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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



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: 03/09 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations

Dublin County



Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition shows outstanding wildlife pictures from elephants and lions to birds and our underwater world. A quiz is available for the younger audience to engage them with the images. This annual world-class exhibition is organised by the Natural History Museum in London and BBC Wildlife Magazine and travels around the world. First time on display in Ireland!
Start: 27/06 End: 31/08 Times: Mon-Sun Admission: Discounted Family tickets www.wpy.ie
e: tamar@tadtam.com
The chq Building, IFSC, The Docklands, Dublin
Stand up Comedy Gigs
Stand up Comedy Gigs
Join us as the theatre becomes our very own exclusive comedy club for families & children. Inbetween dates for the Comedy club 2nd and 3rd of august and again at the end of the month where you can see comedians such as Reyben, andrew stanley or Al Porter enjoying lots of laughter.
Start: 05/07 End: 24/08 Times: 2pm ark.ie
e: bokoffice@ark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustace Street, Temple bar Dublin
The IFI Family Festival 2014
The IFI Family Festival 2014
Welcome to the IFI Family Festival 2014! Join us for cinematic adventures of music, family and friendship. Our specially selected films from around the world include animations, live actions and Irish premieres. We have creative workshops running over these few days, and some special events and guests!Please see our website for more program and booking info.
Start: 17/07 End: 20/07 Times: 11 a.m. - 6.30 p.m. Admission: All films: €5, Family ticket: www.ifi.ie/famfest2014
e: info@irishfilm.ie
Phone: +353 1 679 5744
The Irish Film Institute Temple Bar Dublin
Children's Cookery Class with Natasha
Children's Cookery Class with Natasha
LITTLE CHEFS: Join Natasha from Natasha's Living Food for a cookery class at Cafe Joly in the National Library. Get your kids excited about flavours, vegetable preparation and kiddie knife skills and at the end you'll be presented with a meal cooked especially for you by your kids. FOR CHILDREN 6-8 YRS. Children must be accompanied by a parent / guardian.
Start: 27/07 End: 27/07 Times: 11am Admission: 20 euros entertainment.ie
The National Library, Kildare Street Dublin
Marsh's Library Family Activit
Marsh's Library Family Activit
Come and join us for a variety of activities for children. While the adults look at the exhibitions, children can partake in a number hunt, write with quills and ink, have a go at origami and design a mini book binding in gold... and the adults might like to have a go too!
Start: 07/08 End: 01/09 Times: 9.30-5.00 (M, W, Th, Admission: €3 Adults €2 Concessions €0 Ch www.marshlibrary.ie
e: julie.burke@marshlibrary.ie
Phone: 01 454 3511
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: 03/09 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Back to School Asthma Clinics Nationwide
With parents readying their children to go back-to-school this September, the Asthma Society of Ireland is hosting free mobile asthma clinics nationwide from 15 – 26 September, to advise parents and teachers of ways to better manage children’s asthma. Hosted across a range of towns and cities nationwide, with dedicated visits to primary schools, the asthma clinics will provide practical advice on inhaler technique and asthma management. Visit their website for more details
Start: 15/09 End: 26/09 www.asthma.ie
Nutgrove Arts Festival 2014
Nutgrove Arts Festival 2014
Join us for the fourth year of Nutgrove Arts Festival at Nutgrove Shoppping Centre from 26th of September to the 5th of October. We have an exciting programme of dance, theatre, music, art and plenty of workshops for all the family to get involved with. Let your creativity loose this Autumn at Nutgrove Arts Festival.
Start: 26/09 End: 05/10 Times: 9am - 6pm Event time Admission: Free www.nutgroveshoppingcentre.ie
e: info@nutgroveshoppingcentre.ie
Phone: 01 493 3289
Nutgrove Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
The Allergy Free From Expo RDS
The Allergy + Free From Expo is the only Irish show dedicated to the many people living with allergies, coeliac disease, respiratory conditions, intolerances, skin & chemical sensitivities. The event will provide the Irish consumer with an unrivalled opportunity to learn about the many options and remedies available to them. The Allergy + Free From Expo will be attended by not only allergy suffere
Start: 11/10 End: 12/10 Times: 9 - 6 pm Admission: €10 www.theallergyexpo.ie
e: jackie.bryan@iquest.ie
Phone: 0469773434
Family fitness fun weekend
family fitness fun weekend
Family fitness fun We'd like to invite all parents with their children on Bank Holiday Monday. Parents will be able to test their abilities in classes while the children will be taken care of. Activities such as singing, dancing and even just coloring will be available to children under close eye of our staff for the whole day. Why not set an example to your children? Active Parent? Active Child
Start: 24/10 End: 27/10 Times: 9 - 6 Admission: €12 www.sportevent.ie
e: info@sportevent.ie
Phone: 0873448483
st.catherines centre,dublin 8 Dublin
Jackula
Join Jackula on a spooktacular quest to step out of his older brother's shadow and become the world’s most magical vampire. Laugh as Jackula makes his pet ghost dance. Gasp as Jackula balances five glasses of water on his face. After the show, every child gets to do a trick!
Start: 31/10 End: 31/10 Admission: 7 euro www.paviliontheatre.ie/events/view/jackula
e: boxoffice@paviliontheatre.ie
The Pavillion, Dun Laoghaire Dublin
Gruffalo
Gruffalo
Meet a wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old Owl and a maraca-shaking, party mad Snake! Mouse can scare these hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined? The Gruffalo is the perfect family treat with plenty of songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+
Start: 02/11 End: 03/11 Admission: Adult €13 / Children €11 / Fam www.paviliontheatre.ie/events/view/the-gruffalo
The Pavillion, Dun Laoghaire Dublin

