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Below are a range of events happening around the country suitable for Parents and/or Families
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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: 04/03 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations

Dublin County



Information Session
Information on our 4 year Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance and 2 year Higher Certificate in Contemporary Music (Berklee Track). Students, staff and graduates will perform together to give an insight into a day in the life of Newpark.
Start: 04/02 End: 16/03 Times: 11am - 1pm www.newparkmusic.ie
e: fulltime@newparkmusic.ie
Phone: 01-2360630
Newpark Music Centre Dublin
Tap Tales - The Tale of Walter Meter​
From Warbling Door Productions, two wise (well, sort of) storytellers narrate the tale of Walter, the misunderstood water meter. From his watery Dublin home, follow him on his quest to unearth the mystery of the leaky tap.​ Suitable for 7-10 year olds.
Start: 28/02 End: 01/03 Times: 7.45pm smockalley.com
e: info@smockalley.com
Smock Alley Theatre Dublin
FAMILY DAY DESIGN WORKSHOPS
FAMILY DAY DESIGN WORKSHOPS
Irish Design 2015 is delighted to offer an exciting range of FAMILY DAY DESIGN WORKSHOPS in our Design Hub @ Dublin Castle. These fun workshops encourage creative thinking, help to build dexterity and introduce children to new design/craft skills through playful experimentation with materials, techniques and ideas. On alternate Saturdays of every month we invite young makers and their families to the ID2015 Design Hub in Dublin Castle, to take part in hands-on design and crafting workshops which begins with a tour of the gallery, specially designed to get you in the mood for creating.
Start: 28/02 End: 30/12 Times: 10.30am - 11.30am & Admission: Free www.irishdesign2015.ie
e: designhub@irishdesign2015.ie
Phone: 01 645 88 45
Design Hub at the Coach House, Dublin Castle
Valley of Dolls / Dragon Scales
Valley of Dolls  ​is the story of Moneta, who won Young Innovator of the Year, 1984. There has always been a high turnover of people coming in and out of Moneta’s life and sometimes it can all get a little too much. Dragons Scales tells the story of an adventurous little dragon named Mae. With the help of a new friend Mae is determined to spread her wings and find her place in the world... Even if it means leaving home. ​Ages 9+​
Start: 03/03 End: 05/03 Times: 7.45pm smockalley.com
e: info@smockalley.com
Smock Alley Theatre 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: 04/03 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Book Adventurers Club
For families and children from 3 years of age who wish to enjoy reading in Spanish. What do we want? Encourage reading and out loud reading, sharing a good time among books, stories and illustrations. You are welcomed to bring your favourite book to read and share with other children. First Wednesday of the month
Start: 04/03 End: 03/06 Times: 15:30 - 16:30 Admission: Free dublin.cervantes.es
e: reservas.dublin@cervantes.es
Phone: 016311533
Instituto Cervantes Dublin, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2

The Caterpillar Interactive Experience Show
This is the story of a little boy who is fascinated by the way caterpillars transform into butterflies. He goes on a journey of learning that change is good throughout life when handled with patience, courage and acceptance. Children and parents move, sing, interact and create the unfolding of the story.The Show lasts for 50 minutes. Children 4-9 years of age and parents are invited to join.
Start: 08/03 End: 08/03 Times: 3.00 - 3.50 pm Admission: 30 euro family ticket (admits family of 4) www.abracadabracreativeschool.net
e: irina.abraschool@gmail.com
Phone: 0851 890 191
Mill Theatre Dundrum, Dundrum Town Centre Dublin
International Women’s Day-Tea Party
International Women’s Day-Tea Party
Each year around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated in March. Hundreds of events occur throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. To mark the occasion the STEPS programme at Engineers Ireland will host a free career seminar for parents, Guidance Counsellors and second-level teachers in Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin.
Start: 09/03 End: 09/03 Times: 11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Admission: Free www.steps.ie
e: roleary@engineersireland.ie
Phone: 016651301
Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Leinster (outside Dublin)



New Drop-in-centre for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Youth
KYSLGBT
Kildare Youth Services (KYS) are launching a new free Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Drop In Centre for Young People under 18 years of age every Saturday from 3:30 - 5:30pm. A Drop In Centre is a safe place for Young People to hang out with their peers with support from members of the KYS Youth Work Team and trained volunteers. X-box, Wii, Pool, Table Tennis, Board Games, DJ Equipment, Computers with free internet access. For more information Call Conor or visit or Facebook page using the link below
Start: 21/02 www.facebook.com/pages/KLGBT
e: mail klgbt@kys.ie
Phone: 0872564539
Naas Kildare
Supporting Parents to Help Their Children
to Behave Wellto Behave Well
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service. This talk introduces basic ideas and strategies that can be of help to parents to reduce their child’s undesirable behaviour. It will include tips and strategies to encourage children to behave in ways that are more helpful to themselves and others.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 24/02 End: 21/04 www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Study Skills & Exam Preparation
for Teens with Dyslexia and/or Dyspraxia
Dorothy Armstrong will host an evening that is aimed at parents, teachers and teenagers themselves. It will cover issues such as: * Understanding how dyslexia can impact studying * Preparing to study * Using your own learning style * How to read to understand * How to take notes * Memory strategies Dorothy is an Occupational Therapist with a private practice in Maynooth. She has both a Degree and a Masters. Advance booking required as places are limited.
Start: 26/02 Times: 7pm Admission: FREE- Limited e: naaslib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 045 879111
Naas Library, Naas Kildare
Helping Parents Recognise and
Help their Teens with StressHelp their Teens with Stress
Presented by Finola Colgan from Mental Health Ireland. Fiona will show parents how to become aware of stress in their teens, ways to support their teen and ideas to manage stress. She will look at stressful situations such as exam stress, peer pressure & transitioning to college.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 26/02 End: 23/03 www.kildare.ie/library
e: athylib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in 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: 04/03 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Promoting Positive Self-Esteem
and Confidence in Childrenand Confidence in Children
Presented by Dr. John Sharry, Parenting Expert and Author. In this talk, John Sharry will present a new model of self-esteem that focuses on core parenting values and promoting children and teenagers confidence. Learn practical principles on how to help children discover their talents and strengths in a way that helps them grow up into well-adjusted and happy adults.
Start: 05/03 Times: 7pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6060050
Leixlip Library, Captains Hill, Leixlip Kildare
Happy Parents / Happy Child
Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting ExpertPresented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert
Sheila will share practical tips and skills to deal with sibling rivalry, difficult behaviour, Homework struggles and how to enjoy easier mornings and bedtimes.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 11/03 End: 24/03 www.kildare.ie/library
e: maynoothlib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Positive Disipline & Managing Challenging Behaviour
Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert
Sheila will look at how to promote more positive behaviour and experience less challenging behaviour from our child or teen. Sheila will also look at ways to deal with difficult behaviour more effectively when it happens
Other parenting talks will take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 26/03 Times: 7:00pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Kildare Town Library
Belvedere Easter Egg Hunts
BELVEDERE EASTER EGG HUNTS
Belvedere’s Golden Ticket Easter Egg Hunts are back on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday 2015.   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: 05/04 End: 06/04 Times: 12 - 3pm www.belvedere-house.ie
e: info@belvedere-house.ie
Phone: 044 9349060
Belvedere House, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Easter Egg Hunt / Climb & Reach an Easter Egg
Easter Egg Hunt / Climb & Reach an Easter Egg
This year we are hosting a series of Easter Egg Hunts for families in the Wild Wicklow countryside. Time to get eggcited! Come and see a newborn Easter Lamb! Test your orienteering skills while hunting for Easter Eggs in the Wild Rosanna forest. Climb a tree to reach an Easter Egg or race & win some in the Easter Egg Horse Race! Get those kids eggshausted!
Start: 05/04 End: 06/04 Times: 11 am - 1 pm Admission: Starts from €15 wildrosanna.com
e: info@wildrosanna.com
Phone: 0404 34776
Wild Rosanna Estate, Ashford Wicklow
Fairyhouse Racecourse Easter Festival
Fairyhouse Racecourse Easter Festival
2015 sees the return of our popular Easter Tuesday fixture. Coupled with the great racing on the day, Easter Tuesday will also be our Family Day, with everything from the ever popular Little Hoofs show, funfair and face-painting to shopping and great food, this really will be a fantastic opportunity to grab some much needed family time.
Start: 05/04 End: 07/04 www.fairyhouse.ie
e: info@fairyhouse.ie
Phone: 825 6051
Ratoath, Meath
First Aid for Parents
by Siobhan Butler from First Aid for Everyoneby Siobhan Butler from First Aid for Everyone
This informative and interactive course will use lots of visual aids in the presentation and there is plenty of opportunity for the participants to ask questions. Topics covered will include: * Calling the emergency services * Meningitis * The First Aid kit * Burns * Choking * Temperature/febrile seizures
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 14/04 End: 20/10 www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Parenting Alone
Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert
Sheila will look at parenting positively when parenting alone and how to help children and teens cope. Come and find help and support for yourself and your children or teens. Having support is essential when parenting alone.
Other parenting talks will take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 14/04 Times: 7:00pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: Naaslib@kildarecoco.ie
Newbridge Library Kildare
How to Help Babies and Toddlers
Build a Sense of SecurityBuild a Sense of Security
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service. This talk is aimed at parents of children from birth to two years of age. It will explain the ideas behind attachment and bonding and include strategies and tips to help children develop a secure attachment.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 16/04 End: 21/10 www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Considering the Role of Digital Technology
and Computer Games in your Child’s Learningand Computer Games in your Child’s Learning
Presented by Michael Hallissey. Young people today have been born into a digital world where the internet, tablets, apps, game consoles and much more are all pervasive. Many parents see such devices as having negative influences on a child’s development yet they are powerful tools that can aid learning in a positive way. In his talk Michael will locate the use of technology today in a wider social context and in particular link it to the Government’s forthcoming Digital Strategy for Schools.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 22/04 End: 28/04 www.kildare.ie/library
e: naaslib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Helping Children to be Resilient and
Develop Skills to Cope with the Challenges of LifeDevelop Skills to Cope with the Challenges of Life
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service. This talk explores the support and experiences our children need to develop resilience or mental strength. It will help parents develop their children’s ability to thrive despite life’s challenges e.g. growing up, bullying or living with difficult circumstances; and to bounce back from adversity.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 30/04 End: 12/11 www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Helping Children Deal with Bullying
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology ServicePresented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service
This talk explores possible origins of bullying behaviour, the potential impacts of bullying such as feeling upset, hurt, rejected, afraid and isolated. It will also introduce strategies to support children to develop skills such as positive peer social interactions and enhanced assertiveness to overcome the negative impact of bullying.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 05/05 End: 20/10 www.kildare.ie/library
e: athylib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Teenage Wellbeing & Positive Mental Health
Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert
‘All we seem to do is argue!’ Parenting Teenagers can be challenging and there may be concern around eating, drinking or self-harm. Sheila will look at how to build self-esteem, establish better communication and problem solving skills.
Other parenting talks will take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 07/05 Times: 7:00pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Leixlip Library Kildare
Time Management for Working Parents
Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert
Do you have too little time with too many demands? How do you manage time or does it manage you? Come and learn practical tips and skills to get more time – for you!
Other parenting talks will take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 12/05 Times: 7:00pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: Naaslib@kildarecoco.ie
Naas Library Kildare
Social Networking & Cyberbullying Training
Presented by Fiona Ashe from Flashefoward CommunicaionsPresented by Fiona Ashe from Flashefoward Communicaions
This training course will give a simple overview of social networking, describing current social media trends. Fiona will look at teenage behaviour online. She will examine peer pressure, privacy issues and cyberbullying: what it is, what forms it takes, how to combat it and how to prevent it.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 13/05 End: 05/11 www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Helping Children Who Worry Too Much
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology ServicePresented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service
This talk explores many of the common factors which can cause and increase worries for children. It will include strategies to help children to manage and overcome their worries so that the worries becomes less powerful in their day-today lives.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 20/05 End: 24/09 www.kildare.ie/library
e: athylib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Yuck I’m NOT eating that!
Toddler and Childhood Nutritional ChallengesToddler and Childhood Nutritional Challenges
Presented by Paula Mee, Dietician. Paula will give an overview of our children’s common nutrition challenges and needs as they grow. She will cover food intolerances and allergies; parental feeding concerns e.g. what to feed young children and what to do if they are faddy and won’t eat fruits and veg; when to consult with a specialist. Come along and ask your questions.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 21/05 End: 24/11 www.kildare.ie/library
e: athylib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Sky Cat laughs Comedy Festival
Sky Cat laughs Comedy Festival
For the twenty-first year the picturesque medieval city of Kilkenny will play host to The Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival. A festival that has hosted comedians from all over the world. And this year will be no different. And for the shorties there will be a programme of family-friendly and kids’ events at the festival. The Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival is jam packed with shows for comedy fans of all ages.
Start: 28/05 End: 01/06 www.thecatlaughs.com
Éigse Carlow Arts Festival
Carlow Arts Festival
Carlow Arts Festival Éigse takes place at the start of June around the county of Carlow. With an eclectic programme that include events from across a range of genres including theatre, visual arts, music, comedy, film, street & children’s entertainment and much more.
Start: 29/05 End: 07/06 carlowartsfestival.com
e: info@eigsecarlow.ie
Phone: 059 9172400
Groove Music Festival
Groove Music Festival
Kids’ are set to have lots of fun at Groove Music Festival - Groove Music Festival, taking place in the magnificent Killruddery Estate, are delighted to announce the details of their children’s area for the weekend. Groove looks set to be ideal for parents bringing their children to their first festival experience. With a musical line up to entertain all music fans and now with the addition of plenty of activities to keep the younger members of the Groove audience busy, all the family can enjoy the festival.
Start: 04/07 End: 05/07 Admission: Check Website groovefestival.ie
Killruddery Estate, Bray, Co Wicklow

Charlotte Street Festival
The Charlotte Street Festival, in Wexford Town, has grown every year since it was started in 2005. Past artists include Mundy, Jerry Fish, Paddy Casey, Hermitage Green and many many more performing each year. Family activities include a Ceili, Tug Of War and a Panto Horse Race! There is something for everyone over the weekend, with live music each day from midday – there is a great weekend guaranteed.
Start: 17/07 End: 19/07 www.thestores.ie
e: info@thestores.ie
Phone: 053 9124424
Charlotte Street, Wexford
How can I help my young child to Sleep?
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service
This talk aims to outline some of the ideas around infant sleep. It will cover what sleep is and how to encourage your child to learn how to sleep as well as possible. Strategies are explored for responding to disrupted sleep and promoting better sleep routines for your child.
Other parenting talks will take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 22/09 Times: 7:00pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: Naaslib@kildarecoco.ie
Naas Library Kildare
Self-harming Behaviours in Young People
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology ServicePresented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service
For some young people acts of self harming can emerge as a way of dealing with painful emotions such as loss, hurt or lack of self worth. This talk aims to briefly explore the concept of deliberate self-harming behaviour. It will offer parents some information on alternative ways of helping a young person cope with psychological distress without risk of physical harm to themselves.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 10/11 End: 26/11 www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare

Munster



Kids Arts & Crafts Club
Hunt Museum First Sundays
The first Sunday of every month. A different theme every session! Advance booking recommended
Start: 01/03 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: 04/03 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Fresh Film Festival
Fresh Film Festival
This year the Fresh Film Festival enters its 19th year! The Fresh Film Festival is Ireland’s premier young people’s film festival showcasing the work of individuals, schools and filmmaking groups aged 7-18. Comedy, horror, drama, music video, documentary or animation we want to see them all, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and make movies!
Start: 23/03 End: 28/03 Admission: 15 euro per entry www.freshfilmfestival.net
e: info@freshfilmfestival.net
Phone: 061 319555
1 Johns Square, Limerick City
Jurassic Adventures
Jurassic Adventures
Audiences are encouraged to participate in this adventure as it takes them on a journey through the wonders of the Jurassic Park and the birth of the park’s first baby dinosaur. For parents and children alike, this is sure to be an event not to be missed!
Start: 03/04 End: 03/04 Times: 4pm Admission: €20, €25 www.corkoperahouse.ie
Phone: 0214270022
Cork Opera House, Emmet Place
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: 04/04 End: 06/04 www.leahysopenfarm.ie
Phone: 021 4668461
Dungourney Cork
Ben & Holly
Ben & Holly
From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage! Join Ben and Holly, and their friends on this exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family!
Start: 06/05 End: 07/05 Times: 11am & 4pm Admission: €18, €15 - €60 Family Rate www.corkoperahouse.ie
Cork Opera House, Emmet Place

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: 04/03 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations