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



Connaught



Vikings Shield
Vikings Shield
Join us for the start of our Viking-Workshop series over the mid-term and design your very own Viking shield with artist Tommy Casby. Learn about the Viking objects found in County Mayo in the exhibition: "The Hoard and the Sword - Echoes of the Vikings in Mayo". Return on the following days to learn more and make your own Viking Helmet! Booking required.
Start: 17/01 End: 17/01 Times: 2.30pm - 3.30 pm Admission: Free www.museum.ie
e: educationtph@museum.ie
Phone: +353 (0) 949031751
Turlough Park 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: 01/02 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations

Dublin County



Winter Activity Sheet- Do Not Disturb!
Winter Activity Sheet- Do Not Disturb!
Drop in over the holidays and try our Winter Activity Trail. Copies of this activity sheet trail are available at the stand in the Irish Room. Don't forget your pencil!
Start: 01/01 End: 31/01 www.museum.ie
e: marketing@museum.ie
Phone: +353 (0) 1 677 7444
The National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street, Dublin
The Unicorn and Fencing Mouse
The Unicorn and Fencing Mouse
Back by popular demand our exhibition of 33 books displaying hidden marginalia, annotations and doodles on the pages of our collections. There is opportunity for visitors to create a doodle of their own and add a scribbling to our 'Communal Doodle'!
Start: 05/01 End: 31/03 Times: 9.30am-5.00pm Admission: €3/€2 (Children free) www.marshlibrary.ie
e: julie.burke@marshlibrary.ie
Phone: 014543511
Marsh's Library Dublin
Sums 4 Mums and Dads
Sums 4 Mums and Dads
SUMS 4 MUMS + DADS will take you back to Primary school and refresh your memory on some of the rules that you may have forgotten. We will also introduce parents to the new teaching methods used in classrooms today. We aim to give you the confidence to help your child with their Maths homework and improve their Maths skills.
Start: 09/01 End: 06/03 Times: 7 - 8pm Admission: €80 fo 8 classes sums4mumsanddads.weebly.com
e: sums4mumsanddads@gmail.com
Oatlands College, Sports Hall, Stillorgan, Dublin
Healthy Food Made Easy courses
Healthy Food Made Easy courses
HSE led 6 week cookery and nutrition courses available in various Dublin suburbs. Can arrange groups through schools or parents can access local public courses. Learn the healthy way to shop, cook and eat
Start: 10/01 End: 30/06 Times: flexible Admission: free for school parents www.northsidepartnership.ie
e: linda.scanlan@nspartnership
Phone: 018320995
Thor's Hammer
Thor's Hammer
The Vikings wore pendants and amulets based on the Norse gods in the hope that they would bring them good luck. Learn more about the beliefs of the Vikings and make your very own Thor's Hammer pendant to take home. No Booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Ages 7+
Start: 22/01 Times: 2:30pm-4pm Admission: Free www.museum.ie
e: marketing@museum.ie
Phone: +353 (0) 1 677 7444
The National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin
Hands on History
Hands on History
A chance to explore some of the artefacts from the Museum's collection of objects for handling with Museum educators - a fascinating drop-in handling session for all ages. No booking required.
Start: 22/01 Times: 3pm-4pm www.museum.ie
e: marketing@museum.ie
Phone: 353 (0) 1 677 7444
The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin
Trad Gigs for Children: MOXIE
Trad Gigs for Children: MOXIE
Fast becoming a festival favourite around the world, MOXIE are garnering a reputation for their highly charged live performances, brimming with youthful vitality. With a traditional music that flows from banjos, guitar, accordion, keyboard and percussion, their sound is shaped by Ireland’s untamed West Coast. This trad music mixes with other musical influences from folk, rock and new age bluegrass, giving the band a truly distinctive sound.
Start: 27/01 End: 28/01 Times: 3pm Admission: Public: €12, Schools: €5 or €4.50 www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@ark.ie
Phone: 01 670 7788
11a Eustace St, Temple Bar Dublin
Children’s Crafts Club 2017
Children’s Crafts Club 2017
Craftspeople of the past and present have found inspiration in the plants, animals and landscapes of the Irish woodlands. They explore the forests, foraging for natural materials to make beautiful crafts. This year the Tradfest Crafts club follows in their footsteps and looks to the woods for inspiration. Come and try your hand at some of these natural crafts in our drop in sessions led by three exciting craft artists.Ages 4+. Drop-in sessions will take approximately 30 minute.
Start: 28/01 End: 29/01 Times: 4.30pm Admission: Free www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@ark.ie
Phone: 01 670 7788
11a Eustace St, Temple Bar Dublin
Leaving Certificate History Conference
Leaving Certificate History Conference
Was Ireland really 'changed utterly' after the Easter Rising? Participate in the National Museum of Ireland's history conference for senior cycle history students where we will debate, discuss and reflect on the legacy of 1916 Easter rising with historians Liz Gillis and Donal Fallon and museum curators. Conference will finish with tours of the new Proclaiming A Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition. Booking required. Ages 14+.
Start: 28/01 Times: 10am-1pm www.museum.ie
e: bookings@museum.ie
Phone: +353 (0) 1 648 6453
The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin
Family Workshop: Jim Jam Jugband
Family Workshop: Jim Jam Jugband
Join us for what promises to be a really fun family workshop and enjoy the chance to play these enjoyable and easy instruments together as a family! As well as all the household objects there’ll also be other instruments such as ukulele, kazoos and harmonica as well as lots of singing for all. At the end of the workshop the whole workshop group will perform together for friends or other family members to enjoy. Suitable for all levels of music experience including beginners.
Start: 29/01 End: 29/01 Times: 3pm Admission: €11 www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@ark.ie
Phone: 01 670 7788
11a Eustace St, Temple Bar Dublin
Dublin Baby Market
Dublin Baby Market
Tons of top quality nearly new baby, toddler and maternity gear at a fraction of the new price. Save a small fortune at our parent to parent indoor market. Fab local baby businesses and craft stalls too.
Start: 29/01 End: 29/01 Times: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Admission: €3 for 1,€5 for two, kids free www.babymarket.ie
e: roisin@babymarket.ie
Phone: 0863224589
Carlton Airport Hotel 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: 01/02 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Fantastic Flix Festival of Children's Films
Fantastic Flix
Fantastic Flix launches its exciting festival of children’s films alongside a very special visit from Jacqueline Wilson. The Audi Dublin International Film Festival’s Fantastic Flix conjures up that world of cinematic wonder for the next generation in its packed festival of children’s films from around the world, workshops, short film selections, the Fantastic Flix Children’s Jury and special events. A special festival preview of one of the most hotly anticipated films of 2017, The LEGO® Batman Movie, will launch this year's Fantastic Flix programme.
Start: 04/02 End: 25/02 www.diff.ie
Phone: 01 687 7974
Light House Cinema, Movies@Swords, Movies@Dundrum, Omniplex Cinema Rathmines and The Ark 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. You will then film, edit, and record audio for your mini-movie using iPads. Your final masterpieces will then be shared on The Ark's YouTube channel for you to share with friends and family!
Start: 22/02 End: 24/02 Times: 10.30am & 2.30pm Admission: €16 www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@ark.ie
Phone: 01 670 7788
11a Eustace St, Temple Bar Dublin
Put Yourself in the Portrait Gallery
Put Yourself in the Portrait Gallery
Children are the focus of our portrait gallery, with a collection of 12 portraits by acclaimed Irish artist Brian Maguire alongside a range of self-portraits drawn by children. Having seen all these, you will be able to use our portrait drawing stations to draw your own self-portraits to add to the collection.
Start: 04/03 End: 26/03 Times: 10.30am & 4pm Admission: Free www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@ark.ie
Phone: 01 670 7788
11a Eustace St, Temple Bar Dublin
Tech Week Ireland 2017
Tech Week Ireland 2017
Tech Week is Ireland's nationwide festival of technology, aimed at students, parents and the public. Tech Week provides hands-on opportunities to learn about how computing and technology are shaping every area of life including Education, Health, the Environment, and more. Objective #1 is to inspire students to engage with STEM subjects, and equip them with the knowledge and experience necessary to make informed choices about their future subject and career choices. Objective #2 is to educate all citizens – of every age and background – about the challenges and rewards of our fast-changing technological society.
Start: 23/04 End: 29/04 Times: 10-4 www.techweek.ie
e: lisa@ics.ie
Dublin Castle

