Feels like the kids are only back in school after Christmas, and we are looking forward to the mid-term break already! Here are some of the things to do with kids around Ireland, this February Mid Term.
Dublin & Wicklow
National Museum of Ireland
- It’s all about the Vikings at the National Museum of Ireland-Archaeology on Kildare Street. Learn how to weave like a Viking woman at Viking Weaving-Wool You Join Us? Read some Viking stories and sagas by deciphering the special symbols they used at Runic Riddles! Children’s author Debbie Thomas will even take you on journey to a remote island off Ireland. Here you can see where medieval monks hid themselves from the Vikings and find out all about their Monk-ie Business!
- Swing by the National Museum of Ireland-Natural History on Merrion Square to and discover more about the theories of Charles Darwin on the Darwin Family Tour. Or drop-in and enjoy one of our seasonal spring worksheets, finding the answer to clues and learning some fun facts along the way. (Spring Activity Sheet-Spring into action).
- At the Hands on History session at the National Museum of Ireland-Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks you have a unique opportunity to interact with our collections. Enjoy the chance to explore artefacts from the collection of objects for handling as museum educators provide a fascinating insight into their history.
Junior Songschool run by Song School takes place Sat Feb 22nd and is a chance for 8-12 year olds to spend some time at the National Concert Hall, learning about writing, performing and recording songs. Make music and new friends! Limited places so be sure to book early.
Ireland 2014 Angling Show
For something a bit different this mid-term, learn how to fish at the Ireland 2014 Angling show, on Sat 15th & Sun 16th February at the National Show Centre, Swords. Highlights include the interactive family area, where angling workshops will be provided for children, teenagers and all the family. The Sealife Centre in Bray will be there with their with their amazing touch pool where you can identify and handle marine fish species, and Dublin Falconry will have some magnificent birds of prey on display. Youngsters will be invited to take part in free interactive games and there will be prizes all weekend long
Teddy Bears at The Ark
It’s all about Teddy bears at The Ark this Spring. Meet a very special collection of well-loved furry faces in this exhibition that celebrates the success of one of the world’s favourite toys. There’s also a programme of bear-related events to enjoy, with Teddy-themed early years visual arts workshop, and Teddy Bear Knitting Club on Saturday 15 Feb, Teddy Bear’s Picnic early years music workshops on Tue 18, Wed 19 Feb, and Soft Toy, Memory Bear and Family Teddy Bear making workshops running from 21st to 23rd Feb.
Head along to the Mid Term Art Day at Pine Forest Arts Centre. Set in the Dublin Mountains, surrounded by woods and streams, each child participates in a wide variety of Art and Craft activities. There is a lunch time walk, weather permitting, and careful supervision throughout the day. All materials are included in the price and children bring home all their treasures.
Head to Imaginosity on 15th & 16th Feb and see if “you can build it”. As part of Engineers Week 2014, take part in their Box Monsters workshops, to make monsters that really move! Workshops are on a first come, first served basis and are suited for 4+ years. Or why not try their Curious Kids Camp running daily from 19th to 21st Feb, suited for 4-7 years.
Take a trip to Powerscourt Estate, for a fantastic family day out. A visit to the Pet’s Cemetery at Powerscourt is very popular and children love climbing the Pepper Pot Tower and posing for a picture with the cannons nearby. Family ticket offers a saving of up to €7 on admission. Visit the highest waterfall in Ireland, and discover trees that are hundreds of years old, and enjoy the children’s playground. Or visit Tara’s Palace, Museum of Childhood at Powerscourt House, the centrepiece of which is Tara’s Palace, one of the greatest doll’s palaces in the world
- Babytalk festival at UCD on 22nd & 23rd Feb, is a festival for babies and their families. There’s fun for all the family with face-painting and a children’s play area plus our exciting entertainment programme of music, stand-up comedy and children’s entertainers.
- Styrofoam print-making workshop at National Print Museum on 14th Feb is suited for 8-12 yrs and advance booking essential.
National Museum of Ireland
At the National Museum of Ireland–Country Life in Turlough Park, Co. Mayo kids can get crafty by making their own bird feeder (Kidz Museum: Feed Our Birds! ), knitting (Knitting Circle: Spring Out of Winter!) or they can even try their hand at making a felt ball like the hurling balls of long ago. (Kidz Museum: Felting the Past) Discover more about the sliotar with Dr. Fiachra Collins as he details their history from hand crafting to modern production. (Engineering Week: Technology behind the Sliotar).
