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



Connaught



Corribdale Pony Show & Country Fair
Corribdale Pony Show & Country Fair
The Corribdale Pony Show & Country Fair is a great family day out with activities such as in-hand ponies, riding classes, a dog show, vintage show, sheep racing, BBQ, craft stands, childrens inflatable obstacle courses, bouncy castles, zorb balls and more. All proceeds going to Cancer Care West & Galway Hospice.
Start: 28/08 www.corribdaleponyshowandcountryfair.com
e: info@corribdaleponyshowandfair.com
Oughterard, 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: 07/09 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
RoolaBoola Children's Arts Festival
RoolaBoola Children's Arts Festival
RoolaBoola Children's Arts Festival is a fantastic festival for families offering the very best arts experiences tailor-made for children aged 2 to 12 years. The 2016 festival will feature theatre, film, workshops, music, an exhibition, story readings and lots of fun.
Start: 28/10 End: 31/10 www.thelinenhall.com
e: linenhall@anu.ie
Phone: +353 94 9023733
Linenhall Street, Castlebar, Mayo

Dublin County



1916: Tales from the Other Side
1916: Tales from the Other Side
A new exhibition exploring minority experiences of the Irish revolution, especially stories from the Irish Protestant communities. A fact-finding activity sheet is provided for children. Includes ‘Bullet Books’, ancient texts which were machine-gunned during Easter Week and have never been repaired. Closed Tuesdays and Sundays.
Start: 23/04 End: 23/12 Times: 9.30am - 5pm; Saturd Admission: €2-€3; children free www.marshlibrary.ie
e: elaine.doyle@marshlibrary.ie
Phone: (01) 4543511
Marsh's Library, St Patrick's Close, Dublin 8
Song of the Sea: The Exhibition
Song of the Sea: The Exhibition
A beautiful exhibition that gives you a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of the Oscar® nominated film Song of the Sea by Irish animation company Cartoon Saloon. Part of our Get Animated Summer Programme. This interactive exhibition of original drawings, prints, storyboards and animation provides an imaginative and accessible insight into the movie-making process and reveals what was involved in creating an Academy Award® nominated film.Every Sat & Sun. Also open Tue – Fri (from 1 July) & Bank Holiday Mon 1 Aug. The exhibition is best suited for ages 4+. Final entry at 4.30pm.
Start: 11/06 End: 31/08 Times: 10.30am – 5pm (Final entry 4.30pm) Admission: Free entry. No advance booking required. www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar Dublin
Take a 1916 Selfie!
Take a 1916 Selfie!
Take a hat, take a seat and take a selfie! At the end of our 1916 Tales from the Other Side exhibition we have a dressing up corner, where everyone can choose a hat from one of the characters from the display cases. We also have the quills & ink as always and you can take a look at some bullet wounded books from 1916 and some modern recreations!
Start: 07/07 End: 23/12 Times: 10am-5pm (excl. Tu & Admission: Children free/Adults & Concess www.marshlibrary.ie
e: julie.burke@marshlibrary.ie
Phone: 014543511
Marsh's Library, St. Patrick's Close Dublin
Fun Children's Workshops
Fun Children's Workshops
Join us for more fun workshops at Christ Church, on the second Saturday of every month. Create your own Tudor accessories, make a circular weaving, learn the art of calligraphy, design your own Viking character, felt your own bird or become a chorister for the day. Further details on our website. Please email ruth@christchurch.ie to join in.
Start: 09/07 End: 10/12 Times: 2-4pm Admission: 2 euro per child christchurchcathedral.ie
e: ruth@christchurch.ie
Phone: 016778099
Christ Church Cathedral Dublin
Richmond Barracks Exhibition Centre
Richmond Barracks Exhibition Centre
A new exhibition centre developed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Set in the historic Richmond Barracks – within whose walls over 3,000 Irish rebels were held – the interactive, multimedia attraction will trace the story of the site from military barracks to housing estate and from school, to exhibition centre.
Start: 17/08 End: 23/12 Times: 10am - 4pm Admission: €3-€17 www.richmondbarracks.ie
e: richmondbarracks@dublincity.ie
Phone: 012228477
Off Bulfin Road, Inchicore Dublin
Dublin Horse Show
Dublin Horse Show
The Dublin Horse Show has something for everyone. Whether you want to see exciting horse classes, view international show jumping or you are just looking for a fun day out with family or friends - the Dublin Horse Show is the place to be.
