Things To Do with Kids in the South East

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Things to do in South East with kids

Looking for some fun things to do around the South East with the family? Read on – there’s some great things to do with kids in the South East this month.

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Things To Do in the South East with Kids in October 2016

Baboro 2016

Ignite your family’s imagination at the 2016 Baboro International Arts Festival for Children. Happening at venues all over Galway from 17th – 23rd October. From beautifully animated features to drop in family fun there really is something for everyone.

Féile an Fhómhair takes place throughout Carlow town from September 29th to October 7th 2016. There will be events for every age group including dance, music and comedy.

Space Week runs from October 3rd to 8th 2016. There are many events for both schools and families taking place. Check out the full line up here.

Maths Week Ireland takes place from October 15th to 23rd 2016. Schools can get on the map by submitting their activities to the www.mathsweek.ie and pick up ideas to engage all pupils.

Things to do in South East with kids

From Pumpkin Carving to Food Festivals, you won’t be short of things to do in the South East this Halloween 2016.

The Wexford Fringe Festival take place from October 21st to November 6th 2016.

The 9th Annual Coolrain Vintage Road Run take place in Laois on October 31st 2016.

New listings are added daily so visit the website for a full list of What’s On in your area.

For more great ideas that cost nothing but time visit our articles on Free Things to Do in Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow.

You might also enjoy What’s on for Families in Dublin and What’s on for Families in the Midlands and What’s on for Families in Cork

If you run events, classes or camps for families please list them with us. It is FREE TO LIST add events here and for class and camp providers you can list them here.

Things To Do in the South East with Kids in September 2016

Powerscourt

Powerscourt House & Gardens have a full line up of events for September including a Foraging in the Wild Workshop on September 18th, Bird-Watching Walk at Powerscourt Waterfall on September 22nd, Create a Mini Spring Garden With Your Children Workshop on September 25th.

Waterford Harvest Festival takes place on the streets of Waterford from September 9th to 11th 2016.

Blackstairs Eco Trails, Carlow are hosting a Wild Mushroom Workshop on September 10th, suitable for all ages.

The Rosslare Small Boats Festival takes place from Kilmore Quay from September 10th to 17th 2016.

The Hell and Back Junior Endurance Event takes place at Kilruddery House, Co Wicklow on September 11th.

Enniskerry Victorian Field Day is on September 11th 2016 at Knocklinn Farm. Step back in time at this unique festival for all the family.

The 2016 European Week of Sport and Physical Activity will be celebrated across Ireland from September 10th to 18th 2016. Open to everyone there will be local events running near you.

Walk4familes Ronald McDonald House

On the September 10th & 11th 2016, The Ronald McDonald House will be holding its annual #Walking4Families event to raise money to build a new 53 Bedroom Ronald McDonald House alongside the New National Children’s Hospital. Please support by joining your local event. Or text WALK to 50300 to Donate €4 if unable to attend.

Culture Night 2016 takes place on September 16th. From 5pm to 11pm arts and culture organisations will open their doors and offer entertainment and events for young and old. Find events near you.

free public event Eczema Expert: Advice for Life‘ will take place in the Red Cow Moran Hotel on Saturday 17th September 2016 to give people advice on how to live a comfortable life with eczema. The Irish Skin Foundation will also unveil a new website and a new booklet about how to manage eczema.

Enjoy the Rosdillig Vintage Rally & Steam Threshings Display in Rosdillig, Co Carlow on September 18th 2016.

The New Ross Piano Festival is on from September 22nd to the 25th 2016.

Féile an Fhómhair takes place throughout Carlow town from September 29th to October 7th 2016. There will be events for every age group including dance, music and comedy.

Things To Do in the South East with Kids in August 2016

The Carlow Garden Festival takes place from July 23rd to August 1st 2016.

The annual Durrow Scarecrow Festival takes place in Durrow, Co Laois from July 24th to August 1st 2016. The festival includes a food and craft fair along with Scarecrow building competitions, arts and crafts and much more.

The 2016 Kilkenny Arts Festival runs from August 5th to 14th and includes music, theatre, exhibitions, literature & talks, secret gardens and special events for families and children.

Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival, with fun family events and an amazing display of sand sculpted artwork takes place in Duncannon, Co Wexford August 5th to 7th 2016.

On August 19th, join Birdwatch Ireland at Powerscourt Estate for a complimentary talk on Bird Watching. Suitable for anyone interested in getting started.

National Heritage Week 2016 has fun events for families and children nationwide from August 20th to 28th 2016.

Powerscourt Vintage Car Rally

Join the Irish Vintage and Veteran Car Club on August 21st 2016 at Powerscourt Estate for their 39th Annual Rally.

All Island Whale Watch Day is on Sunday, August 23rd. Members of the public are invited to join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) on one of 20 land-based whale watches being held at headlands around the Irish coast between 2:00-5:00 pm. Find your closest event.

Dunmore East Blue Grass Festival, Dunmore East, Waterford takes place form August 25th to 28th 2016. The family-friendly festival will feature workshops where visitors can learn some musical skills to take back home.

Graiguenamanagh Town of Books Festival is on in  from August 26th to 28th 2016 in Graiguenamangh, Co Kilkenny.

