Things To Do in Galway with Kids

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Things to do in Galway with kids Halloween 2016

Looking for some fun things to do around Galway with the family? Read on – there’s some great things to do in Galway with kids this month.

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Things To Do In Galway With Kids in October 2016

Baboro 2016

Ignite your family’s imagination at the 2016 Baboro International Arts Festival for Children. Happening at venues all over Galway from 17th – 23rd October. From beautifully animated features to drop in family fun there really is something for everyone.

Galway Arts Centre Nuns Island Annual Paper Boat Race Regatta fundraiser takes place on October 1st at 6pm at Nuns Island canal. All proceeds go to Galway Youth Arts Centre and the regatta will feature 3 classes of miniature boat! Open to all.

The annual Ballinasloe Horse Fair & Festival is on from October 32nd to 9th 2016.

Space Week runs from October 3rd to 8th 2016. There are many events for both schools and families taking place. Check out the full line up here.

As part of Space Week 2016, which runs from October 3rd to 8th, Brigit’s Garden are inviting school groups and families to come along and make their own Star Clock on October 4th.

Take part in a Charity Night run for Croí on October 14th on the Prom in Salthill from 8pm. 100% of entry fees taken go to the charity. Participants will get a pack of running goodies.

Maths Week Ireland takes place from October 15th to 23rd 2016. Schools can get on the map by submitting their activities to the www.mathsweek.ie and pick up ideas to engage all pupils.

Things to do in Galway with kids Halloween 2016

This Halloween 2016 there are plenty of things to do for families in Galway including:

  • The Samhain Hallloween Bonfire is on at Brigit’s Garden with a host of spooky events taking place suitable for all ages. Come in your spookiest fancy dress!
  • Creative Super Scary Halloween Workshops with Starcamps in Salthill.
  • Galway Atlantaquaria have fun Schools Out for Science Halloween Camps running on dates from November 1st to 4th and are suitable children aged 5 to 7 or 8 to 10 years.
  • The Galway City Museum have workshops for children aged 7 to 12 years. Including Toodlelou Mini-Maker Workshops for kids ages 8 to 10 years who love STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) and on October 1st enjoy Exploring the Deep Sea at Sea Creature Sculptures and On October 12th take pare in a Halloween Spooktacular Creepy Creations Workshop.
  • Galway Art Academy are running Halloween Art Camps for children aged 5 to 12 years at St Mary’s College on November 2nd to 4th 2016.
  • The Galway Aboo Festival takes place from October 28th to 31st and incorporates the annual Charity Monster Dash on October 29th and the annual Macnas Halloween Parade  going through the streets of Galway on October 30th from 17.30.
  • The annual Vodafone Comedy Carnival is back in Galway from October 25th to 31st 2016. Check out the full line up including shows for families.
  • The Howl-O-Ween Family Festival takes place at Slieve Aughty Centre on dates from October 29th to November 6th 2016. Enjoy a fancy dress disco, spooky witches walks and Bloody Mary’s Haunted House along with charity horse rides.
  • If you are Bats About Halloween enjoy a FREE Family Fun Day at Aughnanure Castle in association with The Galway Bat Group from 1pm to 5pm on October 30th.

Things To Do In Galway With Kids in September 2016

Do you have a budding young actor or director in the house? The Galway Junior Film Fleadh which takes place from November 9th to 12th 2016, are looking for entries to this year’s Future Film Makers Short Film Programme section. All entries must be in by September 2nd.

Galway City Museum in association with the Galway Music Residency presents ConTempo Quartet along with some of Ireland’s young musical artists on Saturday September 3rd, 10th & 17th from 11am to 1pm. The musicians will fill the museum with beautiful music for all ages to enjoy for FREE. Teens & Adults can also enjoy free a bilingual reading Seven Victories of the Rising on September 10th, The Revolution of Galway in a Dozen Objects on September 17th and Galway Three in a Row, 1966 on September 24th.

Enjoy a FREE Bat Walk at Coole Park on September 9th 2016 at 8pm. On September 11th enjoy ‘Me and Nu”, a FREE Guided Walk through Coole looking a life through the eyes of Lady Gregory’s grandchildren. For further enquiries on either event, call (091) 631804  or email coolepark@ahg.gov.ie.

The 2016 European Week of Sport and Physical Activity will be celebrated across Ireland from September 10th to 18th 2016. Open to everyone there will be local events running near you.

Walk4familes Ronald McDonald House

On the September 10th & 11th 2016, The Ronald McDonald House will be holding its annual #Walking4Families event to raise money to build a new 53 Bedroom Ronald McDonald House alongside the New National Children’s Hospital. Please support by joining your local event. Or text WALK to 50300 to Donate €4 if unable to attend.

The Clifden Arts Festival takes place from September 14th to 25th 2016.

The Portumna Shorelines Arts Festival takes place from September 15th to 18th, 2016.

Culture Night 2016 takes place on September 16th. From 5pm to 11pm arts and culture organisations will open their doors and offer entertainment and events for young and old. Find events near you.

One Culture Night event taking place is ‘Twilight over Blackhead‘, organised by burrenbeo Trust, a guided walk with songs, stories and the Burren. All welcome, meet at Murroghtoohy lay-by at 7.30pm on September 16th.

Head to Clarinbridge on September 17th & 18th for Go Wild. A weekend of FREE Events for families celebrating the natural landscape around Clarinbridge including workshops and woodland walks & talks.

The Galway International Oyster Festival 2016 is on from September 23rd to 25th.

The 46th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championship takes place in Galway from September 25th to 30th. As the event is weather dependent, do check for updates before traveling to any event.

Things To Do In Galway With Kids in August 2016

The All Ireland Dog Show is on in Roundstone, Connemara, on August 1st 2016.

The Galway City Museum has a full line up of FREE events taking place during August including concerts, workshops, talks and guided tours.

brigits garden

Brigit’s Garden Rosscahill have a fun Elves and Fairies Day on August 21st and have fun Nature Summer Camps starting on August 15th.

Crinniú na mBád 2016,  the annual Galway Hooker Gathering and race, takes place in Kinvara on August 19th to 21st 2016.

National Heritage Week 2016 has fun events for families and children nationwide from August 20th to 28th.

