Things to do in Ireland this weekend | Feb 16 - 18

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 Wells House

Immerse yourself in the calm of their holistic house with meditation classes, food demonstrations and lots more while your kids can enjoy outdoor activities on the lawn - a great start to your new year!

Entry to the grounds is €8 per car with free activities for kids, free talks and demos. Some classes in the house, such as yoga, sound therapy, mindfulness are €3 per class. No booking, first come, first served.

Castlecomer Discovery Park

Don’t be climbing the walls this mid-term and climb the trees at Castlecomer instead.

Home to the longest zipwire in Ireland they are open for mid-term, every day from 11:00 - 15:00 with zipline, tree top walk, high ropes, the elf and fairy village, junior adventure course, climbing wall, forest walks and woodland café.

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.

Dinosaurs Around the World

Dinosaurs Around the World will transport you into the era of the dinosaur for a tour of an Earth very different from today. With advanced animatronics, a multi-layered narrative, fossils, authentic casts, cutting-edge research and immersive design elements you’ll experience the Age of Reptiles as it comes to life! 

DLR Winter of Heritage

The DLR Winter of Heritage programme continues over the weekend with free guided tours of Cabinteely House, James Joyce Tower, Marlay House and The Oratory.

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 ​next two weeks including family crafts, dancing, art, spring fair and much more.

On Friday the National Museum of Decorative Arts & History in Collins Barracks will run a special art workshop for families from 14:30-16:00. The workshop will explore Chinese art styles, including traditional illustration styles and calligraphy. All the materials will be provided at the workshop, however you will need to book ahead to ensure your place.

Imaginosity, Dublin Children's Museum will celebrate with some very special arts & crafts workshops on Friday, Saturday & Sunday where children will use their personal creativity to make their very own Chinese Dragon Puppet for them to take home and celebrate with!

Northern Ireland Science Festival

With over 180 events across 50+ venues, the NI Science Festival offers a stimulating and wide range of events focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These events present some of the best scientists from NI and beyond to discuss their work, cutting-edge research and what the future might hold.

During the day, the Festival offers a range of workshops, talks and interactive activities for young people, parents and schools.

In the evening we will present an eclectic mix of scientific debate, talks, theatres, comedy, music and film for adults.

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 17th and 18th.

Kids Make & Paint Fairy and Fairy Door

The Toy Soldier Factory is open all through mid-term and you can also cast & paint your own metal miniature figure to take home after your visit.

Choose from their vast range of themed moulds, create your figure, bring it to life with your own imagination & take it home to show to all your friends & family. Options include a solider with a castle door and a fairy with a magical fairy door.

Roscommon Arts Centre

Roscommon Arts Centre hosts Jay Ryan of Branar Téatar do Pháistí on Friday morning in a fun and energetic 90 minute puppet making workshop where participants will have the opportunity to explore the world of puppetry by designing and creating their very own puppets.

The children will create a puppet out of paper, learn foundational puppetry skills, create a group story with their paper puppet and present a story to the rest of the group.

On Saturday, they have two performances of How to Catch a Star, based on the beloved book by award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers. Once there was a boy who was always looking up. He dreamt of having a star as a friend. This is the story of his adventure.

Winter Wooly Walk in aid of Cancer Fund For Children

Starting this weekend and running until 4th March, each walk ranges from 2 – 4 miles, taking in beautiful forests or wild and windy beaches. Walkers are free to stroll leisurely or can walk as briskly as you wish – it’s all about having fun together as a family, getting out in the fresh air and enjoying the wonderful wintry scenery.

And by getting involved and fundraising, you will be showing your support to local children affected by cancer.  So bring the kids, the grandparents and get the woolly hats on!

The Model, Sligo

Artists Sinéad O’Hanlon and Ana Faye take over The Model in Sligo this spring with ArtTrap on Sundays. This is a perfect space for children to innovate, explore and experiment, using art and craft-making processes.

It will run every Sunday from 12:30 - 14:00 until March 18th (no class on March 4th).

Castle Espie Wetlands Centre

Dusty Duck was kindly designed exclusively for WWT by the world-famous Aardman studios, the studios behind Early Man, Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep and you can join Dusty by grabbing your wellies, getting outside and having a splashing time at Dusty’s Puddle Jumping Championships this weekend.

Bring your friends and family and see who can make the biggest, craziest splash as measured by our special splash-o-meters. The Championships are open to children no matter what age or ability, so come on down and make a splash.

Competition times: Fri 16th, Sat 17th & Sun 18th, 12-4pm

Glór, Ennis

Bosco meets Hansel & Gretel in a special performace with The Paula Lambert Puppet Theatre on Saturday 17th at 13:30.

A Bosco show is a completely interactive experience, with Bosco employing traditional theatre call-and-response methods to interact with the audience, and the audience – often young parents with their small kids – absolutely laps it up.

An Tain Arts Centre, Dundalk

Troll Puppet Tales is a fun family show for 0-3 yrs on Saturday 17th 11:30am.

Artist Cliodhna Noonan, who specialises in theatre for early years, will lead you and your little one on a journey through Swedish fairy tales, starring some loveable trolls. What do trolls sound like? Can they sing? What do they sing about? What do they look like? Where do they live and what do they eat?

Go along and find out!

Grand Opera House, Belfast

George's Marvellous Medicine runs until Saturday 17th in Belfast.

This show will be bursting with growing grannies, feathery farm animals and bags of frothbuggling family fun. Don’t miss Roald Dahl’s treasured tale brought to phizz-whizzing life!

dlr Lexicon

On Saturday morning, dlr Lexicon host Feathered Friends for 8-11 year olds.

This creative workshop for children will explore birds, their patterns and pattern making with artist Shirley Copperwhite whose work is currently on display at the Double Vision exhibition at the library.

Bray Comedy Festival

Bray Comedy Fest returns with another fantastic line-up and some fun family events. Running from 14th - 18th acts this weekend incude Rubberbandits, Karl Spain, Kids Science Magic on Satuday & Sunday afternoon and the Punch Lion Kids' Comedy Club on Saturday afternoon.

Courtown Adventure and Leisure Centre Family Day

Freedom Fit is an exciting new festival that promotes the diverse activities, health and well-being offering that North Wexford has to offer. As part of the festival, Courtown Adventure & Leisure Centre have a special 50% family discount this Saturday. 

Experience their new Junior Adventure Course, choose from Laser Tag, Archery, the new Zip Line, Climbing Walls or their 3 Swimming Pools and Water Slide. The ticket is valid for 3 hours on the Saturday, 17th and pre-booking is essential.

JumpLanes Galway Under 5s Session

Every child loves to bounce on a trampoline but, due to safety concerns, they must usually be over five year's of age.

However, JumpLanes in Galway continue their popular toddler mornings this Saturday where the smaller kids get to experience everything the big ones love about JumpLanes with a parent by their side. The session is from 10:00-11:00 and cost only €6 per child with a parent going free.

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