Best events in Leinster for families

SUPER ADVENTURE

18th of February – 31st of March

This year will be SUPER… Join the SUPER ADVENTURE this February and come along on the Rathwood Express and defeat the Villains that have been causing HAVOC in Rathwood. Jump on the Rathwood Express and Let’s go on an adventure with The Radical Wonders.

There are free Super Cupcake’s and a Superhero mask for each child on the day to enjoy and take home on the day. 

Duration: 50 mins 

Tickets: Adults €4.00 / Children €12.00 

www.rathwood.com/superhero

Monday 25th February (No Session Mon 18th March 

St Patrick’s Bank Holiday

6 Week Term | Bricks 4 Kidz After School Classes are run by Garda Vetted Tutors and are Suitable for Girls and Boys aged 5-12 | Children will Build Motorised LEGO® Technic® Models that Teach the Principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in a Fun, Creative and Engaging Environment.

Ends: Monday 8th April

Time: 3.30pm – 5pm

Location: Ardee Hub, Market Street, Ardee

Duration: 6 weeks

Price: €48 per child

Leixlip Library

Thursday 28th Feb, 14th March, 11th April, 2nd May, 3.30pm

Unicorn – Inter-Generation Knitting Club

This club is part-facilitated by members from their adult Purls of Wisdom, who are sharing their knitting skills with younger members of the community.

New beginner’s club under consideration – please contact the library to register your interest.

All events at Leixlip Community Library are free of charge but booking is required.

To book, phone 01 6060 050 or email leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie and include your mobile number.

Thursday 28th February (No Session Thursday 7th March Engineers Week)- Thursday 11th April

6 Week Term | Bricks 4 Kidz After School Classes 

Bricks 4 Kidz After School Classes are run by Garda Vetted Tutors and are Suitable for Girls and Boys aged 5-12 | Children will Build Motorised LEGO® Technic® Models that Teach the Principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in a Fun, Creative and Engaging Environment.

Time: 2.30pm – 4pm

Location: St Josephs NS, Mell, Drogheda Duration: 6 weeks 

Website: louth.bricks4kidzbooking.ie 

Price: €45 per child

Friday 1st  –  Saturday 2nd  March

Seedlings Early Years Workshops: The Last Straw

Explore how you can draw and create shapes using with hundreds of paper straws as a drawing and construction material.

You will create a sculpture made of straws that will build up over the two days to eventually fill The Ark’s gallery space with a giant artwork made of straws.You will make your own straw lines and shapes, along with objects that you can then climb under, step over and crawl through. You can also colour on the straws and make some smaller straw constructions that you can take home too!

Fri 1 March @ 10:15am & 2pm

Sat 2 March @ 10.15am and 11.45am

Tickets €11.50/€8.50 per child (20% off for members)

Bookings: Details will be confirmed and tickets released in early February

www.ark.ie

Saturday 2nd March, 2019 – 10:00 –  Sunday 28th April, 2019 – 17:00

VISUAL ARTS: SEE HOW WE VIEW THE WORLD – exploring animal and human vision

This exhibition provides opportunities for exploring children’s creative and imaginative potential in Visual Art with a particular emphasis on Visual Art and Science education (STEAM).

Four interactive prototype helmets are on display as part of this exhibition, which are a combination of students and children’s ideas coming together to solve a particular problem, in this case how to construct an optical device exploring the art of perception. 

Come and try on these helmets to see how a bee, a jumping spider and a fly sees the world!  

Venue: Riverbank Arts Centre

Website: www.riverbank.ie

Phone: +35345448327

Free Event

Monday 4th – Friday 8th March

Engineers Week 2019

Engineers Week returns with our ever popular 10 Stations Challenge!  Teams of 2/3 students from 3rd/4th classes, will travel through the library tackling our 10 engineering stations with only 3 minutes to complete each station.

Can they work co-operatively to solve, balance, build and test our engineering tasks?

The STEPS team have yet again provided amazing resources for all to download, so do go to their website for lots of ideas to do at home or in the classroom.

Email julie.burke@marshlibrary.ie or call 014543511

Website:  www.engineersweek.ie

Thursday 7th  March

World Book Day in Ireland 

World Book Day has become firmly established as Ireland’s biggest annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and reading. Children are encouraged to visit their local bookshop where they can exchange their tokens for one of eleven exclusive new books OR get €1.50 off a full-price book..

Website: www.worldbookday.com/world-book-day-ireland/

6th March / 3rd  April / 1st  May

OPW FREE 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; Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth) or Trim Castle in Co Meath – to name just a few. www.heritageireland.ie

Thursday 14th – March

Greening the City

In celebration of Ireland’s national holiday, see buildings, venues and spaces across the city illuminate green for the Festival.  After the sun goes down, take a stroll through Dublin’s fair city to check out these iconic buildings – they look even more impressive in green! www.stpatricksfestival.ie.

Venue: Iconic Buildings across Dublin

Monday 11th – Friday 15th March

Scoot to School Week

March 11 – 15 is Green-Schools National Scoot to School Week. National SOW Day will be held on Wednesday, March 13.

Participating in National SOW Week/Day shows your support for a greener, healthier environment by encouraging students to scoot to school. This is the fifth year of National Scoot to School Week, which was the first event of its kind worldwide.

Website: www.greenschoolsireland.org

1ú-17ú Márta

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Glac páirt i Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia! An fhéile Ghaeilge is mó in Éirinn agus ar fud an domhain!

Is féile idirnáisiúnta Ghaeilge í Seachtain na Gaeilge, atá ar an gceiliúradh is mó dár dteanga agus dár gcultúr dúchais a bhíonn ar siúl in Éirinn agus in go leor tíortha eile gach bliain.

Here are some easy ways the whole family can take part in the festival.

Leis na céadta imeacht eagraithe timpeall na tíre ag grúpaí pobail éagsúla, tá rud éicint ann do gach duine. Tá rogha fhairsing ann, ó sheisiúin ceoil i dtithe tabhairne go lá teaghlaigh amuigh faoin aer. Tá roinnt láthair ag cur turais trí Ghaeilge ar siúl go speisialta do Sheachtain na Gaeilge comh maith! Is féidir liosta iomlán na n-imeachtaí a fheiceáil ar an aip, atá ar fáil le híoslódáil ón App Store agus Google Play anois (déan cuardú ar “Seachtain na Gaeilge”). Tá eolas ar gach imeacht le fáil ar an aip, agus tá feidhm cuardaigh ionas gur féidir teacht go héasca ar imeachtaí a bhfuil ar siúl i do cheantair féin. Freisin, tá frása nua le foghlaim gach lá den fhéile uaidh!

With hundreds of events organised by community groups all over the country, there’s sure to be something for everyone. There’s a great variety of events, from music sessions in the local pub to family days in the park. There’s even some great venues offering tours as Gaeilge especially for the festival! For full list of events download the official festival app, available to download from the App Store and Google Play now (just search Seachtain na Gaeilge). On the app you’ll find all the information you need on all the events, plus a search function to find events happening around you. There’s also a new phrase as Gaeilge to learn every day of the festival!

Address: Nationwide

Venue: Various

www.snag.ie

Friday 1- Sunday 17th March

Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week

The biggest Irish language festival in Ireland and the world. 

Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week) is an international Irish language festival and one of the biggest celebrations of our native language and culture that takes place each year in Ireland and in many other countries.

Saturday 16th March

Saint Patrick’s Céilí Event

Afternoon Céilí in the Visitor Centre at Belvedere from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, March 16. Traditional Music and Dance.

The Traditional Music and Dance Sessions features:

The Celtic Blondes, Emerald Lakes Academy, Mullingar Harp School and  Intermediate Midland Youth Orchestra & Local Musicians.

 Event Venue: Belvedere House, Gardens and Park

Date:  Saturday, March 16, 2019

Time: 2pm to 4pm. Half Price Admission to Belvedere

Website: www.belvedere.bookeventsireland.com

Sunday 17th March – 12:00 PM

St Patricks Day Parade

Ireland has a deep rooted connection with this year’s theme, Storytelling. Street theatre and pageant companies, gear up to dazzle with their artistic interpretations of the 2019 theme. Their worldly performances and magnificent creations are set to intertwine seamlessly with Dublin’s streets as the capital poses as a backdrop for the extravaganza.

