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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: 01/06 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Cowboys and Heroes Country Music Americana Festival
Cowboys and Heroes
Cowboys and Heroes is an Americana and Country Music Festival in a western themed resort in the idyllic back drop of Drumcoura Lake. We offer a camp site and amusements such as face painting, pony rides, best dressed cowboy and cowgirl competition, a fantastic line-up including Nathan Carter and many more artists. It truly is a great event for young and old.
Start: 03/06 End: 06/06 Admission: 60 € for the weekend ticket cowboysandheroes.ie
e: cowboysandheroes@gmail.com
Phone: (071) 96 45781
Drumcoura Offices, Derrygoan, Ballinamore Leitrim

Dublin County



Saturday Workshops
Saturday Workshops
Join us for a new series of workshops inspired by the Cathedral's collections, building and history, from paper and candle making to drip-drawing and tile designing. Children and adults welcome. Second Saturday of every month in the South Transept. Booking essential. Please see our website 'Education' page for more details.
Start: 09/01 End: 11/06 Times: 2-4pm Admission: Free (Cathedral admission appl www.christchurchcathedral.ie/education/workshops-2016
e: ruth@christchurch.ie
Phone: 016778099
Christ Church Cathedral Dublin
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
Family Day
Family Day
Family Day returns to Dublin - Celebrate Families, celebrate your family. The programme for this event offers magic, dance, games, arts and writing workshops, music, storytelling and lots more. Entry and all activities, workshops and entertainment are free.
Start: 15/05 End: 15/05 Times: 11am - 5pm Admission: FREE www.familyday.ie
e: info@onefamily.ie
Phone: 01 6629212
Wolfe Tone Square Dublin
National Parents Council Primary Conference 2016
National Parents Council Primary Conference 2016
If you are a parent of a child in primary school and you want them to have the opportunity to reach their full educational potential, then this is the conference for you! Guest speakers include Shane Martin on Positive Parenting, Paula Mee on nutritional issues for children, and Oisin McGann:‘Making Stuff Up.’ You must register for the conference in advance.
Start: 28/05 Times: 10.30am - 4.00pm www.npc.ie
e: info@npc.ie
Phone: 01 887 4034
National College of Ireland, Mayor Square, Dublin
Pets in the City
Pets in the City
Dublin City Council invites the pet lovers of Dublin to the third annual Pets in the City event. Supported by the DSPCA and King of Paws, Pets in the City will transform Smithfield Square into a pet paradise for one day only!
Start: 29/05 End: 29/05 Times: 11 am - 5 pm Admission: FREE www.petsinthecity.ie/
e: info@petsinthecity.ie
Smithfield Square 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: 01/06 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
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
Early Years Workshops: Moving Pictures!
Early Years Workshops: Moving Pictures!
Dive into an underwater adventure with artist Paula Henihan for an interactive story-based session that will introduce very young children to simple animation forms. Ages 2-4. Paula will welcome participants into the workshop with an engaging animated story about a magical sea creature. This story will be followed by an interactive session where the children will participate in different activity areas exploring the sea and its amazing inhabitants. The story session and activity areas will allow children to experience the early forms of animation (pre-film), including flip books, zoetrope and thaumatrop, which were all simple ways of projecting and displaying moving images. June Sat 11, Sat 25, Tues 28 & Thurs 30. July Sat 2, Sat 9 & Tues 19. 60 mins duration.
Start: 11/06 End: 19/07 Times: 10am (Age 2) & 11.30am (Ages 3-4) Admission: €11/€8 per child. Member Discounts apply. www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar Dublin
Toys,Technology and Training Project 2016 - Enabling my Child with ADHD to reach their potential
Toys,Technology and Training Project 2016 - Enabling my Child with ADHD to reach their potential
Dorothy Armstrong will host an evening that is primarily aimed at parents, although teachers and those who work with children with ADHD may also find this talk useful. Children with ADHD are frequently misunderstood and falsely labelled as badly behaved, this can lead to them developing low self-esteem with resultant mental health issues. This talk aims to promote ways to build and maintain their self confidence and will provide parents with some practical strategies to help their child at home and at school. Booking required. Please contact the library for more information.
Start: 16/06 Times: 7pm www.kildare.ie/Library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 045 520235
Kildare Town Centre, Claregate Street, 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
Film Screening: AMHRAN NA MARA
Film Screening: AMHRAN NA MARA
Screening of Song of The Sea in the Irish Film Institute in Irish with English subtitles. IFI Family in collaboration with The Ark. After their mother’s disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with their Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as they are drawn into a world Ben only knows from his mother’s folktales. Rating: PG (80 mins).
Start: 24/07 End: 24/07 Times: 11am Admission: €4.80 per person. €14.40 for 4 people (1 must be an adult) www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar Dublin
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

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: 01/06 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Mind Yourself - Overcoming Anxiety, Worry and Fear
Mind Yourself - Overcoming Anxiety, Worry and Fear
When we lose our grounding in the present moment we may experience worries and stresses. Our bodies perceive that what we are worrying about or imagining is real and releases all kinds of stress hormones which can drain our energy and be unsettling to us mentally and emotionally. These emotions can afford us an opportunity to change and to grow, but we have to understand why they occur, only then can we begin to move away from these habits. Learn about mindfulness - train yourself to develop a greater awareness of your own thoughts and feelings - and be guided through a gentle meditation in these workshops.
Start: 23/06 Times: 11:30 am www.kildare.ie/Library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 045 520235
Kildare Town Centre, Claregate Street,
School Books and Uniform Swap - Portlaoise
School Books and Uniform Swap
School Books and Uniform Swap Market. Exchange your old uniforms for second hand uniforms and books that you require for the coming school year. All local primary and secondary schools in and around Portlaoise area
Start: 09/07 End: 09/07 Times: 12p.m.- 4p.m. Admission: 2 Euro admission www.facebook.com/Laois-Barter
e: kar_chadwick@hotmail.com
Phone: 0871901059
St Mary's Hall, Dublin Rd, Portlaoise Laois

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: 01/06 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: 01/06 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations