Monday, 30 September 2013

Royal Canal Day 2013

On October 12th, the Dublin City North Volunteer Centre is planning the Royal Canal Day, as a vibrant, fun, family friendly day along the banks of the canal.
It will include a large scale cleaning of the area coupled with activities and events related to the canal and its history, such as a family friendly walk with botanist Declan Doogue, a Pat Liddy Walking Tour and a social cycle. 
Since May, the centre has been facilitating monthly clean-ups on short sections of the Royal Canal.  Each month we have had over 30 volunteers, and at its August clean-up, over 40 volunteers removed over 300kg of rubbish from the canal and towpath in only 2 hours. 
its goal for the Royal Canal Day is to have clean up teams clearing litter all along the Royal Canal, from Dublin’s city centre all the way out to Blanchardstown – a distance of 10km! 

Royal Canal Day Poster

Friday, 27 September 2013

Great Irish Dog Walk

Join the DSPCA and 5000 waggly tails for the Great Irish Dog Walk in Phoenix Park on Saturday 28th September (9am-4pm).  A fun filled 3KM walk and doggie themed festival.   This event is open to all dog owners or people who love animals and wish to enjoy a fun day out, while supporting the lifesaving work of the DSPCA.
Attractions and free giveaways include:-
•             The Wetnose Studio Photo Booth
•             Free Dog Training and Agility by  King of Paws Training Academy
•             Doggie Fun zones and picnic areas
•             Irish Wolfhound Society
•             20th Century Fox featuring Turbo & The Snail Trail
•             Food & Entertainment
•             Dog Grooming by the DSPCA Pet Spa & Hotel
•             Lots of freebies, goody bags and much more!

Registration is €10.00 per dog or €10.00 per family if you do not own a dog


Lucan Festival Family Fun Day

The Lucan Festival is running from the 23rd to the 29th September.  The main event of the festival is the Family Day, which is on Sunday 29th.  Family oriented events on the day include a Garda Open Day; Dublin Fire Brigade Emergency Rescue Unit; Petting Farm; Birds of Prey; Lucan Tram & Bus; Magicians; Bouncy Castles; Puppet Shows; Face Painting and live music and entertainment on two stages.  

Monday, 23 September 2013

Rathfarnham Castle Park

Rathfarnham Castle Park is another great place in South Dublin to visit if you have not been already.  The castle itself dates back to the Elizabethan period and the OPW have done a great job refurbishing a good part of it.  We got a guided tour of it a while back and the kids loved it.  The Castle is currently hosting a 10 year exhibition of 18th and 19th period costumes, dolls and toys from the Berkeley Collection, which is also worth a dip into.  There is a really fab playground, which is managed by South Dublin County Castle, on the grounds of the castle and there is also a wooden playground hidden in the lovely woods of the grounds over by the pond.    The Stuart and Chambers Tearooms in the Castle itself is a nice place to pop into for a cuppa or an ice-cream if you have had the legs run off you at the park! 

Rathfarnham Castle 

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Culture Night

Culture Night 2013 is taking place tomorrow on Friday September 20th from 5pm-11pm.

Now in its 8th year Culture Night is an initiative when cultural organisations transform Dublin by night and where the general public can experience the myriad of cultural possibilities Dublin has to offer for free, even on the move, with performances taking place on Dublin Buses and Trams throughout the city.

This year there is a ‘Family Culture Trail’ and just like all of the venues open on Culture Night, this trail is here to be enjoyed beyond Culture Night itself. So you can hold on to this programme and use it as a guide to explore, experience and enjoy on and beyond September 20th 2013. 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Granby Park Pop-Up Park

I am sure you have read about Ireland's first pop-up park, which opened recently on an empty Dublin City Council site at Dominick Street, where a demolished housing complex once stood. 

The Pop-up Park project has been funded from private sponsorship and is the collaboration of residents, architects, schools and volunteers led mainly by the vision of Upstart members and backed by the Council. The transformed urban Granby Park is open until this weekend. 

Granby Park is family-friendly, free to visit and open seven days a week. It consists of an amphitheatre constructed from wooden pallets, an outdoor cinema, benches, children’s play areas, trade school, mirrored artworks, multicoloured boot planters and a cafĂ©. 

Free family events and performances are happening this weekend including a family capoeria class, maculele and samba performaces and a children's printed craft workshop. 

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Forest Family Fun Day

Coillte Outdoors in association with Dublin Mountains Partnership (DMP) are holding a Forest Family Fun Day at Hell Fire Club Car Park in the Dublin mountains on Sunday, September 15th 2013 from 12.00 – 4.00pm. 
There will be a  variety of activities for the family, such as den building, field archery, wildlife identification, orienteering and more. So if you fancy getting mucky, this might be your kinda thing.

I brought the kids for the walk up to the Hellfire Club during the summer and it is a bit of a pull up the incline, but it is a nice walk through the woods and there is a fab view at the top. But the ruin itself is in poor condition - full of broken bottles and nettles, so watch your step, especially if you have curious little people who want to explore the building itself.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

World Parks Day, Phoenix Park

The Office of Public Works is organising a World Parks Day event on Chesterfield Avenue in the Phoenix Park on Sunday, September 15th from 2pm to 5pm.

