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 for the February Mid Term 2018 which runs from Friday February 9th to 18th 2018.
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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.
National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin
Medieval Knights and Ladies 2pm – 4pm, February 14th In Medieval times a lady would give a knight a love token to carry into ‘battle’ for good luck. Join us to find out more about love and courting in Medieval times and to make your own love token to bring home. No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families with children 8+
Artefact Detective 2pm – 4pm, Friday, February 16 Learn how to think like an archaeologist and try to solve the puzzle of some mystery objects! This is a drop-in session in the Kildare Room on the ground floor of the Museum. No booking required. Suitable for families with children aged eight years plus.
National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin
Meet the Relatives 11am – 1pm, Saturday, February 10. What’s the difference between a chimp, a gorilla and an orangutan. Meet a zoologist, investigate ape skulls and complete the primate trail to find out more about our closest relatives. No booking required but there may be a short wait time. Suitable for children aged eight years plus.
Family Tour: Animal Lottery with Catherine McGuinness 11.30am & 2.30pm, February 10th. You decide the route of the tour by having an animal lottery- be prepared for a lot of walking! No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible.
National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin
Family Tour: Love Tokens 11am – 12pm, February 14th. An opportunity to explore the romantic histories of objects on display in the Museum’s collections with Lisa Flanagan, focusing on the fashion and furniture exhibitions, The Way We Wore and Irish Country Furniture. No booking required, places allocated on a first come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Audience: Families
Chinese New Year Workshop 2.30pm – 4pm, Friday, February 16. Celebrate the Year of the Dog and learn all about Chinese New Year with this special art workshop for families. All art materials will be provided. Suitable for families with children aged seven years plus. Booking is required.
Come along to The Ark this mid-term and enjoy some creative workshops including:
- Zombie Prosthetics Workshop 10 February
For Ages 9+. Learn how to transform into a spooky zombie with Julie-Ann Ryan, special effects makeup artist on productions such as The Tudors, Vikings & Game of Thrones! Part of Fantastic Flix at The Ark.
- Lego Animation Workshops 13-16 February 2018
Make your own Lego movie in this practical workshop with Brick Flicks. Part of Fantastic Flix at The Ark.
- Discover Graphic Design for Filmmaking 17 February
Join Annie Atkins, graphic designer on The Box Trolls and The Grand Budapest Hotel, in a fun workshop in which you will create a passport for Dracula, just as she would for the movies!
FREE Event for Families: “Fraternité” by Compagnie Filao Danse performance for the whole family at The French Library, Alliance Française Dublin, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 on Saturday 10 February at 11am Admission free but booking recommended
The French contemporary dance company Filao, comprised of Géraldine Borghi and Cyril Véra-Coussieu, will put on a very special show for the whole family, from 3 years of age, at the French Library. For the past 8 years they have been creating shows using the dancing body as a means of communication and of conveying emotions. This duo unites physicality, organicity and contact. Their newest creation, Fraternité, portrays the relationship which unites brother and sister. It will lead both young and old to question themselves about the world and their connections with one another.
Mid-term Holiday French Camps for Kids and Teens:
Your child will discover the magic of the Winter learning about animals, snow and French-speaking countries from colder regions. Songs, arts & crafts, ice making are to be expected! The classes will be led by qualified native-French teachers. All children are welcome, regardless of their level of French. Cost €99 per child per course. Book here for 4 to 6 year olds and book here for 7 to 10 year olds.
Teenagers – Monday 12th to Friday 16th February from 1pm to 4pm
Intensive courses for Leaving Cert & Junior Cert students preparing to sit their French Oral examination in 2018. The holiday programme is lively and fun with content directly designed to meet the requirements of the certificates’ syllabus and includes a mock exam. Cost €180 per teen per course. Book here for Junior Cert Course and Book here for Leaving Cert Course.
dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum
The ‘Colour Me Blind Exhibition‘ to celebrate and promote the Colour Me Blind colouring book opens at the dlr Mill Theatre in Dundrum Town Centre on February 17th and runs until April 20th. The exhibition comprises of large framed coloured in images from the book finished in various media by the artists on display for inspiration.
Live colouring in and refreshments on the opening evening Saturday 17th February 5pm, all welcome.
Round Tower Clondalkin
Have some FREE interactive fun at The Round Tower Clondalkin this February mid-term with eight distinctive themed spaces in the refurbished 19th century Mill Cottages. The experience explores:
- The monastic setting
- The Viking legacy
- The 19th and early 20th century setting of Clondalkin.
- The role that round towers performed, both socially and politically, in Ireland.
Suitable for all ages, The Round Tower Clondalkin experience incorporates public gardens, an exhibition and gallery space and The Happy Pear onsite café where tasty healthy food meets famously friendly service. 1 Tower – 1000 Years of History!
Imaginoisty are running some fun STEM and Art themed mid-term camps from February 12th to 16th for kids aged 4 to 9 years including; Super Science, Excellent Engineering, Cupid Day, Artfullness and A Day of Mystery.
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!
Lough Key Forest Park & Activity Park
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 – Country Life
At the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life in Turlough Park, Co. Mayo there are these fun workshops taking place for children and teens.
- Be My Valentine 2.30pm to 4.30pm, February 10th. Join artist Veronika Straberger for a Valentine’s themed creative writing workshop. Compose a love poem and make a unique card for that special someone. Booking required for workshop. Audience: Adults & Children 12+
- You Could Draw That Blindfolded 2.30pm to 3.30pm, February 13th. Join artist Nuala Clarke for a fun and collaborative workshop for parents and children with a shared interest in art. With a little help, see if you can draw an object from our collections with your eyes closed. Booking required for workshop. Audience: Adults & Children 7+
- Little Red Hen 2.30pm – 3.30pm, Thursday, February 15. Hear the story of the Little Red Hen and her friends, told through puppets, in this fun, interactive gallery session with Barbara Barclay. Hear the tale, handle objects from the collection and then make your own character. Booking required. Suitable for children aged three to six years.
Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo
There’s a Super Sunday Trad Session: Declan Folan & Special Guests on Sun 18 Feb, 12.30 – 2pm, a new series of traditional music session for teenagers and young people that take place in a family-friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Unwind with the Sunday papers, while younger siblings can enjoy an arts & crafts activity.
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.
Galway City Museum
The Galway City Museum is open daily over the midterm break and will have some workshops running for kids and teens.
- MIDTERM WORKSHOP: Irish Marine Wonder February 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Ever wanted to know more about Ireland’s marine diversity? Join team members from Galway Atlantaquaria to learn about some of the animals and plants that live in the ocean around Ireland. Examine a range of biofacts and seaweeds, carry out a squid dissection and design your own camouflaged animal. Age 7–12
- MIDTERM WORKSHOP: Caring for our Oceans February 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Join team members from Galway Atlantaquaria to learn about marine litter, over-fishing and how the ocean’s water quality is being affected by people. Explore what you can do to help protect our ocean, make water filters, examine the effects of ocean acidification and design a Save our Ocean poster. Age 7–12
- GUIDED TOUR: Bring your own Questions!February 16 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm. Does the Claddagh really have its own King? Who built the Spanish Arch? How did you get a Galway Hooker into the museum? Is that a skull or an ostrich egg? How heavy is the Great Mace? Join this special guided tour for families to learn about the museum and its fascinating objects.
Galway Atlantaquaria is open throughout the midterm break. Take a trip to see the eels, jellyfish, rays, sharks, crabs and more.
Limerick, Clare & Tipperary, Kerry
Bosco at glor, Ennis
At glór Ennis see Bosco Meets Hansel and Gretel by The Paula Lambert Puppet Theatre on February 17th at 1.3pm.
The Hunt Museum, Limerick
The Hunt Museum have their drop in Arts & Crafts on the first Saturday and Sunday of every month.
Kerry County Museum
You will find the Kerry County Museum in Tralee and children can take the Pangur Bån Trail on a journey of discovery through the museum to solve mysteries, discover items and explore the past.
National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
The National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny host workshops for families one Saturday each month. There will be one over midterm break on February 17th.
Wexford Arts Centre
Wexford Arts Centre have a host of classes and activities for families in February 2018.
Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
The Solstice Arts Centre will run SPRUNG! Mid-Term Workshops on 15th & 16th February 2018, spring themed workshops where children aged 6+ can learn a range of crafting skills including soft sculpting, painting techniques and more.
Anyone for Science will be running science & engineering fun mid term camps at Lifetime Lab in Cork on Thursday 15th and/or Friday 16th February 2018 suitable for children age 4 and up.
Blackrock Castle Observatory
The Blackrock Castle Observatory will be open for visitors over the mid-term break.
Toy Soldier Factory
Pay a visit to the Toy Soldier Factory visitor centre and see the world’s largest model battle scene of the Battle of Waterloo. You can also cast and paint your very own miniature to take home.
Organisers please list your event/class or camp for FREE!
Do you know of any more family events taking place near you? Let us know in the comments below!