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Below are a range of events happening around Ireland suitable for Parents and/or Families



Connaught



Free on first Wednesdays
Free on first Wednesdays
ON THE FIRST Wednesday of every month, various heritage sites managed by the Office of Public Works that normally charge admission throw their doors open for free. So it won’t cost you anything to bring the family to the State Apartments in Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin; Charles Fort in Kinsale, Co Cork; Athenry Castle in Co Galway; Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth) and Trim Castle in Co Meath and the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary – to name just a few.
Start: 01/03 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations

Dublin County



The Unicorn and Fencing Mouse
The Unicorn and Fencing Mouse
Back by popular demand our exhibition of 33 books displaying hidden marginalia, annotations and doodles on the pages of our collections. There is opportunity for visitors to create a doodle of their own and add a scribbling to our 'Communal Doodle'!
Start: 05/01 End: 31/03 Times: 9.30am-5.00pm Admission: €3/€2 (Children free) www.marshlibrary.ie
e: julie.burke@marshlibrary.ie
Phone: 014543511
Marsh's Library Dublin
Sums 4 Mums and Dads
Sums 4 Mums and Dads
SUMS 4 MUMS + DADS will take you back to Primary school and refresh your memory on some of the rules that you may have forgotten. We will also introduce parents to the new teaching methods used in classrooms today. We aim to give you the confidence to help your child with their Maths homework and improve their Maths skills.
Start: 09/01 End: 06/03 Times: 7 - 8pm Admission: €80 fo 8 classes sums4mumsanddads.weebly.com
e: sums4mumsanddads@gmail.com
Oatlands College, Sports Hall, Stillorgan, Dublin
Healthy Food Made Easy courses
Healthy Food Made Easy courses
HSE led 6 week cookery and nutrition courses available in various Dublin suburbs. Can arrange groups through schools or parents can access local public courses. Learn the healthy way to shop, cook and eat
Start: 10/01 End: 30/06 Times: flexible Admission: free for school parents www.northsidepartnership.ie
e: linda.scanlan@nspartnership
Phone: 018320995
Fantastic Flix Festival of Children's Films
Fantastic Flix
Fantastic Flix launches its exciting festival of children’s films alongside a very special visit from Jacqueline Wilson. The Audi Dublin International Film Festival’s Fantastic Flix conjures up that world of cinematic wonder for the next generation in its packed festival of children’s films from around the world, workshops, short film selections, the Fantastic Flix Children’s Jury and special events. A special festival preview of one of the most hotly anticipated films of 2017, The LEGO® Batman Movie, will launch this year's Fantastic Flix programme.
Start: 04/02 End: 25/02 www.diff.ie
Phone: 01 687 7974
Light House Cinema, Movies@Swords, Movies@Dundrum, Omniplex Cinema Rathmines and The Ark Dublin
Lego Animation Workshops
Lego Animation Workshops
The workshop involves plenty of hands on learning, combined with some simple demonstrations. You will work in small groups to create a set, storyboard and plan for your very own stop motion movie. You will then film, edit, and record audio for your mini-movie using iPads. Your final masterpieces will then be shared on The Ark's YouTube channel for you to share with friends and family!
Start: 22/02 End: 24/02 Times: 10.30am & 2.30pm Admission: €16 www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@ark.ie
Phone: 01 670 7788
11a Eustace St, Temple Bar Dublin
Free on first Wednesdays
Free on first Wednesdays
ON THE FIRST Wednesday of every month, various heritage sites managed by the Office of Public Works that normally charge admission throw their doors open for free. So it won’t cost you anything to bring the family to the State Apartments in Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin; Charles Fort in Kinsale, Co Cork; Athenry Castle in Co Galway; Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth) and Trim Castle in Co Meath and the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary – to name just a few.
Start: 01/03 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Engineers Week 2017
Engineers Week 2017
Engineers Week is a week long programme of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering. Engineers Week 2016 was a great success. Visit the website to find out more about the free interactive events taking place in your county for Engineers Week 2017.
Start: 04/03 End: 10/03 www.engineersweek.ie
e: steps@engineersireland.ie
Phone: 01 665 1340
Put Yourself in the Portrait Gallery
Put Yourself in the Portrait Gallery
Children are the focus of our portrait gallery, with a collection of 12 portraits by acclaimed Irish artist Brian Maguire alongside a range of self-portraits drawn by children. Having seen all these, you will be able to use our portrait drawing stations to draw your own self-portraits to add to the collection.
Start: 04/03 End: 26/03 Times: 10.30am & 4pm Admission: Free www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@ark.ie
Phone: 01 670 7788
11a Eustace St, Temple Bar Dublin
Tech Week Ireland 2017
Tech Week Ireland 2017
Tech Week is Ireland's nationwide festival of technology, aimed at students, parents and the public. Tech Week provides hands-on opportunities to learn about how computing and technology are shaping every area of life including Education, Health, the Environment, and more. Objective #1 is to inspire students to engage with STEM subjects, and equip them with the knowledge and experience necessary to make informed choices about their future subject and career choices. Objective #2 is to educate all citizens – of every age and background – about the challenges and rewards of our fast-changing technological society.
Start: 23/04 End: 29/04 Times: 10-4 www.techweek.ie
e: lisa@ics.ie
Dublin Castle

