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10 Family Friendly Things To Do In Dublin This September

By Sarah Finnan

September 5, 2019 at 12:38pm


The September routine is back in full swing, meaning we’re all looking for fun ways to fill our precious days off.

We here at Lovin are still trying to stretch out the last few days of the Indian summer (fingers crossed) by filling our September jam-packed with events to look forward to... before going into hibernation for the winter.

Sound like a plan? I’ve done the hard work and compiled a list of some of the best family events happening in Dublin this month. You’re welcome.

1. Monkstown International Puppet Festival

Monkstown, the ‘spiritual home of Irish puppetry’ (you learn something new every day) is putting on a show this September 21. A puppet show that is.

The event will showcase both local and international talents and even family favourites Punch & Judy will make an appearance. This sounds like a fantastic community-centred event. More information here.

2. Festival of Food Airfield Estate

Definitely one for the whole family, the annual Festival of Food at Airfield Estate promises a jam-packed weekend of events. Happening this weekend, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8, there’s free entry and access to kitchen demos, live music and workshops, amongst other things.


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Designed with sustainability at the forefront, this is a great place to learn about green living as you fill your bellies.


3. Cabinteely Carnival

Ever fancy yourself as an acrobat? Or perhaps even a lion tamer? Well if that’s the case then put the Cabinteely Carnival top of your agenda. Try your hand at learning the basics or settle in to be amazed by one of the many shows if performing isn’t your thing.


Expect bouncy castles, face painting, jugglers; all the bells and whistles of any good carnival. This Sunday 8 at Cabinteely Park. Be there or be square.


4. Dublin Castle Family Tour

Tailor-made for children and families, make learning fun as you learn about Dublin’s rich history. A great way to encourage childlike curiosity and an interest in the past.



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The impressive medieval fortress is sure to inspire awe and wonder in little minds, I mean I don’t think Dublin Castle would look out of place in the likes of Disney’s Brave. Organised for Sunday 8, booking is necessary and can be done by emailing [email protected] More information here.


5. Our Planet Screening at Merrion Square

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t have to mean the end of your social life. This outdoor event is the perfect excuse to grab your woollies, pack a picnic and lay out under the stars to the sound of David Attenborough's soothing dulcet tones.


Taking place on Friday 13, the film will start around 8:15 p.m. Loads of tea, coffee and sweet and savoury treats available on the night too.


6. Leaf at Draiocht

Find out what it’s like to live on a giant leaf in this multi-sensory performance aimed at children with complex needs.



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Playing to all the senses, it’s an immersive theatre experience that uses music, movement and song to tell a story. Shows run on Friday 13, Saturday 14, Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18. Find out more here.


7. Treasure hunt in Georgian Dublin

Another one for the history nuts, this interactive experience shows you discover Dublin in a whole new light. Play detective for the day as you weave in and around Georgian Dublin on a treasure hunt with an educational twist.



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Tours in both English and Spanish at 4.30 p.m and 6 p.m. respectively. This event is organised as part of culture night which takes place on Friday 20. This is a free event but registration can be done here.


8. Busker Fleadh

Smithfield Square will come alive with the sound of music on Sunday 15, welcoming buskers from around the country as part of the Busker Fleadh.


Brought to you by Dublin City Council, there will be a bit of everything from choirs to street performers. Music to suit all tastes and ages. Who doesn’t love a good tune?


9. The Cool Food School at Ballymakenny Farm

Calling all budding amateur chefs. The Cool Food School will be treating guests to a tour of Ballymakenny Farm on September 28. Kids will learn about some of the produce grown on-site and even get their hands dirty and help harvest the goods.


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This will be followed by a food education and cooking workshop…guess we know who’s on dinner duty.


10. Kidsyard Rave at Jam Park

Not ready to give up your raving days just yet? Well, this is the family-friendly alternative you’ve been waiting for. Described as ‘an inclusive family experience’, the aim is to bring family members together, on the dance floor no less.

So, put on your dancing shoes this September 28 and get groovin’.

Looks like we’re in for a busy month.


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