Domestic and international bands will deliver rhythmically captivating musical scores that are sure to echo through the streets of the capital. The Festival Parade is a monumental occasion for Ireland and boasts an unforgettable atmosphere that cannot be missed. The Festival and its procession are on track to charm a record breaking number of attendees this year. The The Parade Route Map is available online at www.stpatricksfestival.ie

Venue: City Centre, starting at Parnell Square, Dublin 1

THE ROUND TOWER CLONDALKIN 1 TOWER – 1,000 YEARS OF HISTORY

Sunday 17th March: 

St. Patricks Day Parade and all day fun for the family.

Visit the Round Tower Experience, which incorporates an interactive visitor centre, public gardens,  the Happy Pear café & retail shop, terraced dining area, exhibition and gallery spaces.

Tel 01-5554648 

info@theroundtower.ie

Sunday 17th March – Saturday 30th March

Lambing Live reopening 

You can now come to Newgrange Farm to see our flock of sheep lambing and our herd of cows calving. Spring is the best time on any farm as it is the time for regrowth and baby animals! Please remember that this is a natural process and sheep will lamb in their own time – not on demand, however with a flock of 300 we would hope that you do get to see it all taking place. Please note that not all activities are available during lambing e.g. Go-Karts and Maze as the animals are occupying these areas!

Lambing Live

*Normal Family Admission Rates Apply to Lambing Live.

Venue: Newgrange Farm

www.newgrangefarm.com


Friday 22nd March

World Water Day

World Water Day is celebrated on the 22 March every year. It is a day in which we remember and learn about the importance of freshwater and water conservation. World Water Day has been celebrated internationally and is supported by the UN.

www.water.ie

Friday 22nd   March 2019

Daffodil Day

By turning your school yellow on March you are making a huge difference in the lives of those affected by cancer. Encourage your school or college to take part in Daffodil Day – hold a yellow event and do a collection for Daffodil Day at the same time. 

www.cancer.ie


Friday 22nd March 2019

Let’s Play – Sound & Vision

Esteemed musician and early years educator Eamon Sweeney prepares a feast of musical and visual delights for little ones! Using instrument, song, colour, and texture, Eamon will explore and encourage playful engagements between all participants. Musical elements include gongs, chimes, bells, ocean drums, simple percussion, and soothing singing. This workshop runs in conjunction with our exhibition MUSIC +MAKER and is 45 mins duration.

Venue: Solstice Arts Centre, 10.00am.

Workshop Age 3 – 4 years

Tickets: €8

Saturday 23rd March 2.30-3.30pm

Kildare Street (Archaeology)

A History of Falconry in Ireland and Norway

Falconers Ellen Hagen from the Museum of Archaeology at the University of Stavanger, Norway, and Hilary White of the Irish Hawking Club will explain the archaeological and historical evidence for falconry in Norwayand Ireland, from medieval to modern times. Booking required, please email educationarch@museum.ie or call 01 6486 334. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. Free Ages 7+

Saturday  23rd March 10am – 12:30pm

Merrion Street (Natural History) Falconry & Falcons

Drop-in and meet falconers, Ellen Hagen from the Museum of Archaeology at the University of Stavanger, Norway and Hilary White from the Irish Hawking Club. See up-close a real live falcon, discover this predator’s top hunting techniques and learn about the different types of birds of prey in Ireland, during this drop-in event. No booking required. This event will take place outside the Museum and elements are weather dependant. Wheelchair accessible. All Ages www.museum.ie

Tel 01- 6777444

Monday 25th – Thursday 28th  March 2019

Draiocht Workshop Room

This series of Focus On Workshops incorporates elements of the school curriculum. The emphasis will be on seeing and responding to art, with a focus on visual notebooks and sketchbooks, a core part of art practice. Artists use visual notebooks to remember things they have seen, heard or read, to tease out how they might make their work, to remind themselves of future or past projects, to play with ideas, textures and colours. During these workshops, pupils will get the opportunity to work alongside artists Bridget Flannery and Liz Rackard, both exhibiting artists this season in the exhibition Making Art: Painting.

Cost: €45 Per Class

Website:  www.draiocht.ie/

Leixlip Library

Friday 29th March 3.15 – 4.15pm

 Mothers Day Crafts with Sheila for 5-8 year old. 

Saturday 30th of March 2019

Free  Screening Fantasia (1940)

Fantasia is the third Disney animated feature film consisting of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski. This free screening runs in conjunction with our visual arts exhibition Music+Maker which on display in our Level 3 Gallery from 9 March.

Venue: Solstice Arts Centre

Amission Free

Sunday,  31 March

Mothers Day

 The day annually dedicated to spoiling the wonder lady in your life – Mothers Day. This year, the international Mothering Sunday will fall on Sunday, May 13 which is the fourth Sunday in Lent. 

Sunday 31st March – 7Th April

National Tree Week 2019 with Masterclass

National Tree Week takes place from the 31st March to 7th April. Here at Arboretum, we are kicking things off a day early with an expert Masterclass with members of our teams in Kilquade & Carlow who will offer you all the advice and guidance regarding planting and nurturing your trees. There will be in house demos and you will have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A with our team of experts at the end of the session. Tree Week, organised by the Tree Council of Ireland since 1985 is a week long programme of events to celebrate trees. 

The event is in association with Coillte.

12pm – 1pm – Arboretum

The National Garden Exhibition Centre, Kilquade, Co. Wicklow

www.treecouncil.ie

Sunday, March 31st

Bird Watching Trail

Spot some of our featheredfriends as they prepare for a busy springtime ahead. Learn more about ournative birds under careful guidance from our expert birdwatcher. All ages 

To book: e-mail education@dublinzoo.ieor telephone 01 4748932.

Cost: Annual pass holders free. Non-annual pass holders €15 per adult/Children €10

Meeting Point: Discovery & Learning Centre

Saturday 6th April –  Easter Saturday

Chocolate Warehouse Easter Bunny

Enjoy the wonderful experience of visiting the Easter Bunny at The Chocolate Warehouse.  Enjoy the wonderful experience of visiting the Easter Bunny. Stroll down the magic corridor viewing his Easter scenes and then enter his Easter hutch. Next, view the mini chocolate factory. Then enter into The Chocolate Warehouse Easter shop. Its full of Easter eggs, Chocolate rabbits, chocolate novelties, chocolates, chocolate cars, chocolate footballs, hampers, teddies and goodies galore. 

Admission: €11.00 per child. (Includes personalised Easter Egg) (Adults Free) 

Group Rate: €9.50 per child (group rate 10 or more children, includes personalised Easter egg)

Venue: The Chocolate Warehouse Greenhills Road, Walkinstown D12. Tel.. 01 4500080 or www.chocolatewarehouse.ie  

Saturday  6th April 

Rhythm of the Dance – The 20th Anniversary Tour 2019

This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent. An exciting two-hour trip through hundreds of years of Irish dance and music featuring 22 award-winning world & Irish dance champions complete with 25 dazzling costume changes. Experience flailing fiddles, flutes, and inspiring dances along with our live vocalists, all complimented by a top live Irish tradional band of multi-instrumentalist musicians and a sensational sound and light show as seen on TV from China to California and from Siberia to Sydney. Worldwide toes are tapping – hands are clapping to the feet of RHYTHM OF THE DANCE.

Doors for Matinee Show open 2pm and Doors for Evening Show open 7pm. Approximate stage times will be posted here once we receive them from production

Tickets: €24.00 Venue: The Olympia Theatre

 Bookings on 0818 719 330

Sunday 7th April

Serpentine Hall RDS

KidsFest 

10am – 5pm  

Fun & Learning Family Day. 

