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Below are a range of events happening around the country suitable for Parents and/or Families
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Easter Festival
Easter Festival
Join us any day during the Easter holidays and capture the joy of spring! Take a short walk to the Enchanted Forest and see if you can spot any fairy folk or step into The Three Towers Organic Kitchen and fill your senses with the scent of fresh, home-made cooking. Of course, the best activity is the Easter bunny hunt. Especially for Easter, we turn our ordinary walking trail into a treasure trail with clues to help you find the elusive Easter bunny. Children can go on the hunt on horse back for €15 each. Fun and creative for all.
Start: 28/03 End: 12/04 Times: 10am - 6pm Admission: €5 per child www.riding-centre.com
e: info@riding-centre.com
Phone: 090 9745246
Kylebrack West, Loughrea Galway
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: 01/04 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Easter Egg Hunt
Brigits Garden
Come and enjoy our popular annual Easter Egg Hunt where everyone has fun and every child gets a prize of mini-eggs and a home-made Easter cookie! There will be a longer treasure hunt around the nature trail for older children and a shorter one around the gardens for younger ones and you can start any time. And there's more - Easter games, face-painting, and of course the fun of exploring the Celtic Gardens. Full Café service,
Start: 05/04 End: 06/04 Times: 1pm - 5pm www.brigitsgarden.ie
e: info@.brigitsgarden.ie
Phone: (091) 550905
Roscahill Galway
Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunt, Rounstone
This year the annual Easter Egg hunt, for children under 12, will take place at 2pm at Errisbeg House.
Start: 06/04 Times: 2pm www.errisbeghouse.com
e: destacpoole@eircom.net
Phone: Richard at 086 821 5153
Roundstone, Galway

Dublin County



FAMILY DAY DESIGN WORKSHOPS
FAMILY DAY DESIGN WORKSHOPS
Irish Design 2015 is delighted to offer an exciting range of FAMILY DAY DESIGN WORKSHOPS in our Design Hub @ Dublin Castle. These fun workshops encourage creative thinking, help to build dexterity and introduce children to new design/craft skills through playful experimentation with materials, techniques and ideas. On alternate Saturdays of every month we invite young makers and their families to the ID2015 Design Hub in Dublin Castle, to take part in hands-on design and crafting workshops which begins with a tour of the gallery, specially designed to get you in the mood for creating.
Start: 28/02 End: 30/12 Times: 10.30am - 11.30am & Admission: Free www.irishdesign2015.ie
e: designhub@irishdesign2015.ie
Phone: 01 645 88 45
Design Hub at the Coach House, Dublin Castle
Book Adventurers Club
For families and children from 3 years of age who wish to enjoy reading in Spanish. What do we want? Encourage reading and out loud reading, sharing a good time among books, stories and illustrations. You are welcomed to bring your favourite book to read and share with other children. First Wednesday of the month
Start: 04/03 End: 03/06 Times: 15:30 - 16:30 Admission: Free dublin.cervantes.es
e: reservas.dublin@cervantes.es
Phone: 016311533
Instituto Cervantes Dublin, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2
Scary (and Hairy) Tales from Marsh's Library
Scary (and Hairy) Tales from Marsh's Library
Marsh's library has a new comic book (€2 to purchase at the door) to guide children through the library's history. It contains nine scary, hairy & curious stories that may make you squirm! To see an electronic version of the comic see our link at:
Start: 19/03 End: 19/03 Times: 9.30am-5.00pm Admission: Children €0, Adults €3 www.marshlibrary.ie
e: julie.burke@marshlibrary.ie
Phone: 014543511
St. Patrick's Close 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: 01/04 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Croke Park Easter Egg Trail
Croke Park Easter Egg Trail
Join the staff of the GAA Museum on a special guided tour of Croke Park in the run-up to Easter....follow the clues and find the tokens to collect your Easter Eggs! The Croke Park Easter Egg Trail departs from the GAA Museum at 11.30am and 1.30pm every day from Wednesday 1st – Monday 6th April (except Friday 3rd April). During the tours younger visitors must follow the clues and find the tokens to collect their Easter Eggs!