Leinster (outside Dublin)



Parent and Toddler Group
Toddler Story Time
Story time for pre-school children, aged less than 5 years old, takes place in Kilcock Library on Thursday mornings during primary Shool term, from 9.30 - 10.30. Register with the Library to join the group or just come along any Thursday morning. A great way to meet other parents, or Au pairs, especially if you are new to the area.
Start: 15/09 End: 22/06 Times: 9:30 - 10:30pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: kilcocklib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6284403
Kilcockl Library, Unit 2, The Lamp, School St., Kilcock Kildare
Parent and Toddler Group
Parent and Toddler Group
The group meet every second Friday at 10.30am during the school year. Register with the library to join the group or just come along on the morning. The library provides a safe place for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers to play with puzzles and toys. You can meet other parents and enjoy a cuppa and a chat. There will be entertainment for children and/or guest speakers for parents each week.
Start: 03/02 End: 17/02 Times: 10.30am - 12.00pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6060050
Leixlip Library, Captain's Hill, Leixlip Kildare
Leixlip Library Knitting Club - Purls of Wisdom
Leixlip Library Knitting Club - Purls of Wisdom
The knitting club meets every Tuesday morning at 11am - 12.30pm. Knitters of all abilities including beginners are welcome. Come and share your skills and patterns and enjoy a cuppa and a chat.
Start: 07/02 End: 28/02 Times: 11am - 12.30pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6060050
Leixlip Library, Captain's Hill, Leixlip Kildare
Mothers Group
Mothers Group
The group meet two Tuesdays every month at 2.00pm. Hosted by Annemarie Moore, Public Health Nurse with the HSE. The group provides support, information and an opportunity to meet with other mothers. New mothers are always welcome.
Start: 07/02 End: 21/02 Times: 2.00pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6060050
Leixlip Library, Captain's Hill, Leixlip Kildare
Children's Book Club
Children's Book Club
The Children's Book Club meets once a month for 30 minutes and is open to children in 5th & 6th Class. This club will meet Friday 17th February at 3.15pm.If you are interested in joining please call to the library and we will give you the book for the next meeting.
Start: 17/02 End: 17/02 Times: 3.15pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6060050
Leixlip Library, Captain's Hill, Leixlip Kildare
2-Day Stop Motion Animation Workshop with Lorraine Walsh
2-Day Stop Motion Animation Workshop with Lorraine Walsh
Learn how to make your own stop-motion animation. Create a movable character and storyline, learn how to use an animation camera and child-friendly, computer software to create your own animated film. Complete animations can be emailed to parents. Participants must attend both days. Ages 8 – 12 yrs. Advanced Booking Required.
Start: 22/02 End: 23/02 Times: 2 – 4pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6060050
Leixlip Library, Captain's Hill, Leixlip Kildare
North Kildare Parents of Multiples Group
North Kildare Parents of Multiples Group
A support group aimed at parents and carers of babies or toddler age twins or multiples who are living in the North Kildare area. The group meet In Leixlip Library every month on the last Thursday.
Start: 23/02 End: 23/02 Times: 10.00am - 12.00pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6060050
Leixlip Library, Captain's Hill, Leixlip Kildare
Free on first Wednesdays
Free on first Wednesdays
ON THE FIRST Wednesday of every month, various heritage sites managed by the Office of Public Works that normally charge admission throw their doors open for free. So it won’t cost you anything to bring the family to the State Apartments in Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin; Charles Fort in Kinsale, Co Cork; Athenry Castle in Co Galway; Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth) and Trim Castle in Co Meath and the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary – to name just a few.
Start: 01/03 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Special Educational Needs Conference
Special Educational Needs Conference
This one day conference will provide the most up to date research and information on helping children with special educational needs to thrive. International Expert Dr. Jerome Schultz, Neuropsychologist, Harvard Medical School will discuss stress and why we need to understand how it impacts learning for all students with special educational needs.
Start: 11/03 End: 11/03 Times: 9 am - 6.30pm Admission: €85 www.sensationalkids.ie/events/special-educational-needs-conference-2017/
e: nicola@sensationalkids.ie
Phone: 045 520900
Sensational Kids, Unit F2 Kildare Business Park, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare
Mini Muckers Family Mud Run
Mini Muckers Family Mud Run
An obstacle family mud run. Distance 2.5km with the option to run as many laps as you like. Ideal for teams, coaches, families and friends. Minimum age, 7 yars old. For more information check out our website.
Start: 01/04 Times: 11am Admission: €15 www.minimuckers.ie
e: info@minimuckers.ie
Puchestown Racecourse, Nass. Kildare

