooky Halloween events for families. They include Belvedere Halloween Treasure Trails which take place on October 26th to 28th. Expect lots of fun and treats. Or, as we say to the children, expect:

“Witches and Zombies and Ghouls of all kinds

are waiting for you and your family to find

There’ll be a few frights and hard work for your treats

and laughter and fun with the Ghouls that you’ll meet

Be a little afraid and deep breaths do inhale

To prepare for the Belvedere Halloween Trail”

Booking essential. Call 044 9349060 to book your place.

Spooky Science Halloween Workshops at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

Halloween camps at Cool Planet Experience

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th October at 11am & 2pm & from Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st October at 11am – Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow are open for tours during the Halloween mid-term break and are also hosting Spooky Science Workshops. Kids can release their mad scientist and explore the spookier side of chemistry & physics.

Workshops take place from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th October at 11am & 2pm & from Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st October at 11am, and are suitable for ages 6 to 12 years.

Book your place today.

Halloween at Lough Key Forest Park, Roscommon

Halloween Lough Spookey 2019 things to do around Ireland for families at Halloween

Saturday October 26th to Sunday November 3rd 2019 – Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co Roscommon host their annual Lough SpooKey Halloween Fest from October 26th to November 3rd 2019. With spot prizes for the best costumes, face painting, balloon modelling, pumpkin carving, mask decorating, and extra fun at Boda Boooo! Check out the events line up here.

Halloween Spooktacular at the Irish National Stud, Kildare

Things to do around Ireland at Halloween Irish National Stud Kildare

October 26th to 31st 2019, 11am to 3pm daily – Halloween Spooktacular at The National Stud, Kildare is always great fun. Spooky Free Pony Rides on Prince, Dipper & Bertie, Terrifying Face Painting, Scariest Outfit Competition, magic shows and spooky slime workshops, the spooky tunnel experience & the opportunity to Experience the Life of a Thoroughbred, balance on the stepping stones in the Japanese Garden and take the fairy trail in St Fichara’s Garden there’s plenty of family fun to be had this Halloween at the Irish National Stud & Gardens!

Halloween Family Quest at Birr Castle, Offaly

Halloween at Birr Castle Things to do around Ireland at Halloween

October 26th to November 3rd 2019 – Birr Castle in Offaly promise tricks and treats for all the family this Halloween midterm including; a family quest with a spooky twist, dress up competitions, face painting, pumpkin trails, and seasonal arts & crafts. Halloween events take place daily from October 26th to November 3rd 2019.

Creepy Crawl – Halloween Ramble at Fota House & Gardens, Cork

Creepy Crawl Halloeen Ramble Fota House Cork

Saturday October 26th to Monday October 28th & 31st, 11.00am to 3pm, bring the family along to Fota House for an Creepy Crawl Halloween Trail. This is a fun self-guided, day time trail around the Arboretum and Victoria Working Gardens. Take the trail and discover the darker side of Fota – you’ll never know who or what you might bump into!! Halloween costumes encouraged.

Spooky House Tours at Johnstown Castle Estate, Wexford

Halloween Spooktacular at Johnstown Castle Estate

Saturday 26th to Thursday 31st October, 11am to 3pm daily – Johnstown Castle have enlisted the help of some of their resident, friendly ghosts, to offer spooky house tours over the Halloween mid-term break. Sir John Esmonde will take visitors on a tour of the dungeons and through the gothic, ghoulish castle..  book if you dare! Visitors can also enjoy the Halloween Fairy Doctor’s Trail around the lake to discover the magical properties of the flora and fauna!

Bad Weather Play Day, Oranmore, Galway

Bad Weather Play Day 2019

Monday October 28th, 11am to 4pm – You are invited to join in FREE outdoor play day celebrating wind & rain! There will be loads of activities to help you get inventive in the rain from weather bingo to rain paining to mud kitchens and rain blasters! Admission is free but you must register here. Let’s hope it rains!

Moon and Sixpence Theatre Puppet Show, Phoenix Park Visitor Centre

Monday October 28th, 1.30pm & 3pm  – Visitors can enjoy a free puppet show on October 28th at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. Limited spaces and tickets will be on a first come basis.

Inspectorium: Fearsome Fangs at NMI Natural History, Merrion Square, Dublin

Fearsome Fangs things to do and what's on for families in Ireland

Tuesday October 29th, 11am to 1pm – Drop in to the Wonder Cabinet to sharpen your knowledge about all things toothy for Hallowe’en. What’s scarier? The tarantula’s fangs or the vampire bat’s canines? Inspect these objects up close using the Museum’s microscope and touch more real, terrifying teeth from the collection.

No booking required but there may be a short waiting time. This is a wheelchair accessible event.

Halloween Camps at Alliance Française, Dublin

alliance francaise halloween camps Things to do around Ireland at Halloween

Alliance Française Halloween School Holiday Camps take place from October 29th to November 1st 2019. There are 4 classes to choose from:

Younger children will learn French through arts & crafts, songs, games, and many more spooky activities!

For the teen workshops the focus is on preparation for the French Oral and mock exams to prepare for the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert and the courses are designed to the requirements of the certificates’ syllabus.

All classes are be led by qualified and child-friendly French-native teachers and take place in dedicated spaces at our school in Kildare Street, Dublin. All children are welcome, whatever their level of French!

Spooky Family Tours at NMI Country Life, Mayo

ghost turnip NMI Country Life Spooky Tours things to do what's on for families

Tuesday 29th, Thursday 31st October & Saturday 2nd November –  2.30pm to 3.30pm – Enjoy a special Hallowe’en tour of the exhibition galleries with spooky scares along the way! Join Brendan McDonnell from the Museum’s Education Team to hear about changelings, fairies, banshees and bogeymen

This is a free event but booking is required. Contact the Bookings Office on +353 94 90 31751 or book now [email protected].

Trick or Train Glow Dance at The Happy Pear at The Round Tower Clondalkin, Dublin

Trick or Train at The Round Tower ClondalkinTuesday October 29th, 6.30pm (kids) & 8pm (adults)Trick or Train takes place at The Happy Pear Clondalkin, an absolutely pumping Halloween Glow dance Special for kids 7 to 12 years and adults 16+. Be spooked by ghoul-like instructors, grab your glow sticks with atmospheric lighting and enjoy a fun workout dance class with all the best spooky tunes we guarantee lots of energy and enthusiasm – Glow dance paint, UV Lights, Glow sticks, Wicked music its not to be missed!

This is a donation event – child’s ticket €5 and adults €10. South Dublin County Sports Partnership, The Round Tower Clondalkin and The Happy Pear are working together to bring this fun event for all and all proceeds will go to charity! Book here.

Spook-Tacular Halloween Bugs & Slime Lab, Sligo

Planet Science Kidz slime lab Whats on and things to do

Wednesday October 30th, 10am & 12pm – The Planet Science Kidz Lab will be at Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo on October 30th with erupting potions, gooey bugs, crystals balls & test tube potions for a Halloween themed STEM workshop for 5 to 12 year olds. Book your place now.   

Junior Einsteins STEM Themed Halloween Camps, Dublin, Wicklow, Meath & Kildare

junior einstiens halloween camp

Tuesday 29th October to Friday 1st November, 9am to 2pm – Junior Einsteins have fun one day Halloween Themed STEM camps in locations across Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare & Meath. Suitable for ages 6 to 12 years and they can enjoy creating vampire blood, witches snot, freaky fossils, squelchy eyes & slime monsters!

Batty About Bats! NMI Country Life, Mayo

Batty about bats nmi country life things to do and what's on for families in Ireland

Wednesday October 30th, 11.30am to 12.30pm & 2pm to 3pm – The Hallowe’en fun continues with this junior workshop all about bats on Wednesday, October 30.

Join the National Parks and Wildlife Services for an interactive art workshop on our favourite nighttime creatures. Learn how bats hunt, what they eat, and why some of the stories you have heard about these important little mammals may be nothing more than spooky myths! There are two workshop sessions on the day, at 11.30am and 2pm. This is a free event, suitable for adults and children aged three to six years.

Booking required. Telephone +353 94 90 31751 or book now [email protected].

Hullabaloo! Children’s Arts Festival, Offaly

Hullabaloo Arts Festival

Wednesday October 30th to Saturday November 2nd 2019 – 4 days of adventures, thrills and commotion are promised at the annual Hullabaloo Childern’s Arts Festival in Offaly.

Winter Trail Adventure Tour, NMI Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

Museum of Archaeology things to do and what's on for families in IrelandWednesday October 30th, 11am to 11.45am & 2pm to 2.45pm – Discover Medieval lords, Viking children and Stone Age farmers.  Autumn is drawing to a close and the evenings are getting shorter. So come along to this Winter Trail Adventure Tour with activity sheets to discover how Medieval lords, Viking children and Stone Age farmers passed the time and celebrated feasts in winters past.

Why not dress-up as someone from your favourite historical time period? We would love to see your costumes!  No booking required. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come basis. Tour meeting point is at Museum Reception. This event is not wheelchair accessible.

Féile an tSolais – Festival of Light International Arts Festival, Listowel, Kerry

Listowel Festival of Light 2018

Listowel Festival of Light was the concept of Paul Gerard O’Connor. it was a 2 day Festival of Art,Technology and Lights.Thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make this event run smoothly over the two days, it couldnt have happened without your time and energy, you all know who you are. Thanks for all the support from the people of Listowel, North Kerry and beyond, its your support that made the Festival of Light so special.Looking forward to a bigger and brighter Festival of Light in 2019.Féile an tSolais – Listowel International Arts Festival 2018 was 2 day Festival with the Forest of Light, Lantern Parade, documentary about Tighe O'Donoghue Ross and his works of Art. Seraph An exhibition by Daithi Magner, Projection Mapping by Ronan Coyle, Rupert Mac Carthy exhibition, An Interactive Installation, LANTERN work shops by Kathleen Doody and Olive Stack Gallery Origami workshops by Rebecca Lyons and Build Your Own Speaker workshop and we had Poetica Illumina on the trees.Thanks to all our Sponsors for making this happen!!Winner of the Lanterns Parade for 2018 was KDYS!! Congrats!!

Posted by Féile an tSolais – Listowel International Arts Festival on Monday, 5 November 2018

Thursday October 31st to Saturday November 2nd 2019 – The 2nd annual Festival of Light takes place in gardens, forests and venues around Listowel and includes many free family friendly events.

Halloween Art Workshop: Bubble, Boil and Trouble! NMI Collins Barracks, Dublin

Halloween at NMI Collins Barracks things to do and whats on for families in Ireland

Thursday October 31st 2pm to 3.30pm – Unleash your inner witch or wizard.  Celebrate Hallowe’en at the Museum with this special art workshop for children aged seven years plus, on Thursday, October 31.

Unleash your inner witch or wizard, find out about potions from the past and how they were made and, if you feel like it, why not come along in your own ‘fang-tastic’ costume!

This is a free event but booking is required. Email [email protected]. Suitable for children 7+.

Spooky Tales of an Irish Hallowe’en, NMI Country Life, Mayo

Halloween-event-NMI-Mayo-storytelling

Friday November 1st, 10am, 11.30am & 2pm – How do you get away if caught by the fairies? What would you do if the devil himself were to pay you a visit? Join master storyteller Rab S. Fulton to discover the answers to these questions and more in our Hallowe’en themed storytelling event. Free event but Booking required

Samhain, Ravens and the Morrigan, NMI Natural History, Merrion Square, Dublin

birds on winter walks for families

Friday 1st November, 12pm & 2pm – Crows have always been perceived as a symbol of death, but do you know the Celtic mythology and the real animal behaviour behind this superstition? Come along to this 15 minute pop-up talk and discover the mythological links between ravens, Halloween and the Celtic Goddess known as the Morrigan. No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.

Mayo Dark Sky Festival

Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd November – The Mayo Dark Skies Festival returns this year with an impressive line up of speakers and events with workshops, talks, walks, family events and stargazing for all to enjoy. It takes place in Newport, Ballycroy and Mulranny.

Enchanted Lights at Kildare Village

Friday 1st November from 6pm – Vogue Williams together with her husband Spencer Matthew and their baby Theodore are set to switch on the Enchanted Lights experience at Kildare Village on November 1st. The Enchanted lights will be switched on daily from 4pm for the entire festive season. It promises to be a bright, brilliant enchanting experience.

Bosco’s Magical Garden and Sleeping Beauty presented by Paula Lambert Puppet Theatre, glór Ennis

Bosco at glor ennis

Saturday 2nd November, 1.30pm – Enjoy the enchanted story of Sleeping Beauty with the cheeky, funny Bosco, where an evil Fairy-Knight tries to harm Beauty but luckily she has very good fairy friends.

With its brilliant array of characters, this completely interactive live experience is filled with fun and the magic of puppet theatre.

Athlone LEGO Show, Athlone

Athlone Lego Show things to do in Ireland with kids

Sunday November 3rd, 11am to 5pm – Fans of lEGO are in for a treat at the Amber Springs Hotel, Athlone when  they visit the Athlone LEGO Show. They can enjoy a LEGO play are, minifigure shop, a LEGO train and off road truck course, speed build competitions and original LEGO models from a 200,000 piece castle to a giant mosaic.

There will also be a sensory chill out area for children with sensory needs to relax and have fun in.

Slow in the City 2019

Sun, 3 November 2019, 10am-6pm Slow in the City supported by Taste The Island, is a family-friendly event taking place in NCAD in Dublin 8. As well as speakers at the Symposium talking about all sorts of food related topics, there will be tutorials, demonstrations and hands-on workshops for children and adults: Erica Drum will host a breadmaking workshop, Eoin Cluskey will teach kids to “Shake It ‘Til You Make It!”, during a hands-on butter-making workshop. Admission is free for children under 12. The ticket will allow you to access all three areas of the festival, with a policy of first come first served for The Workshop and The Symposium.

September 2019

Monday August 26th to Sunday September 1st

Summer Labs at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

cool planet experience summer labs in July and Aug 2019

Thursday August 29th, Friday 30th & Saturday 31st, 11am to 1pm – FIZZ, POP, BANG! 2 hour Summer Labs @ Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow. Each 2 hour lab includes 1 hr of stomp-rocket creations & 1 hr of sustainable slime making! Cost: €20 per person and the labs are suitable for ages 6 to 12 years.

Book your place today!

Tour: Recent Finds and New Displays at the Museum of Archaeology, Dublin

National Museum of Ireland Archaeology free day out in Dublin with the family

Friday August 30th,  2.30pm – 3.30pm – Come and see some of the newly displayed artefacts at the Museum including the Prosperous Crozier from Kildare and four gold Bronze Age Rings found in Donegal, June 2018. Throughout the tour, learn more about some of the more recent research and developments in the field of archaeology. No booking required, places allocated on a first come first served basis. Meet at Reception. Not Wheelchair accessible. Tour. Ages 8+

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Legends Tours with Joe & Aaron Kernan – Croke Park, Dublin

Joe and Aaron Kernan GAA Legends Tour Croke Park

Saturday 31st August, 2pm – The 2019 Bord Gáis Energy Legends Tour series takes place in Croke Park on selected weekends in June, July & August. The tours give fans an unforgettable opportunity to hear memories and anecdotes first hand from their GAA heroes. On August 31st join Joe and Aaron Kernan, Armagh, for a unique behind-the-scenes tour of Croke Park.

Bat Walk and Talk at Birr Castle, Offaly

Bat Walk at Birr Castle

Saturday 31st August, 9.15pm to 11pm – Meet at the science centre at Birr Castle Gardens and celebrate International Bat Day with a walk and a talk.

Learn how to identify Ireland’s different bat species, how they hunt and where they live. Bring along your torch and get your bat detector and see how many bats you can spot along the way!

Suitable for ages 8+. Book Now.

Walk With Dinosaurs at Citywest Dublin

walk with dinosaurs at Citywest Shopping Centre

Saturday 31st August, 12.30pm to 4.30pm – Enjoy a fun afternoon of dinosaur fun including walks, arts & crafts and more at Citywest Shopping Centre, Dublin.

Sensory Day at the Pirate Adventure Park

Sunday 1st September – Westport House invites families to join them for a relaxed day of family fun in an end of Summer family visit to the Pirate Adventure Park on Sunday 1st September from 11am to 6pm. Families with children with sensory processing difficulties are welcome to come and enjoy a calmer, slower day FREE. That’s right, your family’s visit will be complimentary. They will turn down the music and reduce the queue times by only allowing those presenting with a family member with autism or a sensory processing disorder to use the Pirate Adventure Park.

Monday September 2nd to Sunday September 8th

Waterford Harvest Festival 2019

Friday 6th to Saturday 8th September – The 11th annual Waterford Harvest Festival, takes place from 6 – 8 September with a focus this year on sustainably sourced food and reducing food waste. This year’s programme includes over 70 free and ticketed events features cooking demos, grow-it-yourself workshops, local food markets and child-friendly events.

Children can enjoy themselves at the Junior HQ tent, located on Ballybricken Green. Waterford’s Little Red Kettle are running a free drama workshop for children aged 10+ and kids of all ages are invited to take part in Ireland’s interactive drum show. On Sunday, little bakers can learn the art of chocolate biscuit cake making at Carter Chocolate Café, on Barronstrand St.

IFI Family Festival at glór Ennis

Saturday September 7th, 12pm, 2.30pm & 4.30pm – The IFI Family Festival is an annual programme of new films from around the world for young audiences. Children from 4+ can enjoy feature and short films, with stories of adventure, growing up, family life, school, friendship, animals and more, taking place in different parts of the world. glór has a gorgeous selection of screenings, specifically curated for our younger audiences.

