6 St Patrick’s Family Activities
1. St Patrick’s Parade: Imagine If…
Ireland’s leading pageant companies have responded artistically and will bring these thoughts and ideas to life with spectacular pageantry and performance. Bands from Ireland will be joined by music ensembles from the USA, UK and Brittany, to deliver uplifting rhythms.
This future thematic marks the final instalment of an exciting creative trilogy of past, present and future embarked upon in 2014.
Take a look at a few of the pageant companies that featured in this year’s Parade.
Working with their neighbours in Gaelscoil naDeise and Educate Together, Spraoi devised this wild and wonderful creation imagining a future where everyone has a home.
Imagine a world where all the technological tasks which are currently carried out by devices such as phones and computers are completely integrated into the human body. Scary or Cool?
When asked to imagine a future Ireland young contributors at Dowtcha Puppet’s workshops, from Youth Work Ireland Gurranabraher, expressed a desire to reforest Ireland and bring back the woodlands and wildlife.
There are no snakes in Ireland. Legend has it that this is thanks to Saint Patrick himself, who ran them out of the country in the 5th century. The pupils from Wexford Educate Together NS imagined a future where they have returned.
Last Year’s Parade
Where: City Centre – Starting at Parnell Square
When: Thursday 17th, 12pm
2. St Patrick’s Festival Treasure Hunt
Tap into your adventurous spirit, as you work in teams to solve a series of questions and discover Dublin city in this unique way!
Unlock the city as you navigate the exciting trail, visit Dublin’s beautiful, historical locations and solve clues in this urban, participatory event. The theme for this year’s hunt is Explorers and costumes are not only allowed but encouraged!
On the day the teams (max 4 people) will receive a goodie bag, a map, a question and answer sheet and pen. The Treasure Hunt must be completed by all team members on foot, no methods of transport are allowed and any team using transport will be disqualified from the hunt.
The Hunt takes about 1 hour 40 minutes to complete, with a special, shorter, mini hunt available for children!
Enjoy the atmosphere at HQ in City Hall with music, theatrics and prizes for best costumes!
City Hall: 10am-1pm or register in advance online!
We hope you have a day full of fun discovering Dublin’s cultural gems!
Where: City Hall
When: Friday 18th, 10am
3. St. Patrick’s Festival Family Big Day Out
Merrion Square will be the perfect scenario for this exciting day-long carnival, bursting with energy, colour and whimsical antics. Be wowed by sensational theatrics, mind-boggling workshops, fantastical magic shows and rousing music. Children can use their imaginations and lots of recycled materials to build, draw, paint, and weave their dreams together with Recreate or play away ‘til their heart’s content in colourful paper aeroplane obstacle courses with Creative Arts.Wooly Wards Farm will also be arriving with lambs, goats, bunnies and many more furry friends to play with!
Look out for hilarious shows, live drumming, 4 handed guitarists, acrobatic tennis players, archaeological digs, stilt walkers, clowns on bicycles and pet Llamas! With this incredible array of family activities, there really is no other way to spend your Sunday!
Where: Merrion Square, D2
When: Sunday 20th, 12pm – 6pm
4. City at Play: Festival Funfairs
From waltzers to family attractions to the carousel, there is something for everyone at the Funfairs. Dare to be suspended upside down, turned over or whisked through the air. A firm festival favourite, the Funfairs will light up the city with colourful carnival fairgrounds. Whether you are young or young at heart come along!
Where: Merrion Square, D2 & Custom House Quay, D1
When: Thursday 17th, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th March
11am-9pm Thurs 17th & Sat 19th
11am – 8pm Sun 20th
5. The Children’s Soapbox
What does it mean to be a child in 2016? This special event to launch and introduce The Ark’s new Children’s Council gives a platform to children to express their views and wishes for Ireland.
The children’s hopes and dreams for our nation’s future will be shared via soap box style performances using spoken word, stories, and poetry. Interspersing the Council’s performances will be music from celebrated children’s choir RTÉ Cór na nÓg. The choir will perform songs from their own extensive repertoire that complement the words of the Children’s Council.
Presented in partnership with St. Patrick’s Festival.
The Ark is supported by the Arts Council.
*Tickets available from Mon 7th March through The Ark’s box office.
Where: The Ark Children’s Cultural Centre, 11A Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D.2
When: Friday, 18th – 2pm and 4pm
6. Gaelspraoi: Cirque Du Gael
Applaud the awesome feats of clowning, acrobatics and juggling of Cirque du Gael – the world’s first and foremost and funniest and fabulous-est Irish language circus!
Where: Merrion Square, D2
When: Sunday 20th – 12pm
Price: Check site