Things To Do in the South East with Kids in July 2016

The annual Abhainn Rí Festival takes place from June 24th to July 3rd 2016 in Co. Kilkenny. The line up includes many FREE events and workshops for kids and families to enjoy.

The Groove Music Festival takes place at Kilruddery House on July 2nd & 3rd 2016.

The Promenade Festivall takes  place in Tramore, Co Waterford from July 2nd & 3rd 2016. This FREE event will include a music trail, street entertainment, an airshow, circus aces and much more.

Fantastical Fairy Festival at Powerscourt

If you are looking for a magical day out join the team from Imaginosity and their enchanted realm of fairies at Powerscourt’s Walled Gardens on July 10th for a Fairyland Adventure. Children will have the opportunity to follow a secret fairy trail, find hidden messages, experience the magic of the woodlands and meet and greet real live fairies! Dress up is encouraged!

summer camps for kids

Check out our round up of the best Summer Camps on offer for Kids and Teens this Summer 2016. 

Bagenalstown Festival Summer Madness 2016 is a family friendly festival, taking place from July 8th to 10th. Events include free street entertainment, music, their ever popular duck race, raft racing along the river guaranteed fun for the whole family.

Wells House, Co Wexford have their annual Victorian Garden Party on July 17th. Come along to enjoy family fun including stilt walkers, magicians, puppet shows and a BBQ and more.

Brigit's Garden Sunrise Festival

Brigit’s Garden Galway is hosting a weekend Sunrise Children’s Festival on July 23rd & 24th. with live music, arts & crafts, puppet shows, storytelling, food and fun guaranteed for all. Weekend ticket holders will get free on-site camping. Book Today.

The Carlow Garden Festival takes place from July 23rd to August 1st 2016.

The annual Durrow Scarecrow Festival takes place in Durrow, Co Laois from July 24th to August 1st 2016. The festival includes a food and craft fair along with Scarecrow building competitions, arts and crafts and much more.

Gather friends and family together, pack a picnic and enjoy the magic of an outdoor theatre experience with Chapterhouse Theatre Company as they present Shakespeare’s romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

  • July 16th at Wells House and Gardens Wexford
  • July 17th at Castletown House, Kildare

and JM Barrie’s Peter Pan 

  • June 24th Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre Kilmangh, Kilkenny
  • July 2nd Wells House and Gardens, Wexford

and E. Nesbit’s The Railway Children

  • July 30th at Avondale House & Forest Park, Wicklow
  • July 31st at Kilmokea Gardens, Wexford
  • and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights on July 14th at Mount Juliet Estate, Thomastown, Kilkenny.

The streets of Waterford play host to the Spraoi International Street Arts Festival from July 29th to 21st 2016. With an amazing parade, free music events and street performances from 10 countries around the world this festival is not to be missed.

Save The Date

The 2016 Kilkenny Arts Festival runs from August 5th to 14th and includes music, theatre, exhibitions, literature & talks, secret gardens and special events for families and children.

Things To Do in the South East with Kids in June 2016

The Lismore Music Festival 2016 takes place in Co Waterford from June 1st to 6th.

Tradfest Dungarvan is back from June 2nd to 6th 2016 with many free events for all ages to enjoy.

The annual Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival 2016 is back from June 2nd to 6th.

The 2016 Festival of Writing and Ideas takes place in Borris House, Carlow on June 10th & 12th. With an impressive line up of writers from Ireland and beyond including authors, comedians and musicans, there is something to inspire everyone.

Enjoy a weekend of outdoor adventure on five of Ireland’s wild Atlantic Islands from June 10th to 12th during Island Wildlife Weekend. Events take place at Cape Clear, West Cork, Bere Island, Bantry Bay, Inis Mór, Galway Bay, Clare Island, Clew Bay and Tory Island, Co Donegal.

Ciclovia 2016 Kilkenny’s Open Street Fiesta takes place from June 12th to 19th. The city centre will be transformed into a giant playground for the festival and there will be a host of FREE entertainment for all including sports, live music, cycling and much more.

The Carlow Arts Festival runs from June 10th to 19th 2016 and has a packed program of events suitable for all ages including outdoor cinema, a kids zone, theatre and fireworks, workshops, music on barges and the Big Weekender from June 16th to 19th.

national bike week

National Bike Week 2016 takes place from June 11th to 19th and there is a full calendar of family friendly events taking place.

Enjoy a FREE environmental Art Open Day on the Copper Coast on June 18th. Come along to Kilmurrin Cove to see Sean Corcoran create a massive sand art drawing and then take part in a Rock Art Relay  and help make a Public Mosaic.

The annual Strawberry, Culture and Food Festival takes place in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford from June 22nd to 26th 2016.

Book your tickets now for a stunning Outdoor Theatre Event at Powerscourt in association with Chapterhouse Theatre Group who will perform Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility on June 26th.

You can also see outdoor performances of Sense and Sensibility on

  • June 25th at Curraghmore Estate, Portlaw, Waterford
  • June 30th at Mount Juliet Estate, Thomastown, Kilkenny

The Wexford Martime Festival is on June 27th to 29th 2016. They have a host of family friendly events including an Art Competition, Viking Village and Rowing Regatta.

Barnardos Big Toddle 2016

The annual Big Toddle fundraiser for Barnardos is back.A number of family attractions around the country are holding Big Toddle events and are inviting Ireland’s youngest fundraisers (and their families!) to come along and take on the challenge to help children their own age.

Open farms in Cork, Limerick, Dublin and Westmeath will be hosting the perfect family fun day out this June and July. Come along to tour the farm and meet the animals, enjoy the Big Toddle craft activities, and then limber up at the start line as you get ready to take part in the Big Toddle walk itself.

  • 11th June: Stonehall Farm, Limerick
  • 18th June: Glendeer Farm, Westmeath
  • 22nd June: The Farm, Grenagh, Co Cork
  • 9th July: Wooly Ward’s Farm, Oldtown, Dublin
  • 16th July: Airfield Estate, Dundrum, Dublin

Things To Do in the South East with Kids in May

The 17th International Bray Jazz Festival takes place over the May bank holiday weekend from April 28th to May 1st.

JestFest 2016 takes place in Wexford over the May Bank Holiday weekend from April 29th to May 2nd. With comedy and street theatre for all the family to enjoy.

Hooked on The Sea 2016 offers a weekend of fun filled family friendly activities on the Hook Peninsula from April 29th to May 2nd.

Join the Dubray Storytime on April 30th at 11am in all branches of Dubray Books as they celebrate the launch of some beautiful new editions of the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffier’s books including The Gruffalo, Room on a Broom, A Squash and a Squeeze, Tabby McTatt and more.

The Magic Carpet is on at Visual Carlow, on April 30th & May 1st 2016. Talented dancers will showcase, ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz and modern theatre in this exciting show to suit all ages.

The 23rd Half Door Club International Music & Set Dancing Festival takes place in Castletown Co Laois from April 29th to May 2nd 2016. With traditional music sessions and ceili’s for all to enjoy.

Great Lighthouses of Ireland are hosting May Bank Holiday Events for families entitled ‘Shine a Light on Summer’ at 12 lighthouses from Hook Head to Malin Head. Family friendly events take place from April 30th to May 2nd Hook and Wicklow Head lighthouses.

Wells House and Gardens welcome the Summer on May 1st with their annual Knights and Princesses Party with a disco, BBQ and fun and games for all. Noble attire is a must! And on May 29th come along and enjoy a Classic Car & Agricultural Show.

Powerscourt

Hop aboard the Story Bus and come on an Interactive Fairy Adventure at Powerscourt Gardens on May 8th 2016. The experience lasts 90 minutes and includes a trip on the Story Bus and activities in Powerscourt Gardens. On May 15th families are invited to take part in a Childrens’ Hanging Basket Workshop. And on May 22nd join Imaginosity for a Sensory Nature Trail at Powerscourt Waterfall.

The Darkness Into Light annual fundraising event for Pieta House takes place in venues across the country on May 7th.  Check out the list for South East here and register to take part today.

Starman Tumble Circus in at The Theatre Royal in Waterford on May 15th and on May 22nd & 23rd come along and enjoy Puss in Boots.

Celebrate National Drawing Day on May 21st at The National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny who will host a day of drawing workshops for all ages.

The Wexford Food & Wine Festival runs in various venues throughout Wexford Town from May 27th to 29th 2016. There will be loads for FREE Family Friendly Events.

Things To Do in the South East with Kids in April

Whats on for families in the South East at EasterLooking for family things to do in Ireland this Easter? From Easter Camps to Egg Hunts and Easter Parades to 1916 Eater Rising Commemorations, we’ve got it covered, with the Mykidstime Guide to Things to Do with Kids Around Ireland Easter 2016.

There are hundreds of events planned around the country to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising. Check out what is happening near you this Easter and beyond.

Cleas Act

We’re loving the new TG4 series, Cleas Act, all about the Gaelscoileanna of Ireland, and the kids’ likes and dislikes. As well as chatting with presenters Eibhlín Ní Chonghaile and Stiofán Ó Fearaíl, the kids from each featured school get to sing, dance and tell jokes! Check out the show for your local school, Gaelscoil na Lochanna (Blessington), Co Wicklow on April 3rd.

Ferrybank Library hosts a Junior Book Club on the first Tuesday of each month for students from 4th, 5th and 6th class at 3.30pm. All welcome.

Enniscorthy Vocational College Preforming Arts Music Students present Fusion – a charity music event in aid of Share a Dream Foundation at Wexford Arts Centre on April 8th.

Trainer Musical Society presents Rock of Ages on April 13th to 15th at Garter Lane, Waterford. 

Sensational Kids Special Educations Conference and ExpoThe Sensational Kids Special Educational Needs Conference and Expo takes place at Citywest Hotel on April 19th & 20th 2016. It is the ONLY dedicated, national even in Ireland catering for those working with and caring for children and adolescents with special educational needs. It aims to help parents, teachers and professionals support, educate and empower these young people though talks and Q&A sessions with leading experts such at Prof Tony Attwood. Get further information or book your place today.

Tech Week 2016Tech Week 2016 runs from April 24th to 30th with events planned in all counties in Ireland. Check out what is on near you.

 

Things To Do in the South East with Kids in March

Kung Fu Panda 3KUNG FU PANDA 3 arrives in cinemas Friday 11th March 2016. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible, learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

Engineers Week takes place from February 28th to March 5th 2016 and there are a host of workshops and family friendly events taking place near you.

NPC are running an Internet Safety information session for Parents of Primary school children on February 29th in Wexford at the Horse and Hound, Foulksmills at 7.30pm Admission is FREE!

Seachtain Na Gaeilge 2016 takes place from March 1st to 17th. With events running in every county in the South East to celebrate Irish language and culture.

Esater at Powerscourt Powerscourt House and Gardens celebrate the arrival of Spring this March with events beginning on March 8th ‘Sensational Spring!’, The Treasure Chest of Irish Tales on March 13th, Egg-Cellent Easter Blooms! on march 16th and Easter Happening on March 27th & 28th.

The Chocolate Garden in Wicklow have a Chocolate Workshop for kids on March 5th and daily during the Easter Holidays from March 19th to April 1st.

ESB Tree Week takes place from March 6th to 13th 2016 and there are events running across the South East to celebrate.

Waterford New Music Week takes place from March 7th to 12th 2016. All daytime events are free and open to anyone with an interest in music.

Ferrybank Library hosts a Junior Book Club on the first Tuesday of each month for students from 4th, 5th and 6th class at 3.30pm. All welcome.

The Wexford Arts Centre have music, theatre and workshops for families and children in March. Check out the full line up here.

St Patrick’s Day Parades in the South East

  • St Patrick's Day Parades 2016
  • The 2016 Waterford St Patrick’s Day Parade begins on The Quay at 1pm on March 17th.
  • Kilkenny Tradfest 2016 runs from March 16th to 20th with family activities, workshops, musical masterclasses and traditional song and dance and fun for all the family.
  • The 2016 Kilkenny St Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 1pm from St John’s Church
  • The 2016 Wexford Town St Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11am on March 17th from William Street.
  • The 2016 Wicklow Town St Patrick’s Day Parade is on March 17th and begins at 3.15pm from Whitegates.
  • The 2016 Carlow St Patrick’s Day Parade takes place from 3.30pm Burrin Street on March 17th
  • The 2016 Portlaoise St Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 12.30pm from County Hall. There will be family activities throughout the town after the parade ends.

The National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny host a workshops for families one Saturday each month. The next one, on March 26th, is entitled ‘Book Badges’ (booking required)

Things To Do in the South East with Kids in February

Alvin and The Chipmunks The Road ChipThe Boys are back; Alvin & The Chipmunks The Road Chip is released in cinemas on February12th 2016. – Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. A must see family film!

Ferrybank Library hosts a Junior Book Club on the first Tuesday of each month for students from 4th, 5th and 6th class at 3.30pm. All welcome.

Harry Potter QuizCarlow Library are calling all Harry Potter fans to take part in a Harry Potter Quiz Night on February 4th from 6pm to 7pm. Call 059 9129701 to book your place.

The National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny host a workshops for families one Saturday each month. The next one, on February 13th is entitled ‘Animal Alchemy’ (booking required)

The Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray have some great family shows this February including Me, Mollser on February 11th & 12th, Seussical on February 13th & 14th, Songs from Shows on February 17th & 18th, Grease on February 19th & 20th, He Named Me Malala on February 22nd and They Called Her Vivaldi! by Theatre Lovett on February 23rd & 24th.

The Chocolate Garden in Wicklow have a Chocolate Workshop for kids this mid-term on February 20th at 2pm.

Ed Masters Magic ShowEnjoy an evening of magic with Ed Masters at his ‘Life of Illusion’ Ireland tour in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow on February 21st and The Theatre Royal in Waterford on March 20th.

Wexford Arts Centre have a host of classes and activities for families in February 2016 including The Art of Minecraft Level 3 on February 20th.

Things To Do in the South East with Kids in January

Kilkenny on Ice runs at Cillinhill from november 28th to Jan 10th 2016.

Waterford on Ice runs on the Quays until 5th January.

The Wonderous Wexford Winter Wonderland is on until January 10th 2016 and includes a Christmas Parade, Ice Skating Rink, Christmas Shows and Films and a Santa Train.

Miriam Lambert presents The Three Little Pigs on January 3rd at The Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray.

Wexford Arts Centre have a host of classes and activities for families in January 2016 including Mini Maestros from Jan 6th, Little Artist Club & Saturday Art Club from Jan 9th,

Enjoy Jack & Beanstalk Panto from January 9th at the Watergate Theatre Kilkenny.

Miriam Lambert presents Snow White and Bosco at Visual Carlow on January 24th.

Baby Market Ireland are having a market in The Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow on January 24th.

Things To Do in the South East with Kids in December

Magical Places to Visit Santa in IrelandThe big news for December is that Santa and his helpers will be at venues all over Ireland to see boys and girls to hear what they want for Christmas.

We have found 50 Magical Places to Visit Santa in Ireland this year.

Santas Little Helper Christmas Show 6th December from 1pm – 2.30pm “Have you ever wondered how Santa could know, who’s naughty or nice, each year as you grow? For hundreds of years it’s been a big secret, it now can be shared if you promise to keep it!” This short Christmas production by Imaginosity explores the back story behind those mischievous elves sent to spy for Santa! Suitable for children aged 3-7 years. The event takes place in Powerscourt House. Tickets include entry to Powerscourt Gardens for children to explore 47 acres of grounds after the show.

