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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: 05/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
SKY ROAD TV & FILM FESTIVAL
SKY ROAD TV & FILM FESTIVAL
Sky Road TV & Film Festival 2015 festival will take place from the 9th - 11th October at the Station House Theatre, Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway. Make sure to like us on Facebook at Sky Road TV & Film Festival, follow us on Twitter @SkyRoadFilm and go to www.skyroadfilmfestival.ie to keep up to date with the festival.
Start: 09/10 End: 11/10 www.skyroadfilmfestival.ie
e: info@skyroadfilmfestival.ie
Phone: 09533924
Station House Theatre, Clifden, Connemara, Galway

Dublin County



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
Guidecentral Summer Craft Party
Guidecentral Summer Craft Party
Craft, create, and learn something new! Join Guidecentral and The CHQ Building for an afternoon of summer crafting & DIY fun. Crafting stations, demonstrations, raffles, prizes, face painting, & much, much more! Book your place now through www.summercraftparty.eventbrite.ie. Visit our website for more info.
Start: 27/06 End: 27/06 Times: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Admission: €10 www.guidecentr.al/craftparty
The chq Building, Custom House Quay, IFSC Dublin
Drop-in Family Workshop
National Gallery of Ireland
Monday-Saturday, July & August. At the drop-in family workshop, discover how the area of paint and textiles can interlink and connect. Explore colour, texture, and surface using a variety of mixed media approaches which allows for the fusion of paint, fibre and fabric. Venue: Millennium Wing Studio Max. number of participants: 40 (including children & their guardians) Duration: Workshops last approx. 50 minutes Booking Details: Free. No booking necessary
Start: 13/07 Closing date: 31/08 Times: 11:00 - 11:50am Admission: Free www.nationalgallery.ie
e: jdrum@ngi.ie
Phone: 01 6633505
Family Tour
National Gallery of Ireland
12.30pm Saturdays; 11.30am, 12.30pm & 1.30pm Sundays, July & August. A free tour of the Gallery's permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Suitable for children. Meet at the Information Desk in the Millennium Wing, no booking necessary.
Start: 18/07 Closing date: 31/08 Times: 12:30 - 1:00pm Admission: Free www.nationalgallery.ie
e: jdrum@ngi.ie
Phone: 01 6633505
COLOUR! at The Ark
COLOUR! at The Ark
Step into The Ark this summer and experience a world full of COLOUR! Let us guide you through our interactive exhibition that brings to life the fascinating stories of creating and using colour in all its forms. At the end of the tour you will become an artist as you move into our workshop of colour where you will create your own piece of artwork.
Start: 22/07 End: 23/08 Times: 10.30am, 12pm, 2pm & 4 pm Admission: €6-€12 ark.ie/
e: boxoffice@ark.ie
Phone: 016707788
The Ark, 11a Eustace Street, Temple Bar Dublin
Piano Festival 2015
Piano Festival 2015
It is a great pleasure to welcome our superb instructors, Edmund Battersby and Evelyne Brancart from Indiana University Bloomington, and Lance Coburn from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and internationally acclaimed pianist HJ Lim, all highly regarded pianists whose credentials include prestigious university positions, prizes in international competitions, and acclaimed recordings.We are delighted our Festival is part of 2015's summer celebration of Irish culture, sport and history taking place around the island of Ireland. Many events are centred in Dublin where you can attend the Festival concerts while also exploring the rich heritage and exciting nightlife of the city. For full programme details, visit our website.
Start: 25/07 End: 02/08 www.pianofestival.ie
e: info@pianofestival.ie
The Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North 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: 05/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations

Dublin Horse Show
Saddle up for an event sure to keep the whole family entertained this summer: the 2015 Dublin Horse Show. The Show combines world class equestrianism with a wide breadth of entertainment, from the style and glamour of Dundrum Town Centre Ladies’ Day to the pageantry of Furusiyya FEI Nations Cupday and the excitement of  The Land Rover Puissance, The Longines Grand Prix and the Allianz Hunt Chase. The Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show is an ideal family day out. The ever popular Kids' Zone will keep the little ones’ entertained with pony rides, face painting, magic shows, outdoor games and more. The whole family can enjoy various musical and entertainment acts, view the national art & craft exhibition and RDS library exhibition or browse through 300 shopping stands in the Shopping Village .
Start: 05/08 End: 09/08 www.dublinhorseshow.com
RDS 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: 05/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
BEES: To Bee or not to Bee
Kidare Library Bees
What would it be like to be a bee? Learn about these amazing pollinators that are fundamental to the survival of millions of plants and crops every year, understand how they live and work and see what life would be like living under the rule of a Queen Bee! Please contact the library for more information. Places are limited. Booking essential. Suitable for Boys and Girls age 9- 12 years .
Start: 05/08 End: 05/08 Times: 11am – 12:30pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 045 520235
Kidare Library, Kildare
Carmel's Storytime
Kidare Library Carmel
Every Friday in August. Carmel will hold a children’s storytelling session in Kildare Town Library.Suitable for 0 – 5 years. No booking necessary. Family event   - Everyone welcome. Why not come along and join in the fun.
Start: 07/08 End: 28/08 Times: 11am www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 045 520235
Kidare Library, Kildare
Susan Boyle - Candle Decorating
Kidare Library Candle Decorating
As part of the ‘Summer Reading Buzz’ Susan Boyle will hold a candle decorating  workshop for children aged 7 -11 years. Places are limited. Booking essential.
Start: 19/08 End: 19/08 Times: 11am – 12 noon www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 045 520235
Kidare Library, Kildare
Our Natural Heritage Children’s Workshop
Kidare Library Rediscovery Centre
This workshop will explore natural heritage in the local area and what we can do to protect our wildlife. There will be fun activities, games , hands on craft activities including making a model of a river eco system. Suitable for children aged 7 – 12 years. Places are limited. Please contact the library.
Start: 26/08 End: 26/08 Times: 2.30pm – 4pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 045 520235
Kidare Library, Kildare
History Live with Michael Moylan
Leixlip Library History Live
In this interactive, hands-on history workshop, Michael will talk about how industry in Ireland has changed throughout the years and will bring along lots od props and memorabelia for everyone to see and touch. Join Michael for this fun workshop and see our history and heritage come to life! For ages 7 and over, and parents. Booking is advised.
Start: 26/08 End: 26/08 Times: 3pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6060050
Leixlip Library, Captains Hill, Leixlip Kildare
Fairy and Elf Festival
Sensational KidsSensational Kids
Bring your fairies and elves to the Irish National Stud & Gardens on September 5th from 12 noon- 5 pm to experience a magical wonderland of fairies and elves – all in aid of a great cause- Sensational kids, Kildare town. Kids can enjoy lots of fun filled activities such as Laserzone, Fairy Door Trail and Face Painting! All proceeds from the event go to fund services for children of all abilities at Sensational Kids. Combine the event with a trip to Kildare village- a paradise for shoppers and keep the whole family happy.
Start: 05/09 End: 05/09 Times: 12 - 5 pm Admission: Kids under 5 go free, Family Pass €29.50 www.sensationalkids.ie
Phone: 045 520900
Irish National Stud and Gardens, 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: 16/09 End: 24/11 www.kildare.ie/library
e: athylib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in 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: 17/09 End: 05/11 www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
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
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: 24/09 End: 20/10 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: 24/09 End: 24/09 www.kildare.ie/library
e: athylib@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: 20/10 End: 20/10 www.kildare.ie/library
e: athylib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in 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: 21/10 End: 21/10 www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in 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
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: 12/11 End: 12/11 www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare

Munster



Irish Aerial Creation Centre
FidgetFeet Aerial Dance TheatreFidgetFeet Aerial Dance Theatre
The Irish Aerial Creation Centre is a newly opened centre for the Aerial Arts in Limerick. This year it is introducing its first summer camps and family days, where children and adults can with skilled instructors experience all the fun that aerial arts has to offer while learning lots of new skills. Family days give parents and children a chance to have fun with an activity together.
Start: 27/06 End: 01/08 Times: 11-12.30 Admission: Saturdays 11.-12.30(tour talk
e: info@irishaerialcreationcentre.com
Phone: 0894329060
Old Burlington Estate, Gillogue, Corbally, 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: 05/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Food Festival
A Taste of West Cork A Taste of West Cork
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival brings together a unique mix of food markets and demonstrations, cookery competitions, special dinners, brunches and banquets, food-tastings, talks, exhibitions, children's events and more. Foodies, fun lovers and families will be amazed at the choices before them. With guest chefs from all over the world, visitors to the region can look forward to restaurant themed evenings (for the skinted or minted!), food masterclasses and tastings, open air markets, historic tours, island-hopping, ‘The Journey of Milk’ Sustainable Farming Conference, The Belling Food Awards and lots more - it’s all go at A Taste of West Cork Festival!
Start: 04/09 End: 13/09 www.atasteofwestcork.com
e: info@atasteofwestcork.com
Phone: 0876655567
Cork

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: 05/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations