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 2019 which runs from Friday February 15th to Sunday February 24th.
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Clonakility Park Hotel
Friday February 15th to 22nd – School’s out and Clonakilty is the perfect base for the midterm break in February.
Let the Clonakility Park Hotel help you entertain the kids with children’s activities which will be operating over the entire midterm break and whatever the weather there is something for everyone from the 15th – 22nd February including:
- A visit from the Clonakilty Park hotel mascot Doogle the Dog
- Creche daily (Please book in advance)
- Kids Club daily from 11am – 3pm, subject to numbers.
- Fully Supervised Indoor Jungle Gym
- Games Room with Wiis, Xbox’s, Playstations, Pool Tables & Air Hockey
- Swimming Pool and Toddler Pool with inflatables at certain times
- Outdoor Playground with Pirate Ship
- 3 screen Cinema with all the latest releases
- High Ropes Adventure Centre with 100m zip wire & climbing walls
- Nightly entertainment on the 20th, 21st & 22nd February with a kiddies disco
- Face painting and balloon modelling will take place in the hotel lobby on the 20th, 21st and 22nd February.
The full programme of activities is available for DOWNLOAD HERE and you can also visit the Children’s Facilities page for more information.
With bowling, quasar and much more on offer, Leisureplex Cork is the perfect place to visit this February mid-term whatever the weather! Challenge your friends or family to an exciting game of bowling or quasar or take them on at the pool or snooker table and see who comes out victorious!
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.
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.
Jurassic Skies: Open Day – National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7
Sunday, February 17th 1pm – 4pm – Dinosaurs are taking over Collins Barracks for a special open day! Drop-in on the day to visit the temporary exhibition, Jurassic Skies, and meet with scientists, artists and storytellers to discover more about when dinosaurs took to the air. Activities on the day include a hands-on look at real dinosaur fossils, bird feathers and bones. No booking required. All ages.
Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History) – Jurassic Skies: Midterm Family Art Workshop
Wednesday, February 20th 2019 2.30pm-3.30pm – Join us for a mid-term Art workshop for families exploring the Jurassic Skies exhibition- learn about the Archaeopteryx, an animal known from fossils dating from the Jurassic age, approximately 150 million years old and create a creature of your own design!
Families. Admission free. Art materials supplied. Booking required, email [email protected].
Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History) – Family Tour – An Introduction to Collins Barracks
Friday, February 24th 3pm-4pm – Join an introductory tour to learn about the history of Collins Barracks, from the 1700s to the present day and its transition from Barracks to Museum, taking in some of the highlights from the Museum’s military history or decorative arts exhibitions.
Families. Admission free. No booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.
Made to Measure? – National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Dublin 2
Thursday, February 21st 2019 12pm & 2pm – Are you the height of a beaver? Are you as long as a moose? Join zoologist Catherine McGuinness to learn how we measure animals and guess their sizes. You might be surprised by your animal height! No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible. All ages welcome.
Kildare Street (Archaeology) – Medieval Love Tokens
Thursday, February 21st 2019 11.30am-1.30pm – In Medieval times a lady would give a knight a love token to carry into ‘battle’ for good luck. Pop in and join us to find out more about love and courting in Medieval times and to make your own love token to bring home.
Families with children 8+. Drop-In Activity. Admission free. No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible.
Prehistory Mysteries! Humans and the Natural World – National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Dublin 2
Saturday, February 23rd, 2.30pm – 4.30pm – Pop into the Museum and have a chat with our Museum Educators who will have an array of replica artefacts and raw materials, which you can pick up and examine. Discover how humans cleverly used antler, wood, and clay in centuries past – long before there was plastic! No booking required. Located in the Prehistoric Ireland exhibition, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. All ages welcome.
February Mid-Term Break French Camps
Monday 18 to Friday 22 February – 9.30am to 1.00pm (17,5 hours)
Learn and play in French: Arts & crafts, songs, games, focusing on nature and plants to discover the magic of springtime! The classes will be led by qualified and child-friendly, Garda-vetted French-native teachers and take place both in our dedicated room and in the new Children’s Corner of The French Library. All children are welcome, whatever their level of French!
Monday 18 to Friday 22 February – 1pm to 4pm (15 hours)
Every year, the Alliance Française organises intensive courses for Junior & Leaving Cert students preparing to sit their French Oral examination. Its content is directly designed to meet the requirements of the certificates’ syllabus and includes a mock exam!
