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Events Calendar

Below are a range of events happening around the country suitable for Parents and/or Families
You can view our full list of Family Events below or alternatively select your province for events in your area.


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Connaught



Going the Distance for Depression - Aware Connemara Cycle
Cycle for Aware
Turn this Easter weekend into a great occasion with family and friends while supporting Aware. Avail of our hotel package offers and bring the kids on our Easter egg hunt. There are two cycle routes to choose from: a 62 kilometre & 125 kilometre route, both of which start and finish in Leenane and take in the beautiful surrounds of Connemara, Co. Galway. Cyclists of all abilities are invited to take part and all funds raised will go towards helping Aware to provide Information, Education and Support to people impacted by depression.   Log on to our website for more information
Start: 19/04 www.aware.ie
e: ccycleaware.ie
Phone: 01 661 7211
Connemara Galway
Kidz Museum: The Little Red Hen
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Hear the story of the little red hen and friends in this interactive gallery session. Booking required. 3-6yrs accompanied by an adult
Start: 24/04 Times: 11-12 Admission: FREE www.museum.ie
Phone: 094 9031751
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Mayo
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: 07/05 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Féile na Tuaithe
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
The refreshed and updated programme of events will have many new elements but some of the old Féile favourites will return including a variety of craft demonstrations and workshops, horticultural area, beekeeping, working dogs, children’s activities, musical entertainment and Gallery-based events. There will also be a tented food area.
Start: 24/05 End: 25/05 www.museum.ie
Phone: 094 9031751
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Mayo
Great Greenway Cycle 2014
Great Greenway Cycle 2014
Cycle the Great Western Greenway Trail with Christian Aid. Join us on the world renowned scenic trail in the west of Ireland. Explore, have fun and raise funds to help fight global poverty. The Nephin Beg Mountains and Clew Bay scenery make this one of the most beautiful cycle trails in Ireland. Half way through there will be a rest stop and the cycle will finish at 4pm.
Start: 14/06 End: 14/06 Times: 11am - 4pm Admission: €30 /£30 (adult); €60 /£60 (fa http://www.christianaid.ie/getinvolved/events/cycling/great-greenway-cycle.aspx
e: eventsireland@christian-aid.org
Phone: (+353) 01 611 0801
Great Western Greenway Trail, Newport, County Mayo

Dublin County



Easter Workshops
The Ark
Commemorating of 1,000 anniversary of The Battle of Clontarf, don’t miss our Easter holiday programme of epic 1014 themed music performances and crafts, stage and music workshops for all ages. Workshops include: Epic Stage Combat workshops / Tiny Traddies / Warrior Shield craft workshops / Regal Crown Making craft workshops / High Kings & Queens craft workshops... and many more! See more events at theark.ie
Start: 19/04 End: 26/04 www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@ark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, 11a Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
Ten14 Concert
Ten14 Concert
Join Moya Brennan, the voice of Clannad, and celebrated harper Cormac De Barra on a magical musical journey for everyone aged 4 to 104. World-famous Irish trad music legends Moya Brennan (Clannad) and Cormac De Barra (Harper) perform brand new music in this beautiful music show that they have created especially for children and families. Commemorating 1000 years since the Battle of Clontarf, Ten14 uses gorgeous music and lyrics to evoke the adventures of our first High King, Brian Boru, and his love of the harp. Ages 4+
Start: 19/04 End: 21/04 Times: 2pm (50mins) Admission: €12/€9 concessions www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@ark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
The Ark, 11 Eustace Street, Templebar Dublin
Great Rathfarnham Easter Egg Hunt
Great Rathfarnham Easter Egg Hunt
Three great Easter Egg Hunts under 7, over 7, under 10 - from simple hunts to orienteering to treasure hunts, in a safe and exciting venue. Includes parents' egg scrambles. Lots of fun, easy parking, refreshments and party games. Eggactly what your family needs on the day before Easter.
Start: 19/04 End: 19/04 Times: 3 pm finishing 5.30 Admission: €5 per hunter & everyone wins! www.rockbrook.ie
e: action@rockbrook.ie
Phone: 01-4933204
Rockbrook Park School, Edmondstown Road, Rathfarnham Dublin
GIANT EASTER PARTY
GIANT EASTER PARTY
Hop down to Energy this Easter Sunday for our GIANT EASTER PARTY! Join us from 11am-2pm on April 20th for an afternoon of family fun! This special Easter play session will be action-packed with activities, face painting, arts and crafts, Easter egg hunting, disco dancing and lots more! AND a very special visit from the Easter Bunny!
Start: 20/04 End: 20/04 Times: 11am-1pm Admission: €10 per child, no extra charge www.energyfuncentre.com
e: info@energyfuncentre.com
Phone: 01 4019033
Energy Fun Centre, Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole Dublin
Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Dublin Zoo
Dublin Zoo
The Easter Treasure Trail will keep the whole family entertained as clues will take you around the Zoo, hopping your way to the Asian Forests, bouncing past the elephants Kaziranga trail and through the Family Farm, wishing all of the animals a ‘Happy Easter’ as you pass. Children will also have the chance to create a piece of Easter magic at the arts and crafts station as well as having the exciting opportunity of watching the animals receive their tasty Easter treats.
Start: 20/04 End: 21/04 Times: 11 - 4pm www.dublinzoo.ie
e: info@dublinzoo.ie
Phone: 01 4748900
Phoenix Park Dublin 8
Spring It On! Family Tour
National Museum of Ireland - Natural History
Join a tour to take a look at the World's fastest animals as they spring in to action to break records on land, air and underwater. No booking required, not wheelchair accessible. Age 7 +
Start: 24/04 Times: 12-12.45 & 2-2.45 Admission: Free www.museum.ie
Phone: 01 6777444
National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin 2
Drop-in Activity: Thor's Hammer
National Museum of Ireland - 
Archaeology
The Vikings wore pendants and amulets based on the Norse gods in the hope that they would bring them good luck. Drop-in to learn more about the beliefs of the Vikings and make your very own Thor's hammer pendant to take home. Located in the Learning Resource Room, first floor. No booking required. Not wheelchair accessible. Ages 6+
Start: 26/04 Times: 11 - 1 Admission: FREE www.museum.ie
Phone: 01 6486332
National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin
Drop-in Activity: Runic Riddles
National Museum of Ireland - 
Archaeology
The Vikings liked to tell stories called sagas about their gods and other mysterious creatures. They also wrote with special symbols called runes. Can you work out the secrets of the Viking sagas by deciphering our runic riddles? Located in the Learning Resource Room, first floor. No booking required. Not wheelchair accessible. Ages 6+
Start: 27/04 Times: 2 - 4 Admission: FREE www.museum.ie
Phone: 01 6486332
National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin
Tiny Tots Tuesday
Draiocht First Tuesdays
Join early year’s artist Orla Kelly in an exciting, fun, curious environment, aimed at supporting parents to get creative with their children. These sessions will be unthemed allowing parents and children to work spontaneously with the materials provided.  This hour offers a creative and artistic expertise to support parents in encouraging the creative growth of their children.   
Start: 06/05 Times: 10.30-11.30 Admission: FREE www.draiocht.ie
Phone: 01 8098029
Draíocht Galleries, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
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: 07/05 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Family Fun Racedays
Family Fun Racedays
The Leopardstown Family Fun Raceday is taking place on Sunday 11th May. Families can enjoy the thrill and excitement of top class racing at Dublin’s only racecourse as well as lots of family fun activities on the day. All activities and entertainment are FREE once at the event and activities start at 1pm and include: Bouncy castles, Wooly Wards Pet Farm, Custard Pie Puppet Show, Frontrunner Racing Club, balloon modelling and face painting. Family Tickets are €25 (2 adults and any number of children), adult tickets are €15 and all children under 16 are FREE. Family Restaurant packages are also available.
Start: 11/05 Times: 1pm Admission: Family Tickets for €25 (2 adults and any number of children) www.leopardstown.com
Phone: 01 2890500
Leopardstown Racecourse, Foxrock Dublin
Draíocht Family day: Chunky Charcoal Animals
Family day: Simple Paper Maker
Getting inspiration from the Margo Banks exhibition that surrounds us, during these sessions we will experiment with charcoal and sugar paper. Our artists will help you learn about blending and contrast. We also will make charcoal rubbings and create a beautiful frame for our finished pieces.
Start: 26/07 Times: 12, 1 and 2pm Admission: FREE www.draiocht.ie
Phone: 01 8098029
Draíocht Galleries, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15

Leinster (outside Dublin)



Children's Theatre Show - Huma
Children's Theatre Show - Huma
Inspired by W.B Yeat’s The Stolen Child - a beautiful, enchanting and highly exciting piece of theatre for the whole family. Collapsing Horse use live music, puppetry, and a magnificent set to present this piece which is full of innocence, energy and comedy. ‘It is impossible to walk out from this highly sophisticated piece of theatre without a smile on your face’ Irish Theatre Magazine
Start: 16/04 End: 17/04 Times: 3pm & 7pm Admission: €10/8 family ticket €30 www.mermaidartscentre.ie
e: info@mermaidartscentre.ie
Phone: 2724030
Mermaid Arts Centre Bray Wicklow
Rancho Reilly Pet Farm Easter Hunt
Rancho Reilly Pet Farm Easter Hunt
Come along for great family events: 1. Face Painting Station 2.  Jump aboard the EASTER EGGSPRESS! Sing along on your trip over to start your hunt  3.  Hop off the bus, grab a bucket, follow the trail and search for 3 different coloured soft balls 4.  Find an Easter Chick (they are nesting in a magical wishing place) 5.  Bring your bucket with balls and chick in it over to the Easter Treat collection point. The Easter Bunny will be hopping around - don't forget to say hi! Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying our usual Pet Farm Activities Why not bring along a picnic!
Start: 20/04 Times: 12 - 4 Admission: €7.00 per child  €3.00 per adult www.ranchoreilly.com
e: info@belvedere-house.ie
Phone: 087 7701181
Springhill Road Carlow
Belvedere Easter Egg Hunts
BELVEDERE EASTER EGG HUNTS
Belvedere’s Golden Ticket Easter Egg Hunts are back on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday 2014.   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: 20/04 End: 21/04 Times: 12pm www.belvedere-house.ie
e: info@belvedere-house.ie
Phone: 044 9349060
Belvedere House, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Scientific adventure story at Powerscourt Gardens
Powerscourt House & Gardens
Join Imaginosity Dublin Children’s Museum for a scientific adventure story in the beautiful Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow.  Along the trail families will meet various characters from storybooks that are experiencing scientific dilemmas! Goldilocks will be there and her never-ending bubbling over porridge pot. Can you figure out which chemical is causing the trouble and why?  The Billy Goat Gruff’s bridge is baffling him in the engineering department while Imaginosity’s Mad Scientist has a show for you at the end that may create more questions than it answers! Advanced booking is required.
Start: 21/04 Times: 3pm Admission: €8.50 adult, €5.00 child, under 5 free, members €2 www.powerscourt.ie/events
Phone: 01 2046000
Powerscourt House & Gardens, Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry 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: 07/05 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations

Bray Summerfest
Bray Summerfest is the biggest free festival in Ireland, boasting the best in live music, theatre, workshops, street performance, air show, funfairs, visual arts, markets, comedy, fireworks, kiddies fun, sports, outdoor gigs,  body and soul therapies, and much much more and all over 6 weeks – the entertainment never stops!
Start: 05/07 End: 04/08 www.braysummerfest.com/
Various locations in Bray Wicklow

Arklow Seabreeze Festival
Arklow Seabreeze Festival is a four-day, street festival with plenty of entertainment and has a carnival atmosphere for the children. There will plenty of entertainment and a variety of music to suit your tastes. There are also several competitions to get you really excited. You will even find some more ‘unique’ events, such as the burger eating competition, greasy pole competition, wheelbarrow obstacle race, pig derby and ice cream eating competition!
Start: 19/07 End: 21/07 visitwicklow.ie/ai1ec_event/arklow-seabreeze-festival-2013/?instance_id=
Arklow Wicklow

