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Things to do in Dublin and surrounding areas in February

I have put together a list of things to do with your family in February in Dublin and surrounding areas. I find sometimes when you are looking for things to do you totally forget what is on so this is a handy guide that you can keep coming back to. Some events are a little drive outside Dublin but I have linked all events so you can see where they are and what suits you best. Hope it gives you some ideas of things to do!

Dinosaur

Dinosaurs Around The World

Saturday 16th December – Monday 30th April 2018

Open daily 10.00am

Cost:  €8-€38    Kids under 4 go free

Ambassador Theatre (top of O’Connell St)

Dublin

Ireland

Dublin’s Ambassador Theatre presents Dinosaurs Around the World, now open for a limited time only. Dinosaurs Around the World takes you back in time on a dinosaur adventure and a tour of an Earth very different from today – a time before the continents as we know them existed, when lush landscapes covered Africa and greenery was the norm in Antarctica! With advanced animatronics, a multi-layered narrative, fossils, authentic casts, cutting-edge research and immersive design elements you’ll experience the Age of Reptiles as it comes to life!

Dinosaurs Around the World invites you to grab your prehistoric passport to Pangea and discover how plate tectonics, land bridges, and volcanic activity allowed dinosaurs to disperse to all corners of the globe, giving each of the seven continents its own unique selection of these giant reptiles. During their 172 million year reign, dinosaurs adapted into a variety of forms due to the conditions of the areas in which they lived. The exhibition includes examples such as the mighty T. rex of North America, the swift Velociraptor of the Gobi Desert, the massive herbivore Amargasaurus form the tropical jungles of South America and ten others!

https://dublin.ie/whats-on/listings/dinosaurs-around-the-world/

National Mjuseum

National Museum of Ireland

10 great things for families to enjoy at the Museum this spring.

The National Museum of Ireland has just launched its new programme of winter/spring 2018 events and there is plenty on offer to keep young minds (and parents too!) busy and entertained over the coming months.

To celebrate the launch of the new programme, we have highlighted ten great events for families to enjoy together this spring at the Muse

http://bit.ly/2Ex2AWN

National Concert Hall

National Concert Hall Family Workshop Day

Saturday 10th February

National Concert Hall

Dublin

Baby Bop: 10.15am | Toddler Twist: 11.30am

Venue: Baby Bop & Toddler Twist: Room 107

Baby Bop (3 – 12 Months)  and Toddler Twist (1 – 2 years)

Have fun with your baby or toddler in these engaging workshops, geared not only to entertain, but also to equip you with a range of tunes and techniques to continue the musical journey at home. This session is great fun for you and your small person, and uses folk songs and lullabies from around the world, together with easy and accessible musical activities for you to share together.

Prices: Baby Bop & Toddler Twist

1 Adult + 1 Baby/Toddler: €15

1 Adult + 2 Babies/ Toddlers: €19.50

Tin Whistle Workshop: 10.30am & 11.45am

Tin Whistle Workshop (ages 6+)  10:30am &11.45am

This hands-on family music workshop introduces the tunes and techniques of the tin whistle!  No previous experience is necessary.  Participants are welcome to bring their own D whistle, or whistles are available to purchase online with your ticket or at the Box Office on the day for €5.

Bodhrán Workshop: 10.45am & 12.00pm

Bodhrán Workshop (ages 6+)  10:45 & 12.00

Come explore rhythm in this interactive workshop designed to provide a fun and musical experience for children. Each participant will learn how to play the bodhrán to accompany the jigs and reels of Irish traditional music.

Venue:  Bodhrán Worksop: Kevin Barry Recital Room

Tin Whistle Workshop: The Studio

Tin Whistle Workshop (age 6 +)

Prices: Bodhran & Tin Whistle Workshops:

1 Adult + 2 Children: €19.50

Adults: €8

Child: €7

Young Maestros: €6

Tin whistles €5 per person

No previous musical experience is required, just a willingness to join in and have fun!

https://www.facebook.com/nationalconcerthall/

Botanic gardens

National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Childrens Art Classes

Saturday 10th February 11.00am – 4.00pm

Botanic Gardens

300 Botanic Road

Glasnevin

Dublin

*10 Euro per child. Booking Essential Call 01 857 0909*

Budding Artists

Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place once a month, under the attentive eye of artist Niamh Synnott. Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world all around them to inspire fun art-making activities. Suitable for 4 to 7 year olds.

Time: 11.00am-12.30pm. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre

Cost: €10. Booking Essential

Hardy Annuals

Why not join us for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage, and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged to use materials in fun and interesting ways while taking inspiration from the world of plants on show at Glasnevin. Suitable for 8 to 12 year olds.

Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre

Cost: €10. Booking Essential

https://www.facebook.com/events/363291024111499/?active_tab=about

the ark

The Ark, Dublin

Saturday 10th February – Friday 16th February

Music in Glass Exhibition – Ages 6+

Until Saturday 10th February · The Ark, Dublin · Dublin, Ireland

10.30am – 4.30pm

Saturday 10th February

Zombie Prosthetics Workshop – Ages 9+

Lego Animation Workshops (Ages 8-12)

Tuesday 13th February – Friday 16th February

https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheArkDublin/events/

One of a kindOne of a Kind Kids Camp

Monday 12th February Friday 16th February

9.00am – 2.00pm

St Conleths College

28 Clyde Road

Balls bridge

Dublin 4

This camp is open to School going children over 4 years of age up to 11 years of age. We design and implement our program of activities depending on the time of the year in which we are running the camp. Activities include but are not limited to the following: Spooky Arts and Crafts Drama, Multi-sport, Cooking, Competition team games, Lego and more!

www.oneofakind.ie

e: cecilia@oneofakind.ie

Ski camp

SKI Centre Children’s Camp

Monday 12th February  – Friday 16th February

5 days Monday to Friday (0900-1200 or 1400-1700 daily)

Hot chocolate/Cordial and Water provided

Bring your own healthy snacks/lunch

Children will learn to ski in a safe, fun and social environment

Includes all equipment – however it is recommended that you bring along thick sports or ski socks

All Children will receive a Ski Award Certificate upon completion

Cost: 199 euro per week

Early drop off and late pick up available 1 hour prior to start and 1 hour after finish at additional cost (early drop + €25, late pick up +€25, both +€50 – weekly cost)

All of our instructors are Garda Vetted

For shorter Children’s camp periods, please call us at 01 293 0588 so we can accommodate you

Waiver for each child must be completed prior to ski

https://www.facebook.com/skicentresandyford/

playball

Playball Kids 4 day Camp

Tuesday 13th February – Friday 16th February

9.30am – 2.00pm

Admission:  80 euro

Taney Parish Centre,

Taney Road

Dundrum

Fun sports, arts and crafts and lots more! Open to 4-12 year olds. Small groups with experienced and fun coaches!!!!

camps@playballkids.ie

Giddy studios

February Mid Term Art Camp Giddy Studios

Wednesday 14th February – Friday 16th February

Giddy Studios

Dundrum

Dublin, Ireland

We run a gorgeous art camp on mid term breaks and school holidays.

Come and enjoy some creative arts and crafts projects and of course lots of pottery painting too!

Perfect way to get a break from screen time and make new friends in a lovely environment!

Day 1: Wednesday 14th February

Day 2: Thursday 15th February

Day 3: Friday 16th February

Projects include pottery painting, foam clay, beads, fabric etc. On 1st day of each camp week glazed pottery project is done. All others days have acrylic pottery projects. Each of the days are themed. Pottery will vary from the image attached – you can always be assured that the quality of the projects is of equal value.

Suits Age 5 to 11. Bring a packed lunch. Wear pre-loved clothes. For Drop-off & Collection – if you are in and out of the car park in 15 minutes you don’t need to pay parking fees.

Price: €30 per day. Camp day runs from 10am to 3pm (early drop from 9am & late collection is charged at €5 p/hr p/person).

This is a very flexible camp – you can book just one day or multiple!

Email enquiries to helena@giddystudios.com

Call 01 2960303 – Payment is taken by credit card over the phone at time of booking.

https://www.facebook.com/giddystudios/

Junior songschool

Junior Songschool – National Concert Hall

Thursday 15th February, 10.30am

Room: The Studio

Price: €20

20% discount for Young Maestros

Junior Songschool is for students aged 8 -12 years old who are interested in writing and recording songs, performing them in concert, learning about music technology, and meeting people who love music as much as they do… not to mention forming bands and having fun!

Make music and new friends!

www.songschool.ie

science

Anyone4Science Engineering Workshops

Thursday15th & Friday 16th February

Day camps in venues across the country. A day of engineering activities to coincide with Engineers week 2018. Design, create and explore

At these one day workshops the children will have fun doing age appropriate engineering experiments and work on some design projects

The camp runs for 5 hours typically from 10-3pm but check as some locations have different start and finish times.

Times: 10 am – 3 pm Admission: Cost €45, Early bird €38 www.anyone4science.com

e: info@anyone4science.com

dspcaDSPCA (Dublin Society for the prevention of cruelty to Animals)

Mount Venus Road

Rathfarnham

Dublin 16

Ireland

The DSPCA are running 2 one day Kids Camp for kids aged between 6-11 years olds on Thursday 15th February or Friday 16th February 2018 from 9.30am – 4.00pm. There are limited places available for each of these fun filled days. Each day costs €40 per child.( please email for 10% discount on multiple bookings)

Learn to look after lots of different animals and have fun with lots of animal related activities.

Children are asked to bring Wellington boots, rain gear and warm outdoor clothing. Bring a decent pack lunch too(no nuts as there may be nut allergies) and lots of drinks; all art supplies will be provided. If they want to bring a few apples and vegetable to feed the animals it would be great too.

Please let us know in advance if your child has any special requirements or allergies as we want to ensure they have a fun and safe experience. Email any queries to:

education@dspca.ie

bricks4kidzBricks 4 Kidz Fingal Santry

Thursday 15th & Friday 16th February

Mid-term 2 day camps in Castleknock, Malahide, Santry & Sutton.

Thursday February 15th & Friday February 16th, 9am to 12pm.

Afternoon Camps available in Santry, 2pm – 5pm

https://ie1.bricks4kidz.com/index.php…

bricks4kidssouth dublin

Bricks 4 Kidz South County Dublin

Thursday 15th & Friday 16th February

Rathfarnham Educate Together School, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

Rosemont School, Enniskerry Road, Sandyford, Dublin

Our two day LEGO® Technic midterm camp will be sure to keep your little ones entertained on their school break. They will enjoy 4 hours of fun at any of our camp locations. We introduce the foundations of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths using their favourite toy “LEGO®”. Our camp theme is “Winter Fun” where the children will build and learn about snow plows, skiers, ice hockey and so much more. All your kids need to create these winter memories are our bricks and their imagination.

www.bricks4kidz.ie

teletubbies

Teletubbies in DUBLIN!

Olympia Theatre

Dublin

Ireland

See the iconic, world famous Teletubbies in their first ever theatre show created especially for your little ones.

http://www.olympia.ie/whats-on/teletubbies-live-big-hugs/

chinese NY

Chinese New Year 2018 in Dublin.  Events across Dublin.

Friday 16th February – Sunday 4th March

2.00 – 8.00pm

Dublin

Ireland

https://www.facebook.com/events/151082868880144/

may cafeCoffee & Ballsbridge

Until 22nd May  2018

Panda Play Cafe

Old Belvedere RFC

28A Anglesea Road, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 4

Join us at our regular meet up at Panda Play Cafe. It’s a fantastic way to get to know other FGG members over a coffee whilst the kids play in a safe environment and make new friends themselves.

This meet-up is open to families with children under the age 5yrs. For more information about Panda Play Cafe please visit :

http://pandaplaycafe.com/.

Hope you like our suggestions!

Have a great February :)

Eimear x

Things to do in Dublin and the surrounding areas in January

I have put together a list of things to do with your family in January in Dublin and surrounding areas. I find sometimes when you are looking for things to do you totally forget what is on so this is a handy guide that you can keep coming back to. Some events are a little drive outside Dublin but I have linked all events so you can see where they are and what suits you best. Hope it gives you some ideas of things to do!

dundrum on ice

 

Dundrum on Ice

Until Sunday 14th January 2018

Dundrum Town Centre

Dundrum on Ice, Dublin’s most spectacular ice rink brought to you by Tesco Mobile, has returned to its prime location in the Pembroke District for its biggest year ever! Soak up the Christmas atmosphere whether you’re on the rink or watching on from the festive viewing deck. The crisp white, real ice rink is homed in an all new breath taking structure providing a truly magical ice skating experience.

There’s something for everyone, from families and school children to teens and social groups or why not plan that romantic date night on ice!

Ticket information:

https://dublin.ie/whats-on/listings/dundrum-on-ice/

 

wild lights

 

Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo!

Wild Lights opens on Friday, 3rd November 2017 and runs until Sunday, 7th January 2018

Wild Lights is a must-see experience for family, friends and couples this festive season, where they will embark on an enchanted trail and discover a dazzling array of beautifully crafted, giant colourful lanterns inspired by wildlife.

Visitors will be treated to an awe-inspiring display of lanterns which includes a pride of lions, orangutans, tigers, giraffes, monkeys and much more!

Other highlights include a 16-metre high porcelain elephant tower and a 30-metre long Chinese dragon. At the event, visitors will also be wowed by Chinese performers before browsing at the Chinese craft market, all in one unforgettable setting. There will also be a selection of Chinese foods and warm drinks available for visitors to purchase.

Tickets for Wild Lights are on sale now. Tickets must be pre-booked online.

Please note: Admission to Wild Lights is from 5 – 9pm. Last entry to the event is strictly 8pm.

Wild Lights ticket prices

Adults: €20

Child: €15

Under 3s: €0

Student: €16

OAP: €16

Wild Lights Dublin Zoo Annual Pass Holder Prices

Adults: €18

Child: €12

https://dublinzoo.ie/wildlights/

 

rappunzel

 

Rapunzel Pantomime

Until Sunday 7th January 2018

The Gaiety Theatre, South King Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Tickets priced from €19.50

THIS IS NO ORDINARY PANTO, IT’S THE GAIETY PANTO!

A pantomime extravaganza with singing, dancing and laugh out loud shenanigans – hair, there and everywhere!  Join us as we follow Rapunzel on her hair-larious and hair-raising adventures as she tries to escape her Evil-Stepmother who has locked her away in the secret tower.

Legendary panto dame Joe Conlan, who celebrates his 28th year in the industry, will play “Nanny Ninny Noonah” and is joined by Ciara Lyons as “Rapunzel”, Johnny Ward as “Johnny B Goode” and Nicholas Grennell as the King “Larry Lilly Loolah”.

The Gaiety Theatre has hosted the annual Christmas Panto each year since 1873.  Today, families come from far and wide to experience the Gaiety Christmas Panto and for many it has become as much a family Christmas tradition as Santa himself!

http://www.gaietytheatre.ie/index.php/whats-on-buy-tickets/calendar/rapunzel-pantomime/668

moving crib

 

The Moving Crib

Until Sunday 7th January 2018

Admission free

42 Parnell Square West

Dublin, Ireland Dublin 1

One of Dublin’s best-loved Christmas traditions, the Moving Crib, is back in time for the festive season to enchant children and adults alike.

Tucked away in the basement of St. Martin Apostolate, the Moving Crib has entertained generations of locals and international visitors alike for the past 61 years. 

https://www.visitdublin.com/see-do/details/moving-crib#dates

 

 

the cheerios panto

 

Sleeping Beauty Pantomime – The Cheerios Pantomime

Until Sunday 14th January 2018

Tivoli Theatre

135 – 138 Francis Street

Dublin 8

Ticket from €15

https://www.facebook.com/TheCheeriosPanto/

 

the three musketeers

 

The Three Musketeers

Until Sunday 7th January 2018

Civic Theatre

Tallaght,

Dublin, 24

Tickets:  €15

The King’s treasure has been stolen! Now it’s up to the greatest swordsmen in the land, The Three Musketeers, to get it back. But the evil Cardinal Richelieu and the Wicked Witch of the South West have other ideas. Yes, it’s the Causeway Panto and Dame Lola is back!

This year she is headed for France, in search of adventure and amour. And by the way who said that a musketeer could only be a swordsMAN? Lola will have something to say about that too!

Join us for this year’s hilarious outing with more comedy, singing and dancing than you can shake your sword at. The Causeway crew will be delighted to see all our friends again, from 4 to 94.

Cheer the goodies and boo the baddies! Laugh and point at the Daddies when Dame Lola gets them up to dance. A fun Christmas show for all the family.

https://www.facebook.com/events/301879466957806/

winter wonderland

 

Winter Sunderland

Until Sunday 14th January 2018

RDS Simmons Court

Dublin, Ireland

Funderland at the RDS has been part of Christmas in Dublin for over 40 years. It has been said that Funderland is an annual appointment for thousands of families. We do not open on Christmas Day and close early on both Christmas Eve (6pm) and New Year’s Eve (8pm).

This year’s Funderland is part of the Winter Funderland, and will present the best thrill rides and family attractions in the European fairground including attractions direct from Germany. Funderland comprises of almost 3 acres of attractions housed inside the Simmonscourt Pavilion with many more located in the complex outside.

This year Funderland presents an array of exciting attractions direct from Germany including the Power Wave, Break Dance and the amazing Star Flyer called “Around the World”. We have attractions to suit all ages and tastes. All the old favourites will be there too along with the Funderland Loop, Ireland’s only looping roller coaster!

Besides being able to Pay-As-You-Go (subject to an admission charge) Funderland offers a Pay-One-Price (P.O.P.) Wristband option that may be used for any 3 consecutive hours of your choice for unlimited rides – subject to the usual height and safety restrictions.

If you buy a P.O.P. Wristbands online you save money and get an additional bonus hour so your wristband can be used an unlimited number of times for up to 4 consecutive hours! You must book online at least 10 hours before you can redeem your order at the venue!

It is a strict policy that Wristbands must be worn securely around the wrist in order to be redeemed. If, for any reason, you cannot wear a wristband please consider using the Pay-As-You-Go option instead.

PLEASE NOTE: Wristbands are sold according to a persons height – not their age!

Ticket information:

https://www.winterfunderland.ie/

 

olymypia

 

 

 

POLLY AND THE BEANSTALK

Until  Sunday 7th January 2018.

Olympia Theatre

Dame Street

Dublin, Ireland 1

Featuring an all singing, all dancing cast, tickets for the Applegreen Christmas Panto POLLY AND THE BEANSTALK are on sale now from ticketmaster.ie or in person from the Olympia Theatre box office.

https://www.facebook.com/olympiapanto/

 

sound of music

 

The Sound of Music

Until Saturday 6th January 2018

Word Gais Energy Theatre

Grand Canal Dock

Dublin 4

Tickets from €21.00

Group offers: €5 off Groups 10+, Access bookings & General Concession (Children, Students & Seniors) on selected peformances

Irish West End star and The Voice (UK) finalist LUCY O’BYRNE will play the lead role of Maria in Bill Kenwright’s magnificent production alongside CELINE BYRNE who will play the role of Mother Abbess in one of the greatest family musicals of all time.

Produced by Bill Kenwright, directed by Martin Connor, choreographed by Olivier Award winner Bill Deamer and musical direction by David Steadman, this wonderfully lavish staging has been met with five star reviews from critics.

It all began with the story of the Trapp Family Singers and Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, which inspired Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse to create a Broadway musical in 1959. The Sound of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII.

