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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



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
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
Ukelele Ceili workshop at The Ark
Ukelele Ceili workshop at The Ark
Back by popular demand, our hit music and dance from Tradfest 2013 workshop returns to The Ark after triumphant appearances around Ireland in Big House Festival and Roola Boola Festival last year. Learn to play a well-known céilí tune on the ukulele, the little guitar-like folk instrument from the pacific islands. You'll also learn the steps of an Irish céilí dance to go with the music.This workshop is for families and suitable for all levels including complete beginners.
Start: 03/05 End: 05/05 Times: 11.30 - 2.30 Admission: €11/€8 concessions, 20% off for members ark.ie
11a Eustace Street, Temple Bar, 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)



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
Negotiating Peace at Home -Tools for Leaving Cert Students
Kilkenny First Arts
This seminar with Phyllida Clarke will enable parents to help restore peace to their families. Her approach moves away from the normal system of crime and punishment to a new way of dealing with conflicts that arise between parents and especially teenagers in times of stress. Phyllida will demonstrate how these simple listening and negotiating techniques can be put to work within the home.
Start: 13/05 Times: 7.30pm Admission: €5 www.kilkennyfirstarts.com
e: kilkennyfirstarts@nuim.ie
Phone: 01 7084741
NUI Maynooth, College Road, Kilkenny

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
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