The Claregalway Agricultural Show celebrates 26 years on August 21st 2016.

All Island Whale Watch Day is on Sunday, August 23rd 2016. Members of the public are invited to join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) on one of 20 land-based whale watches being held at headlands around the Irish coast between 2:00-5:00 pm. Find your closest event.

Loughrea, County Galway will once again transform into a bustling medieval town for the 3rd Annual Award Winning Loughrea Medieval Festival, on August 26th to 28th 2016. Lots of free family fun for all ages.

Things To Do In Galway With Kids in July

Brigit's Garden Sunrise Festival

Brigit’s Garden is hosting a weekend Sunrise Children’s Festival on July 23rd & 24th. with live music, arts & crafts, puppet shows, storytelling, food and fun guaranteed for all. Weekend ticket holders will get free on-site camping. Book Now.

SeaFest Galway 2016 runs from June 30th to July 3rd in Galway Harbour. Families can enjoy discovering all about oceans including exploring shipwrecks and creatures who live in the deep waters around our coast. There will also be tours of boats, exhibits, cookery demonstrations and a seafood fair!

Summer Camps for Kids in Galway

If you haven’t yet booked your Summer Camps check out some that are on offer for both children and teens. 

The annual Thraidphicnic Festival is back in Spiddal from July 1st to 3rd 2016. Celebrating music, arts & culture with a full line up of family friendly events.

The Backyard Gang take to the stage at the Town Hall Theatre on July 2nd for an afternoon of fun for children aged 2+ in Thrilltoon’s Trials.

Enjoy some free events this Summer 2016 at Coole Park.  On July 3rd take a guided ‘Summer Flower Walk‘ and discover the colourful expanse of wild flowers. Or take a visit to the visitor centre and hunt for thimbles!

Claregalway Castle plays host to this year’s Galway Garden Festival on July 2nd & 3rd 2016. Now in it’s 7th year, the festival plays host to full line up of musicians both local and international, along with gardening advice, talks, products and produce and this year there will also be a Botanical Art Exhibition. Free shuttle buses will take families from Ceannt Station to Claregalway and home again after a fun day out.

The Battle of Aughrim Visitor Centre is celebrating National Playday on July 3rd and will have free admission for children, free faceprinting and fun activities.

The annual Galway Film Fleadh takes place this year from July 5th to 10th and includes a diverse mix of films from around the globe, masterclasses and meet the actor events.

The Galway Arts Centre have fun Art & Multimedia Summer Camps for Teens & Children running for 3 weeks in July. Each weekly camp caters to a different age group, from 5 to 15 years, and run daily from 9am to 2pm at The Galway Arts Centre, Dominc Street. Camps start on July 4th, 2016.

The annual Roundstone Connemara Pony Show is on July 10th. It includes, Pony, Sheep and Dog shows and is fun day out for the whole family.

Families are invited to Rinville Park, Oranmore on July 10th at 1pm for ‘Cros-Sing’, a celebration in music of Galway’s culture and heritage.

The Galway City Museum has a full line up of FREE events taking place during July & August including concerts, workshops, talks and guided tours.

Coole Park begins a weekly nature activity for children ‘Open Your Eyes to Nature’. It takes place from July 13th every Wednesday from 3pm to 4.30pm. It is suitable for children aged 5 to 10 years. Booking essential please call 091 631004 or email coolepark@ahg.gov.ie. And on July 24th there is a FREE public performance of George Bernard Shaw’s O’Flaherty VC. Giving a unique Shavian perspective of Ireland and WWI, Shaw’s anti-war recruitment play is as funny as it is contrary. Written in 1915, just 6 months before the Easter Rising, its setting was modelled on the front of Lady Gregory’s Home at Coole Park and this is where the play will be performed.

The annual Galway International Art Festival runs from July 11th to 24th 2016 and has a full line up of events for all ages including a parade of giant insects, dragons and beautiful butteries which takes place through the streets of Galway on July 10th & 11th from 10pm.

The Roundstone Regatta is on July 23rd & 24th 2016. It is one of the longest running maritime festival in the West of Ireland and visitors will be able to spot the distinctive rust-red sails of the Galway Hooker as the race for glory in Bertraghboy Bay.

Get in the mood for racing at Ballybrit with a  visit to  The Omey Races, which take place on the beach near Claddaghduff, just a few miles from Clifden. The start time will depend on the tide! The races take place on July 24th 2016 from (around)11.30am!.

The annual Galway Races Summer Festival is on from July 25th to 31st 2016 and promises a great day out for all ages.

New listings are added daily so visit the website for a full list of What’s On in Galway.

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You might also enjoy What’s on for Families in the North West and What’s on for Families in the Midlands and What’s on for Families in Limerick

Trad on the Prom is back at The Galway Bay Hotel with live performances every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, the show will delight audiences of all ages.

Things To Do In Galway With Kids in June

the specks

On June 11th 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 at the Town Hall Theatre.  Their hand-clapping, toe-tapping, hearty-laughing show is all about life on Glasses Island – a magical island off the coast of Co. Clare where everybody wears glasses! This will be a great, fun event for kids aged 2 to 92!

Connemara Bog Week 2016 takes place from May 27th to June 6th. Events take place in and around Letterfrack and promises for all ages.

Galway Atlantaquaria

From May 28th to June 4th come along to the Galway Atlantaquaria to celebrate ‘Love Your Zoo’ Week. With special animal trails and explorer adventures and art classes taking place throughout the week.

Step back in time to see what life was like in 1916 at free family friendly event to be held in Athenry, ‘Farming and Country Life 1916‘ on June 10th & 11th. With interactive villages, time tunnels and much more on offer this is the biggest 1916 commemorative event to be held outside Dublin.

Galway Community Circus invites you to Circus in the Park which takes place on June 12th 2016 in Millennnium Park and offers a fun day of watching and learning new tricks for people of all ages!

Book your place today for The Irish Cancer Society’s Colour Dash, a family friendly 5km run that participants can run, walk or jog and while they take part, they are pelted with powered paint, a different colour for each km done. The colours represent cancer survivors and 4 different cancers that help is needed to fight.The Galway event takes place on June 12th.

national bike week

National Bike Week 2016 takes place from June 11th to 19th and there is a full calendar of family friendly events taking place.