The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including ‘Edelweiss’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, ‘So Long, Farewell’ and of course, the title song, ‘The Sound of Music’.

www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie/whats-on

 

 

 

aladdin

 

Aladdin

Until Sunday 7th January 2018

Mill Theatre Dundrum

Sandyford Road, Dublin

Mill Productions present another seasonal treat for all ages written and directed by Geoff O’Keeffe! The thrilling story of a boy, a lamp and a genie, Aladdin is one of the most popular pantomimes of all. Audiences can look forward to a fun-packed performance full of comedy, slapstick, singing, dancing, dazzling special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of participation. Guaranteed to entertain both the young and the young at heart.

Show time: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Admission: €16/€14 Family of 4 €55

https://www.facebook.com/MillTheatreDundrum/

 

Dinos-ATW-banner

 

Dinosaurs Around the World in the Ambassador Theatre

Dinosaurs Around the World in the Ambassador Theatre is open daily to the public from 10 a.m. with last entry at 6pm for a limited time only.

Dublin’s Ambassador Theatre presents Dinosaurs Around the World, now open for a limited time only. Dinosaurs Around the World takes you back in time on a dinosaur adventure and a tour of an Earth very different from today – a time before the continents as we know them existed, when lush landscapes covered Africa and greenery was the norm in Antarctica! With advanced animatronics, a multi-layered narrative, fossils, authentic casts, cutting-edge research and immersive design elements you’ll experience the Age of Reptiles as it comes to life!

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets available in advance from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide now, or at the Ambassador Theatre Box Office when you arrive for the exhibtion.

Mon / Tues / Wed / Thu
Adults: €12
Under 15s: €8
Family Pass – 2 adults 2 children: €28
Students/OAPs: €12
Unemployed: €8
Babes in Arms / Children under 4:  Free

Fri / Sat / Sun
Adults: €15
Under 15s: €9
Family Pass – 2 adults 2 children: €38
Students/OAPs: €14
Unemployed: €10
Babes in Arms / Children under 4:  Free

SCHOOL AND GROUP RATES AVAILABLE MONDAY TO FRIDAY
Primary Schools: €8 euro per child / Teachers and guardians go free
Post Primary Schools: €9 euro per child / Teachers and guardians go free
Groups Over 10 people: 10 euro per person

School and Group bookings contact:
Email: group.sales@ticketmaster.ie
Phone Group Bookings at Ticketmaster: 01 6486029

Other groups over 8 people can also book via those contacts.
http://www.ticketmaster.ie/

 

baldolye music

 

Beauty and the Beast

Friday 5th January  – Sunday 14th January 2018

Baldoyle Music Society

St Mary’s Secondary School

Baldoyle Dublin 13

Booking at 085 1378329 or www.baldoylemusicalsociety.ie

 

alice in wonder

 

Alice in Wonderland – Coolmine Panto Group

Friday 5th January – Sunday 21st January 2018

Draiocht,

Blanchardstown

Dublin 15

€20 / €17 conc / €15 Relaxed Performance

Join the whimsical fun-filled world of Lewis Carroll and follow Alice as she chases the White Rabbit on a journey into Wonderland. It’s a topsy-turvy place that gets ‘curiouser and curiouser’ as Alice meets unforgettable characters – the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and many more. Filled with spectacular song and dance, this is a classic pantomime for all the family.

FRI 05    7.30PM

SAT 06   2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 07  1PM & 5.30PM

WED 10  7.30PM (RELAXED PERFORMANCE €15)

THU 11   7.30PM / FRI 12  7.30PM

SAT 13   2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 14  1PM & 5.30PM

THU 18   7.30PM / FRI 19  7.30PM

SAT 20    2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 21  2PM

Our Relaxed Performance on Wednesday 10th January will have no sudden noises or bangs, restricted capacity, the ability to move around, softer and brighter lighting and music at a suitable level. We will also provide a chill-out area with low lighting for parents/guardians to bring children who may need to have a little break. If you are attending this performance and would like a Pre-Visit Guide (Visual & Written) in advance from Draiocht, please email philippa@draiocht.ie or let Box Office know when you’re booking on 01-8852622 (Guide available early January). All tickets for this performance are €15.

www.draiocht.ie

 

childrens art classes

 

Childrens Art Classes

Saturday, January 13 at 11 AM – 4 PM

National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

National Botanic Gardens,

300 Botanic Road, Dublin

Budding Artists

Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place once a month, under the attentive eye of artist Niamh Synnott. Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world all around them to inspire fun art-making activities. Suitable for 4 to 7 year olds.

Time: 11.00am-12.30pm. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre

Cost: €10. Booking Essential

Hardy Annuals

Why not join us for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage, and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged to use materials in fun and interesting ways while taking inspiration from the world of plants on show at Glasnevin. Suitable for 8 to 12 year olds.

Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre

Cost: €10 per child. Booking Essential

https://www.facebook.com/events/185253395379881/

 

what the lady bird heard

 

What the Ladybird Heard

Until Sunday 7th January 2018

Pavilion Theatre

Dún Laoghaire

The perfect family show for the Christmas season.

€17.50, €60 Family (certain shows only) | Age guidance: 3yrs+ | Free booking online:

Based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, this all-singing production by Kenny Wax Family Entertainment is sure to bring a smile to little faces.

With live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs, it’s a festive treat for all the family.

Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: the Ladybird has a plan of her own!

http://bit.ly/ChristmasLadybird

 

 

 

beauty and the beast

 

Beauty and the Beast

Until Sunday 21st January

The Helix, DCU,

Collins Avenue,

Glasnevin

Dublin

Full Price Tickets:€28.00

Family Tickets €24.50 (each)

TheatreworX Productions return to The Helix this Christmas for yet another panto success with their hilarious adaptation of Aladdin.

A mystical genie, a flying carpet and an old lamp, a beautiful princess, irresistible baddies and an exotic trip to the Far East. It could only be the magical and much loved pantomime, Aladdin!

Join the heroic but hopelessly romantic Aladdin and all the gang for the adventure of a lifetime in the Far East in this year’s fun-filled panto- guaranteed to enthral the whole family.

info@thehelix.dcu.ie

 

 

bring along a baby

 

Bring Along a Baby at 10.30am

Monday 22nd January – 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland

Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, Ireland D02 N527

 Room: John Field Room                                               Prices: Adult: €13

Babies go free!

Bring Along a Baby is an informal, relaxed, accessible chamber music recital of the highest standard, aimed primarily at parents, while babies or very young children sleep, feed and play.

There is no pressure to keep still or quiet, leaving parents free to sit back and enjoy the music. In fact, we encourage the babies to interact naturally with the music, and we have play mats and soft toys to this end.

Of course, the babies benefit from the music as well, so it’s a win-win.

Presented by Learning & Participation

+353 1 417 0077

info@nch.ie

 

panda

 

Coffee & Ballsbridge     Sept 2017  –  May 2018

Until 22nd May  2018

Panda Play Cafe

Old Belvedere RFC

28A Anglesea Road, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 4

Join us at our regular meet up at Panda Play Cafe. It’s a fantastic way to get to know other FGG members over a coffee whilst the kids play in a safe environment and make new friends themselves.

This meet-up is open to families with children under the age 5yrs. For more information about Panda Play Cafe please visit :

http://pandaplaycafe.com/.

 

Hope you like our suggestions!

Have a great January and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Eimear x

Mumpreneur Series – Featuring – Forever Frames Dublin

Mumpreneur Questions

 

Tell us your start up story? How and when did you begin?

I started Forever Frames in November 2016. I had my third baby in April that year and up until that point I worked full time in the Legal Industry. I loved what I did but it was tough going working full time in a busy and demanding job with 2 kiddies but now that there was 3, working a full time job just wasn’t going to work for us as a family. Unfortunately reducing my hours to part time wasn’t an option with my employer so I was lucky enough to be able to pack it all in and walk away. My plan was to take a year out and see how things went.

While I loved being at home I felt that I needed something for me to keep my mind busy so I made up a couple of Christmas frames to give me something to do. Little did I know where it would lead to. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would take off to the extent that it has.

How did you fund your business?

After handing in my notice at work I was owed some holiday money from my time on maternity leave so I used some of that to buy a small amount of frames and stock. Initially then any money that I made went straight back into the business to buy more stock and packaging etc. It has been 100% self funded.

What would be the main challenges you face running your own business?

Trying to juggle it all can be hard sometimes. 3 kiddies can be demanding between school runs, homework, sports and a teething baby that hardly sleeps it’s all go. When you work from home as well it can be hard to switch off. I try to keep my work days to Monday to Friday as much as I can though. My eldest two are in school everyday so once the baby goes down for his nap I try to get as much work done as I can before I have to pick them up. Once they are all in bed then I’m back at it again, sometimes working late into the night to make sure orders are ready to go on time.

What keeps you motivated?

Being at home! For years I have worked a 9-5 (more like an 8-7 sometimes). I’ve done the long commute in and out of the City everyday, dragging my kiddies out of bed at what felt like the middle of the night so that I could get the early bus to be in the office for 8.30. Somedays not getting home until after 7, trying to then get dinner ready, do homework, make lunches etc before I had to do it all again the next day.Being there for them keeps me motivated to just keep going.

What is the best thing about running your own business? 

Being able to suit myself. I don’t have to answer to anyone. The only stress and pressure I now have is the pressure I put on myself to keep going and to do better. My Job (if you can even call it that) can work around my family rather than my family have to work around my job.

How do you keep a work life / balance?  juggle childcare?

Somedays the struggle is real, I wont lie. When you have a mountain of orders to get out and 3 children to look after It can be tough. But like I said I do try to keep work days to Monday to Friday so that I have the weekends free to spend with my family. In terms of childcare I have been very lucky in that I have been able to work while the baby slept and then in the evenings once they were all in bed. In the last couple of weeks though, because things have gotten so busy, my Mam has started to mind the kiddies one day a week. Just so it gives me a full day to get work done. Working into the early hours is ok short term but that’s not sustainable in the long term.

