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Dublin: 14°C Sunday 17 October 2021

8 family events to check out this weekend - from comic books to puppet picnics

Savour the final few weeks of the holidays.

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland


Dublin Comic Con: Now in its fifth year, Dublin Comic Con has shed any organisational teething problems of earlier years and is the perfect ticket for comic-obsessed parents and kids this weekend. With faces from Star Trek, Batman and even Game of Thrones (the terrifying Mountain is due to make an appearance), this is going to be a brilliant weekend.

Suits: Children aged 7+. Time: Friday 6pm, Sat/Sun 9.30am. Tickets: €10 (child) and €20 (adult) per day, under-3s go free. More info here.

Dublin Horse Show: There is a lot on to keep the whole family engaged and excited at this weekend’s Horse Show at the RDS. Keelings Kids’ Zone, just behind the Grand Stand, will play host to bouncy castles, face painters, pony rides and magic shows.

Suits: All ages. Time: All weekend. Tickets: €60/€55 Sunday for a family ticket (2 adults, 4 kids). More info here.

Affidea Rock ‘N’ Roll Dublin Family Fun Run: On Sunday, bring the whole family along to Dublin’s Phoenix Park and run the 1.5 kilometre family fun run course, which forms part of the larger half marathon event. There will be fantastic live music playing along the way, and a family-friendly festival at the finish line.

Suits: 6+. Time: 12.15pm. Tickets: €10 or family ticket for €30. Register here.

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Picnic at Mallow Castle: Cork County Council is hosting a family-friendly picnic at Mallow Castle this Sunday, where lots of traditional family fun will be taking place. Expect Punch and Judy, a magic show and plenty more to keep the family entertained throughout the day.

Suits: All ages. Time: 2pm. Tickets: Free. Find out more here.


Carlingford Oyster Festival: There will be lots of oysters on hand for mums and dads this weekend in Carlingford, as well as a huge amount of kid-friendly activities. Our pick of the lot is the Kiddies’ Oyster Pearl Welly Hunt where the whole family can forage on the shores of Carlingford Lough to find treasures. Plus there’s a teddy bear’s picnic for the less adventurously inclined.

Suits: All ages. Time: All weekend. Tickets: From free. More info here.


Tayto Park’s World of Raptors: A spectacular wild birds of prey exhibit joins the already huge offering at Tayto Park. Also open until the end of the month is Fossett’s Circus Show, bringing the magic of the circus to Tayto. This is a brilliant day out for the whole family, particularly if you have a large age gap between kids and find it hard to satisfy everyone.

Suits: All ages. Time: Open daily 9.30am – 7pm. Tickets: Park entry €15, children under three go free. More info here.

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The Little Festival at The Big House: Wells House & Gardens is throwing its own family festival this weekend in association with Wexford Arts Centre. From puppet making to falconry to Shakespeare in the Woods, it’s an art and culture fix with a difference. Bring along some warm jackets and picnic blankets for the evening BBQ, too.

Suits: All ages. Time: 1-6pm. Tickets: €10 per car, extra charge for barbecue. More info here.


Yurt At The Yard: Kilkenny Arts Festival and StormFest have come together to create Yurt At The Yard, a storytelling experience designed with kids in mind. Sign your littlies up to one of the workshops or story sessions this weekend where they’ll learn the trade from some of the country’s finest seanchaís and writers.

Suits: 3-8 years old. Time: Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Tickets: €5. Booking is essential – you can do so here.

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