Santa at PowerscourtNothing says ‘Christmas’ like a visit to the atmospheric Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow with its tree-lined avenue, fir trees and majestic stately home! Be enchanted with a visit to Santa and Mrs. Claus at Powerscourt House. Book in advance online for dates between November 28th and December 23rd.

And be sure to visit the Animals in the Stables too, see Santa’s animals at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion. Kids will love the chance to meet some farm animals’ right up close including Santa’s deer, pygmy goats, miniature donkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs. Children of all ages and adults alike will enjoy a visit to the stables, which is free of charge.

Christmas 2015Bunclody Library have introduced Friday Craft Sessions at 11.15 to 12pm for 3 to 5 year olds and 3.15 to 4pm for kids ages 6 to 9 years. On December 4th come along to make your own 3D hanging mobile of birds or butterflies, on the 11th create a 3D Christmas Tree and on the 18th a Christmas Birdhouse Decoration. Call 053 9375466 to book your child’s place.

On December 19th enjoy a screening of A Christmas Carol at Bunclody Library from 2.30pm to 3.50pm. Book now at 053 9375466.

Visit Santa’s Village at Kia Ora Mini Farm in Gorey, Co Wexford, on dates from November 21st to December 23rd.

Enjoy Breakfast with Santa on December 5th, 12th or 19th 2015 at Arboretum Home and Garden Centr, Co Carlow.

Kilruddery Christmas Market is on December 5th and Santa will be there every weekend until December 22nd

Waterford Winterval is back from November 20th to December 23rd with a host of events for families.

Santa’s Train Adventure is back a Rathwood, Co Carlow from November 14th to December 24th. But be quick as seats aboard this great train are filling fast.

Kilkenny on Ice runs at Cillinhill from november 28th to Jan 10th 2016.

The Santa Village at Mount Juliet is on from December 4th to 23rd 2015.

Take the Lapland Express to visit Santa at Castlecomer Discovery Park this Christmas 2015.

The Wonderous Wexford Winter Wonderland is on from November 28th to January 10th 2016 and includes a Christmas Parade, Ice Skating Rink, Christmas Shows and Films and a Santa Train.

Carlow has a host of Christmas events taking place throughout December including Scata Xmas Bouneland, Elf at Visual, A Christmas Elf Chocolate Workshop and free parking in Carlow for December.

Things To Do with Kids in the South East in November

The Kilkenny Model Toy Show takes place at The Hub, Cíllin Hill on November 1st.

On November 8th Greystones Educate Together NS are having a Craft Fair from 11am to 5pm. All welcome.

Science Week 2015The 20th annual Science Week takes place from November 8th to 15th. Events take place throughout Ireland and this year, you are being asked to celebrate by hosting your own Science Week Party on November 13th. Download your free celebrations pack from the Primary Science website and share your celebrations online using #ScienceWeek Party.

Ramsgrange Community School in New Ross, Co Wexford, are having a Giant Christmas Market and Craft Fair on November 29th. With more than 80 stalls confirmed this could be the ideal place to pick up some great Christmas Gifts.

 

Things To Do with Kids in the South East in October

SFI PloughingScience Foundation Ireland (SFI) will have an interactive science exhibit at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska Co, Laois September 22nd-24th. Join Scientific Sue, Physics Buskers and others for interactive workshops including ‘How smart are your clothes’, ‘How to mend a broken heart’, ‘Food is funky’ and Alimentary Adventures, a walkthrough tour of your digestive system!

The Smart Futures programme will also be part of the SFI exhibit this year, with volunteers with backgrounds in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) on hand to provide advice to secondary school students and parents about the opportunities a career in STEM brings.

So be sure to come along and experience science in a fun way and to get you in the mood, why not try out some fun kitchen experiments!

Féile an Fhómhair takes place throughout Carlow town from October 1st to 8th 2015. There will be events for every age group including dance, music and comedy.

October has been designated Polotober by Ireland Water Polo. This month you can try out water polo for free at clubs across the country. Find your nearest participating club.

Kilkenny County Childcare Committee are hosting an ‘Out to Play’ Conference on October 3rd 2015. This conference is for childcare practitioners and teachers working with children up to 6 years of age. Book your place by calling 056 7752865.

Maths Week IrelandThe 10th annual Maths Week Ireland takes place from October 10th to 18th 2015. Schools can get on the map by submitting their activities to the www.mathsweek.ie and pick up ideas to engage all pupils.

Bláth is set in a world that has decided colour and plants are no longer needed. This delightful performance will enchant families and is on at The Mermaid Arts Centre on October 13th.

Powerscourt House & Gardens have a full line up of events for Halloween including Frightmare at Powerscourt on October 24th & Pumpkin Carving at the Pavilion on October 24th & 25th, with Scarecrow Making on October 26th!

Halloween at PowerscourtOctober 24th – Are you brave enough to encounter the vampires, ghosts and zombies of Powerscourt Gardens this Halloween? Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum will be out to play again with an experience that guarantees to give the whole family chills and spine-tingling thrills on this new-fangled haunted trail! With only a map to lead them to safety, brave families will be sure to encounter some creepy characters along their journey through Powerscourt’s 47 acres of haunted grounds. Suitable for children aged 3-10.

October 24th & 25th – Create awe-inspiring pumpkins that will enchant the neighbourhood!  Celebrate Halloween in Wicklow and come along to the pumpkin patch at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in County Wicklow and join us for a Halloween Party to remember. Kids will love the chance to prepare, design and carve a pumpkin into something festive and fun at this family-friendly event! All little goblins and ghouls are welcome to dress up in their Halloween finery and get into the festive spirit. Enjoy some delicious treats as part of the event. Afterwards, you can bring your pumpkin home with you and enjoy it during the festive period. Places are limited and can be booked online in advance.

October 26th – To celebrate Halloween, Powerscourt Garden Pavilion has put together a fun class for children to make their own scarecrow. Scarecrows were a familiar sight in farming areas in years gone by, but now they are coming back as a Halloween decoration! With some old clothes and straw, we will be building scarecrows that you can stick in your garden or in your front porch when you’re finished. Whether you use it to scare birds or just as a decoration, your scarecrow will be sure to attract attention and your kids will love the reaction it gets!

Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food is on from October 23rd to 26th 2015.

Greenan Maze in Rathdrum becomes The Haunted Maze from October 23rd to November 1st 2015. The Maze comes to life after dark, haunted by ghost and ghouls, spirits and sorcerers! Run the gauntlet through the dimly lit Maze, figure out the puzzles, dead ends, tricky traps and riddles.
In Carlow, take an enchanted trip through the spooky forest, and meet lots of interesting characters, on Rathwood Gift & Garden World’s Halloween Train, and meet lots of interesting characters. Collect your free pumpkin get it carved by the witches on the train.
In Wexford, the Dare to Scare tours return to Wells House & Gardens from October 24th to 31st.
If you’re brave enough, guests are invited to enter the realms of another world at the Loftus Hall Halloween Tours.
Get into the spirit of Halloweeen with a Chocolate Workshop for your little trick or treaters! They take place at The Chocolate Garden, Carlow on dates from October 24th to 31st.
Take part in a Brick Flicks Stop Motion Halloween Workshop on October 29th & 30th 2015 at The Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray.
In Carlow, take an enchanted trip through the spooky forest, and meet lots of interesting characters, on Rathwood Gift & Garden World’s Halloween Train, and meet lots of interesting characters. Collect your free pumpkin get it carved by the witches on the train.

Things To Do with Kids in the South East in September

Dunmore East Blue Grass Festival, Dunmore East, Waterford: Tuesday 25th – Sunday 30th August. The family-friendly festival will feature workshops where visitors can learn some musical skills to take back home.

The inaugural European Week of Sport will be celebrated in 31 countries across Europe from 7-13 September 2015. It aims to promote sport and physical activity for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. Inspiring  Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples’ everyday lives to exercise more.  Find out what is on in your area.

On the 12th of September, The Ronald McDonald House will be holding its annual #Walking4Families event to raise money to build a new 50 Bedroom House at the New National Children’s Hospital. Please support by joining your local event. Or text WALK to 50300 to Donate €4 if unable to attend.

Blackstairs Eco Trails, Carlow are hosting a Wild Mushroom Workshop on September 5th, suitable for all ages & on September 11th to 13th will host a Wild Food Summer School.

Waterford Harvest Food Festival runs from September 11th to 13th 2015 in various venues throughout Waterford City.

Graiguenamanagh Town of Books Festival is on in  from September 11th to 14th in Graiguenamangh, Co Kilkenny.

Enniskerry Victorian Field Day is on September 13th 2015 at Knocklinn Farm. Step back in time at this unique festival for all the family.

Get walking in Kilkenny this September. Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership are holding FREE walks for 6 to 8 weeks starting on September 14th from Xtravision, Canal Square and September 16th from Castlecomer Discover Park. The walks are open to all ages and abilities.

The Comeraghs Wild Festival takes place in the Comeragh Mountains, Co Waterford from September 17th to 20th 2015. There will be events & activities for all ages.

Culture Night 2015 takes place on September 18th. From 5pm to 11pm arts and culture organisations will open their doors and offer entertainment and events for young and old. Find events near you.

The Rosdillig Vintage Rally and Steam Threshings in on September 20th. in Rosdillig, Co Carlow.

The annual National Ploughing Championships 2015 take place in Laois from September 22nd to 25th.

The New Ross Piano Festival is on from September 24th to 27th 2015.

 

Things To Do with Kids in the South East in August

August Bank Holiday

The streets of Waterford play host to the Spraoi International Street Arts Festival from July 31st to August 2nd 2015. With an amazing parade, free music events and street performances from 10 countries around the world this festival is not to be missed.

In Co. Laois, the Durrow Scarecrow Festival, (July 26th – August 3rd), is a family fun event for young and old, with over 300 scarecrows to see around the village.

In Stradbally, Co.Laois, the National Steam Rally celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, from 2nd – 3rd August, with steam and vintage engines, a carnival, trade stands, steam threshing, steam train rides for the kids and plenty of family fun events.