Bia Lover Festival of Food is on in Athenry from June 15th to 19th 2016. There will be events for children and families alongside cookery demonstrations, food-tastings, competitions and much more.

The Galway County Show takes place at Ballybrit Racecourse on June 18th & 19th. With a fairground, dog shows, show jumping, vintage cars, stalls and trade stands it offers a great value day out for all the family.

Enjoy some free events this Summer 2016 at Coole Park. On June 26th join other families in the Walled Garden for ‘Flights of Fancy‘ and create your very own winged wonder!  On July 3rd take a guided ‘Summer Flower Walk‘ and discover the colourful expanse of wild flowers. Or take a visit to the visitor centre and hunt for thimbles!

SeaFest Galway 2016 runs from June 30th to July 3rd in Galway Harbour. Families can enjoy discovering all about oceans including exploring shipwrecks and creatures who live in the deep waters around our coast. There will also be tours of boats, exhibits, cookery demonstrations and a seafood fair!

Things To Do In Galway With Kids in May

Fleadh na gCuach, The Cuckoo Fleadh, is on in Kinvara over the May bank holiday weekend from April 29th to May2nd. They have a full programme of events for families.

Join the Dubray Storytime on April 30th at 11am in all branches of Dubray Books as they celebrate the launch of some beautiful new editions of the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffier’s books including The Gruffalo, Room on a Broom, A Squash and a Squeeze, Tabby McTatt and more.

The Galway Theatre Festival 2016 takes place from April 29th to May 7th 2016. Showcasing the best in old, new and emerging artists in theatre, circus, story-telling and more. Shows for children running over the May bank holiday weekend include Dreams Under the Roof for ages 5+ and Blanca fro ages 3+

Enjoy the May Family line up at the Town Hall Theatre including The Young Ensemble programme ‘Pick Your Poison’ on May 6th & 7th a collaboration with Macnas, suitable for ages 12+. Brick Flicks Stop Motion Workshop in association with Babóro takes place on May 7th for ages 8+, Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes on May 19th and is suitable for children aged 12+. And book now to see The Specks on June 11th.

Funderland is in town over the May Bank Holiday weekend and will remain at the Galway Docks site until May 15th.

The Darkness Into Light annual fundraising event for Pieta House takes place in venues across the city on May 7th.  Check out the list for Galway here and register to take part today.

The International Mayfly Festival takes place in Oughterard from May 5th to 8th 2016. With an angling competition, waterspouts, music, dancing, hiking, exhibitions and wonderful food on offer over the 4 days the whole family will be entertained.

Trad on the Prom returns to The Galway Bay Hotel on May 10th. With live performances every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday the show will delight audiences of all ages.

The Galway Early Music Festival 2016 runs from May 12th to 15th and this year celebrates it’s 21st Birthday. On May 14th there is a special Family Show: The Isle is Full of Noises which will be held at The Connacht Print Works.

The Galway Bay FM RoadCaster will be in Oranmore village on May 21st for a Family Fun day which includes a FREE fun Family Treasure Hunt.

 

Things To Do In Galway With Kids in April

What's On for families at Easter in GalwayLooking for family things to do in Ireland this Easter? From Easter Camps to Easter Egg Hunts to Easter Parades and 1916 Eater Rising Commemorations, we’ve got it covered, with the Mykidstime Guide to Things to Do with Kids Around Ireland Easter 2016. 

Clifden Trad Fest 2016 takes place from March 31st to April 3rd 2016.

There are hundreds of events planned around the country to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising. Check out what is happening near you this Easter and beyond.

Town Hall Theatre GalwayThe Town Hall Theatre have a packed line up of Family Friendly shows this April including CirComics on April 1st & 2nd, Coppelia on April 2nd & 3rd, Maloney’s Dream Briongloid on April 6th to 9th, The Galway Dance Days Festival runs April 8th to 10th, Club Shine presents Zero to Hero on April 17th and the Kilfenora Ceili Band is on April 30th.

Coole Music invite you to join them for a FREE evening of music at St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church on April 15th at 7.45pm Entitled Gleoiteog Manuela / Manuela’s Boat, it is a dedication, musical celebration for the Manuela Riedo Foundation. Admission is FREE but you wish, you can give a donation to the foundation on the night.

The Cuirt International Festival of Literature 2016 takes place from April 17th to 24th. With Workshops, Music, Readings and Theatre celebrating the best of Irish Literature, there are events for young and old.

Galway City Museum has a new interactive 3-D model of Medieval Galway ideal for kids and adults alike to get an interactive view of Old Galway. Go and experience the magic!

Sensational Kids Special Educations Conference and ExpoThe Sensational Kids Special Educational Needs Conference and Expo takes place at Citywest Hotel on April 19th & 20th 2016. It is the ONLY dedicated, national even in Ireland catering for those working with and caring for children and adolescents with special educational needs. It aims to help parents, teachers and professionals support, educate and empower these young people though talks and Q&A sessions with leading experts such at Prof Tony Attwood. Get further information or book your place today.

Tech Week 2016Tech Week 2016 runs from April 24th to 30th with events planned in all counties in Ireland. Check out what is on near you. 

Things To Do In Galway With Kids in March

Kung Fu Panda 3

KUNG FU PANDA 3 arrives in cinemas Friday 11th March 2016. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible, learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

NPC are running an Internet Safety information session for Parents of Primary school children on March 1st in the Salthill Hotel, Galway at 7.30pm. Admission is FREE!

Enjoy ‘An Evening with Sonia O’ Sullivan‘ at the Salthill Hotel in Galway, Wednesday March 2nd from 6-9pm. Sonia will be joined by expert speakers on the areas of Smart Training, Nutrition and Injury Prevention. All the proceeds from this Charity Event night are going to Connacht Schools Athletics Association and the development of grass roots athletics in the West.

The Town Hall Theatre has a full line up of family friendly shows running in March including; Whack!on March 1st. An interesting dance show for adults and kids. The Pirates of Penzance is on March 8th to 12th, Big Heart Fight Night takes place a The Blackbox on March 11th, The GYO musicians perform 1916 – A Commemorative Concert on March 19th, Face the Short Kick Out is a must for all GAA fans on March 19th, Trading Faces Stage School entertain you from March 21st to 25th with Blunderland, Guys & Dolls and High School Musical and Madame De Markievichz On Trial is on March 26th.