Start: 01/04 End: 06/04 Times: 11.30am and 1.30pm Admission: Child 2 yrs+ €12, Child 1-2 €6, Under 1 yr free, Adult €7 crokepark.ie
e: gaamuseum@crokepark.ie
Phone: +353 1 819 2323
GAA Museum, Cusack Stand, St. Joseph's Avenue, Croke Park, Dublin
Great Easter Egg Hunt
Great Easter Egg Hunt
Family friendly egg hunts open to all comers (three hunts - suit all ages under 7s, under 10s with treasure map, over 10s with orienteering map, and a parents egg-scramble). Wooded surroundings, face-painting tea-room, refreshments. Email action@rockbrook.ie to book your family in. Pay only on arrival.
Start: 04/04 End: 04/04 Times: begins 3 pm, over 5.30pm Admission: €5 per person www.rockbrook.ie
e: principal@rockbrook.ie
Phone: 0860848005
Rockbrook Park School, Edmondstown Road Dublin
Easter Sunday at Farmleigh
Easter Sunday at Farmleigh
Come to Farmleigh this Easter for great days of family events. Farmleigh Food & Craft Markets, Farmleigh Plant Fair 'Garden plants for the Springtime', Birds of Prey Falconry Display with Hawks, Falcons and Owls, Puppet Show, Storytelling for Children, Music in the Bandstand, Easter Egg Hunt, Quiz and Challenge. Spaces are limited, for more information visit our website.
Start: 05/04 Times: 10am-5pm www.farmleigh.ie
Phone: 01 8155900
Phoenix Park, Dublin 2
Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Dublin Zoo
Dublin Zoo
Dublin Zoo and The Natural Confectionery Company are excited to announce an egg-cellent line up of fun filled activities taking place at Dublin Zoo. An Easter Treasure Trail will keep visitors of all ages entertained with clues hidden in various locations within the Zoo. There will also be a DJ playing music, face painting, an Easter Bunny Games area and a chance to create a piece of Easter magic at the arts and crafts station.   With special elephant keepers talks running throughout the day there is certainly something for everyone this Easter Sundayand Easter Monday.
Start: 05/04 End: 06/04 Times: 11am - 4pm www.dublinzoo.ie
e: info@dublinzoo.ie
Phone: 01 4748900
Phoenix Park Dublin 8
Family Events at MusicTown 2015
MusicTown 2015
MusicTown 2015 is a brand new festival organised by Dublin City Council to celebrate music and musicmakers alike. Taking place across the city, it will be a multi-genre music festival that will animate the city with an eclectic programme featuring events for all ages – contemporary, classical, indie, jazz, trad, hip hop, opera and everything in between. .It’s packed with fun family events which will both educate and inspire Dublin’s youngest tots and children. For more information on all our family events, please visit our website. 
Start: 10/04 End: 19/04 www.musictown.ie
e: contact@musictown.ie
Family Fun Day at the National Print Museum
Family Fun Day at the National Print Museum
Don a hat and apron, and become a mini printer for the day! The Museum will become a hive of activity with printing demonstrations, face painting, mini children’s workshops and self-guided arts and crafts activities at our Education Area. A lovely day to finish off the Easter School Holidays!
Start: 12/04 End: 12/04 Times: 12.00 - 16.00 Admission: FREE www.nationalprintmuseum.ie
e: education@nationalprintmuseum.ie
Phone: 016603770
Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Rd Dublin
New Dutch Language & Cultural School
New Dutch language & culture sschool
De Madelief is a part time Dutch Culture & Language school in the early stages of development. The NTC school is aimed at children of Dutch and Flemish parents & parents with a different linguistic background who live in Ireland. Come to our parent information evening and meet our team on the 14th of April at 8pm 
Start: 14/04 End: 14/04 Times: 8 p.m.-9.30 p.m. Admission: free www.demadelief.org/english
e: info@demadelief.org
6 Clare street Dublin
Waterways Ireland Docklands Summerfest
Waterways Ireland Docklands Su
This is an international event, featuring wakeboarding displays by some of the most talented wake boarders in the world. There will be an array of markets and a whole host of entertainment, including a golf water challenge, canal barge tours, raft races, duck races and even more. So there is something for all the family to enjoy!