Start: 20/08 End: 24/08 Times: 9am - 8pm Admission: Family Of 6, max 2 adults + 4 kids aged 4-16, All other days - €60, (Sunday - €55) www.dublinhorseshow.com/
e: info@rds.ie
Phone: 00353 1 668 0866
RDS (Royal Dublin Society), Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4,
Unplug4kids Family Festival
Unplug4kids Family Festival
Unplug4Kids 28th August 1100-1400 Sportsco, Ringsend Fun packed family festival celebrating all things unplugged. Inc. Family disco and activities: Risk & Nature, Build & Sensory, Movement & Dance and Unplug fun science. Plus free massage for parents! Tickets at unplug4kids.com
Start: 28/08 End: 28/08 Times: 11am-2pm Admission: €10-€65 www.unplug4kids.com
e: chris@unplug.ie
Phone: 085 2117835
SPORTSCO, Ringsend 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: 07/09 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Birthday Cakes!
Birthday Cakes!
A very special exhibition - of cake! Some of Ireland's best cake artists have joined together to celebrate The Ark’s 21st birthday with an exhibition of spectacular birthday cakes representing The Ark and our past projects. Following our highly successful 2014 exhibition Cake Dahls, Niamh Geraghty of Perfectionist Confectionist and Paul Redmond of Purple Feather Cake Design have gathered together 30 cake artists from all over Ireland to celebrate 21 years of The Ark, all in the delicious medium of cake and sugar!
Start: 23/09 End: 25/09 Times: 10:30am - 5pm Admission: Free www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar Dublin
Zeminar - National Youth Summit
Zeminar - National Youth Summit
This October Bressie, Jamie Heaslip, Lynn Ruane, Dr. Rhona Mahony, Foroige, Jigsaw, Spunout, TCD, DIT and many more will combine for a landmark event dedicated to GenerationZ, their Teachers and Parents. Focussing on 15-20 year-olds, it will provide a supportive and innovative space to highlight and address what really matters to young people in Ireland. Our mission is to recognise the importance of this demographic in society; to provide them with a space where they can inform themselves on issues of interest and come away feeling confident they can make a difference in their own lives, and in the lives of others.
Start: 11/10 End: 13/10 Admission: €5 (Earlybird).  All Teachers & Trainee Teachers go FREE. www.zeminar.ie
e: hello@zeminar.ie
Phone: +353874123378
RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Family Hang-Out Zone
Family Hang-Out Zone
If you’re feeling adventurous you can explore the building as you follow our special Art Trail, you can take a look at images, posters and artwork from some of our favourite events from our first 21 years, get creative in our drawing and writing stations, share your ideas for events you’d like to see over the next 21 years, or simply curl up with a book from our library!
Start: 22/10 End: 06/01 www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar Dublin
Tiny Tunes: Early Years Cabaret Performances
Tiny Tunes: Early Years Cabaret Performances
Cabaret queen Susannah de Wrixon faces her toughest critics yet as she sings from her charming collection of tunes for the under fives. Songs old and new, songs short and sweet, perfect for little ones to tap their feet. If you're happy and you know it then come along and show it at the coolest cabaret for little people. Featuring Derek Cronin on piano. Approx 40 minutes. For Ages 2-4
Start: 29/10 Times: 10:30am & 11.45am Admission: €12/€9 per person www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar Dublin
Dabbledoo Music Family Workshops
Dabbledoo Music Family Workshops
Let us introduce you to an exciting new way to make music together as a family using shapes, colours and animation. Using a fun easy-to-follow colour-coded system and animated music games Dabbledoo guarantees any aspiring musician young or old, will instantly be singing and playing along together. Everyone gets an instrument and everyone gets to join in. This is live music making at its most fun and a great way to enjoy music-making together that your family can continue at home! Led by Dabbledoo Music creator Shane Mc Kenna and a host of colourful musical characters. 45 mins (Ages 5-7), 60 mins (Ages 8+).
Start: 29/10 Times: 12pm (Ages 5-7) & 2pm (Ages 8+) Admission: €11 per person. All children must be accompanied by a participating adult www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar Dublin

