Things to do in Dublin in April

I have put together a list of things to do with your family in April 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!clonfert Farm

Clonfert Pet Farm
Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Easter Trail
30 March at 11:00 to 2 April at 18:00
016016314 or 016285422

Are hosting their annual EASTER TRAIL on the 30th/31st March & 1st/2nd April from 11am? Join them for a fantastic fun filled day with our Easter bunny!? There will be face painting & more! Normal admission fee applies on the day plus additional €2 per child to participate & receive an egg! No booking required but you can let us know below if you’ll be joining us???

http://www.clonfertpetfarm.com

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

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Dublin Zoo – Phoenix Park

1 April – 2 April

9:30am-6pm

Walk off all that chocolate with a trip to Easter Extravaganzoo at Dublin Zoo! On Easter Sunday and Monday there will be Easter games, special animal enrichments, a fun trail and face-painting. And special appearances by the Easter Bunny!

Normal Zoo entry fee, no extra charge.
Book your tickets online to save time and money!

***Dublin Zoo is open every day over the Easter Holidays from 9:30am-6pm**

https://dublinzoo.digitickets.co.uk/tickets

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Easter Egg Hunt at Ardgillan.
Monday 2nd April at 3pm
Join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt through the Demesne. The Easter Bunny is making a welcome return to Ardgillan and will be hiding his eggs around the park for all the boys and girls to find.

He has promised to be here on the day and is looking forward to meeting everyone!

Tickets €5 per person!!

There will be some special GOLDEN EGG prizes on the day too!!!

Online tickets are sold old, if you would like to attend arrive early to avoid disappointment.

https://ardgillancastle.ie/easter-egg-hunt/

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Easter Eggstravaganza At Wooly Farm

Sunday 1st April at 5.00pm

Wooly Ward’s Farm

Whitestown

Oldtown

Dublin A45 HE68

Wooly Ward’s Farm is delighted to announce the return of the Easter Eggstravaganza on Sunday 1st of April!

Special Activities such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Live Lambing, Animal Maternity Ward and the Easter Show will all be on offer. Not forgetting Bouncy Castles, Thomas the Tank Engine, Animal Petting and Scary Mary which will all be there as usual!

Tickets on sale now – book early to avoid disappointment!

https://www.facebook.com/events/222796464948708/

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National Museum of Ireland

Sunday 1st April

National Museum of Ireland

Merrion St

Dublin

Seasonal Activity Sheet- Spring Into Action! (2)

During Museum Opening Hours, Merrion Street (Natural History).

Family drop-in Activity

Spring has sprung so why not drop in to the Museum and try our Spring Activity Trail.

Copies of this activity sheet are available at the stands in Reception and the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil!

https://www.museum.ie/Natural-History/Events-Projects/Seasonal-Activity-Sheet-Spring-Into-Action!-(2)

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Luggwoods Easter Hunt!!!

Until  Monday 2nd April at 4.00pm

Luggwoods

The Lugg

Saggart 24

Your magical rustic experience will begin as soon as you enter the beautiful Luggwoods Enchanted Forest. You’ll be greeted by our fairy tale characters that will show you to the Easter Bunny’s tractor drawn carriage called “The Luggwoods Express”.

Once you board The Luggwoods Express our fairytale characters will guide you on an interactive and fun journey through the Enchanted Forest. Along the way, you will take in the stunning view of Dublin city and help our fairytale characters find the clues that crack the code of the lost letters in the forest. Are you ready to do an exciting Easter Egg Hunt through the mystical forest & help find the missing eggs?

At the Big Red Barn you’ll meet some Bunnies & Chicks, listen to stories, do some art n crafts and met the Easter bunny himself. Of course, he will have an egg for all of the children.

luggwoods.ie

Easter train extragavanga

Easter Eggstravaganza

Monday 2nd April at 10:30am – 5:45pm

Railway Preservation Society of Ireland and

Whitehead Railway Museum

To celebrate Easter Monday, we have an exciting line-up of trains, all of them along glorious cliff-side scenery, seashore views, or across forest viaducts.

There are three trains to choose from:

Train 1 (Easter Eggspress): Dublin-Wicklow and return. There will be Easter eggs for those with a Child ticket.