Seachtain Na Gaeilge 2016 takes place from March 1st to 17th. With events running in Galway city and county to celebrate Irish language and culture.

ESB Tree Week takes place from March 6th to 13th 2016 and there are events running in Galway City and County to celebrate.

For all Harry Potter fans Potterfest 2016 is back at NUI Galway on March 12th & 13th.

Galway City Museum in conjunction with Galway Music Residency, presents a FREE Concert with the ConTempo Quartet on March 12th from 11am to 1pm.

St Patrick’s Day Parades and Celebrations

St Patrick's Day 2016This year Galway will have a St Patrick’s Festival which will run from March 15th to 17th. The 2016 Galway St Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at the Fire Station in the Cladagh at 11.30am and follow a route up Dominic Street, into Shop Street and past Eyre Square to finish on Prospect Hill at approx 1pm. Macnas present a grand finalé with their youth ensemble.

Other St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Co Galway include:

    • The 2016 Loughrea St Patrick’s Day Parade in starts at 1pm on March 17th and Olympian Olive Loughnane will be the Grand Marshall.
    • The 2016 Oranmore St Patrick’s Day Parade starts at the Oran Town Centre on March 17th
    • The 2016 Gort St Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on March 17th
    • The 2016 Tuam St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on March 17th.
    • The 2016 Clifden St Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 12.30pm on March 17th
    • The 2016 Roundstone St Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 17th and starts on Main Street with all proceeds being donated to Cancer Care West.
    • The 2016 Oughterard St Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on March 17th from 1pm to 3.30pm
    • The 2016 Athenry St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on March 17th.

Things To Do In Galway With Kids in February

Alvin and The Chipmunks The Road ChipThe Boys are back;  Alvin & The Chipmunks The Road Chip is released in cinemas on February12th 2016. – Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. A must see family film!

The Galway Astronomy Club will Astrofest 2016 at The Westwood Hotel on January 30th. And later at Brigit’s Garden.

Kilconna National School Headford are hosting a Strictly Come Dancing evening at the Clayton Hotel on February 12th. A fun night is guaranteed! Please support this worthy cause.

The Adams Family at The Town Hall TheatreThe Town Hall Theatre is showing The Adams Family Musical from February 9th to 13th and on February 16th enjoy a musical treat with the Grosse Pointe South High School Show, The Lambert Puppet Theatre with Snow White & Bosco are in town on February 21st.

Galway City Museum in conjunction with Galway Music Residency, presents a FREE Concert with the ConTempo Quartet on February 13th from 11am to 1pm.

Head to Nun’s Island Theatre from 3pm to 7pm on February 14th and enjoy ‘The Great Galway Bake Off’. All proceeds are going to the Galway Theatre Festival Fund 2016. There will be music, face painting, comedy and of course lots of baking and tasting! Who will be crowned Best Galway Baker 2016?

Be a ‘Scientist for a Day’ at NUI Galway on February 16th from 10am to 3pm. These workshops are for children aged 7 to 13 years and children will enjoy a full day of fun science activities. Places are limited so register today.

Atlantic Coast Lifeguards are running a midterm training course for ages 16+ to become a pool lifeguard. The course takes place at the Kingfisher Renmore on February 15th to 19th 2016 and will give participants a Nationally and Internationally recognised certificate.

Engineers Week takes place from February 28th to March 5th 2016 and there are a host of workshops and family friendly events taking place near you. Including an ‘Exploring Engineering’ Workshop for Primary Schools just €5 per child and a FREE ‘Wave Energy Device’ Workshop for secondary schools at Galway Atlantaquaria in association with SFI.

Things To Do In Galway With Kids in January

The annual Renmore Pantomime is back for it’s 37th year with Jack and the Beanstalk from December 30th 2015 to January 10th 2016 at The Town Hall Theatre.

Galway City On Ice will remain open until January 6th in it’s in a new home beside Leisureland, Salthill.

Westside Family Services are offering a FREE “Parents Plus Programme” for parents of children aged from 0 to 6 years, 6 to 11 years and Teenage Years. If you are interesting in finding out more on how to manage conflict, get on better with your child and promote learning and confidence in your child please call Karen on 091 526456 for further details.

Me, Mollser is on at The Town Hall Theatre on January 26th 2015. Suitable for children from 5th class up.

Things To Do In Galway With Kids in December

Magical Places to Visit Santa in IrelandThe big news for December is that Santa and his helpers will be at venues all over Ireland to see boys and girls to hear what they want for Christmas.

We have found 50 Magical Places to Visit Santa in Ireland this year.

A Christmas Decorations Felt Workshop takes place at Galway City Museum on December 5th from 2 to 4pm. Suitable for children aged 12+.

Take the free Elf Trail at Ceardlann Craft Village in Spiddal form December 1st to 22nd. Find Elf Doors and complete the trail for a free hot chocolate.

Galway AtlantaquariaOn December 6th there will be a Christmas Market in the Aquarium Complex, Salthill from 10am to 5pm with loads of craftspeople selling stocking fillers and larger Christmas Gifts. And on December 19th there is a Christmas Critters Workshop exploring important questions like How do Reindeers Fly and Do they really like carrots and How does Santa get down the Chimney? Suitable for children aged 5 to 8 years it takes place from 10am to 1pm and must be booked in advance.

Look out for the Coca Cola Truck at Supermacs in Galway on December 6th.

Santa at Brigits GardenConjure up the real magic and wonder of Christmas with Santa’s Christmas Magic at Brigit’s Garden! This year Elfie and Santa will be joined by Mrs Claus, Donnie the donkey and lots more, to make a full Santa experience with the professional show as the delightful highlight of the day. Santa’s Christmas Magic at Brigit’s Garden is a wonderful family show with Santa and Elfie, his musical elf. There’s lots of music, fun, candlelight and Christmas magic! Santa and his Elves will be back at Brigit’s Garden from December 12th to 22nd 2015.

Town Hall Theatre Renmore PantoCatch Me the spectacular aerial take on Red Riding Hood is performed by Fidget Feet at The Town Hall Theatre on December 11th. The Christmas Family Concert with the ConTempo Quartet is on December 12th. And the annual Renmore Pantomime is back for it’s 37th year with Jack and the Beanstalk from December 30th 2015 to January 10th 2016.

