last updated: 2020-01-23
Family events this weekend

Here is our list to inspire you where you can go, what you can do in Dublin at the weekend:

Drop-in Family Workshop (National Gallery) - Sundays
At our weekly drop-in workshop, children and their parents/guardians/carers are encouraged to work together on creative projects. Drop-in and stay for as long (or as little!) as you wish. These workshops are suitable for children of all ages.
Sunday Sketching (Hugh Lane Gallery) - Sundays
During these free sketching workshops for families we invite you to explore and respond to our collection and temporary exhibitions through discussion and drawing. Bring your own sketchbook, or avail of the materials provided. Free, no booking required, although places may be limited. Suitable for ages 6 yrs+
South Dublin on Ice in Tallaght - until 26 Jan
The spectacular Ice Rink at Tallaght Stadium will be the centrepiece of the festival this year and is sure to attract thousands of skaters young and old to the town.
Free Family Day at Draiocht - 25 Jan
Explore the kelp seaweed forest in the exhibition ‘Holdfast’, listen to the sounds the sea creatures make and with the help of our artists and lots of interesting recycled materials, stick, cut and create real or imagined many-eyed-many-legged crazy sea creatures of your own.
TradFest in Temple Bar - 22 - 26 Jan
radFest also offers concert goers unique opportunities to experience live music in some of Dublin’s most historic places. From the atmospheric Kilmainham Gaol to the grandeur of City Hall, this is the difference between memorable and unforgettable.
TradFest Children's Hub - 24 - 26 Jan
A jam-packed programme of traditional music and craft activities, with concerts, workshops and sessions for schools & families in The Ark. In partnership with TradFest 2020.
Saturday Kids Lectures in the National Museum - 25 Jan
Built-in goggles, an immune system that can kill off the deadliest of diseases, and the strongest bite force in the animal kingdom! Hear from herpetological expert, Rob Gandola, about the amazing adaptations of crocodiles and alligators that have kept them unchanged in millions of years and at the top of the food chain. Booking required. Suitable for kids over 7.
Dublin Chinese New Year Festival - 24 Jan - 10 Feb
The 2020 programme celebrates The Year of the Rat and marks the 13th year of this internationally recognised festival. With Chinese New Year’s Day falling on Saturday 25th of January 2020, the festival plans to deliver a high profile cultural and celebratory programme to mark this significant date in the Chinese Calendar.
Zero Waste Festival at Science Gallery - 25 & 26 Jan
We are super excited to bring the first Zero Waste Festival of 2020 to the Science Gallery Dublin at Trinity College. The two-day festival on January 25th and 26th will be part of the ongoing exhibition on PLASTIC in the Science Gallery. Come and join us as we learn how to vastly reduce our waste output, and make simple replacements with products that have little or no waste.
Build a birdfeeder in the Botanic Gardens - 25 Jan
A fun kids’ workshop where we will be making bird feeders to help our feathered friends during the colder winter months. Be sure to wear old clothes wince we may be making a mess! Suitable for ages 6-12. Booking is essential.
The Sound of Music in Bord Gais Theatre - 10 Jan - 1 Feb
The Sound of Music returns to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in a magnificent production to enchant and enthral the young and the young at heart.