We have rounded up some of the fun events and activities happening in the arts and culture space during August.

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 7th – 16th August.

Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival, with fun family events and an amazing display of sand sculpted artwork takes place in Duncannon, Co Wexford August 7th to 9th 2015.

Powerscourt Estate, Wicklow plays host to the Annual Vintage Car Rally on August 16th 2015. On August 18th The Weber Grill Academy will have a cookery demonstration and tasting of food cooked on Weber BBQ’s. Come along and be inspired!

National Heritage Week 2015 has fun events for families and children nationwide from August 22nd to 30th.

All Island Whale Watch Day is on Sunday, August 23rd. Members of the public are invited to join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) on one of 20 land-based whale watches being held at headlands around the Irish coast between 2:00-5:00 pm. Find your closest event.

New listings are added daily so visit the website for a full list of What’s On in your area.

For more great ideas that cost nothing but time visit our articles on Free Things to Do in Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow.

You might also enjoy What’s on for Families in Dublin and What’s on for Families in the Midlands and What’s on for Families in Cork

If you run events, classes or camps for families please list them with us. It is FREE TO LIST add events here and for class and camp providers you can list them here.

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If you have not already booked your Summer Camp for August ones to check out include;

Things To Do with Kids in the South East in July

Powerscourt Estate has some great events including The Secret Garden an afternoon of family theatre on June 28th in association with Chapterhouse Theatre. A Fantastical Fairy Fest with Imaginosity on July 7th.

The Abhainn Rí Festival 2015 will take place from 26th June – 5th July in Callan, Co. Kilkenny. The festival will offer an array of fun, educational and inspiring workshops, experiences and events that will cater for all age groups and abilities.

The Promenade Festival takes  place in Tramore, Co Waterford from July 3rd to 5th 2015. This FREE event will include a music trail, street entertainment, an airshow, circus aces and much more.

Bagenalstown Festival Summer Madness 2015 is a family friendly festival, taking place from July 17th to 19th. Events include free street entertainment, music, their ever popular duck race, raft racing along the river guaranteed fun for the whole family. 

Bray Air Display on 19th 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.

Things To Do with Kids in the South East in June

national bike weekNational Bike Week runs from 13-21 June with lots of family-friendly cycling events around the South East including Ciclovia Kilkenny 2015 and Family Cycles.

You can search all the Bike Week events by county here.

Kilkenny Ciclovia Open Street Fiesta will have lots of activities along the High Street for all ages including a bling your bike event, balance challenge, music, bouncy castle and much more. The Fiesta will take place on June 14th and 21st from 2-4pm on High Street, Kilkenny

The 2015 Carlow Arts Festival starts this June Bank Holiday, May 29th to June 7th with fun events, workshops and music for all the family.

The inaugural Traditional Kite Flying and Balloon Festival takes place on Duncannon Beach this June Bank Holiday, May 30th & 31st .

Wells House and Gardens in Gorey, Wexford are having a Teddy Bear’s Picnic on May 31st to celebrate the June Bank Holiday Weekend.

Dungarven Trad Fest 2015 takes place over the June Bank Holiday from May28th to June 1st in various venues and on the streets of Dungarvan, Waterford.

The Street Rhythms Dance Festival runs on June 6th & 7th in Enniscorthy, Wexford.

The 2015 Festival of Writing and Ideas takes place in Borris House, Carlow on June 6th & 7th. With an impressive line up of writers from Ireland and beyond including authors, comedians and musicans, there is something to inspire everyone.

Immrama the Lismore Festival of Travel Writing takes place from June 11th to 14th in Lismore, Co Waterford. This programme includes events for families and children.

At the Wexford Maritime Festival, from 20th to 21st June, you’ll find a celebration of Wexford’s rich maritime heritage, and can enjoy maritime activities, family fun, artisan food and music.

The Strawberry Food Festival is on in Enniscorthy from June 24th to 28th.

Powerscourt House and Gardens in association with Chapterhouse Theatre presents The Secret Garden an afternoon of family theatre on June 28th.

Things To Do with Kids in the South East in May

The 2015 Kilkenny Roots Festival takes place in venues in Kilkenny over the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

The Maritime Matters Festival takes place in Wexford over the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

JestFest 2015 takes place in Wexford over the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

The 16th Bray Jazz Festival takes place in Wicklow and Dublin over the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

To celebrate Waterford Writers Weekend, the Central Library in Waterford City are running family friendly events all day on May 9th.

Club Vitae at The Maldron Hotel Wexford have a Family Fun Day on May 9th.

Powerscourt Powerscourt House and Gardens have a fun Nature Detectives Workshop at Powerscourt Waterfall on Sunday, May 24th from 2 to 4pm. Enjoy a day out with Imaginosity’s friendly team, get right up close to Ireland’s highest waterfall, and walk the natural woodland trails in the surrounding parkland. Families can bring along a picnic or BBQ and really make a day of it! Suitable for ages 3 to 10 years.

The Wexford Food & Wine Festival runs in various venues throughout Wexford Town from May 21st to 24th. There will be loads for FREE Family Friendly Events.

The Wexford Martime Festival is on June 20th & 21st. They have a host of family friendly events including an Art Competition, Viking Village and Rowing Regatta.