Primary Times are delighted to relaunch their successful 2018 Primary Times Family Fair, as KidsFest in association with Primary Times Dublin. The 2019 event will take place once again in the Serpentine Hall  in the RDS on Sunday 7th April The day long programme of special talks and workshops on the main stage will run throughout the day with some well known authors and celebrity guests. An action packed fun family learning experience with lots to inform, entertain and educate. Register at KidsFest.ie for free tickets.  Autism Friendly Hour 10am- 11 am 

www.kidsfest.ie

Contact: Tel + 353 (0) 1 492 5923

Saturday, April 13th 

Forest Families Wild Space Dublin Zoo

Forest Families is a fun, hands-on family learning experience where you and your little ones (aged between 4 and 12) will discover lots about nature. Each session is different, so it is a good idea to come to all four, but individual sessions can be booked too! You can learn about trees, biodiversity, pollinators and birds in our nature haven, the Wild Space in Dublin Zoo. 

To book: e-mail education@dublinzoo.ieor telephone 01 4748932.

Cost: Annual pass holders free. Non-annual pass holders €15per adult/Children €10

Saturday 13th – Wednesday 24th of April. 

Rathwood’s Easter EGGperience 

Running From the 13th to the to the 24th of April. 

This year the Easter Train will be super EGGciting. Follow Little Red riding hood through the enchanted forest and help her find the mischievious Freddy Fox! 

You will also meet the Easter Bunny and get that well-deserved chocolate EASTER EGG! Watch out… Freddy Fox is back and will be causing Havoc this Easter at Rathwood.

www.rathwood.com/easter

Tickets: Adults €8.00 / Children €12.00 


Saturday 14th April

Mini Muckers Monster Run

Mini Muckers Monster Run returns to. Punchestown on Saturday April the 13th 2019. So mums, dads, coaches, pull out the old sports gear because you are going to get muddy! Get signed up as part of a team with your kids and come have a fantastic muddy day out!

The same rule applies, Min age is 7, no maximum

All they ask is that you let your inner child out, have a laugh & go along in  Fancy Dress (if you want). It is a 2.5km obstacle mud run for kids aged 7yrs+ over varied terrain

and water.

Location: Punchestown Racecourse, W91 VCX4 Naas

ASTROPARK EASTER CAMPS 2019

At Astropark your child will get the best of both worlds with fantastic soccer coaching along with the fun of multi-activity games and bouncy games. Soccer coaching includes: Dribbling Skills, Passing Skills & Shooting Skills.
Other activities include: Astrobounce target zone, obstacle course, bouncy football, bubble football, NERF Wars, kick speed radar, Combat Archery, basketball, unihoc, sports day style races etc. (some activities are age restricted).

Venues in Tallaght and Coolock

Dates – 15th to 18th of April & 23rd to 26th of April

Price – €75 per child for a four-day camp

Call Coolock on 01 8060088 or Tallaght on 01 4599822 to register. See also www.astropark.ie Email: info@astropark.ie

Tuesday 16th  – Thursday 18th  April

Easter Workshop with Creative Genie Children’s Workshop (Age 6 – 10 years)

Easter themed crafting workshop for children aged 6+, where each child will learn a range of crafting skills including modelling, sculpting, painting techniques and more. Booking covers 3 days. All materials supplied. Old clothes, a drink, and a small snack are recommended.  Under 6’s can attend with a guardian to help.

Tickets:  €60

Solstice Arts Centre

Railway Street,  Navan, Co.  Meath,  IrelandPhone: +353 (0)46 9092300 Email: info@solsticeartscentre.ie

Friday April 19th- Monday 22nd 

Easter Celebrations 

This Easter the Irish National Stud & Gardens will hold its annual Easter Family Fun event. Lots of fun activities including Easter hunt, petting zoo, fun and creative workshops and lots more.

Venue: Irish National Stud & Gardens, Tully, County Kildare. 

Easter Saturday, Sunday & Monday 20th – 22nd of April 2019

Easter Weekend at Newgrange Farm 

Easter at Newgrange Farm Meath, a fun filled day out for all the family.

Enjoy Fun & Games for Easter Eggs & Calf Feeding, Newgrange Farm Sheep Stakes (Sheep racing teddy jockeys) Painted Egg Judging

 And Fun & Games for Easter Eggs & Prizes Newgrange, Sloane, Co. Meath

Bookings: 087 9741193

Saturday to Monday, April 20th  to April 22nd, 2019

Easter Treasure Trail at Belvedere 2019

Easter at Belvedere is a special time and our fantastic Easter Treasure Trail is a wonderful event for families to participate in. The journey to meet Easter Bunny involves a lot of fun! There will be games and tasks that will need doing to show Easter Bunny and his team that you’ve travelled the trail properly. At that stage Easter Bunny and friends will have a particular chocolate treat to give to each child participating. After the fun and completely tired out, it will be time for home and a well-earned restBelvedere House, Gardens and Park

Tickets go on sale from March 1st 

Times to be confirmed as soon as tickets are available online (you will be required to book both your preferred day and timeslot online – as this event does book out). It will be ESSENTIAL you arrive in time for your time slot.  

All bookings include access to Belvedere House, Gardens and Park and Playgrounds …and of course ‘treats galore’ for the children.

Admission: Adults €6 , Students and Children €8 Under 3’s Free  –  prices to be confirmed. 

 Easter Egg Hunt 

Fri. 19  -Sun April 2019 

Irish Military War Museum Starinagh Collon Co Louth 

T: +353 41 981 9501  

Saturday 20th  April 

Fantastical Creatures  

Fantastical Creatures In this art workshop for 9-12 year olds with Kimberly Griffith we will be inspired by objects in Mark Dion’s exhibition, and will work together to create large scale sculptures of fantastical sea creatures and dinosaurs using recycled materials.  Fee €7, booking required through eventbrite.ie

Saturday, April 20, 2019 (20:00)

Free Bat Walk 

Free Bat Walk and Talk on Bats, at Belvedere, in association with Bat Conversation Ireland. Come along and enjoy a wonderful night-time bat walk and illustrated bat talk at Belvedere House, Garden, and Park.

The Belvedere Bat Walks takes place in association with Bat Conservation Ireland.

The Bat Walk begins with an illustrated talk on Bats, dispelling all of the myths and detailing just how marvellous these tiny mammals really are. The talk is followed by a guided bat walk with the use of Bat Boxes around Belvedere parkland. These allow you to hear the bats hunt and communicate with each other.

Belvedere House, Gardens and Park

8.00pm.

Admission is free. Donations on the night to Bat Conservation Ireland. 

Saturday 20th April to Friday 26th April 2019.

Lullymore Easter

So why not discover Lullymore this Easter week for some refreshingly healthy family fun! Egg Hunt runs for 7 days from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm – Saturday 20th April – Friday 26th April 2019. Easter Egg Hunt is available throughout the day. Easter Bunny and fun Easter games start daily in the afternoon. Usual family admissions apply – no extra cost for event.

www.lullymoreheritagepark.com/

Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare

Sunday April 21st to Tuesday April 23rd,

The Fairyhouse Easter Festival

One of the most anticipated dates on the Irish Racing calendar is the Fairyhouse Easter Festival. Running in 2019 from Sunday April 21st to Tuesday April 23rd, the Festival has been the scene of some memorable occasions over the years such as AP McCoys last ever ride on Irish soil and the victory of Our Duke for trainer Jessica Harrington in 2017. An electric atmosphere is enjoyed on all 3 days and the tradition of the Fairyhouse Easter Festival is an experience not to be missed.

 Fairyhouse Racecourse, Ratoath, Co. Meath

Contact: (01) 825 6167 or info@fairyhouse.ie

Sunday 21st April:

THE ROUND TOWER CLONDALKIN 

1 TOWER – 1,000 YEARS OF HISTORY

Sunday 21st April: Easter Egg Hunt for all the family to enjoy, Easter Sunday morning. After visit the Round Tower Experience, which incorporates an interactive visitor centre, public gardens, The Happy Pear Café & Retail shop, terraced dining area, exhibition and gallery spaces. 

Tower Road, Clondalkin,

Tel 01-5554648 

info@theroundtower.ie

Friday 22nd April

Jog For A Dog 5k

Jog For a Dog 5k returns in 2019 on Easter Monday April 22nd, the 5th year of this popular event run in the beautiful surroundings of Casteltown House.

Raising funds for the wonderful charity My Canine Companion Autism Service Dogs, this event has raised over €75k in the last four years! Thanks to great sponsorship from Irish Dog Foods, which covers all the race costs, ALL of your registration fee to the charity. Sponsorship cards are also available to all runners, if you would like to get family and friends involved in fundraising for this wonderful charity.

Casteltown House, Celbridge Co Kildare.

www.popupraces.ie

Junior Einsteins Easter Camps

One Day Only at the following  locationsMonday 15th April: DUNBOYNE, 

Tuesday 16th April:  NAAS

Tuesday 16th April: MAYNOOTH

Wednesday 17th April: BALBRIGGAN, & DUNBOYNE

Friday 19th April: CELBRIDGE

Children are separated into ATOMS : 6-8 years and MOLECULES 9-11 years but will be in the same room together. If siblings, cousins or friends want to be in a group together. Some Examples of their activities this Easter will include: EGG speriments ! Floating egg, egg smashing, egg physics,walking on eggs! Egg engineering .

Times: 9am – 2pm 

Ages: 6-11 years

Cost: €45 per child

TO BOOK: Please book and pay online www.junioreinsteinsscienceclub.com Click  ‘Book Camp’

Tuesday 23rd April 

​Fairyhouse Easter Festival Family Day 

 KIDS GO FREE policy means that all the family can experience one of Ireland’s most prestigious racecourses, the ‘older ones’, the thrills of and spills of spring racing, and the ‘younger ones’, all the free entertainment on offer, which will include; 

Games | Bouncy Castles | Face Painting | Balloon Modelling | Front Runner Club

This promises to be a fantastic day out for all the family, and with ample free entertainment laid on for the kids, the parents are sure to be able to relax and enjoy some family time with a great day at the races.

This doesn’t mean compromise on quality and with graded races throughout the day race goers are sure to be kept excited..

Easter Festival Fairyhouse Racecourse, Ratoath, Co. Meath

Contact: (01) 825 6167 or info@fairyhouse.ie

2nd  May 2019 

Poetry Day Ireland

Poetry Day Ireland takes place on Thursday 2 May 2019 and the theme is Truth or Dare!  Speak your truth or dare to see the world differently. Sign-up online to get updates and free-to-download goodies in the countdown to Poetry Day Ireland 2019.  

Website: ww.poetryireland.ie

Saturday 4th  May 

Punchestown Festival 

The AES Family Day takes place on the final day of the festival and is a pleasure! Local families visit the racecourse and enjoy the complimentary children’s activities in the designated Junior Jockey Fun Club area. A huge 60,000 square foot venue is filled with bouncy castles, games, face painting, arts and crafts, interactive shows and coffee docks for the parents!

The emphasis of the day is on the future generations, their introduction to Punchestown and very importantly, awareness of the environment through kind sponsorship from AES. 

All children under 14 years of age race for free at Punchestown.

Booking (0)45 897704 or info@punchestown.com.

Punchestown, Naas

Sunday 5th May 

Celebrate Bealtaine Day 

5pm-11.30pmAt the annual lighting of the Bealtaine Fire at Uisneach Hill. An evening of music, storytelling, crafts, food, yoga, meditation and the lighting of the Bealtaine Fire.info@uisneach.ie Tickets will be €20 per adult / free for children and are available from www.uisneach.ie Uisneach Hill, Rathnew, Lougnavalley, Mullingar

Saturday, May 11th 

Dublin Zoo

Forest Families

Forest Families is a fun, hands-on family learning experience where you and your little ones (aged between 4 and 12) will discover lots about nature. Each session is different, so it is a good idea to come to all four, but individual sessions can be booked too! You can learn about trees, biodiversity, pollinators and birds in our nature haven, the Wild Space in Dublin Zoo. 

Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Please call 01 474 8932 or email education@dublinzoo.ie to make a booking.

Saturday 11th May 

Family Fun Race Day Naas Racecourse 

Lots of fun and games planned to keep your children entertained, while you all enjoy a family day at Naas Racecourse.

Family Admission to the races is €25.00 (Family includes 2 adults and children) and just €20.00 when you pre book online 

Entertainment for the children on the day is FREE & includes 

•Bouncy Castles •Face Painting

•Petting Zoo •Arts & Crafts

•Magician•Playground, • Fun Costume Characters & lots more!

They also have a brand new Inspire Child Development Centre.The Centre will provide a drop in facility on each raceday free of charge for two hours per Child aged 5 years old and up.

Naas Racecourse Tipper Road, Naas, Co Kildare, Ireland.

For more information on family days contact Niamh at nbyrne@naasracecourse.com 

Sunday 12th May  12:00 – 3:00 

5K Road Run and Family Walk  Louth Village 

This race is to fund the Louth Village Community Hub – Its an excellent facility for all the Village. Register online for the fantastic Legends of Louth 5K run and walk – a lovely event for all runners.

• Official 5K Measured •Medals for all Runners •Chip and Pin •Race Pack •Refreshments •Prizes

Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th May 

WellFest

The wellness event of the year in Ireland returns 11-12 May 2019

Combining world-class professionals and brands in fitness, mental health and healthy food, WellFest is a place to be inspired, try something new and most importantly, have fun.

Venue: Royal Hospital Kilmainham Military Rd, Dublin

Monday 13th – Friday May 17th

Walk to School Week 2019

Schools across Ireland are invited to celebrate National Walk to School Week 2019, which takes place from Monday May 13th to Friday, May 17th.

An Taisce Green-Schools’ National Walk to School Week is a country-wide initiative which will result in thousands of pupils, their parents and teachers walking to and from school, to celebrate the environmental, health, social and financial benefits of active travel on the school journey. This is the eleventh year Green-Schools has run National Walk to School Week, which will be promoted to over 2000 participating schools!

Download posters online for you to spread the word about Walk to School Week in your school.Keep a record of how many people walked to school on National WOW Day – Wednesday 15th May! Remember to take photos of your events and get in touch with your local Green-Schools Travel Education Officer with your information. Tweet us @GreenSchoolsIre or post your photos to our Facebook page at Facebook.com/GreenSchoolsIre using #walktoschool 

Website: greenschoolsireland.org

Sunday 14th May 

Dunderry Fair

On street trades and skills of times gone by are demonstrated by those for whom it was once a daily chore. Basket making, butter making, farm animals on show to include cows, sheep, horses, pigs and goats. A great day out for all the family, not to be missed all kicking off from midday!

Each year the matchmaker performs his magic and brings together couples looking for romance. Centre piece to the fair is the main stage where music is played all day long so bring your dancing shoes!

Young and old looking for a day of fun, you will be sure to find it at the Dunderry Fair, located in the heart of Co. Meath

Saturday 18th – Sunday May 19th

Clubs Weekend! – Tayto Park

Round up your team mates, dance buddies and fellow scout members. This offer is not to be missed!

Special Day Entry & Unlimited Attractions* price of €19.50 per person

Pre-book a Special Kid’s Lunch for just €4.95 per child

And don’t forget to wear your club colours on the day!

bookings@taytopark.ie

www.taytopark.ie

Open from 10-6pm.

25th May 

Africa Day 2019 Dublin Flagship Event

Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park, Dublin will be transformed by the sights, sounds and smells of Africa. The free family-friendly event, had a jam-packed schedule of live music, as well as children’s entertainment, food, dance, drumming and sports.

www.farmleigh.ie

Thursday 30th May – Monday 3rd June 2019

Bloom In The Park

Bloom is Ireland’s largest gardening, horticulture, food and family festival and attracts huge numbers of outdoor lovers and gardening enthusiasts each June Bank Holiday weekend in the Phoenix Park. There’s lots for kids to do such as Budding Bloomers, Margaret’s Fun on the Farm, Learning Craft Demos & Workshops Picnic Area, Playground Conservation Zone, GIY at Bloom in the Park and much more including a focus on science, technology, engineering andmathsmathsmathematics(STEM) subjects. www.bloominthepark.com

This year will be SUPER… Join the SUPER ADVENTURE this February and come along on the Rathwood Express and defeat the Villains that have been causing HAVOC in Rathwood. Jump on the Rathwood Express and Let’s go on an adventure with The Radical Wonders.