  • Short Tales 1, 12pm Age 4+ Duration: 60 mins approx.
    This year’s selection for younger viewers is sure to thrill and amuse. Watch a daring Parisian mouse trying his luck against his neighbour, or the colourful, bird-of-paradise strutting his stuff. Fun, adventure and a whole lot more in this mostly dialogue-free programme of animated and live-action shorts.
  • Short Tales 2, 2.30pm Age 8+ Duration: 70 mins
    Be prepared for lots of laughs, touching moments and surprises as you take a peek at life in the Colombian rainforest, share one girl’s enduring passion for space exploration or a boy’s love for his father. These stories and more in this stunning mix of international live-action and animated short films for older children.
  • Chuskit, 4.30pm Age 8+ India 2018, 90 mins, Ladakhi with English Subtitles, Director: Priya Ramasubban
    9-year-old Chuskit lives in a remote Himalayan village, where she dreams of going to school. However, her disability following an accident, the local traditions and family values, all seem to be against her, but she’s determined to prove them wrong. Inspired by true events, this is a beautiful story of a community coming together to help this brave and spirited girl in her quest, the colours, food, traditions of India contributing to a rich and uplifting tale.

The National Services Day Parade, Dublin

Saturday September 7th, 9am to 2pm – The National Service Day celebrates, honours and remembers the men and women of our front line and voluntary services both past and present who provide a vital service throughout the country. To celebrate their will be a parade on O’Connell Street Upper and it will be lead by the honorary Gardai of the Little Blue Heroes.

La La Land at Millpond Park, Balbriggan, Dublin

La La Land Outdoor Movies Ireland

Saturday 7th September 2019, gates from 7.30pm – Happenings and Coillte are delighted to announce an outdoor screening of the award winning film La La Land in Millpond Park, Balbriggan. Tickets are €5 and can be bought in advance. 

These outdoor movie events are family friendly and will start once the sun goes down. Pack a picnic blanket, and some cushions for a fun night of entertainment. There will be yummy food on offer and this is a strictly no alcohol event.

Festival of Food, Airfield Estate

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September 2019 – A two-day extravaganza of artisan food, cookery, gardening, workshops, wellness, live music and kids play taking place at Airfield Estate on 7th and 8th September 2019

Experience an extended food village, natural beauty area, food demonstrations, music stage, craft brewery, botanical beverages, gardening zone, family foraging and much more.

This year, along with all the family favourites from egg collecting to cow milking, lawn games to action adventure trails across 38 acres, festival-goers will experience an expanded Food Village with over 50 local producers.

Family Fun Day & Remembrance Walk with A Little Lifetime, Kildare

a little lifetime foundation

Sunday September 8th from 1.15pmA Little Lifetime Foundation invite families to come along for a fundaraising day of fun and a remembrance walk to remember their precious son, daughter, brother or sister who has gone too soon.  The walk takes place from Slip Hall, Christ Church, Castletown, Celbridge, Co Kildare,. Registrations is at 1.15pm with the 2km walk starting at 1.30pm. It will be followed by some family fun including a magician, refreshments and a few surprises! The cost is €10 per family and all funds raised go directly to ALLF to help support bereaved parents.

Autumn Garden Craft & Food Fair, Galway

Sunday September 8th, 11am to 6pm – Galway Garden Festival in association with Claregalway Castle are hosting an Autumn Garden Craft & Food Fair where you will find a wide variety of rare and unusual plants and shrubs, enjoy spectacular food and find beautiful crafts.

Cabinteely Carnival, Dublin

Cabinteely Carnival 2019 dlr events

Sunday 8th September 2019, 1pm to 5pm – Roll Up, Roll Up for the annual Cabinteely Carnival with amazing artistes including circus performers and a chance to learn some circus skills. The event is free for all and will take place at Cabinteely House.

Monday September 9th to Sunday September 15th

FREE Smithfield & Stoneybatter Festival, Dublin

Busker Fleadh Smithfield Food Festival Whats On

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Tantalise your taste buds at the Smithfield & Stoneybatter Food Festival. Food eateries, shops and bars will have free tastings, festival menus and discounted prices which will add to the carnival atmosphere surrounding Smithfield.

The highlight of the weekend will be the Smithfield & Stoneybatter Food Festival Market on Sunday 15th from 11.30am to 5pm, when this gastronomy fare takes to the outdoors on Smithfield Square in tandem with the Busker Fleadh, an independent music festival.

Free Screenings of Our Planet  – Powered By The Sun, Dublin Merrion Square & Blackrock Park

Out Planet Documentary outdoor cinema with Happenings

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th September, from 7.30pm – Happenings in association with Climate Action Regional Office (CARO) and DLRCC are delighted to bring you a unique FREE outdoor cinema experience. Powered only by solar and battery energy they will screen the first episode of Our Planet, narrated by David Attenborough, which addresses issues of conservation while featuring animals in their respective home regions, and centres around how climate change impacts all living creatures.

These no trace events are free, and tea, coffee and treats will be available to purchase. Strictly no alcohol.

Free Open Day at Alliance Française, Dublin

Alliance Francaise open day things to do in Ireland with kids

Saturday 14 September 11am to 5pm – Is your child interested in learning French? Head along to the Open Day at Alliance Française Dublin on Saturday 14 September 11am to 5pm Admission free – No Booking required. Learn about courses and events for 2019/2020. It may be just the thing you’re looking for to kick-start your French, so don’t be shy! Visit the listed building and state-of-the-art Multimedia Library, find out about the various activities at the Alliance Française – French courses, specialised tuition, workshops, diplomas, cultural events, memberships and more – get a free assessment of your level and needs in the French language, and then relax with a complimentary coffee and croissant in the new French Café!

There will be free goodies up for grabs and competitions to win French courses and Memberships! There’s also a show and workshop: Poulette Crevette, presented by theatre company La Baleine Cargo, tells the story of a little chick who isn’t like the others – it doesn’t speak! Mother hen is worried and the whole farmyard is in turmoil… Toddlers, children, teenagers and their parents are welcome!

ISNA Plant Fair at Fota House & Gardens, Cork

Plant-Fair at Fota House things to do in Ireland

Sunday September 14th, 11am to 4pm – The ISNA (Irish Specialist Nursery Association) represents smaller, specialised nurseries in Ireland who offer a large variety of plants, including rare plants, services and advice.

Come along on Sunday 15th to the ISNA Plant Fair where you can chat to growers and nurseries, purchase plants and get advice for your Autumn planting and enjoy the gardens at Fota House too.

Steel Banging Festival, Irish Heritage Park, Wexford

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September – Learn more about Blacksmiths and the role they play as they treat audiences to a demonstration at the Medieval Lodge in the Irish Heritage Park. On Saturday there will also be a bronzesmith demonstration and on Sunday a tinsmith will be showing their skills working tin by hand and hammer.

Monday September 16th to Sunday September 22nd

National Ploughing Championships, Carlow

Tuesday 17th to Thursday 19th September – The annual National Ploughing Championships are due to take place in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Carlow and will attract thousands of visitors across the 3 days. The event showcases Irish farming, food & culture is offers a fun day out for all ages.

Dabbledoo Music Workshops For Primary Schools at glór Ennis

Dabbledoo at glor ennis

Wednesday 18th September 10am & 12pm – Dabbledoo Music is an exciting new way to make music using shapes, colours and animation. With a colour-coded system and musical characters, everybody will be singing and playing along. Everyone gets an instrument and everyone joins in.

Suitable for ages 6 – 12 years. Instruments supplied.

Call box office to book. 065 6843103

Free Family Fun in Eyre Square, Galway

Wednesday 18th September, 6pm – Galway is set to become the European Capital of Culture for 2020 and Galway 2020 organisers are promising a night of free family fun in Eyre Square for the official programme launch. Places will be limited so get there early to enjoy the fun.

Shorelines Arts Festival Portumna, Galway

science-of-slime with scientific sue Shorelines Arts Festival Portumna Whats On Things to do in Dublin

Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd September 2019 – The Shorelines Arts Festival has a host of family events taking place on September 21st & 22nd including a Free 2019 Shorelines Selfie Hunt, Free Puppet show with Púca Puppets, Free Science of Dragons Show with Scientific Sue, Free Galway 2020 Small Towns, Big Ideas event with Patricia Forde & Tarsila Druse, Free Family Film Screen, Mary & the Witch’s Flower and 2 slime workshops with Scientific Sue (€5 per child)

Free Culture Night Events Around Ireland

Culture Night 2019

Friday 20th September – Culture Night 2019 takes place on Friday 20th September with free events taking place all around the country. We’ve picked out a selection of the family friendly events, here are Fantastic Free Family Events for Culture Night 2019.

Culture Night At glór, Ennis

Friday 20th September – glór presents a great programme of events for Culture Night 2019, including work by Performance Artist Rachel Macmanus, a screening of the acclaimed new film At Eternity’s Gate exploring the life of tortured artist Vincent Van Gogh (ticketed), and a breath-taking close to Culture Night at glór with a late night foyer gig by Sara Ryan and Steo Wall (ticketed).

Culture Night at Alliance Française, Dublin

CultureNight19 afdublin

Friday 20th September – Enjoy Culture Night with a French Twist at Alliance Française de Dublin. 

  • Multimedia Treasure Hunt – 6pm to 8pm – French Library. Bring your team (all ages welcome) and look around the library to find the treasure! Goodies to be won for the finishers, and a special Premium Membership for winner of the raffle! The hunt will be in English with a hint of French, and is suitable for non-French speakers.
  • Concert – 8pm to 10pm – Café. Now a highlight of Culture Night, the festive live concert will this year give the floor to the French band Beretta ChiC, which comes from a family of song peddlers. The music “made in Beretta” is Twist and rock, the atmosphere is offbeat and burlesque. A concert that is sure to be lively, unpretentious and very entertaining! With their deceptively formal appearance, the zany trio plays a double bass and banjo over an electronic beat.
  • Their brand new restaurant will be open throughout the evening to celebrate the Fête de la Gastronomie and to give you the opportunity to taste some delicious French food on sale!

Part of the EUROPEAN CULTURAL TRAIL, an initiative of EUNIC Ireland (European Union National Institutes for Culture) for Culture Night.

Culture Night at dlr Mill Theatre Dundrum

culture night dlr mill theatre dundrum

Friday 20th Septmber – Live Theatre: CARSHOW – an immersive theatre experience which takes the audience on a journey through six different worlds. Through the rear view mirror secret worlds exist in plain sight. Take a back seat and enjoy the ride!

FOR CHILDREN: Have fun with a Roald Dahl Themed Drama Workshop! Ever wondered how books get from page to stage? Come and find out! Suitable for ages 6-10. Limited spaces so prebooking recommended.

VISUAL ART: Check out Holly Christine Ingram’s illustrations of strong depictions of femininity, and mental health, through her own lens of pop-surrealism.

Culture Night at Belvedere House Gardens and Park, Westmeath

Belvedere House

Friday 20th September – Enjoy free tours at Belvedere House, Gardens and Park to celebrate Culture Night:

Belvedere by Day

4-5.30pm – Free guided tour of Belvedere Parkland and Follies

Belvedere by Night

6-8pm – Free guided tour of Belvedere House and its hidden histories!

Discover Fota Tour, Cork

Kitchen at Fota House Cork fun things to do with kids in Cork

Friday 20th September – Step back in time at Fota House this Culture Night and meet the people who lived and worked at the property. Find out what made John Smith Barry ‘Magnificent’; meet Patty Butler, Fota’s last staff member; and find out why the Butler, Mr Russell, could never be mistaken for a gentleman.

House Tours 4PM, 5PM and 6PM. To secure your place on Culture Night tours, please call Tanya on 021 4815543

Pitch’d Circus Arts Festival, Cork

Friday 20th to Sunday 29th September – Circus Factory Cork host the 3rd annual Pitch’d Circus Arts Festival which sees circus acts, street performers, aerial arts, comedy, music, masterclasses and circus workshops taking place in venues and on the streets in Cork city this September.

Echo, Echo Dance – A Box: A Performance for Kids at glór Ennis

Echo Echo Dance A BoxSaturday 21st September, 2pm – The world around you can change when you fall into A Box… Appearing, disappearing, hiding, turning upside down, everything may become a little bit peculiar!

This playful children’s dance/theatre performance was created by Zoe Ramsey and Tonya Sheina of Echo Echo Ensemble. A Box is suitable for grown-ups to help remind them of the importance of fantasy and playing games!

Please note that this performance will have an accompanying family workshop beginning at 3pm which can be booked separately. A Box Family Workshop: 3pm €6/€3 if booked along with the performance Duration 60 mins

An opportunity for people of all ages to take part in some dancing and movement games within an open space together! No-one is too young or too old. The project stems from the Echo Echo’s busy participation programme which regularly sees parents, toddlers, children, young adults, elderly and people with disabilities dancing.

€8 Adult/€6 Child/€25 Family 4 Duration 30 mins Suitable for ages 2 – 5 Accompanying workshop 3pm

Free Drawing Workshop at Alliance Française, Dublin

Alliance Francaise free drawing workshop

Saturday 21st September, 11am – Meet Laurent Audouin and Geoffroy de Pennart, renowned children’s book author-illustrators who want to pass on their passion for writing, reading and drawing to children. Enjoy seeing their work and asking questions and afterwards taking part in a hands on pen and ink drawing workshop. This is a free event, but should be booked online in advance, and is suitable for children aged 7 to 12 years.

Monkstown International Puppet Festival

Things to do in Ireland with Kids Monkstown International Puppet Festival

Saturday 21st September, 12pm to 9pm – The inaugural Monkstown International Puppet Festival celebrates puppetry from around the world with a host of shows , talks, workshops and performances suitable for all ages. Fun is guaranteed and audiences can expect to be wowed in venues around Monkstown, the home of Irish puppetry.

Red Panda Day at Dublin Zoo

Saturday 21st September, 12pm to 4pm – Enjoy arts & crafts, games and a Red Panda trail on Red Panda Day at Dublin Zoo.

Kids Go Free At Tayto Park, Meath

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd – To celebrate the 5 in a row win by Dublin last weekend, Tayto Park are giving under 12’s who come dressed in their club gear, free entry this weekend. There are a few t&c’s and free entry does not include any tokens or wristbands, these will need to be purchased on arrival.

Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships 2019 at Birr Castle, Offaly

Hot Air Ballooning Championships 2019 at Birr Castle

Sunday 22nd to Friday 27th September (weather permitting) – The 49th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships will take place at Birr Castle. You will catch a glimpse of these majestic hot air balloons as they take off from Birr Castle Gardens daily at 7.30am and 6pm. The event is weather dependent, so do check before you travel.

Book your tickets now.

Monday September 23rd to Sunday September 29th

Transition Year 2019 Show at Punchestown Event Centre, Dublin

Transition Year Show 2019

Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th September, 10am to 3.30pm daily – Schools can bring students to Transition Year 2019, Ireland’s only event dedicated to TY, LCA & LCVP students and teachers. Visitors can enjoy talks and demonstrations from colleges & universities, businesses and organisations. It is the perfect way to begin TY for students and teachers alike.

PROBE at Trinity College Dublin

Friday 27th September 5pm to 10pm – How you would you like to delve into the world of research and perhaps take part in some live experiments and interactive workshops? PROBE is a FREE pop up festival for all ages showcasing the diverse range of academic resreach taking place in Ireland. The event is FREE to visit and takes place in the the front square at Trinity College Dublin. It is run in association with The Dublin Science Gallery and encompasses everything from 3D printing to DNA, star spotting to creating a comet and PE to microbial fuel cells!

Check out the fulll line up of events here.

Dunshaughlin Harvest Festival 2019, Meath

Dunfest 2019 Dunshaughlin Harvest Festival 2019

Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Dunfest 2019 offers a vast range of activities for all ages to enjoy, many of which are free. From family movie nights to music, food, displays and events it will be a packed weekend of family fun.

Honey Bee Feast-ival at Johnstown Castle, Wexford

Honey Bee Feastival at Johnstown Castle things to do with kids

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th SeptemberJohnstown Castle’s buzzing Family Feast-ival celebrates all things ‘bee’utiful with hands-on activities for all ages.

Visitors will learn all about the castle’s native Irish bees, take part in a family garden trail in Johnstown Castle’s spectacular ornamental gardens, meet the beekeepers or just sample some gorgeous local honey products, including mead, all as part of FáiIte Ireland’s Taste the Island Festival.

Irishtown Emergency Service Family Fun Day, Dublin

Saturday September 28th, 2pm to 5pm – Clanna Gael GAA Club on Sean Moore Road, Irishtown, will host an Emergency Service Family Fun Day. There will be demonstrations by the Civil Defence, Dublin Fire Brigade, Irish Coast Guard, Mountain Rescue, Order of Malta, An Garda Síochána and more. VIP guest from Little Blue Heroes will carry out inspections of the vehicles and units on display.

Viking Fire Festival, Wexford

Saturday 28th September – The Irish National Heritage Park invites you to the inaugural Viking Fire Festival which will take place at Wexford Quay on September 28th. The quayside will be transformed into a Viking Settlement with free demonstrations, re-enactments, storytelling, music, fire events, a market and a parade with a fire show combined with circus skills by group Inferno.

Thread Softly Festival of Stitch, Laois

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th September – The Thread Softly Festival of Stitch takes place in Mountmellick and is a celebration of the legacy of the Quakers on Mountmellick embroidery lace and a look at some of the new stitching traditions being used today. The festival offers classes, workshops, guided tours, exhibitions and is suitable for all levels of stichers and those wanting to learn more about thiese acient traditions.

Castle Grove Harvest Fayre, Letterkenny, Donegal

Saturday 28th September – As part of Taste The Island, Castle Grove House in Letterkenny invite you to join them in a feast of food and fun. There will be lots of home grown and produced goodies to enjoy along with local seafood, a BBQ, music on the lawn and a kids play area with games and treats for all to enjoy.

Bosco and Sleeping Beauty at dlr Mill Theatre, Dublin

bosco

Sunday 29th September, 12pm & 2pm – Paula Lambert Puppet Theatre presents the enchanted story of Sleeping Beauty as you have never seen it before! Lots of fun and laughter guaranteed at this interactive theatre experience.

