Lea & Pea’s Dublin Event Guide – February

We’re back with our pick of the best things to do with your dinky Dubliners this February. It’s all about hearts and hogs this month as Dublin embraces Valentine’s Day and gets festive for the Year of the Pig.

Dublin Chinese New Year Festival is from 1st – 17th with a packed programme of fun for all ages, many more than we can include here.

 

1st 2 – 4pm: St Brigid’s Cross Make and Take Workshop @ Christchurch Cathedral.

 

Mark the feast day of St Brigid by crafting your own traditional woven cross in this drop-in workshop. Kids under 12 participating in the workshop are entitled to free admission to the Cathedral (normal fee applies to accompanying adults).

 

FREE

All ages

Dublin 8

 

1st – 3rd Feb from 12.00pm: Being an Astronaut VR Experience @ Science Gallery

 

View the first VR film ever shot in space! Through 360° Virtual Reality films, discover what it means to be an astronaut from training on Earth to travelling to the International Space Station or go for a spacewalk!

 

FREE

13+

Dublin 2

 

2nd from 9.30am: Family Day @ dlr LexIcon

A celebration of Chinese New Year with an Irish Twist. Expect parent and toddler yoga, kite-making, concerts, art workshops, virtual reality and dragon and lion dancers.

FREE

All ages

Dun Laoghaire

 

2nd 11.00am – 2.00pm: Meet the Pigs @ Dublin City Farm

 

Welcome the Year of the Pig at the newly-developed Dublin City Farm by meeting two of the farm’s resident hogs, Willow and Ash. With knowledgeable farm staff on hand, you can learn all about a day in the life of these two prized piggies!

 

FREE

All ages

Dublin 5

 

2nd 11.15am: Chinese New Year Traditions (Creative Teens Lab) @ Chester Beatty Library

 

Gather together to learn all about Chinese New Year customs. Try your hand at using chopsticks, explore the culinary traditions, and learn about arts and crafts of this ancient culture.

 

FREE, booking required

Ages 12-17

Dublin 2

 

2nd 2.00 – 3.00pm: Chinese New Year Family Workshop @ Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

 

Join artist Kathryn Maguire to make Chinese Lanterns and Blossom Trees decorated with symbols inspired the Year of the Pig.

 

FREE

All ages

Dublin 1

 

6th & 20th 10.00am – Parent and Toddler Session @ Dublin Zoo

 

Toddlers will get an opportunity to learn more about the zoo’s wonderful wildlife through stories, crafts and visits to their habitats.

 

€5 Annual Pass Holders, €10 Non-Pass Holders

Ages 1 – 3

Dublin 8

 

6th 10.30am: Tiny Fingers Little Toes – Animals of the Zodiac @ Chester Beatty Library

 

Come and meet the Jade Emperor and listen to stories about all his animals.

 

FREE (booking required)

Under 6’s

Dublin 2

 

8th & 9th, various times: String Play @ The Ark

 

Enjoy a musical trip through an ordinary day. Three friends go on a playful non-verbal journey using only music and sounds to tell you about all the activities they do together.

 

€12.50

Ages 5+

Dublin 2

 

9th & 10th from 11.00am: Spring Festival Fair @ CHQ Building

 

Inspired by Chinese temple fairs, or ‘Miaohui’, this event combines performances, workshops, storytelling with Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin and more, screenings, demonstrations and games, plus tasty food stalls and special appearances by international visitors.

 

FREE

All ages

Dublin 1

 

9th 11.00am – 7.00pm: 5th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration @ Hill Street Family Resource Centre

 

Enjoy performances by local children and adults in Chinese Music, Dance, Drama and Visual Arts. This is an unmissable opportunity for families to celebrate inclusion and diversity as we say goodbye to the Year of the Dog and welcome the year of the Pig.

 

FREE

All Ages

Dublin 1

 

9th 2.00pm – 3pm: Chinese New Year – Bolang Gu @ Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

 

Work with artist Jane Fogarty to make your own Bolang Gu instrument and use colours and symbols from China to decorate it.

 

€7

Ages 6 – 8

Dublin 1

 

10th 11.30am & 1.30pm: Valentine’s Craft Workshop @ Rathfarnham Castle

Make a Valentine’s card for someone special in this workshop.

 

FREE, booking essential

Ages 7 – 11

Dublin 14

 

10th & 24th 3.00-4.00pm: Family Tour – An Introduction to Collins Barracks @ National Museum Decorative Arts & History

 

Learn about the history of Collins Barracks, from the 1700s to the present day and its transition from Barracks to Museum, taking in some of the highlights from the Museum’s exhibitions.

 

FREE

All ages

Dublin 7

 

12th 10.30am – 12.00pm: Tiny Tots Tuesday – Gymboree @ EPIC

 

Learning is made fun through this workshop of music, dance and games for little hands and feet.

€12

Ages 6 months – 3.5 years

Dublin 1

 

13th 3.00pm – Valentine’s Day Card Making @ Ballyroan Library

 

Valentine’s themed craft workshop.

 

FREE, booking required (from 4th Feb)

Ages 5+

Dublin 14

 

14th 12.00, 2.00 & 4.00pm: Pop-Up Valentine’s Card @ Imaginosity

 

Card making workshop in the Art Workshop Room at Dublin’s Children’s Museum.

 

Free with admission to museum (adults €8, children 3+ €8)

Ages 3 – 9

Dublin 18

 

16th 2.30 – 4.00pm: Movie Time at the Library @ Blackrock Library

 

Autism friendly film screening for families.

 

FREE

All ages

Blackrock

 

17th 1.00 – 4.00pm – Jurassic Skies Open Day @ National Museum Decorative Arts & History

 

Visit the temporary exhibition, Jurassic Skies and join in one of several related events including storytelling, art workshops and fossil handling.

 

FREE

All ages

Dublin 7

 

19th -22nd 11.00am – 12.00pm: Early Years Spring Course for 1 – 3 Year Olds @ Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

 

Celebrate the colours, textures and sounds of Spring during this four day art camp with artists Frances Coghlan and Ashleigh Downey.

 

€22

Ages 1 – 3

Dublin 1

 

21st & 22nd 10.00am – 2.30pm: Junior Spring Workshops @ Dublin Zoo

 

Fun, educational one-day workshops that harness springtime activities.

 

€30 Annual Pass Holders, €35 Non-Pass Holders

Ages 6-12

Dublin 8

 

21st 11.30am – 1.30pm: Medieval Love Tokens @ National Museum – Archaeology

 

Find out more about love and courting in Medieval times and to make your own love token to bring home.

 

FREE

Ages 8+

Dublin 2

 

23rd 2.30 – 4.30pm: Prehistory Mysteries! Humans and the Natural World @ National Museum – Archaeology

 

Chat to the Museum Educators who will have an array of replica artefacts and raw materials to pick up and examine.

 

FREE

All ages

Dublin 2

 

24th 9.40am: The Jungle Book @ Stella Theatre

 

Family screening of the 1967 Disney classic.

 

€8

All ages

Dublin 6

 

25th 10.30am & 12.30pm: Bring Along a Baby @ National Concert Hall

 

Enjoy a relaxed performance of chamber music while babies and very young children sleep feed and play.

 

€13 adults, babies go free

Dublin 2

 

From 28th various times: Peat @ The Ark

 

World premiere of new play by Kate Heffernan.With lightness and humour, Peat asks big questions about life, death, time and history.

 

€12.50

Ages 8+

Dublin 2

 

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