There are free Super Cupcake’s and a Superhero mask for each child on the day to enjoy and take home on the day. 

Duration: 50 mins 

Tickets: Adults €4.00 / Children €12.00 

www.rathwood.com/superhero

Monday 25th February (No Session Mon 18th March 

St Patrick’s Bank Holiday

6 Week Term | Bricks 4 Kidz After School Classes are run by Garda Vetted Tutors and are Suitable for Girls and Boys aged 5-12 | Children will Build Motorised LEGO® Technic® Models that Teach the Principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in a Fun, Creative and Engaging Environment.

Ends: Monday 8th April

Time: 3.30pm – 5pm

Location: Ardee Hub, Market Street, Ardee

Duration: 6 weeks

Price: €48 per child

Leixlip Library

Thursday 28th Feb, 14th March, 11th April, 2nd May, 3.30pm

Unicorn – Inter-Generation Knitting Club

This club is part-facilitated by members from their adult Purls of Wisdom, who are sharing their knitting skills with younger members of the community.

New beginner’s club under consideration – please contact the library to register your interest.

All events at Leixlip Community Library are free of charge but booking is required.

To book, phone 01 6060 050 or email leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie and include your mobile number.

Thursday 28th February (No Session Thursday 7th March Engineers Week)- Thursday 11th April

6 Week Term | Bricks 4 Kidz After School Classes 

Bricks 4 Kidz After School Classes are run by Garda Vetted Tutors and are Suitable for Girls and Boys aged 5-12 | Children will Build Motorised LEGO® Technic® Models that Teach the Principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in a Fun, Creative and Engaging Environment.

Time: 2.30pm – 4pm

Location: St Josephs NS, Mell, Drogheda Duration: 6 weeks 

Website: louth.bricks4kidzbooking.ie 

Price: €45 per child

Friday 1st  –  Saturday 2nd  March

Seedlings Early Years Workshops: The Last Straw

Explore how you can draw and create shapes using with hundreds of paper straws as a drawing and construction material.

You will create a sculpture made of straws that will build up over the two days to eventually fill The Ark’s gallery space with a giant artwork made of straws.You will make your own straw lines and shapes, along with objects that you can then climb under, step over and crawl through. You can also colour on the straws and make some smaller straw constructions that you can take home too!

Fri 1 March @ 10:15am & 2pm

Sat 2 March @ 10.15am and 11.45am

Tickets €11.50/€8.50 per child (20% off for members)

Bookings: Details will be confirmed and tickets released in early February

www.ark.ie

Saturday 2nd March, 2019 – 10:00 –  Sunday 28th April, 2019 – 17:00

VISUAL ARTS: SEE HOW WE VIEW THE WORLD – exploring animal and human vision

This exhibition provides opportunities for exploring children’s creative and imaginative potential in Visual Art with a particular emphasis on Visual Art and Science education (STEAM).

Four interactive prototype helmets are on display as part of this exhibition, which are a combination of students and children’s ideas coming together to solve a particular problem, in this case how to construct an optical device exploring the art of perception. 

Come and try on these helmets to see how a bee, a jumping spider and a fly sees the world!  

Venue: Riverbank Arts Centre

Website: www.riverbank.ie

Phone: +35345448327

Free Event

Monday 4th – Friday 8th March

Engineers Week 2019

Engineers Week returns with our ever popular 10 Stations Challenge!  Teams of 2/3 students from 3rd/4th classes, will travel through the library tackling our 10 engineering stations with only 3 minutes to complete each station.

Can they work co-operatively to solve, balance, build and test our engineering tasks?

The STEPS team have yet again provided amazing resources for all to download, so do go to their website for lots of ideas to do at home or in the classroom.

Email julie.burke@marshlibrary.ie or call 014543511

Website:  www.engineersweek.ie

Thursday 7th  March

World Book Day in Ireland 

World Book Day has become firmly established as Ireland’s biggest annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and reading. Children are encouraged to visit their local bookshop where they can exchange their tokens for one of eleven exclusive new books OR get €1.50 off a full-price book..

Website: www.worldbookday.com/world-book-day-ireland/

6th March / 3rd  April / 1st  May

OPW FREE 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; Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth) or Trim Castle in Co Meath – to name just a few. www.heritageireland.ie

Thursday 14th – March

Greening the City

In celebration of Ireland’s national holiday, see buildings, venues and spaces across the city illuminate green for the Festival.  After the sun goes down, take a stroll through Dublin’s fair city to check out these iconic buildings – they look even more impressive in green! www.stpatricksfestival.ie.

Venue: Iconic Buildings across Dublin

Monday 11th – Friday 15th March

Scoot to School Week

March 11 – 15 is Green-Schools National Scoot to School Week. National SOW Day will be held on Wednesday, March 13.

Participating in National SOW Week/Day shows your support for a greener, healthier environment by encouraging students to scoot to school. This is the fifth year of National Scoot to School Week, which was the first event of its kind worldwide.

Website: www.greenschoolsireland.org

1ú-17ú Márta

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Glac páirt i Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia! An fhéile Ghaeilge is mó in Éirinn agus ar fud an domhain!

Is féile idirnáisiúnta Ghaeilge í Seachtain na Gaeilge, atá ar an gceiliúradh is mó dár dteanga agus dár gcultúr dúchais a bhíonn ar siúl in Éirinn agus in go leor tíortha eile gach bliain.

Here are some easy ways the whole family can take part in the festival.

Leis na céadta imeacht eagraithe timpeall na tíre ag grúpaí pobail éagsúla, tá rud éicint ann do gach duine. Tá rogha fhairsing ann, ó sheisiúin ceoil i dtithe tabhairne go lá teaghlaigh amuigh faoin aer. Tá roinnt láthair ag cur turais trí Ghaeilge ar siúl go speisialta do Sheachtain na Gaeilge comh maith! Is féidir liosta iomlán na n-imeachtaí a fheiceáil ar an aip, atá ar fáil le híoslódáil ón App Store agus Google Play anois (déan cuardú ar “Seachtain na Gaeilge”). Tá eolas ar gach imeacht le fáil ar an aip, agus tá feidhm cuardaigh ionas gur féidir teacht go héasca ar imeachtaí a bhfuil ar siúl i do cheantair féin. Freisin, tá frása nua le foghlaim gach lá den fhéile uaidh!

With hundreds of events organised by community groups all over the country, there’s sure to be something for everyone. There’s a great variety of events, from music sessions in the local pub to family days in the park. There’s even some great venues offering tours as Gaeilge especially for the festival! For full list of events download the official festival app, available to download from the App Store and Google Play now (just search Seachtain na Gaeilge). On the app you’ll find all the information you need on all the events, plus a search function to find events happening around you. There’s also a new phrase as Gaeilge to learn every day of the festival!

Address: Nationwide

Venue: Various

www.snag.ie

Friday 1- Sunday 17th March

Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week

The biggest Irish language festival in Ireland and the world. 

Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week) is an international Irish language festival and one of the biggest celebrations of our native language and culture that takes place each year in Ireland and in many other countries.

Saturday 16th March

Saint Patrick’s Céilí Event

Afternoon Céilí in the Visitor Centre at Belvedere from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, March 16. Traditional Music and Dance.

The Traditional Music and Dance Sessions features:

The Celtic Blondes, Emerald Lakes Academy, Mullingar Harp School and  Intermediate Midland Youth Orchestra & Local Musicians.

 Event Venue: Belvedere House, Gardens and Park

Date:  Saturday, March 16, 2019

Time: 2pm to 4pm. Half Price Admission to Belvedere

Website: www.belvedere.bookeventsireland.com

Sunday 17th March – 12:00 PM

St Patricks Day Parade

Ireland has a deep rooted connection with this year’s theme, Storytelling. Street theatre and pageant companies, gear up to dazzle with their artistic interpretations of the 2019 theme. Their worldly performances and magnificent creations are set to intertwine seamlessly with Dublin’s streets as the capital poses as a backdrop for the extravaganza.