What are you most proud of?

How far I have come & the reaction that my frames have gotten. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be where I am today. I still do a happy dance every time someone places an order with me. I am SO grateful for the support that I have received from my customers who keep coming back again and again to order. I have also gotten to know some other amazing mammies in business since I started this and the support from them has been amazing.

What are your goals for your business?

To just keep going. I have learnt so much over the past 12 months and I am keen to learn more and to try out new designs and develop some new products. Long term, I just hope to be able to keep doing what I love & to be able to stay at home.

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and believe in your capabilities.

For me the hardest part was putting myself out there. I was so nervous of the reaction I would get, would people like my designs, would anyone order anything, would I just fall flat on my face? I felt the fear and did it anyway and I’m so glad that I did.

You can find Forever Frames Dublin on…..

Facebook: www.facebook.com/foreverframesdublin

Instagram: www.instagram.com/foreverframesdublin

Snapchat: @foreverframes

Website coming soon!

Mumpreneur Series – Featuring – Mini bella boutique

Mumpreneur Questions

Tell us your start up story? How and when did you begin?

For many moons I dreamt of having my own business, with working full-time I never knew where to begin or have the time to start thinking about creating my own business.

I put myself through college at Dublin Business School at night time to get a better understanding of different key area’s in running a business.

While on Maternity Leave in 2016, the idea & creation of Mini Bella Boutique came to me.

I had my beautiful baby girl Sophia & like many new moms its life changing. In the early weeks of being a new mom I thought I could do it all, shop, cook, clean. It was just coming up to Christmas and I thought I have to get Christmas done. We ventured out to the shopping center on the busiest day of the year of course. It was a disaster for both me and Sophia. Sophia couldn’t feed, she was so upset, I was so upset. Running into the chemist asking for help what was wrong? Absolutely nothing, Sophia was uncomfortable, she wasn’t in her home environment. I felt like the worse mom ever. I just thought never ever again.

And with that I created an online space where new moms, grandparents, aunties, uncles could sit back relax, at nap times of course and shop. For comfortable, stylish & a little bit different baby & toddler clothes in the comfort of their own home. With no stress of public transport, shopping centers queues etc etc.

With determination & some research a couple of months later, Mini Bella Boutique was opened live from my kitchen table…

Mini Bella Boutique has been opened since July 2016.

How did you fund your business?

I started off very small with a little loan from my mam. I purchased my 1st stock order and I remember saying to my mam oh god, what am I doing. She said Go for it!! I’ve self funded Mini Bella Boutique since.

What would be the main challenges you face running your own business?

The main challenges for me is splitting my time, and finding a work life balance, family time, friends etc.

I’m what they call a part-time entrepreneur, I still work full time in my 9-5-day job. The dream is to go full time with Mini Bella Boutique.

One day (finger crossed) So my evenings & weekends are super busy. I love it but its challenging to say the least.

What keeps you motivated?

I’ll list these for you here.

  1. My Daughter Sophia
  1. My Partner & Family their belief & support in me & my business.
  1. When I see repeat customers supporting Mini Bella Boutique over & over. Huge Thank you. They know who they are…
  1. Just when you think, Oh this is a crap week, and just like that you receive & msg or a tag or a order. from one of my repeat customers or my continued support from brand rep Dee https://www.instagram.com/deehollhan/. My guidance. she rock’s.
  2. Also from follow online business and or mom bloggers who give you a shout out on social media for no reason at all. It gives me a kick up the backside anyway.

What is the best thing about running your own business?

That is mine, my heart, my soul goes into my business. I’m building it from nothing and that I’m lucky enough to have the support around me to let me do this.

How do you keep a work life / balance?  juggle childcare?

I’m very lucky with the support of my partner & my parents & family.

What are you most proud of?

I’m so proud of so many things, from my 1st order to reaching over 3000 followers on our Facbook & Instagram.

I’m most proud of my amazing brands who for some I have  introduced to Ireland for the 1st time.

One year after opening I had a stall at Ireland Pregnancy & Baby Fair. Roll on next year 2018..

What are your goals for your business?

My goal for my business is to continue to grow, build my brand, introduce new brands throughout 2018. Oh and for me work full time on my business & I can spend as much time at home with my family. Support the dream.

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Just go for It. Believe in what you are doing & take the risks. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people.

You can find Minibellaboutique on….

Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/Minibellaboutique/ 

Instagram –  https://www.instagram.com/minibellaboutique/ 

Website – www.minibellaboutique.ie 

Mumpreneur Series – Featuring – Treat Boutique

Mumpreneur Questions

Tell us your start up story? How and when did you begin?

I was working with my dad in a family business and he was away on a business trip in China last October when he died suddenly. He was 56 & I was 6 months pregnant at the time with my parents first grandchild. After he died I decided I couldn’t continue with the family business without him and wasn’t sure what to do. I had been doing treats as a hobby on & off for the past 5 years but never thought of starting it as a business venture as we were so busy.
Our baby boy was born in January this year. During the summer my mam took Gray DJ for 4 nights to give myself & my husband a little break so while the going was good we packed our bags and headed for Marbella.
Over a cocktail I asked my husband what I was going to do work wise and he simply said why not start a treat business. We thought of the name there and then and after e mail to my accountant the business was registered. That was it, Treat Boutique Dublin was born.
It had its first job on the 13th of August this year.

How did you fund your business?

At the start it was self funded from savings we had.

What would be the main challenges you face running your own business?

The main challenge is it’s 24/7 it’s very hard to switch off. It’s constant and theres no clocking off at 5pm. I don’t like to disappoint anyone and I don’t like to leave messages unanswered too long.
I could work till 2am most nights I don’t even know where the time goes.

What keeps you motivated?

Meeting and chatting to such lovely people on a daily basis. Seeing photos of my products at events and getting texts and calls from customers who are really happy with a service I have provided. For me my business is associated with good, fun & positive times. It makes me very happy and with every order that comes in it keeps me excited and motivated.

What is the best thing about running your own business?

Being your own boss, making all your own decisions. Not having to report to anyone. Working my own hours which is great especially with a young baby.

 How do you keep a work life / balance?  juggle childcare?

 I have so much support from my husband, my mam and the rest of my family and close friends. That makes life so much easier and without their support and help I couldn’t do what I do.

What are you most proud of?

How far the business has come in such a short space of time. Dealing with such amazing brands is something I never even considered when I started this business.

What are your goals for your business?

To grow the business and expand the product range and brand.

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

 Be yourself. Don’t worry about what people are doing around you. Just focus on what you want and go for it. Everyone starts somewhere. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
You can find Treat Boutique Dublin on…..

Things to do in Dublin and the surrounding areas in December

Things to do in December in Dublin and surrounding areas!

 

I have put together a list of things to do with your family in December in Dublin and surrounding areas. I find sometimes when you are looking for things to do you totally forget what is on so this is a handy guide that you can keep coming back to. Some events are a little drive outside Dublin but I have linked all events so you can see where they are and what suits you best. Hope it gives you some ideas of things to do!

 

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Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo!

 

Wild Lights opens on Friday, 3rd November 2017 and runs until Sunday, 7th January 2018

 

Wild Lights is a must-see experience for family, friends and couples this festive season, where they will embark on an enchanted trail and discover a dazzling array of beautifully crafted, giant colourful lanterns inspired by wildlife.

 

Visitors will be treated to an awe-inspiring display of lanterns which includes a pride of lions, orangutans, tigers, giraffes, monkeys and much more!

 

Other highlights include a 16-metre high porcelain elephant tower and a 30-metre long Chinese dragon. At the event, visitors will also be wowed by Chinese performers before browsing at the Chinese craft market, all in one unforgettable setting. There will also be a selection of Chinese foods and warm drinks available for visitors to purchase.

 

Tickets for Wild Lights are on sale now. Tickets must be pre-booked online.

 

Please note: Admission to Wild Lights is from 5 – 9pm. Last entry to the event is strictly 8pm.

 

Wild Lights ticket prices

 

Adults: €20

Child: €15

Under 3s: €0

Student: €16

OAP: €16

 

Wild Lights Dublin Zoo Annual Pass Holder Prices

 

Adults: €18

Child: €12

 

https://dublinzoo.ie/wildlights/

 

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Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market 2017

Saturday, November 18 – Saturday 23rd December

Friday from 12.30 – 19.00

Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 – 19.00

Dún Laoghaire

Co. Dublin

https://www.facebook.com/events/833908383450418/

 

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Rathwood Santa Train

November 18 – December 23

 

€16 per Child/baby

€10 per Adult Duration:

1 Hour

Rathwood

Rath,

Tullow

Co. Carlow,

Ireland’s Best Santa Train Experience

Rathwood’s Santa Train Adventure is Ireland’s most popular Santa Experience.

We invite you to share in the magic of Christmas and join us on a journey through the Enchanted Forest to visit Santa as he prepares for the most wonderful time of the year.

What’s included?

Join in the Christmas story with Mrs. Claus and Trixie the Elf

Take a magical journey on board the Rathwood Santa Train

Watch out for Rudolph and the other Reindeer along the way

Walk through the enchanted Forest that leads to Santa’s Woodland home

Each family will meet Santa individually & each child will get a special gift from Santa

Post your letter in Santa’s official Post Box

FREE Hot Chocolate & Rathwood Activity Book for every Child booked in to visit Santa

For the Big Kids: 20% OFF Christmas Items in our Christmas shop (T&C)

You can also:

Have your photo taken on board Santa’s Giant Sleigh

Enjoy Christmas carousels and so much more!

https://www.facebook.com/events/280433255758916/

 

 

 

arnotts

 

 

Arnott’s – Santas Grotto  –  Free

Sunday 19th November – Sunday 24th December

Arnott’s

Henry St

Dublin 1

Santa has arrived at Arnotts! The festive season has officially begun at Arnotts as Santa Claus arrived to a huge welcome outside Arnotts on Henry Street on 19th November.

