Things to Do with Kids Around Ireland Summer 2020


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Summer Family Getaway to Galway

This Summer The Connacht Hotel in Galway is offering a Young Explorers Family Package with breakfast each morning and dinner on one evening for the whole family! While you relax, the kids can enjoy their fantastic fun-filled kids club at no extra cost & for an action packed day out, avail of discounts for local attractions arranged by the hotel.

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Choose from two and three nights family packages to include:

  • Bed & Breakfast each day.
  • Family Dinner on One Evening.
  • Full use of Leisure Centre and 20m Swimming Pool.
  • Access to the ‘Friendly Fellows’ Kids Club and schedule of activities.
  • Free parking.
  • Discounts to local attractions.

Book Your Summer Family Break to Galway

Have A Game of Bowling At Leisureplex Dublin & Cork

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Visit Leisureplex centres in Dublin and Cork for some fun family time this summer!

Lots of fun things to do in Leisureplex including:

  • Bowling
  • Quasar – read our family review, apparently it’s better than Fortnite!
  • Zoo Playland, for the little ones!

and more in Blanchardstown, Charlestown, Coolock, Tallaght and Stillorgan in Dublin and Leisureplex Cork, are open from 10am until late daily.

Leisureplex is still the perfect place to entertain all the family whatever the weather. Now is the perfect time to visit and check out all the facilities on offer.

Things to do in Dublin and Wicklow with Kids this Summer

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Protect Our Planet with SSE Airtiricity at Dublin Zoo

SSE Airtricity, proud Sustainability Partner of Dublin Zoo, is inviting visitors to the Protect Our Planet Weekend taking place on the weekend June 15th & 16th & August 24th & 25th.

Everyone visiting Dublin Zoo for the 2 day weekend events will be guided through fun and interactive tasks and activities, including taking part in a mini worm excavation, building your very own ‘Bug Hotel’, and exploring SSE Airtricity’s Eco Explorer Trail. Plus, there will be plenty of exclusive prizes to be won, face painters and much more.

Be sure to download the SSE Airtricity’s Eco Explorer App before you visit for extra fun. The Eco Explorers App is available to download free from iTunes and Google Play Store.

Did you know you can get 20% off day passes to Dublin Zoo with SSE Reward? You can also get free tea or coffee during your visit and save on reusable bamboo cup! Find out more about SSE Reward. 

When: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June & Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August

Enjoy Outdoor Theatre at Clondalkin Round Tower

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Pride & Prejudice presented by Chapterhouse Theatre company takes place at The Round Tower Clondalkin.

Take a step back in time to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s notorious heroine. When Elizabeth meets the terse and abrupt Mr. Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. But is there more to him than meets the eye?

Enjoy an evening of theatre beneath the stars and The Round Tower, basking in the glow of this timeless classic.

If you’re looking for free things to do in Dublin with the family, a visit to The Round Tower Clondalkin is a must! 1 Tower – 1000 years of history is what you get when you bring the family along for an interactive day out. And best of all, it won’t cost you a cent, unless of course you’re tempted by the goodies on offer in the on-site Happy Pear Café! 

One of South Dublin County’s cultural highlights, The Round Tower Clondalkin( is built on the site of a monastery founded by St. Mochua in the 7th century, and is one of only four remaining round towers in County Dublin.

When: Friday, June 20th

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Mill Productions bring another Roald Dhal classic, The Twits to the stage this June 2019 at the dlr Mill Theatre.

Catch the show on dates from June 13th to 23rd at 2pm and 4pm. Suitable for ages 4+.

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Saturday 29th June, 12pm & 2pm – Enjoy The Three Little Pigs presented by puppeteer, Miriam Lambert. This interactive puppet show tells the story of how Mummy pig encourages her piglets to dream big and follow their hears and make lives for themselves. See how they get on and how they cope when they meet the very hungry big bad wolf!

Annie at dlr Mill TheatreDates from Tuesday 20th to Sunday 25th August, 7.30pm, 2.30pm (selected dates)– Join the Mill Youth Musical Theatre Company as they tell the story of brave young Annie, forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage.

Her luck changes when she is chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with Oliver Warbucks, billionaire!

Packed full of music and dance, families and kids of all ages will enjoy this heartwarming tale. Book your tickets now.

When: Throughout the Summer 

National Museum of Ireland Free Summer Events

Vampire Jet NMI Decorative Arts & HIstory Museum

From Vikings to Animals to Mummies to Artefacts, there are heaps of free events on at National Museums of Ireland this July & August, more details here.

When: Throughout the Summer 

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Legends Tours – Croke Park, Dublin

Brian Lohan Clare GAA Museum Tours Croke Park

The 2019 Bord Gáis Energy Legends Tour series takes place in Croke Park on selected weekends in June, July & August. The tours give fans an unforgettable opportunity to hear memories and anecdotes first hand from their GAA heroes. Tour will be hosted by Martin O’Connell (Meath), Martin Storey (Wexford), Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny), Brian Lohan (Clare), Eamon McGee (Donegal), Kieran Donaghy (Kerry), Aaron & Joe Kernan (Armagh).

When: Saturday 8th June, 29th June, 27th July, 10th August, 31st August and Sunday 28th July & 11th August. 

Junior Explorer Tours at Croke Park in August

Croke Park Junior Explorers Tour Easter Egg Hunts

Every Tuesday & Thursday in August at 10.30am –  Early risers can enjoy Junior Explorer Tours at Croke Park. The family friendly tours will bring the magic home of gaelic games to life. You will meet Cluasóg, then go behind the scenes with a stadium tour including a visit to the team dressing rooms, warm-up area before running out to the pitch through the players’ tunnel! Back at the GAA Museum, you will receive your explorers passport, which you can fill up for a surprise and get to see some sporting treasures.

When: Every Tuesday & Thursday in August at 10.30am

Free Kids Entertainment at Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin

Free Entertainment at Jervis Shopping Centre Dublin

The Summer event programme kicks off with Carnival time at Jervis. On July 6th there’s kids’ music and entertainment all day! Spin the wheel to see if you’ve won a prize and try your hand at the VR game. Enjoy free kids Zumba with Elite DC on July 13th. Witches and Wizards are up next on July 20th so have your wands at the ready! Next up is Jack Wise on July 27th with more fun to follow in August!

When: Saturday July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, 1pm to 5pm & Saturday 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th August.

Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular, Dublin & Cork

Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular is going to be even bigger, better and more spectacular than ever as it takes to Dublin’s Merrion Square & Cork’s Fitzgerald Park, Cork city this July.

Featuring some of the best street theatre performers around, and with a host of exciting events, fantastic exhibitions and absorbing interactive workshops, there will be plenty to entertain the whole family.

When: Dublin: July 12th – 14th; Cork: July 20th – 21st 2019

Summer Fun at Powerscourt Estate & Gardens

Treasure Island chapterhouse at Powerscourt

Powerscourt Estate & Gardens are perfect for a fun family day out during the summer months. Pack a picnic and enjoy exploring. They also run events throughout the year and this summer you can enjoy:

May 25th from 11am to 12pm – Enjoy a kids gardening class where you can learn to sow and grow some beautiful flowers to enjoy during the summer months. Classes are suitable for ages 5 to 12 years and children must be accompanied by an adult. Book a place.

July 28th – Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company for an outdoor performance of the much loved classic Treasure Island. Pack a rug and a picnic and prepare to be wowed!

IVVCC Vintage Car Rally at Powerscourt

Whats on 1900-Gladiator IVVCC Vintage Car Rally at Powerscourt

Sunday August 18th, 2pm to 5.30pm – Join the largest motor club in Ireland, the Irish Veteran and Vintage Car Club, for their 42nd Anniversary run to Powerscourt! Taking place on Sunday, 18 August, it’s a spectacular day for all where you can enjoy the vintage cars up close and chat with their owners. Come dressed vintage and you will blend right in!

Past runs at Powerscourt have featured a 1926 Rolls Royce, a 1920 Singer 10 HP and a 1930 Austin 7. With over 100 cars at this year’s event, there will be plenty of classics for you to enjoy including a 1900 Gladiator and 8 micro cars.

Click here for further information and bookings

When: May, June July & August

Summer Lab at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

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FIZZ, POP, BANG – their summer lab is OPEN! The Cool Planet in Wicklow will be running a range of workshops for all ages including our gooey Slime Lab, our explosive Stomp-Rocket workshops & more!! So-much-fun & a great way to keep your little scientists entertained for the summer holidays!

Book Early to Avoid Disappointment!

When: Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday in July & August

When: All Summer Long

The Festival of Curiosity

Festival of Curiosity 2019

The Festival of Curiosity is back in Dublin this summer for a four-day cultural feast of science, arts, design, and technology for all the family from July 18th – 21st.

Take your friends and your family on a play date with Dublin City this July during the Playful Days and Curious Nights festival programme. See the full programme of events at

When: 18th – 21st July 2019

Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Stena Line Dublin Horse Show

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With over 1,500 horses and ponies, 135 competitions, 300 shopping stands, food and drink stalls dotted all over the grounds as well kids’ entertainment and 8 world-ranking international show jumping competitions, this promises to be one of the stand out events of the summer!

For more information or to purchase tickets visit

When: 7th – 11th August 2019

Playstival Fest, Dublin

Playstival 2019 The Market

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August 2019, 9am to 6pm daily – Now in its second year, our favourite children’s festival Playstival celebrates play & discovery, fun & excitement, live music & great food at Airfield Estate, Dublin.

Families will enjoy a two day 100% interactive and ‘screen free’ summer festival with themed ‘play universes’ and activities for children to immerse themselves in. Playstival offers an unforgettable day of pure fun, with over fifteen activity areas and three themed play universes designed to foster the imagination and inspire creation while having lots of fun. Some of the highlights include:

  • The Market, a farm to table experience for all budding young chefs
  • The Construction Site with hard hats, diggers & tractors for ‘on the job’ learning!W5’s
  • Science & Discovery Hub
  • Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO Masters Zone
  • Johnny Magory’s Explorer’s Storyland
  • Sport Against Racism Ireland family sports day
  • Playchella Music Stage with live bands and DJ
  • A world street food market and so much more!

This hands-on festival is the must attend event of the summer!

To see the full line up and buy tickets visit

When: 10th – 11th August 2019

Outdoor Movies on the Beach, Bray, Wicklow

Thursday, 9th August10pm Dirty Dancing & Thursday 16th August 9.30pm The Greatest Showman – You can watch the stars under the stars with Outdoor Movies on the Beach Bray Promenade, Strand Road in Bray. ‘Outdoor Movies on the Beach’ screenings are age appropriate. The onus is on the parent to decide if the movie is suitable for their child to watch. If attending the ‘Outdoor Movies on the beach’ screenings children must be accompanied by an adult.

Movies and dates:

  • Top Gun – Thursday, 12th July, 10pm
  • Dirty Dancing – Thursday, 9th August, 10pm
  • The Greatest Showman – Thursday, 16th August, 9:30 pm

Dogs Day Out at Moran Park, Dublin

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Sunday August 11th, 1pm to 5pm –  Dogs Day Out takes place at Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire (beside dlr LexIcon). There will be advice on canine health, tips on doggy training and style, agility course and ‘ask the trainer’ service.

Staff from Dogs Trust Ireland, Blue Cross and other organisations dedicated to the welfare of your dog will also be at the event.

The event will also feature our Doggy InstaWall where you can take a picture of your dog as a special reminder of your visit to Dog’s Day Out. Kids will be able to have their faces painted canine style or make a customised dog collar for their favourite pet.

Drive In Movies with Virgin Media, Lepoardstown Racecourse Dublin

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Saturday August 24th , 3pm Mama Mia, 7pm Bohemian Rhapsody – Enjoy a drive in movie on Europe’s largest mobile LED screen from the comfort of your car as Virgin Media bring Mama Mia and Bohemian Rhapsody on tour! Tickets are €10 and proceeds will go to the Virgin Media’s Digital For Good Programme.

Things to do in Westmeath, Laois, Offaly, Kildare, Longford with Kids

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Summer Fun at the Irish National Stud & Gardens, Kildare

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Summer fun events at the Irish National Stud & Gardens in Kildare Town include complimentary pony rides and face painting with regular entry ticket every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday in July & August for all younger visitors!

It is also the perfect time to see all of the foals frolicking in their paddocks. You can enjoy the very beautiful Japanese Gardens, St. Fiachra’s Garden. The ‘Living Legends’, Beef Or Salmon, Hardy Eustace, Kicking King, Hurricane Fly and Rite Of Passage, can be seen in their paddocks every day enjoying their retirement from racing.

The on-site restaurant offers delicious homemade baked goods and wholesome lunches. And end the day in the playground and finding the 20 resident fairies hidden along The Fairy Trail!

Tickets can be purchased on the day but to avail of discounted rates, book online

Sunday 30th June, 10am to 2pm – Celebrate the highlight of the racing calendar, Derby Day at the Irish National Stud & Gardens. Prince & Bertie will be giving all the little ones free pony rides, there will be face painting, workshops and loads of fun for the family throughout the day.

When: July & August 2019

Summer at Birr Castle & Gardens, Offaly

Birr Castle Treehouse

Enjoy Castle tours in May, June, July and August at Birr Castle, Co Offaly. Monday to Saturday at 10.00, 11.30, and 13.00 each day, pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment. You can also enjoy a visit to the Science Centre and the gardens with an amazing treehouse. Other summer events taking place include:

  • Friday 12th July, 8.30pm – Meet Bat Conservation Ireland at the Pavilion at Birr Castle for free bat conservation training. All are welcome and no pre-booking is required.
  • Saturday 20th July, from 8pm to 11.30pm – Join in the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Apollo Moon Landing with a StarBQ! followed by a showing of the moon landing and some star gazing in the shadow of the Great Telescope. Guided tours of the science center with the story of the Great Telescope, will also take place throughout the evening. Numbers will be limited, pre-booking required. Suitable for all ages.
  • Wednesday 15th August, 11am & 3pm – Learn the science behind how rockets work and design and build your very own family rocket. These will be launched to the International Space Station and you can see whose rocket goes the furthest! Numbers will be limited, pre-booking required.Suitable for families with children aged 7+.
  • Tuesday 21st August 10am to 7pm – Birr Castle are asking wild children everywhere to join them to show their ‘wild side’ and reconnect with nature in the great outdoors. There will be discovery sessions, creative art, fun with butterfly nets and pond dipping nets and a chance to learn more about all the animals that live around us. Book your wild child day now!
  • Saturday 24th August, 9.15pm to 11pm – Meet at the science centre at Birr Castle Gardens and celebrate International Bat Day with a walk and a talk. Learn how to identify Ireland’s different bat species, how they hunt and where they live. Bring along your torch and get your bat detector and see how many bats you can spot along the way! Suitable for ages 8+. Book Now.

Summer at Belvedere House & Gardens, Westmeath

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Belvedere House and Gardens in Westmeath offers an amazing family day out with walks in the woodlands and along the lake, visit Ireland’s largest folly and enjoy amazing events including outdoor theatre shows.

  • Wednesday June 26thA Midsummer Nights Dream presented by Chapterhouse Theatre Company takes place at Belevedere House & Gardens.
  • And on July 26th you can enjoy The Secret Garden with Chapterhouse Theatre Company.

These outdoor theatre events held in the gardens of the stunning Belevedere House are sure to delight audiences of all ages.

When: June, July & August

Scruffs Dog Show at Belvedere House & Gardens, Westmeath

Scruffs Dog Show 2019 at Belvedere House and Gardens

Saturday August 10th – Bring along your dogs for a fun Scruffs Dog Show, a fundraiser for the ISPCA.

When:August 10th 2019

Durrow Scarecrow Festival, Laois

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The Durrow Scarecrow Festival is a fun family event for young and old, with over 300 scarecrows to see around the village, in many different designs and themes. There’s plenty more on offer too including live music, craft workshops, country market, adult, teen and children’s entertainment, and scarecrow treasure hunt.

When: July 28th – August 5th 2019

Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival, Offaly

Birr vintage week and arts festival 2019

Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival runs from Friday 2nd to Saturday 10th August 2019 with free entertainment for children including music, markets and fairs, arts and craft activities and more.

When: Friday 2nd to Saturday 10th August 2019

Things to do in Meath, Louth, Cavan and Monaghan with Kids

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National Sandcastle Competition, Bettystown Beach, Meath

National Sandcastle Competition Bettystown Beach

The 17th annual National Sandcastle Competition takes place on Bettystown Beach in Meath. There will be a sand sculpture competition and sandcastle competition and fun for all the family.

When: Sunday 30th June, 10am to 4.30pm

Funfest Family Festival at Tayto Park, Meath

Funfest Family Festival at Tayto Park 2019

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019, 10am to 9.30pm – Visitors to Funfest at Tayto Park will enjoy unlimited access to all the attractions and family entertainment including puppet juggling, pirate and bubble shows, dance workshops, food stalls and amazing Irish and international music and dance acts across 2 stages.

The Irish Harp Festival, Louth

An Chúirt Chruitireachta, the annual Irish harp festival, takes place from June 30th to July 5th 2019 in Termonfechin, Louth. Harpers of all standards from absolute beginners to advanced players are welcome.

When: June 30th to July 5th 2019

Muckno Mania Festival, Castleblaney, Monaghan

The annual Muckno Mania Festival takes place July 4th – 7th 2019. We are just waiting on the full program of events but fun will be guaranteed for all the family as they celebrate 21 years of this local festival.

When: July 4th – 7th 2019

Taste of Cavan 2019, Cavan

Taste of Cavan 2019 takes place August 9th & 10th in the Cavan Equestrian Centre with over 100 stalls of artisan food and craft producers from Cavan and the surrounding areas and lots of fun family entertainment.

When: August 9th & 10th

Things to do in Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Roscommon and Mayo with Kids

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Free Summer Fun at National Museum of Ireland, Country Life, Mayo

Free things to do in Mayo NMI Country Life Museum Greenway-day-out

The Museum of Country Life has FREE events for families during July and August. Get more details here.

When: All Summer long!

Summer at Strokestown Park,House & Gardens and The National Famine Museum, Roscommon

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Strokestown Park, House & Gardens and the National Famine Museum are open to the public throughout the summer months. Enjoy a fun family day out and learn more about the history of Ireland. Look out for events taking place during June, July and August.

When: Open throughout the summer 

Summer Adventures at Lough Key Forest Park, Roscommon

Unusual things to do at Lough Key Forest Park

Take the family to Lough Key Forest Park, Roscommon for a host of unusual activities and experiences and have a fun family day out.

When: Open throughout the summer 

Boyle Arts Festival, Roscommon

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The Boyle Arts Festival is a celebration of music, arts and culture and takes place in the beautiful town of Boyle, Co. Roscommon from July 19th to 28th. Children can avail of workshops and families can enjoy music, theatre and visual arts.

When: July 18th – 27th 2019

The Enniscrone Black Pig Festival, Sligo

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The Enniscrone Black Pig Festival is on from July 25th to 29th 2019. Enjoy treasure hunts, fireworks, music, street performers, great food and a Market Day at this family friendly festival.

When: July 25th to 29th 2019

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, Sligo

In 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 July 6th to 13th.

When: July 6th to 13th 2019

Earagail Festival, Donegal

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The Earagail Arts Festival which runs in July in Donegal is a unique bilingual cultural festival with events from music to outdoor events to theatre and visual arts, taking place in a mix of venues. Every year the festival includes family friendly events.

When: July 10th – 28th 2019

Off The Street Food Fest, Letterkenny

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The Off The Street Food Fest takes place in Letterkenny on 27th & 28th July, showcasing the best of Donegal Food, street-food style. There are cookery demos from some of Ireland’s best chefs, along with music, food quiz, bake off and more.

When: July 27th & 28th 2019

Heritage Week: at NMI Country Life, Mayo

Free Things to do in Mayo INMI Country Life Museum Irelands-National-Folklife-Collection

Wednesday August 21st, 2pm -4pm – Join the Education Team to learn about traditions around the Harvest Dance. Then learn to make your own Harvest Knot, a traditional love token made at this time of year. No booking required. Drop-in Activity. Adults & Children 7+

Thursday 22nd August, 1pm & 2pm – 3:30pm – Join artist and puppeteer Carmel Balfe to investigate the harvest, the different jobs that had to be done and the different people and animals who did them. Then imagine and create your own characters and their harvest stories around this special time of year. Booking required. Workshop. Families with children 4-7

When: August 21st & 22nd

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Things to do in Galway with Kids

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Bia Lover Festival of Food

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The annual Bia Lover Festival of Food & Drink takes place June 22nd and 23rd 2019 in the centre of Athenry, beside the Clarin River and with the beautifully restored Athenry Castle as a backdrop.

Cookery demonstrations featuring local produce and cook-off competitions will add to the experience. With live music, arts trails, face-painting, balloon artists, stilt-walkers and more, there will be something to entertain young and old.

When: June 22nd & 23rd 2019

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Games Design Workshops, Galway

Game Design Workshop

Saturday 29th June, 8.30am to 1.30pm (girls only), 2.30pm to 7.30pm (girls & boys) – Baboró in association with Romero Games are delighted to invite girls and boys aged 10 to 12 years who are interested in designing their own games, to attend a fun games design workshop.

During the workshop, attendees will focus on the four pillars of games: design, art, code and audio. The workshops take place at The Connacht Hotel, Dublin Road, Galway City and cost €20 per child.

Book your place today. Early booking advised, as places are limited.

Traidphicnic, Spiddeal


Traidphicnic takes place in An Spidéal 5th-7th July 2019 with community arts, crafts, sessions, walks and talks, offering something for everyone. It is a family friendly event, bring your own picnic, sun and midge cream, thermals and raincoat!

When: July 5th to 7th 2019

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Galway International Food & Craft Festival, Salthill

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The Galway International Food and Craft Festival will showcase the unique diversity that the west of Ireland has to offer, from artisan restaurants, organic and fresh food producers to international cuisine. Twenty of the most talented chefs in the country will give demos including Neven Maguire, Rachel Allen and Kevin Dundon.

There will be something for the entire family with live music and a free dedicated kids zone  full of great activities for children of all ages.

When: July 5th to 7th 2019

Galway Garden Festival, Claregalway

Claregalway Castle plays host to this year’s Galway Garden Festival on July 6th & 7th 2019. Children get in free!

When: July 6th & 7th 2019

Galway Film Fleadh

The annual Galway Film Fleadh is on from July 9th to 14th 2019.

When: July 9th – 14th 2019.

Galway International Arts Festival, Galway

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See Galway City come alive for the annual Galway International Arts Festival this July. Showcasing street performers music and theatre, there are events for all ages, and surprises around every corner. This is a great time to visit Galway.

When: July 15th – 28th 2019.

Galway Races Summer Festival

The annual Galway Races Summer Festival is on from July 29th to August 2nd 2019. Why not get the girls together and head off to Ladies Day on August 1st?

When: July 29th to August 2nd 2019.

Crinniú na mBád 2019, Kinvara

Crinniú na mBád 2019, the annual Galway Hooker Gathering and race, takes place in Kinvara on August 9th to 11th 2019.

When: August 9th ot 11th 2019.

Things to do in Clare, Tipperary, Kerry with Kids

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Riverfest, Limerick

Riverfest Limerick 2019

The award winning Riverfest Limerick is set to return for the May Bank Holiday, Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May 2019, offering a dazzling array of free activities to amuse families of all ages. Highlights of the festival will include:

  • Riverfest Fireworks
  • Fashion Friday
  • Riverfestival village in Arthur’s Quay Park
  • Ireland’s largest BBQ cook-off
  • Free tours of one of Ireland’s Navy Vessels
  • Regeneron Great Limerick Run

Best of all most of the activities are completely free to keep you and your family entertained. There’s just so much activity for all ages it promises to be one excellent weekend to soak up Limerick City.

Events take place from May 3rd to 6th 2019.

Free Tours of Ardnacrusha Power Station, Clare

The ESB welcomes visitors to the Ardnacrusha Experience & Visitor Centre for tours of the Ardnacrusha Power Station. This unique visitor experience is free but must be booked in advance. 

When: May 23 to June 28th for School Tours and July 1st to September 13th 2019 general public admissions 

Féile Brian Ború, Clare/Tipperary

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Féile Brian Ború celebrates the life and legacy of Brian Ború (founder of the O’Briens) –  the most famous son of the historic twin towns of Killaloe and Ballina. Fun activities include historical guided tours on lake and land, fireworks display over the River Shannon, traditional street games, garden party, children’s art competition, street theatre and much more! There really is something for everyone in the family at this fun event.

When: July 17th – 21st 2019

Munster Fleadh at glór Ennis

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Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st July – glór play host to a number of top festival trad musicians as part of the annual Munster Fleadh including:

Mosaic Workshop With Mosaics At The Mill at glór Ennis

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Saturday 20th July, 10am to 5pm – Visual artist Aidan Byrne leads a one day mosaic workshop designed for those who have previous experience with mosaic and those with no experience. Each participant produces their own mosaic to take home and enjoy.

Find out more

Ballet Ireland Summer Camp – Let’s Dance at glór Ennis

Ballet Ireland Summer Camps glor 2019

Monday 22nd to Friday 26th July – 11am – 1pm for ages 12+ & 2pm to 6pm for ages 6 to 11 – No previous ballet experience is needed to take part in this wonderful Ballet Ireland summer camp.

The week long programme involves a daily ballet class, rehearsals and the opportunity to experience what makes a ballet; choreography, music, mime, drama, prop making and costumes.

Students will spend the week creating their very own ballet which they will perform to their family and friends at the end of the camp.

Find out more

Lughnasa at Craggaunowen, Limerick

LughnasaCelebrate Lughnasa at Craggaunowen August 5th, with an array of costumed re-enactors from the Bronze Age to Medieval times. Activities include combat demonstrations, Brehon law trials and much more!

