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Things to Do In Ireland with Kids for Easter 2017

Are you looking for family things to do in Ireland this Easter? Look no further! We’ve scoured the country and compiled a list of fun, family-friendly events. From egg hunts galore to arts and crafts, here’s our pick of Things to Do in Ireland with Kids this Easter 2017.

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Whats On at Easter in Dublin

Croke Park Egg Hunt

Hunt for Easter Eggs at Croke Park. Enjoy following clues to find tokens and exchange them for Easter Eggs! While on your Croke Park Hunt, test your hurling and football skill at the GAA Museum’s interactive games zone. Croke Park Easter Egg Hunt

The Ark

Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore runs at The Ark from April 12th – 26th 2017 for ages 3+, duration 50 mins.

Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore are at the seaside. “They have a towel, an inflatable ball, a picnic and three contrasting temperaments” (Time Out). Things happen – Hartleby spends a lot of time being bossy and trying to find the perfect spot. Oooglemore does some crazy dancing, shows off a bit, hits the shuttlecock too hard, loses it, spoils the game. Hartleby goes off in a huff. Jeramee makes it all OK.

Revelling in delightful innocence and glorious stupidity, Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore is a surprising and surreal encounter with three people who have a lot to say but only three words with which to say it.

easter events ark dublin

National Museum of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks have a full line up of family events running over the Easter Break.

Easter 1916 at Collins Barracks

The National Museum of Ireland Archaeology in Kildare Street have plenty to amuse over the holidays..

Visit the National Museum of Ireland Natural History in Merrion Square for their full line up of Easter Events for Families.

Natural History Museum Merrion Square

Check out the Heffo’s Army exhibition at The Little Museum of Dublin, dedicated to the late Kevin ‘Heffo’ Heffernan – former Dublin footballer and manager, regarded as one of the greatest Gaelic footballers of all-time.

Easter Camps in Dublin

Junior Einsteins Science Club have one-day Easter Science camps in various locations in Dublin and Wicklow between April 10th and 21st

Createschool are running a fun Stop Motion workshop on April 20th-21st for ages 8+ in Tallaght.

Take part in an FAI Soccer Sister Easter Camp.  They are running at various locations over the Easter break.

Canoe Ireland are running fun Easter Kayak Camps during the Easter Break. They have Junior, Senior and Advanced camps.

The School of Irish Archaeology have Archaeology Easter Camps for ages 7 to 12 at Harold’s Cross and

Pine Forest Arts Centre Easter Camps are for children aged 5 to 16 years.

The Chester Beatty Library have fun workshops for teens running over the Easter Break.


Whats on for Famlies at Easter in the Midlands

Kildare

The Irish National Stud & Gardens have daily family activities running over the Easter Break with daily Pony Rides, Face Painting an Easter Egg Trail and children can visit the playground and come and see the new baby foals.

Hop on over to the Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park for some fun family time during the Easter Holidays. Join the Easter Bunny for an “eggstra” special event where you have to find all the clues, solve Easter Bunny’s puzzle and collect your egg.

Westmeath

Belvedere House will be hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunts on Easter Sunday & Easter Monday, April 15th to 17th, with thousands of eggs over two days and special prizes.

Belvedere House Easter Treasure Hunts

Offaly

The race is on at Birr Castle on April 16th to find the hidden eggs in the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Longford

Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre have Easter activities for all the family.

Easter Camps in Midlands

Take part in an FAI Soccer Sister Easter Camp.  They are running at various locations over the Easter break.


Whats On for famiies at Easter in the North East

Meath

Tayto Park re-opens on April 7th with a full line up of Easter Themed Activities and Adventures which will keep all ages amused.

Mellowes Adventure Centre have a host of Easter Activities for Families.

Createschool are running a fun Stop Motion workshop on April 10th for ages 8+ and a Movie Maker Workshop April 18-20th for ages 10+ at the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan.

The Fairyhouse Easter Festival takes place April 16th – 19th with their Easter Family Fun Day on Tuesday 18th when kids go free and there are lots of fun activities.

Louth

Createschool are running a Stop Motion workshop on April 12th at the Droichead Arts Centre. If your kids like playing with lego, they will love this.

Brick Flicks Easter Camp

Monaghan

The Monaghan County Museum have an Easter Arts and Crafts workshop running on Tuesday April 11th and an Easter Treasure Hunt on Thursday April 13th.

Cavan

Head to Belturbet for the annual Spring Parade, on Easter Sunday from 4pm for some great FREE family fun.

Take part in an FAI Soccer Sister Easter Camp.  They are running at various locations over the Easter break.


Whats On for Families at Easter in the North West

Roscommon

There will be heaps of Easter fun at Lough Key Forest Park this year. The Visitor Centre will turn into an Easter Spring Haven and there are plenty of Easter activities to amuse the kids, including an Egg Hunt, Easter Storytime, Baking and Craft Workshops.

Lough Key Forest Park

There’s a Happily Ever After Storytelling event for kids on Wednesday 12th of April at Roscommon Arts Centre.

Mayo

westport house easter

Join Pinkie the Rabbit for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Westport House & Gardens on Easter Sunday April 16th. The first 300 children to complete the hunt will receive a complimentary egg. Every family that finishes will be entered to win some great prizes being awarded at 5:30pm. Be sure to get here early – it promises to be an egg-cellent day out for all the gang.

Visit the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life this Easter for their family friendly events.Museum of Country Life

Donegal

The Amazing Grace Festival 2017 is on from April 6th to 12th, with loads of fun family activities throughout.

Also in Inishowen, Carndonagh will host its Annual Easter Parade on Easter Monday, April 17th 2017, with fun for all the family guaranteed.

Discover Bundoran will host Easter Egg Painting on Easter Saturday, April 15th.

Sligo

The Quayside Shopping Centre in Sligo is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Saturday 15th April.

Check out the Easter program for kids at The Model in Sligo.

The Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo have some fun shows for kids over the holidays including Strange Feathers, Shark in the Park and a LEGO Workshop.

Leitrim

Tullyboy Farm host their annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday with ram racing, tug-o-war, animal shows and an Easter Egg Hunt.

Easter Camps

Take part in an FAI Soccer Sister Easter Camp.  They are running at various locations over the Easter break.


What's On for families at Easter in Galway

Head to Brigit’s Garden and join in their Easter Egg Hunts on Easter Sunday and Monday, April 17th & 18th from 1pm to 5pm.

brigits garden easter egg hunt

The Galway Food Festival is back from April 13th – 17th 2017.

Easter Camps in Galway

Galway Atlantaquaria have Junior & Senior Science camps from April 11th – 13th (Juniors 5-8 years) and April 18th-20th (Seniors 8-11 years).

Let’s Go have a Multi Activity Easter Camp running at St. Mary’s April 10th-14th

Anyone4Science have a science easter camp in Galway on April 12th & 13th

Take part in an FAI Soccer Sister Easter Camp.  They are running at various locations over the Easter break.


Whats On for families at Easter in Limerick and the Southwest

Clare

You are promised a family day full of fun at Craggaunowen, on Easter Sunday April 16th 2017, where the Easter Bunny has promised to give away 100’s of eggs. Expect bouncing castles, puppet show, magic show, storytelling, music and lots more.

Easter at Craggaunown

On Easter Monday April 17th, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ensures an afternoon of family fun activities,

  • Meet the incredible world renowned celebrity magician Steve Spade who will take on the character of the “Mad Hatter” and his assistant “Alice” at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party !
  • Merlin and young King Arthur will enthrall with spells and illusions in the iconic and historic surrounds of Bunratty Castle.
  • Be entertained by stiltwalkers, fire-eaters and jugglers on the village street.
  • There will be magic shows, face painting, balloon modeling, Disney characters, train rides and much more to keep the kids entertained for hours on end.
  • To top it all off the highlight of the day will be the beloved Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Easter parade where visitors will have the opporunity to model their Easter finery with prizes for the best costume and best Easter bonnet up for grabs on the day.

Shark in the Park presented by No Nonsense Room based on the books by Nick Sharratt takes place at glór Ennis on Wednesday 12 April, 1.30pm and is suitable for ages 2 – 7.

Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope – but wait, is that a Shark, in the Park!? Featuring all three of the Shark in the Park Series: Shark in the Park, Shark in the Dark and Shark in the Park on a Windy Day – this fin-tastic, family musical follows Timothy Pope, (and his telescope!) on three exciting adventures. Tickets  €8/€30 Family 4.

shark in the park glor ennis

Mother Hill Farm are having an Easter Eggtravaganza with the farm bunnies taking centre stage. There will be Egg Hunts, face-painting, egg and spoon races and fun for all the family on April 15th, 16th & 17th.

Easter Fun for Families in Limerick

This Easter, King John’s Castle hosts Mad Hatters Easter Fun and Games at King John’s Castle with a fantastic line up of activities this Easter Sunday April 16th from 12pm to 4pm

  • the incredibly talented celebrity magician Steve Spade is the host for the Mad Hatter’s Easter Fun and Games on Easter Sunday April 16th. Steve is an award winning illusionist who provides breath taking magic and award winning entertainment.
  • Other activities for families to enjoy on the day include zorbing, climbing wall and archery.
  • There will be competitions for the Best Easter Bonnet and Best Costume.

Easter Camps at Bunratty Castle

shannon heritage easter camps at Bunratty Castle Easter Activity Camps 2017 at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park for children aged 7 and over, take place from the 10th to 13th April with children having the opportunity engage in fun activities such as fairy door painting, animal husbandry, Easter cookie cooking classes, bow and arrow making and the highlight of the camp, the infamous easter treasure trail and egg hunt!

Camps operate 10am to 2pm and cost €70 for a four day camp or €20 per day. Bookings can be made via Shannon Heritage Education Manager Linda Hall on halll@shannonheritage.com or call 061 370502.