You’ll find Santa’s Grotto on the Second Level of the store beside the magical Wonderland Christmas market. Visiting Santa Claus is a complimentary service we offer every Christmas. The team of elves will be happy to help you and your family during your visit.

Whether it’s an old or new tradition, visiting Santa Claus at Arnotts has been a family favourite for years and everyone who visits the Grotto will get a collectable I’ve Seen Santa at Arnotts 2017 badge. There will be a professional photographer at the Grotto available to capture a photograph of your visit, which can be purchased afterwards along

www.arnotts.ie/

 

 

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Santas House Express

Friday 24th November – Saturday 23rd December

Palmerstown House

Johnstown,

Kildare

Jump off the Santa train at Santa’s magnificent Manor Home and enter into the stunning, glistening hallway. In Santa’s house, you will be invited to step inside a magical fun filled room before visiting Mrs Claus in her sitting room where she will tell you all the stories about looking after the main man himself. Venture up the magnificent staircase and visit Santa in his reading room. Santa will greet & spend some time with you all & of course, have a special present for all the boys and girls who were very good throughout the year!! Don’t forget to bring your letter!

A warm festive welcome awaits you back at the Lodge. Enjoy a hot chocolate and some festive treats. Join us for lunch or dinner at the delicious carvery and be entertained by special guests and costume parades, where the kids can join in and get their picture taken with them! Mum & Dad can relax and enjoy some mulled wine while the kids chill out in the cinema area. Visit the stables where you will meet the Reindeer, our resident Turkey and their friends! Make sure to explore our new enchanted Fairy Forest and our extended carnival play area before you say your goodbyes. It will truly be a magical journey from start to finish!

https://www.santashouseexpress.ie/

 

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Santa Experience – Dunnes Stores

Friday, 24th of November 2017 to Saturday, 23rd of December 2017

Times:12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Santa Experience

Dunnes Stores, The Ilac Centre, Henry St., Dublin 1.

The Santa Experience has proved very popular in Dublin last year and across Ireland. One of the keys attractions besides the 2,000 sq.ft “Experience” itself is the option to book ahead to secure a specific time (within 30mins) and date. “BOOKING OPEN NOW” This allows people to plan their day and get the date they want.

Also the photographs which are extra (but worth it!) come in a professional 8 x 10 format with a black silver trim card frame. The quality is fantastic and it provides families with a timeless memento. You choose and collect your photos immediately after your journey through the Santa Experience.

Take a tour of the North Pole visiting 5 fun filled festive rooms including:

The Elves Post office

Santa’s stable

The Sleigh Station

The North Pole

Santa’s House

Family Fun Tip:- Fill out the Santa needs to know forms – Santa knows some personal information about each child which enhances every child’s experience

https://www.facebook.com/TheSantaExperience/

 

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Santas Journey

Saturday 25th November – Saturday 23rd December

Roundwood

Co. Wicklow

As Christmas approaches, Santa, with the help of his industrious elves and Mrs. Claus have created a magical journey in the foothills of the Wicklow mountains. This enchanted train journey sets off from Winter Wonderland Station stopping to see Santa’s Runway, The Talking Trees, Candy Cane Land, Elves Village and many more incredible attractions along the way before going to a very special audience with Santa himself. Santa’s Journey kicks off on the 25th of November and runs every weekend until Christmas in the beautiful grounds of Djouce Golf Club, Roundwood, Co Wicklow.

Guests will be invited into the warmth of Wonderland lodge where the journey continues with a visit to the elves quarters (shhhh) before stopping off at North Pole Post Office and the elves bedrooms, then onto seeing how the amazing elves are preparing all the letters for Santa Claus to read. Have your letters stamped by one of Santa’s elves to ensure you get first priority this year. The journey comes to an end as guests are invited into the Winter lodge Cafe where hot drinks and festive treats will be available for purchase.

Tickets cost €12.50 for adults and €18 for children which includes a free gift from Santa.

Santa’s Journey opens on Saturday the 25th of November and runs every Sat/Sun until the 23rd.

http://www.santasjourney.ie/ 

 

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The Santa Experience goes Polar at Croke Park

Saturday, November 25th – Saturday, December 23rd

Adults: €10

Children (2 years and over): €16

Children (1 – 2 years): €8

Children (under 1 year): FREE

The popular Santa Experience returns to Croke Park from 25th November, and this year Santa is bringing along his good friend ‘Stitch the Snowman’.

Stitch comes from a long line of GAA sporting legends and has a puck out so good that he can send a sliothar flying to the North Pole in just one swing!

Your family will wander through the Polar Palace in search of Stitch the Snowman, following a series of clues around the stadium. Along the way, you will visit Santa’s Grotto, where every child will receive a gift, the Ski Patrol Room which is manned by Santa’s elves, and go pitchside for a special surprise!

This wonderful new winter experience for families is sure to be a hit, especially those with a passion for Gaelic games. There will be plenty of beautiful festive family photo opportunities with Santa and Stitch during the tour, and a professional photographer will also be on hand to capture the moment.

Croke Park’s new Santa Experience also includes free admission to the GAA Museum, where families can discover two floors of interactive exhibits. Children can pick up their Junior Explorer passport and follow the special route which highlights some of the most fascinating and famous exhibitions, including the original Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy cups. A highlight for many is the museum’s Interactive Games Zone, where you can test your own hurling and football skills – see how fast your family can react, check your passing skills and practice a fingertip save or the art of the high catch!

And you can finish off the perfect day with light refreshments and a festive snack in the museum’s Blackthorn Café.  Or you could pick up the perfect stocking fillers for the GAA fan in your life from the GAA Museum Shop!

The event is both wheelchair and buggy accessible, and there is free parking adjacent to the GAA Museum which is located in the Cusack Stand of the stadium.

https://crokepark.ie/news-and-events/santa-experience-at-croke-park-2017

 

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Airfield Estate Christmas Experience

November 25 – December 23rd

Nov 25 at 10 AM to Dec 23rd at 6 PM

Overend Way, Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin Dublin 14

Ticket

€22.50 per Child

€12.50 per Adult

There ticket price includes a booking fee of €1.50 per ticket.

Airfield Estate Members receive a discount on up to 6 tickets per membership. Additional tickets can be purchased at normal retail price.

Face painting and letter writing with Santa’s Elves

Visit Santa in Airfield House for story time and gifts

Warm up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine

Decorate a delicious festive treat in the Elves’ Kitchen

Craft a Christmas decoration

Board the Santa train and enjoy a magical trip

Take a family picture on Santa’s sleigh

www.airfield.ie

 

christmas Island

CHRISTMAS ISLAND – The Santa Experience

From Saturday, 25th of November 2017 to Saturday, 23rd of December 2017

Times:10:00 am to 8:30 pm

Venue:Christmas Island

Address:Hidden Valley Holiday Park, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow

Tel.:+353 86 727 2872

Only Santa Experience in Ireland with Both a Train and Boat!

  • Enchanted Train and Boat Journey
  • Meet the Elves & Get Creative – Kid’s receive Rudolph Wrist Buddy
  • Sing & Dance with Santa’s Elves & receive Elf Medal
  • Visit Santa (all kid’s receive a present & sweet treat)
  • Colouring Competition & Letters to Santa
  • Festive Christmas Cinema Room
  • Kid’s Playground & Santa’s Mini Golf
  • Food, Drink and Professional Photo (extra fee)
  • Thousands of Twinkling Lights & Much More
  • Magical Photo Opportunities Throughout

Make this holiday a special time for your friends and family and join in on the festive family fun all here at Christmas Island.

Children €18.50 (1 to 12 years old) – receive present from Santa, a medal and Rudolph wrist buddy

Adults €14.50

Babies €7.50 (under 12 months) – receive present from Santa

http://www.christmasisland.ie/

 

Christmas Lullymore

 

 

Lullymore Winter Wonderland

Santa will arrive Saturday 25th Nov 2017 @ 10am!

WE CAN’T WAIT!!!

Open 10am – 6pm weekends/2pm – 6pm Wednesday – Friday

Late opening 2pm – 8.30pm Wednesdays & Thursdays in Dec.

CLOSED MONDAYS & TUESDAYS

NO BOOKING REQUIRED FOR FAMILY VISITS.

€20.00 per Child / €10 Baby (includes gift under 2 years) / €7.50 per Adult.

Early arrival advised at weekends – especially from 9th Dec. – 23rd Dec.

OPENING TIMES: Weekends 10am – 6pm / Wednesday – Friday 2pm – 6pm LATE OPENINGS Dec. 6th & 7th / Dec. 13th & 14th / Dec. 20th & 21st 2pm – 8.30pm

Maximum stay 1.5 to 2 hours.

Photos not supplied. Visitors welcome to bring their own cameras.

Last admission 1.5 hours before closing (4.30pm daily or 7pm for Late Openings).

http://www.lullymoreheritagepark.com/lullymore-christmas/

 

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Magic Memories at the Butlers Chocolate Experience

Saturday 25th November – Sunday 24th December

Clonshaugh Business Park, Dublin 17

Times:  10.00am, 12.30pm and 15.30pm

Admission: Child €15.00/Adult €13.50

Making Magic Memories this Christmas at the Butlers Chocolate Experience

Butlers Chocolate Experience has Christmas all wrapped up this November and December, with 5 weekends of festive fun for all the family.

On arrival, feast your eyes on the Butlers Chocolate movie and then jingle all the way through the interactive Chocolate Museum.

https://www.facebook.com/butlerschocolate/

Magic Memories at the Butlers Chocolate Experience


causey farm

 

Causey Christmas Experience

Sunday 26th November – Saturday 23rd December

All the sheds have different Christmas-themed events and everyone moves from place to place to sample each new experience.

Causey Farm comes alive with a festive atmosphere – as we celebrate Christmas with all the traditional charm and magic you’d expect. There’s a chill in the air. The farm animals are in for the winter and the baby lambs will soon be born. We hear laughter and “Wows” across the old farmyard – the time has come to celebrate and we do it in style here at Causey Farm.

Christmas at Causey Farm Includes:

Prices

Children (aged 2-12 yrs)    €22.00

Toddlers (1 year olds)        €8.00

Adults €14.00

Babies (0-11 months)         Free

Note: All booking changes are subject to a €5 administration charge

Visiting Santa’s house and help Mrs Claus pack his bag for the big journey.

Slide down into the toy workshop and play with the toys Santa has ready for packing.

Make your way through the Elves’ door to Santa’s Parlour.

Listen carefully, is that a noise on the roof? You’d never know who might arrive down the chimney – and of course he has a gift for all the children – Hope your name is on one of his parcels!

Follow the Bethlehem Trail to the stable where Mary and Joseph take care of their new arrival, watched over by the cows, donkeys, sheep and lambs.

Visit Christmas Cottage to experience an old Irish Christmas; Make a wish as you stir the pudding!

And of course don’t forget to Visit the reindeer as they relax before their big night.

Causey Christmas Experience lasts one and a half hours!

www.causey.ie/christmas

 

Rapunzel

 

 

Rapunzel Pantomime

26 November 2017 – 7 January 2018

The Gaiety Theatre, South King Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Tickets priced from €19.50

THIS IS NO ORDINARY PANTO, IT’S THE GAIETY PANTO!

A pantomime extravaganza with singing, dancing and laugh out loud shenanigans – hair, there and everywhere!  Join us as we follow Rapunzel on her hair-larious and hair-raising adventures as she tries to escape her Evil-Stepmother who has locked her away in the secret tower.

Legendary panto dame Joe Conlan, who celebrates his 28th year in the industry, will play “Nanny Ninny Noonah” and is joined by Ciara Lyons as “Rapunzel”, Johnny Ward as “Johnny B Goode” and Nicholas Grennell as the King “Larry Lilly Loolah”.

The Gaiety Theatre has hosted the annual Christmas Panto each year since 1873.  Today, families come from far and wide to experience the Gaiety Christmas Panto and for many it has become as much a family Christmas tradition as Santa himself!

http://www.gaietytheatre.ie/index.php/whats-on-buy-tickets/calendar/rapunzel-pantomime/668

 

malahide

 

Malahide Castle Christmas Experience

Friday 1st December until Saturday 23rd December

Malahide Castle and Gardens

Malahide Village, Malahide North Co. Dublin

This year we continue the tradition of our wonderful Christmas experience to be shared with old and young alike

Santa & Mrs Claus are preparing themselves for the arrival of all the wonderful families who treasure family time and tradition.

Visit Santa, Mrs Claus and special guests

Child €18 Adult €8

https://www.facebook.com/events/133314117426121/

 

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Christmas at Birr Castle Gardens

December 1 – December 23

Birr Castle Gardens

Green Street, Birr

Co. Offaly

Come and enjoy the magic of Christmas at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre this December. Be greeted and entertained by the Castle elves, before taking a trip to the enchanting Birr Castle where you will find Mrs Claus in the drawing room beside an enormous roaring fire and be read a magical festive story. Your visit continues to the elegant dining room where you will meet the man himself… Santa Claus!

Santa will visit Birr Castle Demesne over 9 dates this year kicking off on December 1st up to Saturday 23rd December.

Tickets are priced at €18 per child and €8 per adult, pre-booking is essential. Each booked child will receive an age appropriate gift from Santa as well as a sweet treat and hot chocolate. The Santa visit experience lasts for 45 minutes, but there is plenty more to see and do at Birr Castle Gardens.

Pre-booked adult and children tickets also include general admission to the Treehouse adventure playground and gardens. (T&C apply) for further details please visit birrcastle.com or T. 057 9120336

Payment required at time of booking.

https://www.facebook.com/events/415366168859165

 

luggwoods

 

 

Luggwoods Santas Enchanted Forest

Friday 1st – Saturday 23rd December

Luggwoods

Saggart

Dublin

Republic of Ireland

The magical journey begins when you enter the beautiful enchanted Luggwoods forest. Wrap up warm because you are in the majestic rustic foothills of the Dublin mountains!  Before your journey to meet Santa Claus, you’ll be greeted by our fairy tale characters.  You can write your letter to Santa before you board Santa’s tractor drawn carriage which takes you to meet Santa at the Luggwoods Big Red Barn.

www.luggwoods.ie

 

terenure christmas

 

Terenure Christmas Festival 2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 11 AM – 7 PM

Please come an join us for the traditional Terenure Christmas Festival and Bumper Village Market on 3rd Dec from 11am – 6pm in Terenure Car Park. Over 40 Market stalls, live entertainment all day. Catch Santa arriving on his open sleigh at 4pm and the traditional Tree Lighting from 4-5pm. Free goodie bags for the kiddies plus free mulled wine for the adults afterwards. Perfect place to pick up some additional specail Christmas presents. All Welcome. Free Event! We Love Terenure!

https://www.facebook.com/events/930062397129639/

 

santa at clonfert

 

Santa at the Clonfert Pet Farm

2nd, 3rd, 9th, 16th, 17th December

Time:-  16.00 –  19.00

Maynooth, Co Kildare

Discover Clonfert Pet Farm in Kildare this Christmas as it is all dressed up this year for the exciting Christmas Winter Wonderland .

Santa’s arrival into his new Grotto on the farm at 12 pm and the Christmas lights will be switched on in the traditional crib. A day of Christmas Magic, visiting Santas Workshop, Cowshed theatre and of course Santa and Mrs. Clause.

A visit to Santa must be pre booked and you can book by calling 087766029

A spectacular family day out with something for everyone’s taste Clonfert Pet Farm in Maynooth

€15 per child this includes a Santa gift

Adults €5

2yrs and under €5

https://www.facebook.com/clonfertpetfarm/

hamleys

 

Meet and adopt your own Elf on the Shelf!

Saturday 2nd December Time: 11am-5pm

Hamleys Dublin

Enjoy a magical day at Hamleys toy store, an official Elf on the Shelf adoption centre!

To celebrate the festive season and the start of your very own Christmas tradition, come and enjoy a fun-filled day of storytelling, selfies, arts and crafts and all things Elf-tastic for the entire family to enjoy!

Not only will you be able to meet the Elf on the Shelf character, but you will also be able to get your hands on some Elf goodies*.

About The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition

This magical tale was co-authored by mother and daughter Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell, and is based on their own family’s Christmas tradition. The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition launched in early 2005. Twelve years on, millions of families have adopted the Scout Elf and the book continues to top multiple bestseller lists.

Additional Information: All Hamleys customers should expect queues at free events; customers should arrive early to avoid disappointment. Queues will be cut to ensure the event finishes on time. Activity times and dates may vary. Character appearances will take place for 30 minutes on the hour each hour (11, 12, 1, 2, 3 & 4pm). Goodies will be available to the first 250 customers who visit the event. Strictly one giveaway per customer. Standard Hamleys T&C’s apply.

http://www.hamleys.com/explore-whatson-dublin.irs

newmarket market

 

Newmarket Christmas Fair

Sunday, December 3rd at 11 AM – 7 PM

The New Market Collective

Newmarket Square, Dublin, Ireland 8

We are delghted to announce our Wonderful Christmas Fair, Sunday 3rd of December on Newmarket Sq, Dublin 8.

The New Market Collective & Purevintage Fair are delighted to join forces for a one off Pop Up Christmas Market, with over 100 market Stalls, Artisan Baked Goods, Hot Food, Live Music, Christmas Carols, Santa and lots more..

Get your Stocking Fillers, Christmas Gifts, Unique Christmas Decorations & Crafts and Christmas Party Outfits!!

The Market will be in The Green Door Market & Dublin Food Co-op, Newmarket..

Hope to see you there.

Emma & Andrew

This is a Family & Dog friendly event.

There is Free Parking on the Sq.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1536780423056619/

 

cheerios panto

 

Sleeping Beauty Pantomime – The Cheerios Pantomime

Sunday 7th December – Sunday 14th January 2018

Tivoli Theatre

135 – 138 Francis Street

Dublin 8

Ticket from €15

https://www.facebook.com/TheCheeriosPanto/

 

 

panto

 

POLLY AND THE BEANSTALK

Friday 15th December  2017 to Sunday 7th January 2018.

Olympia Theatre

Dame Street

Dublin, Ireland 1

Featuring an all singing, all dancing cast, tickets for the Applegreen Christmas Panto POLLY AND THE BEANSTALK are on sale now from ticketmaster.ie or in person from the Olympia Theatre box office.

https://www.facebook.com/olympiapanto/

 

coca cola truck

 

CocaCola Christmas Truck Tour

16th December 2017

2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Smithfield Square, Smithfield, Arran Quay, Dublin 7

It’s that time of the year again! Come down to the Coca-Cola truck tour for your chance to have your picture taken with the world famous truck. Soak up the festive spirit with seasonal music and a complimentary Coca-Cola.

Enter your location to find events near you

https://www.facebook.com/smithfieldsquare/

Hope you like our suggestions!

Have a great December and Santa is good to you!

Eimear x

 

Mumpreneur Series – Featuring – Miss Ella May Bows Shop

Mumpreneur Questions

 

Tell us your start up story? How and when did you begin?

 

We started up in January 2015. After buying EllaMays bows from the UK for three years I decided to start up here myself as there was no company here supplying the glitter bows we loved. I made 50 Bows to start in 5 different colors and sold out within 30 minutes I couldn’t believe it.

 

How did you fund your business?

 

The business was self-funded. I work full time so I used part of it to buy stock and make a batch of bows and would then repurchase stock from sales. It much slower then jumping headfirst with a huge sum of money but I’m working at my own pace and it works.

 

What would be the main challenges you face running your own business?

