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ICE SKATING BLANCHARDSTOWN

15th November-20th January 2019

Website: www.iceskating.ie

Learn to skate or sharpen your skating skills over the Christmas! At Ice Skating Blanchardstown there is a separate Kiddies Rink with penguin skating aids to help your child balance. Age 3+ and be sure... [read more]

CHILDREN’S OPEN TRAD SESSION 2019

27th January 2019

Website: www.ark.ie

Sun 27th Jan – 12:30pm – 2:00pm If you’re aged 6+ and play an instrument, this is your chance to come and play in a real trad session! Places will be allocated on the day and for more... [read more]

FAMILY WORKSHOP: BODHRÁN BEATS & RHYTHMS

27th January 2019
Sun 27th Jan – 2:30pm Everyone's a drummer in this fun musical workshop for families to enjoy together! Tickets cost €11.50 for the public and €8.50 for members of The Ark. For more... [read more]

ST BRIGID’S DAY

1st February 2019
St Brigid was born near Dundalk in the 5th century and was important in spreading Christianity in Ireland. It is said that when Brigid’s father was ill, she sat by him and to pass the time she gathered... [read more]

CHINESE NEW YEAR

5th February 2019
According to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle, 2019 is the Year of the Pig. Chinese New Year is celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Visit www.cny.ie and www.activityvillage.co.uk/chinese_new_year... [read more]

SAFER INTERNET DAY 2019

5th February 2019
Organised to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people. Find out how to become a SID2019 Ambassador and register your school... [read more]

FREE HERITAGE WEDENSDAYS 2019

9th February 2019
On the first Wednesday of every month, a variety of heritage sites managed by the OPW throw their doors open to the public. Take the family out for FREE to historic sites such Kilmainham Gaol, Rathfarnham... [read more]

SHROVE TUESDAY 2019

5th March 2019
Shrove Tuesday is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent). The pancake day tradition comes from a time where any remaining rich foods were eaten on the day... [read more]

ASH WEDNESDAY

6th March 2019
The first day of Lent occurring exactly 46 days before Easter, named after the practice of placing ashes on the forehead with ash from palm trees dedicated on Palm Sunday of the previous year. [read more]

ESB Science Blast

6th-7th March 2019

Website: www.rds.ie

ESB Science Blast, delivered by the RDS, explodes into life in 2018/2019. Involve the whole class in this non-competitive programme investigating the science behind a simple question and then display... [read more]

World Book Day 2019

7th March 2019

Website: www.worldbookday.com

Over the last 23 years, World Book Day has become firmly established as Ireland’s biggest annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and reading. The main aim is to encourage children to explore... [read more]

CHILDREN’S CRAFTS CLUB 2019 4 Sat 26th Jan and Sun 27th Jan

Website: www.ark.ie

Try your hand at a variety of fun crafts using different materials at this year’s Tradfest Children’s Crafts Club for Ages 4+. Using inspiration from the myths and legends of Irish folklore... [read more]

***FEBRUARY 2019 MID-TERM BREAK*** Mon 18th – Fri 22nd Feb

All primary schools will close on Thurs 21st and Fri 22nd February 2019, with an option to extend to 5-day break (18th– 22ndFebruary), unless changes are needed to make up for time lost due to unforeseen... [read more]

BUDDING ARTISTS | Sat 8th Dec & Sat 12th Jan and Sat 16th Feb

Website: www.botanicgardens.ie

Join our ‘budding’ artists at the National Botanic Gardens once a month under the attentive eye of artists Niamh Synnott. Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world... [read more]

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 4 Sun 27th Jan – Sun 3rd Feb

All-Ireland annual event which invites Catholic schools to give expression in a special way to the ethos of Catholic education throughout Ireland. This year’s theme is: Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve.... [read more]

CHILDREN’S EVENT: BUILD A BIRD FEEDER | Sat 26th Jan & Sat 2nd Feb

Website: www.botanicgardens.ie

A fun kid’s workshop where we will be making bird feeders to help our feather friends during the cold winter months. Be sure to wear old clothes since we may be making a mess. This event is suitable... [read more]

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP: CREATIVE WRITING 4 Sun 20th Jan & 10th Feb

Website: www.botanicgardens.ie

Caoimhe Creed, guide at Dublin Castle and former fighting words instructor, will lead you through the process of crafting a story inspired by the Botanic Gardens. Nature and plants have enlivened much... [read more]

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP: CREATIVE WRITING | Sun 20th Jan & 10th Feb

Website: www.botanicgardens.ie

Caoimhe Creed, guide at Dublin Castle and former fighting words instructor, will lead you through the process of crafting a story inspired by the Botanic Gardens. Nature and plants have enlivened much... [read more]

ENGINEERS WEEK 2019 | Sat 2nd – Fri 8th March

Website: www.engineersweek.ie

Take the engineering challenge this week with FREE events and activities nationwide, involving students, teachers, engineers, parents and the general public. Request a school visit, book an event –... [read more]

GIVE TRAD A TRY | Sat 26th Jan and Sun 27th Jan

Website: www.ark.ie

Have a go at playing traditional music on one of a range of instruments at our popular drop-in sessions for beginners. Part of the TradFest Children's Hub 2019. Suitable for beginners or newcomers... [read more]

HARDY ANNUALS | Sat 8th Dec & Sat 12th Jan and Sat 16th Feb

Website: www.botanicgardens.ie

Join us at the National Botanic Gardens for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged... [read more]

NATIONAL GALLERY WORKSHOPS

Website: www.nationalgallery.ie

Sundays ongoing 11.30am – 1.30pm Free family workshops at the National Gallery, inspired by their collection and exhibitions. Ages: 18 months - 8yrs. You can choose to stay for as long or as short... [read more]

RHA'S ART CART | Sat & Sun ongoing 1 - 5pm

Website: www.rhagallery.ie

The RHA’s Art Cart is available every Saturday and Sunday in the gallery from 1 - 5pm and is staffed by an art educator. . The exhibition specific, Kids’ Gallery Kit is also available at the... [read more]

SUNDAY SKETCHING AT HUGH LANE | Sundays ongoing 3 – 4pm

Website: www.hughlane.ie

Free drop-in family workshops inspired by exhibitions and artwork from the Hugh Lane Gallery. No booking required although numbers may be limited. Suitable for children 6+.  [read more]

TRADGIGS FOR CHILDREN: PÓLCA 4 4 Fri 25th and Sat 26th Jan

Website: www.ark.ie

Bringing the distinctive driving rhythms and speed of West Kerry trad to the stage, Pólca 4 will showcase their lively take on this unique regional style of Irish music with fun and energetic bilingual... [read more]