Domestic and international bands will deliver rhythmically captivating musical scores that are sure to echo through the streets of the capital. The Festival Parade is a monumental occasion for Ireland and boasts an unforgettable atmosphere that cannot be missed. The Festival and its procession are on track to charm a record breaking number of attendees this year. The The Parade Route Map is available online at www.stpatricksfestival.ie

Venue: City Centre, starting at Parnell Square, Dublin 1

THE ROUND TOWER CLONDALKIN 1 TOWER – 1,000 YEARS OF HISTORY

Sunday 17th March: 

St. Patricks Day Parade and all day fun for the family.

Visit the Round Tower Experience, which incorporates an interactive visitor centre, public gardens,  the Happy Pear café & retail shop, terraced dining area, exhibition and gallery spaces.

Tel 01-5554648 

info@theroundtower.ie

Sunday 17th March – Saturday 30th March

Lambing Live reopening 

You can now come to Newgrange Farm to see our flock of sheep lambing and our herd of cows calving. Spring is the best time on any farm as it is the time for regrowth and baby animals! Please remember that this is a natural process and sheep will lamb in their own time – not on demand, however with a flock of 300 we would hope that you do get to see it all taking place. Please note that not all activities are available during lambing e.g. Go-Karts and Maze as the animals are occupying these areas!

Lambing Live

*Normal Family Admission Rates Apply to Lambing Live.

Venue: Newgrange Farm

www.newgrangefarm.com


Friday 22nd March

World Water Day

World Water Day is celebrated on the 22 March every year. It is a day in which we remember and learn about the importance of freshwater and water conservation. World Water Day has been celebrated internationally and is supported by the UN.

www.water.ie

Friday 22nd   March 2019

Daffodil Day

By turning your school yellow on March you are making a huge difference in the lives of those affected by cancer. Encourage your school or college to take part in Daffodil Day – hold a yellow event and do a collection for Daffodil Day at the same time. 

www.cancer.ie


Friday 22nd March 2019

Let’s Play – Sound & Vision

Esteemed musician and early years educator Eamon Sweeney prepares a feast of musical and visual delights for little ones! Using instrument, song, colour, and texture, Eamon will explore and encourage playful engagements between all participants. Musical elements include gongs, chimes, bells, ocean drums, simple percussion, and soothing singing. This workshop runs in conjunction with our exhibition MUSIC +MAKER and is 45 mins duration.

Venue: Solstice Arts Centre, 10.00am.

Workshop Age 3 – 4 years

Tickets: €8

Saturday 23rd March 2.30-3.30pm

Kildare Street (Archaeology)

A History of Falconry in Ireland and Norway

Falconers Ellen Hagen from the Museum of Archaeology at the University of Stavanger, Norway, and Hilary White of the Irish Hawking Club will explain the archaeological and historical evidence for falconry in Norwayand Ireland, from medieval to modern times. Booking required, please email educationarch@museum.ie or call 01 6486 334. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. Free Ages 7+

Saturday  23rd March 10am – 12:30pm

Merrion Street (Natural History) Falconry & Falcons

Drop-in and meet falconers, Ellen Hagen from the Museum of Archaeology at the University of Stavanger, Norway and Hilary White from the Irish Hawking Club. See up-close a real live falcon, discover this predator’s top hunting techniques and learn about the different types of birds of prey in Ireland, during this drop-in event. No booking required. This event will take place outside the Museum and elements are weather dependant. Wheelchair accessible. All Ages www.museum.ie

Tel 01- 6777444

Monday 25th – Thursday 28th  March 2019

Draiocht Workshop Room

This series of Focus On Workshops incorporates elements of the school curriculum. The emphasis will be on seeing and responding to art, with a focus on visual notebooks and sketchbooks, a core part of art practice. Artists use visual notebooks to remember things they have seen, heard or read, to tease out how they might make their work, to remind themselves of future or past projects, to play with ideas, textures and colours. During these workshops, pupils will get the opportunity to work alongside artists Bridget Flannery and Liz Rackard, both exhibiting artists this season in the exhibition Making Art: Painting.

Cost: €45 Per Class

Website:  www.draiocht.ie/

Leixlip Library

Friday 29th March 3.15 – 4.15pm

 Mothers Day Crafts with Sheila for 5-8 year old. 

Saturday 30th of March 2019

Free  Screening Fantasia (1940)

Fantasia is the third Disney animated feature film consisting of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski. This free screening runs in conjunction with our visual arts exhibition Music+Maker which on display in our Level 3 Gallery from 9 March.

Venue: Solstice Arts Centre

Amission Free

Sunday,  31 March

Mothers Day

 The day annually dedicated to spoiling the wonder lady in your life – Mothers Day. This year, the international Mothering Sunday will fall on Sunday, May 13 which is the fourth Sunday in Lent. 

Sunday 31st March – 7Th April

National Tree Week 2019 with Masterclass

National Tree Week takes place from the 31st March to 7th April. Here at Arboretum, we are kicking things off a day early with an expert Masterclass with members of our teams in Kilquade & Carlow who will offer you all the advice and guidance regarding planting and nurturing your trees. There will be in house demos and you will have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A with our team of experts at the end of the session. Tree Week, organised by the Tree Council of Ireland since 1985 is a week long programme of events to celebrate trees. 

The event is in association with Coillte.

12pm – 1pm – Arboretum

The National Garden Exhibition Centre, Kilquade, Co. Wicklow

www.treecouncil.ie

Sunday, March 31st

Bird Watching Trail

Spot some of our featheredfriends as they prepare for a busy springtime ahead. Learn more about ournative birds under careful guidance from our expert birdwatcher. All ages 

To book: e-mail education@dublinzoo.ieor telephone 01 4748932.

Cost: Annual pass holders free. Non-annual pass holders €15 per adult/Children €10

Meeting Point: Discovery & Learning Centre

Saturday 6th April –  Easter Saturday

Chocolate Warehouse Easter Bunny

Enjoy the wonderful experience of visiting the Easter Bunny at The Chocolate Warehouse.  Enjoy the wonderful experience of visiting the Easter Bunny. Stroll down the magic corridor viewing his Easter scenes and then enter his Easter hutch. Next, view the mini chocolate factory. Then enter into The Chocolate Warehouse Easter shop. Its full of Easter eggs, Chocolate rabbits, chocolate novelties, chocolates, chocolate cars, chocolate footballs, hampers, teddies and goodies galore. 

Admission: €11.00 per child. (Includes personalised Easter Egg) (Adults Free) 

Group Rate: €9.50 per child (group rate 10 or more children, includes personalised Easter egg)

Venue: The Chocolate Warehouse Greenhills Road, Walkinstown D12. Tel.. 01 4500080 or www.chocolatewarehouse.ie  

Saturday  6th April 

Rhythm of the Dance – The 20th Anniversary Tour 2019

This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent. An exciting two-hour trip through hundreds of years of Irish dance and music featuring 22 award-winning world & Irish dance champions complete with 25 dazzling costume changes. Experience flailing fiddles, flutes, and inspiring dances along with our live vocalists, all complimented by a top live Irish tradional band of multi-instrumentalist musicians and a sensational sound and light show as seen on TV from China to California and from Siberia to Sydney. Worldwide toes are tapping – hands are clapping to the feet of RHYTHM OF THE DANCE.

Doors for Matinee Show open 2pm and Doors for Evening Show open 7pm. Approximate stage times will be posted here once we receive them from production

Tickets: €24.00 Venue: The Olympia Theatre

 Bookings on 0818 719 330

Sunday 7th April

Serpentine Hall RDS

KidsFest 

10am – 5pm  

Fun & Learning Family Day. 

Primary Times are delighted to relaunch their successful 2018 Primary Times Family Fair, as KidsFest in association with Primary Times Dublin. The 2019 event will take place once again in the Serpentine Hall  in the RDS on Sunday 7th April The day long programme of special talks and workshops on the main stage will run throughout the day with some well known authors and celebrity guests. An action packed fun family learning experience with lots to inform, entertain and educate. Register at KidsFest.ie for free tickets.  Autism Friendly Hour 10am- 11 am 

www.kidsfest.ie

Contact: Tel + 353 (0) 1 492 5923

Saturday, April 13th 

Forest Families Wild Space Dublin Zoo

Forest Families is a fun, hands-on family learning experience where you and your little ones (aged between 4 and 12) will discover lots about nature. Each session is different, so it is a good idea to come to all four, but individual sessions can be booked too! You can learn about trees, biodiversity, pollinators and birds in our nature haven, the Wild Space in Dublin Zoo. 

To book: e-mail education@dublinzoo.ieor telephone 01 4748932.

Cost: Annual pass holders free. Non-annual pass holders €15per adult/Children €10

Saturday 13th – Wednesday 24th of April. 

Rathwood’s Easter EGGperience 

Running From the 13th to the to the 24th of April. 

This year the Easter Train will be super EGGciting. Follow Little Red riding hood through the enchanted forest and help her find the mischievious Freddy Fox! 

You will also meet the Easter Bunny and get that well-deserved chocolate EASTER EGG! Watch out… Freddy Fox is back and will be causing Havoc this Easter at Rathwood.

www.rathwood.com/easter

Tickets: Adults €8.00 / Children €12.00 


Saturday 14th April

Mini Muckers Monster Run

Mini Muckers Monster Run returns to. Punchestown on Saturday April the 13th 2019. So mums, dads, coaches, pull out the old sports gear because you are going to get muddy! Get signed up as part of a team with your kids and come have a fantastic muddy day out!

The same rule applies, Min age is 7, no maximum

All they ask is that you let your inner child out, have a laugh & go along in  Fancy Dress (if you want). It is a 2.5km obstacle mud run for kids aged 7yrs+ over varied terrain

and water.

Location: Punchestown Racecourse, W91 VCX4 Naas

ASTROPARK EASTER CAMPS 2019

At Astropark your child will get the best of both worlds with fantastic soccer coaching along with the fun of multi-activity games and bouncy games. Soccer coaching includes: Dribbling Skills, Passing Skills & Shooting Skills.
Other activities include: Astrobounce target zone, obstacle course, bouncy football, bubble football, NERF Wars, kick speed radar, Combat Archery, basketball, unihoc, sports day style races etc. (some activities are age restricted).

Venues in Tallaght and Coolock

Dates – 15th to 18th of April & 23rd to 26th of April

Price – €75 per child for a four-day camp

Call Coolock on 01 8060088 or Tallaght on 01 4599822 to register. See also www.astropark.ie Email: info@astropark.ie

Tuesday 16th  – Thursday 18th  April

Easter Workshop with Creative Genie Children’s Workshop (Age 6 – 10 years)

Easter themed crafting workshop for children aged 6+, where each child will learn a range of crafting skills including modelling, sculpting, painting techniques and more. Booking covers 3 days. All materials supplied. Old clothes, a drink, and a small snack are recommended.  Under 6’s can attend with a guardian to help.

Tickets:  €60

Solstice Arts Centre

Railway Street,  Navan, Co.  Meath,  IrelandPhone: +353 (0)46 9092300 Email: info@solsticeartscentre.ie

Friday April 19th- Monday 22nd 

Easter Celebrations 

This Easter the Irish National Stud & Gardens will hold its annual Easter Family Fun event. Lots of fun activities including Easter hunt, petting zoo, fun and creative workshops and lots more.

Venue: Irish National Stud & Gardens, Tully, County Kildare. 

Easter Saturday, Sunday & Monday 20th – 22nd of April 2019

Easter Weekend at Newgrange Farm 

Easter at Newgrange Farm Meath, a fun filled day out for all the family.

Enjoy Fun & Games for Easter Eggs & Calf Feeding, Newgrange Farm Sheep Stakes (Sheep racing teddy jockeys) Painted Egg Judging

 And Fun & Games for Easter Eggs & Prizes Newgrange, Sloane, Co. Meath

Bookings: 087 9741193

Saturday to Monday, April 20th  to April 22nd, 2019

Easter Treasure Trail at Belvedere 2019

Easter at Belvedere is a special time and our fantastic Easter Treasure Trail is a wonderful event for families to participate in. The journey to meet Easter Bunny involves a lot of fun! There will be games and tasks that will need doing to show Easter Bunny and his team that you’ve travelled the trail properly. At that stage Easter Bunny and friends will have a particular chocolate treat to give to each child participating. After the fun and completely tired out, it will be time for home and a well-earned restBelvedere House, Gardens and Park

Tickets go on sale from March 1st 

Times to be confirmed as soon as tickets are available online (you will be required to book both your preferred day and timeslot online – as this event does book out). It will be ESSENTIAL you arrive in time for your time slot.  

All bookings include access to Belvedere House, Gardens and Park and Playgrounds …and of course ‘treats galore’ for the children.

Admission: Adults €6 , Students and Children €8 Under 3’s Free  –  prices to be confirmed. 

 Easter Egg Hunt 

Fri. 19  -Sun April 2019 

Irish Military War Museum Starinagh Collon Co Louth 

T: +353 41 981 9501  

Saturday 20th  April 

Fantastical Creatures  

Fantastical Creatures In this art workshop for 9-12 year olds with Kimberly Griffith we will be inspired by objects in Mark Dion’s exhibition, and will work together to create large scale sculptures of fantastical sea creatures and dinosaurs using recycled materials.  Fee €7, booking required through eventbrite.ie

Saturday, April 20, 2019 (20:00)

Free Bat Walk 

Free Bat Walk and Talk on Bats, at Belvedere, in association with Bat Conversation Ireland. Come along and enjoy a wonderful night-time bat walk and illustrated bat talk at Belvedere House, Garden, and Park.

The Belvedere Bat Walks takes place in association with Bat Conservation Ireland.

The Bat Walk begins with an illustrated talk on Bats, dispelling all of the myths and detailing just how marvellous these tiny mammals really are. The talk is followed by a guided bat walk with the use of Bat Boxes around Belvedere parkland. These allow you to hear the bats hunt and communicate with each other.

Belvedere House, Gardens and Park

8.00pm.

Admission is free. Donations on the night to Bat Conservation Ireland. 

Saturday 20th April to Friday 26th April 2019.

Lullymore Easter

So why not discover Lullymore this Easter week for some refreshingly healthy family fun! Egg Hunt runs for 7 days from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm – Saturday 20th April – Friday 26th April 2019. Easter Egg Hunt is available throughout the day. Easter Bunny and fun Easter games start daily in the afternoon. Usual family admissions apply – no extra cost for event.

www.lullymoreheritagepark.com/

Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare

Sunday April 21st to Tuesday April 23rd,

The Fairyhouse Easter Festival

One of the most anticipated dates on the Irish Racing calendar is the Fairyhouse Easter Festival. Running in 2019 from Sunday April 21st to Tuesday April 23rd, the Festival has been the scene of some memorable occasions over the years such as AP McCoys last ever ride on Irish soil and the victory of Our Duke for trainer Jessica Harrington in 2017. An electric atmosphere is enjoyed on all 3 days and the tradition of the Fairyhouse Easter Festival is an experience not to be missed.

 Fairyhouse Racecourse, Ratoath, Co. Meath

Contact: (01) 825 6167 or info@fairyhouse.ie

Sunday 21st April:

THE ROUND TOWER CLONDALKIN 

1 TOWER – 1,000 YEARS OF HISTORY

Sunday 21st April: Easter Egg Hunt for all the family to enjoy, Easter Sunday morning. After visit the Round Tower Experience, which incorporates an interactive visitor centre, public gardens, The Happy Pear Café & Retail shop, terraced dining area, exhibition and gallery spaces. 

Tower Road, Clondalkin,

Tel 01-5554648 

info@theroundtower.ie

Friday 22nd April

Jog For A Dog 5k

Jog For a Dog 5k returns in 2019 on Easter Monday April 22nd, the 5th year of this popular event run in the beautiful surroundings of Casteltown House.

Raising funds for the wonderful charity My Canine Companion Autism Service Dogs, this event has raised over €75k in the last four years! Thanks to great sponsorship from Irish Dog Foods, which covers all the race costs, ALL of your registration fee to the charity. Sponsorship cards are also available to all runners, if you would like to get family and friends involved in fundraising for this wonderful charity.

Casteltown House, Celbridge Co Kildare.

www.popupraces.ie

Junior Einsteins Easter Camps

One Day Only at the following  locationsMonday 15th April: DUNBOYNE, 

Tuesday 16th April:  NAAS

Tuesday 16th April: MAYNOOTH

Wednesday 17th April: BALBRIGGAN, & DUNBOYNE

Friday 19th April: CELBRIDGE

Children are separated into ATOMS : 6-8 years and MOLECULES 9-11 years but will be in the same room together. If siblings, cousins or friends want to be in a group together. Some Examples of their activities this Easter will include: EGG speriments ! Floating egg, egg smashing, egg physics,walking on eggs! Egg engineering .

Times: 9am – 2pm 

Ages: 6-11 years

Cost: €45 per child

TO BOOK: Please book and pay online www.junioreinsteinsscienceclub.com Click  ‘Book Camp’

Tuesday 23rd April 

​Fairyhouse Easter Festival Family Day 

 KIDS GO FREE policy means that all the family can experience one of Ireland’s most prestigious racecourses, the ‘older ones’, the thrills of and spills of spring racing, and the ‘younger ones’, all the free entertainment on offer, which will include; 

Games | Bouncy Castles | Face Painting | Balloon Modelling | Front Runner Club

This promises to be a fantastic day out for all the family, and with ample free entertainment laid on for the kids, the parents are sure to be able to relax and enjoy some family time with a great day at the races.

This doesn’t mean compromise on quality and with graded races throughout the day race goers are sure to be kept excited..

Easter Festival Fairyhouse Racecourse, Ratoath, Co. Meath

Contact: (01) 825 6167 or info@fairyhouse.ie

2nd  May 2019 

Poetry Day Ireland

Poetry Day Ireland takes place on Thursday 2 May 2019 and the theme is Truth or Dare!  Speak your truth or dare to see the world differently. Sign-up online to get updates and free-to-download goodies in the countdown to Poetry Day Ireland 2019.  

Website: ww.poetryireland.ie

Saturday 4th  May 

Punchestown Festival 

The AES Family Day takes place on the final day of the festival and is a pleasure! Local families visit the racecourse and enjoy the complimentary children’s activities in the designated Junior Jockey Fun Club area. A huge 60,000 square foot venue is filled with bouncy castles, games, face painting, arts and crafts, interactive shows and coffee docks for the parents!

The emphasis of the day is on the future generations, their introduction to Punchestown and very importantly, awareness of the environment through kind sponsorship from AES. 

All children under 14 years of age race for free at Punchestown.

Booking (0)45 897704 or info@punchestown.com.

Punchestown, Naas

Sunday 5th May 

Celebrate Bealtaine Day 

5pm-11.30pmAt the annual lighting of the Bealtaine Fire at Uisneach Hill. An evening of music, storytelling, crafts, food, yoga, meditation and the lighting of the Bealtaine Fire.info@uisneach.ie Tickets will be €20 per adult / free for children and are available from www.uisneach.ie Uisneach Hill, Rathnew, Lougnavalley, Mullingar

Saturday, May 11th 

Dublin Zoo

Forest Families

Forest Families is a fun, hands-on family learning experience where you and your little ones (aged between 4 and 12) will discover lots about nature. Each session is different, so it is a good idea to come to all four, but individual sessions can be booked too! You can learn about trees, biodiversity, pollinators and birds in our nature haven, the Wild Space in Dublin Zoo. 

Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Please call 01 474 8932 or email education@dublinzoo.ie to make a booking.

Saturday 11th May 

Family Fun Race Day Naas Racecourse 

Lots of fun and games planned to keep your children entertained, while you all enjoy a family day at Naas Racecourse.

Family Admission to the races is €25.00 (Family includes 2 adults and children) and just €20.00 when you pre book online 

Entertainment for the children on the day is FREE & includes 

•Bouncy Castles •Face Painting

•Petting Zoo •Arts & Crafts

•Magician•Playground, • Fun Costume Characters & lots more!

They also have a brand new Inspire Child Development Centre.The Centre will provide a drop in facility on each raceday free of charge for two hours per Child aged 5 years old and up.

Naas Racecourse Tipper Road, Naas, Co Kildare, Ireland.

For more information on family days contact Niamh at nbyrne@naasracecourse.com 

Sunday 12th May  12:00 – 3:00 

5K Road Run and Family Walk  Louth Village 

This race is to fund the Louth Village Community Hub – Its an excellent facility for all the Village. Register online for the fantastic Legends of Louth 5K run and walk – a lovely event for all runners.

• Official 5K Measured •Medals for all Runners •Chip and Pin •Race Pack •Refreshments •Prizes

Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th May 

WellFest

The wellness event of the year in Ireland returns 11-12 May 2019

Combining world-class professionals and brands in fitness, mental health and healthy food, WellFest is a place to be inspired, try something new and most importantly, have fun.

Venue: Royal Hospital Kilmainham Military Rd, Dublin

Monday 13th – Friday May 17th

Walk to School Week 2019

Schools across Ireland are invited to celebrate National Walk to School Week 2019, which takes place from Monday May 13th to Friday, May 17th.

An Taisce Green-Schools’ National Walk to School Week is a country-wide initiative which will result in thousands of pupils, their parents and teachers walking to and from school, to celebrate the environmental, health, social and financial benefits of active travel on the school journey. This is the eleventh year Green-Schools has run National Walk to School Week, which will be promoted to over 2000 participating schools!

Download posters online for you to spread the word about Walk to School Week in your school.Keep a record of how many people walked to school on National WOW Day – Wednesday 15th May! Remember to take photos of your events and get in touch with your local Green-Schools Travel Education Officer with your information. Tweet us @GreenSchoolsIre or post your photos to our Facebook page at Facebook.com/GreenSchoolsIre using #walktoschool 

Website: greenschoolsireland.org

Sunday 14th May 

Dunderry Fair

On street trades and skills of times gone by are demonstrated by those for whom it was once a daily chore. Basket making, butter making, farm animals on show to include cows, sheep, horses, pigs and goats. A great day out for all the family, not to be missed all kicking off from midday!

Each year the matchmaker performs his magic and brings together couples looking for romance. Centre piece to the fair is the main stage where music is played all day long so bring your dancing shoes!

Young and old looking for a day of fun, you will be sure to find it at the Dunderry Fair, located in the heart of Co. Meath

Saturday 18th – Sunday May 19th

Clubs Weekend! – Tayto Park

Round up your team mates, dance buddies and fellow scout members. This offer is not to be missed!

Special Day Entry & Unlimited Attractions* price of €19.50 per person

Pre-book a Special Kid’s Lunch for just €4.95 per child

And don’t forget to wear your club colours on the day!

bookings@taytopark.ie

www.taytopark.ie

Open from 10-6pm.

25th May 

Africa Day 2019 Dublin Flagship Event

Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park, Dublin will be transformed by the sights, sounds and smells of Africa. The free family-friendly event, had a jam-packed schedule of live music, as well as children’s entertainment, food, dance, drumming and sports.

www.farmleigh.ie

Thursday 30th May – Monday 3rd June 2019

Bloom In The Park

Bloom is Ireland’s largest gardening, horticulture, food and family festival and attracts huge numbers of outdoor lovers and gardening enthusiasts each June Bank Holiday weekend in the Phoenix Park. There’s lots for kids to do such as Budding Bloomers, Margaret’s Fun on the Farm, Learning Craft Demos & Workshops Picnic Area, Playground Conservation Zone, GIY at Bloom in the Park and much more including a focus on science, technology, engineering andmathsmathsmathematics(STEM) subjects. www.bloominthepark.com

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