Cork Film Festival SEE & HEAR Children’s Film Season in Crawford Art Gallery

Sunday 22nd September to Sunday 6th October 2019 – As Crawford Art Gallery celebrates childhood in their major survey exhibition SEEN, NOT HEARD, Cork Film Festival invites children to SEE and HEAR the best of world cinema.

Sunday 22 September, 2-3.10pm Family-Friendly Shorts

From musical tales to exciting adventures, this programme presents a variety of colourful short films for children (aged 6+) to enjoy the best of storytelling on film.

Sunday 29 September, 2-3.20pm The Secret of Kells 10th anniversary Screening (PG)

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Cork Film Festival is delighted to present Academy Award nominated animated film The Secret of Kells, an enchanting tale inspired by Irish mythology. The story follows young Brendan who lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. A new adventure beckons when a master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers.

Sunday 6 October, 2 – 3.10pm The Overcoat and Mirette

A delightful double bill of two enchanting films which bring classic books to life for children aged 6+. The Overcoat is an animated adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s classic short story about an office worker (Cillian Murphy) who saves all his money to buy a new coat, only to have fate take a ghostly hand.

Tickets: €25 Family Pass (2 adults & 2 children) per screening €7.50 Additional adult tickets / €6 Additional child tickets. Book online: corkfilmfest.org. Limited tickets available on the door. Booking in advance online is advised. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Past Events

Monday July 29th to Sunday August 4th

Junior Explorer Tours at Croke Park in August

Croke Park Junior Explorers Tour Easter Egg Hunts

Every Tuesday & Thursday in August at 10.30am –  Early risers can enjoy Junior Explorer Tours at Croke Park. The family friendly tours will bring the magic home of gaelic games to life. You will meet Cluasóg, then go behind the scenes with a stadium tour including a visit to the team dressing rooms, warm-up area before running out to the pitch through the players’ tunnel! Back at the GAA Museum, you will receive your explorers passport, which you can fill up for a surprise and get to see some sporting treasures.

Durrow Scarecrow Festival, Laois

durrow scarecrow festival

Sunday July 28th to Monday August 5th – The Durrow Scarecrow Festival is a fun family event for young and old, with over 300 scarecrows to see around the village, in many different designs and themes. There’s plenty more on offer too including live music, craft workshops, country market, adult, teen and children’s entertainment, and scarecrow treasure hunt.

Galway Races Summer Festival

Monday July 29th to Sunday August 4th – The annual Galway Races Summer Festival is on from July 29th to August 4th 2019. Why not get the girls together and head off to Ladies Day on August 1st?

Prehistory Mysteries- Precious Pots, NMI Archaeology Kildare Street, Dublin

NMI Archaeology Museum Precious Pots

Wednesday 31st July 1.30pm – 3.30pm – All Ages – Drop in Activity – Pop in and have a chat with our Museum Educators who will have some beautiful examples of replica pots from the Stone and Bronze Ages. Handle the replica pots, ask our educators questions and discover how people in the past achieved beautiful decoration and incredible shapes using their bare hands and even their fingernails! No booking required. Located in the Prehistoric Ireland exhibition, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible

Inspectorium: Rewild Your Garden! NMI Natural History, Merrion Square, Dublin

Eco friendly ways to amuse the kids at home this summer

Wednesday 31st July, 11am-1pm – Make your garden the best wildlife haven it can be for our challenged Irish birds, mammals & insects. Drop into the Wonder Cabinet and create something for your own wildlife garden, and get tips on how to bring nature home! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.

Outdoor Theatre at Fota House Arboretum & Gardens, Cork

The Secret Garden Chapterhouse things to do in Ireland

Summer Labs at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

cool planet experience summer labs in July and Aug 2019

Thursday August 1st & Saturday August 3rd, 11am to 1pm – FIZZ, POP, BANG! 2 hour Summer Labs @ Cool Planet Experience every Thurs – Sat in July & August Each 2 hour lab includes 1 hr of stomp-rocket creations & 1 hr of sustainable slime making! Cost: €20 per person and the labs are suitable for ages 6 to 12 years.

Book your place today!

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits at NMI Country Life, Mayo

Friday 2nd & 16th August from 11am – 1pm
Join the museum knitters this summer and work on your knitting and crochet skills. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one! Exchange ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required. Drop in Activity. Ages 7+

Spraoi International Street Arts Festival, Waterford

spraoi festival

Friday August 2nd to Sunday August 4th – The 2019 Spraoi International Street Arts Festival has an exciting programme of street performances including theatre, parade with the theme of all at sea, and music planned for this year. And specially for kids, Garter Lane Arts Centre presents SprÓg Childrens Festival, during Spraoi Weekend, with workshops all week and over the Spraoi festival weekend. Many events are free, so pre-booking is essential.

Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival, Wexford

Enniscorthy Rockin Food Festival

Friday 2nd to Monday 5th August 2019 – At the 2019 Rockin’ Food Festival in Enniscorthy you can expect:

  • an impressive schedule of chefs, producers and special guests in the free Food Marquee
  • an Artisan Food Market with over 80 of the best local and artisan vendors
  • a Line-up of Rock ‘n’ Roll artists for free outdoor gigs
  • jam-packed program of food and drink workshops
  • events and classes for all ages.

Tour: Recent Finds and New Displays at the Museum of Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

Mykidstime history places in Ireland - National Museum of Ireland Archaeology

Saturday August 3rd, 11.00am -12.00pm – Come and see some of the newly displayed artefacts at the Museum including the Prosperous Crozier from Kildare and four gold Bronze Age Rings found in Donegal, June 2018. Throughout the tour, learn more about some of the more recent research and developments in the field of archaeology. No booking required, places allocated on a first come first served basis. Meet at Reception. Not Wheelchair accessible. Ages 8+.

Free Kids Entertainment at Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin

Free Entertainment at Jervis Shopping Centre Dublin

Saturday August 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th, 1pm to 5pm – Jervis Shopping Centre are providing fun, free entertainment for children every Saturday in July & August. On August 3rd you can enjoy pottery painting with Giddy Studios.

Pop-Up Talk: Jellyfish! at NMI Natural History, Dublin

Jellyfish fun Irish words and phrases

Saturday August 3rd, 12pm & 2pm – As part of our Sustainable Summer series, join Museum Educator & Zoologist Geraldine Breen in the Irish Room for a 15 minute pop-up talk on jellyfish. Learn about Ireland’s native jellyfish and what they can teach us about climate change. No booking required. Please follow directional signage to the jellyfish on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible. Talk. All Ages.

Medieval Fun Day at Duckett’s Grove, Carlow

Medieval Fun Day at Duckett's Grove Carlow

Sunday August 4th, 2pm to 6pm – Bring history to life and have a fun day out with the family in the beautiful surroundings of Duckett’s Grove at the annual Medieval Fun Day.

Monday August 5th to Sunday August 11th

ROCKETS: All Budding Engineers and Scientists NMI Country Life, Mayo


Tuesday 6th August 2019 – 1pm to 3pm – Ages 10+ – Workshop
The museum is delighted to announce a new summer workshop exploring space and rockets.  Join Declan Holmes of Science Ireland for a fun and exciting session all about our travels in space and the rockets we use to get there.

Places are limited so booking is essential. The cost is €10 per child. Please telephone (094) 90 31751 or book now by email. For email bookings, please include your name and contact telephone number.

Secrets in Stone: Exploring Ogham Writing  at NMI Archaeology, Dublin Ogham Stone NMI National Museum of Ireland Archaeology

Wednesday August 7th, 1.30-3.30pm – Drop-in to the Learning Resource Room to explore the secret writings on early medieval ogham stones, the earliest form of writing found in Ireland. Create a secret message and make your own mini ogham stone to take home. No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, first floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Families with children 8-12

Inspectorium: It’s a Plankton Eat Plankton World at NMI Natural History, Dublin

Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th August, 11am – 1pm – What do plankton eat, and what uses plankton as a food source? As part of our Sustainable Summer series, join us at our Wonder Cabinet to inspect real plankton under our microscope and make your own marine food web! Learn how these delicate food webs can be upset, and how sustainability can save species and whole ecosystems! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop in Activity. All Ages.

Summer Public Tour of NMI Collins Barracks

collins barracks National Museum of Ireland

7th, 14th & 28th August from 2pm – 2.45pm – Join a family friendly tour of Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition. Explore some of the highlights of the Museum’s extensive Easter week collection. Admission free, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Tour. All Ages.

Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Stena Line Dublin Horse Show

dublin horse show 2019

Wednesday 7th to Sunday 11th August – With over 1,500 horses and ponies, 135 competitions, 300 shopping stands, food and drink stalls dotted all over the grounds as well kids’ entertainment and 8 world-ranking international show jumping competitions, this promises to be one of the stand out events of the summer!

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.dublinhorseshow.com.

A Fun Summer Workshop All About Robots NMI Country Life, Mayo



Thursday 8th August 2019 – 1pm to 3pm – Ages 10+ – Workshop 

We are learning about robots this summer at the museum! Join Declan Holmes from Science Ireland for a fun and exciting workshop to learn not only about the robots we are building today but those of the future too.

Places are limited so booking is essential. The cost is €10 per child. Please telephone (094) 90 31751 or book now by email. For email bookings, please include your name and contact telephone number.

Summer Labs at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

cool planet experience summer labs in July and Aug 2019

Thursday August 8th & Saturday August 10th, 11am to 1pm – FIZZ, POP, BANG! 2 hour Summer Labs @ Cool Planet Experience every Thurs – Sat in July & August Each 2 hour lab includes 1 hr of stomp-rocket creations & 1 hr of sustainable slime making! Cost: €20 per person and the labs are suitable for ages 6 to 12 years.

Book your place today!

Tour: Treasures of the National Museum with Irish Sign Language Interpretation at NMI Archaeology, Dublin

Friday August 9th, 12.00-1.00pm – 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] Wheelchair accessible. Ages 12+

Taste of Cavan

taste of cavan
Photograph by Lorraine Teevan

Friday 9th and Saturday 10th August 2019 – Taste of Cavan returns to Cavan Equestrian Centre with two days of family fun, showcasing a mouth-watering selection of the very best local food and drink.

As always, the event will boast an unrivalled line-up of the country’s very best chefs including Neven Maguire, Simon Delaney, Richard Corrigan, Jeeny Maltese, Gearóid Lynch, Brian McDermott, Shane Smyth, Adrian Martin and Máire Dufficy, not to mention a host of workshops, masterclasses and activities for the junior ‘taste buds’.

Puck Fair, Kerry

Thursday August 9th to Sunday August 11th 2019 – The famous annual Puck Fair in Killorglin, Co. Kerry takes place this year August 9th to 11th 2019 and is one of Ireland’s most unusual street festivals! See the crowning of a wild mountain goat and take to the streets for lots of fun.

Outdoor Movies on the Beach, Bray, Wicklow

Thursday, 9th August, 10pm Dirty Dancing & Thursday 16th August 9.30pm The Greatest Showman – You can watch the stars under the stars with Outdoor Movies on the Beach Bray Promenade, Strand Road in Bray. ‘Outdoor Movies on the Beach’ screenings are age appropriate. The onus is on the parent to decide if the movie is suitable for their child to watch. If attending the ‘Outdoor Movies on the beach’ screenings children must be accompanied by an adult.

Movies and dates:

  • Top Gun – Thursday, 12th July, 10pm
  • Dirty Dancing – Thursday, 9th August, 10pm
  • The Greatest Showman – Thursday, 16th August, 9:30 pm

Viking Artefact Detective! at NMI Archaeology, Dublin

Saturday August 10th,  1.30-3.30pm – Learn how to think like an archaeologist and solve our puzzle! We have some replica Viking artefacts for you to look at and handle. Figure out exactly what they are and how they were used! No booking required, located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. Drop In Activity. Families with children 8+

Pop-Up Talk: Puffins! at NMI Natural History, Dublin

Puffin Island Sea Safari - Mykidstime animal parks in the UK

Saturday 10th August – 12pm & 2pm – As part of the Sustainable Summer series, join Museum Educator & Zoologist Emma Murphy in the Irish Room for a 15 minute pop-up talk on Ireland’s favourite colourful seabird, the Atlantic Puffin. Learn about their threats and how you can help! No booking required. Please follow directional signage to the puffins on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible. Talk. All Ages.

Scruffs Dog Show at Belvedere House & Gardens, Westmeath

Scruffs Dog Show 2019 at Belvedere House and Gardens

Saturday August 10th – Bring along your dogs for a fun Scruffs Dog Show, a fundraiser for the ISPCA.

Kilkenny Arts Festival

Thursday day August 8th to Sunday August 18th –  In August the city of Kilkenny will come to life with visual art, classical music, theatre and dance, jazz, world & traditional Irish music, literature, film, indie music, craft, children’s and street events for the Kilkenny Arts Festival taking place from 8th – 18th August 2019.

Taste of Cavan 2019, Cavan

Friday August 9th & Saturday August 10th – Taste of Cavan 2019 takes place August 9th & 10th in the Cavan Equestrian Centre with over 100 stalls of artisan food and craft producers from Cavan and the surrounding areas and lots of fun family entertainment.

Crinniú na mBád 2019, Kinvara

Friday August 9th to Sunday August 11th – Crinniú na mBád 2019, the annual Galway Hooker Gathering and race, takes place in Kinvara on August 9th to 11th 2019.

Playstival 2019

Playstival - Festivals Ireland 2019

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August 2019, 9am to 6pm daily – Now in its second year, our favourite children’s festival Playstival celebrates play & discovery, fun & excitement, live music & great food at Airfield Estate, Dublin.

Families will enjoy a two day 100% interactive and ‘screen free’ summer festival with themed ‘play universes’ and activities for children to immerse themselves in. Playstival offers an unforgettable day of pure fun, with over fifteen activity areas and three themed play universes designed to foster the imagination and inspire creation while having lots of fun. Some of the highlights include:

  • The Market, a farm to table experience for all budding young chefs
  • The Construction Site with hard hats, diggers & tractors for ‘on the job’ learning!W5’s
  • Science & Discovery Hub
  • Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO Masters Zone
  • Johnny Magory’s Explorer’s Storyland
  • Sport Against Racism Ireland family sports day
  • Playchella Music Stage with live bands and DJ
  • A world street food market and so much more!

This hands-on festival is the must attend event of the summer!

To see the full line up and buy tickets visit playstival.ie

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Superhero & Princess Training Day at Nore Valley Park, Kilkenny

Superhero and Princess Day at Nore Valley Park 2019

Saturday August 10th – Nore Valley Farm Park in Kilkenny host their annual Superhero & Princess Day on August 10th 2019. Are you strong like Superman or agile like Wonder Woman? Can you swing like Spider Man or run like The Flash? Test your skills at our Superhero Training Centre, where you will prove your superhero abilities and gain an Official Superhero ID card.

Nore Valley Farm Park is open to visitors all summer long with a pet farm, playground, maze, crazy golf, climbing frames, go-karts and more to enjoy. And for those not living in Kilkenny, check out the family friendly accommodation & campsite.

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Legends Tours with Eamon McGee – Croke Park, Dublin

eamon mcGee GAA Museum Tours GAA Croke Park

Saturday 10th August, 11am – The 2019 Bord Gáis Energy Legends Tour series takes place in Croke Park on selected weekends in June, July & August. The tours give fans an unforgettable opportunity to hear memories and anecdotes first hand from their GAA heroes. On August 10th join Eamon McGee a key part of the Donegal team that won an All-Ireland senior title in 2012 for a unique behind-the-scenes tour of Croke Park.

Free Kids Entertainment at Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin

Free Entertainment at Jervis Shopping Centre Dublin

Saturday August 10th, 1pm to 5pm – Jervis Shopping Centre are providing fun, free entertainment for children every Saturday in July & August. On August 10th you can enjoy pirate themed fun and games including face painting, pirate shows, balloon modeling and much more.

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Legends Tours with Kieran Donaghy – Croke Park, Dublin

Kieran Donaghy GAA Museum Tours Croke Park

Sunday 11th August, 10am – The 2019 Bord Gáis Energy Legends Tour series takes place in Croke Park on selected weekends in June, July & August. The tours give fans an unforgettable opportunity to hear memories and anecdotes first hand from their GAA heroes. On August 11th join Kieran Donaghy a 4 time All-Ireland winner with the Kingdom (Kerry), and a 3 time All Star, for a unique behind-the-scenes tour of Croke Park.

Drive In Movies with Virgin Media, Ennis & Dundalk

virgin media drive in movies

Saturday August 10th, Ennis Showgrounds & Sunday August 11th, Marshes Shopping Centre Car Park 3, 3pm Mama Mia, 7pm Bohemian Rhapsody – Enjoy a drive in movie on Europe’s largest mobile LED screen from the comfort of your car as Virgin Media bring Mama Mia and Bohemian Rhapsody on tour! Tickets are €10 and proceeds will go to the Virgin Media’s Digital For Good programme.

Tour of the Eileen Gray Exhibition at NMI Collins Barracks, Dublin

Sunday August 11th, 3-4pm – Join a public tour of the Eileen Gray exhibition, 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. Tour. All Ages

Dogs Day Out at Moran Park, Dublin

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Sunday August 11th, 1pm to 5pm –  Dogs Day Out takes place at Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire (beside dlr LexIcon). There will be advice on canine health, tips on doggy training and style, agility course and ‘ask the trainer’ service.

Staff from Dogs Trust Ireland, Blue Cross and other organisations dedicated to the welfare of your dog will also be at the event.

The event will also feature our Doggy InstaWall where you can take a picture of your dog as a special reminder of your visit to Dog’s Day Out. Kids will be able to have their faces painted canine style or make a customised dog collar for their favourite pet.

