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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: 01/10 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations

Baboro
Ireland’s flagship international arts festival for children and families. Baboró presents some of the finest and most exciting theatre, dance, puppetry, music, visual art, writers, and artists in a week-long feast of the arts for the entire family. From 0 upwards, Baboró promises to entertain, enthrall, move and amuse you.
Start: 11/10 End: 19/10 www.baboro.ie/
e: admin@baboro.ie
Phone: 091 562 667

Dublin County



Back to School Asthma Clinics Nationwide
With parents readying their children to go back-to-school this September, the Asthma Society of Ireland is hosting free mobile asthma clinics nationwide from 15 – 26 September, to advise parents and teachers of ways to better manage children’s asthma. Hosted across a range of towns and cities nationwide, with dedicated visits to primary schools, the asthma clinics will provide practical advice on inhaler technique and asthma management. Visit their website for more details
Start: 15/09 End: 26/09 www.asthma.ie
Nutgrove Arts Festival 2014
Nutgrove Arts Festival 2014
Join us for the fourth year of Nutgrove Arts Festival at Nutgrove Shoppping Centre from 26th of September to the 5th of October. We have an exciting programme of dance, theatre, music, art and plenty of workshops for all the family to get involved with. Let your creativity loose this Autumn at Nutgrove Arts Festival.
Start: 26/09 End: 05/10 Times: 9am - 6pm Event time Admission: Free www.nutgroveshoppingcentre.ie
e: info@nutgroveshoppingcentre.ie
Phone: 01 493 3289
Nutgrove Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
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: 01/10 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Draíocht Family day: Batty Crafts
Family day: Batty Crafts
Join us to create a fun Halloween inspired Bat Hat! Our artists will help you to create this creepy craft and help you learn a bit about paper crafts, drawing and gluing. Dress for Mess / Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part / Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family days are not designed for groups / All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child! SESSION 1: 12.00PM-12.50PM / SESSION 2: 1PM-1.50PM / SESSION 3: 2PM-2:50PM
Start: 04/10 Times: 12 - 3pm Admission: FREE www.draiocht.ie
Phone: 01 8098029
Draíocht Galleries, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
The Allergy Free From Expo RDS
The Allergy + Free From Expo is the only Irish show dedicated to the many people living with allergies, coeliac disease, respiratory conditions, intolerances, skin & chemical sensitivities. The event will provide the Irish consumer with an unrivalled opportunity to learn about the many options and remedies available to them. The Allergy + Free From Expo will be attended by not only allergy suffere
Start: 11/10 End: 12/10 Times: 9 - 6 pm Admission: €10 www.theallergyexpo.ie
e: jackie.bryan@iquest.ie
Phone: 0469773434
Family fitness fun weekend
family fitness fun weekend
Family fitness fun We'd like to invite all parents with their children on Bank Holiday Monday. Parents will be able to test their abilities in classes while the children will be taken care of. Activities such as singing, dancing and even just coloring will be available to children under close eye of our staff for the whole day. Why not set an example to your children? Active Parent? Active Child
Start: 24/10 End: 27/10 Times: 9 - 6 Admission: €12 www.sportevent.ie
e: info@sportevent.ie
Phone: 0873448483
st.catherines centre,dublin 8 Dublin
Family fun day
Family fun day
Don’t know what to do on 27th October? Don’t want your kids to be bored? Are you looking for some family fun? Join us for a fantastic day of fun and fitness For kids: 15 kids fitness classes ,Hip hop, Zumba kids, Yoga, Ballet,Singing,Dancing,Face painting,Colouring,Best costume prizes For Adults:fitness Classes, workshops, lectures , free personal training sessions, crossfit,exhibitors
Start: 27/10 End: 27/10 Times: 9.30-5 Admission: 12 www.sportevent.ie
e: profifitness@gmail.com
Phone: 0873448483
st.catherines centre,dublin 8 Dublin
Jackula
Join Jackula on a spooktacular quest to step out of his older brother's shadow and become the world’s most magical vampire. Laugh as Jackula makes his pet ghost dance. Gasp as Jackula balances five glasses of water on his face. After the show, every child gets to do a trick!
Start: 31/10 End: 31/10 Admission: 7 euro www.paviliontheatre.ie/events/view/jackula
e: boxoffice@paviliontheatre.ie
The Pavillion, Dun Laoghaire Dublin
Gruffalo
Gruffalo
Meet a wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old Owl and a maraca-shaking, party mad Snake! Mouse can scare these hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined? The Gruffalo is the perfect family treat with plenty of songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+
Start: 02/11 End: 03/11 Admission: Adult €13 / Children €11 / Fam www.paviliontheatre.ie/events/view/the-gruffalo
The Pavillion, Dun Laoghaire Dublin
Draíocht Family day: Christmas Print
Family day: Christmas Print
Create your own original design and then learn how to print it, producing your very own handmade Christmas card. During these sessions our artists will help you learn what mono-printing is, you’ll get to discover the excitement of print making, work with printing inks and have a go of our print rollers. Dress for Mess / Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years / All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child! SESSION 1: 12.00PM-12.50PM / SESSION 2: 1PM-1.50PM / SESSION 3: 2PM-2:50PM
Start: 06/12 Times: 12 - 3pm Admission: FREE www.draiocht.ie
Phone: 01 8098029
Draíocht Galleries, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15

Leinster (outside Dublin)



Drop in Art workshop for kids
Drop in Art workshop for kids
Drop-In art workshop for kids from 5pm (Suitable for kids ages 6-12) – visit Luan Gallery for an artful afternoon of fun. It will take place in the workshop space downstairs, and no booking is required - See more at: http://www.mykidstime.com/listings/events/culture-night-drop-kids-art-workshop/#sthash.nfxFgjVk.dpuf
Start: 19/09 End: 19/09 Times: 5pm-7:30pm Admission: Free www.athloneartsandtourism.ie/
e: gallery@athloneartandheritage.ie
Phone: 0906442154
Luan Gallery Westmeath
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: 01/10 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations

Munster



Retrospective Exhibition
Retrospective Exhibition
The Retrospective Exhibition being held in Limerick Museum at the moment, and will run through to the end of the year, it will take you on a journey through 800 years of Limerick’s governmental history. The Exhibition is open weekdays from 10am-5pm, closed for lunch 1pm-2pm The exhibition is free, fully accessible, and worksheets are available for children.
Start: 09/07 End: 09/12 Times: 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm Admission: Free e: archives@limerick.ie
Limerick Museum, City Hall, Merchant's Quay, Limerick

Tramore Surf and Sea Festival
The Tramore Surf and Sea Festival is a festival of entertainment, events, activities, competitions, music, good food and lot’s of fun for the whole family. Join us at the 2014 festival in September at Tramore, Co. Waterford and help us celebrate the end of another great summer season.
Start: 20/09 End: 28/09 www.surfandseafestival.com
Tramore Waterford
The Speks
The Speks
The Speks live on a mysterious island off the coast of Co. Clare called Glasses Island. Occasionally they come to the mainland to present a lively show of nursery rhymes and sing-along songs set to acoustic Irish music which have adults and kids jumping in their seats!
Start: 20/09 End: 20/09 Times: 2pm Admission: €7 www.thesourceartscentre.ie
e: boxoffice@sourcearts.ie
Phone: 0504 90204
Cathedral Street, Thurles Tipperary
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: 01/10 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Watch the Birdy
Watch the Birdy
It all starts with an egg that doesn’t want to hatch...His mum is busy, like all mums these days, and she’s got to get down South with all the other birds so Percy the gardener has to step in and see if he can convince Birdy to come out. Is Birdy shy, lazy or scared?
Start: 01/10 End: 01/10 Times: 10am and 11.45pm Admission: €8/6 school groups www.thesourceartscentre.ie
e: boxoffice@sourcearts.ie
Phone: 0504 90204
The Source Arts Centre, Cathedral Street, Thurles Tipperary
Kids Arts & Crafts Club
Hunt Museum First Sundays
The first Sunday of every month. A different theme every session! Advance booking recommended
Start: 05/10 Times: 14.30 - 16.30 Admission: Free www.huntmuseum.com
e: joni@huntmuseum.com
Phone: 061-312833
The Custom Hse, Rutland Street, Limerick
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

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: 01/10 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations