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Dublin: 14 °C Sunday 22 September, 2019

7 great things to do with the kids this weekend - from pantos to a petting zoo

Inspiring ideas to get everyone out of the house.

Some of the cast of The League of Villains
Some of the cast of The League of Villains


Childvision Petting Zoo: Ireland’s Education Centre for Blind Children are packing up their cuddly and friendliest pets from their petting zoo and bringing them into Temple Bar for the weekend.

Suits: The whole family. Time: 12pm-4pm. Tickets: Free. Find out more here.

Trad Family Concerts: There are two days of song and dance from the world of traditional music, folk and ukulele at Dublin Castle this weekend, with concerts and workshops for the whole family – sure you’d be mad to miss it.

Suits: The whole family. Time: 12pm-5pm. Tickets: Free. Find out more here.

Socks In The Frying Pan: Part of Tradfest’s Children’s Hub, Socks In The Frying Pan bring a gig for children of all ages to The Ark this Saturday.

Suits: The whole family. Time: 2pm and 4pm. Tickets: €12.50. Find out more here.

Source: Socks in the Frying Pan/YouTube

Children’s Céilí: During TradFest the Irish Writer’s room at The National Wax Museum Plus will be transformed into a traditional celebration of the Irish Céilí.

Suits: The whole family. Time: Saturday 12pm to 5pm. Tickets: €10 (child), €15 (adult). Families who arrive on the day with a TradFest program or book in advance through the website get a 20% discount. Find out more here.


Make Your Own St Brigid’s Cross: Join the Education Team at the Irish Museum of Country Life this Sunday to learn all about St Brigid and learn how to make an authentic St Brigid’s Cross.

Suits: Age 7 years plus. Time: 2.30pm-4.30pm. Tickets: Free. Find out more here.


Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival: Spend the weekend in the heart of the Galtees, taking some guided treks around this gorgeous area. Routes are easy, and guides will advise you about whether they are buggy-friendly or not.

Suits: Age 6 years plus. Time: All weekend. Tickets: €15, including bus transfer from Aherlow House Hotel and refreshments. Find out more here.


A League Of Villains: Junior the son of Vill.I.An seeks to take revenge on his father’s enemies and take over the world in Backstage Theatre’s excellent panto.

Suits: The whole family. Time: Saturday 8pm. Tickets: €10. Find out more here.

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