When: August 5th 2019

Puck Fair, Kerry

The famous annual Puck Fair in Killorglin, Co. Kerry takes place this year August 9th to 11th 2019 and 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.

When: August 9th to 11th 2019

Cappamore Agricultural Show, Limerick

The Cappamore Agricultural Show takes place in Cappamore, Limerick on August 17th 2019. It showcases the best of the region with cookery, crafts, competitions, displays and more. And offers a fun day out for all ages.

When: August 17th 2019

Limerick Show Family Festival

Celebrating 90 years, the Limerick Show Family Festival takes place at Limerick Racecourse on Sunday August 25th. You can enjoy competitions, food, stalls selling all sorts of goodies, family fun with a kids zone and the Limerick dog show.

When: Sunday August 25th 2019

Things to do in Cork with Kids

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Seafest 2019, Cork


Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June – SeaFest 2019 takes place in Cork this year, when Cork Harbour will be transformed into an ‘open air sea world’ and will be ‘awash with free family-friendly activities, entertainment and attractions both on and off the water’ for the three-day festival.

The three-day festival will cover all things marine – from seafood cookery to science, exploring the ships that transport us to discovering the creatures of the deep. Foodies can get tips from seafood cookery experts and sample some tasty bites.

When: 7th – 9th June 2019

Cork Midsummer Festival

Cork Midsummer Festival is Cork’s largest annual multi-disciplinary arts festival for all ages along the banks of the river Lee, with many national and international theatre and music events, and the return of family favourite, Picnic in the Park. Takes place June 13th – 23rd 2019.

When: 13th – 23rd June 2019

Family Fun and Outdoor Theatre at Fota House & Gardens Cork

Fota House

Enjoy all that Fota House and Gardens has to offer this Summer including outdoor theatre shows on:

  • July 12th – Cranford is presented by Chapterhouse Theatre Company at Fota House & Gardens.
  • August 1st – Enjoy The Secret Garden presented by Chapterhouse Theatre Company at Fota House & Gardens.

Be sure to pack a folding chair or bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy on the evening.

When: June, July & August

Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular, Dublin & Cork

Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular is going to be even bigger, better and more spectacular than ever as it takes to Dublin’s Merrion Square & Cork’s Fitzgerald Park, Cork city this July.

Featuring some of the best street theatre performers around, and with a host of exciting events, fantastic exhibitions and absorbing interactive workshops, there will be plenty to entertain the whole family.

When: Dublin: July 12th – 14th; Cork: July 20th – 21st 2019

Heritage Week at Fota House Cork

Heritage Week at Fota House Cork

Saturday August 17th to Sunday August 25th – Fota House in Cork has a packed schedule of activities lined up for Heritage Week. The theme this year is Pastimes Past Times and some of the activities you can enjoy include:

  • 17th to 25th August, 10am to 5pm – Exhibition exploring the pastimes of pervious residents of Fota House. Admission Free
  • 17th August, 12.30, 2pm or 3.30pm – Get a free guided tour of the house or at 11am & 1pm a tour of the Victorian Working Garden. Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Call Tanya at 021 4815543 to secure your place.
  • 19th to 23rd August, 11am – Queen Maeve & The Hone Bees Tour is especially for little visitors to imagine they are honeybees buzzing around the Victorian working gardens. Find out about the different jobs that honey bees do inside and outside the hive, all to look after Queen Maeve and make sure the whole hive works as a team to make enough honey to feed everyone, all year round. Places are limited so book now by calling Tanya at 021 4815543.
  • 19th August, 1.30pm & 3.30pm – Demo of free motion quilting & embroidery with Mary. Please text 0879481567 or email: [email protected] to book your place.
  • 22nd August, 11am to 12.30pm –  Workshop – Weaving with rushes – weave a small rush mat with Sonia Caldwell. Ages 6 and up.
  • 22nd August 1.30pm to 3.30pm – Workshop – Straw crafts – make a harvest bow with Sonia Caldwell. Ages 8 and up.
  • 22nd August 3:30 to 5pm – Talk and demonstration by Sonia Caldwell on all things to do with straw and rush craft and a chance to try out different techniques – all ages welcome.
    To book one of Sonia’s demos please text or email 087 2998218 or email: [email protected]

When: August 17th to 25th

Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival

Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival is on from 30th August to September 1st 2019 and offers a unique environment to listen to tales by world renowned storytellers.

When: 30th August to September 1st 2019 

Things to do in Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford with Kids

things to do with kids around Ireland family events in the south east

Summer at Castlecomer Discovery Park, Kilkenny

castlecomer discovery park

The award winning Castlecomer Discovery Park is a stunning 70 acre woodland recreational & educational activity park with a range of adventure activities including tree top walks, Ireland’s longest zip wire and high ropes challenge, climbing walls, boating, archery, adventure playgrounds, woodland café and orienteering.

At the hub of the site there is the Irish Mining Museum, a purpose-built cafe, craft village and spaces for educational activities. Perfect for a family day out this summer.

When: All Summer long

Kaleidoscope Festival, Wicklow

 kaleidoscope 2019

Billed as a family camping festival, Kaleidoscope will take place at Russborough House in Blessington, Co. Wicklow with three days of high energy, full colour, multi–stage entertainment over 15 stages, designed to entice and enthrall all, from babes in arms to those eligible for a bus pass!

When: June 28th – 30th 2019

Wexford Maritime Festival, Wexford

wexford maritime festival

At the Wexford Maritime Festival in June, you’ll find a celebration of Wexford’s rich maritime heritage, and can enjoy maritime activities, family fun, artisan food and music. Children can enjoy dance and musical activities, arts and crafts, science workshops, circus workshops and shows at the Children’s Village. Discover Wexford’s Viking past in the Viking tent where children can try their hand at brass rubbing and sword making.

When: June 29th – 30th 2019

FAMFEST Fun Family Festival, Wicklow

Famfest 2019

Enjoy a fun family festival of music, games and entertainment at the Abbey Grounds, Wicklow Town and July 21st.

When: Sunday July 21st, 1pm to 6pm

Spraoi International Street Arts Festival, Waterford

spraoi festival

The 2019 Spraoi International Street Arts Festival has an exciting programme of street performances including theatre, parade and music planned for this year. And specially for kids, Garter Lane Arts Centre presents SprÓg Childrens Festival, during Spraoi Weekend, with workshops all week and over the Spraoi festival weekend. Many events are free, so pre-booking is essential.

When: August 2nd – 4th 2019

Medieval Fun Day at Duckett’s Grove, Carlow

Medieval Fun Day at Duckett's Grove Carlow

Sunday August 4th, 2pm to 6pm – Bring history to life and have a fun day out with the family in the beautiful surroundings of Duckett’s Grove at the annual Medieval Fun Day.

When: Sunday August 4th, 2pm to 6pm

Superhero & Princess Training Day at Nore Valley Park, Kilkenny

Superhero and Princess Day at Nore Valley Park 2019

Saturday August 10th – Nore Valley Farm Park in Kilkenny host their annual Superhero & Princess Day on August 10th 2019. Are you strong like Superman or agile like Wonder Woman? Can you swing like Spider Man or run like The Flash? Test your skills at our Superhero Training Centre, where you will prove your superhero abilities and gain an Official Superhero ID card.

Nore Valley Farm Park is open to visitors all summer long with a pet farm, playground, maze, crazy golf, climbing frames, go-karts and more to enjoy. And for those not living in Kilkenny, check out the family friendly accommodation & campsite.

When: Open all Summer with Superhero & Princess Training Day on August 10th

Kilkenny Arts Festival

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 – 18th August 2019.

When: 8th to 18th August 2019

Drive In Movies with Virgin Media, Wexford & Dungarvan

virgin media drive in movies

Saturday August 17th, Wexford Racecourse & Sunday August 18th Davitt’s Quay Car Park, Dungarvan, 3pm Mama Mia, 7pm Bohemian Rhapsody – Enjoy a drive in movie on Europe’s largest mobile LED screen from the comfort of your car as Virgin Media bring Mama Mia and Bohemian Rhapsody on tour! Tickets are €10 and proceeds will go to the Virgin Media’s Digital For Good Programme.

When: August 17th & 18th

Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival

Waterford Walls is an international street art festival running 22 – 25 August 2019 that transforms Waterford City into an open-air gallery. It’s a free family day out with kids’ workshops, live music, art trails, panel discussions, art jams & more!

When: August 22nd to 25th 2019

And finally,

National Heritage Week 2019

Heritage Week 2019

National Heritage Week 2019 has fun events for families and children nationwide from August 17th to 27th 2019.

When: August 17th to 27th 2019

Over to you now. Are we missing any great events that you plan to take your kids to? Share them with us in the comments below. 

things to do with kids around Ireland this summer


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