Easter Camps in Limerick

King John’s Castle are also running fun Easter Activity Camps for ages 7 up.  Medieval Mayhem is the theme of this year’s camp at King Johns Castle in the heart of Limerick City where children will enjoy medieval arts and crafts, medallion making, archery, medieval treasure trail through the castle grounds and a magical medieval easter egg hunt. Running April 18th to 21st this is a wonderful way for children to learn lots of new skills, have fun and keep busy over the Easter midterm.

Camps operate 10am to 2pm and cost €70 for a four day camp or €20 per day. Bookings can be made via Shannon Heritage Education Manager Linda Hall on halll@shannonheritage.com or call 061 370502.

King Johns Castle

Tipperary

The Source Arts Centre have Sleeping Beauty on April 8th and Shark in the Park on April 9th.

The Tipperary Libraries usually have children’s events running during the Easter Holidays. Check out their calendar of events for April.

Kerry

Tír na nÓg Children’s Festival takes place in Tralee this Easter from April 14th to 17th with a full programme of indoor and outdoor activities planned at various locations including Easter Egg Hunt and Duck Races.

Kerry County Museum has an Easter Town Park Trail in the lead up to and during Tralee’s Tír na nÓg’s Easter festival. Pick up a clipboard, treasure map, high-vis vest and all the clues you need to get started at the Museum Reception.

More Easter Camps

Take part in an FAI Soccer Sister Easter Camp.  They are running at various locations over the Easter break.


What's on for families at Easter in Cork

Cork City Gaol Easter Egg Hunt

Cork City Gaol have their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Monday 17th April.

Racing Home for Easter Festival Mallow

The annual Racing Home for Easter Festival Mallow 2017 is on from April 16-18. Along with 3 days of world class horse racing, there will be plenty of fun activities for families too.

Easter Camps in Cork

At Lifetime Lab, there are some fun Learn-it LEGO Education Easter Camps including:

Lifetime Lab also have Easter Egg Hunt happening on Friday April 14th from 10am – 4pm.

Take part in an FAI Soccer Sister Easter Camp. They are running at various locations over the Easter break.

CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory have Junior Space Camp Easter Workshop suitable for children aged 8+yrs, running April 11-18.


Whats on for families at Easter in the South East

Wicklow

Powerscourt Estate have an annual Hop and Hunt with hidden clues and riddles which families will have to solve, along with Easter challenges and lots of fun!

Createschool are running Stop Motion Animation Workshops for ages 8+ which take place in Bray on April 12th and 13th and in Greystones on April 17th and 18th.

The Chocolate Garden of Ireland in Wicklow / Carlow have Chocolate Workshops for kids during the Easter Holidays.

Wexford

Secret Valley Wildlife Park is open daily for the Easter Break. Meet the new animals, take a ride on the ponies, get up close and personal with the exotic bugs and reptiles and take a walk through the Lemur enclosure! You can also take part in the Easter treasure hunt and activities.

Enjoy Easter fun at Wells House with a hunt with the Easter bunny, arts and crafts sessions and more fun activities.

Carlow

Hop on board the Rathwood Easter Train, to join the Easter bunny and his friends in their fantastic Woodlands adventure to find the Golden Egg.

Kilkenny

Visit Castlecomer Discovery Park this Easter and enjoy hot cross buns, tree top walks, Easter trails, Easter Train and visit the woodland play area.

Waterford

For a fun family day out this Easter weekend, visit the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway to meet the Easter Bunny.

Lismore Castle Arts have an Easter Egg Hunt as well as their annual Spring Spree charity day on April 15th.

Easter Camps

Take part in an FAI Soccer Sister Easter Camp.  They are running at various locations over the Easter break.


What's On for families at Easter in Northern Ireland

This Easter at W5 Belfast join in the fun at their Easter Events.

The MAC have a free Easter Egg Hunt on April 15th & 16th. Drop in throughout the day and see how many eggs you can find! Enjoy the Easter Petting ZooHats off to Spring (1-3 years) and Easy Breezy Windchimes (4-11 years).

Climb aboard the Easter Eggspress steaming along to Whitehead from Belfast Central station on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 April. There might even be an ‘eggstra’ special passenger on board with a special surprise for the best behaved children!

Check out Visit Belfast for more Easter Events taking place across the city.

The Castle Espie Wetlands have Dusty’s Giant Egg Hunt with egg-citing Easter Activities for families from April 8th to 26th.

The Ulster American Folk Park have Easter Celebrations from April 16th to 18th where you can try your hand at traditional crafts, help feed the baby chicks and enjoy storytelling sessions. Taste seasonal treats, giggle at Punch & Judy and have a go at egg & spoon races.

Navan Centre & Fort in Armagh celebrate Easter with The Wheels on the Bus on April 15th and join the Easter Egg Hunts.

Join in the fun and help Barnardos this Easter by taking part in the Cadbury Easter Egg Trail. There are trails running across in Northern Ireland this Easter.

Are you running an Easter Activity that we haven’t listed? Please share in the comments box below.

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