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Lauren, Eddie, Daisy and Dawson preparing for the Barnardos Big Toddle and Family Fun Day. Patrick Bolger
family event guide

6 toddler-friendly events around Ireland this month... from teddy bear picnics to swim sessions

Here’s what’s happening this month for preschoolers who need to burn some energy.


Barnardos Big Toddle Family Fun Day: The Barnardos Big Toddle has been running for 15 years and to celebrate, the charity is inviting families to get together at Airfield Estate for a family fun day, complete with teddy bears’ picnic. There’ll be lots to do, from big toddle races, wildlife talks and face painting. Of course, it’s all in aid of this exceptionally good cause.

Suits: The whole family – especially under-fours. When: 1:00pm-4:00pm, Sunday June 24th. Costs: Early bird tickets for a family of four are €25/single tickets are €7.50. Find out more here.

Bike Fest: This Sunday, St Anne’s Park in Raheny is home to Bike Fest, a family friendly festival aimed at getting the whole family out cycling. From experts to advise on what kind of balance bike suits your toddler, to a load of kid-friendly activities, this is going to be a super-fun day for the whole family.

Suits: The whole family. When: Sunday 17th June, 1pm-6pm. Costs: Free. Find out more here.

Fantastic Mr Fox: Roald Dahl’s masterpiece is coming to life at The Mill Theatre in Dundrum later on this month, and promises to be as raucous as James & The Giant Peach last year.

Suits: All ages. When: 22nd and 23rd June. Costs: Adults €16; under-12s €14; Family of 4: €55. Find out more here.


Mini Movers: As a part of a daylong dance fest, Nenagh Arts Centre is putting on dance classes to suit every age and ability this Saturday. The Mini Movers class is ideal for toddlers and promises to be a gentle and massively fun introduction to the magic of movement.

Suits: Age 3-5. When: 11am-12pm; Saturday 16th June. Costs: €6. Find out more here.


Mini Maestros: Musicianship for pre-schoolers, as doled out by artists Aileen Donohoe and Peter McCamley every Wednesday morning at Wexford Arts Centre is an ideal way to introduce your kid to the wonderful world of musical instruments to bang on… away from your actual house.

Suits: Age 1-5. When: Every Wednesday 10.30am-11.15am. Costs: €10. Find out more here.


Water Safety Talks: Next week is National Water Safety Week, and Water Babies has teamed up with Irish Water Safety to give a series of free talks around the country, which will give safety guidelines for babies and young children, as well as first aid tips:

  • Junction 6 Leisure Complex, Castleknock (18 June @ 8pm)
  • Hilton Hotel Dublin Airport, Malahide Road (19 June @ 8pm)
  • Clayton Hotel, Leopardstown (20 June @ 8pm)
  • Radisson Blu Little Island, Cork (2 July @ 8pm)
  • Clayton Hotel Briarhill, Galway (20 June @ at 7pm)

Find out more here.

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