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photographs, a full-size replica of the lifeboat, the James Caird, and more. Virtual Tours If you are unable to visit in person they can now beam the exhibition direct to you. Ideal for classrooms or organisations that want to learn about the Endurance Expedition but are too far away to make a visit possible. See www. shackletonexhibition.com for more details.


Tickets: adult €6, child €3.50, family €14


THE ARK Queen Fionnuala has no funny bone and has never learned to laugh. In this interactive workshop for toddlers and pre-schoolers, Queen Fionnuala’s Palace is turned into a gigglefest. Tickets: €11/€8


Until 29 June, various times Daily trails


NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS Glasnevin ‘Plants under Cover’ will take you through the beautiful glasshouses where you will learn all about the plants there, and the new ‘Plant Passport’ trail will highlight the amazing plants from all over the world growing in the gardens. Visit botanicgardens.ie


Thursdays from 10 July - 21 August and Tuesday 26 - Fri 29 August, 11am


(ages 2-3) & 12.30pm (ages 3-4)


QUEEN FIONNUALA’S FUNNY BONE


FAT: IT’S DELICIOUS Trinity College Science Gallery Fat: It’s Delicious is a free ‘lab in the gallery’ at Trinity showing visitors the surprising positives and alarming negatives of fat. The show is full of experiments, demos, installations and tastings, exploring the chemistry of oils, lipids and blubber. Highlights include human fat removed during a tummy tuck, soap made from human body fat, and marinated animal fat served up by a Michelin star chef. . Visit www.sciencegallery.com/fat for more information.


All year Daily from 10am-17.45pm


PHOENIX PARK VISITOR CENTRE & ASHTOWN CASTLE A lively and entertaining exhibition on the history and wildlife of the Phoenix Park, featuring a historical interpretation of the park from 3,500 BC to the present. Adjoining the visitor centre is Ashtown Castle, a fully restored tower house from the 17th century. Admission free


First Tuesday of every month, 10.30am


Thurs 29 May - Mon 2 June BLOOM IN THE PARK


PHOENIX PARK Ireland’s largest garden and food festival features a dedicated Children’s Zone with lots of events for kids including a children’s stage with entertainment, the Food Dudes health eating programme, a Baby and Toddler Chill Zone with ClapHandies, and a Garden Activity Area. There’s also Fun on the Farm, where children get the chance to have hands-on fun with farm toys. See bloom.ie Admission €20 adults, children free


Sat 31 May, 11am-1pm


RUNIC RIDDLES! National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology The Vikings liked to tell stories called sagas about their gods and other mysterious creatures. They also wrote with special symbols called runes. Can you work out the secrets of the Viking sagas by deciphering the runic riddles? Ages 6+. Free


Sun 1 June, 12pm-4pm


DAVE’S JUNGLE Malahide Castle Bring out your wild side and visit Dave and his bunch of fascinating friends! Get up close and personal with some of nature’s most beautiful creatures. Dave’s Jungle will be in Malahide Castle’s walled garden. Suitable for all ages, Tickets: Adult €7, child €3.50, family of four €17


Tues 3 - Sun 29 June, during opening hours


FAMILY ACTIVITY AREA: BIG WIGS IN HISTORY! National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts and History Drop in to the Activity Area to find out about wigs -who wore them and why they were so fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries. Then have a go at designing your own


6 Primary Times SUMMER ISSUE


TINY TOTS TUESDAYS DRAÍOCHT Join early years artist Orla Kelly in an exciting, fun, curious environment, aimed at supporting parents to get creative with their children. Suitable for ages 2-3. These sessions are designed for parent and child, so child must be accompanied at all times. Booking Essential Free


First Sunday of every month, 11am-12.30pm


BIRDWATCHING DUBLIN ZOO These morning events are a great way to help children to develop birdwatching and identification skills with Dublin Zoo’s expert guide.


fantastic big wig. Activities are free and materials are provided. Drop in activity, no booking required. Visit museum.ie for details. Free


Sat 7 June, 11am


BOTANIC GARDENS, GLASNEVIN Children’s Pond dipping explores the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and mini-beasts living in or near the pond at the Botanic Gardens. Suitable for ages eight and over. Booking essential. Free


Saturday 7 June, 11am-1pm


THOR’S HAMMER National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology The Vikings wore pendants and amulets based on the Norse gods in the hope that they would bring them good luck. Drop in to learn more about the beliefs of the Vikings and make your very own Thor’s hammer pendant to take home. No booking required. Recommended age: 6+ Free


Saturday 7 June, 12pm & 2pm


ANIMAL PAINTINGS - DRAWING DAY FAMILY TOUR National Museum Natural History Celebrating The National Gallery of Ireland’s Drawing Day, this tour will take a look at the animals that inspired some of the world’s most famous paintings. Choose your favourite and complete the My Favourite Animal activity sheet. Suitable for age 7+ Admission free


Sat 7 June, 10am-5pm


ALL ABOUT BABY FAIR 2014 Maldron Hotel, Tallaght Baby Fair offers shopping, advice, professional services and entertainment for parents-to-be and new parents. There’s also a dedicated kid zone with activities to keep children entertained, including face- painting, costumed characters, and kindermusik. Tickets: €5 adults, children free


Sat 7 June, 1.30pm


FALCONRY Kilruddery House & Gardens, Bray A family-friendly afternoon featuring 12 birds including hawks, owls and falcons on Kilruddery lawns. Tickets: (gardens only) €6.50 adult, children under 12 free


Sun 8 June, 12.30pm


SHEEP-SHEARING Kilruddery House & Gardens Bray Come and see where your winter woollies come from at Kilruddery. As well as shearing, there’ll be spinning, carding, dying and knitting. Tickets: (gardens only) €6.50 adult, children under 12 free


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