Start: 16/05 End: 17/05 Times: 10am - 5pm Admission: Entry into the festival is free www.docklandssummerfestival.com
Grand Canal Dock Dublin
Dublin Port River Festival
Dublin Port River Festival
This June Bank Holiday, North Wall Quay will once again play host to the Dublin Port's Riverfest. There will be an array of activities throughout the weekend, including the arrival of three tall ships and four schooners. There will also be amusements, tug boat dancing and kayaking, there's something for all the family to enjoy. There is a pirate theme and prizes for the best dressed.
Start: 30/05 End: 01/06 Times: 9am - 6pm Admission: Entry into the festival is free http://dublinriverfest.com
North Wall Quay Dublin

Leinster (outside Dublin)



Helping Parents Recognise and
Help their Teens with StressHelp their Teens with Stress
Presented by Finola Colgan from Mental Health Ireland. Fiona will show parents how to become aware of stress in their teens, ways to support their teen and ideas to manage stress. She will look at stressful situations such as exam stress, peer pressure & transitioning to college.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 26/02 End: 23/03 www.kildare.ie/library
e: athylib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Happy Parents / Happy Child
Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting ExpertPresented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert
Sheila will share practical tips and skills to deal with sibling rivalry, difficult behaviour, Homework struggles and how to enjoy easier mornings and bedtimes.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 11/03 End: 24/03 www.kildare.ie/library
e: maynoothlib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
View the Solar Eclipse from Atlone
View the Solar Eclipse from Atlone
Athlone Castle & Visitors Center are pleased to announce that the Midlands Astronomy Club will be setting up special Telescopes on March 20th for the partial solar eclipse at Athlone Castle, everyone welcomed to attend as this is a free event and open to the public. There will be special solar glasses on site so anyone can observe the eclipse safely with lots of free information.
Start: 20/03 End: 20/03 Times: 8am Admission: Free Event www.athlonecastle.ie
e: info@athlonecastle.ie
Phone: 0906442130
Athlone Castle Westmeath
Positive Disipline & Managing Challenging Behaviour
Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert
Sheila will look at how to promote more positive behaviour and experience less challenging behaviour from our child or teen. Sheila will also look at ways to deal with difficult behaviour more effectively when it happens
Other parenting talks will take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 26/03 Times: 7:00pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Kildare Town Library
Celebrate an EGGSTRA Wild Easter
Grennan Maze
Greenan Maze, near Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow are hosting an EGGSTRA WILD EASTER CELEBRATION with an Egg-cellent variety of BRIGHT SPRING-SHINE FUNactivities for all the family.  The Easter Bunny will be hopping madly through the big half acre hedge maze with lots of Easter egg hunts on Easter Sunday and face painting, arts and crafts on Easter Monday.   Also treasure hunts, wild nature trails, feeding animals, baby chicks hatching, toddler fairy tree walks and play areas over the Easter School holidays.  Kids can run off the sugar buzz while adults find peace and tranquillity at this pretty countryside farm. Visit our website for more details
Start: 28/03 End: 12/04 www.greenanmaze.com
Phone: 086-8845624
Ballinanty, Greenan, Rathdrum Wicklow
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: 01/04 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Easter Treasure Hunt
Easter Treasure Hunt
Keep the kids entertained this Good Friday with a a fun-filled Easter Treasure Hunt! Scour the promenade for clues and photos and see how quickly you can complete the hunt. Finish off the hunt with a complimentary hot chocolate and mini egg for all the kids at The Martello. Money raised will go local football club, Ardmore Rovers FC to help them find raise money for new club grounds.
Start: 03/04 End: 03/04 Times: 1pm - 5pm Admission: €3 per child, adults go free! www.themartello.ie
e: rcondon@themartello.ie
Phone: 012868000
The Martello, 47 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Easter Fun @ Lullymore Heritage Park
Lullymore Heritage Park
Join the Easter Bunny for an “eggstra” special event where you have to find all the clues, solve Easter Bunny’s puzzle and collect your egg. There will also be prizes of larger eggs each afternoon in the Funky Forest Indoor Play area for everybody who has done the Egg Hunt! So why not discover Lullymore this Easter week for some refreshingly healthy family fun!