Located in Boyle, Co. Roscommon, the Lough Key Forest and Activity Park, offers hours of entertainment for all the family. A wonderful Adventure Play Kingdom will entertain the smallest visitors while the Boda Borg Challenge will test the mental skills and physical agility of everybody over seven! Take a boat trip on the lake or out to the islands, try the Zipit courses, Tree Canopy Walk, & climb to the top of the Moylurg Viewing Tower.There are miles of biking trails and orienteering courses and loads of picnic spots as well as the Lakeside Café.
Westport House reopens on 1st February, and provides a lovely day out for all the family. While adults will enjoy the beauty of the entire House, children will enjoy the dungeons – which now host an installation depicting Grace O’Malley’s maritime lifestyle – an ageless favourite of children since the house opened in the 60’s. There’s a 30 minute tour on Grace O’Malley Pirate Queen which is specifically suited to and targeted at families with children under 12 years.
Suitable for individuals, families, clubs, schools and community groups, the Golden Mile talks and walks are open to all ages, just wear suitable warm clothing and footwear and register in advance. Each guided walk is approx 1 mile. Along the way you will discover the local landscape features, heritage and nature. After your guided walk you will be treated to a hot cuppa. Meet Sun 16th Feb at Lackagh Parish Centre at 1pm and Sat 22nd Feb at Craughwell Community Centre at 10am.
For a lovely family day, experience the magic at Brigit’s Garden. Four Celtic themed gardens based on the seasonal festivals surrounded by 11 acres of nature trail, ogham trees, children’s discovery trail, living willow play area, an ancient ring fort (fairy fort), Roundhouse and calendar sundial , the largest in Ireland. There is also a family-friendly cafe for lunch/refreshments after your walk.
Schools out Science Workshops at The Galway Atlantaquaria is running a Turtle Workshop on Friday 21st February for 7-10 yr olds. Workshop will focus on Leon the Loggerhead Turtle who is recuperating at the aquarium since November 2013. Students will learn about turtles and reptiles,visit Leon and carry out classes and experiments in the Explorers Laboratory and in the aquarium. All students will receive a certificate and science goody bag on completion of the workshop.
Limerick, Clare & Tipperary
At The Hunt Museum, join instrument builder Ed Devane in the hands on Sonic Explorations workshop on Sat 15th Feb, and leave with 3 different musical instruments – a drum, a xylophone and Sliding Balloony Tube – suited for 8+ years. Their popular Drop-in Arts & Crafts will also take place on Sat 15th and Sat 22nd Feb, and is suited for 2+ yrs.
Me, Mollser takes place at 7pm on 12th Feb, and is the story of a strong-willed, passionate young Dubliner coping with consumption during the 1913 Lockout and Easter Rising of 1916. Curious and enthusiastic, Mollser guides you through the overcrowded Dublin tenement where she lives. This series of specially commissioned, interactive monologues aims to introduce the classics of Irish theatre to a younger audience, and is suited for 8+ yrs.
At Glor, Ennis on 19th Feb, Tom Crean, the intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes, is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley. Hear the riveting true stories of Crean’s Antarctic explorations as one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive the three famous expeditions. Crean’s story is a testament of human fortitude against all the elements of the Antarctic.
After the mid-term, but worth seeing is The Ice Child at The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny. It runs from 27th Feb to 6th Mar and is suited for 8-12 yrs. The Ice Child is a new fairytale – it is a tale of growing up different, a story told by fairies about people. And it’s a love story – a story about love.
Let your children explore their creativity at the Mid Term Madness Workshop at Solstice Arts Centre, Navan. This daylong workshop with artist Sarah Standing, uses the current exhibition Costume as inspiration! The workshop will be followed by a free screening of a fun children’s film. Fee: €15 including film. Suitable for ages 6-10 – advance booking essential .
Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda
Theatre Lovett invite you into their world of radio waves, sorrowful partings and hilarious slapstick comedy in Mr. Foley, The Radio Operator, at Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda on Feb 14th & 15th. Join Louis Lovett as he conjures characters and chapters full of charm from Mr. Foley’s colourful past.
Lifetime Lab is celebrating Engineers Week 2014 with a special free family fun day on Saturday February 15th.Admission is free and activities are themed around different engineering disciplines staffed by volunteer engineers. A full day of family fun is planned – activities will include programming LEGO robots, Giant Jenga, Snap Circuits, KNEX Construction Challenges, Legion Irelan,IMERC,EMC VEX robots make & do,face painting and lots, lots more.
Do you know of any more family events taking place near you ? Let us know in the comments below!