100 swing dancers will perform a show and music will be provided by 'Long John Jump Band'. All age groups will have a chance to join in 10-minute interval classes of Charleston, Jive, and Swing.

Dublin's Vintage Cars and Harley Davidson clubs will add to the atmosphere, their members dressed in '50s Rockabilly style. 

There will also be food markets, Carnival Booths, Candy Floss, Popcorn and Roller Skates.  So if everything '50s is your thing, this might be for you!

World Parks Day 2013

Monday, 9 September 2013

Flavours of Fingal County Show

The Flavours of Fingal County Show is happening this weekend from the 14th-15th September in Newbridge House and Farm, Donabate, Co Dublin. 

It aims to combine the sights and sounds of an agricultural show with a foodie, horticultural and family fun experience. The farm section of the show features a livestock and sheep competitions, equestrian contests and other agricultural displays. The historic walled garden of Newbridge House (which I posted a blog about before and is worth a visit in itself) hosts the food producers section of the show and features cooking demos and all things foodie in Fingal.  

Also on offer over the course of the weekend is family and musical entertainment.  For the little ones, there will be face painting, crafts, interactive learning zone and biodiversity events, bouncy castles, dog agility show, funfair etc.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

UCD Woodlands Walks Festival

On Sunday the 15th September, UCD Alumni is running the UCD Woodlands Walk Festival  from 11am to 3pm.  Family friendly activities include an Enchanted Forest Experience in the woodlands, a scavenger hunt, magicians, face-painters, party games, bouncy castles, picnic area, cinema and walks.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Cabinteely Carnival

On Sunday September 15th 2013 in Cabinteely Park, dlr Events is running the Cabinteely Carnival from 1pm to 5pm.  It is a free family fun day out featuring circus performers (eg Jack Wise and Squashed), activities and a chance to learn some circus skills (eg Juggling, Unicycling, Poi Spinning, Plate Spinning and Stilt Walking). 

there will be a variety of Inflatable Bouncy Castles, Slides and Obstacle Courses, a Soccer Skills school, a snag Golf Area,  Frisbees and beanbag accuracy test.

Co Co Markets will be open during the event.

All activities are free but parking is very limited at the park so organisers are recommending to people to please walk or use public transport where possible.  Dublin Bus serves the area with bus numbers 45, 84, 145., 63 from Dun Laoghaire and 46A to Foxrock Church.

Cabinteely Carnival 2013

Monday, 2 September 2013

September Events


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Dublin Festival Fever

Have been on hols, so have had a blog and tweet break.  Want to say thanks to all who have been so encouraging about this Dublin Munchkins lark.  Really glad you are finding it useful. 
So what to post about today...well how can I ignore the fantastic line up of Festivals that will awash our Dublin shores over the next two months during the Dublin Festival Season.
It all starts off with the Mountains to Sea Book Festival in Dun Laoghaire from 3rd-8th September.  The Schools and Family programme looks interesting with some of the biggest names in children's books participating in author led events.  From the Tuesday to Thursday there are lots of school events but on the Saturday and Sunday there are workshops etc to get your young un's creative juices flowing, such as T-shirt design, cup cake baking, creative writing workshops, monster family doodle and a family trail in People's Park.
Then there is the Dublin Fashion Festival from the 5th-8th September.  For your young fashionistas, there are a number of free fashion events that they might like such as fashion shows, a beauty bus, pop up shops, stylathons, modelling try outs, meet the designers, style workshops, kids dress up box etc.
Then there is the Dublin Fringe Festival running from the 5th-22nd September.  It is Ireland's largest multi-disciplinary arts festival which showcases new Irish and international arts.  It is a bit difficult to decipher what is appropriate for kids, but they might like the Brat Kids Carnival (recommended for kids 4 +), Tumble Circus Damn the Circus (recommended for kids aged 10 +) and the Macnas Chaosmos
Then there is Culture Night on the 20th September, when Dublin's museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, cultural centres and more will open their doors late for a free night of entertainment, discovery and adventure.  Have a look at the events on the Family Culture Trail, which features events in Croke Park, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, IMMA, James Joyce Centre, National Gallery of Ireland, the three National Museums, National Print Museum, TCD Old Library and Books of Kells and TCD's Zoological Museum.   
Soon after is the Dublin Theatre Festival running from 26th September to 13th October.  There are a five events specifically aimed at families as part of the Family Season.   
Open House Dublin is a celebration of architecture in Ireland and takes place from 4th to 6th October.  Over one weekend, almost 100 buildings of all types and periods will open their doors to allow the general public to snoop and explore the architecture of Dublin - all completely free. 
Another one of interest will be the Bram Stoker Festival, running from 26th to 28th October, which has events aimed at kids, families and teens such as storytelling, talks and writing workshops.

Down the road in Enniskerry, the Enniskerry Victorian Field Day will happen on Sunday 15th September at Knocklinn Farm.  Entertainment includes music, a dog show, classic cars and tractors, artisan market, kids tent and more.  

There is also the 10th Skerries Soundwaves Festival from the 20-29th September, which promises to have entertaining children's and teenager's events.