Things to do in June in Dublin and surrounding areas


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

Sunday Kids Drop-By Activities – Botanic Gardens

Until Sunday 17th June

National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

300 Botanic Road, Dublin 9

Times: 11.00am, 11.30am, 3.00pm, 3.30pm. No Bookings. First Come, First Served.

Kids, Join us for fun activities in the dedicated Children’s Garden! Sow seeds, make seed bombs, design bug hotels and re-use everyday items to create your own piece of eco art.

All children must bring their own grown-up.

The Paper Playground – Seedlings Early Years Workshop

Saturday 2nd June at 10.15am – 11.00am

The Ark, Dublin

11a Eustace Street

Dublin 2

Let’s leave the toys aside awhile to play with the packaging! In the second of our monthly early years programme Seedlings for ages 2-4, we explore the creative potential of paper with artist Lucy Hill !

What might we get paper to do and what might paper get us to do…

Paper hats?      Paper aprons?      Paper folds? Paper wraps?    Paper dinner?   Paper music?       Paper trees? Paper shadows?     Paper snow?    Paper giraffes??

…let’s take some time to play with the extraordinarily ordinary possibilities of paper!

These visual art workshops will offer opportunities to explore materials in playful and engaging activities, ideal for getting little ones (and their grown-ups!) imagining and creating together.

The Ark – Dublin Workshop: Digging In & Greening the City

Saturday 2nd June 2018 at 11.00am

The Ark, Dublin

11a Eustace Street

Dublin 2

FREE creative workshop this Saturday for ages 5-12 at 11am! Working with city greening experts Green Edge, children will help us transform The Ark building into a new green space in Temple Bar bursting with plant and bird life. Children (and their grown-ups) will share ideas and designs for The Ark through drawing, painting and making 3D models using a range of mixed and recycled materials. Their garden ideas and artworks will then be used to inform the design of The Ark’s new green facade and the entrance garden which will be unveiled on June 23rd as part of Cruinniú na nÓg – a day of youthful creativity.

This workshop and the process of ‘greening’ The Ark is part of Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg / Dublin Cruinniú supported by Dublin City Council, CreativeIrl and RTÉ

Grandparents go free at Imaginosity each term-time Tuesday

Tuesday 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th June at 9.30am – 5.30pm


Dublin Children’s Museum

Beacon South Quarter


Dublin 18

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

Children’s Event: Pond Dipping – Botanic Gardens

Saturday 9th June 11.00am

National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

300 Botanic Road

Dublin 9


Suitable for children age 8 and up/ Booking Essential/Free//

Explore the weird and wonderful world of insects and mini-beasts living in and around the pond at the National Botanic Gardens. Perfect your technique with guidance from the experts and learn how to identify the amazing creatures you have captured. Once you have discovered the hidden pond life you will never look at ponds the same way again!

Organised with the Irish Wildlife Trust

Dublin Kite Festival

Sunday 10th June at 11.00am – 5.00pm

North Bull Island



Fun, fresh air and frolics abound! The annual Dublin Kite Festival is taking place on Sunday 10th June 2018 at North Bull Island, Clontarf. With free entertainment all day long, it is the perfect way to spend a summer Sunday with family and friends.

Kids Pottery Making Class with Artist Christien Van Bussel

Sunday 10th June  at 10:30am – 12:30pm

Giddy Studios



In these pottery classes with artist Christien Van Bussel you make and decorate your own table-ware. Through various techniques you learn how to make mugs, bowls and plates out of clay which is fired in the kiln afterward. You also can try the wheel and get your hands really muddy!

Kid Session (6-13yrs – €25 per child): 10:30-12:30

Adult Session (14+yrs – €35 per adult): 1:30-3:30

Book and pre-pay by calling 01 2960303.

Limit of 10 people per class

Carnival of Culture – Wells House

Sunday 10th June at 1.0 – 4.00pm

Wells House



Our communities are steeped in heritage and full to the brim with talent so join us in celebrating our communities with a fun-filled day of culture for all the family! With crafts, games and more!

