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Dublin: 13 °C Thursday 19 September, 2019

8 family events to head to this weekend - from Lego building to hot air balloons

Planning a fun-filled weekend? Here’s our pick of the best events around the country.

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Dublin Festival Of History: The Dublin Festival Of History kicks off this weekend, hosting over ninety free events in museums, libraries and Dublin Castle across the city. Dublinia is hosting free tours on Sunday, and is a great place to start your historical tour of the capital.

Suits: Age 4+. Time: From 11am. Tickets: Free but should be booked by emailing Find out more here.

If Only Rosa Could Do Magic: As part of the Dublin Theatre Festival The Ark in Temple Bar is host to this brilliant play about a little girl who has all the toys in the world but who wishes her parents spent more time with her.

Suits: 5-9. Time: Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and 4pm. Tickets: €12 per person. Find out more here.

SportFest: The National Sports Campus is hosting its first Family SportFest this Sunday where the whole family can meet some of our sporting heroes and try out some family friendly sporting challenges. There’ll be an onsite bounce-zone and loads of demonstrations to keep everyone occupied.

Suits: The whole family. Time: 11am-4pm. Tickets: €10 for a family of 5 or €3 each. Find out more here.


Westport Arts Festival: Westport Arts Festival takes place over the whole weekend with lots to entertain the family. We love the Lego building workshop taking place on Sunday. The rules are that you can only use 250 blocks, and prizes are divided into under 6, under 9, under 12 and 12 and over.

Suits: 4+. Time: 11am. Tickets: Free. Find out more here.

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Irish Hot Air Balloon Championships: The longest running hot air ballooning championship in the world is taking place this week in Loughrea County Galway. The last flight will be lifting off at approximately 6pm on Friday, so keep your eyes peeled for forty hot air balloons sailing across the sky!

Suits: The whole family. Time: 6pm. Tickets: Free. Find out more here.


Art Spark: The Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely is starting art classes aimed at developing children’s artistic side this Saturday. Kids will paint, draw and create 3D art under the tutelage of Tina Mouritzen.

Suits: 7-12 years. Time: 10am-11.30am for age 7-9 and 12pm-1.30pm for 10-12 year olds. Tickets: €10 drop-in rate. Find out more here


Circus Open Day: St Peter’s Church is hosting circus themed games and workshops on Saturday where the whole family can discover the art of circus performance.

Suits: The whole family. Time: 11.30am- 12.30pm and 2.30-3.30pm. Tickets: Free. Find out more here.

Once Upon A Child: Parents to be will like this full day seminar hosted by Sile Seoige on Sunday in the Clayton Hotel. There’ll be experts in feeding, sleep and all things new baby on hand to give advice and answer questions.

Suits: Parents-to-be. Time: 11am. Tickets: €45. Find out more here.

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