Monday August 12th to Sunday August 18th

Inspectorium: Rewild Your Garden! at NMI Natural History

how to create a child friendly garden grow your own area

Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th August 11am-1pm – Make your garden the best wildlife haven it can be for our challenged Irish birds, mammals & insects. Drop into the Wonder Cabinet and create something for your own wildlife garden, and get tips on how to bring nature home! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop in Activity. Families.

Megalithic Big Draw at NMI Archaeology, Dublin

Cruiniu na nOg Art Workshop National Museum of Ireland

Wednesday August 14th, 1.30-3.30pm – Take part in the Big Draw and decorate our giant paper with megalithic and cave art at the Museum! Learn all about the different designs used by people in the Stone Age to decorate prehistoric tombs in Ireland and create your own hand-print cave art No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room 1st Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Families.

Family Rocket Launch at Birr Castle, Offaly

ocket launch at Birr Castle for Space Week 2018

Thursday 15th August, 11am & 3pm – Learn the science behind how rockets work and design and build your very own family rocket. These will be launched to the International Space Station and you can see whose rocket goes the furthest!

Numbers will be limited, pre-booking required. Suitable for families with children aged 7+.

Summer Labs at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

cool planet experience summer labs in July and Aug 2019

Thursday August 15th & Saturday August 17th, 11am to 1pm – FIZZ, POP, BANG! 2 hour Summer Labs @ Cool Planet Experience every Thurs – Sat in July & August Each 2 hour lab includes 1 hr of stomp-rocket creations & 1 hr of sustainable slime making! Cost: €20 per person and the labs are suitable for ages 6 to 12 years.

Book your place today!

Heritage Week: Medieval Pop-up Chess Club – Learn the Basics of Chess with your Friends and Family! at NMI Archaeology, Dublin

Saturday August 17th, 1.30 – 3.30pm – Inspired by the Viking and Medieval artefacts in the Museum relating to board games, join us in the Kildare Room to learn more about the game of chess with members of ‘Ficheall.ie’ Primary Teachers promoting chess. Get a taster of the game of chess by learning about some of the pieces through ‘mini games’. Museum Educators will be on hand to point you towards the ancient examples of board games in the Museum! No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. Event will run at 30 minute intervals. Drop in Activity for all Ages.

Free Kids Entertainment at Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin

Free Entertainment at Jervis Shopping Centre Dublin

Saturday August 17th, 1pm to 5pm – Jervis Shopping Centre are providing fun, free entertainment for children every Saturday in July & August. On August 17th head along for some fashion fun with project fashion & catwalk!

Cappamore Agricultural Show, Limerick

Saturday August 17th – The Cappamore Agricultural Show takes place in Cappamore, Limerick on August 17th 2019. It showcases the best of the region with cookery, crafts, competitions, displays and more. And offers a fun day out for all ages.

Heritage Week: Frozen in Time at NMI Country Life, Mayo

Saturday August 17th, 11am – 4pm – Join Kevin Barton, archaeological geophysicist to explore the Ice House hidden on the grounds of NMI-Country Life. Using the latest earth resistance and topographic techniques, we will survey the extent of the buried structure. With the aid of some participants the survey will hopefully reveal this monument’s hidden secrets in a presentation of the results in the afternoon. Booking required. Workshop. Adults & Children 12+

Past Times: Salmon & Fishing, NMI Natural History, Dublin

Saturday August 17th, 12pm & 2pm – As part of the Sustainable Summer series, join Museum Educator & Zoologist Geraldine Breen in the Irish Room for a 15 minute pop-up talk on Ireland’s native salmon and fishing in past times. No booking required. Please follow directional signage to the salmon on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible. Talk. All Ages.

National Heritage Week 2019

Heritage Week 2019

Saturday August 17th to Sunday August 25th – National Heritage Week 2019 has fun events for families and children nationwide from August 17th to 25th 2019

Drive In Movies with Virgin Media, Wexford & Dungarvan

virgin media drive in movies

Saturday August 17th, Wexford Racecourse & Sunday August 18th Davitt’s Quay Car Park, Dungarvan, 3pm Mama Mia, 7pm Bohemian Rhapsody – Enjoy a drive in movie on Europe’s largest mobile LED screen from the comfort of your car as Virgin Media bring Mama Mia and Bohemian Rhapsody on tour! Tickets are €10 and proceeds will go to the Virgin Media’s Digital For Good Programme.

Heritage Week at Fota House Cork

Heritage Week at Fota House Cork

Saturday August 17th to Sunday August 25th – Fota House in Cork has a packed schedule of activities lined up for Heritage Week. The theme this year is Pastimes Past Times and some of the activities you can enjoy include:

  • 17th to 25th August, 10am to 5pm – Exhibition exploring the pastimes of pervious residents of Fota House. Admission Free
  • 17th August, 12.30, 2pm or 3.30pm – Get a free guided tour of the house or at 11am & 1pm a tour of the Victorian Working Garden. Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Call Tanya at 021 4815543 to secure your place.
  • 19th to 23rd August, 11am – Queen Maeve & The Hone Bees Tour is especially for little visitors to imagine they are honeybees buzzing around the Victorian working gardens. Find out about the different jobs that honey bees do inside and outside the hive, all to look after Queen Maeve and make sure the whole hive works as a team to make enough honey to feed everyone, all year round. Places are limited so book now by calling Tanya at 021 4815543.
  • 19th August, 1.30pm & 3.30pm – Demo of free motion quilting & embroidery with Mary. Please text 0879481567 or email: [email protected] to book your place.
  • 22nd August, 11am to 12.30pm –  Workshop – Weaving with rushes – weave a small rush mat with Sonia Caldwell. Ages 6 and up.
  • 22nd August 1.30pm to 3.30pm – Workshop – Straw crafts – make a harvest bow with Sonia Caldwell. Ages 8 and up.
  • 22nd August 3:30 to 5pm – Talk and demonstration by Sonia Caldwell on all things to do with straw and rush craft and a chance to try out different techniques – all ages welcome.
    To book one of Sonia’s demos please text or email 087 2998218 or email: [email protected]

Heritage Week: Games on the Square at NMI Collins Barracks

NMI Decorative Arts and History Things to do with kids in Ireland

Sunday August 18th, 2-4.30pm – Drop into Collins Barracks for Games on the Square where we’re turning Clarke Square into a giant playground for the day! Inspired by the intergenerational public art project and exhibition, Stories Between Us, this free open day for all ages features outdoor and indoor games, art activities and talks. No booking required. Drop-in Activity. All Ages.

IVVCC Vintage Car Rally at Powerscourt

Whats on 1900-Gladiator IVVCC Vintage Car Rally at Powerscourt

Sunday August 18th, 2pm to 5.30pm – Join the largest motor club in Ireland, the Irish Veteran and Vintage Car Club, for their 42nd Anniversary run to Powerscourt! Taking place on Sunday, 18 August, it’s a spectacular day for all where you can enjoy the vintage cars up close and chat with their owners. Come dressed vintage and you will blend right in!

Past runs at Powerscourt have featured a 1926 Rolls Royce, a 1920 Singer 10 HP and a 1930 Austin 7. With over 100 cars at this year’s event, there will be plenty of classics for you to enjoy including a 1900 Gladiator and 8 micro cars.

Click here for further information and bookings

Monday August 19th to Sunday August 25th

Annie The Musical, dlr Mill Theatre, Dublin

Annie at dlr Mill Theatre

Dates from Tuesday 20th to Sunday 25th August, 7.30pm, 2.30pm (selected dates) – Join the Mill Youth Musical Theatre Company as they tell the story of brave young Annie, forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage.

Her luck changes when she is chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with Oliver Warbucks, billionaire!

Packed full of music and dance, families and kids of all ages will enjoy this heartwarming tale. Book your tickets now.

Heritage Week: Hopscotch, Horseshoes and Jack Stones at NMI Country Life, Mayo

Tuesday August 20th, 2pm – 4pm – Join the Education Team to discover how people spent their spare time in the past and learn how to play some traditional Irish games. No booking required. Drop in Activity. Families.

Pastimes: Birdwatching & the Gannet, NMI Natural History, Dublin

Tuesday August 20th,  12pm & 2pm – As part of the Sustainable Summer series, join Museum Educator & Zoologist Emma Murphy in the Irish Room for a 15 minute pop-up talk on birdwatching & one of Ireland’s most charismatic birds. No booking required. Please follow directional signage to the gannets on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible. Talk. All Ages.

Inspectorium: A Salmon’s Tale, NMI Natural History, Dublin

Salmon at the Museum

Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd August, 11am-1pm – Drop into this fun family activity and fish for clues in the river of knowledge at the Wonder Cabinet. Discover the salmon’s tale, at this hands-on event about Ireland’s river creatures and habitats. No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop in Activity. Families.

Wild Child Day at Birr Castle, Offaly

wild child day at Birr CastleWednesday 21st August 10am to 7pm – Birr Castle are asking wild children everywhere to join them to show their ‘wild side’ and reconnect with nature in the great outdoors.

There will be discovery sessions, creative art, fun with butterfly nets and pond dipping nets and a chance to learn more about all the animals that live around us.

Book your wild child day now!

Heritage Week: Harvest Traditions at NMI Country Life, Mayo

Wednesday August 21st, 2pm -4pm – Join the Education Team to learn about traditions around the Harvest Dance. Then learn to make your own Harvest Knot, a traditional love token made at this time of year. No booking required. Drop-in Activity. Adults & Children 7+

Heritage Week: Make a Medieval Chess Check-Mate! at NMI Archaeology, Dublin

chess things to do with the family in Ireland

Wednesday August 21st, 1.30-3.30pm – Did you know that people have been playing board games in Ireland for hundreds of years? Call into the Learning Resource Room to learn about the artefacts relating to board games in the Museum, then make your own chess piece from clay! Will you make a Castle, Bishop, Queen or Knight? You decide! No booking required, located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Drop in Activity. Families with children 6+

Heritage Week: Harvest Stories with Carmel Balfe at NMI Country Life, Mayo

Thursday 22nd August, 1pm & 2pm – 3:30pm – Join artist and puppeteer Carmel Balfe to investigate the harvest, the different jobs that had to be done and the different people and animals who did them. Then imagine and create your own characters and their harvest stories around this special time of year. Booking required. Workshop. Families with children 4-7

Summer Labs at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

cool planet experience summer labs in July and Aug 2019

Thursday August 22nd & Saturday August 24th, 11am to 1pm – FIZZ, POP, BANG! 2 hour Summer Labs @ Cool Planet Experience every Thurs – Sat in July & August Each 2 hour lab includes 1 hr of stomp-rocket creations & 1 hr of sustainable slime making! Cost: €20 per person and the labs are suitable for ages 6 to 12 years.

Book your place today!

Heritage Week at Fota House Cork

Heritage Week at Fota House Cork

Saturday August 17th to Sunday August 25th – Fota House in Cork has a packed schedule of activities lined up for Heritage Week. The theme this year is Pastimes Past Times and some of the activities you can enjoy include:

  • 17th to 25th August, 10am to 5pm – Exhibition exploring the pastimes of pervious residents of Fota House. Admission Free
  • 17th August, 12.30, 2pm or 3.30pm – Get a free guided tour of the house or at 11am & 1pm a tour of the Victorian Working Garden. Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Call Tanya at 021 4815543 to secure your place.
  • 19th to 23rd August, 11am – Queen Maeve & The Hone Bees Tour is especially for little visitors to imagine they are honeybees buzzing around the Victorian working gardens. Find out about the different jobs that honey bees do inside and outside the hive, all to look after Queen Maeve and make sure the whole hive works as a team to make enough honey to feed everyone, all year round. Places are limited so book now by calling Tanya at 021 4815543.
  • 19th August, 1.30pm & 3.30pm – Demo of free motion quilting & embroidery with Mary. Please text 0879481567 or email: [email protected] to book your place.
  • 22nd August, 11am to 12.30pm –  Workshop – Weaving with rushes – weave a small rush mat with Sonia Caldwell. Ages 6 and up.
  • 22nd August 1.30pm to 3.30pm – Workshop – Straw crafts – make a harvest bow with Sonia Caldwell. Ages 8 and up.
  • 22nd August 3:30 to 5pm – Talk and demonstration by Sonia Caldwell on all things to do with straw and rush craft and a chance to try out different techniques – all ages welcome.
    To book one of Sonia’s demos please text or email 087 2998218 or email: [email protected]

Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival

Thursday August 22nd to Sunday August 25th – Waterford Walls is an international street art festival running 22 – 25 August 2019 that transforms Waterford City into an open-air gallery. It’s a free family day out with kids’ workshops, live music, art trails, panel discussions, art jams & more!

La La Land at Fitzgerald Park, Cork

La La Land Outdoor Movies Ireland

Friday 23rd August 2019, gates from 7.30pm – Happenings and Coillte are delighted to announce an outdoor screening of the award winning film La La Land in Fitzgeralds Park, Cork. Tickets are €5 and can be bought in advance. 

These outdoor movie events are family friendly and will start once the sun goes down. Pack a picnic blanket, and some cushions for a fun night of entertainment. There will be yummy food on offer and this is a strictly no alcohol event.

Become A Victorian Botanical Artist at Nano Nagle Place, Cork

Friday 23rd August, 11am to 2pm – To celebrate the Heritage Week theme of Pass Times in Past Times, Nano Nagle Place invite you along to enjoy a free creative flower painting workshop. All materials supplied and the event is suitable for all kids and adults.

Protect Our Planet with SSE Airtricity at Dublin Zoo

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August – SSE Airtricity, proud Sustainability Partner of Dublin Zoo, is inviting visitors to the Protect Our Planet Weekend taking place on the weekend June 24th & 25th.

Everyone visiting Dublin Zoo for the 2 day weekend events will be guided through fun and interactive tasks and activities, including taking part in a mini worm excavation, building your very own ‘Bug Hotel’, and exploring SSE Airtricity’s Eco Explorer Trail. Plus, there will be plenty of exclusive prizes to be won, face painters and much more.

Be sure to download the SSE Airtricity’s Eco Explorer App before you visit for extra fun. The Eco Explorers App is available to download free from iTunes and Google Play Store.

Did you know you can get 20% off day passes to Dublin Zoo with SSE Reward? You can also get free tea or coffee during your visit and save on reusable bamboo cup! Find out more about SSE Reward. 

Heritage Week: Past Times, Pastimes at NMI Country Life, Mayo

Free things to do in Mayo NMI Country Life Museum Woodland Explorer

Saturday August 24th, 2:30pm – 4pm – Join members of the National Parks and Wildlife Service’s Ballycroy and the Museum Education Teams for a walk around the grounds of Turlough Park. Discover how the study of Natural Science started as a pastime, but would become one of the most important fields of science in the modern world. Booking required. Family Event. Adults & Children 5+

Heritage Week Pop-up Display: The Archaeology of the Irish Diet, NMI Archaeology, Dublin

NMI Archaeology Museum Precious Pots

Saturday August 24th 10.30am-4.30pm & 25th August 1.30pm – 4.30pm – Drop into the Kildare Room at the National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology to see a pop-up display on ‘The Archaeology of the Irish Diet’ featuring drawings of archaeological sites. Learn about the archaeological evidence for food production from Stone Age to medieval times and take a look at some replica artefacts relating to food. Organised in association with Transport Infrastructure Ireland. No booking required, located in the Kildare Room, next to the Treasury Exhibition, ground floor. Wheelchair accessible. Drop in Activity for all ages.

The Greatest Showman, Lough Key Forest Park, Roscommon

Saturday 24th of August 2019 – Happenings and Coillte are delighted to razzle dazzle you with The Greatest Showman at Lough Key Forest Park on Saturday 24th of August 2019 open from 6pm with the film kicking off approx 7pm. There will be teas, coffees, sweet and savoury treats or sale. Tickets are €5 and proceeds will be donated to local charities.

Drive In Movies with Virgin Media, Leopardstown Racecourse Dublin

virgin media drive in movies

Saturday August 24th, 3pm Mama Mia, 7pm Bohemian Rhapsody – Enjoy a drive in movie on Europe’s largest mobile LED screen from the comfort of your car as Virgin Media bring Mama Mia and Bohemian Rhapsody on tour! Tickets are €10 and proceeds will go to the Virgin Media’s Digital For Good Programme.

Free Kids Entertainment at Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin

Free Entertainment at Jervis Shopping Centre Dublin

Saturday August 24th, 1pm to 5pm – Jervis Shopping Centre are providing fun, free entertainment for children every Saturday in July & August. On August 24th you can enjoy hip-hop workshops and dance themed fun.

Festival of Nations

Sunday 24th of August 2019 from 12 noon to 6pm Ireland’s Festival of Nations 2019 takes place in Mountjoy Square Park, Dublin 1. This is a free event for the whole family with a great lineup of performers from around the world, including children’s entertainment and other side attraction taking place throughout the day. There will be family-friendly activities include the Parade of Nations, Music & Dance performances, with a mix of 52 stands of organisations and various countries showing off their cultures and information displays, face painting, workshop, and much more!

Dig It at Lough Key Forest & Activity Park

lough key dig it

Saturday 24th August 11am – 4.30pm As part of National Heritage Week 2019, “Dig It” is a fun, educational, hands-on archaeological experience for ages 3+. Children carry out a “mini excavation”, meet real archaeologists and a stone age flint knapper.

FREE event. This is an outdoor event so please wear suitable clothes and footwear. Children must be accompanied by an adult. NB there is a charge for parking at Lough Key Forest & Activity Park. Organised by Roscommon County Council

Hands on History: School Days at NMI Collins Barracks, Dublin

Sunday August 25th,  3-4pm – With the new school year approaching what about dropping in to join our Museum educators to explore artefacts relating to schooldays from the Museum’s collection of handling objects. No booking required. Drop-in Activity. All Ages

Limerick Show Family Festival

Sunday August 25th – Celebrating 90 years, the Limerick Show Family Festival takes place at Limerick Racecourse on Sunday August 25th. You can enjoy competitions, food, stalls selling all sorts of goodies, family fun with a kids zone and the Limerick dog show.

