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6 Fantastic Family Events For Families This Month

Spring is in the air and our thoughts turn to all things Easter. With the longer days and the prospect of a few days off, why not get out with the kids and enjoy it? Make the most of the finer weather with some fantastic outdoor events, or spend an afternoon with the family watching a brilliant new play.

Lots of ideas for you this month! Here are some ideas for what you might get up to with the family over the holidays:

1. Eggstra Wild at Greenan Maze

Venue: Greenan Maze, Ballinanty, Greenan, Wicklow
Cost:  €9
Dates: April 16th – 17th
Contact: +353 86 8845624
contact@greenanmaze.com greenanmaze.com

The Easter Bunny has been busy at the Greenan Maze hiding clues to lead them to the tastiest of Easter treats. A small, family-run farm, Greenan Maze is the ideal place to spend quality time with your kids. The maze is a great place to get lost it at any time of year, but for the Easter weekend it’s crammed with delicious chocolate eggs for your children to find. Enjoy face painting all day, treats, and lots of fun.


2. MusicTown 2017

Venue: Various city centre venues, Dublin
Date: April 7th-17th
Cost: From free (see website)
Contact: +353 1 2222679
contact@musictown.ie www.musictown.ie

Children have a natural rhythm, so indulge it with a visit to MusicTown 2017, a music festival across the city of Dublin. With everything from classical to traditional and rock to world music, this festival will excite all the family, whatever their musical preferences.
Events for children include The Quiet Tree at Richmond Barracks on April 7th (tickets only €7 per family), a delightful musical performance for under 6s, and Our Tunes on April 8th, a free participatory contemporary music event for children aged 6 to 10 at the Contemporary Music Centre in Temple Bar.


3. Killruddery House Easter Egg Hunt

Venue: Killruddery House and Gardens, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Date: Sunday, 16th of April 2017
Cost: £15
Contact: +353 1 2863405
Killruddery Easter Egg Hunt 

It’s not just stuffing yourself with chocolate this Easter at Kilruddery House in County Wicklow. The annual Easter Egg Hunt also incorporates Easter crafts and challenges to earn your chocolate treats. The event starts with an Easter workshop where you make some beautiful Easter accessories. Then it’s time to explore Killruddery formal gardens to meet the birds and animals, before heading to the Mad Hatter tea party. 

4. Galway Spring Festival at Slieve Aughty Centre

Venue: Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Loughrea, Co. Galway
Date: From Saturday, 8th of April 2017 to Friday, 21st of April 2017
Cost: See website
Contact: +353 (0) 90 97 45246

Get out in the spring sunshine surrounded by more than 2,000 acres of forest at the family-run Slieve Aughty Centre. Make friends with the farm animals, search for fairies in the Enchanted Forest, have fun in the playground, and enjoy some home-made treats at The Three Towers Organic Kitchen. Your children can make a spring craft to take home, and everyone can have a laugh with the “silly spring” wardrobe. Follow the Easter bunny trail to the Enchanted Forest (you can take a pony to the gates and back for €10 per child).

5. The Ark Presents A Family Friendly Play for Children Age 3+

Venue: The Ark, Dublin
Date: From 12 Apr - 26 Apr 2017
Cost: €12/€9 (20% off for Members)
Contact: ark.ie

Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore are at the seaside. “They have a towel, an inflatable ball, a picnic and three contrasting temperaments” (Time Out). Things happen – Hartleby spends a lot of time being bossy and trying to find the perfect spot. Oooglemore does some crazy dancing, shows off a bit, hits the shuttlecock too hard, loses it, spoils the game. Hartleby goes off in a huff. Jeramee makes it all OK. Revelling in delightful innocence and glorious stupidity, Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore is a surprising and surreal encounter with three people who have a lot to say but only three words with which to say it. A fun filled play for all the family, The Ark is delighted to be bringing this production to Dublin for the first time.

6. Easter Eggstravaganza at Moher Hill Open Farm, Clare

Venue: Moher Hill Open Farm, Cliffs of Moher Road, Liscannor, Co. Clare
Dates: Saturday, 15th of April 2017 - Monday, 17th of April 2017
Cost:  €8 Adult; €8 Child; €6 Child under 3; €6 Senior Citizens; under 18mths free; discounts for large families and groups
Contact: 065 7081071 / 087 2258347

There are animals galore at Moher Hill Open Farm in County Clare, but it’s all about the bunnies at this time of year. Search for hidden chocolate treats and meet the chief Easter bunny, who makes sure that nobody goes home without finding some goodies. More fun and games include face painting, egg-and-spoon races and three-legged races, bouncy castle, go karts, a play area, and ball park.

 

 
Are you looking forward to any family events in your area this month? Let us know in the comments section!

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