Our guide to creative, cultural and engaging events to entertain the small folk
Tunnel vision – inspired by Gaudí’s Palau Güell, the Timisien luminarium at Kilkenny Arts Festival
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With eight weeks of free time stretching ahead of families, it won’t be long before the dreaded, “I’m bored…” whinges begin.
But fear not! There are plenty of creative, cultural, and engaging events happening around Ireland to keep the small folk entertained throughout the summer break.
One event that promises to captivate young imaginations is the Timisien luminarium at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. Inspired by the iconic Palau Güell in Barcelona, this inflatable structure is a maze of tunnels and domes that create a magical world of light and color. Children can explore the luminous chambers and let their creativity run wild. It’s a truly immersive experience that will leave them in awe.
Another exciting event is the Imaginosity Children’s Museum in Dublin. This interactive museum is designed specifically for children aged 0-9, offering a wide range of hands-on exhibits and activities. From the construction site where kids can build and demolish to the supermarket where they can play shopkeeper, Imaginosity provides a fun and educational environment for children to learn and explore.
For those with a love for nature, the Irish Seed Savers Association in County Clare is a must-visit. This unique organization is dedicated to the preservation of Ireland’s native plants and seeds. Visitors can take guided tours of the seed gardens, learn about sustainable gardening practices, and even participate in seed-saving workshops. It’s a great way to connect with nature and teach children about the importance of biodiversity and conservation.
If your little ones have a passion for the performing arts, the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin offers a range of summer camps and workshops. From drama and musical theatre to film-making and puppetry, there’s something to suit every interest. These programs provide a safe and supportive environment for children to explore their creativity and develop their confidence on stage.
For a taste of Irish history, the National Museum of Ireland has a range of exhibitions and activities suitable for all ages. From the Viking Age to the Irish Revolution, these exhibits offer a fascinating insight into Ireland’s past. The museum also hosts regular workshops and events for children, allowing them to engage with history in a hands-on and interactive way.
If you’re looking for a fun and educational day out, the Dublin Zoo is always a hit with children. With over 400 animals to see, including lions, elephants, and penguins, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained. The zoo also offers daily talks and feeding sessions, giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about their favorite animals.
For a more adventurous day out, Zipit Forest Adventures in County Wicklow is the perfect choice. This treetop adventure park offers a range of high ropes courses suitable for children of all ages. From zip lines to climbing walls, there’s plenty of excitement to be had. It’s a great way to challenge children’s physical abilities and encourage them to step out of their comfort zone.
So, whether your little ones are budding artists, nature enthusiasts, or aspiring actors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this summer. Make the most of the long break and create lasting memories with these fantastic events and attractions across Ireland.