Munster



Free on first Wednesdays
Free on first Wednesdays
ON THE FIRST Wednesday of every month, various heritage sites managed by the Office of Public Works that normally charge admission throw their doors open for free. So it won’t cost you anything to bring the family to the State Apartments in Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin; Charles Fort in Kinsale, Co Cork; Athenry Castle in Co Galway; Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth) and Trim Castle in Co Meath and the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary – to name just a few.
Start: 01/03 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Ennis Book Club Festival
Ennis Book Club Festival
The full programme for the 11th Ennis Book Club Festival has been announced, and for the first time this year, it will include a children’s programme. An annual celebration of book clubs and readers, the Festival combines a unique mix of readings, discussion, comedy and chat. Readers travel from all over the country and further afield to gather at this, the only book club festival in the country. Whether you are a member of a book club or not, all lovers of books, and all ages are invited to celebrate in Ennis this March.
Start: 03/03 End: 05/03 www.ennisbookclubfestival.com
e: info@ennisbookclubfestival.com
Phone: 065 684 3103
glór, Causeway Link, Ennis, Clare
First Cut! Film Festival for Young Filmmakers
First Cut! Film Festival for Young Filmmakers
If you're filmmaker aged between 12 and 24, and you've got a short film, we want to see it! First Cut! Youth Film Festival, April 27-29, showcases new films by young filmmakers over three days packed with screenings, workshops, and talks by film industry professionals. Every type of film is screened: fiction, documentary, animation, music video and more.
Start: 27/04 End: 29/04 www.firstcutfilmfestival.com
e: firstcutfilm@gmail.com
Phone: 0868139019
Mail Arts Centre, Youghal, Cork

Ulster



Free on first Wednesdays
Free on first Wednesdays
ON THE FIRST Wednesday of every month, various heritage sites managed by the Office of Public Works that normally charge admission throw their doors open for free. So it won’t cost you anything to bring the family to the State Apartments in Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin; Charles Fort in Kinsale, Co Cork; Athenry Castle in Co Galway; Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth) and Trim Castle in Co Meath and the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary – to name just a few.
Start: 01/03 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Bealtaine Living Earth Biodiversity Festival
To raise awareness of biodiversity and Irish natural heritage, and to promote the relationship between sustainabiliy, biodiversity and natural resources.
Start: 21/05 End: 29/05 www.livingearth.ie
e: bmkennedy@wit.ie
Phone: 051302705