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

Monday July 1st to Sunday July 7th

Summer Lab at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

FIZZ, POP, BANG – their summer lab is OPEN! The Cool Planet in Wicklow will be running a range of workshops for all ages including our gooey Slime Lab, our explosive Stomp-Rocket workshops & more!! So-much-fun & a great way to keep your little scientists entertained for the summer holidays!

Upcoming dates:

Book Early to Avoid Disappointment!

Muckno Mania Festival, Castleblaney, Monaghan

Thursday July 4th to Sunday July 7th – The annual Muckno Mania Festival takes place July 4th – 7th 2019. We are just waiting on the full program of events but fun will be guaranteed for all the family as they celebrate 21 years of this local festival.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits, NMI Country Life, Mayo

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Friday 5th & 19th July – 11am – 1pm – Ages 7+ – Drop in Activity
Join the museum knitters this summer and work on your knitting and crochet skills. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one! Exchange ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required.

Galway International Food & Craft Festival, Salthill

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Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July – The Galway International Food and Craft Festival will showcase the unique diversity that the west of Ireland has to offer, from artisan restaurants, organic and fresh food producers to international cuisine. Twenty of the most talented chefs in the country will give demos including Neven Maguire, Rachel Allen and Kevin Dundon.

There will be something for the entire family with live music and a free dedicated kids zone  full of great activities for children of all ages.

Traidphicnic, Spiddeal

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Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July – Traidphicnic takes place in An Spidéal 5th-7th July 2019 with community arts, crafts, sessions, walks and talks, offering something for everyone. It is a family friendly event, bring your own picnic, sun and midge cream, thermals and raincoat!

Free Kids Entertainment at Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin

Jervis Street Free kids entertainment

Sat July 6th, 1pm to 5pm – The Summer event programme kicks off with Carnival time at Jervis. There’s kids’ music and entertainment all day!  Spin the wheel to see if you’ve won a prize and try your hand at the VR game.

Prehistory Mysteries – Humans and the Natural World, NMI Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

NMI Archaeology Museum The Bog Trail

Saturday 6th July 1.30pm – 3.30pm – All Ages – Drop in Activity – Pop in 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 Museum galleries, Prehistoric Ireland exhibition, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.

Pop-Up Talk: Puffins! NMI Natural History, Merrion Square, Dublin

Puffin Island Sea Safari - Mykidstime animal parks in the UKSaturday July 6th, 12pm & 2pm – As part of our Sustainable Summer series, join Museum Educator & Zoologist Emma Murphy in the Irish Room for a 15 minute pop-up talk on Ireland’s favourite colourful seabird, the Atlantic Puffin. Learn about their threats and how you can help!

No booking required. Please follow directional signage to the puffins on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible. Audience: All Ages

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, Sligo

Saturday July 6th to Saturday July 13th – In Sligo, Cairde is a week of music, dance, theatre, children events, visual art, spoken word, street art and spectacle, Park Fest and more… taking place July 6th to 13th.

Atmosphere Balloons, Kites & Flight, Dublin

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Sunday July 7th, 1pm to 5pm – This free dlr event takes place at Newtownsmith, Dún Laoghaire and is themed around balloon, kites & flight. There will be kite flying competitions, workshops, a Planetarium, inflatables, beach games and more.

Monday July 8th to Sunday July 14th

Treasures of the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

Wednesday 10th July 11am – 11.45am – Ages 7+ – Take a tour of the iconic treasures in the National Museum, including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice. No booking required, places allocated on a first come first served basis. Wheelchair accessible.

Hands on History: Child’s Play, NMI Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin

children's clothing NMI Decorative Arts & History

Thursday 11th July 3pm – 4pm – Families – Drop in to discover objects from the Museum’s handling collection relating to childhood and play! Join our Museum educators in an engaging handling session for all ages.No booking required.

Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular, Dublin

Friday July 12th to Sunday July 14thLaya Healthcare’s City Spectacular is going to be even bigger, better and more spectacular than ever as it takes to Dublin’s Merrion Square this July.

Featuring some of the best street theatre performers around, and with a host of exciting events, fantastic exhibitions and absorbing interactive workshops, there will be plenty to entertain the whole family. And it is completely free to visit.

Free Bat Conservation Training at Birr Castle, Offaly

Bat conservation training at Birr Castle

Friday 12th July, 8.30pm – Meet Bat Conservation Ireland at the Pavilion at Birr Castle for free bat conservation training. All are welcome and no pre-booking is required.

Free Kids Entertainment at Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin

Jervis Street Free kids entertainment

Saturday July  13th, 1pm to 5pm – FREE Kids Zumba featuring Elite DC, Dublin’s Premier Dance Crew. Learn a Zumba routine and see Elite DC perform at every show.

True or False Tour! NMI Archeology Kildare Street, Dublin

Viking Sword NMI National Museum of Ireland ArchaeologySaturday 13th July 1.30pm – 2.15pm – Families with children 6+ – Take the true or false challenge at the National Museum! Join our tour to explore the archaeology of the Vikings in Ireland, but listen closely, because at the end of each stop you’ll have to figure out if a statement is true or false, using your new archaeology knowledge!

Booking required, please email: [email protected] or call 016486 334. Not wheelchair accessible.

Pop-Up Talk: Peregrine Falcons, NMI Natural History, Merrion Square, Dublin

peregrine falcon

Saturday 13th July 2019, 12pm & 2pm – As part of our Sustainable Summer series, join Museum Educator & Zoologist Geraldine Breen in the Irish Room for a 15 minute pop-up talk on peregrine falcons, and how museum collections helped scientists save this extraordinary bird from extinction.

No booking required. Please follow directional signage to the bird of prey cabinet on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible. Audience: All Ages

Monday July 15th to Sunday July 21st

Galway International Arts Festival, Galway

galway arts festival

Monday July 15th to Sunday July 28th – See Galway City come alive for the annual Galway International Arts Festival this July. Showcasing street performers music and theatre, there are events for all ages, and surprises around every corner. This is a great time to visit Galway.

Become a Planet Champion, NMI Country Life, Mayo

Tuesdays, 16 July to 6 August 2019, 10am to 1pm – Ages 10+ – Workshop
Join Declan Holmes of Science Ireland for a new and exciting summer series of workshops. Become a Planet Champion over four weeks as you learn about the importance of the environment and what you can do to protect it. Each week will focus on a different theme. In week one, learn about climate change and how we can play a part in fixing it. Week two is all about renewable energy and making a wind turbine. In week three, the focus is on reusing, repairing and recycling. Participants will also learn how to make cool science toys from things we used to throw away. Week four will explore biodiversity and why we need bees and bugs.  Complete all four days in this workshop series to become a Planet Champion and receive a goodie bag!

These workshops run each Tuesday and Thursday morning. Places are limited and booking is essential. This workshop costs €40 per participant. Please telephone (094) 90 31751 or book now by email. For email bookings, please include your name and contact telephone number.

ROCKETS: All Budding Engineers and Scientists NMI Country Life, Mayo


Tuesdays 16 July to 6 August 2019 – 1pm to 3pm – Ages 10+ – Workshop
The museum is delighted to announce a new summer workshop exploring space and rockets.  Join Declan Holmes of Science Ireland for a fun and exciting session all about our travels in space and the rockets we use to get there.

This workshop starts on Tuesday, July 16, and will be repeated each Tuesday afternoon until August 6. Places are limited so booking is essential. The cost is €10 per child. Please telephone (094) 90 31751 or book now by email. For email bookings, please include your name and contact telephone number.

Summer Public Tours at NMI Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin

collins barracks National Museum of Ireland

Wednesday 17th, 24th & 31st July from 11am – 11.45am – 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.

Ships Ahoy! Log boats and Longships, NMI Archaeology Kildare Street, Dublin

lurgan log boat NMI National Museum of Ireland Archaeology

Wednesday 17th July – 1.30pm – 3.30pm – Families with children 6+ – Drop in Activity – Call into the Kildare Room to learn about the biggest artefact in the Museum– the Lurgan dug-out canoe, created from a massive oak tree during the Bronze Age, 4,000 years ago! Chat with Museum Educators about other ancient boats on display in
the Museum, then make your own nautical pop-up card!

No booking required, located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.

Inspectorium: SustainABILITY, NMI Natural History, Merrion Square, Dublin

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th July – 11am-1pm – How can we make more sustainable choices? Drop into the Wonder Cabinet at the Discovery Zone to play our sustainability games and learn how to make a healthier planet. No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.

Munster Fleadh at glór Ennis

Kilfenora Ceili band glor munster fleadh

Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st July – glór play host to a number of top festival trad musicians as part of the annual Munster Fleadh including:

Festival of Curiosity, Dublin

Festival of Curiosity 2019

Thursday 18th July to Sunday 21st July – From free events to family friendly workshops, shows & events the 2019 Festival of Curiosity takes place in various venues around Dublin. Check out the full line up and enjoy a fun filled weekend of curious fun with a host of not to be missed shows! Highlights include:

  • Family science show Gastronaut Live!
  • Voyages to the moon through vertical dance with Aerial Cirque
  • World Explorers Family Stage with curious creatures
  • Digging for Dinosaurs
  • Under the Ocean
  • Bubble Science Family Show
  • Cardboard Carnival
  • Adventure science
  • Inventors and makers
  • Indoor forest
  • Stargazing
  • Moonshot with Rick O’Shea and former NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and much much more!

A Fun Summer Workshop All About Robots NMI Country Life, Mayo



Thursdays 18 July to 08 August 2019 – 1pm to 3pm – Ages 10+ – Workshop 

We are learning about robots this summer at the museum! Join Declan Holmes from Science Ireland for a fun and exciting workshop to learn not only about the robots we are building today but those of the future too.

This workshop starts on Thursday, July 18, and will be repeated each Thursday afternoon until August 8. Places are limited so booking is essential. The cost is €10 per child. Please telephone (094) 90 31751 or book now by email. For email bookings, please include your name and contact telephone number.

Space Workshop at Birr Castle Offaly

Birr Castle Space Workshops with I-Lofar

Thursday 18th July at 11am to 12.30pm, 2.30pm to 4pm & Saturday 20th July at 11am to 12.30pm & 2pm to 3.30pm – On the week of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing I-LOFAR are hosting drop-in workshops all about space. You will learn about the solar system and explore different planets. The workshops are for parents and children ages 7 years + and are free as part of your general admission ticket.

Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular, Cork

Saturday July 20th & Sunday July 21stLaya Healthcare’s City Spectacular is going to be even bigger, better and more spectacular than ever as it takes to Cork’s Fitzgerald Park, Cork City, this July.

Featuring some of the best street theatre performers around, and with a host of exciting events, fantastic exhibitions and absorbing interactive workshops, there will be plenty to entertain the whole family. And it is completely free to visit.

Boyle Arts Festival, Roscommon

boyle arts festival

Friday July 19th to Sunday July 28th – The Boyle Arts Festival is a celebration of music, arts and culture and takes place in the beautiful town of Boyle, Co. Roscommon from July 19th to 28th. Children can avail of workshops and families can enjoy music, theatre and visual arts.

50th Anniversary Celebrations of Apollo Moon Landing, Birr Castle Offaly

Apollo-11-Moon-landing Birr Castle Celebrations

Saturday 20th July, from 8pm to 11.30pm – Join in the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Apollo Moon Landing with a StarBQ! followed by a showing of the moon landing and some star gazing in the shadow of the Great Telescope. Guided tours of the science center with the story of the Great Telescope, will also take place throughout the evening.

Numbers will be limited, pre-booking required. Suitable for all ages.

Mosaic Workshop With Mosaics At The Mill at glór Ennis

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Saturday 20th July, 10am to 5pm – Visual artist Aidan Byrne leads a one day mosaic workshop designed for those who have previous experience with mosaic and those with no experience. Each participant produces their own mosaic to take home and enjoy.

Find out more

Free Kids Entertainment at Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin

Jervis Street Free kids entertainment

Saturday July 20th, 1pm to 5pm – We request your magical presence for a magical afternoon full of fun at our Witches & Wizards Show. This free show is a ticketed event so get your wands at the ready and book your place today!

International Year of the Salmon: Fishy Fun, NMI Natural History Merrion Square, Dublin

Saturday 20th July, 10am-4pm – Drop into the Natural History Museum for some fishy fun and celebrate International Year of the Salmon! Visit the fantastic collection of fish species on display and learn about how Ireland’s most iconic fish species, salmon, is facing its biggest challenge yet. Join one of the hands-on activities and grab a microscope to see what creepy crawlies live in our rivers and lakes. See up close historical fishing equipment and discover how we have been catching fish for the last seven thousand years.

No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. This event is organised in collaboration with Inland Fisheries Ireland.

Tour: Recent Finds and New Displays at NMI Archaeology Kildare Street, Dublin

Mykidstime history places in Ireland - National Museum of Ireland Archaeology

Saturday 20th July – 2.30pm – 3.30pm – Ages 8+ – Tour – Come and see some of the newly displayed artefacts at the Museum including the Prosperous Crozier from Kildare and the four gold Bronze Age Rings found in Donegal, June 2018. Throughout the tour, learn more about some of the more recent research and developments in the field of archaeology. No booking required, places allocated on a first come first served basis. Meet at Reception. Not Wheelchair accessible.

That Beats Banagher Festival 2019, Offaly

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July – Focused around the river Shannon, That Beats Banagher Festival promises a fun events for families to enjoy. These include workshops, food & craft market, live music, firewroks, zorbing, Canadian canoeing & Galway Community Circus will be in town too!

FAMFEST Fun Family Festival, Wicklow

Famfest 2019

Sunday July 21st, 1pm to 6pm – Enjoy a fun family festival of music, games and entertainment at the Abbey Grounds, Wicklow Town and July 21st.

Free Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Blackrock Park, Dublin

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Sunday 21st July, 1pm to 5pm – Enjoy a free afternoon of family fun at Blackrock Park, Dublin. Pack a picnic and bring along your favourite teddy bear and enjoy music, fun, games, inflatables, face painting and, if you teddy bear needs some special attention, they can visit the Teddy Bears Clinic for a check up!

Monday July 22nd to Sunday July 28th

Ballet Ireland Summer Camp – Let’s Dance at glór Ennis

Ballet Ireland Summer Camps glor 2019

Monday 22nd to Friday 26th July – 11am – 1pm for ages 12+ & 2pm to 6pm for ages 6 to 11 – No previous ballet experience is needed to take part in this wonderful Ballet Ireland summer camp.

The week long programme involves a daily ballet class, rehearsals and the opportunity to experience what makes a ballet; choreography, music, mime, drama, prop making and costumes.

Students will spend the week creating their very own ballet which they will perform to their family and friends at the end of the camp.

Find out more

Tallaght Library Junior Movie Club, Dublin

Junior Movie Club at Tallaght Library

August 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th & 29th, from 12pm – For all your little movie buffs, Tallaght Library Junior Movie Club are showing some super movies for kids accompanied by an adult. Find out more!

Weight to Go! Make your own Viking Weight, NMI Archaeology Kildare Street, Dublin

NMI Archaeology Brilliant Brooches

Wednesday 24th July 1.30pm – 3.30pm – Families with children 6+ – Drop in Activity – Did you know that before there were coins in Ireland, the Vikings used to trade in silver? Visit the Museum to learn about the weighing scales and decorated lead weights the Vikings used to figure out how much silver they had, discover who the Vikings were trading with, then make your own weight to take home! No booking required. Located in Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible.

Inspectorium: It’s a Plankton Eat Plankton World, NMI Natural History Merrion Square, Dublin

Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th July 11am – 1pm – What do plankton eat, and what uses plankton as a food source? As part of our Sustainable Summer series, join us at our Wonder Cabinet to inspect real plankton under our microscope and make your own marine food web! Learn how these delicate food webs can be upset, and how sustainability can save species and whole ecosystems!

No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.

Tour – Kingship and Sacrifice: The Bog Bodies, NMI Archaeology Kildare Street, Dublin

Friday 26th July 12pm – 12.45pm – Ages 12+ – Tour – Examine Iron Age finds from Ireland’s wetlands including bog butter and learn about the discovery of the 2,000-year-old bog bodies, which are of international scientific significance. No booking required. Places allocated on a first come first served basis, meet at Reception. Wheelchair accessible.

Outdoor Theatre at Belvedere House & Gardens, Westmeath

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Free Kids Entertainment at Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin

Jervis Street Free kids entertainment

Saturday July 27th, 1pm to 5pmJack Wise comes to Jervis with his incredible show. Laugh till you cry and marvel at the skill and excitement of Jack Wise’s unique magic show! With mesmerising card tricks and amazing mind games, the kids will leave Jervis Shopping Centre dazzled!

Precious Gifts and Where to Find Them, NMI Archaeology Kildare Street, Dublin

Big Brithday Bash

Saturday 27th July 1.30-pm – 3.30pm – Families with children 6+ – Drop in Activity – Archaeologists often find precious objects under the ground. Is everything found at the same depth? Call into the museum to find out; create a special bookmark, decorate it with precious objects and decide if they should be close to the surface, or deep underground!

No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.

Meet The Crafters NMI Country Life, Mayo

Saturday 27th July 2019, 11:30am – 1pm – All Ages  – Come along to the next open crafting session by the talented Connacht Textile Crafters, taking place from 11.30am to 1pm, on Saturday, July 27. The crafters meet six times a year at the museum and demonstrate a range of skills at these open crafting sessions. In July, the focus is on advanced embroidery skills and the use of beads and sequins as embellishments. The Connacht Textile Crafters are a friendly and talented group who work in a range of textile crafts, using both traditional and contemporary techniques. Be sure to pop in and see some of their work. This is a free drop-in activity with no booking required.