Family Fun at Leisureplex Dublin
With 5 Dublin sites to visit, you won’t be short of fun this February mid-term at Leisureplex. From quasar to bowling and snooker to soft play there is something to amuse everyone in the family no matter what your age.
Junior Explorer Tours at The GAA Museum, Croke Park
Cluasóg is back at the GAA Museum in Croke Park from February 22nd to May 18th to bring you on a family friendly junior explorer tour in the home of GAA.
Go behind-the-scenes and learn fun facts about the GAA and Croke Park. During the Stadium Tour, your intrepid little explorers will get to visit the team dressing rooms and warm-up area and run out pitch-side through the players’ tunnel – a highlight for any GAA fan or aspiring young star! Back at the GAA Museum, children will receive their Junior Explorer Passport so they can follow clues throughout the Museum and discover some of the museum’s most famous exhibits including the original Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy cups along the way. If the group find all the clues, all younger visitors will receive a special Junior Explorer badge and sticker pack!
Another highlight for many boys and girls (and mums and dads!) is the museum’s Interactive Games Zone, where the future (and past) All-Stars can test their own hurling and football skills. Who’s the fastest in the family? Find out by measuring the speed of your strike as you hit a sliotar down the hurling alley or test your goal scoring ability with a family and friends football challenge!
Junior Explorer Tours are recommended for all family members but will be of particular interest for children of 8 years of age and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tours will depart from the GAA Museum at 10.30am and will continue on Saturday mornings (subject to GAA fixtures) until May 18th.
Performing Arts Festival – PERFORM at the RDS
Friday February 15th to Sunday February 17th 2019 – Perform is Ireland’s first Performing Arts Festival and takes place in the RDS, Dublin from February 15th to 17th 2019. There will be over 170 workshops, masterclasses and seminars from stars of screen, stage, internet and music and performers from around Ireland will entertain and take part in competitions throughout the weekend. PERFORM is a non-profit organisation and all profits will be used for scholarships and bursaries.
dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum
dlr Mill Theatre – Great Expectations
Tuesday February 19th to Saturday February 23rd 2019 – Show time: 8pm – Balally Players Theatre Co. presents Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Adapted by Jo Clifford . Directed by Brian Molloy. A beautifully simple adaptation of one of Dickens’s best-loved novels, bringing it thrillingly to life for the stage.
When the orphan Pip meets the convict Magwitch in a graveyard and is forced to help him escape, his life takes a series of unexpected turns. Invited to the house of the mysterious
Miss Havisham, he falls in love with her adopted daughter, the beautiful but cold-hearted
Estella. Then the generosity of an unknown benefactor sends him to London to become a gentleman. But the truth behind his change of fortune, once revealed, is not what Pip expects…
Slime Lab Workshops at Cool Planet Experience
February 17th, 22nd, 23rd & 24th 2019 – 12pm & 2pm – This February mid-term, your kids can don their lab coat, goggles & get stuck into the strange & squishy world of slime! This kids’ workshop is designed to make learning about climate action & sustainability an interactive & lasting experience for all ages.
- Kids will take a closer look at environmental science (think slime, goo, jelly balls & seaweed!).
- They will play, pop & stretch their self-made slime to discover how we can use these unusual materials to save the planet (think edible water bottles & sustainable packaging)!
Workshops suitable for Ages 6-14 and each workshop lasts 1hour and 15mins and costs €15 per child. Booking essential.
Add a tour of the Cool Planet ground-breaking exhibition for €5.50 (child), €9.50 (adult). Book 1hr before, or after your slime workshop.
Fairy Day at the Irish National Stud & Gardens, Kildare
Friday 22nd February 12pm to 3pm – For anyone with a fairy fan in the house, the 22nd season ticket holder event at Irish National Stud, celebrates the return of the fairy trail to the Irish National Stud & Gardens, which is home to 20 residents this year. There will be lots of fun activities including face painting, magic show and much more. The kids can make the day even more magical by dressing up in their favourite fairy costume. Please note places are limited and booking is required via email on [email protected].
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.
Turlough Park (Country Life) – Knitting & Crochet Circle: Springtime Patterns
Friday, February 15th 2019 11am-1pm – Update your style for Spring. Join the group to work on your knitting and crochet skills, swap patterns and get advice.
Adults & Children 7+. Drop-In Activity. Admission free. No booking required. Beginners welcome.
Turlough Park (Country Life) – Music Circle
Saturday February 16th 2019 2pm-4pm – Dust down that fiddle, polish that whistle and join the music circle to practice, share, play tunes and songs.
Adults & Children 12+. Drop-In Activity. Admission free. No booking required.
Turlough Park (Country Life) – The Road to War
Sunday February 17th 2019 1.30pm-2.30pm & 3pm-4pm – Two talks exploring the changes in Ireland’s political landscape as a result of the December 1918 general election and the rise of Sinn Féin as the dominant political party. Also investigating the journey towards the War of Independence and its impact on the West of Ireland. Featuring guest speakers Dr. Martin O’Donoghue, professional historian and lecturer in the History Department, UL and Dr. Richard McElligott, Lecturer in Modern Irish History, UCD.
Adults & Children 14+. Admission free. Booking required, email [email protected].
Turlough Park (Country Life) – Look to the Lights
Thursday, February 21st 2019 2pm-3pm – Before electricity people used tallow candles, rushlights and paraffin lamps to light their homes. Join the Education Team to learn more about how people lit their homes and then with artist Veronika Straberger make and decorate your own lantern.
Adults & Children 7+. Admission free. Booking required, email [email protected].
Turlough Park (Country Life) – CAMP Project: Magical Moving Images
Thursday, February 21st 2019 10am-1.30pm – As part of the Travellers’ Journey CAMP arts project, artist Brid Murphy will lead this workshop in Video Mapping and Interactive Video Projection. Discover how to make magical moving image installations to project images on to the front of buildings and interventions in space. Find out how moving image can be a powerful tool to activate conversations on how to challenge prejudice and can give a voice to the marginalised.
Adults & Children 14+. Admission free. Booking required, email [email protected].
Turlough Park (Country Life) – Junior Event: Create Your Own Family Tree
Friday, February 22nd 2019 2pm-3pm – Join artist Nuala Clarke for a fun and interactive workshop exploring family connections and use natural materials from the Museum grounds to create your own family tree.
Adults & Children 3-6yrs. Admission free. Booking required, email [email protected].
Turlough Park (Country Life) – I am Traveller: Our Histories and Heritage
Saturday, February 23rd 2019 2pm-5pm – Meet with guests Brigid Carmody, Hugh Friel, Michael McDonagh, Mary Collins and Oein DeBhairduin, representing Traveller groups from Cork, Donegal, Meath, Mayo and Dublin. The panel will share their insights on traditional and contemporary Traveller culture and interesting community initiatives. Chaired by Senator Collette Kelleher.
Adults & Children 14+. Admission free. Booking required, email [email protected].
Maldron Hotel Oranmore Galway, February Mid-term Offers
This February mid-term (16th to 23rd February 2019) you can bag a bargain at The Maldron Hotel Oranmore with dinner, bed and breakfast for your family starting from just €252. Best of all you can enjoy full use of the Leisure Centre with it’s stunning pool and kiddies pool, avail of the free Crafty Kids Club and older children can enjoy the dedicated games room.
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
Thursday February 21st 12pm to 1pm – Special free guided tour – Bring Your Own Questions, suitable for ages 8+. If you have questions about Galway or any of the museum collections, come along to this tour and have them answered! The Galway City Museum is open daily over the midterm break and is free to visit.
Limerick, Clare & Tipperary, Kerry
Return of Spring at glor, Ennis
Saturday February 16th shows a 2.00pm and 3.30pm – At glór Ennis the creatures of Whistleberry Forest are confused. Spring has arrived early and Huggy the hedgehog must embark on a musical adventure to wake up the rest of the creatures in the forest. Suitable for children aged 3 to 5 year accompanied by an adult.
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 Ban Trail on a journey of discovery through the museum to solve mysteries, discover items and explore the past.
Wexford Arts Centre
Wexford Arts Centre have a host of classes and activities for families in February 2019.
Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
February 20th & 21st 2019 – The Solstice Arts Centre will run SPRUNG! Mid-Term Workshops, spring themed workshops where children aged 6+ can learn a range of crafting skills including soft sculpting, painting techniques and more.
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!