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 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.


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.


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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!!!

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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.




  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!

happy baby

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


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




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


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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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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


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





Rathwood Santa Train

November 18 – December 23

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

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!


santa house express



Santa’s House Express

Friday 24th November – Saturday 23rd December

Palmerstown House

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

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.





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


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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.


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 or T. 057 9120336
Payment required at time of booking.


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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 :

Hope you like our suggestions!

Have a great November

Eimear x

Things to do in Dublin and the surrounding areas in October

Things to do in October in Dublin and surrounding areas!

I have put together a list of things to do with your family in October 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!

Pumpkin & Play All Day Event

October 7 12-5pm

October 8  12-5pm

Irish Military War Museum

Starinagh, Collon Co. Meath

Pumpkin and play event

We are back again.  Join us in the Irish Military War Museum on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th of October for our Pick a Pumpkin and Play event.  Also on the Sunday we will be hosting the “Giant Pumpkin Weigh In Competition”.  No extra charge into this, but it’s definitely something not to be missed.

€10 per child includes unlimited access onto all our Bouncy Castles & Obstacle Courses & a Pumpkin of your choice.



Just turn up on the day pick a pumpkin and play away




Saturday, October 7 at 12pm – 4pm

Newbridge House and Farm

Newbridge House Donabate, Dublin, Ireland

spud fest

Free Family Fun Day:

Bouncy castles, fun lawn games with prizes, arts & crafts, face painting, BBQ with lots of tasty potato treats, vintage tractors and live music

Alright Pumpkin

Pick your own pumpkin straight from the patch. Lots of different sizes available. Open this Saturday and Sunday.
Bring Wellies!

Open 11-5 on Saturday and Sunday.

Pumpkin Carving demo at 2 pm.
Face painting 2-3 pm.

alright pumpkin

Pick your own pumpkin straight from our pumpkin patch! Check out our corn maze. Dig your own potatoes and try our fresh sweetcorn! As seen on TV! Check out our new website

Halloween train at Rathwood

Oct 21 at 9am to Oct 31 at 8pm          €10 per Child        €7 per Adult

Rathwood train halloween event

Jump on Deck this Halloween!!!!

Meet Captain Jack & Penelope Sail, help them find redbeards famous ship & hidden treasure before the evil captain hook. Follow the treasure map to the haunted part of the sea. Look out for evil captain hook along the way. Once the treasure is successfully found – each child will get there own gold treasure to bring home

On the way back from the haunted part of the sea, you will get to visit the Pirates Pumpkin Patch.  Pick and carve your pumpkin.

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A Fun Spooky Night At The Museum

Irish Military War Museum and SuperBounce Party Hire

Saturday, October 21 at 4pm

Irish Military War Museum

Starinagh,, Collon Co. Meath

Halloween is coming!!

Spooky night 21st October

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd Of October from 10-5 our Pumpkin Patch will be open and there will be loads to do with the toddlers, more will be revealed soon!

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Kennedy’s Pumpkin Patch 2017

October 21 – October 30

Shallon, Meath

Kennedy pumpkin patch

Kennedy’s Pumpkin Patch offers a unique family day out where you can come and pick your own pumpkin. We have a cafe, children’s maze, storytelling, facepainting and so much more. Be sure to try out the chocolate apples!!

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Baby and Toddler Week October 2017

October 23 – October 29

Oct 23 at 10:30am to Oct 29 at 11:30am

Giddy Studios

Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland D16

Price: €8.50 per person*

Baby and Toddler week October

We are running a gorgeous ‘Baby & Toddler Week’ from Monday 23rd of October to Sunday 29th October 2017 with guest speakers and play sessions across 7 different areas (Full list below).

Each attendee will also get to paint a pottery tile with their baby or toddler’s handprint as part of their session.

*Price: €8.50 = entry fee per participating child on ‘Play Days’ with a limit of one adult per child. On ‘Expert Talk Days’ a ticket must be bought per attending adult. Non-participating babes in arms are welcome. Price includes session + one free pottery tile + tea or coffee (tea/coffee only served on ‘Expert Talk Days’).

Any mugs painted at this session (optional activity) are discounted to €12 (from €16). You will also be able to avail of a €20 voucher on the day for the price of €10, allowing you to come back another day to paint presents for Christmas etc or bring along an older sibling.

There is also a Special Offer on Clay Hand & Footprints for available for 2 weeks from 16th October to 29th October for €49. Prebook & Prepay for Clay Prints by calling 01 2960303.

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Spooky Nights At The Museum

23rd Of October – 31st Of October (4pm-8pm)

Suitable for kids ages between 5-16

€15 per child & ADULTS GO FREE

Spooky night at the museum 23rd oct

Hocus Pocus and Alakazam!  We’ve cast a fiendish spell and created the ultimate Halloween experience for all ages. Whether your Halloween squad is made up of Dare Devils or ‘Fraidy cats, there’s something for everyone at our bespoke Night at the Museum Event.

Go wild in our sensational Giant Bouncy Castle Park; Escape and indulge with our family friendly Halloween movies (incl. free popcorn); Spook out with our spine-tingling Haunted Tour of the Military Museum; Get crazy creative in our stunning seasonal Pumpkin patch; Dare to venture through our devilish obstacle course or try your hand at our ghoulish games.

With a Ghost Busting Torch for every child to keep the monsters at bay and complimentary tea and coffee for adults, our incredible Night at the Museum Event will engage the imagination and tantalise the senses.

Limited spaces available so book today and get into the Halloween ‘Spirit’ like never before… but leave your broomsticks at the door…

Haunted Tour of the Museum

Pumpkin from our Pumpkin Patch

Unlimited Access to Bouncy Castle Park

Ghostbuster Torch

Halloween Movies with Free Popcorn

Halloween Games Galore

Free tea & coffee token for the parents



Pumpkin Trail

October 28 – November 4

Birr Castle Gardens

Green Street, Birr, Ireland

Birr Castle Pumpkin trail

Join us this midterm break for our Pumpkin Trail which will lead you through the enchanted gardens of Birr Castle. Can you find all the pumpkins and solve the mystery? There’s a “fangtastic” treat for all those who do! Trail included in general admission rate. Trails available from reception. Suitable for all ages. Available daily from 11.00 to 15.30.



Pumpkin Patch 2017

Oct 28 at 10am to Oct 31 at 5pm

Ladyrath Lane

LADYRATH, Wilkinstown, Meath, Ireland C15 Y018

Pumpkin patch 2017 Ladyrath lane

Pumpkin patch is back!!!bigger and better!!!hundreds of pumpkins to choose from,pick buy and carve your pumpkins with us this Halloween.ticket includes face painting,indoor and outdoor games,bouncy castles,carving your pumpkin and much more!!enjoy coffee and treats in our coffee shop

Fancy dress competitions each day,best carving competition and much more!! this will sell out so book early!!

€10 per family of 4/5

€3 for single or additional entrants



Halloween fun at Clonfert Pet Farm

October 28 – October 31

Oct 28 at 10:30am to Oct 31 at 6pm

Clonfert Pet Farm

Clonfert, Maynooth, Kildare

Clonfert Pet farm Hlloween fun

We welcome back our Halloween event. Visit the HAUNTED STABLES and walk the spooky graveyard. Also facepainting and entertainment by Gretta Smarty Pants, childrens disco, and more!

Regular Admission applies on the day: Family €15, Single €5, 2 and under go free!

We also welcome Katie onboard the team here at Clonfert. Katie will be educating children on reptiles, holding hourly talks on the different types of reptiles whilst giving the children hands on experience to hold them.

** No booking required for Halloweeen**



Marlay Haunted Forest Walk on Sunday, 29 October.

Win one of five family passes to our annual Samhain Halloween event in Marlay Park.

Enter your details by Monday 23 October 2017. The lucky winners will be notified on Tuesday 24 October 2017.

Dir comms Samhain halloween eveent

To enter, all you have to do is sign up to receive the dlr times by email.

Not for the faint hearted, this will be a free fright fest of spooky thrills and chills in our Haunted Forest Walk on Sunday, 29 October.

Each pass will comprise of 4 complimentary wristbands which will allow a family of four to enter the Haunted Forest at any of the separate attendance sessions.




Púca of Birr Castle-Kids Halloween Event

October 29 – October 30

Birr Castle Gardens

Green Street, Birr, Ireland

Birr Castle Puca of Birr

This Halloween we are celebrating the life of the 3rd Earl of Rosse who actually passed away on Halloween night 150 years ago. This Halloween, we will take you through a soul shivering story starting in the dark of the courtyard, through the anam of the Keep Gate and on into the Castle. The story will be animated by our amazing team who will bring to life the story of a nightmare ending for an astronomical genius…

The experience lasts 45 minutes and tickets are priced €12.50 per child (up to 16 yrs) and €8 per accompanying adult. This event is not recommended for children under the age of 7*.Recommended for children 7- 13 years(it is Halloween scary – if children are afraid of the dark this is not recommended, children must be supervised by parents at all times).

Pre-booking is essential. To book please T. 057 9120336 (on line tickets will be available shortly).

*Daytime activities will take place during the Halloween mid-term for our younger visitors.

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Bray Beach Hallowe’en Market

Sunday, October 29 at 11AM – 5PM

Jim Doyle’s Bray

Strand Road, Bray, Ireland

Bray Beach halloween market

Bray Beach Hallowe’en Market haunts the fantastic, newly-renovated Jim Doyle’s in Bray on Sunday 29th October, 11am-5pm. Ramble round the wildly wonderful stalls, with a mix of craft, fashion, photography and more, and then treat yourself to a delicious Sunday roast in the brand, spanking new Bar in Jim Doyle’s. We might even indulge in a bit of apple dunking for the weekend that’s in it.



Me and the Moon Halloween Art Camps

Book your spot now for Halloween camps in Bray and Greystones.  Limited availability.

me and the moon art camps



Giddy Studios Halloween Art Camp

Oct 31 at 10am to Nov 3 at 3pm

Giddy Studios, Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland D16

Giddy studios Halloween art camp

Giddy Studios Creative Halloween Art Camp takes place in our Studio in Dundrum  Town Centre for 8 weeks of Summer. It’s the most flexible camp around where you can sign up for single days at €30 per day. Regular rate for a 5 day week is €129 however sign up to our database to get emails about

Things to Know:

Age: 5 to 11

Suited to Boys & Girls

Wear pre loved clothes due to the fabulous amount of glue & glitter used.

Crafts include: Pottery Painting (glazed on 1st day of camp week) + Pottery painted with acrylic paint on all other days; along with a multitude of lots of other paper & foam clay based crafts.

Call 012960303 to book & prepay.

Email with any questions.

Tuesday 31st October – Friday 3rd November

Time: 10am to 3pm (Optional Early Drop Facility at 9am €5 / Optional Late Collection Facility to 4pm €5)

Early Bird Offers




Coffee & Ballsbridge     Sept 2017  –  May 2018

September 26, 2017 – May 22, 2018

Panda Play Cafe

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 :


Hope you like our suggestions!

Have a great October

Eimear x


Baby Reflexology Featuring Ula Boyle from Sole Serenity Therapy

Baby Reflexology (for Parents)

What is Baby Reflexology?

Baby reflexology is a simplified version of the reflexology treatment that is gentle, safe and suitable for newborns to pre-crawlers. It works reflex points on the feet that link to each body system. It’s a natural option (drug free) that may be effective for easing symptoms of common baby ailments such as:

  • colic, reflux, constipation
  • teething
  • poor sleep/restlessness
  • nasal congestion, colds, earache.

Touch is one of the first senses to develop in infancy and research shows that loving, nurturing contact with babies has a positive effect on their development. Reflexology is a gentle touch therapy so can be one way for parents to provide the essential touch that babies need to thrive.

Support for babies, less stress for parents.

Reflexology can support a baby’s healing and make them feel soothed and comforted. Parents can feel more in control using it at times when it can be upsetting and stressful to see their baby in pain or discomfort. Babies generally respond well to it and usually faster than adults. This is because they have not built up the same level of stress and toxins in their bodies.


Baby reflexology can be used on its own for minor or recurring illnesses, or alongside medical treatments. It can be flexible and easily given on a sofa, in a car seat, on a lap, beanbag, floor, or a changing unit.


A full treatment from a Reflexologist lasts about 10-15 minutes. There are simple techniques that parents can learn and put to use in the comfort of their own home. Parents can add a fun and effective way to support the health and development of their babies. It can be used at times of need or as part of a regular routine for bonding and maintaining wellbeing.

There is a Baby Reflexology Workshops on this Saturday the 7th of October.If you would like to know more about this valuable therapy contact Ula 086 087 2526 or


Things to Do in Dublin and the Surrounding area’s in September!

Things to do in September in Dublin and surrounding areas!

I have put together a list of things to do with your family in September 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!


Lucan Firework Display

8th September – 20.00 – 20.30



The Lucan festival team in association with the South Dublin county council are proud to bring a new addition to the Lucan Festival this year. Friday evening overlooking the weir a fireworks display will bring you a host of colours as we open the 9th annual festival and will kick off the weekend entertainment look out for more special events over the Lucan festival.




Sensational Kids Fairy Event For Charity

9th and 10th of September – 9.00 – 18.00

Rathwood – Tullow – Co.Carlow
Fairies & Elves of all ages will begin the festival with a themed craft activity which is yours to take home with you. There ‘s one for all fairy & elf folks from the age of 1 to 101!
Continue the journey with a train ride accompanied by some very special guests into The Enchanted Fairy & Elf Forest where we will stop off for some fun and games along the way.
To add to the atmosphere, you are invited to dress up in fairy & elf costumes, wear some fairy wings or come along dressed in your favourite fancy dress costume!

Visit the Maze of Ireland to find the secret password which will give you entry into the festivities in The Enchanted Fairy & Elf Festival Area where you can meet and greet some fairies and elves, including The Tooth Fairy
Roam free and take a walk around the Rathwood Forest Walks complete with Fairy Door Trail, Dodie Tree, Wishing Seat, Worry Tree. The Rathwood Forest Walks are very easy trails, suitable for walkers of all ages and abilities.The walk trail to the lake is wheelchair accessible
Have fun in the onsite playground.
Enjoy the onsite 300 seater Rathwood Restaurant and cash in your free hot chocolate voucher
Craft Activity for every ticket holder to take home
Train Ride Trail with lots of surprises and characters along the way
Admission into The Maze of Ireland
Free hot chocolate voucher for the onsite restaurant with each ticket
Free onsite car parking

This is a ticketed only event and tickets must be purchased online
Babies under 12 months are free of charge
A limited number of Wheelchair accessible tickets are available during ALL time slots
Dedicated Special Needs Times are available at 9am and 9.30am each day with reduced numbers and quieter music in the festival area.
We advise early booking to avoid disappointment

All proceeds from this event will be donated to Sensational Kids. We would like to thank you for your kind support and thank all the team at Rathwood for partnering with us to provide this very special event which will make a difference to the lives of thousands of children with additional needs.



rathwood fairy event



Airfield Festival of Food

9th and 10th of September – 9.30 – 17.00

Airfield Estate

The annual Festival of Food is back at Airfield Estate on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September.

With free admission for everyone over the 2 day festival, you’ll get to engage with over 40 local food producers and enjoy the very best of Irish food and drink.

We’ll have lots of fun activities for all the family based around the theme – Food Literacy: Unearthing the Knowledge Gap including:

• Face painting
• Kids craft hubs
• Family games
• Foraging walks

Free Admission

airfield festival of foods



Grandparents Weekend at Dublin Zoo

9th and 10th of September

Dublin Zoo


Calling all grandparents and grandchildren! Dublin Zoo is delighted to announce it will host a fun-filled family event on Saturday September 9th and Sunday September 10th especially for you!

To mark Grandparents’ Weekend, there will be activities for visitors to look forward to including music on the Great Lawn, educational games, arts and crafts, and historic Zoo photos. Children can also enjoy getting their faces painted to look like their favourite zoo animals with the help of Dublin Zoo’s talented face painters!

This is the perfect opportunity for grandparents and their little ones to spend quality time together by exploring the sights and sounds of Dublin Zoo.

Phone – 01 4748900

dublin zoo



Family Fun Enclosure

10th of September – 12.00 – 18.00

The Curragh Racecourse

Family Fun Enclosure

Day 2 of Longines Irish Champions Weekend on Sunday 10th September is set to be an exciting finale to the 2017 season at The Curragh

The County Kildare venue is delighted to announce that they will create an exciting Family Fun Enclosure on the 10th September, which will be located in the In Field of the racecourse with fantastic views of all the racing action and accessible to anyone with a race day admission ticket.

The Enclosure will feature a great mix of family friendly fun entertainment including Alice in Wonderland themed shows with special guests Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat, Giant Games Zone, Horse Racing Zone with simulator, Reptile Zoo, face painting and lots more, together with a high quality food and beverage area.

Family tickets are just €50 and all children’s entertainment is free once inside the racecourse.

Tel: + 353 (0) 45 441 205


The Doggie Do with Dogs Trust

10th of September – 12.30 – 17.30

Herbert Park

The Doggie Do is a family-friendly festival for and about dogs on September 10th 2017 at Herbert Park. We’ll have cultural chats and artistic workshops at The Cultured Canine, a chill out area called Doggie & Soul, great ReTail Therapy shopping and of course the crowning of ‘The Dog Of Dublin 2017’ at our Canine Costume Competition. Our friends from Dogs Trust will be onsite with lots of fun & games too.