Leinster (outside 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: 07/09 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Teddy Bears Picnic Family Fun
Teddy Bears Picnic Family Fun
Festina Lente invites you to our Teddy Bears Picnic on Saturday 10th September 2016 from 2-4pm This event is FREE to enter, bring your picnic blanket and your favourite teddy bear! ♥ Treasure Hunt – Find your Teddy Token in the gardens and claim your Teddy Bear Soap… ♥ BBQ Hot Dogs & Picnic Treats for Sale.
Start: 10/09 End: 10/09 Times: 2pm to 4pm Admission: Free Admission www.festinalente.ie/index.php/teddy-bears-picnic-10th-september-2016/
e: info@festinalente.ie
Phone: 01-2720704
Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, A98 F702 Wicklow
Enchanted Fairy & Elf Festival
Enchanted Fairy & Elf Festival
Bring your fairies and elves to Palmerstown House (home of Santa's House Express)on September 11th 2016 from 11am to 6pm to experience a magical wonderland of fairies and elves – all in aid of a great cause- Sensational Kids charity, Kildare town. Kildare Village are sponsoring the event running costs and the charity's ambassador Tracy Piggott will open the event
Start: 11/09 End: 11/09 Times: 11 am- 6pm Admission: €25 family ticket up to end Ju sensationalkids.ie/events/the-enchanted-fairy-elf-festival/
e: info@sensationalkids.ie
Phone: 045 520900
Palmerstown House Estate, Johnstown Kildare
Improving your child’s social skills
Improving your child’s social skills
Occupational Therapist Dorothy Armstrong will host an evening that is aimed at parents, teachers and those who work with children with conditions such as Asperger’s syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia) etc. It will cover the following issues: Developing good communication strategies, Body language, Dealing with conflict and Maintaining friendships.
Start: 13/09 Times: 7pm www.kildare.ie
e: newbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 045 448353
Newbridge Library, Athgarvan Road Newbridge, Kildare
How to Deal With Bullying and Cyberbullying
How to Deal With Bullying and Cyberbullying
This presentation on bullying and cyberbullying will cover why it is important that children and young people foster a sense of care and respect for others online. Garda Dave Prendergast, Juvenile Liaison Officer, will explain how to equip both children and parents with the skills to deal effectively with bullying.
Start: 22/09 Times: 7pm www.kildare.ie
e: celbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6272207
Celbridge Library, St Patrick's Park, Celbridge, Kildare
Girls – Friends, Frenemies & Fights
Girls – Friends, Frenemies & Fights
Parents will develop an understanding of peer aggression; the hurtful behaviours girls use in their relationships and the roles that are played out. Parents will learn assertive communication tools and healthy conflict resolution techniques that girls can use when dealing with friendships and bullying. Presented by Clare Crowley Collier, Counsellor from Family Matters.
Start: 27/09 Times: 7pm www.kildare.ie
e: maynoothlib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6285530
Maynooth Library,Main Street, Maynooth, Kildare
Speakeasy © Talking to Your Children about Growing Up
Speakeasy © Talking to Your Children about Growing Up
Many parents fear the time when their child starts reaching the years of puberty. They may also dread the time when their child starts to take an interest in others where intimacy is involved on an emotional and sexual level. This can be even more difficult for parents of children special needs or children who have issues with social skills. Anita will talk about elements of the course which is delivered by the IFPA and is designed to provide parents of any age child with an opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and confidence in talking to their child about relationships, sexuality, growing up and keeping safe.
Start: 29/09 Times: 7pm www.kildare.ie
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6060050
Leixlip Library, Captain's Hill, Leixlip, Kildare
Self-harming Behaviours in Young People
Self-harming Behaviours in Young People
Many young people do things that they know are harmful to themselves to help them to cope with difficult emotions or experiences. This might be eating or drinking too much or taking drugs. Sometimes young people intentionally harm themselves for the same reasons. This presentation will provide information for parents in how to recognise and respond to signs of self-harming behaviours in their teens. It will also cover the issues that affect children and adolescents who access Pieta House services and the type of help they can offer. Presented by Marguerite Kiely, Clinical Director, Pieta House
Start: 24/11 Times: 7pm www.kildare.ie
e: naaslib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 045 879111
Naas Library, Harbour View, Naas, 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: 07/09 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival 2016
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival 2016
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival brings together a unique mix of food markets and demonstrations, cookery competitions, special dinners, brunches and banquets, food-tastings, talks, exhibitions, children’s events and more. A jam packed ten days of workshops, walks, guest chef dinners, historical tours, food trails and so much more! A Taste of West Cork is Ireland’s longest running food festival and is the best opportunity hundreds of local producers have to get in front of people who are passionate about food.
Start: 09/09 End: 18/09 www.atasteofwestcork.com
e: info@atasteofwestcork.com
Phone: 087 665 5567
Skibbereen Cork

Ulster



A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2016
A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2016
A Taste of Donegal has established itself as a must attend event in the North West. The festival brings together top restaurants, hotels and food, drink and lifestyle product providers in a beautiful tented village on the Pier. With the backdrop of the Bluestack Mountains and Donegal Bay, this is the perfect venue in which exhibitors can showcase and sell their products to customers who are passionate about food and drink. With over 100 exhibitors participating throughout the weekend, you can taste and purchase some of the finest food and drink available from all over the country.
Start: 26/08 End: 28/08 www.atasteofdonegal.com
e: development@donegaltown.ie
Phone: +353 (0)74 97 23760
The Pier, Donegal Town,
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: 07/09 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations