Dance Ireland ballerinas and drummers from The Hit Machine at the Culture Night programme launch earlier this month. Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
family event guide

8 kid-friendly events to check out on Culture Night - from aerial acrobatics to Roald Dahl

Ireland will come alive after dark this Friday with a packed-out programme of cultural goings-on.

NOW IN ITS thirteenth year, Culture Night returns this Friday 21 September. Venues around the country will open their doors for one-off events and public spaces will come alive with talks, walking tours, open-air performances and more.

As with every year, the programme is packed with happenings for all ages – and here’s our handpicked selection of what’s on for families around Ireland…


A History of Dublin for Children: Humpty Dumpty will be hosting a walking history of Dublin through nursery rhymes and stories, with special emphasis on what life was like for children in the capital over the last thousand years.  

Suits: 6+. Time: 5.50pm. Location: Starts outside Smock Alley Theatre, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar. Find out more here.

Aerial Cirque: Learn to take flight with Aerial Cirque in their studio where they’ll be hosting two fifty-minute child and parent workshops. The studio is open from 7-9pm for anyone who wants to stop by and check out performances from the studio’s students.

Suits: 3-8. Time: 5pm and 6pm – booking is required. Location: Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. Find out more here.

Engineers Ireland X Gaiety School Of Acting: How do science, tech and the arts combine? Join Engineers Ireland for a workshop exploring the physical mechanics of movement through drama, before implementing your new knowledge of joints and physicality through creating your own mechanical toys.

Suits: 6-12. Time: 6 – 7.30pm. Location: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Find out more here. 

Roald Dahl Drama Workshop: The Mill Theatre in Dundrum is hosting a drama workshop devoted to Roald Dahl’s wonderful tales in its studio space, aimed at young writers and performers.

Suits: 6-10. Time: 5 – 6pm. Location: Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16. Find out more here. 

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Lantern Making: Make your own lantern for Cashel’s Parade of Light with host Elke Wilson, who’ll be on hand to make sure that every little person has their very own battery operated lantern for the parade.

Suits: The whole family. Time: 5 – 7pm. Location: St John’s Cathedral, Cashel. Find out more here. 


Deadlines and More Deadlines: Griese Youth Theatre present Forty-Five Minutes by Anya Reiss, a play about exam deadlines, hopes and fears. The show will be followed by a post-show discussion – and some study tips! Ideal for the second level student in the family.

Suits: 13+. Time: 8pm – 10pm. Location: The Meeting House, Athy. Find out more here. 


Pich’d Circus Arts Festival: Four hours of circus themed street performances promise to delight families from Cork this Culture Night. Join Pich’d at 7pm on Skiddy’s Plaza for street performances, then see the Pitch’d Fire and Circus Show at 9pm and watch Inferno’s FireStorm at 10pm, both happening on Cornmarket Street.

Suits: 7+. Time: 7 – 11pm. Location: Coal Quay & North Main Street, Cork. Find out more here. 


Run Away With The Circus: Katie Holmes and Emily Aoibheann are set to wow the crowd at Tinahely Courthouse with aerial tricks, dance, movement, poetry and lots to keep the kids occupied and enthralled. It will be followed by a screening of Song of the Sea at 6.30pm.

Suits: The whole family. Time: 4 – 5pm. Location: Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre. Find out more here.

Find the full programme on the Culture Night website here, and get a taste of the action from the morning of Friday 21 September with the four-part Culture Night podcast. 

Want to win a brilliant day of book-filled family fun at Dubray StoryFest? Get your hands on one of two family passes here – and sign up for our Family Newsletter below!

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