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23 Oct

Next week, schools are closed for midterm! This week’s Wednesday for Parents focuses on ideas for entertainment, here in Bray, around County Wicklow and a few further afield. Some events may need to be booked early.

In no particular order, our top recommendations are:

  • Sealife! Sealife have a Scary Fish Festival on next week with zombie pirate trick or treating, design a ‘Frankenfish’ competition, facepainting and a pirate quiz trail! If you can, it’s well worth booking online as you can save up to €14 on family tickets. It’s €29 to book online for a family of 2 adults and 2 children, but €43 if you book on the day. More information here!
  • The Mermaid! The Mermaid have a showing of Monster’s University on Tuesday 29th October. Tickets cost €5 each and information can be found here.
  • Kilruddery have a number of creative events on – for €20, you can use materials to build a scarecrow and be in with a chance to win a prize. For €5 you can choose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, draw a design and leave it with the master carver to be collected later. More information here.
  • Wicklow Gaol go all out for Halloween and while some of the activities are for adults only (and the staff of Peter’s can vouch for the creepiness of these events!), there are a number of family activities, such as treasure hunts, facepainting and a ‘terrifying touch tour’ – intrigued? Check out their calendar here! Family tickets seem to run at €19 each (2 adults/3 children) for each event.
  • Glasnevin Cemetery is one of Dublin’s main tourist attractions. Their Halloween celebrations are suitably creepy with children’s tours from Saturday to Wednesday. Family ticket prices for 2 adults and 2 children are €25. More info and booking here
  • The Ark in Dublin City Centre have incredible workshops on during the week, all based around popular music. You can see the full programme of events here but ones that instantly caught my eye were the beatboxing workshop and DJ workshops. Most expensive tickets seem to be €11, although some workshops are €6 and others are free.
  • Imaginosity provides workshops and camps for children under the age of 9. They have a packed programme for the week and ‘Where’s Wally?’ Day instantly jumped out at me! More info here!
  • Avondale is always worth a visit and they have a free orienteering course for an outdoor day out! Different levels of difficulty available here and general information about Avondale here
  • The Bram Stoker Festival takes place next week in Dublin, with a number of events for all ages. A full calendar of events for families can be found here
  • National Museum of Ireland have some fantastic events, many with a Halloween theme – all free! Check out their programme here

We’d love to hear your suggestions and recommendations! Anyone have anything nice planned for midterm?

One Response to “Wednesday for Parents: Midterm ideas!”

  1. samuel smith
    8:46 pm on October 23rd, 2013

    Sounds really good. I’m definitely going to try to go see Monster’s University.

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