Things To Do with Kids in the South East in April

Post Easter Events

Kilkenny Medieval Week 2015 runs from April 17th to 26th.This fun filled week has workshops and events for families and children running at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, Rothe House and Kilkenny Castle. Children’s workshops were jam packed last year so book early to avoid disappointment.The Big Dig McDonagh Junction (220x220)

This year brings the ‘Big Dig’ at Macdonagh Junction in association with the School of Irish Archaeology. The innovation project allows children (5-12 years) to explore the Viking world through a simulated and controlled archaeology dig. Kilkenny Castle will also open its magnificent medieval fortress and invites people of all ages to attend a week long programme of workshops and music events.

Powerscourt House and Gardens are running fun Sow and Grow kids gardening class on April 19th. Children will get a hands on intorduction on planting seeds and fresh produce and will plant some vegetables and herbs to take home and enjoy following progress!

Easter Events

Powerscourt Hop and HuntPowerscourt are hosting their annual Hop and Hunt on April 6th in association with Imaginosity. There will be an interactive storytellling performance of The Easter Bunny which incorporates a hunt for hidden clues in the Walled Garden at Powerscourt. Suitable for families with children ages 3 to 10 years.

Brick Flicks Stop Motion Animation Workshop
takes place at the Mermaid Arts Centre in Wicklow on April 1st and 2nd.

Secret Valley Wildlife Park is open daily from March 28th to April 12th. This Easter come and meet new animals, take a ride on Snowball the pony, take part in the Easter treasure hunt and get an Easter treat, play a game of crazy golf and ride the quad train.

Kater4Kidz are running Cooking and Nutrition Camps for children in Waterford from March 30th to April 3rd.

The Chocolate Garden have fun, educational Chocolate Workshops running daily from March 28th to April 12th.

hop on board the Rathwood Easter Train, to join the Easter bunny and his friends in their fantastic Woodlands adventure.

The West Waterford Festival of Food takes place from April 9th to 12th. Demos, Classes, Trails and Tours and Entertainment for all the family.

Humpty Dumpty is coming to Castlecomer Discovery Park this Easter. Come along and see if you can spot him! Enjoy hot cross buns, tree top walks, Easter trails, Easter Train and vist the new woodland hut village.

 

Things To Do with Kids in the South East in March

Brick FlicksBrick Flicks are running a fun Stop Motion workshop on March 30th & 31st at St Patrick’s Hall book your place now.
Powerscourt Tree Trail

Powerscourt House and Gardens celebrates Tree Week from March 3rd with guided walks at 11am

The Powerscourt Garden Pavilion has undergone a refurbishment and will re-open on March 22nd from 12pm to 5pm with face-painting for kids and exclusive discounts.

And book a date in your diary to visit Powerscourt on April 6th when they team up with Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum, to bring storytelling and a Easter Hunt. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Waterford New Music Week 2015 runs from March 23rd to 29th

St Patrick’s Day Celebrations

The 2015 Waterford St Patrick’s Day Parade begins on The Quay at 1pm on March 17th.

Kilkenny Tradfest 2015 runs from March 14th to 17 with family activities, workshops, musical masterclasses and traditional song and dance and fun for all the family.

The 2015 Kilkenny St Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 1pm from St John’s Church

The 2015 Wexford Town St Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11am on March 17th from William Street.

The 2015 Wicklow Town St Patrick’s Day Parade is on March 17th and begins at 3.15pm from Whitegates.

The Carlow St Patrick’s Day Parade 2015 takes place from 3.30pm Burrin Street on March 17th

Things To Do with Kids in the South East in February

Engineers Week takes place from February 8th to 14th and there are family friendly events taking place across the South East.

The Deenside Players Pantomime Society present Pirate of the Caribbean Pantomime at The Castlecomer Community Hall, Kilkenny from February 2nd to 7th.

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.

Things To Do with Kids in the South East in January

Get your skates on – Waterford on Ice and Kilkenny on Ice both run until January 11th.

Disney Magic The Musical is on at Garter Lane Arts Centre Waterford on January 28th, 29th & 30th.

Little Red Riding Hood Panto is at Watergate Theatre Kilkenny from January 10th to 17th.

Wexford Arts Centre have art and craft workshops for children,  parent & toddler art and music classes and on January 24th Discovery Club is running a Minecraft themed art event.

Visual Carlow have events for families this January including Carlow Little Theatre Society on January 15th & 16th, Parent & Toddler Group on 14th January, Hansel & Gretel with Bosco on January 18th and Family Art Workshops on January 25th.

The Mermaid Arts Centre in Wicklow have films and workshops for families during January.

If you didn’t make it to the cinema over the Christmas, there are some great family films showing this month at IMC Carlow, IMC Kilkenny, Omniplex Waterford, Omniplex Wexford, and Gaiety Cinema Arklow. We saw Paddington (read our review) and Annie recently both great and for older children the final Hobbit movie was a big hit.

Operation Transformation are running walks around the country on January 17th. Find one near you and get the whole family off the sofa and out in the fresh air!

For more great ideas that cost nothing but time visit our articles on Free Things to Do in Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow.

If you run events, classes or camps for families please list them with us. It is FREE TO LIST add events here and for class and camp providers you can list them here.