 

Cope Galway Christmas Day SwimThe 26th Annual Galway Cope Christmas Day Swim take splace at Blackrock on Christmas Day from 10am to 12pm. Swimmers can register in advance to take part in this great event, with proceeds raised going to Cope Galway. Or come along on the day to support the brave swimmers!

Look out for Ice Ville which comes to Galway in early December. Everything in Santa’s Cabin will be made of ice so be sure to warp up warm for this Frozen Wonderland.

Santa arrives at The Eyre Square Shopping Centre at 1pm on November 22nd and stays until December 23rd.

Galway City On Ice is back on November 27th in a new home beside Leisureland, Salthill.

Santa will arrive at The Burren Nature Sanctuary on November 29th and will stay until December 23rd.

The annual Galway Christmas Market opened on November 20th in Eyre Square and Spanish Arch has some Christmas Stalls too. The market will run until December 22nd.

Things To Do In Galway With Kids in November

the tiger who came to teaBrick Flicks are running a fun workshop for children aged 8 to 12 years at The Town Hall Theatre on November 7th. And The Tiger Who Came To Tea, a great family show, is on November 8th. Sing Along with Goldilocks on November 21st.

Science Week 2015The 20th annual Science Week takes place from November 8th to 15th. Events take place throughout Ireland and this year, you are being asked to celebrate by hosting your own Science Week Party on November 13th. Download your free celebrations pack from the Primary Science website and share your celebrations online using #ScienceWeek Party

Galway AtlantaquariaGaway Atlantaquaria are hosting a Family Funday on November 8th from 11am to 5pm to celebrate the start of Science Week 2015. Come along to see the show ‘Crazy Chemical Reactions’ and enjoy face painting, cartoon drawing classes, games, storytelling and much more. There will be a reduced entry rate for the day and free entry for children dressed up in fancy costumes. For full details check out their Facebook page.

The 21st annual Junior Film Fleadh takes place in Galway from November 11th to 14th. Come along and be educated and entertained at the same time! Check out the full line up of Workshops with everything from Animation 101 to Special FX Make-Up for Movies.

Buy and Sell baby/toddler and Mum items at The Bubbly Baby Market which takes place at The Clybaun Hotel on November 8th 2015 from 12pm to 3pm.

The annual Galway Christmas Market will be officially opened on November 20th by rugby start Robbie Henshaw. A parade will leave from Spanish Arch at 5.30pm and make it’s way through the streets of Galway to Eyre Square where the lights at the Christmas market will be switched on 6pm. The market will be in the Square until December 22nd.

The 2015 Galway Science and Technology Exhibition takes place at NUI Galway on November 22nd. With more than 180 exhibitors taking part it is always a great family day out.

Santa arrives at The Eyre Square Shopping Centre at 1pm on November 22nd and stays until December 23rd.

Managing Your Children on the Internet – Online Fraud and Cyber Bullying talk at Lough Rea Hotel and Spa, Loughrea on November 23rd at 8pm. All welcome. Cost €7 with all proceeds going to CoderDojo Club Loughrea. email: coderdojoloughrea@gmail.com to register.

Galway City On Ice is back on November 27th in a new home beside Leisureland, Salthill.

Santa will arrive at The Burren Nature Sanctuary on November 29th and will stay until December 23rd.

Save The Date

Things To Do In Galway With Kids in Ocotber

The Radisson Hotel are hosting a fun Halloween Themed Lunch on October 31st….Come if you dare! Call to book on 091 538300.

Raddisson Hotel Galway Halloween Fun

The annual Baboró Festival will take place in Galway from October 12th to 18th.

baboro 2015Baboró Box Open is open to book tickets for the 19th International Arts Festival for Children from September 8th 2015. You are in for a real treat this October if you live in or are visiting Galway from October 12th to 18th. Book shows like Guess How Much I Love You, The Mimirichi Clown and Pantomime Theatre, Up to Speed and much more.

The Galway International Oyster Festival 2015 is on from September 24th to 27th.

Calling all parents, families and fitness fanatics join in the Slieve Aughty Mountain Adventures Challenge on September 26th. You can take part in a 5k run or a 10k hike or a 35k cycle or all 3! Proceeds go to Kilchreest National School.

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop are launching new Book Clubs for Children and Young Adults / Teens. The Book Club is free to join, but space is limited, The first meeting of the Kids’s Book Club (Age 9 to 11 years) will be on September 29th from 4.30 to 5.30 pm and for Young Adults (Age 16 to 18 years) will be on September 30th from 5 to 6pm.

The 1st Galway St. Joesph’s Scout Unit is hosting an open house on September 27th from 12 to 3pm at Ozaman House, St Augustine Street. This event is designed for familijes who want to explore the scouting program for their children (boys and girls) aged 6 to 19 years.

October has been designated Polotober by Ireland Water Polo. This month you can try out water polo for free at clubs across the country. Find your nearest participating club.

The annual Ballinasloe Horse Fair & Festival is on from October 3rd to 11th 2015.

Maths Week IrelandThe 10th annual Maths Week Ireland takes place from October 10th to 18th 2015. Schools can get on the map by submitting their activities to the www.mathsweek.ie and pick up ideas to engage all pupils.

Buy and Sell baby/toddler and Mum items at The Bubbly Baby Market which takes place at The Clybaun Hotel on October 11th 2015 from 12pm to 3pm.

Take part in a Charity Night run for Croí on October 16th on the Prom in Salthill from 8 to 9pm. Cost of entry is €35 with 100% of this going to the charity. Participants will get a pack worth €70 with running goodies.

Galway Bake Fest takes place in Leisureland on October 17th & 18th.

On October 17th the Galway City Museum celebrates International Uilleann Piping Day with a FREE recital from Tommy Keane from 2pm to 5pm. For adults and children aged 12+ come and enjoy FREE talks on October 3rd – Galway’s Three-In-a-Row, 1965 and October 10th Swimming with Sharks, & October 24th Galway’s Dominican Textiles. From October 28th to October 31st there will be workshops for children aged 7 to 12 years running from 11am to 12.30 or 1pm.

