Feels like the kids are only back in school after Christmas, and we are looking forward to the mid-term break already! Are you looking for ways to entertain them over the school holiday? Here’s our pick of the things to do with kids around Ireland, this February Mid Term, in association with Lough Key Forest & Activity Park.
Dublin & Wicklow
National Museum of Ireland
The National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Decorative Arts & History and Natural History are all FREE to visit. They have a full program of events for families and children running across all 3 sites during the February Mid-Term.
Here are 3 we picked out:
- Museum of Natural History has a Drop-in Activity Natural History Spring Surprises on for the duration of the February Mid-Term.
- Museum of Archaeology has a Drop-in Activity Valentine’s Day: Medieval Love Tokens on Saturday 14th February.
- Museum of Decorative Arts & History has Mid-term workshops: Celebrating Chinese New Year on Thurdsday 19th February.
Junior Songschool run by Song School takes place Sat Feb 28th 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.
For something a bit different this mid-term, learn how to fish at the Ireland Angling Expo 2015, on Sat 21st & Sun 22nd 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. Youngsters will be invited to take part in free interactive games and there will be prizes all weekend long
Come along to The Ark this mid-term for the world premiere of Far Away From Me by Amy Conroy on February 12th. Also showing from Feb 17th to 20th at 2pm and 4pm. Suitable for children aged 6+. If your child is interested in learning more about theatre they can come along to Behind the Scenes which runs after the 4pm performance from Feb 17th to 21st. You will meet a member of the show’s creative team and find out about their role in this production and their chosen career.
On Feb 21st and 22nd musician Nick Roth welcomes the arrival of Spring with fun Spring Jazz Spells workshops for 2 to 4 year olds.
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.
The ‘you can build it workshop’ takes place at Imaginosity on 13th & 15th Feb. Or celebrate Chinese New Year all week from 16th to 22nd Feb with workshops and activities. Workshops are on a first come, first served basis and are suited for 4+ years.
Their Mid-Term Kids Camp also runs daily from 17th to 20th Feb, suited for 4-7 years.
Take a trip to Powerscourt Estate, for a fantastic family day out. Climb the Pepper Pot Tower, visit the highest waterfall in Ireland, and discover trees that are hundreds of years old, and enjoy the children’s playground.
Or pop along to 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!
- Bake, a theatre show for kids, takes place at The Pavillion Theatre on February 21st.
- The National Print Museum have workshops for children running on February 19th, 20th and 21st.
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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.
National Museum of Ireland
At the National Museum of Ireland–Country Life in Turlough Park, Co. Mayo kids can have Pots of Fun exploring mugs, jugs and plates from long ago. 2-4pm 18th February.
Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo
Sligo Musical Society presents Sweet Charity – A Musical Comedy at the Hawk’s Well Theatre. Suitable for children aged 8+. The show runs nightly from February 17th to 21st.
Special Offer Family Breaks for Midterm at Delphi Adventure Resort and Spa
Just days before the reopening of the resort, comes the news that they have sold out of their Economy Family Rooms for the Midterm period. Lucky for you however, they have just put together a last minute offer on Midweek Breaks: an exclusive 2 Night Midweek Break Special for 2 Adults & 2 Children in a Deluxe Family Room. This break was €297 and is NOW ONLY €199. There is limited availability so be sure to book now if you want to avail of this exclusive offer and save over 30%!!
The resort offer a range of packages to suit every budget – For more information or to book now Call 095-42208 or visit their website.
- Roscommon Arts Centre are hosting a FREE Children’s Book Clinic in association with Children’s Book Ireland on February 21st. Perfect for young readers looking for advice on what to read next.
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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.
The Galway Music Residency present the Con Tempo Quartet on 3 Saturdays at The Galway City Museum, with the first concert taking place on February 14th and then on February 21st and 28th.
Archaeology Workshops for children aged 7 to 12 years are 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.
Galway Atlantaquaria are open throughout the midterm break. Take a trip to see the eels, jellyfish, rays, sharks, crabs and more.
Or younger children can have fun at a Marine Science Workshop on February 19th & 20th. These are suitable for children aged 5 – 8 years and cost €20 for 1 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: [email protected]
Galway Artist Kathy Ross is showing her work ‘Catching Dreams’ a collection of fairytale illustrations in NUIG over midterm. The show runs until March 6th.
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Limerick, Clare & Tipperary
Join instrument builder Ed Devane in this hands-on music workshop on February 22nd. Participants will learn about sound and musical instrument design, giving them a richer understanding of music while enhancing their craft skills, and make loads of noise in the process! suitable for Ages: 8 – 13. Drop in any time over the mid-term and you can Hunt for Treasure and Animals!
Brick Flicks Stop Motion Workshop by Creatschool takes place on February 19th at The Source. Suitable for children aged 8+.
At Glor, Ennis on 18th Feb, the American Wrestling Roadshow comes to town.
- A Plumber’s Guide to World Music with Gordon Douglas is at The Lime Tree Theatre Limerick. This fun music workshop is suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years.
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The Music and Comedy Spectacular by students from The Presentation De La Salle College is on February 16th and 17th at The Watergate Theatre Kilkenny.
- The National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny are having a Pop Prints Family Craft Event on February 14th from 10.30am to 12pm. Suitable for children aged 5 to 13 years.
- Wexford Arts Centre have Messy Monsters Arts and Crafts days for children and parents on February 13th and 27th.
- The Mermaid Arts Centre in Wicklow have films and workshops for families during February.
Snow White & Bosco with Lambert Puppet Theatre at Solstice Arts Centre on February 21st 2015. Suitable for Ages 3-10yrs..
Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda
Create your very own fantastic illustrated book at the Book a Doodle Book Workshop for children at Droichead Arts Centre. Workshops are on February 19th for children aged 8 to 12 years .
Meet the Engineers Family Fun Day on February 14th.
- Ballymaloe Grainstore have a screening of The Big Apple Circus on February 21st.
- To celebrate The International Year of Light, Blackrock Castle Observatory have Explore Light midterm workshops for children aged 8+. They are on February 17th and 19th.
Do you know of any more family events taking place near you ? Let us know in the comments below!