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Things to do in August in Dublin and surrounding areas

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!

National Museum of Ireland

Wednesday 1st August – Friday 31st August

We bring history to life for over a million visitors every year. At our three Dublin sites and one in Mayo, the National Museum of Ireland (NMI) holds the national collections of Archaeology, Decorative Arts, History, Ethnography, Folklife and Natural History in trust for the people of Ireland. Our mission is to put people – visitors, staff and partners – at the centre of all that we do, and engage with them in new and creative ways. And with over four million objects in our collections, we have a continual source of inspiration for our programmes.

Please click on the link below to discover all the events taking place across the four Museum sites.


Imaginosity at Kildare Village this summer

Wednesday 1st August – Friday 31st August 11:00am – 5.00pm

Kildare Village

Nurney Road


Co. Kildare

Join Imaginosity’s Funstigators every Thursday – Sunday from 5 July until 26 August 2018 (11am -5pm) at at their pop-up Imaginosity at Kildare Village. For €10 you can leave your children supervised by the amazing Imaginosity team for up to two hours while you shop.

Children will experience Imaginosity’s world of play, fun and hands-on interactive workshops, with themes changing weekly to ensure a variety of play opportunities every time you visit! Spaces are available on a first come first serve basis, and workshops are suitable for children aged 4 yrs to 9 yrs old.

The new pop-up will be located at Unit 12 beside the Karen Millen Boutique.


Seedlings Early Years: Tangle, Loop & Weave

Friday 3rd August    10.15am – 11.00am and 2.00pm – 2.45pm

Saturday 4th August 10.15am – 11.00am and 11.45am – 12.30pm

The Ark, Dublin

11a Eustace Street

Dublin 2

This fourth iteration of our monthly early years programme continues the playful exploration of materials ideal for little ones aged 2-4 (and their grown-ups!) to imagine and create together.

Explore drawing in 3-D space with fabric lines. Using strips of colourful fabric you will have fun looping and tying the fabric between hooks and rings on the walls, wrapping it around pillars, weaving it over, under and across our gallery space.

Find out more at https://ark.ie/events/view/seedlings-early-years-workshops-august


Everyday Engineering for Kids

Saturday 4th August at 2:30pm – 4.00pm

Rediscovery Centre

The Rediscovery Centre

The Boiler House


Dublin 9

Everyday Engineering: a fun hands-on workshop for children exploring everyday engineering and what the future of engineering holds. In this exciting workshop, children will discover how engineering is an essential part of our lives. Different engineering challenges will put their mathematical, problem solving and analytic skills at test. Suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years.


Dublin Zoo Summer Camps

Monday 6th August – Friday 10th August 10.00am – 2.30pm

(this includes the Bank Holiday Monday)

Monday 13th – Friday 17th August 10.00am – 2.30pm

Dublin Zoo

Phoenix Park

Dublin 8

Dublin Zoo’s summer camps are designed for children aged 6 – 12 years old to have fun learning about the animals at Dublin Zoo, getting an introduction to conservation and gaining an overall appreciation for wildlife. This weeklong camp includes exciting hands-on activities, craft projects and sessions delivered throughout the Zoo (but no direct contact with animals).

Age: 6-12 years (children will be assigned to age related groups)

Cost: Annual pass holders – €130. Non-annual pass holders – €140.


Electric Zoo – Wells House

Monday 6th August

Wells House & Gardens


Gorey Y25 CF96

Join us for another fantastic day of fun with Electric Zoo and a yummy barbecue.

Entry only 10 euro per car.



Forest Camp Airfield Estate

Tuesday 7th – Friday 10th August 9.30am – 2.30pm   

Monday 13th – Friday 17th August 9.30am – 2.30pm      

Airfield Estate

Overend Way


Dublin 14

Perfect for little ones who want to get hands on with nature and let their imaginations run wild!

Forest campers will learn how to survive in the wilderness, build dens, use tools, be one with nature and create works of forest art.  Kids will be encouraged to develop their relationship with the great outdoors.


Mill Theatre Dundrum

Tuesday 7th August – Friday 10th August 10.00am – 3.00pm

Mill Theatre

Dundrum Town Centre


Dublin 16

Music Generation dlr present a FREE Music Theatre Workshop for 13-18 year olds facilitated By Kaeylea VanKeith and Onelia Sondini

A great opportunity for musical theatre enthusiasts! Booking essential!

Over the course of the four days they will explore repertoire, stage precence and staging, how to choose the right song and much more.

Showcase Performance for family and friends at 4.30pm on Friday 10th August in our Main Auditorium


Tuesday Kids Drop-By Activities – Botanic Gardens

Every Tuesday from 7th August to Tuesday 28th August

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.


Explorers Camp Airfield Estate

Tuesday 7th August 9.30am – 2.30pm

Airfield Estate

Overend Way


Dublin 14

Busy science campers will spend their days experiencing what it’s like to be a scientist.

They’ll fulfil their natural curiosity by making crazy concoctions, structures such as rain resistant shelters, explore concepts of building and construction and carry out lots of hands on experiments.

Campers will be exploding with new ideas by the end of the week.


Giddy Studios Summer Art Camps

Week 6: Aug 7th to Aug 10th 2018 (not on on BH Monday 6th Aug)

Week 7: Aug 13th to Aug 17th 2018

Week 8: Aug 20th to Aug 24th 2018

Week 9: Dates on week of 27th Aug pending

Things to Know

Age: 5 to 11

Suited to Boys & Girls

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

Giddy Studios



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. Sign up to our database to get emails about Early Bird Offers www.giddystudios.com

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 helena@giddystudios.com with any questions.


One Day Circus Skills & Performance Workshops (Ages 9-12)

Wednesday 8th – Saturday 11th August 10.00am – 3.00pm

The Ark, Dublin

11a Eustace Street

Dublin 2

Roll up, roll up this summer as we join forces with Street Theatre Ireland for a mini festival of circus skills and performance for children!

2018 marks 250 years since the modern circus was born. To celebrate this we have dynamic day-long workshops for children aged 9-12 to learn from circus artists and enjoy a fun, action packed programme including juggling, balancing, hula hooping, wire walking skills and circus make up.

Suitable for children of all levels of experience – including complete beginners – the artists will guide participants through the basics of the skills in four focused sessions, before everyone gets the opportunity to share what they’ve learnt with the rest of the group at the end of the day.

Each skill is taught with step by step, easy to follow instructions which build confidence, improve coordination and reward effort with achievement. Above all else, it will be an exciting day for any budding circus star!

Find out more here: https://ark.ie/events/view/one-day-circus-skills-performance-workshops


Children’s Workshop: Budding Botanists Botanic Gardens

Thursday 9th August, Thursday 23rd August at 11.00am – 12.00pm

National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

National Botanic Gardens

300 Botanic Road

Dublin 9

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP. Ever wanted to start your very own dried plant collection? Get great tips and discover how you can become a plant collector! Join our guides on an expedition through the Botanic Gardens, identifying and collecting suitable plants for pressing before constructing your very own flower press. If you like, you can also create some beautiful botanical designs with our pre-dried plants.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL – four separate dates. Suitable for ages 6 and up. Call (01) 804 0319 / 857 0909 or email botanicgardens@opw.ie. Admission Free.


Playstival with the Happy Pear at Airfield Estate

Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th August  9:00am – 6.00pm

Airfield Estate

Overend Way


Dublin 14

Introducing Ireland’s New Festival for Kids & their Parents celebrating play, fun and imagination.

*NEW festival celebrating play and putting children at the centre of the action

*A must attend for parents and families passionate about positive play, fun & the power of the imagination!

*The focus is on ‘going back to basics’ and a more innocent approach to games and play – no fancy technology or a screen to be found!

*Delicious fare all weekend provided by living happy and healthy advocates, The Happy Pear

* Playstival runs from 9am – 6pm daily


Children’s Event: Pond Dipping Botanic Gardens

Saturday 11th August 11.00am – 12.30pm

National Botanic Gardens of Ireland and Irish Wildlife Trust

National Botanic Gardens

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!


Field to Fork Camp    Airfield Estate

Age 5-8 Camp: Monday 13th  – Friday 17th August 9.30am – 2.30pm

Age 8-12 Camp: Monday 20th – Friday 24th August 9.30am – 2.30pm

Airfield Estate

Overend Way


Dublin 14

One of our most popular camps, this summer kids will spend their days exploring how food gets from our farm and gardens to the table. They’ll put their knowledge into practice and cook up some delicious dishes.

Kids will be encouraged to taste new foods and learn how easy it is to prepare healthy snacks.


Adventurers Camp Airfield Estate

Monday 13th July – Friday 17th August 9.30am – 2.30pm

Airfield Estate

Overend Way


Dublin 14

Kids will spend the week outdoors come rain or shine.

Adventure campers will get up close with animals, learn how to care for them, how nature is hard at work all around us and how to grow food in their own gardens.  They’ll run, climb, balance, laugh and thrive in a natural setting.


Malahide Castle and Gardens Movies on the Lawn

Saturday 18th August 3.00pm and 7.30pm

Movies on the Lawn  at Malahide Castle & Gardens presents The Greatest Showman “The nobblest art, is that of making other people happy”-  so says P.T Barnum and so say us! So join us for an exclusive ‘sing a-long’ showing of the Greatest Showman on Saturday 18th August!  Whether you’d like to bring the children along or enjoy an evening with friends we’ve got you covered with two different times to chose from! 3pm or 7.30pm Book your tickets here by clicking links below or purchase on the day at the Malahide Castle Visitor Centre. PLEASE NOTE: Tickets will be limited so we advise to pre-book to be sure! BOOK HERE : The Greatest Showman Matinee- 3pm and evening 7.30pm


The Little Festival at the Big House – Wells House

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August

Wells House & Gardens


Gorey Y25 CF96

A festival of entertainment and guaranteed fun for all the family.  Make sure you visit Wells House this weekend for a spectacular range of arts and acts in association with Wexford Arts Festival    our biggest event of the year


Natural Heritage Arts & Crafts for Kids

Saturday, August 25th 2:30pm – 4.00pm

Rediscovery Centre

The Rediscovery Centre

The Boiler House


Dublin 9

Join us at the Rediscovery Centre to celebrate Heritage Week with a fun-filled craft workshop for kids! We will be exploring the richness of Ireland’s natural heritage and creating wildlife- inspired art and crafts. Suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years.


Afternoon Tea – Airfield Estate

Sunday 26th August 2.15pm – 4.30pm

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


Young Chef Classes – Airfield Estate

Sunday 26th August

Airfield Estate

Overend Way


Dublin 14

Is your child a budding chef or do they love to help you out in the kitchen?

Our young chef classes for 8-12-year olds will run four times during the year with seasonal menus and take-home recipes. Children will explore our food gardens and harvest their own ingredients for the different dishes they produce.

Classes will be led by our education, restaurant and bakery team in a relaxed and fun environment. 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 be getting creative in the kitchen preparing delicious healthy meals that they can recreate at home.

Sunday 26th August – Picnic Basket Brunch


5-Day Summer Camp: Lego Animation (Ages 9-12)

Monday 27th August  10.00am – 3.00pm

The Ark, Dublin

11a Eustace Street

Dublin 2

We welcome Brickflicks back to The Ark this summer with a brilliant five-day stop motion animation summer camp using the theme of Myths and Legends!

Come along and learn how to make an awesome set, write a great short story and then turn it into a script. You will fine tune your animation skills and then film the results, adding cool sound effects and voice recordings for your characters. Over the week, the artists will share tips and techniques on scriptwriting, story-boarding, lighting, set design and filming. To help inspire you, they will also introduce you to their stop-motion LEGENDS of WICKLOW series, sharing behind-the scenes insights on how they were constructed.

The camp will be focused on developing your animation skills through hands-on learning and is perfect for beginners and seasoned stop motion film makers alike. You will work in groups so you will make lots of new friends – or maybe get your friends to sign up too!

Your completed movies will be shared on The Ark’s YouTube channel where you will be able to share them with all your friends and family.

All materials are supplied including the Brickflicks mobile film studio kit of iPads & accessories and arts & crafts materials for sets. So all you need is your imagination and maybe your favourite LEGO mini figure to be one of the stars!


Bricks4Kitz North Dublin Summer Camps 2018

Bricks 4 Kidz® are delivering LEGO® themed Summer Camps for boys and girls aged 5-12 years across North County Dublin. Children will have the opportunity to learn, build and play with LEGO® Bricks & Technic motorised models, while meeting like-minded friends.

It’s fast approaching summer and we are actively working on our Summer Camp schedule for North County Dublin. The camps are 5 day from Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm each day. Afternoon sessions may also available be in Santry, Malahide & Sutton from 2pm to 5pm. Our Santry centre will hold different camps each week – some geared towards our younger builders and others towards our older & teen builders. We are hoping to introduce Robotic classes as well as Stop, Motion & Animation camps too. We will also hold one day workshops in Santry throughout the summer.

Location Date

Malahide 20th August – 24th August

Sutton 20th August – 24th August

Castleknock 13th August – 17th August

Portmarnock 13th August – 17th August

Swords 7th August – 10th August

Balbriggan 7th August – 10th August

Lusk 7th August – 10th August

Skerries 13th August – 17th August

If you have any questions on our summer camps, please email Joanne on jhartnett@bricks4kidz.com.


Bricks4Kitz South County Dublin Summer Camps 2018

Bricks 4 Kidz camps are a fresh and fun way for kids to spend their school or holiday break! Children will enjoy using LEGO® Bricks to build specially-designed models, play games, explore the world of engineering, architecture and movie-making.

Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO® Summer Camps have been designed to teach the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) to girls and boys, aged 5-12 in a fun and entertaining way. Guided by our experienced teachers and built around exciting themes such as Minecraft, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Frozen & Super Heroes, children will enjoy using LEGO to build specially-designed Bricks 4 Kidz motorised models, while learning the principles of STEM.

Summer Camp Benefits

Camps run throughout July & August

Small class sizes ensure 1 to 1 attention

STEM educational value in all camps

An opportunity to make new friends

Develops children’s problem solving skills

Our Summer Camps are located in multiple locations across South County Dublin:

Ballinteer Ballsbridge Churchtown

City West Clonskeagh Dalkey

Dun Laoghaire Glasthule Goatstown

Grand Canal Killiney Knocklyon

Monkstown Mount Merrion Rathfarnham

Rua Red Sandycove Sandyford

Step A Side


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

Website: www.russborough.ie

Email: friedaoconnell@russborough.ie

Hope you like our suggestions!

Have a great August 🙂

Eimear x


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