Start: 04/04 End: 10/04 www.lullymoreheritagepark.com
Phone: 045 870238
Rathangan, Co Kildare
Mellowes Easter Bunny Fun
Mellowes Easter Bunny experience
A fun packed family Easter weekend at Ireland's most interactive and child friendly adventure centre. We have a range of activities including: Arts and Crafts, Easter Trails, Bouncy Castles, Obstacle Courses, Mini Golf, Pedal Go Karts and much more! Meet with Disney characters and get a photo with the Easter Bunny. Free Chocolate Egg for every child and Tea/Coffee for adults on arrival. Tickets available online
Start: 04/04 End: 05/04 Times: 1pm-3pm Admission: Kids €15 Adults €5 www.mellowes.ie
e: info@mellowes.ie
Phone: 046 9433921
Moygrehan, Athboy Meath
The White Rabbit's Egg Hunt
The White Rabbit's Egg Hunt
Join us for an Easter themed arts and crafts workshop and follow the white rabbit through his tunnel to hunt for Easter Eggs. Materials all included. Free tea/coffee. Family rate applies to 1 adult, 3 children or 2 adults, 2 children. Early booking advised.
Start: 04/04 End: 06/04 Times: 3pm - 5pm on each d Admission: Adults €5, Children €8, Famil www.creativeardagh.blogspot.ie
e: creativeardagh@gmail.com
Phone: 0863027602
Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre, Ardagh, Co. Longford.
Belvedere Easter Egg Hunts
BELVEDERE EASTER EGG HUNTS
Belvedere’s Golden Ticket Easter Egg Hunts are back on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday 2015.   Thousands of eggs hundreds of Golden Tickets with special prizes including 10 Belvedere Summer Passes for families.   The Egg Hunts start at 12 midday each day and there are three different trails, under 5’s under 10’s and over 10’s . Advisable to be on site from 11.30 am.   Meet the Belvedere Easter Bunny at the largest Easter Egg Hunt in Ireland.   160 acres of parkland and ancient whispering woodland full of goodies to be discovered.
Start: 05/04 End: 06/04 Times: 12 - 3pm www.belvedere-house.ie
e: info@belvedere-house.ie
Phone: 044 9349060
Belvedere House, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Easter Egg Hunt / Climb & Reach an Easter Egg
Easter Egg Hunt / Climb & Reach an Easter Egg
This year we are hosting a series of Easter Egg Hunts for families in the Wild Wicklow countryside. Time to get eggcited! Come and see a newborn Easter Lamb! Test your orienteering skills while hunting for Easter Eggs in the Wild Rosanna forest. Climb a tree to reach an Easter Egg or race & win some in the Easter Egg Horse Race! Get those kids eggshausted!
Start: 05/04 End: 06/04 Times: 11 am - 1 pm Admission: Starts from €15 wildrosanna.com
e: info@wildrosanna.com
Phone: 0404 34776
Wild Rosanna Estate, Ashford Wicklow
Fairyhouse Racecourse Easter Festival
Fairyhouse Racecourse Easter Festival
2015 sees the return of our popular Easter Tuesday fixture. Coupled with the great racing on the day, Easter Tuesday will also be our Family Day, with everything from the ever popular Little Hoofs show, funfair and face-painting to shopping and great food, this really will be a fantastic opportunity to grab some much needed family time.
Start: 05/04 End: 07/04 www.fairyhouse.ie
e: info@fairyhouse.ie
Phone: 825 6051
Ratoath, Meath
Hop n Hunt
Hop n Hunt
Imaginosity, Dublin Children's Museum has teamed up with Powerscourt Estate for an interactive storytelling performance of The Easter Bunny. This fun Easter experience is suitable for all the family and features a hunt for hidden clues that the Easter Bunny has left for you to find! With over 47 acres to explore, children will love playing and walking along the winding pathways and rambling walks of Powerscourt. Advance booking is essential; you can book online through our website.