Adult/Family Pottery Making Class – Artist Christien Van Bussel

Sunday 10th June  at 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Giddy Studios



In these pottery classes with artist Christien Van Bussel you make and decorate your own table-ware. Through various techniques you learn how to make mugs, bowls and plates out of clay which is fired in the kiln afterward. You also can try the wheel and get your hands really muddy!


Sunday 10th June 2018

Kid Session (6-13yrs – €25 per child): 10:30-12:30

Adult Session (14+yrs – €35 per adult): 1:30-3:30

Book and pre-pay by calling 01 2960303.

Limit of 10 people per class.

Fantastic Mr Fox

13th June – Sunday 24th June

Mill Theatre

Dundrum Town Centre

Dublin 16

Following on from the Sell-Out Success of Summer 2017’s James & the Giant Peach, this year Mill Productions will be bringing another Roald Dahl Classic to the dlr Mill Theatre stage in June – Fantastic Mr Fox! This production will certainly end the academic year on a high note but it will book out fast so please book early! Directed by Geoff O’Keeffe, with Matthew O’Brien as Mr Fox and Evelyn Shaw as Mrs Fox and a supporting cast.

Weekends: 2pm & 4pm

Full price:€16 / Children U12: €14 / Family of 4: €55 /Groups of 10+: €12 (to book a group please contact Box Office)

School Performances Weekdays: 10am & 11.45am

To book your class in please email or call our Box Office on 01-2969340

20% deposit required. Full payment 2 weeks before the show. €12 per student.

Suitable for ages 4+ | Duration approx 1 hour with no interval.

Paint with Dad & Grandad

Saturday 16th June – Sunday 17th June 10.00am

Giddy Studios



This weekend is all about dads and grandads at Giddy Studios. Pop in to the studio and make some special memories and mum can paint a free tile!* It runs all day, both Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 7pm.

Call 01 2960303 to book a space and get in on the creative fun with mum. 🙂

AGE: All ages. Drop Off Service available – age 5+.

*PRICE: Pay for what you paint. Free tile for Dad to paint. Must quote ‘Paint With Dad’ offer when booking to avail of 1 FREE tile per family. Minimum spend €20.

Protect Our Planet Weekend with SSE Airtricity – Dublin Zoo

Saturday 16th June – Sunday 17th June  12.00pm – 4.00pm

Dublin Zoo

Phoenix Park

Dublin 8

We’ve teamed up with our sustainability partner SSE Airtricity to bring you a fun family event, all about how you can help the environment. If you’re interested in doing your bit for the future of our planet, this event is not one to be missed!

Father’s Day at Wells House!

Sunday, 17th June at .00pm – 5.00pm

Wells House



Every daddy deserves his day so why not celebrate in the unique setting of Wells House & Gardens with some special treats for all the wonderful dads out there?!

Entry is €10 per car.

For more information contact

Cycling Ireland BIKE FEST 2018

Sunday, 17th of June 2018  1:00pm – 6:00pm

Family Cycling Festival

St. Anne’s Park



Bike Fest – FREE Cycling Festival for All the Family

Cycling Ireland’s Family Cycling Festival takes place this summer to launch Bike Week. It once again will be in St. Anne’s Park, Clontarf, Dublin, and is a free cycling festival for all the family!

The sound of bicycle bells and laughter will fill up St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, on Sunday from 12 – 5 pm and the Dublin City Council Park will be transformed into a cycling haven for all the family to enjoy.

The the aim of providing a fun learning experience on the bike to children of all ages. The festival offers a good balance between the learning of new skills in the coached skills zones featuring Sprocket Rocket, Gearing up off Road, Strider Bikes and a mini cycle track, and a relaxed atmosphere in the picnic area.

Savage Skills are the UK’s leading freestyle mountain bike stunt team providing interactive, jaw dropping shows suitable for audiences of all ages and will be at Bike Fest .

Come along on the day to enjoy a festival and celebration of cycling in St. Anne’s Park, Dublin. Pre-registration is not required, the event is fully insured by Cycling Ireland, and all the zones are supported by fully qualified Cycling Ireland coaches and instructors. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

Guaranteed fun for all the family, all that is required is a bike, a helmet, and a sense of adventure.

Bike Fest Event Information

Family Event / All Age

Admission :- FREE

Afternoon Tea – Airfield Estate

Sunday 17th June at 2.30pm

Airfield Estate

Overend Way


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 Dairy 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

Stoneybatter Festival – National Museum Collins Barracks

Friday 22nd June – Sunday 24th June  During Opening Hours

A neighbour of the Museum of Decorative Arts and History, this festival unites a local community and showcases everything this great part of Dublin (we’re biased!) has to offer. For the second year running, the Museum is working with festival organisers on this year’s programme – look out for our festival events including a family workshop with Artist in Residence at Collins Barracks, Róisín de Buitléar!

Event Type: Various Events

Topic: Decorative Arts

All Ages

Venue: Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)

Balbriggan Summerfest

Friday 1st June – Sunday 3rd June

The organisers of Balbriggan SummerFest have thought of everything this June bank holiday. There is a jam packed programme of exciting events from May 30th – June 3rd. On Friday 1st June there will be a carnival atmosphere with live music, bouncy castles, balloon making, face painting and lots more. Then on Sat 2nd the fun moves to the beach where there will be a sandcastle competition for budding architects (and competitive Dads!). Children’s beach races are followed by a family treasure hunt. Sunday is officially family funday. The gospel choir, a fantastic pet show, food fair, duck derby, teddy bear’s picnic are just some of the events that will ensure your family have a bank holiday they won’t forget. Fingal County Council are supporting this event.

Dr.Osity’s After-School Science Class Term 3

Until end of June 2018


Dublin Children’s Museum

Beacon South Quarter


Dublin 18

Join Imaginosity’s crazy Dr.Osity for a 3rd BRAND NEW 11 week term of FUN packed, interactive hands-on scientific learning!

EVERY week will include hands-on experimentation, scientific exploration and museum discovery, with ALL NEW class material, making it perfect for both new (and returning) Mini Scientists!

Classes take place in the museum every Wednesday from 3-5pm and include one hour of class based exploration, and one hour of supervised play on the museum floor. Classes are suitable for children aged 5-9 years.

Term 3 will run for 11 weeks (from 11th April – 27th June 2018 (excluding May mid-term break) priced at €110. Remember, Imaginosity members can benefit from a further 10% off all after-school prices.

Natural History Museum – Seasonal Activity – Summer Sun

1st June – 30th June During Opening Hours

Natural History Museum

Dublin 2

For some animals, it is warm all year long, depending on where they live – follow the Summer Sun trail to find out more! Copies of this activity sheet trail are available at the stands in Reception and the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Wheelchair accessible.

Event Type: Drop-in Activity

Topic: Natural History

Audience: Families

Venue: Merrion Street (Natural History)

Wobbler Toddler – Imaginosity

Every Tuesday-Friday from 9.30am-12.30pm during term-time

We host Wobbler & Toddler mornings especially for our youngest visitors! 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. All Wobbler & Toddler activities are included with general admission to Imaginosity.

Russborough House and Parklands


Blessing ton

Co Wicklow

Russborough is a cherished and renowned part of Ireland’s architectural heritage

Location: 22km from Dublin off the N81 and 4.5 km from Blessington, County Wicklow.

Within Ireland’s Ancient East.

Rediscover Russborough – rich in paintings collected by the Earls of Milltown and donated to the National Gallery of Ireland in 1902 by lady Geraldine Milltown. They will be on view in their original surroundings for the first time in over 100 years.

Designed by Richard Castle for the 1st Earl of Milltown in 1742, Russborough is a cherished and renowned part of Ireland’s architectural heritage. The façade, the longest of any house in Ireland, stretches seven hundred feet across the landscape at the foot of the Wicklow mountains.

The RHSI 18th century walled garden is available for pre booked groups.

Family Fun


Fairy trail


Tree trail

2km audio walking tour of the Demesne

Restaurant and Gift shop

Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. from 1st March to December.

Free Coach Park.

€2 Car Park fee.

Tel: +353 (0)45 865239



Hope you like our suggestions!

Have a great June 🙂

Eimear x



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