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7 great things to do with the kids this weekend - from puppets to dinosaurs

Looking for something different to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered.

Zoorassic World at Dublin Zoo
Zoorassic World at Dublin Zoo

DUBLIN

Reptiles Rock at Dublin Zoo: Zoorassic World, Dublin’s Zoo newest home for creatures of the reptile world, is hosting a weekend-long celebration of all things reptilian this bank holiday weekend. Kids will be able to get up close and personal with their huge collection of reptiles, as well as take part in arts and crafts and dig for their very own fossil in onsite palaeontology boxes.

Suits: Age 3+. Time: 12pm-4pm. Tickets: Adult €17.50, Child €13, Family (two adults and two children) €49. More info.

The Museum’s Big Birthday Bash: The National Museum has been at Collins Barracks for twenty years this September and to celebrate, they are inviting kids to come by and make a birthday card to be displayed in their family area. It will be arts and crafts heaven all weekend long, so drop in and get stuck into some drawing.

Suits: Age 3+. Time: All weekend. Tickets: Free. More info.

Playmobil Roadshow at Hamleys: Hamleys Dundrum is hosting a Playmobil Roadshow this weekend where kids will get a chance to try out their favourite Playmobil toys as well as take selfies with life-size Playmobil figures, take part in colouring competitions and a load of other fun and games.

Suits: 18 months – 8 years. Time: All weekend. Tickets: Free. More info

Source: Garter Lane Arts Centre

WATERFORD

sprÓg Children’s Festival: Garter Lane Arts Centre is home to sprÓg, the children’s part of Spraoi Festival. There are child-themed workshops taking place over the entire weekend, ranging from teen comic workshops to a few hours devoted to the science of the circus. Book workshops in advance in order to avoid disappointed children – this festival sells out.

Suits: from 5+. Time: All weekend. Tickets: From free. More info

NORTHERN IRELAND

The Princess Ball and Tea Party: Brownlow House in Lurgan is throwing a Princess-themed ball and tea party for all would-be royalty this Saturday. Elsa, Belle, Rapunzel, Snow White and Cinderella will all be on hand to make sure that little princesses feel super special and as well as lots of sweet treats, there will be an opportunity to cut a rug at the ball later on.

Suits: 3+. Time: 3-5pm. Tickets: £15. More info.

Source: Cork Puppetry Festival

CORK

The Cork Puppet Festival Puppet Picnic: Head to Fitzgerald Park this Monday, where the Cork Puppet Festival is closing with a big family themed picnic as well as an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of sock puppets in one place! Expect lots of puppet shows, lots of laughs and some good clean fun.

Suits: All ages. Time: 11am-3pm. Tickets: Free. More info.  

LOUTH

Children’s Music and Poetry Workshop: As a part of the Boyne Music Festival, join poet Kate Wakeling on Saturday morning as she helps children create and perform poems and music. There’ll be a performance at the end of the hour-long workshop for parents to check out what the kids have been working on.

Suits: Age 6-13. Time: 10.30-11.30am. Tickets: Free. More info.

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