Leinster (outside Dublin)



Parent and Toddler Group
Toddler Story Time
Story time for pre-school children, aged less than 5 years old, takes place in Kilcock Library on Thursday mornings during primary Shool term, from 9.30 - 10.30. Register with the Library to join the group or just come along any Thursday morning. A great way to meet other parents, or Au pairs, especially if you are new to the area.
Start: 15/09 End: 22/06 Times: 9:30 - 10:30pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: kilcocklib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6284403
Kilcockl Library, Unit 2, The Lamp, School St., Kilcock 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: 01/02 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations

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: 01/02 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Music Workshop
Music Workshop
Join Niamh Varian-Barry (formerly of Solas) with Anne-Marie O’Farrell for a creative workshop where we will explore the fundamentals of music and song through fun, active and interactive games and pieces especially designed for this age group. We’ll also fit in a bit of songwriting, and group singing, rhythm, harmony singing and body percussion will form the foundation of an hour and a half of a musical journey not to be forgotten! Suitable for children aged 7-10.
Start: 04/02 Times: 2:30 - 4pm Admission: €8 www.limetreetheatre.ie
e: boxoffice@limetreetheatre.ie
Phone: (061) 953 400
Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, Courtbrack Avenue Limerick
Scríobh Workshop
Scríobh Workshop
Join us for a fun and imaginative workshop where we will create characters and write a story together…and become a writer!!! Our mission will be a mind-blowing art of storytelling! We will learn “the ingredients” to cook a super story , find tips and hints to develop it on your own way and overall …we will have fun!
Start: 11/02 Times: 2:30pm Admission: €8 www.limetreetheatre.ie
e: boxoffice@limetreetheatre.ie
Phone: (061) 953 400
Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, Courtbrack Avenue Limerick

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: 01/02 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Engineers Week 2017
Engineers Week 2017
Engineers Week is a week long programme of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering. Engineers Week 2016 was a great success. Visit the website to find out more about the free interactive events taking place in your county for Engineers Week 2017.
Start: 04/03 End: 10/03 www.engineersweek.ie
e: steps@engineersireland.ie
Phone: 01 665 1340
Bealtaine Living Earth Biodiversity Festival
To raise awareness of biodiversity and Irish natural heritage, and to promote the relationship between sustainabiliy, biodiversity and natural resources.
Start: 21/05 End: 29/05 www.livingearth.ie
e: bmkennedy@wit.ie
Phone: 051302705