 

The biggest challenge for me so far is…. switching off & letting others help. It never happens, because I’m at home and not in a workplace I’m always doing something. I could be sitting down having a cup of tea and two minutes later I’m at the table dishing out orders. My phone is always within reach and I find it very hard to not respond to a query or email the minute I get it whereas a normal business would not respond until the following morning. It’s hard to give yourself downtime when your business is right in front of you and all you want to do is make it bigger and better.

As for letting others help. This is the main reason why my business is not growing at the speed it could be. I have one set of hands. A full time job. A child. A house. A dog. A family. All which require my time and I am so particular about how my products are made. I will not let anyone make them. I have it down to a fine art. I have learned a whole new process along the way from buying the fabric to how its cut to how to stop it fraying to making it symmetrical to making sure, its durable. It is just a case of finding someone who works the same way I do and I’ll be sorted.

 

What keeps you motivated?

 

Life.

Life has been very tough for myself and my family over the last three years and making bows was my escape for a long time. At night instead of worrying about this or that I divulged into making new shapes and colors and it kept me going. Once I seen all of the different combinations it pushed me to make more and once I seen the response for them it was a given to keep pushing past the hard stuff.

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My Daughter. She is my tonic. My safe place. EVERYTHING I do is for her. My favorite quote is..”When you feel like giving up remember there is a little girl who wants to be just like you when she grows up”.

 

What is the best thing about running your own business?

 

The best thing is not having to answer to anyone but yourself. My office work environment is totally different to my work I do myself. You don’t feel like you’re under anyone’s thumb.

 

How do you keep a work life / balance?  juggle childcare?

 

Em that’s a tricky one. I don’t think I have any balance right now. I just take it all as it comes and go with the flow. If EllaMay needs my attention she gets it, if orders need attention they get it. I work in an office while EllaMay is in school and make bows when I get home when she is out playing or doing homework etc. If I’m super busy my Mam or Sisters will give me a dig out and take her for me while I get stuck in. I try to not work at night because it is literally the only hour or two I get to spend with my partner all week. Paying sky high rent means working all the hours of the clock unfortunately. Ideally, I would love to have people working with me and I wouldn’t have to work in an office but it’s not do able right now.

 

What are you most proud of?

 

This is very narcissistic but myself. I was a single parent living on social welfare for a good few years and knowing that I could do this by myself with a small child with the help of no one is motivation in itself. I’ve learned so much over the last few years about people & business. I’m also really proud that I have met the most amazing mamas throughout this journey working their asses off just like me to run their own little businesses. It ain’t easy.

 

What are your goals for your business?

 

I would love to expand very soon but other things are a priority in my life right now so once that’s all done with I can go full steam with my little business. Slow and steady.

 

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

 

Success in business is more about the sailor than the boat. Just keep swimming.

 

You can find Missellamaybows on…..

Facebook-  www.facebook.com/missellamaybows

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/missellamayshop/

Website- www.missellamay.tictail.com

Snapchat- lilmissellamay

Mumpreneur Series – Featuring – Lady Gray Graphics

Mumpreneur Questions

 

Tell us your startup story? How and when did you begin?

 

So in my other life I was an Interior Architect & Designer but being in the building industry & losing my job with the fall of the Celtic Tiger. Then went back to work & being crippled with childcare, I started my new life as a stay at home mammy.  Not being one to sit easy I had started out making gifts for my family & friends whenever a new baby came into the fold. That’s when things took off & I was contacted by numerous people I didn’t know if they too could buy a personalised print from me. It then went on to New Home Gifts & then Weddings, and it snowballed pretty quickly from there.

 

How did you fund your business?

 

I robbed Peter to pay Paul & its all been self funded. Not an ideal situation & things take a much slower pace. I have huge support from my family & I’ve amazing friends too. Always sharing my little biz & constantly spreading the  word within their workplaces etc

 

What would be the main challenges you face running your own business?

 

Trying to juggle it all. Im at home with the boys but Im not really at home. I find it very hard to close the door to the business & be able to just switch off. There’s always something that needs to be done ~ admin, marketing etc in between homework, dinners, pick ups, after school activities

 

What keeps you motivated?

 

Being a mother of four I basically live in the moment & happy I get through each day. I love creating/designing, I always have, its my escape. The fact people buy from my website is enough to motivate anyone. Everytime I hear a notification I honestly do a happy dance, it’s a huge thrill. I’ve also a huge circle of repeat customers who come back time & time again, that just floors me & Im eternally grateful.

My biggest motivation would be my boys & I do everything for them. I’ve always been a hard worker (I’m working since the age of 14) so I hope I am a good female role model for them when they’re older.

 

What is the best thing about running your own business?  

 

Being your own boss & not having to answer to anyone. Going back to work after losing my job was a huge eye opener. People were desperate to get back to work, so put up with all sorts from employers. My last day of work before I went on maternity, I was under pressure to get a job out on time ~ the boss was screaming at me, basically told me I was a thick. Anyway, I was then late to pick up my boys from school & in my panic I was in a car accident. I was rushed to hospital & we were both ok but that day I swore I’d never work for another person ever again & I haven’t

 

How do you keep a work life / balance?  juggle childcare?

 

God that’s a hard one!! Balance, what is that? So having four children meant childcare was out of the question for us, it was just far too expensive & not worth it in the grand scheme of things. My youngest is a little bit older now so attending Montessori, so I now have those hours in the morning to get my deliveries out & respond to emails. I try to only work when the boys are either at school or asleep for the night but during busy times I basically have to work around the clock, I’m always rushing from one place to the next. I feel guilty everyday but if I don’t work, I’m not contributing & we’ve gotta eat.

 

What are you most proud of?

 

I think it would have to be where I once started & where I now am. I went from being on the dole to having my own business which I can see growing all the time. I’ve huge ideas but that will come with time, Im in no rush & enjoying the journey. Im constantly learning.

 

What are your goals for your business?

 

Ah now that would be telling & I love secrets. Joking aside, I have my small goals or milestones as Im calling them. We’ve plans to extend the house so having my own office/space is the next lil step after that you never know.

 

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

 

Be you & do you. People will buy what you have to offer because you’re different. Don’t be an asshole. I worked for SuperQuinn for eight years & excellent customer service was drilled into us. The customer IS always right, offer every avenue to make their shopping experience more comfortable, remember they are handing over their own hard earned cash so they expect money well spent. We’ve all had a very rare, difficult, customer but in my experience if you are nice they will be too.

 

Also, be prepared for hard work!!!

You can find Lady Gray Graphics on….

WEBSITE: https://ladygraygraphics.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ladygraygraphics/

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/ladygraygraphics/

Three reasons why you should massage your baby – Featuring Toni Walsh from Family Massage

 Three reasons why you should massage your baby

Touch is a basic human need and research has shown that we all need it to survive and develop as balanced human beings. The art of baby massage is hundreds of years old and it’s an art that has been passed down from mother to daughter. Babies as young as a day old are massaged by their mothers in India helping to stimulate all the systems of the body while boosting the immune system.

A question I am often asked is ‘why would I massage my baby? There’s nothing wrong with them, or it’s just a lovely thing to do! Yes, it is a lovely thing to do but there is so much more to it. There are many benefits to massaging your baby and I have picked three that I believe are important on many levels however, there are many more.

  1. Stimulation

We know through research that all the systems of the body are connected. During baby massage the following systems are stimlulated helping to support baby’s equilibrium.

Circulatory systems, digestive systems, hormonal system, immune system, lymphatic system, nervous system, respiratory system, vestibular system (balance and coordination), language development. Regular baby massage also improves muscular development and tone, growth, elimination, sensory integration, connections between neurons as stroking promotes and quickens the growth of the myelin sheath.

 

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  1. Relief

Regular baby massage can help greatly with the relief of gas and colic. Strokes used during the abdomen massage can help to stimulate the digestive system helping relieve constipation and elimination, gastrointestinal cramps and excess mucus.

Growing pains and muscular tension are often relieved too by different strokes during baby massage once applied correctly. The nervous system can also be disorganised and baby massage helps to settle the nervous system having many physiological and physical benefits.

  1. Relaxation

A new baby has a lot to deal with on the outside! For months they have had the protection of their mother’s womb and now they are getting use to a new environment.

Through regular baby massage sleep patterns may be improved, and it may also help increase environmental coping mechanisms. After time babies improve their own ability to calm themselves while reducing stress hormones (cortisol) and increasing relaxing and anti-stress hormones (oxytocin).

Baby massage also has many benefits for parents, the family and society. For parents, it’s a better understanding of their baby as they learn to understand and read their babies ques. For many parents especially dads they improve their own self-esteem and confidence in dealing with their little one. I always encourage dads to get involved from an early stage as it helps greatly with their own bonding experience. Parents who have learnt to massage their babies have reported that they themselves feel more relaxed and better able to deal with challenging situations. There’s also the social aspect for parents to meet others in a class environment.

Looking at the bigger picture, society can benefit greatly too. Baby Massage is simply communication through nurturing touch. Imagine a society that has less violence, vandalism and crime. Imagine a society with increased respect and empathy leading to a happier, healthier society!

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I love to teach baby massage in a class environment but I also understand that classes are not always possible and everyone’s choice. That’s why I introduced the Mummy&Me package offering a more flexible way to learn how to massage your baby in the comfort of your own home.

For further details feel free to get in touch and I will do my best to answer any questions you may have.

Toni Walsh – Family Massage

https://www.familymassage.ie/mummyandmepamperpackage

https://www.facebook.com/familymassage.ie/

https://www.instagram.com/family_massage/?hl=en

https://twitter.com/TWFamilyMassage

 

Things to do in Dublin and the surrounding areas in November

Things to do in November in Dublin and surrounding areas!