Train 2 (Greystones Shuttle): Wicklow-Greystones and return.

Train 3 (Arklow Shuttle): Wicklow-Arklow and return.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1861048497239097/

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Imaginosity Harry Potter Easter Camp

Monday 2nd April  – Friday 6th April

Imaginosity

Dublin Children’s Museum

Beacon South Quarter

Sandyford, Dublin 18

For the 2nd week of the Easter Holidays we are calling all budding Harry Potters, Hermione’s and Ron Weasley’s to join us for our Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry Camp. This magical wizarding week will be jam packed with Harry Potter themed games, challenges, arts & crafts, wand making and potion classes….so come ready to perfect your skills and compete for the House Cup!

Camp will run from Monday 2nd-Friday 6th April, from 9.00am-1.00pm/2.30pm for children ages 4-6 &7-9 years. Week long and day camp rates both available.

www.imaginosity.ie

Viking fest

Viking Fest 2018

Until Monday 2nd April at 4.00pm

Dublinia

St Michaels Hill

Christchurch

Dublin 8

We promised you something huge and here it is………

Dublinia is proud to present Viking Fest 2018. A huge celebration of Viking Culture happening Easter weekend at Dublinia and Wood Quay from the 30th of March to the 2nd of April.

This unmissable festival of Viking heritage will host Living history demonstrations, Viking ships moored and on display in Wood Quay, and will culminate in a live outdoor spectacle with the international Follow the Vikings audio visual and theatrical performance at the historic Wood Quay amphitheatre, celebrating the cultural and historic impact of the Vikings on Saturday 31st March.

Dublinia hosts Viking Fest with support from Dublin City Council, Failte Ireland, Follow the Vikings and Creative Europe.

So, what’s happening…………..

Living History, Viking Weaponry, Coin Minting and crafts

Swords, shields, spears, bows axes, and the skills and tactics of Viking weaponry will be on display in the Dublinia courtyard all weekend. The special art of Viking coin minting will also be demonstrated as well as Viking crafts like tablet weaving. You’ll see history come to life with our re-enactors demonstrating how to use a quern-stone or even playing some Viking games.

All taking place at Dublinia.

Vikings Ships moored and on display

The Vikings are coming back to Wood Quay – just like they did over 1,000 years ago. Lakes Viking Warriors will have two Viking longships moored at Wood Quay on the River Liffey for all to see. A full size longship will also be aground on Wine Tavern Street with lots of Viking Warriors on hand to tell you all about the ship and life for them as it would have been a thousand years ago.

The highlight, the Follow the Vikings theatrical performance.

Follow the Vikings is an audio visual and theatrical extravaganza that will take place in the wonderful historic Wood Quay amphitheatre. A 45 minute experience of film, animation, projection, sound, dance, drumming, battle re-enactment and live action. An event not to be missed. This amazing performance is free of charge but is ticketed, and tickets will be available form the 1st of March.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1263160243786016/

Easter family fun weekend

Easter Family Fun Weekend

Until Monday 2nd April at 6.00pm

Irish Military War Museum

Starinagh Collon, Collon

Come join us at The Irish Military War Museum In Collon From Saturday 31st of March – Monday 2nd of April for a weekend of Fun & Frolics.

€13 per child (plus booking fee) and the following is included :

– Treasure Hunt for the children

– Easter Egg for Every Child

– Admission into the Bouncy Castle Park (which has the largest obstacle course in the country)

– Admission into the Cinema room ( movies will be playing thruout your session)

– Fully equipped playground

– We will aso have Mickey & Minnie Mouse or similar characters show up during your session for Meet & Greet where you are welcome to take photos with the children.

And the best part is ADULTS GO FREE, you only need tickets for the children

Please note this is a TICKET ONLY EVENT!!

**Please note each session is 3 hours long, please arrive at your allocated time so as you get the most out of your fun filled day.

**Tours of the musuem is not included in this package, you can book that on the day if you wish.

**And most importantly bring spare socks!!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/327190801124611/

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Join Imaginosity at Kildare Village this Easter

Monday 2nd April: 11-5PM Make Your Own Easter Sock Bunny

Thursday 5th April: 11-5PM Plant Your Own Grass Head

Saturday 7th April: 11-5PM Plant Your Own Grass Head

Kildare Village

Nurney Road,

Kildare,

Ireland

Join Imaginosity’s Funstigator Team this Easter in Kildare Village for lots of hands-on fun packed seasonal workshops.

All workshops are FREE, subject to availability. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Visit http://bit.ly/IMAGKVEaster for further information!

Giddy Studios(2)

Giddy Studios Easter Mid Term Art Camp – Week 2

Tuesday 3rd April – Friday 6th April

Giddy Studios

Dundrum

Dublin

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!

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/events/568827370148995/

Airfield adventurers camp

Airfield Adventurers Camp Week 2

Tuesday 3rd April – Friday 6th April

Airfield Estate

Overend Way,

Dun drum

Dublin 14

On the Airfield Adventurers Camp, we will spend the week out and about on the estate exploring the gardens, farm and natural habitats.

Each adventurer will spend time getting hands on with activities that help our gardeners and farmers get ready for the busy spring and summer seasons.

Working with our education team, campers will hunt for mini-beasts, meet the animals, sow seeds, bake yummy treats and much more.

Age: 5 – 8 years

Week 2: Tuesday April 3rd to Friday April 6th (4 day camp)

Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/563025230736774/

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Airfield Explorers Science Camp week 2

Tuesday 3rd April – Friday 6th April

Airfield Estate

Overend Way,

Dun drum

Dublin 14

On our all new Airfield Explorers Science Camp, our busy campers will spend a week experiencing what it like to be a scientist, while at the same time, exploring our farm, gardens and natural habitats.

Working with our education team, our junior explorers will experiment with crazy concoctions, discover how to make rain resistant shelters, explore concepts of building and construction, and because it’s Easter, carry out lots of EGGsperiments – egg drop challenge, floating eggs and much more.

Children will spend five fun-filled days in the gardens, on the farm and in nature, learning science concepts with hands-on activities that fulfil their natural curiosity.

Age: 5 – 8 years

Week 1: Monday March 26th to Friday March 30th (5 day camp) suitable for 5-8 year olds

Week 2: Tuesday 3rd April – Friday 6th April (4 day camp) suitable for 6 -10 year olds

Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/191547601430223/

Matilda Bord Gais

Matilda the Musical

Wednesday 4th April – Tuesday 17th April

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Grand Canal Square,

Dublin 2

Winner of 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s touring production of Matilda The Musical comes to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in what will be one of the biggest theatrical events of 2018.

With book by Dennis Kelly, original songs by Tim Minchin and direction by Matthew Warchus, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

http://bordgaisenergytheatre.ie/index.php/artist/matilda-the-musical

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National Museum – Ancient Egyptian Animal Adventure!

Thursday 5th April 11.00am – 1.00pm

National Museum of Ireland

Merrion St

Dublin

Join the Ancient Egyptian Animal Adventure and explore two Museums in one day!

Audience: Families   |   Event Type: Drop-in Activity

Join the Ancient Egyptian Animal Adventure and explore two Museums in one day! Begin and collect the trail at the Museum of Natural History on Merrion Street, and come face to face with the animals of Africa. Complete the trail at the Museum of Archaeology on Kildare Street, where you will discover ancient Egyptian animal gods!

No booking required but there may be a short waiting time. Not wheelchair accessible.

https://www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3590

Festival of the dead

Festival of the Dead comes to Dublin

Friday, 6th April at 10.00pm – Saturday 7th April at 4.00am

Festival of Light

Welcome to The Festival of Light Dublin – an experience like no other.

? 3D Projection Shows ?

?Fire Breathers on Stilts!?

?Awe Inspiring Lasers

?? Mesmerising Glow Girls! ??

?Professional Face and Body Painters

Come and celebrate The Festival of Light in Dublin, where we will be creating an awe inspiring spectacle of astounding lights, fire, effects and live performances to an insane soundtrack.