Start: 06/04 Times: 12.30-2.30pm Admission: Child  € 5, Adult  € 8.50, Family Ticket (2 Adults+3 Children)  € 25 powerscourt.com
e: aoife.odriscoll@powerscourt.net
Phone: 01 204 6009
Powerscourt Gardens Wicklow
First Aid for Parents
by Siobhan Butler from First Aid for Everyoneby Siobhan Butler from First Aid for Everyone
This informative and interactive course will use lots of visual aids in the presentation and there is plenty of opportunity for the participants to ask questions. Topics covered will include: * Calling the emergency services * Meningitis * The First Aid kit * Burns * Choking * Temperature/febrile seizures
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 14/04 End: 20/10 www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Parenting Alone
Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert
Sheila will look at parenting positively when parenting alone and how to help children and teens cope. Come and find help and support for yourself and your children or teens. Having support is essential when parenting alone.
Other parenting talks will take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 14/04 Times: 7:00pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: Naaslib@kildarecoco.ie
Newbridge Library Kildare
How to Help Babies and Toddlers
Build a Sense of SecurityBuild a Sense of Security
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service. This talk is aimed at parents of children from birth to two years of age. It will explain the ideas behind attachment and bonding and include strategies and tips to help children develop a secure attachment.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 16/04 End: 21/10 www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Supporting Parents to Help Their Children
to Behave Wellto Behave Well
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service. This talk introduces basic ideas and strategies that can be of help to parents to reduce their child’s undesirable behaviour. It will include tips and strategies to encourage children to behave in ways that are more helpful to themselves and others.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 21/04 End: 21/04 www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Considering the Role of Digital Technology
and Computer Games in your Child’s Learningand Computer Games in your Child’s Learning
Presented by Michael Hallissey. Young people today have been born into a digital world where the internet, tablets, apps, game consoles and much more are all pervasive. Many parents see such devices as having negative influences on a child’s development yet they are powerful tools that can aid learning in a positive way. In his talk Michael will locate the use of technology today in a wider social context and in particular link it to the Government’s forthcoming Digital Strategy for Schools.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 22/04 End: 28/04 www.kildare.ie/library
e: naaslib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Helping Children to be Resilient and
Develop Skills to Cope with the Challenges of LifeDevelop Skills to Cope with the Challenges of Life
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service. This talk explores the support and experiences our children need to develop resilience or mental strength. It will help parents develop their children’s ability to thrive despite life’s challenges e.g. growing up, bullying or living with difficult circumstances; and to bounce back from adversity.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 30/04 End: 12/11 www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Helping Children Deal with Bullying
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology ServicePresented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service
This talk explores possible origins of bullying behaviour, the potential impacts of bullying such as feeling upset, hurt, rejected, afraid and isolated. It will also introduce strategies to support children to develop skills such as positive peer social interactions and enhanced assertiveness to overcome the negative impact of bullying.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 05/05 End: 20/10 www.kildare.ie/library
e: athylib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Teenage Wellbeing & Positive Mental Health
Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert
‘All we seem to do is argue!’ Parenting Teenagers can be challenging and there may be concern around eating, drinking or self-harm. Sheila will look at how to build self-esteem, establish better communication and problem solving skills.
Other parenting talks will take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 07/05 Times: 7:00pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Leixlip Library Kildare
Time Management for Working Parents
Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert
Do you have too little time with too many demands? How do you manage time or does it manage you? Come and learn practical tips and skills to get more time – for you!
Other parenting talks will take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 12/05 Times: 7:00pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: Naaslib@kildarecoco.ie
Naas Library Kildare
Social Networking & Cyberbullying Training
Presented by Fiona Ashe from Flashefoward CommunicaionsPresented by Fiona Ashe from Flashefoward Communicaions
This training course will give a simple overview of social networking, describing current social media trends. Fiona will look at teenage behaviour online. She will examine peer pressure, privacy issues and cyberbullying: what it is, what forms it takes, how to combat it and how to prevent it.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 13/05 End: 05/11 www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Helping Children Who Worry Too Much
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology ServicePresented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service
This talk explores many of the common factors which can cause and increase worries for children. It will include strategies to help children to manage and overcome their worries so that the worries becomes less powerful in their day-today lives.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 20/05 End: 24/09 www.kildare.ie/library
e: athylib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Yuck I’m NOT eating that!
Toddler and Childhood Nutritional ChallengesToddler and Childhood Nutritional Challenges
Presented by Paula Mee, Dietician. Paula will give an overview of our children’s common nutrition challenges and needs as they grow. She will cover food intolerances and allergies; parental feeding concerns e.g. what to feed young children and what to do if they are faddy and won’t eat fruits and veg; when to consult with a specialist. Come along and ask your questions.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 21/05 End: 24/11 www.kildare.ie/library
e: athylib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Sky Cat laughs Comedy Festival
Sky Cat laughs Comedy Festival
For the twenty-first year the picturesque medieval city of Kilkenny will play host to The Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival. A festival that has hosted comedians from all over the world. And this year will be no different. And for the shorties there will be a programme of family-friendly and kids’ events at the festival. The Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival is jam packed with shows for comedy fans of all ages.
Start: 28/05 End: 01/06 www.thecatlaughs.com
Éigse Carlow Arts Festival
Carlow Arts Festival
Carlow Arts Festival Éigse takes place at the start of June around the county of Carlow. With an eclectic programme that include events from across a range of genres including theatre, visual arts, music, comedy, film, street & children’s entertainment and much more.
Start: 29/05 End: 07/06 carlowartsfestival.com
e: info@eigsecarlow.ie
Phone: 059 9172400
Groove Music Festival
Groove Music Festival
Kids’ are set to have lots of fun at Groove Music Festival - Groove Music Festival, taking place in the magnificent Killruddery Estate, are delighted to announce the details of their children’s area for the weekend. Groove looks set to be ideal for parents bringing their children to their first festival experience. With a musical line up to entertain all music fans and now with the addition of plenty of activities to keep the younger members of the Groove audience busy, all the family can enjoy the festival.
Start: 04/07 End: 05/07 Admission: Check Website groovefestival.ie
Killruddery Estate, Bray, Co Wicklow

Charlotte Street Festival
The Charlotte Street Festival, in Wexford Town, has grown every year since it was started in 2005. Past artists include Mundy, Jerry Fish, Paddy Casey, Hermitage Green and many many more performing each year. Family activities include a Ceili, Tug Of War and a Panto Horse Race! There is something for everyone over the weekend, with live music each day from midday – there is a great weekend guaranteed.
Start: 17/07 End: 19/07 www.thestores.ie
e: info@thestores.ie
Phone: 053 9124424
Charlotte Street, Wexford
How can I help my young child to Sleep?
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service
This talk aims to outline some of the ideas around infant sleep. It will cover what sleep is and how to encourage your child to learn how to sleep as well as possible. Strategies are explored for responding to disrupted sleep and promoting better sleep routines for your child.
Other parenting talks will take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 22/09 Times: 7:00pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: Naaslib@kildarecoco.ie
Naas Library Kildare
Self-harming Behaviours in Young People
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology ServicePresented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service
For some young people acts of self harming can emerge as a way of dealing with painful emotions such as loss, hurt or lack of self worth. This talk aims to briefly explore the concept of deliberate self-harming behaviour. It will offer parents some information on alternative ways of helping a young person cope with psychological distress without risk of physical harm to themselves.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 10/11 End: 26/11 www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare

Munster



Fresh Film Festival
Fresh Film Festival
This year the Fresh Film Festival enters its 19th year! The Fresh Film Festival is Ireland’s premier young people’s film festival showcasing the work of individuals, schools and filmmaking groups aged 7-18. Comedy, horror, drama, music video, documentary or animation we want to see them all, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and make movies!
Start: 23/03 End: 28/03 Admission: 15 euro per entry www.freshfilmfestival.net
e: info@freshfilmfestival.net
Phone: 061 319555
1 Johns Square, Limerick City
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: 01/04 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Jurassic Adventures
Jurassic Adventures
Audiences are encouraged to participate in this adventure as it takes them on a journey through the wonders of the Jurassic Park and the birth of the park’s first baby dinosaur. For parents and children alike, this is sure to be an event not to be missed!
