5 Family Friendly Events To Check Out In February!
Finally! We can put January behind us and look forward to spring. The weather may not be exactly balmy just yet, but mid-term break is almost upon us, so it’s a good time to see what events are out there for you and your family to enjoy. We had a look for you, and we think any of the following would be a great way to spend some time:
1. Chinese New Year
Venue: Venues across Dublin
Date: February 16th – March 4th
Cost: Varies – from free
Contact: See website for full programme
+353 1 9695259
It’s the Year of the Dog and the 11th year of Chinese New Year celebrations in Dublin. There are far too many events to mention, from delicious feasts to fascinating films, dance, and parades, with something to suit everybody. Chinese New Year’s Day falls on Friday 16th of February 2018, with an extravaganza of exotic events celebrate this important date in the Chinese calendar. Kids will love the workshops on dog costumes and Chinese comic books (Saturdays; €10), but whatever you choose to enjoy, make sure to book early, as many events are already fully subscribed.
2. Museum of Country Life Mid-Term Events
Venue: National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Co. Mayo
Date: February 10th to 15th
Contact: (094) 90 31751
Wondering what to do for mid-term? The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life in Turlough Park, Co. Mayo has some great (free!) workshops for children and teenagers. You can join artist Veronika Straberger for a Valentine’s themed creative writing workshop on February 10th
or artist Nuala Clare for an interesting take on drawing; she will help you to draw an object from the museum collection with your eyes closed! Then, for little ones, there’s the interactive puppet session Little Red Hen with Barbara Barclay on February 15th. All events are free, but booking is required.
3. Bosco Meets Hansel and Gretel
Venue: glór Ennis, Co. Clare
Dates: February 17th 1.30pm
Cost: €10; €35 for family of four
Contact: Book tickets
Settle in for a wonderful 75 minutes of entertainment with the Paula Lambert Puppet’s production of Bosco Meets Hansel and Gretel. This is a completely interactive experience, with Bosco using the great old pantomime methods to interact with the audience, and the audience just loves it. This is suitable for children under ten (and their adults, of course).
Venue: Solstice Art Centre, Navan, Co. Meath
Dates: February 15th & 16th; 11.00am to 12.30pm
Cost: €30 (covers both days)
Solstice is a multidisciplinary centre that aims to reach out to everyone with its ambitious arts programme performance, exhibition, learning and participatory opportunities. That includes children, so awaken their creativity this February mid-term break with the Solstice spring-themed children’s workshop. Children aged over 6 will learn about crafts such as soft sculpting, painting techniques and more.
5. King John’s Castle Mid-Term Activity Camp
Venue: King's Island, Limerick City
Dates: February 15th and 16th; 10am to 3pm
Cost: €50 for two days; €30 for one day
Contact: (061) 370502 Website
Not many kids’ activities take place in a castle, so they’re sure to be excited by the activity camp in King John’s Castle in Limerick City. Taking place over two days, the mid-term camp is suitable for over-sixes and covers themed fun like medieval arts & crafts, medallion making, archery, and a medieval treasure trail.
If you head along to any of these wonderful events, make sure to let us know in the comments!