last updated: 2019-06-21
Family events this weekend
21st June is always an exciting day, but it's a bit sad as well - from now on, days are getting shorter and shorter even if by minutes only. To celebrate midsummer, there are plenty of interesting family events in Dublin, so check out our list how to spend this cheerful-gloomy weekend:
Board Games Rediscovered (The Ark) - 13 April - 23 June
Throw the dice and enter a colourful and creative world of board games in this exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, London.
Cinemagic Festival - May - June
Cinemagic is an award-winning Northern Ireland-based charity and is the largest film and television festival designed for and by young people in the UK and Ireland. We love the magic of film and television and recognise its power to educate, motivate and inspire young people.
St Anne's City Farm Family Days - 9, 16, 23 June
St. Anne's City Farm is open free to the public every Sunday. Morning session 10 am to 12 pm Afternoon Sessions 1 pm to 2.30 pm Please book the whole family in, tickets are free!
St Catherine's Park Urban Market - Sundays until October
We're back again this weekend from 10.30 with a great line up of hot food traders, amazing baked goodies, freshly picked vegetables and really talented crafters! The market is going to grow each week and with almost double the amount of stalls from last time there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Sunday Sketching (Hugh Lane Gallery) - 16, 23, 30 June
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+
Drop-in Family Workshop (National Gallery) - Sundays
At our weekly drop-in workshops, 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. Suitable for children of all ages.
The Twits (Mill Theatre) - 15, 16, 22, 23 June
Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, nastiest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything—except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough…
Skerries Midsummer Festival - 21 - 23 June
The Skerries Mid Summer festival will be bigger and better this year with a few new additions in FREE outdoor movies and a zip wire. We will open the festival at 3 pm on Friday 21st of June and the evening time movie The Goonies will start at 730 approximately. There will be a black tie ball at the Sailing club at 8pm and a Fire works display at 11pm. The Saturday and Sunday will be filled with activities for all the family.
Bike Week (various) - 22 - 30 June
Bike Week is a celebration and promotion of all that's great about bikes and cycling. Held over a week in June of each year with bike themed events organized by local authorities, community groups and cycling groups throughout Ireland.
Bike Fest (Cabinteely Park) - 23 June
When you arrive at Cabinteely Park, BikeFest will present a spectacular cycle themed festival featuring “Head to Head Pedal Power Challenges” to see which of two contestants can generate the most electricity! The event will also feature Bike Tune Ups, Bling UR Bike decorations, Cycling Information and Food. Strolling entertainment will come from “Cycle Circus” performers and Street Entertainers.
Wooly Wards Farm (Julianstown) - 23 June
Wooly Farm Animals are coming to Julianstown on Sunday 23rd June, 2019 @ 2 pm. Children will be able to meet and pet rabbits, lambs, goats etc. Paul our favourite magician will astound us with his magic show and puppet theatre. Lots of fun and games for all. Join us in our village garden and enjoy the fun.
The 2019 Stoneybatter Festival - 21 - 23 June
It's back and it's bigger and BATTER! The 2019 Stoneybatter Festival June 21st - 23rd! Over 120 events in 57 locations! Celebrating our wonderful community in Stoneybatter.
Flavours of South Dublin (Rathfarnham Castle) - 23 June
Free food festival in Rathfarnham Castle Park showcasing local cuisine with family friendly entertainment including live music and dance, demo kitchen and facepainting and free admission to the castle!
Put yourself in the picture (The Ark) - 13 June - 31 Jul
Drawn from The Ark’s newly commissioned portrait collection, the exhibition places children at the centre of contemporary art-making.
Summer Solstice Spectacular (Croke Park) - 22 June
The GAA Museum at Croke Park is celebrating the ancient tradition of Summer Solstice with a truly enchanting family-friendly evening and Celtic-themed live performance on June 22. The exciting and interactive family event will include plenty of dance, drama, storytelling, traditional games and audience participation in a mind-blowing hour-long spectacle with the famous 'Armagh Rhymers', one of Ireland’s most celebrated traditional music and theatre ensembles.
Make a midsummer collage (Hugh Lane) - 22 June
Make a mid-summer collage during this art workshop for 4-6 year olds with artist Barbara O’Connell. Fee €7 per child, booking required. Parents must stay with their children for this age group.
Gruffalo on Stage (Pavilion Theatre) - 22 & 23 June
Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the high-spirited Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?
Teddy Bear Picnic (Rathwood) - until 1 Sept
Rathwood’s Teddy Bear Picnic Adventure is Ireland’s most popular kids picnic. We invite you to share in the magic and join us on a journey through the Enchanted Forest to visit the Teddies as they prepare for the biggest picnic of the year