Things to Do With Kids This St Patrick’s Day Weekend 2018

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St Patrick’s Day 2018 falls on a weekend which means a Bank Holiday this year. Are you looking for activities for the kids in your area this St Patrick’s weekend? Here are some of the events that will be running on St Patricks weekend 2018 around Ireland:

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St Patrick’s Day Snake Hunt at Nore Valley Park, Kilkenny

st patricks day snake hunt at Nore Valley Park

St Patrick is known for introducing Christianity to Ireland, but also for banishing all the snakes out of Ireland and into the sea. However, there are some snakes which are rumoured to have hidden away in Kilkenny and only emerge in the springtime…

We invite you to bring your family to join us for our Annual St Patrick’s Day Snake Hunt, and finish the job Paddy started! The snake hunt takes place on Saturday 17th and Monday 19th March, between 10am-4pm. This is a free event, although normal farm entry still applies.

Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

dublin st patricks festival

Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day Festival grows bigger and bigger every year in terms of the fun events that are offered. This year’s St. Patrick’s Festival runs from Thursday 15th to Monday 19th March and this year includes

  • Greening the City where iconic buildings are turned green
  • the Festival Big Day Out on Sunday 18th March with street theatre, music, aerial performances, workshops, crafts, Irish language activities and more.
  • The annual Parade begins on Parnell Square at 11 a.m. on Saturday 17th, the finest of Irish street theatre companies bring their spectacular creations, pageantry and performance to the streets of Dublin.
  • Funfairs on Monday 19th March in Merrion Square, Dublin 2 & Custom House Quay, Dublin 1

St Patrick’s Celebrations at The National Museums of Ireland

If you are looking for a fun free day out this St Patricks Day, then why not try one of our National Museums. There are also some events for St Patricks Weekend taking place:

At the Museum of Natural History, there’s The Natural History Public Tour on Friday 16th March 2:30-3:15 pm where you can 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.
All ages

tara broochThere is a Treasures of the Museum Tour in the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology on Sunday 18th March at 2:15pm and 3:30pm to see some 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 basis. Wheelchair accessible. Ages 7+.

Or drop in and get your Hands on History at The Museum of Decorative Art & History in Collins Barracks, on Sunday 18th March 3-4pm where you can explore and learn about some of the hidden meanings behind the symbols of Ireland. a chance to explore some of the artefacts from the Museum’s collection of objects for handling with Museum educators – a fascinating drop-in handling session for all ages.

Me & The City at The Ark

me and the city at the ark

In Me & The City, you can take part series of visual art workshops at The Ark where your ideas, paintings, drawings, and 3D models will help create an original, mini version of Dublin that even our most famous architect’s would want to steal ideas from!

Spectacular Street Art
Ages 5-7: Mon 19 March @ 11.30am
Drawing and painting workshop. Dublin is full of colourful murals. Have you seen any? On the side of many buildings you can spot skillfully done large-scale paintings. Some depict realistic subjects and some are abstract designs. What subject would you paint if you had the choice? What would passers-by see that would catch their interest and perhaps take a photo? Come with your ideas and paint one!

Spires, Towers & Imaginative Structures 
Ages 8-12: Mon 19 March @ 2pm
Mixed media workshop. Dublin has the Spire, Paris the Eiffel Tower and New York has the Statue of Liberty but perhaps you would like to design and make a new landmark monument or structure for your city today. Would that be a new bridge across the Liffey? An imaginative tower or a play-structure for a square of park? In this workshop you will create an original avant-garde structure using a wide variety of materials and textures.

Workshops on Mon 19 March are presented in partnership with St Patrick’s Festival

St Patrick’s Festival at glór, Ennis

imagination playground at glor

glór in Ennis will host their annual St Patrick’s Day Festival, a feast of fun, music and activity for the whole family including

  • Puppetry Workshop: Puppet Manipulation presented by Branar Teatar do Pháistí Saturday 17 March, 12.30pm and 2.30pm, €10
  • Uoo Mee Wee presented by Branar Teatar do Pháistí and Baboró International Arts Festival for Children Saturday 17 March, 12.30pm & 2.30pm, €8/€6 Children
  • Family Traditional Music Session, the whole family can take part so bring your instruments and play along with local musicians. Saturday 17 March, 12pm – 2.30pm, free of charge
  • Face Painting Saturday 17 March, 12pm – 3pm, €1 per child (pay on the day)
  • Imagination Playground Suitable for ages 3-10 is an innovative playground equipment system that encourages learning, social development, teamwork, movement and, above all, fun. The play system consists of a 105 large foam blue block set that allows children let their imagination run wild and design and build their own playground. Saturday 17 March, Please see listing for times, €5 Duration 60 mins Sessions from 11am – 3.45pm, please pre-book

St Patrick’s Weekend at Dublin Zoo

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at Dublin Zoo – there will be live traditional music, snakes and ladders, face painting plus themed activities and keeper talks.

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Cork St Patricks Festival

This year’s Cork St Patrick’s Festival will happen in the heart of Cork City on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March 2018. This year’s Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade (subject to licence) will take place on Saturday March 17th 2018. Celebrating the theme of Democracy For All – 100 Years of the Vote for Women, it will be a carnival of colour, music, pageantry and comic fun.

Limerick St Patrick’s Parade

st patricks festival limerick

Limerick St Patrick’s Festival 2018 takes place from Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th March 2018 with a series of events, including the Limerick St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday 17th March and The Limerick International Band Championship 2018 on March 18th.

Galway St Patrick’s Day Parade

galway st patricks day parade

2018 marks the 115th anniversary of the Galway St Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade has grown from small beginnings to the present day, people of all ages mingle together to enjoy the spectacle of music, dance and performance art as the procession winds its way through Galway city. Starting at 11.30 am following the traditional route from Father Griffin Rd, along Domnick St, Shop Street and up to Eyre Square.

Tullamore St Patrick’s Day Parade

This year’s parade is set to run on Saturday 17th March, at the usual time of 11:30, with lots of special treats for all the family.

Clane St Patricks Day Festival

Clane St Patricks Day 2018 Parade will take place on Saturday 17 March 2018.

Letterkenny St Patricks Day Parade

In Letterkenny there will be a traditional parade with bands, carnivals, floats etc. A lovely family day out that will have something for everyone. The Parade starts at 3pm on Saturday 17th March preceded by entertainment on the viewing platform at Market Square.

Kilkenny Tradfest

Musician playing accordian St Patrick's Day Weekend events

Now in it’s 6th year, traditional song, music and dance will abound on the streets and venues in Kilkenny this St Patrick’s Day Weekend for Kilkenny Tradfest from March 15th to 18th 2018.

Are you planning to go to any of these St Patrick’s Day Weekend events or do you have times for other St Patrick’s Day parades around the country? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.