Start: 03/04 End: 03/04 Times: 4pm Admission: €20, €25 www.corkoperahouse.ie
Phone: 0214270022
Cork Opera House, Emmet Place
Easter Egg Hunt Leahy's Open Farm
Leahy's Open Farm
We open for the Easter Holidays and the Easter Weekend kicks off our, Monster Easter Egg Hunt which runs continuously throughout the weekend, it’s a fun weekend for young and old.   Over the 3 days (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) the Easter Bunny drops eggs continuously throughout the farm, so no matter what time you start your hunt there will be eggs everywhere......
Start: 04/04 End: 06/04 www.leahysopenfarm.ie
Phone: 021 4668461
Dungourney Cork
Easter at Moher Hill Farm
Moher Hill Open Farm
Easter at Moher Hill Farm is when the bunnies take centre stage.Take part in the Easter Egg Hunt, where the Easter Bunny ensures that each child is looked after, there is also fun and games for all the family, including face painting, egg and spoon races and the most popular three legged races. Pose for a photograph with the Easter Bunny or, for the tiny tots, take part in the ‘Under 5’s Easter Egg Hunt’. Stroll around the farm park feeding and interacting with the animals, whizz on the go karts, bouncing on the bouncing castle, enjoy a picnic in the indoor or outdoor picnic area and spend some family time playing mini-golf.
Start: 04/04 End: 06/04 www.clare.ie
Phone: 065 7081071
Cliffs of Moher Road, Liscannor Clare
Easter Fun & Games
Easter Fun & Games
Its a fun-filled day for all the family at Craggaunowen and the Easter Bunny promises to give away hundreds of Easter eggs to mark the end of the Lenten period and the chocolate famine! Children, practice your bouncing skills to show to the Easter Bunny on the bouncing castle.There will be a puppet show featuring Easter chickens and bunnies, and a magic show. You can listen to the traditional story teller who will be on hand to regale you with stories from times gone by. What's really great is... Normal admission rates apply! Visit our website for more details.
Start: 05/04 Times: 1pm-5pm www.shannonheritage.com
Phone: 061 711200
Craggaunowen, Sixmilebridge Clare
3,000 Cadbury Creme Egg Hunt
Ailwee Cave
This year sees the revival of our great event "The Easter Egg Hunt". Lots of fun and games promised for all the family on the day. 3,000 Cadbury's creme eggs hidden with care around the grounds. Find the hidden Golden Egg.  Themed Easter Time Colouring Competition held at the Birds of Prey Centre.  D.J. Ollie Mullooly here to entertain everyone all afternoon.  Train Rides ongoing all day.
Start: 05/04 Times: 1pm-6pm Admission: €5 per person www.aillweecave.ie
e: info@aillweecave.ie
Phone: 065 7077036 
Ballyvaughan, Co Clare
Kids Arts & Crafts Club
Hunt Museum First Sundays
The first Sunday of every month. A different theme every session! Advance booking recommended
Start: 05/04 Times: 14.30 - 16.30 Admission: Free www.huntmuseum.com
e: joni@huntmuseum.com
Phone: 061-312833
The Custom Hse, Rutland Street, Limerick
Ben & Holly
Ben & Holly
From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage! Join Ben and Holly, and their friends on this exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family!
Start: 06/05 End: 07/05 Times: 11am & 4pm Admission: €18, €15 - €60 Family Rate www.corkoperahouse.ie
Cork Opera House, Emmet Place

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: 01/04 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Build your Bunny & Easter Egg Hunt
Bear Essentials Easter workshop
One Day Easter Workshop. Build Your own Bunny or other teddy bearl and when finished we will all enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt in the playground. This is a family event and we encourage parents with under 6 year old children to stay. Event is suitable for any age, adults included. Tea/Coffee available on request. Snacks and drinks for children are included. Early booking is essential.
Start: 04/04 Times: 10am - 4pm Admission: €30 www.bearessentials.ie
e: anke@bearessentials.ie
Phone: 049 9523461 / 08776105 37
Bawnboy, Co.Cavan