A Mardi Gras for Mutt & Man indeed! We can’t wait for September 10th!

the doggie trust


Dr. Osity’s After-School Science Class

13th of September – 15.00 – 17.00

Imaginosity – Sandyford Dublin 18

Join crazy Dr.Osity for a 13 week term of FUN packed, interactive hands-on scientific learning! EVERY week will include hands-on experimentation; from ‘Scientific Slime’& ‘Moving Galaxies’ to chemically ‘Growing Snakes’…!

Classes run after-school at Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum (Sandyford) every Wednesday from 13th September – 13th December (exluding mid-term break) from 3-5pm, and are suitable for children aged 5-9 years. Classes will feature an hour of fun class based learning and experimenting, and an hour of supervised play on the museum floor.

Price for the term = €120…13 weeks for the price of 12! Remember, Imaginosity members get an additional 10% off!

Tel – 01 2176130

science class




Terenure Family Fun Day

16th of September – 13.00 – 16.00

Bushy Park

The Annual Terenrue Family Fun Day takes place on Saturday 16th September 2017 from 1pm-4pm.

The event itself takes place on the roadside pitch next to the market and consists of 6 bouncy castles (including Ireland’s biggest Zip Line experience), 4 face painters and live music all day long, a bumper market consisting of 40 stalls shocasing Hot Food, Artisan Produce and Craft with compliment the event.

Please walk, cycle or ride where possible, free parking is availlable @ Our Lady’s Senior School on the Rathfarnham Road.

Free Event

terenure family day




Blue Fire Street Fest

16th of September – 14.00 – 20.00

Smithfield Square

BLUEFIRE STREET FEST is back and bigger than ever.
Join us on September 16th in Smithfield Square for a FREE and family-friendly celebration of Dublin’s diversity and our 5th anniversary!

Get ready for a fun-filled day featuring some of Ireland’s best musicians, artists and street performers. A diverse range of activities – everything from youth talks, poetry and live street art to dance, drumming and dj workshops will be taking place throughout the day with loads of opportunity for the audience to get involved!

A kids area, teen zone and food & craft market are just some of the other areas of the festival that promises to keep the whole family entertained.

Lots of laughs are also guaranteed as we are delighted to welcome Nathan O’ Reilly (the tall one from #FullyCharged on SPIN 1038) to the stage as this year’s MC!

Free Admission

Blue Street Festival

Marine Life Scavenger Hunt

17th of September – 15.30 – 17.30

Sandycove Avenue West, Sandycove, County Dublin

We will join Marine Zoologist and Environmental Scientist, Mona McCrea on Sandycove beach at low tide to learn about the rich marine life found on our doorstep. Mona will explain to everyone what we are going to do, safety and a bit about workings of the tides. Then, with the help of a scavenger hunt we all go down to the waters edge and work together to find the plants and animals on the sea shore.

This activity is for children aged 5+. Younger siblings are welcome but are to supervised by their parents/carers at the top of the shore or down on the lower shore with the group. Although siblings will not be part of the group, Mona will try and include them as much as possible and show them all the interesting animals that are found.

More details can be found on our website:



seashore kids

Smithfield Square Spectacular on Culture Night

22th of September – 17.00 – 23.00

Smithfield Square

The interactive playground returns to Smithfeld this year with an even bigger family-friendly programme for Culture Night 2017.
The square will come alive with an array of performances, workshops and demos. Come enjoy grafitti walls, circus shows and drumming workshops. Try out taster classed in dance and fencing, and take part in some make-and-do.

Full programme information will be released closer to the time.

Square Spectacular

Young Chef: Harvest Feast

23rd of September – 10.00 – 12.00

Airfield Estate

Our cookery classes for 8-12 year olds run once a month and during mid terms and holidays with seasonal menus such as “All you knead is love (Bread and cake making)” at Easter and Traditional Irish classics during St. Patricks weekend.

Children will explore our food gardens and harvest their own ingredients for the different dishes they produce. Classes will be led by our education and bakery team in a relaxed and fun environment where children will be encouraged to ask questions.

Children will see the process of food from farm to fork and get hands on, learning kitchen safety with correct utensil care. They will soon getting creative in the kitchen preparing delicious healthy meals that they can recreate at home.

Classes run from February to October. For a full list of classes, please visit

01 969666

airfield young harvest




Messy Play Class – Giddy Studios

29th of September – 10.30 – 11.30

Giddy Studios, Dundrum Town Centre

Come along to Giddy Studios for lots of messy sensory 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!

Call 012960303 to book & prepay.
Email with any questions.

giddy studios




Fairy & Elf Garden Workshop

30th of September – 14.00 – 15.15

The Baby Room – Carlow

Invite Fairies & Elves into your home by making them a beautiful little house and garden to live in. Use your creativity to decorate small wooden bird houses, choose paints, leaves, stones, glitter, jewelled stickers and decorative plants to create a magical home for your little friends. You can even make a tiny clothes line or garden fence. If you believe in magic, our workshop is for you.

Finish with a hot chocolate and cookies while listening to a short story.

Suitable for boys & girls, aged 5 -10.
Time 2- 3.15pm
Cost €15
Spaces are limited. Booking essential.

elf image


Hope you like the suggestions!

Have a great September

Eimear x


Things to Do in Dublin and the Surrounding area’s in August!

Things to do in August

I have put together a list of things to do with your family in August 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!


Dublin Horse Show

9th – 13th of August – 10.00 – 12.00

RDS – Ballsbridge

The Dublin Horse Show is considered to be one of the top three equestrian shows in the world and the only one of these to be held in a major city. Held on the grounds of the RDS, the Royal Dublin Society, the Show has been running since 1864 and is the oldest show jumping competition in the world. While specialising in show jumping and other equestrian competitions, the Show is as much renowned for the social occasion it provides, which is saying something in Dublin! It is a staple of the summer calendar and one that people from all over Ireland and beyond come for year after year, as it provides social, shopping, fashion and equestrian all in one venue in early August each year.

Tel: 00353 1 668 0866

dublin horse show 9th -13th of August


Family Storytime at Origami Wonderland

11th of August – 11.00 – 12.00

Birr Castle


Join the whimsical charactors, Swimsy the Goldfish and Flopsy Hop the Rabbit, on their magical adventures through Origami Wonderland. An enchanting book reading with author George Dempsey Flanagan. Suitable for all ages. Free of charge. Event takes place in Birr Castle Galleries.

Free Admission

+353(0)57 912 0336

birr castle 11 august


Family Fun Day

11th of August – 13.00 – 16.00

Barbican Centre

William Street, Drogheda, Co Louth

Family fun day for all the family

Free admission
✔Face painting
✔Movie on big screen
✔Raffle on the day
✔Much much more

family fun day 11th of August


Young Farmers

11th of August – 10.00 – 12.00

Airfield Estate

Young Farmers 2017

Our Young Farmers series is a range of farming workshops for children aged between 8-12 years which are run from 10am to 12pm on Saturdays throughout the year.

Each session will vary and focus on a different animal, perfect for animal lovers and outdoor explorers. Highly trained experienced educators will encourage children to investigate our farm animals and explore their hidden talents. Kids will learn about and create toys and activities that will delight animal and Young Farmers alike. Farming is all about working together, working hard but having fun and satisfaction in a job well done.

We want every child who attends a workshop to leave with a greater understanding of farm life and the animals that live there.
For more workshops visit

Phone – 01 969 6666

Young Farners 12 August


Milos Bears Picnic

12th and 13th of August – 12.00 – 17.00

Malahide Castle

Milo Bear has made his decision!

Bring your teddy bears out to play for Milo Bear’s picnic on the West Lawn. Pack a picnic and enjoy some memorable family fun time with face painting and a teddy hunt.

Join us on Saturday 12th or Sunday 13th August from 12 Noon to 5pm

Family garden tickets are only €18.50 (2 adults & 2 children) and can be purchased at the Admissions Desk.

+353 (01) 8169538

Milos Bear Picnic 12th August


Inflatable Colour Run- Kildare

13th of August – 12.00 – 17.00

Kildare – Naas Punchestown Racecourse
The Inflatable Colour Run is coming to Punchestown Racecourse this Sunday.
This one of a kind event combines all the best parts of an inflatable event, with an amazing Colour run, and the result is an EPIC, unmissable summer FUN event!
Suitable for all ages and abilities, so whether you want to run, walk, dance or bounce your way along the route- its totally up to you- its all about fun!!! Tickets on sale at this link>

inflatable colour run 13th August

Children’s Summer Art Camp

14th of August – 11.00 – 16.00

National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

Join artist Niamh Synnott for Children’s art week! Children will be encouraged through fun art activities to observe, engage in and be inspired by their surroundings. Kids can try their hand using a variety of mediums and materials such as mono and block prints, batik, plein-air painting, and construction using art straws.

Ages 4-7 years: 11.00am – 12.30pm
Ages 8-12 years: 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Cost: €60. Booking essential.

Telephone No: + 353 1 804 0300

Email address

Summer camp 14th August


Magic Show at Ardgillan Castle

16th of August – 12.00 – 13.00

Ardgillan Castle – Magician Jamie Skelton

Magic Show

Ardgillan Magic Show with Magician Jamie Skelton

Wednesday 16th August at 12pm
Duration approximately 1 hour.

”Jamie Skelton is a full time professional kids magician in Dublin. He performs all over the country, mainly in Dublin and it’s surrounding areas. Jamie has held a residency at Tayto Park, performing over 1000 shows there, so you know that you are booking a bonafide magician!
With over 10 years experience, Jamie is one of the most sought after kids magicians in Dublin, with over 90% of his shows booked through word of mouth…he’s that good!”

Check out his website for clips and more information

€10 per person
Booking required/Limited Numbers
Please read the terms & conditions before purchasing.

Terms & Conditions:
Please retain your receipt as proof of purchase.
Tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and have no cash value.
Please be prepared for all weather conditions.
Suitable for children ages 4 – 12 years.
Parents are welcome to attend the show, but would need to purchase a ticket.
For more information contact the team at the castle.


Phone: 01 8492212



The Big Grill 2017

17th  – 20th  of August – 12.00 – 21.00

Herbert Park – Ballsbridge Dublin 4

The Big Grill BBQ,Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
50plus Food Stalls & Producers

25plus Pitmasters & Restaurants

Eating Competitions

Demos & Talks

Djs & Live Music

Live Fire Cooking

Kids Area

And much more

the big grill 17th August


Sunnydaze Children’s Festival

19th –  20th  of August – 12.00 – 17.30

Rathbeggan Lakes – Dunshaughlin

Sunnydaze Children’s Festival at Rathbeggan Lakes
• Saturday 19th August to Sunday 20th August 2017
• Boutique Weekend Family Festival with free Overnight Camping on Saturday for weekend ticket holders
• Live Entertainment, Interactive Cool Games for Kids of All Ages and Abilities, Crannóg Nature Crafts, Artisan Food
• Access to Rathbeggan Lakes Family Activities

An incredible fully programmed 2 day weekend children’s festival with overnight camping on Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th August at the superb child centred venue of Rathbeggan Lakes, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath- just 10mins from the M50.

For full details please visit our website:

With 3 covered Stages:
– Mainstage with live music and entertainment, Kidisco, comedy and theatre.
– Big Bubbles with giant wooden games, puppet shows, magicians, giant angry birds, hammocks for parents and children alike, and a kids cinema.
– Crannóg Crafts with workshops arts and crafts, talks, Phoenix earthcare, reduce, reuse and upcycle.

Boutique food stalls, fun, family and much, much, more….

Festival Times:
Saturday: All day, 10am – 21.30PM *
Sunday: All day, 10AM to 5.30PM*
Overnight camping on Saturday night for weekend ticket holders only. Camping grounds will be open from Saturday morning t Sunday evening.
* exact times to be confirmed

Tickets are on sale now, access the ticket sales page from our Facebook Page and also our Website, there will be a limited number of tickets available and will be on a first come first serve basis, hope to see you there!.*Sunnydaze Team*

Tickets prices also inlcude a number of tokens that you can use for extra activites available at wonderful facility of Rathbeggan Lakes:
for more details:
Swan Paddle Boats (5 tokens per boat)
Bungee Bounce (4 tokens)
Water Rollers (4 tokens)
Mini Jeeps (4 tokens)
Bouncy Fun Zone (5 tokens)
High Kings Tower
Climbing (5 tokens)
Abseilling (7 tokens)
Zip-Line (7 tokens)

One Token = €1 and they can be purchased individually or in bags of twenty.
Extra tokens available at Rathbeggan Lakes 1token = €1
All day wristband t include a variety of activities also available at Rathbeggan Lakes- please visit their site for more details-

This fully programmed 2 day weekend event promises immense fun for all families with children of all abilities and ages! It will sell out so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Hope to see you all there!!

(01) 824 0197


Introduction to Bee Keeping

11th of August – 10.00 – 12.00

Airfield Estate

Are you interested in keeping bees and having your own honey, but don’t know where to start?

Join local beekeeper Brian O’Toole from Leinster Honey for an introduction to the fascinating world of bees.

As part of the workshop we will have a live bee colonly on display so you will be able to see upclose inside the colony!

Phone – 01 969 6666



Groove Festival 2017

19th –  20th  of August – 11.00 – 18.00

Killruddery House and Gardens

Groove loves families!

Groove Festival 2017 will offer even more for little kids and big kids alike. From our new family zone, bigger and better outdoor activities, extended opening hours, to our range of family friendly dining options, Groove Festival is the perfect hassle free summer’s day out for the whole family.

Don’t forget, kids 12 and under now go FREE to Groove Festival! Book your tickets online today and be sure to add your little ones, they won’t want to miss this (max two free child tickets per adult, see full terms & conditions here).

Get ready for some serious festival fun!

Tickets available via:

Under 12s go free*

Groove Festival 19th August


Summer Art Camp

21th –  25th  of August

Giddy Studios, Dundrum Town Centre

Giddy Studios Creative Summer Art Camp takes place in our Studio in Dundrum Town Centre for 8 weeks of Summer. It’s the most flexible camp around where you can sign up for single days at €30 per day. Regular rate for a 5 day week is €129 however sign up to our database to get emails about Early Bird Offers
Things to Know //
Age: 5 to 11
Suited to Boys & Girls
Wear pre loved clothes due to the fabulous amount of glue & glitter used.
Crafts include: Pottery Painting (glazed on 1st day of camp week) + Pottery painted with acrylic paint on all other days; along with a multitude of lots of other paper & foam clay based crafts 💗

Call 012960303 to book & prepay.
Email with any questions.

giddy studios


IFI Family Festival 2017

25th –  27th  of August

Irish Film Institute (IFI) – 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2,

Round off your family summer with some of our great festival films! In our animal-packed programme, we have talking cats, teaching frogs, racing buffaloes and loyal dogs. There are fierce wolves and very big elephants too. Our film adventures come from around the world, so we’ve some special guests to help with subtitles if you need them, and a chance for you to read and swap stories too!

Individual tickets for all films cost €5, including the opening night event. A family ticket (feature films and shorts programmes) is €15.00 for 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children. Workshops cost €15 – €20 each. Films can be booked via the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477 or via the IFI website. Workshops can only be booked via the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477.

(01) 679 3477

Irish Film Festival


Super Milk Wild Air Run – Inflatable 5k

26th  of August  – 10.00 – 16.00

Malahide Castle and Gardens

Dublin – Malahide Castle

Super Milk Wild Air Run returns to MALAHIDE CASTLE, DUBLIN.
26th August
30% off full price tickets for the first 300 tickets!
New 4 lane, 60m long slide! 3 new inflatables!
Tickets are ON SALE now @
The Super Milk Wild Air Run is an experience with a difference. All ages (7+) and fitness levels can enjoy Ireland’s first inflatable obstacle course.

Join the 20,000+ people that got involved and had EXTREME FUN in Summer 2016. The Wild Air Run craze is sweeping the nation!

Guarenteed to sell out so get your tickets today to make sure you don’t miss OUT!

supermilk run


 Under The Sea Event

26th  of August  – 13.00 – 14.00

The Square Tallaght


How would you like to learn more about our sea creature friends? Well on Saturday 26th of August on our Centre Mall (Level 2) we will have waves and waves of fun with so many fun and fishy activities! Fun for all the family!

We will have arts and crafts, free face painting and even an educational talk with the expert Kealan from Seahorse Aquariums!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Free Admission

(01) 452 5944

underthesea 26th August

Hope you like the suggestions!

Have a great August

Eimear x

Questions and Answers on Fussy Eater’s – Featuring Roisin Gowan Paediatric Dietitian

Roisin’s Background and Work History

I qualified in 2009 with a 2.1 Honours Degree in Dietetics. Since then, I have worked in NHS Teaching Hospitals in Newcastle and Leeds, and in GP clinics in their community. I moved to Ireland in 2012, and have worked in Cavan General Hospital, Vincent’s Private University Hospital before joining Crumlin in 2014. I have worked in both hospitals at Temple Street and Crumlin since then and accrued specialist experience and skills in paediatrics over the years. I currently am responsible for training UCD dietetic students at our hospital. I am a registered dietitian with CORU (regulatory body for allied health care professionals) and a member of INDI (Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute).

I provide a Paediatric Dietetic Service to Dublin and surrounding areas. I continue to work as a Senior Paediatric Dietitian at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin where I specialise in infants and toddlers, general paediatrics, eating disorders and oncology. I also do private consultations and home visits and Corporate wellbeing.


Questions and Answers

My child has suddenly become a very fussy eater, how do I ensure they are getting enough variety?

Many parents report that one of the hardest and most frustrating aspects of caring for their little ones is ‘feeding their child’. Young children are developing their own personalities and temperaments and in some cases food refusal is their way of exerting their independence or commanding attention. Most problems stem from parents worrying and giving their child too much attention for not eating. This is a temporary phase and parents should be reassured that most children will go through a phase like this. Distractions at mealtimes, inappropriate weaning, excessive drinks, limited variety with food, manipulative behaviour and parental anxiety all contribute to fussy eating. The key to dealing with this, is to identify if this is a one off day (in which case not to worry about it) or if the child has been eating poorly for days/weeks. It can be helpful to write down what the child is eating as often they will eat little and often during the day and this is adequate for their nutritional needs. A few strategies to deal with this behaviour and make mealtimes less frustrating is- no distractions at family mealtimes….established regular family mealtimes… that not too much  fluid is consumed (avoiding fizzy drinks, and offering milk or water only) suitable chair for child at mealtimes…not to react if child refuses meal,…encourage messy play…vary food served at mealtimes….


What are your suggestions for a healthy lunchbox, so they aren’t getting the same thing every day? The key is to make it healthy and balanced ! A starch (wholegrain bread, crackers, wrap, pasta, couscous) protein (meat, fish, eggs, hummus, cheese like babel, beans or lentils) and fibre (fruit or vegetables) For a sweet you could add a low sugar yogurt. Making it attractive is key! Lots of colours (grapes, kiwi, mandarin, bananas) 


My kids won’t eat leafy greens, what should I do?

Offering your child new tastes can be daunting for a little one, especially if they have not eaten it before! Adapting the strategies such as regular mealtimes, not reacting in face of provocation… can be a start. When introducing a new  taste such as vegetables, getting your child involved in preparing meals, and allowing messy play offers sensory opportunities that allows the child to become accustomed to this new food. If vegetables are a food item that was previously accepted and now blankly refused, stay calm! Offer vegetable with favourite meals at least 30 times ( can takes this long for a child to accept it) and encourage and praise when child accepts food…putting the vegetable on a favourite plate, making shapes using a biscuit cutter, or incorporating the vegetable into cooking (spiralised noodles, smoothies, healthy muffins or brownies etc) can be ways to get your child to accept vegetables. Involving your child in the cooking proces will help too


I’m worried about my child’s weight, how do I help without making them self-conscious?

I’m not sure if you mean your child is overweight or underweight, both of which can cause alarm. I would suggest that if you have any concerns regarding your child’s weight, to bring them to a registered dietitian. Dietitians are clinically trained to nutritionally assess and manage weight related disorders and can give trusted and evidence based advice that can be tailor made to your child’s condition. 


What are your tips for helping children to make healthy food choices?

Out of sight, out of mind! Not having foods with a high sugar content (sweets, fizzy drinks, chocolate, biscuits) in the household. Let me illustrate this with an example. If you walk past a bakery and smell freshly baked pastries and treats, it triggers your motivation to eat pastries. Yet if you don’t walk past the bakery, you wont have to fight yourself to avoid eating a sugary fatty food. By reducing your exposure to food cues (sugary foods in the cupboard or freezer) this can help prevent children from eating too much sugar. Get educated! Reading the back of nutritional labels- cereal for example can have a high sugar content.

 Keep foods simple- buy wholesome fresh foods with few ingredients. Drinks should be water or milk. Keep food balanced: include a starch, protein and fruit or vegetable at mealtimes. For treats- The Baby Led Feeding Cookbook has lots of natural and healthy snacks that won’t break the sugar bank. Enlisting help from grandparents too- instead of rewarding grandchildren with sweets, get them to offer a non-food treat like a kids magazine or an activity.

I’m also a big believer in getting kids from a young age involved growing food. It teaches them lessons about sustainability, where food comes from, seasonal produce and a sense of achievement when they see something grow from scratch. Vegetables that can be easily grown from seeds (salad leaves, radishes, spring onions etc) are a good start. I remember this was something we partook in school and it worked! Also growing up on a farm, we had to help out picking strawberries or potatoes for one Irish pound a day (deprived childhood)

For older children, good behaviour food charts, can also be helpful!


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Things to do in July in the Dublin area!

Things to do in July in the Dublin area!

Are you constantly looking for things to do at the weekends with your little ones? I am always on the lookout for something new and fun to do with Sofia. Below I have added an event for each weekend in July for anyone living in the Dublin area. From small to big events whatever takes your fancy!

Family Comedy Weekend is back at Farmleigh

1 July – 2 July at 11:45 to 2 July at 17:00
Show Map


Castleknock, Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland D15 TD50

We’ve a great programme of family friendly comedy at the lovely Farmleigh for a whole weekend! including stand-up comedy, comedy workshops, street performers, top joke competition, silly story telling and big board games.

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Open-Air Garden Theatre; Peter Pan at Castletown

1 July – at 16:00–17:30

Castletown House

Exit 6, M4, Celbridge West, Celbridge

Open-Air Theatre; Chapterhouse Theatre Company present, ‘Peter Pan’Saturday 1st July, 2017 on the back lawns at Castletown. Performance starts at 4pm, with access to the lawn from 3pm.

After the hugely successful event in 2016, the OPW team at Castletown is delighted to welcome Chapterhouse Theatre Company with a production of ‘Peter Pan’ directed by Philip Stevens.

Join Wendy, Michael and John Darling on their adventrues with Peter, far away on the magical island of Neverland. There they encounter the enchanting mermaids, magical fairies and the cruelest pirate of them all, Captain Hook!

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, and in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, J.M. Barrie’s timeless classic is brough to life in a brand new adaptation by award winning writer Laura Turner, with beautifully designed costumes, music and songs.

For your comfort, please bring along your own rug, cushions or low back seating. Picnics are welcome and please dress for our Irish summer, this performance will take place rain/shine and tickets are non-refundable. Please note, no dogs allowed onto the back lawns.

open air theatre Peter Pan Casteltown


RADFest Family Fun Day

1st July – 12:00–15:00


RAD FEST- Rathfarnham and District Festival

Rathfarnham, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 14

An amazing family fun day out at Rathfarnham Castle with music, art & entertainment for the kids.

rad fest


Irish Classic & Vintage Motor Show

2 July – 11:00–18:00

Terenure College

Templeogue Road, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 6

  The Irish Classic and Vintage Motor Show in Terenure College, Dublin, the biggest Classic and Vintage Car Show in Ireland for over 20 years.

Motor show


Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular in Dublin 2017

7 July – 9 July 12.00 – 20.00

Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular

Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 2

For full festival line-up, see
Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular will return to Dublin’s Merrion Square this July 7th – 9th and to Cork’s Fitzgerald Park on July 15th and 16th.
Entry to this family friendly festival is entirely FREE of charge.
This year’s free festival will be brought to life through our spectacular line-up which includes world record breaking street performers, healthy heroes The Happy Pear, spandex sporting comedy duo Lords of Strut and this year’s festival ambassador – Ireland’s favourite turkey Dustin The Turkey.

Areas to explore at this summer’s biggest festival include Laya Healthcare’s Greatest Place on Earth; a spellbinding land with family health and happiness at its heart, a world street food village from Just Eat Ireland with a live music stage and waiter service, and pet wellness area with the Dublin SPCA where festival-goers can get pet health advice or be the star of the Scruffs Dog Show. We would love everyone – families, friends, couples and pet pooches – to come join in the celebrations and enjoy our FREE festival this July.

laya city spectacular


Super Milk Wild Air Run

8 July at 10:00–18:00

St. Catherines Park – Lucan Demesne

Lucan, Dublin, Ireland

Super Milk Wild Air Run is coming to DUBLIN, ST.CATHERINE’S PARK for the very first time!

NEW 60 Metre Long Inflatable Water Slide!!
We are bringing you BIGGER & BETTER in 2017! New obstacles, new elements and a whole lot more fun!

Early Bird Tickets are ON SALE now for a limited time only @

The Super Milk Wild Air Run is an experience with a difference. All ages (7+) and fitness levels can enjoy Ireland’s first inflatable obstacle course.

Join the 20,000+ people that got involved and had EXTREME FUN in Summer 2016. The Wild Air Run craze is sweeping the nation!

Make sure you don’t miss OUT!

wild air run


The Inflatable Colour Run

14 July at 19:30–21:30

Newbridge Park and House

Donabate, Donabate Co Dublin

The Inflatable Colour Run is Bouncing into DUBLIN for a fantastic EVENING of fun!!!!!

Get the weekend started and enjoy a summers evening of colour at the Inflatable Colour Run – Dublin!
This one of a kind event combines all the best parts of an inflatable event, with an amazing Colour run, and the result is an EPIC, unmissable summer FUN event!
Suitable for all ages and ailities, so whether you want to run, walk, dance or bounce your way along the route- its totally up to you- its all about FUN!!!
inflatable colour run


Dublin Maker 2017

22 July at 10:00–18:00

Merrion Square

A day-long free festival of hackers, crafters, coders, DIYers and curious inventors

Attention all makers, tinkerers, inventors, hackers and do-it-yourselfers: A creative carnival of show and tell, Dublin Maker, is set to take over Merrion Square this Summer. Transforming it into a spectacular family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and we want you join us.

The open call for this year’s Dublin Maker is now open to all inventors, makers, hackers and creators. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast or a creative crafter, we’d love for you to apply for a place at our biggest Dublin Maker yet.

Each year, we welcome, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors of all ages and backgrounds. Dublin Maker’s mission is to entertain, inform and connect the makers of Ireland, while inspiring the next generation of Ireland’s makers and inventors and we want you to be part of it.

Take the opportunity to glimpse into the future, get hands-on and join the Maker Revolution. There’s nothing else like it. Remember, your project doesn’t need to be finished, and it definitely doesn’t need to be for sale. We want you to share how you make, so in-progress, hobbyist projects are A-OK!

You can get more information or why not submit an idea

dublin maker


 Bray Air Display

22 July at 12:00–22:00

Bray Seafront, Bray, Ireland

Join us for Day 1 of the #BrayAirDisplay ground events kick off at 12 noon. See for more details.

The twelfth annual Bray Air Display will take place this year on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July 2017. The festival is managed by Bray Summerfest with thanks to main supporter the Irish Aviation Authority, as well as Wicklow County Council and

Awe-inspiring aerobatic acts from across Europe will take to the skies during this summer’s #BrayAirDisplay, which is supported by the Irish Aviation Authority. The award winning event will take place over two days again this year, on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July 2017 and includes a Fun Fair, Hospitality Packages, Food & Craft Village, Live Music plus lots more. Great weekend of fun for all the family. See

bray air festival bray festival


Malahide Has It 2017

28 July at 19:30 to 30 July at 23:00

Malahide Has It Festival​​

Malahide Festival is a feature of the Summer. It takes place in late July and details for next year’s Festival will be posted when available.

Bands, family activities, fairground … there will be something for everybody



Teddy Bears Picnic

29 July at 14:00 to 30 July at 17:00

Wooly Ward’s Farm

Whitestown, Oldtown, Dublin

Teddy Bears Picnic

Don’t miss our annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic on July 29th & 30th at Wooly Ward’s Farm. A fun filled day for all of the family with activities such as make your own Teddy Magnet, bring your Teddy to the Teddy Hospital for a check up,having a picnic with Goldilocks, decorating a Shortbread Teddy Bear, Magic Show, Animal Petting, Bouncy Castles and so much more!!

teddy bears picnic Teddy-Bear-Post-it

Hope it gives you some ideas for what to do with your little ones over the summer! If there is anything you want to add just let me know :)


Eimear xx

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