Pop-Up Talk: Basking Sharks, NMI Natural History, Merrion Square Dublin

basking shark

Saturday 27th July,  12pm & 2pm – As part of our Sustainable Summer series, join Museum Educator & Zoologist Emma Murphy in the Irish Room for this 15 minute pop-up talk on the largest of our native sharks. Learn more about the dangers facing this critically endangered gentle giant and how you can help! No booking required. Please follow directional signage to the basking shark on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible.

Take the nature trail tour at Turlough Park, NMI Country Life, Mayo

Sunday 28th July 2019, 2pm to 3pm – Ages 5+ – Family Event – Enjoy a family nature trail through the historic and beautiful grounds of Turlough Park on Sunday, July 28, from 2 to 3pm. Join zoologist Catherine McGuinness to explore plenty of nature surprises in the grounds. Highlights will include a rookery, the location of an old badger set and a host of wildlife species that live around the gardens and woodland.

This is a free family workshop but booking is essential. Telephone (094) 90 31751 or book now by email. For email bookings, please include your name and contact telephone number.

Outdoor Theatre at Powerscourt Gardens, Wicklow

Treasure Island chapterhouse

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Legends Tours with Brian Lohan – Croke Park, Dublin

Brian Lohan Clare GAA Museum Tours Croke Park

Sunday 28th July, 10am – The 2019 Bord Gáis Energy Legends Tour series takes place in Croke Park on selected weekends in June, July & August. The tours give fans an unforgettable opportunity to hear memories and anecdotes first hand from their GAA heroes. On July 28th join Brian Lohan a four time All Star who was a mainstay on the Clare team for over a decade. for a unique behind-the-scenes tour of Croke Park.

Off The Street Food Fest, Letterkenny

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Saturday July 27th & Sunday July 28th – The Off The Street Food Fest takes place in Letterkenny on 27th & 28th July, showcasing the best of Donegal Food, street-food style. There are cookery demos from some of Ireland’s best chefs, along with music, food quiz, bake off and more.

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Monday May 27th to Sunday June 2nd

This IS Rocket Science Stomp-Rocket Workshop at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

Cool Planet Experience Stomp Rocket Workshop

Saturday June 1st, Sunday June 2nd & Monday June 3rd, 11am & 1pm – Girls & Boys will LOVE designing & making their own ‘Stomp-Rockets’ that can shoot 50m into the sky! So-much-fun!
Age 6-12 | 1hr | €10pp

Book Early to Avoid disappointment

bloom in the Park 2019

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Thursday May 30th to Monday June 3rd 2019bloom, Ireland’s annual garden festival which takes place at the Phoenix Park is one of the top family friendly events in Ireland, with kids going free, and plenty of activities, food and garden fun for all ages. It takes place 30th May – 3rd June 2019, it’s the 13th year of the popular festival and promises to be even bigger and better.

Official Opening of 45ft Accessible Pirate Ship at Hook Head, Wexford

Just fun playtowers pirate ship at Hook Lighthouse
Image from Just Fun Playtowers Facebook page

Saturday 1st JuneJust Fun Playtowers officially opens their fully accessible 45ft Pirate Ship at Hook Lighthouse on June 1st. With loads of fun pirate themed accessories the everyone can enjoy, this is just another great reason to visit Hook Lighthouse.

Free Events at Kilkenny Castle Park

Saturday June 1st & Sunday June 2nd – The Medieval Tales of Reynard the Fox Storytelling sessions with music and fun take place at 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm.

Steam Train Rides in Laois

Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd June – Stradbally Steam Train Rides take place at Stradbally in Co. Laois on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd June. Enjoy a trip behind an authentic Steam Engine along the 1km line around the Woodland of Stradbally Hall.

Innishannon Steam & Vintage Rally

Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd June 2019 – The 22nd Innishannon Steam & Vintage Rally takes place on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd June 2019 at Innishannon Village, Cork with Steam Engines, Cars, Tractors, Fire Engines and Vintage Farm Machinery, Rural Crafts & Lots More.

Bikefest Killarney

Friday 31st May to Monday 3rd June – If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, Bikefest takes place in Killarney over the June Bank Holiday weekend from 31st May to 3rd June. Now in it’s 13th year it attracts national and international visitors who come to see bikes of all shapes and sizes, ride the twisting routes along the wild atlantic way and listen to some great free live music.

K-Fest Arts Festival, Kerry

Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June – The K-Fest Arts Festival takes place from May 31st to June 2nd in Killorglin, Co Kerry.

Monday June 3rd to Sunday June 9th

Seafest 2019, Cork

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Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June – SeaFest 2019 takes place in Cork this year, when Cork 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.

The three-day festival will cover all things marine – from seafood cookery to science, exploring the ships that transport us to discovering the creatures of the deep. Foodies can get tips from seafood cookery experts and sample some tasty bites.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits at NMI Country Life – Mayo

Easy knitting projects for kids - Mykidstime

Friday 7th June, 11am – 1pm – Join the Museum knitters this summer and work on your knitting and crochet skills. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one! Exchange ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life.

Beginners welcome. No booking required.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Adults & Children 7+

UCD Festival, Dublin

Saturday 8th June, 12pm to 6pm – The UCD Festival is a free one day event open to the public with loads of events to discover more about innovations in science, technology and engineering. Creativity, research and innovation are the order of the day and there will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Free Events at Kilkenny Castle Park

Saturday 8th June – Storytelling for children with Helena Byrne at 2pm for children ages 3 to 6 years and 3.30pm for children aged 7 to 11years at the Parade Tower.

Explore The Wildlife Trail at Irish National Stud, Kildare

Wildlife Trail at Irish National Stud

Sunday 9th June, 1pm to 2pm – Explore the Wildlife Trail at the Irish National Stud in Kidare with expert, Michael Jacob. Visitors will learn more about and examine natural habitats and the importance of the environment in a fun and interactive way. The walk includes some foraging for plants.

The trail is free with your entry ticket. Booking is required by email ([email protected]) as spaces are limited.

Irish Artists and the Great War 1914-18 at NMI Country Life – Mayo

Sunday 9th June, 2pm to 3pm – Dr. Marie Bourke, cultural historian and former Keeper/Head of Education of the National Gallery of Ireland, will give an illustrated talk exploring the work of Irish artists during WWI. These include William Orpen, John Lavery, and Harry Clarke whose Roll of Honour recorded the men in Irish regiments and Irishmen in British regiments who were killed in the Great War.

Booking required.
Event Type: Talk
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Adults & Children 12+

Monday June 10th to Sunday June 16th

Right Here Right Now Children’s Rally, Dublin

What's On Children's Rally

Friday 14th June from 11am – As part of the Right Here Right Now Children’s Festival organised by The Ark, children from around the country are invited to join a Children’s Rally at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar where they can get on their soapbox and tell everyone what is on their mind!

Protect Our Planet with SSE Airtricity at Dublin Zoo

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June – SSE Airtricity, proud Sustainability Partner of Dublin Zoo, is inviting visitors to the Protect Our Planet Weekend taking place on the weekend June 15th & 16th.

Everyone visiting Dublin Zoo for the 2 day weekend events will be guided through fun and interactive tasks and activities, including taking part in a mini worm excavation, building your very own ‘Bug Hotel’, and exploring SSE Airtricity’s Eco Explorer Trail. Plus, there will be plenty of exclusive prizes to be won, face painters and much more.

Be sure to download the SSE Airtricity’s Eco Explorer App before you visit for extra fun. The Eco Explorers App is available to download free from iTunes and Google Play Store.

Did you know you can get 20% off day passes to Dublin Zoo with SSE Reward? You can also get free tea or coffee during your visit and save on reusable bamboo cup! Find out more about SSE Reward. 

The Far Flung Trio presents Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev at glór Ennis

Saturday 15th June, 12pm & 2pm – Peter and the Wolf is full of enchanting melodies and rich textures, topped off with Prokofiev’s colourful orchestration. This much-loved gem is a universally familiar tale, suitable for children but also a sophisticated piece of music that will appeal to any age. The tale of Peter will be narrated by the Trio while playing.

Including an educational introduction to the music and the instruments, (violin, accordion and double-bass), and a post-show Q&A.

Cost: Free of charge but ticketed. Please pre-book.
Duration: 45 mins Suitable for all ages

The Breadwinner at glór Ennis

Saturday 15th June, at 4pm – When 11-year-old Parvana’s father is taken by the Taliban, she and her family find it difficult to survive without a man in the house. Women are forbidden from going anywhere unaccompanied, which means access to food or even trying to enquire about their father’s whereabouts is impossible. Parvana decides to cut her hair and pass herself off as a boy, so that she can become the family’s new breadwinner.

Cost: Free of charge but ticketed. 94 minutes duration, 12A. Please pre-book.

Cruinniú na nÓg: Art Workshop at National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin

Cruiniu na nOg Art Workshop National Museum of Ireland

Saturday 15th June, 2pm to 4pm – What would happen if artefacts in the Museum came to life? Let your imagination go and develop your artistic skills in this fun workshop creating animations of Museum objects!

Cruinniú na nÓg Family Tour – Off the Cuff? Clothes through the Ages at the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Dublin

Cruinniu na nog clothing tour national museum of Ireland

Saturday 15th June, 2pm to 2.45pm – To celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg, take this special tour of the Museum galleries to find out about clothes in the past! What did people make their clothes from hundreds of years ago? Can clothes tell us anything about the people who made and wore them? Uncover the answers to these questions and more and handle some of our replica artefacts relating to clothing on this special family tour. Ages 7+

Cruinnui na nOg events at Strokestown Park, House, Gardens & Famine Museum, Roscommon

cruinnui na nog story telling

Saturday 15th June, 11am to 5.30pm – There are a number of fun events taking place at Strokestown House for Cruinnui na nOg:

  • 11am-1pm Gymboree, ages 0-4 – An enthusiastic entertainer will lead children in play and song through musical games and instruments, movement, and dance.
  • 2-3pm Danielle’s Storytime ages 5-8 – Professional storyteller Danielle Allison will transport children to places near and far with stories that are funny, serious, wise and interactive.
  • 2-4pm Jack Flash Juggling Workshop, ages 9-12 – Have a ball at this juggling workshop. Watch, then learn, juggling skills and presentation. Everyone gets involved and everyone will be able to learn at least one trick.
  • 3-4pm Theatre Workshop, ages 13+ – Why not try your hand at acting? Whether or not you have performed before, this Roscommon County Youth Theatre workshop could be the thing for you.
  • 4-5pm Jack Flash Juggling Show, all ages – This is a juggling show with the ‘wow’ factor that will keep the whole family entertained.
  • 4.30-5.30pm Board Game Making Workshop, ages 13+ – Like playing board games? Well, how about creating your own? This fun and interactive workshop will show you how to create your very own board game.

Cruinniú na nÓg Family Day at Corkagh Park with ReCreate, Dublin

recreate cruinnui na nog

Saturday 15th June, 12pm to 5pm – ReCreate invites you and your family to Corkagh Park for a Creative Family Day. Join them between 12-5pm for a fun filled afternoon of making and creating. To celebrate the national day of creativity and culture for children and young people, the ReCreate team will bring an array of creative activities to this beautiful green space.

Be curious and inventive together with materials such as wool, plastics, fabric and foil and celebrate ReCreate’s first Family Fun Day for Cruinniú na nÓg 2019. Catering for all ages, a range of activities will be available, and the children’s creations can be taken home as a memory of Cruinniú na nÓg 2019.

Music Circle at NMI Country Life – Mayo

Musician playing accordian St Patrick's Day Weekend events

Saturday 15th June, 2pm to 4.30pm – 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+

Beetles, Bugs & Bumblebees at NMI Country Life – Mayo

Beetles Bugs and Bumblebees National Museum of Ireland June

Sunday 16th June, 2pm to 4pm – Ever wondered what insects live in your garden? Join Dr Karina Dingerkus to find out, and to learn about the amazing creatures that live on our grounds and why they are so important. Afterwards join artist Veronika Straberger to make and decorate your very own Bug Hotel.

Booking required.
Event Type: Family Event
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Families with Children 7+

Monday June 17th to Sunday June 23rd

Pride and Prejudice at Round Tower Clondalkin, Dublin

things to do and whats on in Ireland with kids Pride & Prejudice at Round Tower Clondalkin Image

Thursday 20th June, 6pm doors open, show starts at 7pm – Pack a picnic rug and invite friends and family to enjoy an evening of theatre under the stars! Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Pride and Prejudice at Round Tower Clondalkin.

The audience will be taken back in time to meet Elizabeth Bennet, the heroine of this tale by Jane Austen and the very frustrating Mr Darcy as their story unfolds before you.

Tickets are selling fast to book yours today!

Outdoor Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at St Endas Park, Dublin

dlr mill theatre a midsummer nights dream outdoor theatre

Dates from Thursday 20th to Saturday 29th June, 7.30pm – dlr Mill Theatre in association with Balally Players present A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the walled garden at St Endas Park in Rathfarnham. Gates open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. Pack a picnic and a rug to enjoy this outdoor theatre event.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits at NMI Country Life – Mayo

Friday 21st June, 11am to 1pm – Join the Museum knitters this summer and work on your knitting and crochet skills. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one! Exchange ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Adults & Children 7+

Bia Lover Festival of Food, Athenry, Galway

bia lover festival

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June – The annual Bia Lover Festival of Food & Drink takes place in the centre of Athenry, beside the Clarin River and with the beautifully restored Athenry Castle as a backdrop.

Cookery demonstrations featuring local produce and cook-off competitions will add to the experience. With live music, arts trails, face-painting, balloon artists, stilt-walkers and more, there will be something to entertain young and old.

Summer is Coming! Summer Solstice Tour at NMI Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

Saturday 22nd June, 2.30pm to 3.15pm – To celebrate the Summer Solstice, join in our special tour to discover how some archaeological monuments in Ireland, such as the Hill of Tara and ancient tombs are linked to celestial events. Take a close look at artefacts connected to solar symbols including the Bronze Age Lunulae and Sun Discs.

Booking required, contact [email protected] or call 01 6486332. Meet at the Reception. Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Tour
Topic: Archaeology
Audience: Ages 8+

The Stoneybatter Festival at NMI – Collins Barracks, Dublin

collins barracks National Museum of Ireland

Sunday 23rd June, 2.30pm to 4.30pm – At Collins Barracks they are joining in this fun-filled festival, now in its third year, which unites the local community and showcases everything this great part of Dublin has to offer! This year celebrates the art of street and landscape photography, with the exhibition Henri Cartier-Bresson and Ireland as the inspiration. On Sunday 23rd June there is a family workshop with artist Seliena Coyle who will work with participants to make Pinhole Cameras and take photographs in and around the Museum.

Admission free, booking required.
Event Type: Family Event
Topic: Decorative Arts
Audience: All Ages

The Stoneybatter Festival takes place from Friday June 21st to Sunday June 23rd 

Fairy Trails & Tales at Bunratty Castle, Clare

bunratty castle fairy

Sunday 23rd June, 12pm to 5pm – Bunratty Castle celebrate the launch of their new Fairy Trails Experience with storytelling, garden games, kiddies disco, family yoga, face-painting and a bouncy castle.

BikeFest 2019, Dublin

dlr Bikefest 2019

Sunday June 23rd, 1pm to 5pm – To celebrate National Bike Week, BikeFest takes place in Cabinteely Park, Dublin. Entry is free and there will be loads of Bike/Cycle themed events, workshops and fun. Including a cycle stunt show from Ben Savage’s Savage Skills riders. To make the event even more fun and eco friendly, you can cycle The Treasure Trails to the event where parts of the dlr cycle network to Cabinteely Park will have a series of clues hidden along the way with the chance for those following the trails to win prizes .

Flavours of South Dublin Food Festival

Sunday 23rd June, 11am to 6pm – Head to Rathfarnham for a free, fun family day out and enjoy fabulous food, entertainment and tours of the Castle at the Flavours of South Dublin Food Festival.

Monday June 24th to Sunday June 30th

Belvedere House & Gardens, Westmeath

midsummer nights dream fota house

The Three Little Pigs at dlr Mill Theatre, Dublin

dlr mill theatre 3 little pigs with Miriam Lambert

Saturday 29th June, 12pm & 2pm – Enjoy The Three Little Pigs presented by puppeteer, Miriam Lambert. This interactive puppet show tells the story of how Mummy pig encourages her piglets to dream big and follow their hears and make lives for themselves. See how they get on and how they cope when they meet the very hungry big bad wolf!

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Legends Tours with Martin Storey – Croke Park, Dublin

Martin Storey GAA Legends Tour

Saturday 29th June, 2pm – The 2019 Bord Gáis Energy Legends Tour series takes place in Croke Park on selected weekends in June, July & August. The tours give fans an unforgettable opportunity to hear memories and anecdotes first hand from their GAA heroes. On June 29th join Martin Storey who captained Wexford to All-Ireland victory in 1996 for a unique behind-the-scenes tour of Croke Park.

Games Design Workshops, Galway

Game Design Workshop

Saturday 29th June, 8.30am to 1.30pm (girls only), 2.30pm to 7.30pm (girls & boys) – Baboró in association with Romero Games are delighted to invite girls and boys aged 10 to 12 years who are interested in designing their own games, to attend a fun games design workshop.

During the workshop, attendees will focus on the four pillars of games: design, art, code and audio. The workshops take place at The Connacht Hotel, Dublin Road, Galway City and cost €20 per child.

Book your place today. Early booking advised, as places are limited.

Funfest Family Festival at Tayto Park, Meath

Funfest Family Festival at Tayto Park 2019

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019, 10am to 9.30pm – Visitors to Funfest at Tayto Park will enjoy unlimited access to all the attractions and family entertainment including puppet juggling, pirate and bubble shows, dance workshops, food stalls and amazing Irish and international music and dance acts across 2 stages.

Brilliant Brooches at NMI Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

Brilliant Brooches National Museum of Ireland

Sunday 30th June, 2pm to 4pm – There are some beautiful brooches to be seen at the Museum, from the famous ‘Tara’ Brooch of early Christian times, to brooches worn by Viking women, and even brooches given as love tokens in medieval times. Drop in to the Museum to see the beautiful pins and brooches discovered in 2016 and displayed in the new ‘Dressed to Impress’ exhibit, learn about the people who made these brooches, then make your own brooch to take home!

No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Archaeology
Audience: Ages 6+

Tour Family Tour – An Introduction to NMI – Collins Barracks, Dublin

National Museum of Ireland

Sunday 30th June, 3pm to 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.

Admission free, places allocated on a first come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Suitable for families.

Derby Festival Celebrations at Irish National Stud, Kildare

Irish National Stud Events 2019 Easter Events in Kildare

Sunday 30th June, 10am to 2pm – Celebrate the highlight of the racing calendar, Derby Day at the Irish National Stud & Gardens. Prince & Bertie will be giving all the little ones free pony rides, there will be face painting, workshops and loads of fun for the family throughout the day.

Free Family Day at The Clondalkin Round Tower, Dublin

family fun day at clondalkin round tower

Sunday 30th June, 10am to 2pm – Enjoy free family fun at the Round Tower in Clondalkin with music, food and fun for all, it is sure to be a popular day out.

Family Fun Emergency Service Day, Greystones, Wicklow

Sunday June 30th, 12pm to 4pm – Éire Óg GAA club in Greystones have an Emergency Service Day with demonstrations from Greystones Fire Service, Greystones First Responders, the RSA, Greystones Coast Guards, The Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116 and An Garda Siochána. Specile guests on the day will be Little Blue Hereos who will carry out inspections on teh vehicles on display. All welcome.

National Sandcastle Competition, Bettystown Beach, Meath

National Sandcastle Competition Bettystown Beach

Sunday 30th June, 10am to 4.30pm – The 17th annual National Sandcastle Competition takes place on Bettystown Beach in Meath. There will be a sand sculpture competition and sandcastle competition and fun for all the family.

Flavours of Fingal, Dublin

flavours of fingal

Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June – The Flavours of Fingal County Show is a two-day event jam packed with events, combining the sights and sounds of an agricultural show with an unforgettable food and family fun experience all taking place within the historic walled garden of Newbridge House and Farm, Donabate, County Dublin.

There is plenty for kids to do with bouncy castles, face painting, archaeological digs, cycle obstacle courses, kids golf and lots more. Just a stone’s throw from city life, the two-day event offers real value for money, unbeatable food and the ultimate farming experience for the whole family to enjoy.

Taste of Wicklow

Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – The Taste of Wicklow is a celebration of food, music, and culture taking place in the picturesque Abbey Grounds. You can sample staples of the local cuisine including seafood from The Fishman or craft beer from the Wicklow Brewery, and you can expect more far-flung tastes such as the Korean Burrito.

There are sets from DJs and local musicians as well as popular cover bands belting out the music of UB40 and Bob Marley. And there will be outdoor cinema on Friday the 28th of June showing The Greatest Showman.

End of Term Steam Train Rides, Laois

end of term steam train rides Stradbally

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

Monday April 29th to Sunday May 5th

Riverfest 2019

Riverfest Limerick 2019

Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May 2019 – The award winning Riverfest Limerick is set to return for the May Bank Holiday, Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May 2019, offering a dazzling array of free activities to amuse families of all ages. Highlights of the festival will include:

  • Riverfest Fireworks & Aerial Spectacle – A special new addition to Riverfest! Aerial circus performers, Fidget Feet, have joined forces with Classic Effects to create a spectacular aerial and fireworks display for the premiere of Sky Dance at Riverfest!
  • Fashion Friday
  • Riverfestival village in Arthur’s Quay Park
  • Ireland’s largest BBQ cook-off
  • Free tours of one of Ireland’s Navy Vessels
  • Regeneron Great Limerick Run

Best of all most of the activities are completely free to keep you and your family entertained. There’s just so much activity for all ages it promises to be one excellent weekend to soak up Limerick City. Events take place from May 3rd to 6th 2019.

Slime Factory at Nore Valley Park

Slime Time Slime Factory at Nore Valley Park

Saturday 4th and Monday 6th May – Nore 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.

Tickets include farm entry.

Tulip Festival at Powerscourt Estate & Gardens, Wicklow

Powerscourt Tulip Festival Things to do with kids

Friday May 3rd to Monday May 6th, during opening hours – Enjoy the final weekend of the Annual Tulip Festival at Powerscourt this May bank holiday weekend. With over 14,000 to see in the borders, walled garden and throughout the grounds.

Seasonal Activity Sheet- Summer Sun at National Museum of Ireland, Natural History!

summer sun seasonal activity sheet for national musuem of Ireland Natural History

Wednesday May 1st to Friday May 31st, during opening hours – For some animals, it is warm all year long, depending on where they live – follow the Summer Sun trail to find out more! Copies of this activity sheet trail are available in the Reception Area and in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Partially wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Natural History
Audience: Families

May the 4th Be With You Festival on the Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal & Kerry

may the 4th be with you wild atlantic way festival

Friday May 3rd to Sunday May 5th – A must for all Star Wars fans, events will take place across the Innisowen Peninsula in Donegal &  the Iveragh Peninsula & Ballyferriter in Kerry. Events include death star footie skills & target practice, Jedi cadets academy, fireworks display, star gazing at the Planetarium Donegal, Yoda yoga, Star Wars adventure trail, workshops,  movie screenings, children’s storytelling and much more.

Mini-Greenhouse Family Workshops at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

May workshop at Cool Planet Experience

Saturday May 4th, Sunday May 5th & Monday May 6th, 11am & 1pm – This bank holiday design and create a mini-greenhouse with your kids at the Cool Planet Experience, to gobble up all the CO2. Inspired by Eric Carle’s story ‘The Tiny Seed,’ kids will learn about the carbon cycle through the secret life of plants!

  • Ages: 3-12
  • Duration: 50 mins
  • Price: €10 per child (Adults go free + Complimentary tea/coffee)

This workshop has been designed specifically to include our youngest planeteers (3+)!

Book Now!

Dog Show and Family Fun Day 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.

The Brickx Club LEGO Workshops, Westmeath

The Brickx Club Lego workshops

Saturday May 4th, 12pm to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 4pmThe Brickx Club offer all inclusive workshops for children in various locations in Westmeath. On May 4th there are 2 workshops at Carlstown Kinnegad GAA Club House. Each workshops lasts 90 minutes and are suitable for children aged 4 to 12 years.

Sunday May 19th,12pm to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 4pm – The Brickx Club offer all inclusive workshops for children in various locations in Westmeath. On April 28th there are 2 workshops at Athlone Regional Sports Centre. Each workshops lasts 90 minutes and are suitable for children aged 4 to 12 years.

Coolest Projects 2019, RDS Dublin

Sunday May 5th 2019, 9.45am to 5.45pm – A free family fun day with technology workshops, talks and entertainment for kids and parents who love technology. Young people can enter projects they have created and share them with others to inspire them to do that same.

Train Rides with Stradbally Woodland Railway

Sunday 5th and Monday 6th MayStradbally Woodland Railway, Ireland’s oldest established Heritage Railway will be doing steam railway rides for the May Bank Holiday on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May.

Monday May 6th to Sunday May 12th

Weaning Workshop at Bella Baby Store Dundrum, Dublin

bella baby store weaning workshop things to do with kids in Ireland

Friday 10th May, 11am to 12pm – To celebrate National Weaning Week, the Bella Baby Store in Dundrum town centre are hosting a weening workshop with guest speakers Ollwyn Moran, founder of COGNIKIDS and nutrition coach, TV chef and cookbook author, Sophie Morris who also founded Kooky Dough. Participants will receive goodie bags and there will be spot prizes on the day too.

The Hanami Celebration Festival at Irish National Stud & Gardens

The Japanese Gardens INS

May 11th & 12th, 12pm to 4pm – Enjoy the Hanami Celebration Festival at the Irish National Stud & Gardens with face-painting, origami workshops, Japanese archery demonstration, taiko drumming performances and guided tours of the Japanese Gardens.

The Speks Family Show at The Town Hall Theatre, Galway

the speks

Sunday May 12th, 2pmThe Speks present a lively show with sing-along songs set to acoustic Irish music that will have kids and adults dancing around, singing and clapping! They will be at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway on May 12th and have been described as “Riverdance for kids”, suitable for all ages from 2 to 92! The show is about a magical island set off the coast of Clare where everyone wears glasses!

Book your tickets today!

Junior Explorer Tours at Croke Park

Junior Explorer Tours of Croke Park

Saturday May 11th & May 18th from 10.30am – 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.

Autism Awareness Day at Tayto Park, Meath

Autism Awareness Day at Tayto Park things to do in Ireland with kids

Sunday 12th May – Tayto Park are creating an autism friendly environment to offer parents and children with autism to enjoy the facilities and attractions. There will be no music, hand dryers will be turned off and queues will be kept to a minimum throughout the day.

Monday May 13th to Sunday May 19th

Alliance Française’s Comic Book Festival, Dublin

Alliance Francaise Comic Book Festival 2019 things to do with kids

Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th May – The French Library at Alliance Française will host their annual Comic Book Festival which includes a series fo events including a meet & greet with leading cartoonists Jacques Ferrandez & Eoin Coveney, live readings, creative workshops, book air, exhibition and film screening. All events are FREE but must be booked in advance.

Oranmore Arts Festival 2019, Galway

Things to do with kids in Ireland Oranmore Arts Festival 2019

Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th May – The 2nd annual Oranmore Arts Festival promises fun events for all ages with music, art, literature, film, theatre, dance, circus skills and workshops. Many events are free and the festival aims to bring the community together in a fun way to enjoy all that is unique about the area.

Drawing Day Workshop at NMI Collins Barracks, Dublin

kids drawing

Saturday May 18th, 2pm to 3.30pmDrawing Day 2019 workshop for ages 12+ at National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks with Sarah Bowie on Saturday 18th May 2 – 3.30 pm Join illustrator Sarah Bowie at the Museum to celebrate National Drawing Day. Discover stories from the Museum’s collection, and using the oldest and most effective form of storytelling, Narrative Art to share them! Learn how to craft your own narrative through this interactive workshop. Booking Required. Sarah Bowie is a cartoonist, illustrator, and co-founder of The Comics Lab and of Ireland’s first Graphic Short Story Prize in partnership with The Irish Times. Audience: Ages 12+

Megalithic Big Draw NMI Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

Saturday May 18th from 2.30pm to 4.30pm – Megalithic Big Draw takes place at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology.Take part in the Big Draw and decorate the giant paper with megalithic and cave art at the Museum! Learn all about the different designs used by people in the Stone Age to decorate prehistoric tombs in Ireland and create your own hand-print cave art. No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Families All Ages

The Brickx Club LEGO Workshops, Westmeath

The Brickx Club Lego workshops

Sunday May 19th, 12pm to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 4pm – The Brickx Club offer all inclusive workshops for children in various locations in Westmeath. On April 28th there are 2 workshops at Athlone Regional Sports Centre. Each workshops lasts 90 minutes and are suitable for children aged 4 to 12 years.

HOW? Free STEM Event, Dublin

dlr events HOW? Science and technology event May 2019

Sunday May 19th, 1pm to 5pm – How? the annual Science & Technology event takes place at Shanganagh Park, Shankill, Dublin and will have free STEM workshops and events for families throughout the day. Run by dlr events, all workshops are on a first come first served basis with each one being repeated 4 times during the day.

Monday May 20th to Sunday May 26th

World Bee Day Celebrations at Phoenix Park, Dublin

Bee on a flower for save the bees

Monday 20th May, 10am to 4pm – You are invited to go along and see the bees at work in the observation hive at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. You can sample honey from the centre’s bees and there will also be a talk on bees at 11am in the Victorian walled garden.

The Emperor and The Nightingale at glór, Ennis

Ballet Show things to do this month

Wednesday May 22nd & Thursday May 23rd, 7.30pm – The Dinan School of Ballet will entertain all the family with a show based on the classic tale by Hans Christian Anderson, The Emperor and The Nightingale. With beautiful costumes, music and a range of dance styles, this show is suitable for all ages to enjoy.

Mini-Greenhouse Grandchild/Grandparent Workshops at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

mini green house family workshop May Cool Planet Experience

Wednesday May 22nd & Wednesday May 29th, 4pm – 5pm – Celebrate Bealtaine at the Cool Planet Experience with your grandchildren & create a mini-greenhouse to gobble up all the CO2. Inspired by Eric Carle’s story ‘The Tiny Seed’, kids will learn about the carbon cycle through the secret life of plants!

Ages: 3-12
Duration: 50 mins
Price: €10 per child
 – (Grandparents go free + Complimentary tea/coffee)

This workshop has been designed specifically to include the youngest planeteers (3+)!”

Book now!

Free Woodland Walk & Talk at NMI Country Life, Mayo

Free things to do in Mayo NMI Country Life Museum Woodland Explorer

Saturday May 25th, 2.30pm to 3.30pmTake A Walk in the Woods at National Museum of Ireland Country Life. Join a member of the National Parks and Wildlife Service’s Ballycroy Education Team for a walk around the grounds of Turlough Park. Discover what creatures live in the shadows of our woods, on the banks of the river and in the depths of the man-made lake. Booking required.
Adults & Children 5+

Tom Thumb at Civic Theatre, Dublin

Friday May 24th & Saturday May 25th, Friday 10.30am & 3.30pm & Saturday, 12pm & 2pm – Presented by Lyngo Theatre and suitable for ages 3+, this classic tale of Tom Thumb is Performed entirely on and under a kitchen table in a playful and fascinating show full of Lyngo’s magic with feathery spinning birds, a flying house and a portable forest. Come and join tiny Tom on his very big adventure!

Battle For the Bay, Dollymount Strand, Dublin 3

Battle for the baySaturday 25th & Sunday 26th May, 10am to 6pm daily – The annual Battle For The Bay event incoporates;

  • Kitesurfing & standup paddle boarding compeitions
  • Bio diversity village
  • FlyeFit fitness village
  • Beach volleyball
  • Landyachting
  • Fun fair
  • Kids zone
  • Live music
  • Markets
  • Food and fun

This is a free event open to everyone.

Movies on the Lawn at Malahide Castle & Gardens, Dublin

Malahide Castle

Saturday May 25th, 2.30pm to 4.30pm & 7.30pm – Pack a picnic and your deck chairs and enjoy Finding Nemo on the lawn at Malahide Castle from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. And for teens & adults, enjoy A Star is Born from 7.30pm. Book in advance to secure your spot!

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.

Book Your Family Stay

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

Monday April 1st to Sunday April 7th

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Spring Patterns at National Museum of Ireland Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

national-museum-knitting

Friday April 5th, 11am to 1pm – 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+

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.

War of the Buttons at glór, Ennis

Saturday April 6th, 12.30pm & 2.30pm – Welcome to a tale of squabbles, scuffles…and buttons! George grows grapes. Bessie grows cabbages. One loves the sun. One loves the rain. A petty squabble grows and grows and grows into… the war of the buttons!

Told through an energetic mix of music, puppetry, clowning, movement and sign language, French company Compagnie Animotion’s distinctive non-verbal vocabulary creates a show accessible to deaf, hearing and international audiences.

Cost: €8/€6 Child/€25 Family 4  Suitable for ages 3-11  Duration 50 mins

Sat April 6th 3.30pm-4.15pm – Compagnie Animotion will present an accompanying Children’s Workshop exploring Sign Language, Mime and Physical Expression. Suitable for ages 3 -11, €5 per child (Free accompanying adult)

Arnotts Family Fun Day, Dublin

Arnotts Family Fun Day

Sunday April 7th, 11am to 4pm – Arnotts are hosting a family fun day in The Gallery on the 2nd level with fashion shows, workshops, activities and entertainment for all ages.

Monday April 8th to Sunday April 14th

Family Trad Session Series with Eoin O’Neill and Friends at glór, Ennis

Eoin O Neill MORglor featured event image

Saturday April 13th, 2pm – Award winning musician Eoin O’Neill will be joined by special guests from the Clare music scene for this monthly family trad series. Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. In 2015 Eoin was the winner of the MÓRglór award for Outstanding Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare and he is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county.

Cost: Free of Charge

Sensory Fun with Friends Easter Family Fun Day at Tymon Park, Dublin

Saturday April 13th, 11am, 12pm & 1pm – Enjoy a Sensory Easter Family Fun Day at Tymon Park near the Tallaght Entrance with Sensory Fun With Friends. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt, Pet Farm and Train (which operates every 10mins from 11am to 2pm and costs €2 per person). There will be 3 sessions. Members are €12 per child and non members €15 per child with an adult/carer free.

Breakthrough Dance Company presents Dance Fusion 2019 at glór, Ennis

Sunday April 14th, 2:30pm & 7.30pm & Monday April 15th, 7.30pm & Tuesday April 16th, 7.30pm – Join the students and company members of BreakThrough Dance Company as they take you on a journey through dance, song and drama inspired by movies from all genres and eras! Sit back and enjoy a wonderful evening’s entertainment suitable for all the family to enjoy!

Cost: Tickets €15/€12 conc.

Treasures of the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

Ardagh Challice and Tara Broches NMI National Musuem of Ireland Archaeology

Sunday April 14th, 3pm to 3.45pmTake a tour of the iconic treasures in the National Museum, including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice. No booking required, places allocated on a first come first served basis. Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Tour
Topic: Archaeology
Audience: Adults & Children 7+

Easter Hunts at Nore Valley Park, Kilkenny

Easter Egg Hunt at Nore Valley Park

April 13th & 19th 2019 – The Nore Valley Park Easter Egg Hunt is one of their longest-running annual events – and definitely the most popular! Hunt far and wide around the farm for hidden eggs, and claim your sweets and chocolates as a reward! The Easter Egg Hunts will take place on dates between April 13th & 19th 2019.

