Mid-Term School Break 2019



5 Great Things to do with the Kids in Dublin this Week


February 18-22 marks the early 2019 mid-term break for secondary and primary schools, and we’ve put together a few ideas for some creative events happening here in Dublin this week. From Lego animation and animals, to Japanese language and #yummy workshops. While the weather is looking reliably unreliable, we think there’s some great options for kids and parents alike - read on.



With special mid-term break timeslots, The Ark presents… Lego Animation Workshops! “Make your own Lego movie in this practical workshop with Brick Flicks. Part of Fantastic Flix at The Ark. All you need to bring is your favourite Lego character to cast as the star of your film.” [Presented in partnership with the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival]

The Ark, located in Temple Bar, is a dedicated and established arts and cultural organization for kids. Through engaging workshops, performances, and classes, The Ark is a treasure - especially for creative kids!

TICKETS: €16/€14* (20% off for Members)

DATES & TIMES: Tue 19 – Fri 22 Feb @ 10.30am & 2.30pm

AGE RANGE & DURATION: Ages 8-12 // 2.5 hours

“An interactive programme about the animal world in Dublin Zoo and beyond. Suitable for teens, between 13 and 16 years, who are interested in animals or careers working in zoology.” The Dublin Zoo is located in Phoenix Park, Dublin 8.

TICKETS: €35 (Non-Annual Pass Holder)/€30 (Annual Pass Holder)

DATES & TIMES: Wed 20 Feb @ 10am - 2.30pm

AGE RANGE: Ages 13 - 16

“Japanese Language and Culture Group, Ballymun Library, meet once a month. Adults whose first language is Japanese teach children about traditional Japanese culture through the medium of Japanese.” This group meets once a month, dates vary, check with Ballymun Library in advance, Tel. 01 842 1890. The library is located at 9 Ballymun Rd, Ballymun, Dublin 9.

TICKETS: Free/drop-in

DATES & TIMES: Friday 22 Feb @ 3 - 5pm

AGE RANGE: Young Children/Primary level and up

CULTURE trivia

ACCORDING TO SAVVY TOKYO (The Ins & Outs of Japanese Elementary School Holidays, BY KIRSTY KAWANO, 10 AUGUST 2016), japanese schoolchildren are expected to do homework over holiday breaks. “A traditional summer exercise is observation of a growing plant. In first year the subject is – almost without exception – a morning glory. In second grade, perhaps a tomato. The children will probably be asked to count how many flowers or fruit grow, or make a few sketches of the plant as it grows.”

Read more on customs of japanese school holidays here

This workshop runs twice this week: in Greystones on Thursday morning, and in Dublin Saturday afternoon. See details below.

“Do you have a fussy eater in your house? Or even a great eater? Or just a bored child?! Well bring them one and all to the lovely Super Natural Food Market in Dublin for an hour of healthy, smoothie making fun. We love showing children that healthy food can be fun, not to mention tasty! So bring them down, you can grab a coffee and have a browse around the organic market and we'll do all the work! Suitable for children from age 3-7 approx.”

Hosted by The Cool Food School, whose “aim is to introduce children to healthy eating through fun activities and hands on workshops”. Age range: 3-7 years



DATES & TIMES: Saturday 23 Feb @ 1.30 - 2.30pm

LOCATION: Super Natural Food Market, St. Andrew's Resource Centre, Pearse Street, Dublin 2

AGE RANGE: Ages 6+



DATES & TIMES: Thursday 21 Feb @ 11am - 12pm

LOCATION: Whale Theatre, Theatre Lane, Greystones, Ireland

AGE RANGE: Ages 6+




“Are you the height of a beaver? Are you as long as a moose? Join zoologist Catherine McGuinness to learn how we measure animals and guess their sizes. You might be surprised by your animal height! No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible.” The Natural History Museum is located at Merrion St Upper, Dublin 2.

TICKETS: Free/no booking required; spaces allocated 15 minutes before tour starts

DATES & TIMES: Thursday 21 Feb @ 12pm & 2pm

AGE RANGE: Young Children/Families