What’s On for families in Ireland? Are you searching for things to do near you? Do you want to do something special at the weekend? Or have a midweek treat with the kids? We take the hard work out of entertaining the family with our pick of what’s on and things to do with kids in Ireland for the coming months, from family fun days, to festivals, to days out.
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We have listings below for an amazing mix of family and kid friendly events taking place around Ireland. They include plenty of free options, and ideas to introduce the whole family to a variety of cultural events, music events and festivals, open days, classes and much more.
With many events now taking place virtually, to help you enjoy what is on offer for you and your family to enjoy, we have included online events that children and families can enjoy alongside outdoor and socially distanced events too.
What’s On Around Ireland in January 2021
What’s On? – Online Events for Kids and Families to Attend
The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen
Dates: 8th to 31st January 2021
Presented by Verdant Productions and adapted by Donal Shiels & Debbie Kiernan, the Stories of Hans Christian Andersen is a magical musical show for all the family to enjoy together during the festive season, featuring classic stories and songs such as, Thumbelina, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid.
Verdant Productions have extended their online production of The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen. In this production, his stories are reimagined through enchanting new digital imagery, featuring well known songs like the Oscar nominated song Thumbelina as well as The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid.
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Live Lessons with the National Marine Aquarium
Dates: 15th of January to 26th of February (Every Friday)
Dive down deep with free live lessons from the National Marine Aquarium. Every Friday for the next 7 weeks, there will be two sessions available on Youtube, with a new theme each week.
The first session, ‘Deep Science’ (1:00pm to 1:20pm) will explore the science behind the animated ocean exploration tv series ‘The Deep’. Kids will learn amazing facts and watch experiments.
The second will be ‘Mermaid Tales’, a short story narrated by the Aquarium’s resident mermaid, Marina. The story starts at 1:30 – 1:45pm and makes a perfect afternoon break from remote learning.
For all the information about the lessons, see the National Marine Aquarium’s website.
Children’s Book Salon
Dates: 28th of January, 7:30pm -8:30pm
Join in the conversation and celebrate Irish and international children’s books, writers and illustrators with children’s writer Sarah Webb. The author will host the event and ask Paul Howard, Emma Carroll, Lesley Parr and Alan Nolan to spill all the details of their latest work via Zoom. If this sounds like an event your kids won’t want to miss, you can read the full event description on their website and book tickets.
NASA Kids Club
Three, two, one, blast off with the NASA Kids Clubs. If you have a space explorer at home, they better get their spacesuit on for this one. Let them delve into a new universe of learning and explore the solar system, space tech, gravity, Hubble Space Telescope, supersonic flight, astronaut profiles, International Space Station, mission updates and lots more.
Free New Year Online Camp
STARCAMP have decided to give their online camp to every child in Ireland for free due to another lockdown. They have 5 x 90 minute programs available for children to watch with contributors, including Keith Barry showing magic tricks and Don Conroy giving drawing lessons along with lots of the usual STARCAMP team teaching everything from science experiments, baking, games & jokes to music, dance and drama! Sign up for the online camp (which can be watched over 5 days or all at once) by visiting their website, free of charge.
“Homemade” Activities for the Whole Family
From the heart of Carlow town, VISUAL brings the creative series “Homemade” into your living room. The whole family can enjoy a range of activities, such as creating winter crowns or avocado ink. Curated by Clare Breen, follow step by step videos and pdfs using items you might already have at home.
National Gallery of Ireland Online Creative Events for Children
Dates: Online access when it suits you
From making your very own camera obscura to colouring the collection, the National Gallery of Ireland have an online hub of artistic and fun activities for families of all ages to enjoy safely online.
How to Book: Visit the website to see the full children and families program.
What’s On? – Outdoor & Safe Indoor Events for Children and Families to Enjoy
Lighted Walking Trail in Marlay Park
Dates: End of February (Monday to Friday)
Enjoy a beautiful lit stroll and a look at the tree of Hope in Marlay Park. Monday to Friday, the illuminated trail is open from 4pm to 8pm. All visitors are asked to adhere to social distancing and covid travel guidelines.
Take the Winter Trivia Trail at Lough Key Forest Park, Roscommon
Dates: When you visit.
The next time you visit Lough Key Forest and Activity park families can enjoy The Lough Key Trivia Trail! Simply purchase your trivia pack from the info booth and get everything you need to decipher the clues and complete the trail.
How to Book: Simply purchase your trivia pack from the info booth and the family can enjoy hours of outdoor problem solving fun!
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STEPS Engineers Week 2021, Nationwide & Online Events
Dates: Saturday, February 27th to Friday, March 5th 2021
STEPS Engineers Week takes place annually to help inspire the next generation of engineers and excite students about the possibilities a career in engineering can offer.
The initiative, now entering its 15th year, is coordinated by Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme – funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills and industry leaders ARUP, ESB, Intel and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).
How to Get Involved: Check out the website for details of events and activities taking place.
Have your say! Have you got an online event or a safe outdoor event happening near you? Please share them with us in the comments box below.