last updated: 2019-02-13
Family events this weekend
Next week is midterm break in most schools, so this is not a usual event guide, as it lists events between the 16th and 22th of February. Workshops, family-friendly tours, performances and concerts are waiting for children to enjoy their break as much as possible. 
Dublin Chinese New Year Festival - 1 - 17 Feb
Workshops, concerts, performances and a lot more! Established in 2008, the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) year-on-year celebrates, promotes and deepens the understanding of the Sino/Irish relationship. The 2019 programme celebrates The Year of the Pig and marks the 12th year of this internationally recognised festival. With Chinese New Year’s Day falling on Tuesday 5th of February 2019, the festival plans to deliver a high profile cultural and celebratory programme to mark this signif
Midterm family workshop (Collins Barracks) - 20 Feb
Join us for a mid-term Art workshop for families exploring the Jurassic Skies exhibition - learn about the Archaeopteryx, an animal known from fossils dating from the Jurassic age, approximately 150 million years old and create a creature of your own design! Booking required. Art materials provided.
Jurassic Skies Open Day (Collins Barracks) - 17 Feb
Dinosaurs are taking over Collins Barracks for a special open day! Drop-in on the day to visit the temporary exhibition, Jurassic Skies, and meet with scientists, artists and storytellers to discover more about when dinosaurs took to the air. Activities on the day include a hands-on look at real dinosaur fossils, bird feathers and bones. Check out for full programming details. No booking required.
Medieval Love Tokens (National Museum: Archaeology) - 21 Feb
In Medieval times a lady would give a knight a love token to carry into ‘battle’ for good luck. Pop in and join us to find out more about love and courting in Medieval times and to make your own love token to bring home.No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible.
Midterm break in the National Gallery - 17 - 22 Feb
Drop-in Family workshop, Mid-term workshops, Family friendly tour and a lot more! To avoid disappointment, book as early as possible!
Music in Film Workshop (The Ark) - 16 Feb
Find out more about composing for film - perfect for children aged 5-7 with an interest in music and film. Part of Fantastic Flix at The Ark. Join musician and performer Morgan Cooke as he guides you through this fun class for young musicians. Together, you will explore and create a soundtrack to short film Micilín Muc from the IFI Irish Film Archive. At the end of the workshop, there will be a live performance of your soundtrack for your friends and family.
Lego Animation Workshops (The Ark) - 19 - 22 Feb
Make your own Lego movie in this practical workshop with Brick Flicks. Part of Fantastic Flix at The Ark. All you need to bring is your favourite Lego character to cast as the star of your film. With plenty of hands-on learning and simple demonstrations, you will work in small groups to create a set, storyboard and plan for your movie, which you will then film, edit, and record using iPads.
Sunday Sketching (Hugh Lane Gallery) - 17 Feb
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 drawing materials provided.
Early Years Spring Course (Hugh Lane Gallery) - 19 - 22 Feb
Early Years Spring course for 1-3 year olds Tuesday 19 February - Friday 22 February/11am-Noon Celebrate the colours, textures and sounds of Spring during this four day art camp for 1-3 year olds with artists Frances Coghlan and Ashleigh Downey. Fee €22, booking through here.
Print Lab (Print Museum) - 16 Feb
Four kids’ fablabs, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, open across Europe for letterpress and printing, inspired by tinkering and making. In collaboration with the project artist and letterpress printer, Mary Plunkett, we are excited to announce the launch of PrintLab in the National Print Museum on Saturday 16 February from 14.00 until 16.30.
Slime Lab (Cool Planet Experience) - 17 & 22 - 24 Feb
This February mid-term, your kids can don their lab coat, goggles & get stuck into the strange & squishy world of slime! This kids' workshop is designed to make learning about climate action & sustainability an interactive & lasting experience for all ages.
Children's Art Classes (Botanic Gardens) - 16 Feb
Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place once a month, under the attentive eye of artist Niamh Synnott. Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world all around them to inspire fun art-making activities. Suitable for 4 to 7 year olds. Why not join us 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 to use m
Forest Kids in Fernhill Park - 17 Feb
Forest kids back in Fernhill again on Sunday February 17th and 24th. 1.30pm-3pm. Drop ins welcome. €10 per child.
Midterm Junior Workshops in Dublin Zoo - 21 & 22 Feb
Fun, educational one-day workshops that harness springtime activities. Suitable for children aged 6 -12 years.
Clontarf Music for Babies - 20 Feb
We are thrilled to welcome back Classicalkids favourite, cellist Gerald Peregrine. With a gorgeous selection of classical melodies and popular tunes, this is a concert not to be missed! Classical music concerts for grandparents, parents and babies in a relaxed, local setting. Come and enjoy the finest chamber music as your baby feeds, sleeps, plays and absorbs all the benefits of this wonderful music.
Great Expectations (Mill Theatre) - 20 - 23 Feb
Balally Players Theatre Co. presents Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Adapted by Jo Clifford Directed by Brian Molloy A beautifully simple adaptation of one of Dickens’s best-loved novels, bringing it thrillingly to life for the stage.
Punch Lion Kids Comedy (Bray) - 16 Feb
A family friendly stand-up comedy gig for kids! Bringing top comedians with silly jokes to make you giggle, grin and laugh out loud. MC for the afternoon is RTE's Bridget & Eamon star, Sharon Mannion, joining her is Kevin Gildea (Comedy Cellar) and Paul Tylak (Dublin Comedy Improv).
Mid Term Tales in Glasnevin - 16 - 24 Feb
This Mid Term, educate and entertain yourself and the kids with these tours that are designed especially for families. On these tours, the stories of Daniel O'Connell and Charles Stewart Parnell will be told along with some of the more unique aspects to Ireland's largest cemetery.