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8 events to bring the kids to this weekend, from art workshops to haunted houses

Our pick of Ireland’s best family-friendly events this Saturday and Sunday.

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Me and The Moon: The Mill Theatre in Dundrum is hosting Speks illustrator David Fortune this Saturday October 14th. He’ll help kids create their very own Speks character, to be used in a real-life performance on Sunday.

Suits: 4 years +. Time: 2pm and 4pm. Tickets: €8, booking advised. Information and tickets here.

DeptCon 3: This is a massive two-day event in the Tivoli theatre where writers of Young Adult fiction from all over the world will converge to meet their fans. This year’s line-up includes Philip Reeves, Katherine Webber, Dave Rudden and Sally Nichols.

Suits: 13 years +. Time: All weekend. Tickets: €25 for two days, available here.

Open House Junior – Set Your Stage: Join artist Deirdre Rogers at Collins’ Barracks this Sunday and help her to make a mini stage set using materials from ReCreate, before designing your very own mini theatre costume.

Suits: 6 years +. Time: 2.30pm-4pm. Tickets: Free, booking advised. Calling 01 677 7444 or find more info here.

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Bosco At The Spiegeltent: Everyone’s favourite puppet will present Hansel & Gretel at Wexford’s Spiegeltent this Sunday with a gorgeous show from the Lambert Puppet Theatre.

Suits: 1 year +. Time: Noon. Tickets: Children €9, Adults €12, available here.


Laugh Out Louth Comedy Festival: This weekend sees the first ever Laugh Out Louth taking place, aiming to raise awareness of mental health issues. Little Duke Theatre is hosting an afternoon of PG entertainment for the whole family on Saturday for this great cause, with MC Kelly Kierans.

Suits: 5 years +. Time: 2-3.30pm. Tickets: €5, available here.


Farmaphobia: For the month that’s in it, Ireland’s only dedicated Scream Park opens its doors again this weekend with five different haunting experiences and a new House Of Dolls, which promises to scare the living daylights out of any visitors.

Suits: 13 years +. Time: all weekend. Tickets: from €18. Find out more here.

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Bookville Kilkenny: Tickets for all events at Kilkenny’s beautiful children’s book festival are completely free. There’s a huge range of happenings, including a talk from Tom McCaughran, author of the Run With The Wind series.

Suits: All ages. Time: All weekend. Tickets: Free. Find out more here


Munster Maths & Science Family Fair: On Sunday October 15th, the MM&S Fair will showcase the coolest ways young people can get involved with science. There’ll be robotic demos, computer games and lots of activities for young scientists on the day.

Suits: 5 years+. Time: 11.30am-4.30pm. Tickets: Free. Find out more here.

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