I have put together a list of things to do with your family in November and early December in Dublin and surrounding areas. I find sometimes when you are looking for things to do you totally forget what is on so this is a handy guide that you can keep coming back to. Some events are a little drive outside Dublin but I have linked all events so you can see where they are and what suits you best. Hope it gives you some ideas of things to do!

wild nights

 

Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo!

Wild Lights opens on Friday, 3rd November 2017 and runs until Sunday, 7th January 2018

Wild Lights is a must-see experience for family, friends and couples this festive season, where they will embark on an enchanted trail and discover a dazzling array of beautifully crafted, giant colourful lanterns inspired by wildlife.

Visitors will be treated to an awe-inspiring display of lanterns which includes a pride of lions, orangutans, tigers, giraffes, monkeys and much more!

Other highlights include a 16-metre high porcelain elephant tower and a 30-metre long Chinese dragon. At the event, visitors will also be wowed by Chinese performers before browsing at the Chinese craft market, all in one unforgettable setting. There will also be a selection of Chinese foods and warm drinks available for visitors to purchase.

Tickets for Wild Lights are on sale now. Tickets must be pre-booked online.

Please note: Admission to Wild Lights is from 5 – 9pm. Last entry to the event is strictly 8pm.

Wild Lights ticket prices

Adults: €20
Child: €15
Under 3s: €0
Student: €16
OAP: €16

Wild Lights Dublin Zoo Annual Pass Holder Prices

Adults: €18
Child: €12

https://dublinzoo.ie/wildlights/

imaginosity

 

 

Imaginosity’s Wobbler & Toddler Mornings

Imaginosity’s Wobbler & Toddler mornings are designed for our youngest visitors and their parents & carers. Scheduled during quiet mornings, these mornings allow young children to explore the museum at their own pace, incorporating structured activities that will promote early learning and pre-school readiness. Activities change daily, visit our website for full details of what’s on! 

All Wobbler & Toddler activities are FREE with general admission to Imaginosity.

Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum
Beacon South Quarter, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 18

http://www.imaginosity.ie

 

giddy studios

 

 

Canvas Painting & Messy Play Class – Giddy Studios

17 November at 10:30–11:30

Come along to Giddy Studios for lots of messy canvas painting & play in a relaxed and welcoming environment. 
We will spend an hour doing lots of painting and handprints on a canvas – leaving everyone with a beautiful masterpiece to take home!
Admission is €12 which includes all materials, with pre-booking required. Call 01-2960303 for more details and to book.
We can’t wait to see lots of little beanies and their mums and dads soon for some messy fun!

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https://www.facebook.com/events/1965187427037404/

christmas market

 

 

 

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market 2017

Saturday, November 18 til Saturday 23rd December
Friday from 12.30 – 19.00
Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 – 19.00

Norah Langos
Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin
https://www.facebook.com/events/833908383450418/

 

rathcoole christmas fair

 

 

Rathcoole Christmas Fair

November 18 – November 20
Saturday 12.00pm
Sunday 11.00am

Rathcoole Community Centre
Main Street
Rathcoole, Dublin

The Rathcoole Christmas Fair was established in 2005 by the Rathcoole Christmas Lights Committee to help raise funds to light up the village of Rathcoole at Christmas time to bring about a cheerful, positive community spirit. At the same time presenting an opportunity for local Arts & Crafts people to show case their handcrafted products.

We also aim to introduce the younger people in our community to Arts & Crafts. We do this by running Christmas Arts & Crafts Workshops. The workshop provides an opportunity for each child to try out new techniques, develop their art skills and build their confidence all at the same time. The workshop is for school-going children of all ages and abilities. Each child gets to complete a special piece to take home to be treasured by parents & grandparents for many years. This event has proven hugely popular with the youngsters over the years.

In addition, we have lots of Christmas-themed activates for the kiddies such as face-painting, writing letters to Santa with the elves and of course the option to visit the beloved Mrs Clause

https://www.facebook.com/events/1524800040944239/

 

rathwood

 

 

Rathwood Santa Train

November 18 – December 23

€16 per Child/baby
€10 per Adult Duration:
1 Hour

Rathwood
Rath,
Tullow
Co. Carlow,

Ireland’s Best Santa Train Experience

Rathwood’s Santa Train Adventure is Ireland’s most popular Santa Experience.
We invite you to share in the magic of Christmas and join us on a journey through the Enchanted Forest to visit Santa as he prepares for the most wonderful time of the year.

What’s included?
Join in the Christmas story with Mrs. Claus and Trixie the Elf
Take a magical journey on board the Rathwood Santa Train
Watch out for Rudolph and the other Reindeer along the way
Walk through the enchanted Forest that leads to Santa’s Woodland home
Each family will meet Santa individually & each child will get a special gift from Santa
Post your letter in Santa’s official Post Box
FREE Hot Chocolate & Rathwood Activity Book for every Child booked in to visit Santa
For the Big Kids: 20% OFF Christmas Items in our Christmas shop (T&C)
You can also:
Have your photo taken on board Santa’s Giant Sleigh
Enjoy Christmas carousels and so much more!

https://www.facebook.com/events/280433255758916/

 

santa house express

 

 

Santa’s House Express

Friday 24th November – Saturday 23rd December

Palmerstown House
Johnstown,
Kildare

Jump off the Santa train at Santa’s magnificent Manor Home and enter into the stunning, glistening hallway. In Santa’s house, you will be invited to step inside a magical fun filled room before visiting Mrs Claus in her sitting room where she will tell you all the stories about looking after the main man himself. Venture up the magnificent staircase and visit Santa in his reading room. Santa will greet & spend some time with you all & of course, have a special present for all the boys and girls who were very good throughout the year!! Don’t forget to bring your letter!

A warm festive welcome awaits you back at the Lodge. Enjoy a hot chocolate and some festive treats. Join us for lunch or dinner at the delicious carvery and be entertained by special guests and costume parades, where the kids can join in and get their picture taken with them! Mum & Dad can relax and enjoy some mulled wine while the kids chill out in the cinema area. Visit the stables where you will meet the Reindeer, our resident Turkey and their friends! Make sure to explore our new enchanted Fairy Forest and our extended carnival play area before you say your goodbyes. It will truly be a magical journey from start to finish!

 

santas journey

 

 

Santa’s Journey

Saturday 25th November – Saturday 23rd December

Roundwood
Co. Wicklow

As Christmas approaches, Santa, with the help of his industrious elves and Mrs. Claus have created a magical journey in the foothills of the Wicklow mountains. This enchanted train journey sets off from Winter Wonderland Station stopping to see Santa’s Runway, The Talking Trees, Candy Cane Land, Elves Village and many more incredible attractions along the way before going to a very special audience with Santa himself. Santa’s Journey kicks off on the 25th of November and runs every weekend until Christmas in the beautiful grounds of Djouce Golf Club, Roundwood, Co Wicklow.

Guests will be invited into the warmth of Wonderland lodge where the journey continues with a visit to the elves quarters (shhhh) before stopping off at North Pole Post Office and the elves bedrooms, then onto seeing how the amazing elves are preparing all the letters for Santa Claus to read. Have your letters stamped by one of Santa’s elves to ensure you get first priority this year. The journey comes to an end as guests are invited into the Winter lodge Cafe where hot drinks and festive treats will be available for purchase.

Tickets cost €12.50 for adults and €18 for children which includes a free gift from Santa.

Santa’s Journey opens on Saturday the 25th of November and runs every Sat/Sun until the 23rd.

http://www.santasjourney.ie/

 

airfield

 

 

Airfield Estate Christmas Experience

Airfield Estate Christmas Experience is back from 25th November – 23rd December 2017. 


- Face painting and letter writing with Santa’s Elves
- Visit Santa in Airfield House for story time and gifts
- Warm up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine
- Decorate a delicious festive treat in the Elves’ Kitchen
- Craft a Christmas decoration
- Board the Santa train and enjoy a magical trip
- Take a family picture on Santa’s sleigh

www.airfield.ie

 

christmas lights

 

 

Christmas on the Square

25th November 11.00am-1.00pm

Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Natural History
Audience: Families
Venue: Merrion Street (Natural History Museum)

Pop in for a pencil and complete our Winter Activity Trail – ‘Do Not Disturb’ to celebrate Christmas on Merrion Square at the Dead Zoo. No booking required. Wheelchair accessible.

https://www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3515

 

christmas at birr castle

 

 

Christmas at Birr Castle Gardens

December 1 – December 23

Birr Castle Gardens
Green Street, Birr
Co. Offaly

Come and enjoy the magic of Christmas at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre this December. Be greeted and entertained by the Castle elves, before taking a trip to the enchanting Birr Castle where you will find Mrs Claus in the drawing room beside an enormous roaring fire and be read a magical festive story. Your visit continues to the elegant dining room where you will meet the man himself… Santa Claus!

Santa will visit Birr Castle Demesne over 9 dates this year kicking off on December 1st up to Saturday 23rd December.
Tickets are priced at €18 per child and €8 per adult, pre-booking is essential. Each booked child will receive an age appropriate gift from Santa as well as a sweet treat and hot chocolate. The Santa visit experience lasts for 45 minutes, but there is plenty more to see and do at Birr Castle Gardens.

Pre-booked adult and children tickets also include general admission to the Treehouse adventure playground and gardens. (T&C apply) for further details please visit birrcastle.com or T. 057 9120336
Payment required at time of booking.

https://www.facebook.com/events/415366168859165/

 

panda cafe

 

 

Coffee & Ballsbridge Sept 2017 – May 2018

September 26, 2017 – May 22, 2018
Panda Play Cafe
Old Belvedere RFC, 28A Anglesea Road, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 4
Join us at our regular meet up at Panda Play Cafe. It’s a fantastic way to get to know other FGG members over a coffee whilst the kids play in a safe environment and make new friends themselves.

This meet-up is open to families with children under the age 5yrs. For more information about Panda Play Cafe please visit :

http://pandaplaycafe.com/.

Hope you like our suggestions!

Have a great November

Eimear x

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