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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: 06/09 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations

Dublin County



Hunt the Book Thief
Hunt the Book Thief
Children and adults are welcome to come and find our LEGO minifigure book thief who is lurking around the library ready to steal! He is joined by historical characters from the library's past recreated in minifigure form. So take a hunt sheet and pencil and seek! You can also draw your own minifigure self and have a creative time at the LEGO table.
Start: 22/05 End: 30/12 Times: 10am-5pm Admission: Children free/Adults & Concess www.marshlibrary.ie
e: julie.burke@marshlibrary.ie
Phone: 014543511
Marsh's Library, St. Patrick's Close Dublin
Monks Tours of Christ Church
Monks Tours of Christ Church
Looking for something fun to do on a Saturday morning? Come and dress up as a monk and learn about how they lived on our new children’s tour. Saturday mornings at 12 o’clock from 3 June until 27 September. See www.christchurchcathedral.ie/education for further details.
Start: 03/06 End: 23/09 Times: 12pm Admission: 5 euro www.christchurchcathedral.ie
e: ruth@christchurch.ie
Phone: 016778099
Christ Church Cathedral Dublin
Jervis Shopping Centre Free Kids
Jervis Shopping Centre Free Kids
Free Kid's entertainment every weekend over the summer holidays, bring the family along and enjoy a great day out. Full details on our website
Start: 01/07 End: 27/08 Times: Sat 12-4 Sun 12-4 Admission: FREE www.jervis.ie
e: marketing@jervis.ie
Jervis Shopping Centre Dublin
Children Saturdays Workshops
Children Saturdays Workshops
Saturday workshops are 90min workshops that explore the natural world through hands-on games and activities. The workshops are aimed at children aged 6 to 12 yrs and are suitable for the whole family.15/07 Biodiversity; 22/07 Gardening and Biodiversity; 19/08 Natural Heritage; 16/09 Science; 23/09 Engineering; 07/10 Space; 28/10&11/11 Science; 09/12 Christmas craft.
Start: 15/07 End: 09/12 Times: 11am - 12.30pm or 2pm - 3:30pm Admission: 7eu/child www.rediscoverycentre.ie
e: education@rediscoverycentre.ie
Phone: 01 8933801
The Rediscovery Centre, The Boiler House, Ballymun Road, Ballymun Dublin 9
Children's Monks Tour of Christ Church
Children's Monks Tour of Christ Church
Come and join us for a very special free chil-dren’s Monks’ tour of Christ Church. Children have the chance to dress up in a monks’ robe and learn all about how monks lived at Christ church; what they ate, what they wore and what they did every day. This tour finishes in the crypt and is aimed at 7-10 year olds though age limits are flexible. This tour is free but places are limited and must be reserved via Eventbrite:
Start: 22/08 Times: 12pm www.eventbrite.com
e: welcome@christchurch.ie
Phone: 00 353 1 677 8099
Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place Dublin
NATURE JOURNAL WORKSHOP WITH ILLUSTRATOR MELISSA DORAN
NATURE JOURNAL WORKSHOP WITH ILLUSTRATOR MELISSA DORAN
Join illustrator Melissa Doran (Naturama and My Naturama Nature Journal) to start your very own nature journal, discovering the wildlife around Christchurch Cathedral as part of Heritage Week. You will be drawing and writing about what you see and learn how to document the world around you in your own creative and fun way. All materials will be provided but please wear sun-screen as we will be spending a lot of time outdoors in the garden area. The work-shop will begin and end in the crypt aimed at 8-12 year olds and is limited to 10 places. This work shop is free but places are limited and must be reserved via Eventbrite
Start: 22/08 Times: 2 - 4pm www.eventbrite.com
e: welcome@christchurch.ie
Phone: 00 353 1 677 8099
Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place Dublin
Crypt Open Afternoon
Explore the cathedral’s famous crypt– the largest in Ireland– and join us for a line-up of fun events to celebrate its upcoming refurbishment. Free entrance to crypt only via St. John’s Lane entrance.
Start: 22/08 Times: 1– 6pm www.christchurchtickets.com
e: welcome@christchurch.ie
Phone: 00 353 1 677 8099
Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place Dublin
WALKING TOUR
Step through 1000 years of history with this short walking tour of the cathedral and neigh-bourhood in the company of historian Mike Neill, including access to nearby St. Werburgh’s church.
Start: 23/08 Times: 1.15pm www.christchurchtickets.com
e: welcome@christchurch.ie
Phone: 00 353 1 677 8099
Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place Dublin
MONASTIC LANDSCAPES AND BIODIVERSTIY
Join us for a talk on monastic landscapes and biodiversity by landscape ar-chitect Haley Farrell. Free but normal cathedral admission applies.
Start: 26/08 Times: 2pm www.christchurchtickets.com
e: welcome@christchurch.ie
Phone: 00 353 1 677 8099
Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place Dublin
Dublin Fun Fest
Dublin Fun Fest
Join us in Smithfield Square for a last blast of summer fun at Dublin Fun Fest, a family friendly celebration, on Sunday 27th August 2017. Brought to you by Dublin City Council, this event offers free entertainment all day long and is the perfect way to spend a summer Sunday with family and friends.
Start: 27/08 End: 27/08 Times: 12pm-5pm Admission: FREE www.dublinfunfest.ie
e: maree.rigney@limelight.ie
Phone: 01 668 0600
Smithfield Square, Dublin 7
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: 06/09 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Liberty Insurance All Ireland
Liberty Insurance All Ireland
Camogie is one of the fastest-growing games in the country right now, and on the 10th September the Championship finals take place in Croke Park, we are looking to #raisethebar with attendance this year, come and support you will not be disappointed.
Start: 10/09 End: 10/09 Times: 12pm-5:30pm Admission: Adults from €25 Juveniles €5 www.camogie.ie
e: tickets@camogie.ie
Phone: 01-8658651
Croke Park, St Joseph's Avenue Dublin
12th Lock Harvest Festival
12th Lock Harvest Festival
The 12th Lock Harvest Festival is a fantastic fun-filled festival with a food village, vintage stalls, arts and crafts, face painting and lots more taking place on Sunday 10th September at the 12th Lock, The Royal Canal. This free event, supported by Fingal County Council and Waterways Ireland and organised by Limelight Communications, will celebrate Fingal
Start: 10/09 End: 10/09 Times: 12pm - 5pm Admission: FREE www.harvestfest.ie
12th Lock, the Royal Canal, Castleknock Marina, Dublin
The Shape of Things- On Tour
The Shape of Things- On Tour N
Join Branar and Starcatchers in Draíocht on 14th-16th September for an enchanting interactive music and puppetry experience for babies aged 6months-2years and their adults called The Shape of Things. The world all around us is made up of wonderful shapes. This is a story of two shapes,Cubert & Triantán and the adventures they have. More info: www.branar.ie
Start: 14/09 End: 15/09 Times: 10am & 12pm Admission: €5 - €7 www.draiocht.ie/events/the_shape_of_things
e: 01 885 2622
Phone: 01 885 2622
Draiocht, Blanchardstown Dublin

Leinster (outside Dublin)



Enniscorthy Rockin' Food Festival
Enniscorthy Rockin' Food Festival
This Year’s Enniscorthy Rockin’Food Festival includes everything we all love most about summer with Free Live Music, Artisan Food, Craft & Beer Markets, Family Fun and so much more. With so many FREE events you will have to join us for an action packed weekend full of flavourful fun and kids activities and events. A fun for all for all the family.
Start: 04/08 End: 26/08 Times: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Admission: FREE www.enniscorthytourism.com
e: info@joconnellmarketing.com
Phone: 0539376931
Enniscorthy Wexford
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: 06/09 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Sensational Kids Enchanted Fairy and Elf Festival
Sensational Kids Enchanted Fairy and Elf Festival
Dust off your fairy wings and fancy dress costumes to help the charity Sensational Kids, located in Kildare Town and Clonakilty, Co. Cork to raise €30,000 in one weekend to raise funds for children with special needs. The Enchanted Fairy & Elf Festival combines the magic of Sensational Kids and the quality of Rathwood’s facilities and talented staff. Dedicated times for children with special needs are available at 9am and 9.30am each day with reduced numbers and quieter music in the festival area. A limited number of Wheelchair accessible tickets are available during ALL time slots. There is huge demand for tickets to this special event, so early booking is advised!  Pre-booking is essential.
Start: 09/09 End: 10/09 Admission: €13 www.sensationalkids.ie
e: info@sensationalkids.ie
Phone: 045 520900
Rathwood Centre, Tullow, Carlow
Family Day at the Curragh
Family Day at the Curragh
Head to the Family Fun Race Day at the Curragh on Sunday 10th September and enjoy a great day out with free entertainment for all the family. The line-up includes: Alice in Wonderland Family Shows, Reptile Zoo, Giant Games, Facepainting, Arts and Crafts and much more.
Start: 10/09 End: 10/09 Times: 11.30am - 6pm Admission: Kids U16 free once accompanied www.curragh.ie
e: info@curragh.ie
Phone: 045 441 205
Curragh Racecourse Kildare
NAVAN Baby Market, 17th Sept
NAVAN Baby Market, 17th Sept
Save a small fortune at our parent to parent indoor market. TONS of top quality nearly new baby, toddler and maternity gear at a fraction of the original price. Fab local baby businesses/services and craft stalls too! Entry €3, 2 for €5, kids go free
Start: 17/09 End: 17/09 Times: 12 - 2pm Admission: €3.00 www.babymarket.ie
e: roisin@babymarket.ie
Phone: 0863224589
Ardboyne Hotel, Navan Meath
The Shape of Things- On Tour
The Shape of Things- On Tour N
Join Branar and Starcatchers in The Riverbank,Newbridge on the 28th-29th September for an enchanting interactive music and puppetry experience for babies aged 6months-2years called The Shape of Things. The world all around us is made up of wonderful shapes.This is a story of two shapes,Cubert& Triantán, and the adventures they have. More info: www.branar.ie
Start: 29/09 End: 29/09 Times: 12pm & 2pm Admission: Adult & Child €10 www.riverbank.ie/event/family-theatre-shape-things/2017-09-28/
e: 045 448327
Phone: 045 448327
Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge Kildare

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: 06/09 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Treasure Hunt
Treasure Hunt
A Treasure Hunt that will take place in the beautiful Glenbower Woods in Killeagh. Co Cork on Sunday the 10th of September 2017 from 3pm to 5pm. Registration starts at 2.30pm on the day. There is suitable trails made out that will suit everybody, so all are welcome. There will be entertainment, refreshments and great prizes to be won!
Start: 10/09 End: 10/09 Times: 3pm to 5pm Admission: 5 euro per person. Under 3 ye Killeagh Inch 2020
e: ciara73@eircom.net
Glenbower Woods, Killeagh Cork
Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition
Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition
An Aladdin's cave of Cork's rich colourful heritage, tradition and culture. Why not come along - who knows what you'll discover at the annual Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition - a unique entertaining must see heritage experience for all the family. To get a flavour of the Exhibition,visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Loy4JPgRT5I
Start: 29/09 End: 29/09 Times: 10a.m. - 6.30p.m. Admission: Admission is Free to this volu www.celebratingcorkpast.com
Phone: 0868972547
Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork City (entrance at Eglinton Street).
Starcatchers and Branar Present 'The Shape of Things'
Starcatchers and Branar Presen
Join Branar and Starcatchers in Siamsa Tire, Tralee on the 17th October for an enchanting interactive music and puppetry experience for babies aged 6months-2years called The Shape of Things. The world all around us is made up of wonderful shapes.This is a story of two shapes,Cubert& Triantán, and the adventures they have. More info: www.branar.ie
Start: 17/10 End: 17/10 Times: 10.30am & 12pm Admission: €6 www.siamsatire.com/events/the-shape-of-things
e: 066 712 3055
Phone: 066 712 3055
Siamsa Tire, Tralee Kerry

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: 06/09 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations