Things to do in Ireland this weekend and over the mid-term break

Things to do this weekend

Win Tickets to the Man in Black

He sounds and looks like Johnny Cash and he is appearing in the Moat Theatre for one night only on 18th February. We have a pair of tickets to give a away!

Drop-In Drawing Session

Any budding artist over thirteen should drop into the Chester Beatty library on Sunday 11th for a free lesson on drawing techniques, including line drawing, shading perspective and decoration. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; dry materials only. 

Teddy Bears Picnic at An Tain

Bring your Teddy -  and a grown up -  to the An Tain Arts Centre in Dundalk on Saturday 10th for a Teddy Bears' Picnic full of songs, rhymes, games, movement, instruments and fun. Suitable for ages 3 – 5 years and adults and Teddy Bears go free.

Glasnevin Cemetery Mid-Term Tales

Visit Glasnevin Cemetery this February to enjoy new tours specially designed for families.

These tours will take in the oldest part of the cemetery and will tell the tales of grave-robbing, prison escapes and deadly animals and also include a visit to the grave of Michael Collins. The tours will run at 11.00am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm on February 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th.

Valentines Arts & Crafts

The Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun, Dublin is a creative space promoting sustainability through reuse of materials including paint, fashion and furniture and they run lots of different fun and educational events throughout the year.

This Saturday, children can take part in a variety of hands-on Valentine’s arts & craft activities. There are two different age classes (6-9 & 10-12) and booking in advance is advised.

Hunt Museum

Drop in Arts & Crafts continue this month in the Hunt Museum in Limerick, every Saturday from 12:00 - 13:00. Children from three can create crafts based on a  specific theme which are linked to objects on display. This month's theme is Pottery - Pharmacy Jar, Wagon Vase and Plates, Parents must take part in sessions. No booking required. 

Solstice Arts Centre

Join Trisha from Creative Genie for a special mini fairy garden workshop in the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan  on Saturday 10th  & 17th February.

Children can create their own enchanting tiny fairy house in a cute little tea cup garden while learning lots of new crafting skills that will spark the imagination! All materials are included, Ages 6+, duration 1 hour. Under 6's can attend with an adult.

Science Magic

Treble-award winning Irish comedian and science communicator Dónal Vaughan brings his hugely successful science magic comedy to Belltable in Limerick on Saturday afternoon.

Always exciting, sometimes messy, learn about magnetism, pressures, density, force, chemical reactions, the fire triangle, acid & bases, static electricity. And laugh your pants off while you do it.

Family Day at DLR Lexicon

On Saturday 10th, DLR Lexicon is hosting a fun, free family day of activities. They have programmed a wonderful 'fusion' day of events to help welcome the spring in!

Lego Animation Workshop

Make your own Lego movie in this practical workshop with Brick Flicks at The Ark in Temple Bar.

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.

GAA Museum Junior Explorer Tours

The GAA Museum at Croke Park has announced it will be bringing back it’s wildly popular Junior Explorer Tour for young families on Saturday mornings from 17th February with additional tours added Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February to entertain the family during their mid-term break. 

The family-friendly tour, created to bring to life the magic of the home of Gaelic games for younger visitors, was a sell-out success last year with the countries littlest GAA fans taking over the iconic stadium. The tour lasts about 1.5 hours and the route is fully accessible for buggies.>

Zipit Forest Adventures

The new season kicks off this weekend at Zipit locations in Dublin, Cork & Roscommon. Climb high into the treetops, swing into cargo nets and fly down one of their many zip lines providing hours of fun for all ages and abilities.

Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, a dark ride, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way.

Explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began.

W5 | Interactive Discovery Centre

An award winning discovery and play centre in Belfast that the kids will absolutely love. You can easily spend a day here as there are over 250 exhibits.

 Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year begins this year on 16th February. Celebrating the Year of the Dog there are lots of events over the following two weeks including family crafts, dancing, art, spring fair and much more.

Mid-Term at the Country Life Museum

Discover the National Museum of Ireland at Turlough Park, Castlebar, for a great day out over the spring midterm break.

Activities include the National Folklife Collection, Activity Sheets, Traditional games box and learn all about the story of the Little Red Hen and her friends, told through puppets, on Thursday, February 15, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

 Family Tour at the Natural History Museum

Next Tuesday, 13th February from 11.30am - 2.30pm you can enjoy a fun guided tour of the museum. You decide the route of the tour by having an animal lottery- be prepared for a lot of walking!

No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible. Free event.

Newgrange Passage Tomb

Newgrange is a 5,200 year old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley. It was constructed over 5,000 years ago making it older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids! Access is through the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre that is open daily from 09:30-17:30.

National Sports Campus 

Your child will feel like a sporting superstar, as they experience world class facilities across the campus.  These camps take Multi Sports to a whole new level, with over 20 different sports for children to participate in across the week, including Fencing, Archery, Cricket, Gymnastics & Trampolining. Running on February 15th & 16th from 9am - 3pm and costs €40 per child.

Kids Make & Paint Fairy and Fairy Door

As the seasons come and go, here’s something you might like to know. The Toy Soldier Factory is looking for fairies homes. There are fairies moulds and a recent delivery of magically fairy dust and fairy doors. So go along all next week and make your fairy, name it and take it home along with your painted fairy door.

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