Things to Do with Kids Around Ireland Summer 2014

Are you looking for family things to do in Ireland this Summer? We’ve got it covered, with the Mykidstime guide to Things to Do with Kids Around Ireland Summer 2014.

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dublinFrom Vikings to Nautical to Battles to Fur & Feathers, there are heaps of free events on at National Museums of Ireland this July & August, more details here

FunnyFest – A Festival of Comedy for Children at The Ark runs from 5 Jul – 24 Aug, with performances and workshops to make you smile this Summer with Ireland’s first dedicated comedy festival for children and families.

Watch the world’s best all-round entertainers compete for the coveted ‘Street Performance World Champion’ title at the Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Championship in Dublin from July 11th – 13th.

ififamilyfestbannerThe IFI Family Festival returns to the Irish Film Institute from Thursday, July 17th to Sunday, 20th. You can look forward to four days of fantastic family films, cinema workshops, a live mobile farm, a real-life penalty shoot-out and a magic-themed opening night. This year’s festival features a packed programme of hand-picked family films from as far flung places as Argentina, India, South Africa and Japan – most of which won’t be shown in any other cinema in Ireland. We’ll have workshops for children and special guests, including RTÉ Young People’s Diana Bunici who will launch the festival!

For more information on films and workshops, and to book tickets, visit or pick up a programme at the IFI.

There’s something for everyone at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show from the 6th – 10th August, with live music and entertainment, art, fashion, shopping, food and the best in national and international equestrian competitions. The popular Kids’ Zone, will keep kids busy with pony rides, fun inflatables, face painting, Billy Bubbles, and magic shows!

wicklowPowerscourt Estate has some great events including Elf Hunters & Fairy Finders take on Powerscourt on 6th July, a Vintage Car Rally on 17th August 2014 and a Bug Walk in Powerscourt Gardens on 24th August

Bray Air Display on 20th July is Ireland’s largest free air ‘extreme formation’ aerobatics in the skies, with high speed formations such as the ‘Hammerhead,’ the ‘Blade Break,’ the ‘Palm Tree Split’ and the ‘Centrifuge’ set to thrill the crowds.


The Irish National Stud are providing complimentary Pony Rides & Face painting to all their younger visitors (upon admission) every Wednesday and Sunday for the months of July and August.

The Durrow Scarecrow Festival, (July 27th – August 4th), now in its 5th year, is a family fun event for young and old, with over 300 scarecrows to see around the village.

Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival runs from August 1st – 8th with free entertainment for children including music, markets and fairs, arts and craft activities and more.

In Stradbally, Co.Laois, the National Steam Rally celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, from 3rd – 4th August, with steam and vintage engines, a carnival, trade stands, steam threshing, steam train rides for the kids and plenty of family fun events.


Scarecrow Day takes place at Newgrange Farm on Saturday 16th August, they need some new scarecrows as the crows are attacking the crops and so are having a COMPETITION WITH SUPER PRIZES for the winners. Children should make a scarecrow at home and bring it to the farm before 3.30pm for judging. (Normal family rate admission charges apply for this event.)

northwestIn Sligo, Cairde is a week of music, dance, theatre, children events, visual art, spoken word, street art and spectacle, Park Fest and more… taking place 8th – 13th July.

Enter the “My Favourite Object Competition” during July at the Museum of Country Life, select your favourite artefact from the Folklife Collection then complete one of our ‘My Favourite Object’ activity sheets. Prizes will be awarded for the best filled out activity sheet – available in English and Irish language.

galwayGalway City Museum has lots of great events this summer including Paper Folding Workshop Saturday 5 July, Music on the Water on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 July when renowned concert pianist Nick Ross will perform a selection of works by Claude Debussy and Kent Holliday to compliment the exhibition Music on the Water: Paintings by Maurice Quillinan. Also Galway Goes to the Pictures on Saturday 19 July and a Let’s Go Fishing! workshop on Saturday 26 July.

Brigit’s Garden are holding an Elves & Fairies Day on Sunday, August 10th. The Fairy Queen and Elf King are on their way to Brigit’s Garden inviting all fairies and elves, young or old, to join them for sharing stories, songs and music, for a day of fairy magic and fun. Come dressed in your favourite costume as an elf or a fairy for the day, for enchanting storytelling, an epic tug of war with the Elf King, fairy circle dancing and a treasure hunt, along with face-painting, and crown-making.


Ennis Street Festival is a celebration of the many cultures and artistic ways that make Ennis, Co. Clare, a special place, with a colourful mix of music, dance, visual arts, puppets shows, arts exhibitions, workshops, acrobatics and more surprises from the 4th – 6th July!

Kenmare Food Carnival is a three day event celebrating food in a ‘Carnival’ style atmosphere from 12th – 14th July with cookery demonstrations, kids workshops, taste trails, carnival parade, retro carousel and helter-skelter. There will also be pop-up restaurants, gardening workshops and an artisan food market.

Celebrate Lughnasa at Craggaunowen from 3rd– 4th August, with an array of costumed re-enactors from the Bronze Age to Medieval times. Activities include combat demonstrations, Brehon law trials and much more!

The famous Puck Fair in Killorglin, Co. Kerry (August 10th -12th), is one of Ireland’s most unusual street festivals! See the crowning of a wild mountain goat and take to the streets for lots of fun.


Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility‘ takes place at King John’s Castle on July 20th with Chapterhouse Theatre Company, enjoy an evening of Regency wonderment as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exquisite world of eighteenth-century society. Bring your picnic, bubbly and seating along with family and friends and follow the sisters as they find their path and lose their hearts under a beautiful summer sky in their quest to find the perfect balance of sense and sensibility.

The Mechanical Horse project at The Hunt Museum aims to bring the fun and exciting world of physics to the general public, described as an “exciting installation piece with a strong teaching element, integrating the workings of a bicycle with the form of a horse and showcasing in a fun and eye-catching way the fundamental laws of physics.” They are also running fun Dance events at the Museum on Saturday 19th July , Saturday 16th August and Wednesday 27th August 2014, where you can get to know the museum’s collection in an unusual way… through dance, song and games!


Watch the world’s best all-round entertainers compete for the coveted ‘Street Performance World Champion’ title at the Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Championship in Cork City from July 19th – 20th.

There’s a special Water Heritage Open Day on Saturday 23rd August at Lifetime Lab to celebrate National Heritage Week and Cork Heritage Open Day 2014. They will be open from 11.00-16.00, admission is free with lots of family fun activities,information stands and games all themed on water to enjoy.


Bagenalstown Festival is a family friendly festival, taking place from July 19th & 20th. Events include free street entertainment, music, their ever popular duck race, raft racing along the river and a brand new event ‘Festival Family Fortunes’ which is based on the TV programme ‘All Star Family fortunes’.

In August the city of Kilkenny will come to life with visual art, classical music, theatre and dance, jazz, world & traditional Irish music, literature, film, indie music, craft, children’s and street events for the Kilkenny Arts Festival taking place from 8th – 17th August.

Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival, with fun family events and an amazing display of sand sculpted artwork takes place in Duncannon, Co Wexford 15th – 17th August.

National Heritage Week runs during 23rd – 31st August with free events across the country.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls