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5 Fun Family Events To Check Out This Month

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There is plenty to entertain and educate the whole family across the country this April. Support your local events, but if you need some direction, here are some of the events we think you’ll like:

Retro Drive-in Movie Weekend

Venue: Shannon Airport, Co. Clare
Date: April 21st and 22nd
Cost: €29.90 - €32.50
Contact: +353 1 9060880 / info@retrodrivein.ie
www.retrodrivein.ie

Bring the whole family to the movies without even leaving the car! Watch Up, ET, and a range of other classics from the comfort of your motor. Snack on burgers, doughnuts, popcorn, and chips, as you watch your favourite films on the world’s biggest mobile LED screen. It’s the size of two double-decker buses parked next to each other! The sound is broadcast directly to your own car stereo. Book early.

Kids Comedy Magic Show at the Athlone Springs Hotel

Venue: Athlone Springs Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Date: April 29th; 3pm
Cost: €10 (adults go free)
Contact: 0863930929

 

Every child loves a bit of magic in their lives, especially when it’s combined with laughs, so give them a treat and bring them to the Athlone Springs Hotel on April 29th. Party Time Entertainment has won awards for its shows, so don’t miss out. You’ll be enchanted, with magic, comedy, puppets, juggling, plate spinning, and more. There’s even a mini disco with prizes for the best dancing.

West Waterford Festival of Food

Venue: Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
Dates: April  20th – April 22nd
Cost: From €5
Contact: +353 58 41741/ info@waterfordfestivaloffood.com
waterfordfestivaloffood.com​

Everybody loves good food, so bring the whole family to Waterford for a taste of something you will all enjoy. The West Waterford Festival of Food returns to Dungarvan for the 11th time, and it looks like it will be even better this year. The theme is “Celebrating Our Farmers,” with a mix of events including foraging trails, bus tours, and the Farmer’s Market and the Country Market. This year is a bilingual event, so organisers will be encouraging everyone to try out the cúpla focal at the festival.

Tech Week

Venue: Nationwide
Dates: April 22nd – 28th
Cost: From free
Contact: 087 228 2950
techweek.ie

Tech Week 2018 is a countrywide event taking place in the last week in April designed to inspire students to get involved in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) subjects. Funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), it offers practical introductions to computing and shows how technology is influencing every aspect of modern life. It’s lots of fun too, with events including Scratch (introduction to coding) programming, EPIC Tech Tours at the Digital Science Museum, and Megadojo South East. Have a look at www.techweek.ie for details of all events including the Tech Week Showcase at the RDS on Thursday April 28th 2018.

It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and We Feel Fine)

Venue: Siamsa Tire, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Dates: April 21st 8pm
Cost: €10
Contact: 066 712 3055
siamsatire.com

Older kids often miss out when it comes to quality entertainment. You can change that by bringing them to the Free Radicals Youth Theatre’s end-of-year performance in a drama by Neil Flynn. Suitable for 12+ (Parental Guidance), the play is set in The OZ, a modern reformatory for teenagers considered too wild and free of mind for their own good. Can they escape the neurological intervention they face to change their personalities so that they behave more acceptably? Find out in Tralee!

If you head along to any of these events, let us know how you get on in the comments!


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