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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: 04/02 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations

Dublin County



Cracking the college code for parents
 An information talk for Senior Cycle Parents on preparing for a successful transition from second level to third level .This talk is aimed to empower and prepare parents by informing them about the many issues that influence success in the first year of study after the Leaving Certificate. Developed from a third level perspective, it looks at the changing relationships between students, teachers, parents and schools and addresses the many challenges faced by students making this transition. Free. Booking Advised.
Start: 14/01 Times: 1pm e: centrallibrary@dublincity.ie
Phone: 01 873 4333
Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street Dublin
TradKids
Fun for all the family at TradFest Temple Bar as Dublin’s biggest & best Festival of Irish Traditional & Folk Music celebrates 10 years  Performances featuring young people from all over Ireland, a ‘Family Hub’ at The Ark to include a family Trad gig from KÍLA, a children’s crafts club and an eclectic gig mixing hip-hop beatboxing and trad, as well as the ChildVision petting Farm, Clayotic workshops and children’s Céilí.
Start: 28/01 End: 01/02 www.templebartrad.com
Templebar 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: 31/01 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
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: 04/02 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.
Start: 04/02 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
Pine Forest Mid Term Art Day
Pine Forest Mid Term Art Day
Set in the beautiful Dublin mountains, Pine Forest's mid term art day is a creativity explosion. Children aged 5-12yrs and 13-16yrs will each child bring home four different art activities and go on a nature walk, weather permitting. They bring a packed lunch and a drink for the day. Materials included in the fee.
Start: 19/02 End: 19/02 Times: 10.00am - 4.00pm Admission: Euro 35 www.pineforestartcentre.com
e: info@pineforestartcentre.com
Phone: 01 2941220
Glencullen Kilternan Dublin

Leinster (outside Dublin)



Transition to Secondary School
for student with Dyspraxia, Aspergers, ADHD / ADD
Dorothy Armstrong will host an evening that is aimed at parents, teachers and helpers. It will cover issues such as: * Helping the child prepare for the transition * Orientating the child to the new school environment and routines * Strategies to promote inclusion once they are there Dorothy is an Occupational Therapist with a private practice in Maynooth. She has both a Degree and a Masters. She is also a lecturer in occupational therapy at the National University of Galway. Advance booking required as places are limited.
Start: 13/01 Times: 7pm Admission: FREE- Limited e: newbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 045 448353
Newbridge Library, Newbridge 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: 22/01 Times: 7pm Admission: FREE- Limited e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 045 530626
Kildare Town Library
Talk by Adam Harris
Founder of AsIAm.ie
Adam Harris is the 19 year old founder of AsIAm.ie, Ireland's online support and advocacy service for those affected by Autism Spectrum Conditions. Adam founded AsIAm in response to his own experiences of living with Aspergers Syndrome and the need for greater public awareness of Autism.
During the session, Adam will give an insight into his experiences of Aspergers Syndrome, the work of AsIAm.ie and the role a community can play in empowering people with Autism. Parents, professionals and young people are invited to meet Adam and hear his own positive and inspiring story about living with Aspergers.
Start: 22/01 Times: 7pm e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6060050
Captains Hill, Leixlip Kildare
St Brigid’s Cross Making Workshop
A drop in cross making workshop will be held in Kildare Town Library at 11.30 to 12.30pm on Saturday 24th & Saturday 31st. Everyone welcome. No booking required.
Start: 24/01 End: 31/01 Times: 11.30am – 12.30pm Admission: FREE e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 045 530626
Kildare Community Library
Talk by Adam Harris
Founder of AsIAm.ie
Adam Harris is the 19 year old founder of AsIAm.ie, Ireland's online support and advocacy service for those affected by Autism Spectrum Conditions. Adam founded AsIAm in response to his own experiences of living with Aspergers Syndrome and the need for greater public awareness of Autism.
During the session, Adam will give an insight into his experiences of Aspergers Syndrome, the work of AsIAm.ie and the role a community can play in empowering people with Autism. Parents, professionals and young people are invited to meet Adam and hear his own positive and inspiring story about living with Aspergers.
Start: 27/01 Times: 7pm e: naaslib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 045 879111
Naas Library, Naas Kildare
Transition to Secondary School
for student with Dyspraxia, Aspergers, ADHD / ADD
Dorothy Armstrong will host an evening that is aimed at parents, teachers and helpers. It will cover issues such as: * Helping the child prepare for the transition * Orientating the child to the new school environment and routines * Strategies to promote inclusion once they are there Dorothy is an Occupational Therapist with a private practice in Maynooth. She has both a Degree and a Masters. She is also a lecturer in occupational therapy at the National University of Galway. Advance booking required as places are limited.
Start: 29/01 Times: 7pm Admission: FREE- Limited e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6060050
Captains Hill, Leixlip 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: 04/02 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
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: 05/02 Times: 7pm Admission: FREE- Limited e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6060050
Captains Hill, Leixlip 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
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

Munster



Kids Arts & Crafts Club
Hunt Museum First Sundays
The first Sunday of every month. A different theme every session! Advance booking recommended
Start: 01/02 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: 04/02 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: 04/02 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations