Things to do in March in Dublin and surrounding areas

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

Friday 1st March – Sunday 31st March 2019

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.

https://www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events

Babies love Books – Tallaght Library

Every Thursday 10.00am – 11.00am

Tallaght Library

Tallaght

Dublin 24

Join us in the library every Thursday at 10.00am for our Babies Love Books sessions.  Come along for this free hour of songs, stories and play!  All welcome.

https://m.facebook.com/Tallaghtlibrary/photos/a.430553871702/10157057044211703/?type=3

Tiny Tots Tuesday: Gymboree! – EPIC

Every Tuesday until 19th March 10.30am – 12.00pm

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Custom House Quay

Dublin D01 T6K4

This March at EPIC we are delighted to welcome the Gymboree team to our Tiny Tots Tuesday! Learning is made fun through this workshop of music, dance and games for little hands and feet.

There will be tea and coffee provided by Bakehouse, as well as some treats on the day!

Participants at this event can also avail of a 20% discount on tickets to our museum and in our museum gift shop – simply show a staff member your Eventbrite ticket to avail of the offer (discount does not apply to items already discounted).

This event is suitable for children aged 6 months – 3.5 Years.

Pre-Booking is mandatory for this event as spaces are limited.

https://www.facebook.com/events/211641396407084/

Explorium Ireland

Opening Hours:

Science & Sport: Mon – Fri 3pm – 6pm.

Sat + Sun 10am – 6pm.

Junior : Mon – Fri 9.30am – 5pm.

Sat + Sun 10am – 6pm.

Find us just off exit 13/14 on the M50 South or Northbound OPPOSITE LAMB DOYLES, Blackglen Road, Sandyford, Dublin D18 N1F2

A key philosophy at Explorium is to challenge both mind and body so we have also created sporting areas that will encourage our visitors to push their limits.

Find more information on their website below:

https://www.explorium.ie/?fbclid=IwAR1OyIu3fPH6H0zuH5F7qp2vNCVheH4j872xert1d8ZYDXYhy2h2JG7N-7s

Grandparents go free at Imaginosity each term-time Tuesday

Tuesday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th March

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!

https://www.facebook.com/events/303347713843520/

Tiny Tots Tuesday: Singaling for Spring!  EPIC

Tuesday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th March 10.30am – 12.00pm

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Custom House Quay

Dublin D01 T6K4

This March EPIC are celebrating Spring with Singaling and having not one, not two, not three… but four Tiny Tots Tuesdays! Taking place on 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th March, they will be exploring music and play in these adorable workshops, so bring your little one along for a morning of fun, song and dance.

This event is suitable for children aged 6 months – 3.5 Years.

Admission: –  €12

Booking Online:-You can book online here through our booking link directly to the EPIC ticket sales

https://www.familyfun.ie/events-epic-irish-emigration-museum/

Dublin Zoo: Parent and Toddler Sessions

Wednesday 6th and Wednesday 20th March 10.00am – 11.30am

Dublin Zoo

Phoenix Park

Dublin 8

Join our Parent and Toddler mornings in Dublin Zoo where toddlers will get an opportunity to learn more about our wonderful wildlife through stories, crafts and visits to some of our habitats. Book early to secure your spot!

Age: recommended for up to 3 year olds.

To book: http://bit.ly/DZParentToddler

Further details: e-mail education@dublinzoo.ie or telephone 01 4748932

Meeting Point: Farmhouse

https://www.facebook.com/events/592480237877809/?event_time_id=592480251211141

Mystical Menagerie with the Echo Band – National Concert Hall

Saturday 9th March at 11.30am and 1.00pm

National Concert Hall

Earlsfort Terrace

Dublin D02 N527

Take flight with a dragon, prowl with the lions, and leap like a lemur at our interactive family concert with the Echo Band! Enjoy a fantastic variety of songs featuring creatures both real and imagined…the beasts and critters can’t wait to meet you! 

Lots of participation promised to keep your little wildlings involved and entertained.

https://www.facebook.com/events/493239534417634/

Forest Families at Dublin Zoo

Saturday 9th March 10.00am – 12.00pm

‘Forest Families’ is a new programme which takes place in our wonderful mini-forest called the Wild Space in Dublin Zoo. It is a fun hands-on family learning experience where you will discover lots about nature. Each session is different, so it is a good idea to come to all four, but individual sessions can be booked too. You and your little ones can learn about trees, biodiversity, pollinators and birds.

Forest Families is open to families with children aged between 4 and 12. In each session you will have facilitation from an expert teacher, work from a bespoke family worksheet and have lots of follow up activities to do in your local park. In each session you will be given a set of resources to help you discover more in nature.

Tickets can be bought in a bundle of 4 sessions

or on an individual basis.

Bundle: http://bit.ly/ForestFamiliesBundle

Individual dates: http://bit.ly/ForestFamiliesIndividual

https://www.facebook.com/events/2280602975305024/?event_time_id=2280602981971690

Young Chef 2019 – Airfield Estate

Sunday 10th March 10.00am – 12.30pm

Airfield Estate

Overhand Way

Dundrum

Dublin 14

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

Our kids’ cookery classes might be right up their street! All classes are suitable for 8-12 year olds who love all things food! Each class is based on a seasonal theme and will begin by exploring what’s available in the garden and will then move on to prepare and cook a selection of themed recipes.

Classes will be led by our education team in a relaxed and fun environment which will allow the children to see the process of food from farm to fork and get hands-on, learning kitchen safety and correct utensil care.

There is a charge of €25 per workshop (€22 for Airfield Estate members) and the day will run from 10 am – 12.30 pm.

If you would like to book all 11 classes for a reduced rate of €250 and €220 for Airfield Estate members, then please phone 01 969 6666 (options 1)

https://www.facebook.com/events/370494277039602/

St Patrick’s Festival – Dublin

Thursday 14th March – Monday 18th March 2019

The 2019 National ST PATRICK’S FESTIVAL celebrates Ireland’s rich heritage of Storytelling in a spectacular five-day programme showcasing the very best of traditional and contemporary Irish storytelling. The Festival will feature a host of fun-filled family experiences, breathtaking large scale events, diverse and challenging newly commissioned performances, a myriad of musical treats, the magnificent National St Patrick’s Day PARADE and new for 2019, a three-day FESTIVAL VILLAGE at Merrion Square, Dublin.

St Patrick’s Festival is the biggest celebration of a National identity in the world. Ireland has a deep-rooted tradition of storytelling, reaching back over thousands of years. From spellbinding Irish myths, to defining moments in our history with our heroes and villains, to our classic and contemporary stories, the tales are vibrant and dynamic. Through them, life’s rich stories are passed from generation to generation. Using spoken word, music, visual art, literature, film, theatre, street performance and circus, this year the festival will celebrate our world-renowned connection with Storytelling and bring to life ancient tales and contemporary narratives.

St Patrick’s Festival is made possible through the continued support of Fáilte Ireland and Dublin City Council.

https://dublin.ie/whats-on/listings/st-patricks-festival/

Children Art Classes – Botanic Gardens

Saturday 16th March 11.00am – 4.00pm

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

Budding Artists

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

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

Cost: €10. Booking Essential

Hardy Annuals

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

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

Cost: €10. Booking Essential

https://www.facebook.com/events/814105685599269/

Paint with Mum & Granny March Weekends

Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th and and Monday 18th March – 10.00am – 7.00pm

Saturday23rd and Sunday 24th – 10.00am – 7.00pm

Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March – 10.00am – 7.00pm

Giddy Studios

Dun drum

Dublin 14

Free tile* on €20 spend

These weekends are all about Mums and Grannies at Giddy Studios. Pop in to the studio and make some special memories and Mum or Granny can paint a free tile!* It runs all day, both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm over 3 weekends 16th 17th 18th March, 23rd 24th March, 30th 31st March.

Call 01 2960303 to book a space and get in on the creative fun with mum & granny)

AGE: All ages.

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/241135310153170/

Imaginosity St.Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Sunday 17th March 10.00am- 6.00pm

Imaginosity

Dublin Children’s Museum

Beacon South Quarter

Sandyford

Dublin 18

Join us on the 17th March as we celebrate St.Patrick’s Day throughout the day at the museum, hosting our very own parade during each session!  Parades will take place at 11am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm & 5pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/668203503599154/

Treasures from the Bog: Story-Making Workshop    The Ark

Monday 18th March

2 separate sessions per day 11.30 am – 12.30pm and 2.15pm – 3.45pm

The Ark

11a Eustace Street

Dublin 2

Enjoy a creative and fun story-invention workshop with writer Kate Heffernan and illustrator Duffy Mooney-Sheppard inspired by the interesting things found in Irish bogs!

From ancient butter to golden jewellery, what weird or wonderful things can you imagine digging up? Kate and Duffy will guide you in spinning a visual story from found treasure.

https://www.facebook.com/events/378542409365021/?event_time_id=378542416031687

Dinosaur Discovery at Dublin Zoo – Kids Only!

Saturday 23rd March 12.00pm – 1.15pm

Dublin Zoo

Phoenix Park

Dublin 8

Calling all budding palaeontologists!

Dress like a palaeontologist and delve into our dig site to uncover fossils of some fearsome dinosaurs. Meet Stan, our full size t-rex skeleton and learn about his many living relatives on earth today.

Ages: 6-10 year olds

To book: http://bit.ly/DinosaurDiscoveryKids

Please note cost includes admission to Dublin Zoo 🐅

https://www.facebook.com/events/1203170836519066

 

Bring Along a Baby    National Concert Hall

Monday 25th March at 10.30am and 12.30pm

National Concert Hall

Earlsfort Terrace

Dublin D02 N527

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

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

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

Presented by NCH in association with Classical Kids

https://www.facebook.com/events/1228102843988078/

Afternoon Tea – Airfield Estate

Sunday 31st March at 2.15pm

Airfield Estate

Overhand Way

Dundrum

Dublin 14

Celebrate a special occasion with a gorgeous afternoon tea at Airfield Estate.

Our 2019 dates are now available to book, taking place the last Sunday of each month from March – September.

Who doesn’t love afternoon tea..

Mother’s day falls on Sunday 31st March so why not treat mum to a treat this year with Afternoon Tea at Airfield Estate!

Prices starting from €35pp

Full details http://www.airfield.ie/events-estate/afternoon-tea/

Hope you like our suggestions!

Have a great March:)

Eimear x