Halloween in GalwayAutumn Harvest Feast is on October 17th in Brigit’s Garden from 7pm. Enjoy a feast created by chefs Romain Cario and Nico Sampietro.  And on October 30th come along to send the Samhain Hallloween Bonfire from 4 to 9pm.

The Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway takes place from October 20th to 26th 2015.

The annual Macnas Halloweeen Parade will take place on the streets of Galway October 25th from 5.30pm. This year the theme is The Shadow Lighter and you are invited to come along, in fancy dress, if you wish and share in the magic.

Starcamps Halloween Camps 2015Book Now: Starcamp is back for Halloween! It is the perfect way for your child to spend their mid-term break – but please note, PLACES ARE VERY LIMITED. With songs, dances and movies scenes of a SPOOKY nature – throw in a few CREEPY games and some EERIE laughter, they will make sure that your children have a SUPER SCARY 4 days at STARCAMP! Open to boys & girls 4-13 of all levels and abilities, whether the shy and less confident type or born for the stage, camps will be running 9:30am – 2:30pm Tuesday to Friday for the midterm 27-30 October 2015. Galway Camps take place in Salthill.

The Galway Atlantaquaria have fun Schools Out for Science Halloween Camps running from October 27th to 29th. These are suitable for children ages 8 to 10 years and take place over 3 days (or you can book 1 or 2 day camps).  And a Junior Fright Camp takes place on October 30th for children aged 5 to 7 years. To book your place call (091) 585100.

The annual Macnas Halloween Parade – The Shadow Lighter – takes place on the streets of Galway on October 25th from 17.30.

The Harbour Hotel is having a Kids Halloween Show on Octboer 29th from 6pm.

The Galway Arts Center are running Halloween Costume Making Workshops from October 27th to 30th.

Things To Do In Galway With Kids in September

The Oughterard Agricultural and Horticultural Show is on August 29th & 30th.

Loughrea, County Galway will once again transform into a bustling medieval town for the 2nd Annual Award Winning Loughrea Medieval Festival, on August 28-30, 2015. Lots of free family fun for all ages .

The IMC Cinema on the Headford Road will host a Sensory Friendly Cinema session in association with GAP (Galway Autism Project) on August 30th

Do you have a budding young actor or director in the house? The Galway Junior Film Fleadh are looking for entries to this year’s Film Shorts section. All entries must be in by September 9th.

On the 12th of September, The Ronald McDonald House will be holding its annual #Walking4Families event to raise money to build a new 50 Bedroom House at the New National Children’s Hospital. Please support by joining your local event. Or text WALK to 50300 to Donate €4 if unable to attend.

The inaugural European Week of Sport will be celebrated in 31 countries across Europe from 7-13 September 2015. It aims to promote sport and physical activity for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. Inspiring  Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples’ everyday lives to exercise more.  Find out what is on in your area.

Galway City Museum in association with the Galway Music Residency presents ConTempo Quartet along with some of Ireland’s young musical artists on Saturday September 5th, 12th & 19th from 11am to 1pm. The musicians will fill the museum with beautiful music for all ages to enjoy for FREE. On Saturday 19th come along and enjoy a free dance performance of Cotaí Dearga at 2pm & 3.30pm

Come along to the Town Hall Theatre on September 13th to sing along with Goldilocks and the Three Bears & Ruff the Dog who will be live on stage at 2.30pm & 4.30pm. And on September 27th Jurassic Adventures is live on stage for children aged 3+

The Portumna Shorelines Arts Festival takes place from September 17th to 20th.

The Clifden Arts Festival takes place from September 17th to 27th.

Culture Night 2015 takes place on September 18th. From 5pm to 11pm arts and culture organisations will open their doors and offer entertainment and events for young and old. Find events near you.

Are you feeling stressed? Galway Diet and Lifestyle are running Reiki Workshop for Mums to teach them techniques to relax and to help soothe their own children. The workshops take place at The Granary Learning Centre on September 19th & 20th.

Things To Do In Galway With Kids in August

August Bank Holiday

The annual Galway Races Summer Festival is on from July 27th to August 2nd 2015. Why not get the girls together and start the bank holiday early with a trip to Ladies Day on July 30th?

The All Ireland Dog Show is on in Roundstone, Connemara, on August 3rd 2015.

Take a break from the racing at Ballybrit and visit The Omey Races, which take place on the beach near Claddaghduff, just a few miles from Clifden. The start time will depend on the tide! The races take place on August 2nd from (around)11am!

Brigits Garden Story BusBrigit’s Garden plays host to the Story Bus on August 3rd. The bus will leave Galway City at 2pm and return at 6pm.

We have rounded up some of the fun events and activities happening in the arts and culture space during August.

If you are looking for Summer Camps to book for August we have gathered information on what is available in one handy place Summer Camps for Kids in Galway.

Camps we can recommend include;

summer camps for kids
Click here for summer camps info

Art In GalwayArt In Galway have fun Art Camps for children running in Salthill from August 10th to 14th 2015.

GAP the Galway Autism Project will run fun Summer Camps for children and teens who are on the Autism spectrum from August 4th to 22nd 2015. Camps will take place in Newcastle, Galway.

The Boys Are Back in Town on August 4th the Galway City Library. The Chatham Saxapohone Quartet play a free concert at 1.10pm.

Brigit’s Garden Rosscahill have a fun Elves and Fairies Day on August 9th and have fun Nature Summer Camps starting on August 10th.

Seussical The Musical brings all your favourite Dr Seuss characters to life in a fun show. It runs in the Town Hall Theatre from August 12th to 16th 2015.

Crinniú na mBád 2015,  the annual Galway Hooker Gathering and race, takes place in Kinvara on August 14th to 16th 2015.

Take part in The Tuam Treasure Hunt, suitable for all the family, on August 15th from 2pm in Tuam Town. In aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

CARI (Children At Risk Ireland) are having a fun Watersports Day at Glassilaun Beach, Renvyle on August 16th 2015.

All Island Whale Watch Day is on Sunday, August 23rd. Members of the public are invited to join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) on one of 20 land-based whale watches being held at headlands around the Irish coast between 2:00-5:00 pm. Find your closest event.

National Heritage Week 2015 has fun events for families and children in Galway from August 22nd to 30th.

The Claregalway Agricultural Show celebrates 25 years on August 23rd 2015 .

 

Things To Do In Galway With Kids in July

Féile Traidphicnic takes place in Spiddal from July 3rd to 5th 2015. There will be music, talks, arts and crafts and loads for fun for all the family.

Take a FREE guided tour of The Galway City Museum on July 4th and learn more about Galway City, The Claddagh and the River Corrib.

Claregalway Castle plays host to this year’s Galway Garden Festival on July 4th & 5th 2015.

brigits gardenBrigit’s Garden Rosscahill are running Nature Summer Camps for Kids starting on July 6th and July 13th.

Learn Spanish Through Drama at Drambola a fun summer camp for kids which runs in Cappagh Sports Centre, Knocknacarra from July 6th to 16th 2015.

Kids are asked to bring their parents to a Free Family Fun Music Event at Galway City Library on July 7th.

The annual Galway Film Fleadh is on from July 7th to 12th 2015.

The Galway Fringe Festival 2015 runs from July 11th to 27th.

GAC Summer CampsThe Galway Arts Centre have fun Drama, Art and Literature Summer Camps running for 3 weeks in July. Each weekly camp caters to a different age group, from 5 to 15 years, and run daily from 9am to 2pm at The Galway Arts Centre, Dominc Street. Camps start on July 13th.

The Roundstone Connemara Pony Show is on July 12th 2015. It includes, Pony, Sheep and Dog shows and is fun day out for the whole family.

See Galway City come alive for the annual Galway International Arts Festival July 13th -26th 2015. Showcasing street performers music and theatre Galway is the place to be this July.

The Roundstone Regatta is on July 25th and 26th 2015.

Things to do in Galway with Kids in June

national bike weekNational Bike Week runs from 13-21 June with lots of family-friendly cycling events around Galway including Family Fun Cycles and Cycling for Treasure!

For all the Bike Week events in Galway click here.

This June Bank Holiday come to Corofin for the Annual Corofin Duck Race. Which takes place in the castle grounds from 1pm on May 31st. All proceeds raised will go to GAP (Galway Autism Project) and in addition to the duck race there will be family entertainment all day long.

Connemara Bog Week runs from May 22nd to June 1st in the village of Letterfrack. With guided bog walks, traditional music and events for all the family.

Celebrate World Ocean Day on June 7th at Galway Atlantaquaria. There will be loads of family activities from 11am to 5pm.

Baboro Free Family Event GalwayMY Galway, MY Capital, MY Culture Free Haiku Poetry Workshops for Families and Schools. Join Poet Terry McDonagh and Facilitator Sinead Hackett June 13th 2015 at Galway 2020 Hub, The Cornstore.
Baboró invite all children and their families to express their vision or dream of Galway in the future through a Haiku poem. You can also add a drawing or photograph and contribute to a response wall on public display in the Galway Capital of Culture bid team’s office.
What would your child love to see if Galway wins the bid? What age will your child be in 2020? What does culture mean to you and your family?

Get Going and Get Rowing have fun Rowing Summer Camps running at NUIG Boat Club from June 16th to 19th.

Enjoy a Midsummer Feast at Brigit’s Garden on June 13th. And pack the Teddies for a great day out at The Teddy Bear’s Picnic on June 28th.

Galway Bike Week offers events throughout Galway city and county from June 13th to 21st.

Bia Lover Festival of Food is on in Athenry from June 19th to 21st. There will be events for children and families alongside cookery demonstrations, food-tastings, competitions and much more.

Described as a ‘Riverdance for Toddlers’ The Town Hall Theatre presents The Speks live show which is guaranteed to have both adults and children jumping in their seats with a lively mix of nursery rhymes and singsongs set to Irish music. The show is at 1pm on June 27th.

Things To Do in Galway with Kids in May

Evelyn CusackThe Town Hall Theatre have some fun family shows during May including A Journey Through Time with Evelyn Cusack. Evelyn will take us on a whistle stop tour through the varying climates of early earth, to the beginning of civilisation and the Weather Gods on to the Age of Enlightenment and our own Robert Boyle and then to the present high-spec numerical forecast models which can predict weather about a week ahead. This family friendly show runs on May 14th at 8pm.

On May 16th & 17th see The Way Back Home and on May 30th there is a special schools time slot at 11am for the Tom Crean Antartic Explorer Show.

Join the Saving Grace Gala Dinner on Friday May 8th at The Clayton Hotel. Grace suffers from a rare chldren’s cancer and this fundraiser is to help raise money to bring her abroad for treatment.

The Galway City Museum have a host of family events and workshops in May including a Get to Know Vikings Archaeology Workshop for children aged 7 to 12 years on May 9th from 11am to 12.30pm.

Celebrate National Drawing Day on May 16th with a Family Drawing Class at Galway City Museum.  On May 23rd learn about The Kings of the Claddagh at a fun talk for children aged 12+.

The Galway Early Music Festival takes place from May 14th to 17th with Concerts, Free Events and Workshops.
Eat Out Speak Out is on May 17th at Claregalway Castle from 1pm to 4pm. A unique bring your own family picnic event with entertainment for children and a chance for you to give your opinion on what food means to you. It is a free event but you must register in advance.

Take a guided walk through Merlin Woods with the Friends of Merlin Woods from May 18th to 24th.

Bank Holiday Events

Celebrate Mayo Day with a Family Fun Day Event at The Galway Bay Hotel Salthill on May 2nd.

Duncan Stewart, of RTE’s Eco Eye will be at Brigit’s Garden on May 3rd for an action-packed day for all ages to learn about small steps you can take to become more eco-wise.

The Connemara Mussel Festival takes place from May 1st to 3rd with events for all the family including treasure hunts, music, dancing and cooking.

The Ceardlann Craft Village in Spiddeal has a festival of fun and workshops for families over the May Bank Holiday Weekend on May 2nd & 3rd.

Fleadh na gCuach, The Cuckoo Fleadh, is on in Kinvara from May 1st to 4th. They have a full programme of events for families

Things To Do in Galway with Kids in April

Post Easter Events

The Clifden Traditional Music Festival takes place from April 9th to 12th. Suitable for all the family with trad sessions, sean-nos dance workshops and much more.

