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6 indoor events to keep the kids out of the rain this month - from pizza-making to puppet shows

Escape the bad weather cabin fever with these autumnal goings on.

Young audience members at a Baboro event.
Young audience members at a Baboro event.
Image: Facebook/Baboro International Arts Festival For Children


Baboró International Arts Festival For Children: Ireland’s flagship children’s arts festival takes place in Galway this month, with a jam-packed programme designed to hook your children’s interest in all aspects of the arts. There are plenty of indoor performance and exhibition events (plus some outdoor ones) including theatre, storytelling, puppetry, film and other workshops for all ages.

Suits: The whole family, under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. When: 15th-21st October. Costs: Most performances €9. Find out more here. 


Busy Bees: Get busy at the Natural History Museum this month where the team have put together an autumn-themed activity trail that will take kids through the museum while brushing up on their new season knowledge.

Suits: The whole family (route is wheelchair and buggy accessible). When: All month long. Cost: Free. Find out more here.

Parent & Baby Screenings: The Lighthouse in Smithfield is committed to making sure that even new parents have the opportunity to catch the latest movies. Their parent screenings have discounted car parking, room for buggy parking and 10% off lunch in their café afterwards. This month they’re showing The Wife, starring Glenn Close.

Suits: New parents and non-crawling babies. When: Saturday and Wednesday mornings. Cost: €7.50 per adult. Find out more here. 

Exploring Fantasy Creatures: Using air-drying clay, driftwood and other found materials, Deirdre O’Reilly will help little hands mould and build a fantasy creature. Dress for mess – and adults must attend with their littlies.

Suits: 2-4 years only. When: Thursday 11th October, 10am-11am and 12pm-1pm. Cost: €5. Find out more here


Make Your Own Pizza: Cork International Hotel are hosting children’s pizza making classes, where a chef will come and work with your kids and help them make a pizza from start to finish, from spreading the sauce to putting on the last topping. Chef’s hat provided! The classes are open to guests and non-guests alike.

Suits: 5+. When: Daily, 2pm-6pm. Cost: Starts at €5.50 including pizza. Find out more here. 


Make and Eat with the Fairland Collective: Join the Fairland Collective at the Riverbank Arts Centre for a morning of making and eating corzetti pasta, an embossed pasta originally made for Italian noble families during the Middle Ages.

Suits: The whole family. When: 6th October 11am. Costs: €5. Find out more here.

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