Easter Egg Hunts at Johnstown Castle Estate, Wexford

Johnstown Castle, Co. WexfrordSaturday April 13th to Monday April 22nd – Johnstown Castle are having their annual Easter Egg Hunts from Saturday April 13th to Monday April 22nd. Participants in the Easter Egg Trail which takes place around the gardens have a choice of a mini or mega trail! The cost is €4 per trail and can be paid on the day, no need to book.

This Easter you can also enjoy half price admission to Johnstown over the Easter Holidays from Saturday April 13th to Monday April 22nd. Adults are just €4.50, Seniors €3.50, Children €2 and a family ticket is just €12.

Monday April 15th to Sunday April 21st

Cool Planet Experience – Hunt for Renewable Energy Easter Experience

Solar Powered Bunny Bots Workshops at Cool Planet Experience Easter 2019

Cool Planet Experience is an interactive Climate Change Experience for families at Powerscourt. This Easter at Cool Planet, the hunt for renewable energy is on!

Monday April 15th to Friday April 26th, 11am & 1pm – Kids will love this Easter workshop where their challenge is to design & make their very own solar-powered Bunny-Bot.

Your creative innovators will have great fun seeing how these jittery-jumpy bunnies generate electricity from light – energy transfer (younger kids) & engineering design (older kids)! And whose BOT will win the bunny-dash at the end of the workshop for an Easter treat? Book your places now to find out!

Easter Workshops last 1hour 15 minutes and cost €20pp. They are suitable for children aged 7-14 years. (Kids bring their bunny-BOT away with them. All materials supplied.)

Add a 90 minute tour of the ground-breaking Cool Planet Experience for before, or after the workshop  – Cost: €5.50 (child), €9.50 (adult), €27 (family)

Easter Events at Birr Castle, Offaly

birr castle Easter events

April 13th to 28th 2019 – For anyone interested in nature, discovery and adventure, Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre has a real treat in store this Easter break. They will have their Birr Castle Easter Family Quest which is an alternative to the traditional Easter Egg Hunt and 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.

This Easter Birr Castle will also host:

  • 13th to 28th April – Easter Quest with face painting & treats!
  • 16th to 19th April – Easter Camps for 8 to 12 year olds (must be pre-booked)
  • 21st April – Easter Egg Hunt with a Twist where you will meet not only the Easter Bunny but Henny Penny, Larry the Lamb, Quackers the Duck and the Mad Hatter! Pre-booking required for the Easter Egg Hunt
  • 23rd to 25th April – Science Workshops (must be pre-booked)

Breakthrough Dance Company presents Dance Fusion 2019

Monday April 15th, 7.30pm & Tuesday April 16th, 7.30pm – Join the students and company members of BreakThrough Dance Company as they take you on a journey through dance, song and drama inspired by movies from all genres and eras! Sit back and enjoy a wonderful evening’s entertainment suitable for all the family to enjoy!

Cost: Tickets €15/€12 conc.

Brilliant Brooches at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

NMI National Museum of Ireland Archaeology Tara BroochTuesday April 16th, 11.30am to 1.30pm – There are some beautiful brooches to be seen at the Museum, from the famous ‘Tara’ Brooch of Early Christian times, to brooches worn by Viking women, and even brooches given as love tokens in medieval times. Drop into the Museum to see the beautiful pins and brooches discovered in 2016 and displayed n the new ‘Dressed to Impress’ exhibit, learn about the people who made these brooches, then make your own brooch to take home! No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Archaeology
Audience: Ages 6+

Weight-to-Go! Make your own Viking Weight at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

Thursday April 18th, 11.30am to 1.30pm – Did you know that before there were coins in Ireland, the Vikings used to trade in silver? Drop into the Museum to learn about the weighing scales and decorated lead weights the Vikings used to figure out how much silver they had, discover who the Vikings were trading with, then make your own weight to take home! No booking required. Located in Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Archaeology
Audience: Ages 6+

Brick Flicks Stop Motion Workshop by Create School at glór, Ennis

Thursday April 18th, 10:30am & 2.00pm & Friday April 19th, 10.30am & 2.00pm – What if your favourite LEGO Minifigure came to life and defeated a foe, sailed the high seas, flew through the sky and saved the day? We can show you how to make that happen by using the magical art of stop motion animation.

Working with like-minded young animators, participants will create short films and learn some of the basic skills of stop motion or master existing ones. Bring along your favourite mini figures to star in your film!

As there will be a mixture of ages and collaboration is essential we ask everybody to respect the minimum age policy.

Cost: 10.30am – 1pm or 2 – 4.30pm €40 for 2 Days
Suitable for ages 8 – 12 (THE EASTER CAMP IS SOLD OUT NOW)

Easter Fun at Lough Key Forest & Activity Park, Roscommon

walks for families in Ireland lough key forest park walking

There will be heaps of Easter fun at Lough Key this year including:

  • Monday April 15th, 11am to 12pm – Craft class for kids. €10 per child. Maximum of 16 kids.
  • Thursday April 18th, 10am to 12pm – Flower arranging class for kids. €15 per child. Maximum of 10 kids.
  • Friday April 19th, 11am to 12pm – Craft class for kids. €10 per child. Maximum of 16 kids.
  • Saturday April 20th, 9.30am – Easter Park Run
  • Saturday April 20th, 11am to 1pm – Science workshop for kids. €16 per child or 2 for €30
  • Sunday April 21st – 2pm to 4pm – FREE Face painting, Egg Hunt in Boda Borg for players all day, look out for Cecil and the Lough Key Easter Bunny who will be handing out Easter Eggs in the afternoon
  • Monday April 22nd – 2pm to 4pm – FREE Face painting & entertainment including a magic show, balloon modelling, music, dancing & singing. Egg Hunt in Boda Borg for players all day, look out for Cecil and the Lough Key Easter Bunny who will be handing out Easter Eggs in the afternoon.
  • Thursday April 25th, 10am to 12pm – Flower arranging class for kids. €15 per child. Maximum of 10 kids.
  • Friday April 26th, 11am to 12pm – Craft class for kids. €10 per child. Maximum of 16 kids.
  • Saturday April 27th, 11am to 1pm – Science workshop for kids. €16 per child or 2 for €30
  • Saturday April 28th, 11am to 1pm – Science workshop for kids. €16 per child or 2 for €30

Easter at Strokestown Park House & Gardens, Roscommon

'Easter activities at Strokestown House Roscommon

April 17th to April 21st 2019, 11am to 4pm daily – Celebrate Easter at Strokestown Park with their Easter Egg Hunts which are self guided mega or mini trails around the Victorian walled garden and woodland walk. Families will search through the clues in the nooks and crannies of the garden and woodlands to receive the chocolate egg treasure. Be sure to visit the Spring Lambs too. Cost is €5 per child for the trails and can be paid for on the day, no advance booking required.

Have a Cracker of an Easter at Croke Park

Croke Park Easter

April 18th to 22nd 2019 – Hatch a plan to go to the Croke Park this Easter break where you can enjoy taking part in an eggstra special Easter Egg Hunt! Each participant will have a load of fun as they follow clues around the stadium. They will have to be eggstra vigilant and listen carefully if they want to complete the hunt and earn themselves a delicious Cadbury’s Easter egg at then end of the hunt.

Tickets should be booked in advance and ticket prices include a guided tour of the stadium, participation in the Easter Egg Hunt and a chocolate egg and a visit to the GAA Museum.

Also on Saturdays in March, April & May from 10.30am, for anyone with early risers in the family, the GAA Junior Explorer Tour is the perfect way to spend your Saturday morning!

Irish National Stud Easter Fun, Kildare

Irish National Stud Events 2019 Easter Events in Kildare

April 19th to 22nd 2019 – The Irish National Stud & Gardens have daily family activities running over the Easter Break from April 19th to 22nd 2019. There will be Pony Rides, face painting, magic shows, craft workshops and a Petting Zoo with Farmyard in your Schoolyard. Children can visit the playground, discover fairies & folklore on the Fairy Trail and come and see the new baby foals with a guided tour of the stud and gardens included in the ticket price.

Easter at Fota House – Dorothy’s Easter Trail, Cork

Fota House Easter Activities

April 19th & 20th, 10am to 4pm daily – Fota House & Gardens are open for the season from mid March with Bakestone Café serving treats for the whole family. This Easter be sure to come along and enjoy Dorothy’s Easter Trail on April 19th & 20th.

The magnificent Arboretum is the setting for Dorothy’s Trail, which will bring the history and beauty of Fota alive for everyone. Amongst the trees and wildlife, follow the woodland path, leading you to your very own Easter treat!
The self-guided Easter Trail follows in the footsteps of the young Dorothy Bell, Fota’s former owner, as she explores her imagination in the gardens. At the finish, claim your yummy chocolate egg, kindly sponsored by Cadbury’s. Come along for an EGG-citing day out for all the family, suitable for all ages!

Once your little ones have enjoyed their experience, why not make a day of it and enjoy the stunning gardens with a picnic, or enjoy some delicious food at Bakestone Café?! Featuring food tents and vintage swing boats and carousel from the 1950s and a fantastic 1970s ice-cream van. Tickets are €8 per child, adults go FREE!

Trail runs Friday and Saturday of Easter weekend, from 10am to 4pm daily, walk-ins welcome!

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!

Earth Day: Protect our Species Super Sketch at National Museum of Ireland Natural History, Merrion Square, Dublin

NMI Natural History Museum Zebra

Saturday April 20th, 11am to 1pm – Drop into the Museum to find your favourite animal and join the super sketch at the Dead Zoo. See up close some super species from the handling collection and learn about why species are endangered and how science can help protect our species! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Not wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Natural History
Audience: Families

Meet Bees Up Close at McD’s Garden Centre Loughrea, Galway

Meet the bees at McDs Loughrea

Easter Saturday April 20th, 12pm-3pm – With Irish bee numbers in decline it is vitally important to try and help. Head along to McD’s Garden Centre Loughrea on Easter Saturday and learn more by meeting the native Irish black bees of Oakwood Farm in their travelling beehive. Meet the beekeepers and have the opportunity to learn about how the colony of bees work.

There will also be trained horticulturists on hand to tell you about what plants are great for pollination and more at this FREE event.

Easter Steam Trains at Stradbally

National steam rally stradbally

Stradbally Woodland Railway are running steam trains for Easter on Easter Sunday and Monday April 21st and 22nd. Trains will be operating from 12-4pm both days with tickets priced at only €3 for children, €7 for adults with under 5s going free. Tickets are sold on the day at the platform and are valid for as many trips as you like. The train is fully wheelchair accessible so passengers can enjoy the lush, green forests from the unique perspective of a steam train.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Dublin

Barnardos Cadbury Egg Hunt 2019

Friday April 19th and Saturday April 20th from 10.30am to 1pm & 2pm to 4.30pm – Join Cadbury in Merrion Square, Dublin on April 19th & 20th for a Cadbury Easter Egg hunt in support of Barnardos. Every eggsplorer will receive a Cadbury easter egg and there will be eggciting entertainment for all the family throughout the 2 day event.

Easter Events at Belvedere House, Westmeath

Belvedere House Easter Treasure Trail 2019

Saturday April 20th to Monday April 22nd – Belvedere House in Westmeath will be hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunts Treasure Trail where families will enjoy taking a journey to meet Mr & Mrs Bunny and completing tasks, games and having fun along the way to find their Easter eggs! Book your time-slot today.

Belvedere Bat Walk in association with Bat Conservation Ireland

Saturday April 20th at 8pm – Enjoy a free Bat Walk with Bat Conservation Ireland at Belvedere House & Gardens. The Bat Walk begins with an illustrated talk on Bats, dispelling all of the myths and detailing just how marvellous these tiny mammals really are. The talk is followed by a guided bat walk with the use of Bat Boxes around Belvedere parkland. These allow you to hear the bats hunt and communicate with each other.
Important Note: Walk is weather permitting (bats are far too sensible to be out in the wet or cold!). Wear warm clothing sensible footwear and bring a small torch.
Admission is free with donations on the night to Bat Conservation Ireland.

Easter Egg Mania at National Museum of Ireland Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

easter egg hunt ideas

Sunday April 21st, 1.30pm to 3.30pm – Lots of Easter Eggs are hidden around the grounds of Turlough Park House. Can you find the secret hiding places and take home some eggs of your own? Booking Required.
Event Type: Family Event
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Families

NMI Collins Barracks Dublin, Easter Egg Hunt

NMI Collins Barracks Museum

Sunday April 21st, 2pm to 4pm – Take this egg-straordinary trail through the Museum’s exhibitions and test your knowledge to find the Museum’s golden egg. Complete the trail to receive an egg-cellent edible reward! Pick up your free Trail at Museum reception. No booking required.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Decorative Arts
Audience: Families

Easter at Powerscourt House & Gardens, Wicklow

Powerscourt Easter Cuddly Animals

At Powerscourt on Sunday April 21st & Monday April 22nd, 2pm to 4pm – Come and meet all your favourite farmyard animals and enjoy the beautiful setting of Powerscourt Garden Pavilion over the Easter bank holiday weekend with a trip to Powerscourt.

The lovely people from Stonebrook Farm will be there with their cutest and furriest of animals this Easter Sunday and bank holiday Monday. There will be lambs, rabbits, chicks, guinea pigs, hamsters, tortoises and a little goat.

Children are allowed to pet the animals, bottle feed the pet lambs, hold baby chicks and ducklings etc. This is a free event and no booking is required.

Easter Egg Hunt at Leisureplex

Sunday April 21st – This Easter Sunday you can enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt at Leisureplex Zoo Playland in all 5 Dublin venues and post your selfie with the Leisureplex Easter Bunny on Facebook and tag Leisureplex to be in with a chance of winning a €50 TGI Friday Voucher and a game of bowling for all the family.

Leisureplex, the fun family entertainment centres with bowling, quasar and more in Blanchardstown, Charlestown, Coolock, Tallaght and Stillorgan in Dublin and Leisureplex Cork, are open from 10am until late daily for Easter fun.

Check out what our family testers thought about Quasar at Leisureplex!

Monday April 22nd to Sunday April 28th

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.

Egg in the Sky at National Museum of Ireland Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

Tuesday April 23rd, 11.30am to 12.30pm & 2pm to 3pm – Can you build a great big tower that’s stable enough to hold an egg or build a vessel to launch an egg in flight without it cracking? A fun and exciting, hands-on science and engineering workshop brought to you by the team from Toodlelou. Booking required.
Event Type: Family Event
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Adults & Children 7+

We’ve gone all Horse and Donkey! National Museum of Ireland Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

Donkeys from Irish Donkey Welfare Association Gallery for NMI Country Life Event

Wednesday April 24th, 11am to 4pm – Join some of the members of local donkey welfare groups including Irish Donkey Welfare Organisation, who will all explain about Ireland’s much-loved donkey. Colman Coogan with his two beautiful Shire horses Ned & Ted, will explain the history of Shires in Ireland and show some of the tack and equipment traditionally used by these massive workhorses. Also joined by master farrier Mark Hester and straw crafter Pat Broderick who will demonstrate their skills on the day. No booking required.
Event Type: Family Event
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Families

Inspectorium: If (shark) teeth could talk! National Museum of Ireland Natural History, Merrion Square, Dublin

basking shark

Thursday April 25th, 11am to 1pm – How many teeth does a shark have in its lifetime and just how big can they get? Drop into the Discovery Zone to learn all about sharks and inspect some of the handling collection up close. No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Natural History
Audience: Families

Free Teen Make Up Event with Ellie Kelly at Jervis Centre, Dublin

Saturday, April 27th, 1pm to 5pm – Hop in to Jervis Shopping Centre to chat to make-up artist and social media influencer Ellie Kelly, see some gorgeous make-up demos and be in with a chance to win an amazing prize.

Accio Adventure! Harry Potter Day at Castlecomer Discovery Park, Kilkenny

Saturday, April 27th, 11am to 4pm – Join in the wizarding fun at Castlecomer Discovery Park this Easter. With a Harry Potter Themed Discovery Trail, Quidditch games, owls and a wand making workshop to name but a few Harry Potter fans and muggles aged 6 to 12 will most appreciate this day.

Family Tour: Proclaiming a Republic at National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin

Easter 1916 at Collins Barracks

Sunday April 28th, 3pm to 4pm – On the 103rd anniversary of the Rising, why not join a family-friendly tour of Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition. Explore some of the highlights of the Museum’s extensive Easter Week collection. Admission free, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.
Event Type: Tour
Topic: History
Audience: Families

The Brickx Club LEGO Workshops, Westmeath

The Brickx Club Lego workshops

Sunday April 28th, 12pm to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 4pm  – The Brickx Club offer all inclusive workshops for children in various locations in Westmeath. On April 28th there are 2 workshops at the Mullingar Charity Variety Group Studio. Each workshops lasts 90 minutes and are suitable for children aged 4 to 12 years.

March 2019 Events 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 World 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.

Save on Entry to Cool Planet Experience

Cool Planet Experience 1st Birthday discount

To celebrate their 1st Birthday, Cool Planet Experience in Wicklow are offering 20% of all tour tickets booked up to March 31st 2019 when you use promo code – WeAre1 at the online checkout. The discount applies to all tour dates up to December 31st 2019 so long as they are booked by March 31st 2019 and include the promo code.

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.

The Snow Queen Ballet at dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum

dlr Mill Theatre The Snow Queen Ballet

Saturday March 30th, 5.30pm – Darcy Dance present the Snow Queen Ballet, a story about a young girl who goes on a journey to rescue her friend from the cold-hearted Snow Queen. The 2nd half of the show will be a number of dance numbers from well known musicals. The show is suitable for all ages.

Mums Go Free at Explorium, Dublin

Explorium Mums go Free Offer

Sunday, March 31st – Explorium National Sport & Science Centre in Dublin combines fun science and sport for those aged 8+ is offering Mums free entry this Mothers Day.

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

val parenting coaching october 18

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 Library 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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