The Ark Far Away from METhe Ark presents Far Away From Me at the Town Hall Theatre on April 12th. This family show is an adaption by Amy Conroy of the age-old literary fairy tale The Princess and The Pea. The show contains music, aerial performances, wild energy and great storytelling. It is suitable for children aged 6 years+

For anyone with an interest in Watersports the annual Galway Watersports Show takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa on April 11th & 12th. This year it will incorporate the National Summit for Watersports in Ireland 2015.

The Cúirt International Festival of Literature runs in Galway from April 21st to 27th. Young people are invited to join in the Cúirt Labs taking place at the Galway Arts Centre from April 22nd to 24th.

As part of the festival The Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinic will be in Spanish Arch on April 25th. Young children are invited to visit The Book Doctor who will be on hand to help them choose the next great book to read!

Easter Activities

Galway Atlantaquaria are running their fun science workshops for kids over the Easter Break. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment call (091)585100 or Email: info@nationalaquarium.ie

Galway City Museum have fun creative workshops running over the Easter break including a needle and felting workshop for children aged 12+ on April 4th. A Sea & Science Workshop for 7 to 12 year olds on April 9th & 11th and for a story-telling event with Rab Fulton on April 10th for children aged 7+

Brigit’s Garden have fun Easter Egg Hunts on April 5th & 6th and have Easter Nature Camps running from April 7th to 10th.

The Galway Food Festival
takes place from April 2nd to 6th with foodie events running throughout the Galway City and County.

 

Things To Do in Galway with Kids in March

Grimm’s Circus is at The Blackbox Theatre on March 14th and 14th tickets can be purchased online.

Jurassic Adventures a Dino-Mite Show for families with children aged 3+ comes to the Town Hall Theatre on April 7th. Visit the website to find out more and book your tickets to avoid disappointment.

For all Harry Potter fans Potterfest 2015 is back at NUI Galway on March 13th to 15th.

St Patrick’s Day Celebrations

shamrockThe 2015 Galway St Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at the Fire Station in the Cladagh at 11.30am and follow a route up Dominic Street, into Shop Street and past Eyre Square to finish on Prospect Hill at approx 1pm.

Other St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Co Galway include:

  • The 2015 Loughrea St Patrick’s Day Parade in starts at 1pm on March 17th
  • The 2015 Oranmore St Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 11.45am on March 17th
  • The 2015 Gort St Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on Sunday March 22nd 2015 and not on St Patrick’s Day it begins at 12.30pm.
  • The 2015 Tuam St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on March 17th.
  • The 2015 Clifden St Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 1pm on March 17th
  • The 2015 Roundstone St Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 17th and starts on Main Street at 2pm.
  • The 2015 Oughterard St Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on March 17th from 1pm to 3.30pm
  • The 2015 Athenry St Patrick’s Day Parade is themed “Let’s Face the Music and Dance and will take place on March 17th.

New listings are added daily so visit the website for a full list of What’s On in your area.

For more great ideas that cost nothing but time visit our Free Things to Do in Galway article.

If you run events, classes or camps for families please list them with us. It is FREE TO LIST add events here and for class and camp providers you can list them here.

Things To Do in Galway with Kids in February

Theatre Lovet presents The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly on February 6th at 10.30am and 3pm and 7th at 11am and 2pm at The Town Hall Theatre. Tickets are €8 or a family ticket for €24. Suitable for ages 7+

brigits gardenBrigit’s Garden invite you to celebrate Brigit’s Day on February 1st. They will have a host of Brigit related activities, with the proceeds going to charity. On from 1.30pm to 5pm this event is suitable for all ages.

Bubbly Baby Market takes place at the Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra on February 8th. Suitable for those wishing to buy and sell their baby and toddler products. Cost €2

The Galway City Museum have a full calendar of events for families this February including Music For All on February 14th, 21st and 28th, Archaeology Workshops for children aged 7 to 12 years on February 19th and 20th, Storytelling for children aged 5+ on February 20th and a Sean Nós Dancing display on February 28th. All events are FREE but booking may be required for some.

The Galway Atlantaquaria have fun Marine Science Workshops running during the mid-term break – February 19th & 20th. These are suitable for children aged 5 – 8 years and cost €20 for day and €40 for 2 days with discounts for 2 or more children.
Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment call (091)585100 or Email: info@nationalaquarium.ie

Engineers Week takes place in Ireland from February 8th to 14th. In addition to events in the classroom, Galway Atlantaquaria are having Engineering Workshops on February 11th, 12th & 13th and visitors can take part in the Engineering Trail. For children aged 7 to 12 years, NUI Galway are hosting a FREE Magical and Engineering Show – booking is essential. For a full list of events taking place visit www.engineeringweek.ie

The Galway Astronomy Club are running Galway Astrofest 2015 on February 20th at Brigit’s Garden and 21st at The Westwood Hotel.

Galway Artist Kathy Ross is showing her work ‘Catching Dreams’ a collection of fairytale illustrations in NUI Galway until March 6th.

Things To Do in Galway with Kids in January

Babóro International Arts Festival for Children presents a Small Size Day on January 31st at the Town Hall Theatre. Suitable for children aged 2 to 6 years.

Galway Arts CentreMosaic Children’s Art Classes are back on January 14th and 17th. Suitable for children aged 5 to 12 years.

The Renmore Pantomine Cinderella is always a hit with families and runs at the Town Hall Theatre until January 11th.

Family Bushcraft Day takes place at Cregg Castle on February 1st. Come along to learn survival skills

Galway City Museum have a St Brigid’s Cross Workshop on January 31st. Entry is FREE but you must register in advance. It is suitable for children aged 8+

If you didn’t make it to the cinema over the Christmas, there are some great family films showing this month at both the Eye Cinema and IMC Headford Road and IMC Oranmore. We saw Paddington (read our review) and Annie recently both great and for older children the final Hobbit movie was a big hit.

Take a trip to Galway Atlantaquaria where you can search for treasure and hold crabs and starfish.

Operation Transformation are running walks around the country on January 17th. Find one near you and get the whole family off the sofa and out in the fresh air!

For more great ideas that cost nothing but time visit our Free Things to Do in Galway article.

If you run events, classes or camps for families please list them with us. It is FREE TO LIST add events here and for class and camp providers you can list them here.