Munster



Easter Mid Term Workshops
Easter Mid Term Workshops
Our Easter workshops offer a relaxing way to spend some time with the children or organise a group day out. Discover exciting ways to express your love for Easter by casting and painting your own bunny rabbits or choose from a selection of Easter eggs. No experience required. Our aim is to provide memorable and enjoyable experiences for all the family this Easter.
Start: 14/04 End: 25/04 Times: 10 a.m. - 4 a.m. Admission: From €7 - €9 www.princeaugust.ie/cork-visitor-centre-activities/index.html
e: mary@princeaugust.ie
Phone: 026 40222
Kilnamartyra Cork
Easter Eggstravaganza
@ Moher Hill Open Farm@ Moher Hill Open Farm
This Easter, whJoin Floppy the Easter Bunny at Moher Hill Open Farm and help him find eggs around the farm.  Take part in Easter fun, games and prizes.  Bouncing castle, ball pool and go karts and a wide variety of animals.
Start: 18/04 End: 20/04 www.moherfarm.com
e: moherfarm@eircom.net
Phone: 065 7081071
Cliffs of Moher Road, Liscannor Clare
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: 19/04 End: 21/04 www.leahysopenfarm.ie
Phone: 021 4668461
Dungourney Cork
Waterford & Suir Valley Railway
Waterford & Suir Valley Railway
Come along to enjoy a 40 minute train ride along the banks of the River Suir. The Easter Bunny will meet you at the station before and after each trip so be sure to bring your camera.
Start: 19/04 End: 21/04 Times: Sat & Mon 11 to 3 Su Admission: Family tickets start at 19.00 www.wsvrailway.ie
e: info@wsvrailway.ie
Phone: 051 384058
Kilmeadan Station, Kilmeadan, Co Waterford
the Easter Egg Challenge
each team will face a number of challenges based on the TV programme celebs in the jungle there will lucky dips plant stall refreshments and all are welcome to raise money for the Marie keating Foundation
Start: 19/04 End: 21/04 Times: 10-30 and 2-30 (not Admission: c2 children 1 adult a team 10 NA
e: jennifermhornsby@aol.com
Phone: 065 7079887
Annagh Miltown Malbay Clare
Drop in Arts & Crafts
Hunt Museum First Saturdays
The first Saturday of every month, the crafts will be related to the story that will be told at The Limerick City Library that day during their story-telling time!
Start: 03/05 Times: 10.15 - 11.15 Admission: €2 for one child, €3 for both www.huntmuseum.com
e: adminoffice@huntmuseum.com
Phone: 061-790083
The Custom Hse, Rutland Street, Limerick
Kids Arts & Crafts Club
Hunt Museum First Sundays
The first Sunday of every month. A different theme every session! Advance booking recommended
Start: 04/05 Times: 14.30 - 16.30 Admission: Free www.huntmuseum.com
e: joni@huntmuseum.com
Phone: 061-312833
The Custom Hse, Rutland Street, Limerick
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: 07/05 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations

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: 07/05 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations

SeaFest
Sailing – Watersports – Local Food – Vintage Games – Entertainment… What more could you want for a weekend? You want SeaFest! For one weekend in June, “the sheltered waters of Donegal’s Lough Swilly will once again spring to life with sails big and small, with the slap of oars and paddles. The shoreline and golden sands of its beaches will play natural backdrop to games and competitions, to families and friends celebrating in the unique surroundings of our coastal environment.
Start: 27/06 End: 29/06 seafestloughswilly.com
e: seafestloughswilly@gmail.com
Phone: (0)74 9158188
Lough Swilly, Rathmullan, Donegal

Earagail Arts Festival
With two weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, childrens, circus and carnival entertainment at Donegal’s largest arts festival, the Earagail Arts Festival has a programme that honours the true creative spirit of County Donegal.
The Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual multidisciplinary arts festival. The festival takes place every July, bringing high profile contemporary and traditional arts throughout County Donegal on the North West Atlantic seaboard of Ireland.
Start: 12/07 End: 26/07 www.eaf.ie/
Phone: (0)74 9168800
Many Locations throughout Donegal