Leinster (outside Dublin)



Back to School Family Fun Festival
Family fun Festival
Sign off the Summer and celebrate the last of the Summer sunshine with Whitewater’s Back-to-School Family Fun Festival.Offering a broad range of fun and providing live entertainment for all the family, the Family Fun Festival schedule includes stilt walkers, story telling, bubble displays, magic shows and face painting for  children as well as up-beat string quartets and a live Minillan band for all the family to enjoy. The highlight of the busy event schedule promises to be a visit from much-loved cartoon hero Fire Man Sam, who will visit the Newbridge centre on Sunday.
Start: 20/08 End: 31/08 www.whitewatersc.ie
Phone: 045 449002
Whitewater Shopping Centre, Newbridge Kildare
Free on first Wednesdays
Free on first Wednesdays
ON THE FIRST Wednesday of every month, various heritage sites managed by the Office of Public Works that normally charge admission throw their doors open for free. So it won’t cost you anything to bring the family to the State Apartments in Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin; Charles Fort in Kinsale, Co Cork; Athenry Castle in Co Galway; Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth) and Trim Castle in Co Meath and the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary – to name just a few.
Start: 03/09 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Story Telling with the Funny Witch
Story Telling with the Funny Witch
Meet the Funny Witch of the Station House Hotel and enjoy a fun-packed afternoon with spooky stories in the grounds of the old railway station in Kilmessan. Come in your favourite fancy dress as there will be a little prize for the best and scariest outfit of the afternoon! Cost: €5 per person (including spooky biscuits & "poison punch")
Start: 26/10 End: 26/10 Times: 4.30 p.m. Admission: 5 Euro www.stationhousehotel.ie
e: sandra@watersidehousehotel.ie
Phone: 046 9025239
Station House Hotel, Kilmessan, Co. Meath
Halloween Haunted Gardens at The Station House Hotel
Halloween Haunted Gardens at The Station House Hotel
Visit our haunted gardens for thrills and chills! Bring or borrow a torch and explore the sculptures as you wander around the gardens after dark. Halloween treats, games, mulled cider, pumpkins on display! Date and Time: 30th & 31st Oct at 5pm Cost: Free Venue: The Station House Hotel, Kilmessan Suitable for: Children ages 4-12
Start: 30/10 End: 31/10 Times: 5 p.m. Admission: Free www.stationhousehotel.ie
e: sandra@watersidehousehotel.ie
Phone: 046 9025239
Station House Hotel, Kilmessan, Co. Meath

Munster



Retrospective Exhibition
Retrospective Exhibition
The Retrospective Exhibition being held in Limerick Museum at the moment, and will run through to the end of the year, it will take you on a journey through 800 years of Limerick’s governmental history. The Exhibition is open weekdays from 10am-5pm, closed for lunch 1pm-2pm The exhibition is free, fully accessible, and worksheets are available for children.
Start: 09/07 End: 09/12 Times: 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm Admission: Free e: archives@limerick.ie
Limerick Museum, City Hall, Merchant's Quay, 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: 03/09 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
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: 06/09 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: 07/09 Times: 14.30 - 16.30 Admission: Free www.huntmuseum.com
e: joni@huntmuseum.com
Phone: 061-312833
The Custom Hse, Rutland Street, Limerick

Tramore Surf and Sea Festival
The Tramore Surf and Sea Festival is a festival of entertainment, events, activities, competitions, music, good food and lot’s of fun for the whole family. Join us at the 2014 festival in September at Tramore, Co. Waterford and help us celebrate the end of another great summer season.
Start: 20/09 End: 28/09 www.surfandseafestival.com
Tramore Waterford

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: 03/09 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations