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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: 03/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Strokestown Park Family Fete 2
Strokestown Park Family Fete 2
Strokestown Park is delighted to announce our Summer Family Fete taking place on the 7th of August from 12 until 4 PM on the grounds of Strokestown Park, Co.Roscommon. Get away from those screens and discover Strokestown Park's stories, nature and the outdoors.
Start: 07/08 End: 07/08 Times: 12PM - 4 PM Admission: 10 Euro Child / 3 Euro Adult www.strokestownpark.ie
e: r.lanigan@irishheritagetrust.ie
Phone: 0719633013
Strokestown Park, Strokestown, Co.Roscommon

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
Story Doodles Family Workshop
Story Doodles Family Workshop
A ‘storyboard’ is a series of drawings that show the changes of scenes and actions for a movie, television show or animation. In this workshop, Marten will help you to create the storyboards for your very own story. You will work together as a family to create your story and bring it to life visually on paper. You will decide everything - who’s going to be in your story, where it is set and what’s going to happen! Marten will be on hand to share his expert tips and tell you about his own work in Brown Bag Films.Each child can make an individual storyboard or you can work on one together. Ages: 5+ (90 mins).
Start: 18/06 End: 20/08 Times: 11am & 1.30pm Admission: €11/€8 per child. Member Discounts apply. 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
Family Workshops at St Patrick
Family Workshops at St Patrick
Join us this summer for fun family workshops on Tuesdays. Morning and afternoon sessions available. 5euro materials fee per session. Booking essential!
Start: 19/07 End: 16/08 Times: 11.00 and 14.30 sess Admission: 5 euro materials fee www.stpatrickscathedral.digitickets.co.uk
e: education@stpatrickscathedral.ie
Phone: 01-4539472
St Patrick's Cathedral 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: 03/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Family Gigs: Kíla
Family Gigs: Kíla
Outstanding Irish band Kíla play a gig specially for families as they bring their hip-shaking, smile-making, groovy brand of trad back to The Ark. With their roots in traditional Irish music, expect gorgeous melodies and some seriously fun rhythms! Kíla have created their own distinctive style of world music, which has won over audiences of all ages around the world through their nine recordings to date and their spectacular live performances.A gig from Kíla is always a hugely popular treat for any audience. Don't miss their wonderfully interactive and eclectic music which is brimming with energy and vitality. Suitable for all the family.
Start: 13/08 End: 14/08 Times: 2pm & 4pm Admission: €12/€9 per person / €40 for four people / 20% off for The Ark's Members. www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar 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. Fine tune your production skills as you create a deadly sea-themed set and populate it with crazy sea creatures and characters. You will then film and edit it the movie using iPads. Your final masterpieces will then be shared on The Ark's YouTube channel you to share with friends and family! Ages 8-12 (2.5hrs).
Start: 17/08 End: 19/08 Times: 10.30am & 2.30pm Admission: €16/€14. Member Discounts apply. www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar 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
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
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: 03/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
BarnFest
BarnFest
Barnstorm Theatre Company presents a season of plays for children as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival Aug 6th-14th. A) The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean, age 7+, Sat 5th & Sun 6th, B) Once Upon A Time, age 5+, Wed 10th & Thurs 11th, C) Shh! We have a Plan, age 4+, Sat 13th & Sun 14th. See website for details and booking info. Tickets €8, Family €30
Start: 06/08 End: 14/08 Times: various- see website Admission: 8 euro each/ 30 euro for a family www.kilkennyarts.ie
Phone: 056 775 2175
The Barn Theatre Kilkenny
OurLand - family festival
OurLand - family festival
Come along to OurLand on August 20th in Lough Boora Discovery Park for an action packed day of entertainment, education and adventure for all the family. Acts include Mundy, Ruaile Buaile and more. Check out www.loughboora.com for more info!
Start: 22/08 End: 22/08 Times: 13:30 - 19:30 PM www.loughboora.com
Lough Boora Discovery Park, County Offaly
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

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: 03/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Free Family Fun for All at Puck Fair
Free Family Fun for All at Puck Fair
This 3-day event is free of charge and is, as always, jam-packed with great entertainment. There’s a host of attractions for families at the fair, with face painting, puppet theatre, a pet show and Bonny Baby contest among the long list of free activities. Throughout the day, Kingdom Party Pals will be roaming the town as Ironman, Batman and the beloved Frozen characters and they will be joined by Mary Poppins and Bert on stilts, who will be on hand to entertain from 2pm. The Wobbly Rideabout is sure to raise a few smiles as it makes its way around town at 4pm.
Start: 10/08 End: 12/08 www.puckfair.ie
Phone: +353669762366
Killorglin CYMS, Killorglin, Kerry
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



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: 03/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Killybegs Summer Festival 2016 
Killybegs Summer Festival 2016 
Killybegs is the ideal location for family fun this summer. The Killybegs Summer Festival takes place 5-7 August 2016.With a jam-packed festival schedule, stunning coastline and unforgettable scenery, everyone is sure to have a fantastic time this summer in Killybegs. Fish by the ton, gallons of fun!
Start: 05/08 End: 07/08 e: killybegsfestival@gmail.com
Phone: +353 (0)86 813 0495
Killybegs Donegal
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,