Join us, for a night to remember.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1928962554095605/

Grandparents imaginosity

Grandparents go free at Imaginosity each term-time Tuesday

Tuesday 10th April  9.30am – 5.30pm

Tuesday 17th April 9.30am – 5.30pm

Tuesday 24th April 9.30am – 5.30pm

Imaginosity

Dublin Children’s Museum

Beacon South Quarter

Sandyford

Dublin 18

Don’t forget Grandparents go FREE each term time Tuesday at Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum!

www.imaginosity.ie

Minecraft

MineVention – The Official Minecraft Community Event

Saturday 14th April – Sunday 15th April 11.00am – 6.00pm

RDS

Merrion Road

Balls bridge

Dublin

Tickets Available:   www.ticketmaster.ie

Coming back to the RDS! The OFFICIAL Minecraft Community Event. Do your children love Minecraft? MINEPLEX Tournaments, Youtuber Meet & Greet, Education, Build Battle, Stages and so much more.

https://www.facebook.com/events/307193193104801/

City Centre kids camp_nKids Guide Summer Camp Fair 2018- Dublin City Centre

Sunday, 15th April  at 10:30am – 5.00pm

Kids Guide Ireland

Trinity Sport

Trinity College

Pearse Street, Dublin

Camps are for kids ages 4-16!

Kids Guide Dublin is excited to announce the Third Annual Kids Guide Summer Camp Fair is expanding! We’re delighted to offer TWO dates this year for Dublin City Centre in April and South County Dublin in May.

Come discover every great summer camp under one roof at Trinity Sport on April 15th Sunday! Share all the fun and invite your friends! FREE for everyone – bring the entire family and discover all the best summer camps available for kids in the Dublin metro area and beyond this summer.

Join us for a great day for parents and a great day for kids and discover some new, tried and true camps and summer programs to delight and educate your kids this summer! With over 50 of our best Summer Camp Partners showcasing their programmes, you’re sure to find something just right for each of your kids!

Come prepared to book in so you’re sure to get your child’s place confirmed and we’ll show them some fun in the Kids’ area to ensure a great day for all, big and small!

Tickets are STRONGLY recommended, as last year’s event was a sell out and jam-packed. By preregistering with your email here on Event Brite, or on our Facebook event page, you’ll automatically be entered to win one of several amazing prizes being given away, such as free camps for the kids, and prizes for mum and dad!

More info at http://www.kidsguide.ie/summer-camp-fair

Afternoon tea with teapot

Afternoon Tea Airfield Estate

Sunday 22nd April – 2.30pm

Airfield Estate

Overend Way,

Dundrum

Dublin 14

Relax & enjoy a very special Afternoon Tea in the beautiful surrounds of Airfield House. Spend an afternoon in the company of your favourite people overlooking the beautiful walled gardens as they begin to bloom with the Spring bulbs & the stunning Dublin Mountains!

Our menus are seasonally prepared to use the freshest seasonal produce from our Estate and our selected local suppliers.

Sample Menu

Pot of Freshly Brewed Tea

Selection of Solaris Herbal Tea

French Press of McCabe’s Artisan Coffee

Mini Raisin Scone, Wholemeal & Orange Scone

Fresh Diary Cream

Cuinneog Farmhouse Butter

Airfield Rhubarb Compote

Chocolate & Coffee Opera Gateau

Individual Lavender Meringue, Lemon Curd Filling

Airfield Elderflower & Edible Flower Jelly

Rosewater Éclair, White Chocolate & Pistachio

Smoked Salmon, Airfield Guinness Bread

Pastrami & Airfield Horseradish Roulade

Coronation Chicken, Puff Pastry Shell

Airfield Egg & Watercress Mayonnaise, Sourdough

Vegetarians and Gluten Free catered for

https://www.facebook.com/events/1706744746012265/

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Primary Times Dublin Family Fair 2018

Sunday 22nd April at 10.00 – 5:30pm

Primary Times Family Fair and Primary Times Ireland

RDS

Merrion Road, Ballsbridge,

Dublin

A fun family fair from Primary Times Dublin magazine where parents of 4-12 year olds can meet a host of parenting and lifestyle experts as well as education specialists and representatives from Ireland’s leading entertainment, learning & leisure industries. The Serpentine Hall of just over 1,000 Sq. metres will be the main exhibitor area with approx. 50 stands. The Clyde Hall approx. 400 sq. meters will be our Kid Zone with a giant inflatable, entertainers and lots of interactive fun. Register for your FREE family ticket before they’re all gone!

http://www.primarytimesfamilyfair.ie/

Hope you like our suggestions!

Have a great April 🙂

Eimear x