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5 Fantastic Family Events In Ireland This January

Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop! This is traditionally pantomime season, so enjoy a bit of fun at your local production, or try one of the shows we recommend below. If panto is not your thing (oh, yes it is!), there’s plenty going on around the country to ease you into the New Year.

1. Hands on History: Childhood

Venue: Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7
Date: January 21st, 3pm-4pm
Cost: Free
Contact:  See website 

Our national museums are full of treasures for you and your family to enjoy—and most of it is free. Hands on History: Childhood at Collins Barracks introduces kids to what their ancestors played with. There’s no need to book, so just drop in to check out the museum’s handling collection of objects themed on childhood and play. The museum educators are on hand to give you some interesting insights.

2. Akumakon

Venue: NUI Galway, University Road, Galway
Date: January 19th – 22nd
Cost: €15 - €25
Contact: +353 87 7901333
convention@akumakon.com
See website

Japanese cultural convention Akumakon is an annual celebration of anime and manga at NUI Galway. This is the eighth year of Akumakon, which this year features anime voice actor veteran Josh Grelle. The weekend is packed with fun activities, including a cosplay parade, anime screenings, kimono fittings, and tasty traditional Japanese food and drink. Whether you or somebody in the family likes anime, manga, or just Japanese culture in general, this is the perfect festival for you.

3. Peter Pan

Venue: Grand Opera House,Great Victoria Street, Belfast 
Dates: 2nd December – January 14th
Cost: £19.75 - £35.75
Contact: Book tickets at www.goh.co.uk

There are lots of laughs, stunning sets and costumes, and realistic flying in Peter Pan at Belfast’s Grand Opera House this year. A sprinkle of fairy dust is all you need to fly to Neverland to see the sensational cast put on a pantomime spectacular. J.M. Barrie's original story is brought to lie with Wendy, Michael, and John Darling flying from the rooftops to join Peter, the Lost Boys and Tinker Bell in Neverland, where Captain Hook is on a mission to outdo our hero.

4. Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

Venue: Cork Opera House, Cork City
Dates: November 30th to January 21st
Cost: €27.50, €33 & €35; Family Pass €90-€130
Contact: +353 21 4270022
info@hookheritage.ie


Cork Opera House pantos are a winner every year, with productions such as Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, and Cinderella enchanting audiences in years past. Now, the talented crew is bringing the magical tale of Snow White to life on our stage. It’s full of great music, breath-taking dancing, hilarious comedy, beautiful costumes, and amazing special effects. Add seven endearing dwarfs, an enchanted mirror, a handsome prince, a lovely princess, and plenty of audience participation for a wonderful festive treat for young and old alike. 

5. Star Warz: The Panto Menace

 Venue: Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Dates: January 5th – 14th
Cost: €11.50 - €13
Contact: 090 6492129
       Book online

Star Wars as a pantomime? At the Dean Crowe Theatre in Athlone, it’s a force to be reckoned with. This year’s panto is full of aliens and spacecraft and all the fun and excitement you need for a great afternoon or evening’s entertainment. There are goodies and baddies and the required silly billies too. You’ll have a great laugh and enjoy lots of audience participation with a cast of local actors and a chorus of boys and girls of all ages.

If you head along to any of these events, make sure to let know how you get on in the comments below.

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