Well, that wasn't so bad, was it? You have managed to survive the January Blues and can now look forward to Valentine's Day and the school mid-term break.

Easter is early this year too and is only eight weeks away. Sure, it'll be Christmas again before you know it!

OK, too soon, but there are now so many more things available to do as we head towards spring. Pet farms, campsites, outdoor activity centres and more, are all planning to open for the season in the next few weeks.

Until then, there are still loads of events and activities to keep you entertained on YourDaysOut.

Below are some ideas for this weekend with some early tips for next week.

1) Wide Eyes
This week Europe comes to Galway from 1- 4 February for Wide Eyes, a one-off European arts extravaganza for babies and children aged 0 – 6.

Hosted by Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Wide Eyes will welcome almost 200 artists and arts professionals from almost 20 countries to enthrall and engage children over four jam-packed days featuring shows, workshops, adult talks and finishing with a Flash Mob in Eyre Square. 

Baboró International Arts Festival
Baboró International Arts Festival

2) Biddy's Day
Fun for all the family at Killorglin’s newest one-day Celtic Festival, Biddy’s Day on Saturday 3rd February. A mixture of Christianity and ancient Celtic traditions, the Biddy's help ward off evil spirits for the coming year.

Enjoy the parade of the Biddy’s, traditional music & sessions, theatre, fire-dancers, workshops, street entertainment, outdoor events and much, much more!

3) Bundoran Lifeboat Fundraiser
Time to get out and support your local lifeboat. The annual Bundoran Lifeboat Dance takes place at the Allingham Arms on Friday 2nd February with special guest Robert Mizzell. There will be a huge raffle on the night with a DJ after the dance.

Tickets are now on sale from all crew members, the hotel, the tourist office and at the door on the night.

Bundoran Lifeboat Fundraiser

4) DLR Winter of Heritage
The DLR Winter of Heritage programme continues over the weekend with free guided tours of Cabinteely House, James Joyce Tower, Marlay House and The Oratory.

5) Little Folk on Tour
Little Folk on Tour is a fun-filled exploration of music and movement perfectly suited for your energetic under 6s with lots of singing, jumping and shaking in Glór, Ennis.

6) World Wetlands Day at Castle Espie
Established to raise awareness about the value of wetlands, World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on February 2nd.

On Friday, you can experience the sights and sounds of Strangford Lough, with an interactive guided tour of the Reserve at Castle Espie. Each tour will last approximately one hour and take place at midday, 2pm and 3pm with the cost included in your admission.


7) Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown
A new weekend festival that will celebrate the best of Dublin culture, comedy, food, music and, of course, top-class jump racing. There is a lot of entertainment throughout the weekend and children under 18 go free!

8) Meath Antiques & Vintage Fair
The fair will take place in the Trim Castle Hotel on Sunday and will feature antique and vintage jewellery, art, decor and other items for the home, collectibles and quirky curios, rare books, vintage fashion and accessories, and much more.

9) Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival
Ireland's Largest Motorcycle Festival takes place in the Eikon Exhibition Centre takes place from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th and promises to be a fantastic show with an array of features, personalities, and stands.

The family event includes top manufacturers & dealers with a selection of new and classic bikes, stunt shows, aerial displays, Supermoto races and more. Under 16's go free.

10) Imbolc International Music Festival
The IMBOLC International Music Festival continues until February 4th and features an eclectic mix of new music, intimate performance, and music in various locations around the city including churches, historic buildings and to cafés and bars.

There is a full programme of concerts, workshops, masterclasses, choral events, events for children, community events, session trail, a band competition and much more.

Three Things to do next week

1) Drop-In Drawing Session
Any budding artist over thirteen should drop into the Chester Beatty library on Sunday 11th for a free lesson on drawing techniques, including line drawing, shading perspective, and decoration. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; dry materials only. 

2) Teddy Bears Picnic at An Tain
Bring your Teddy -  and a grown up -  to the An Tain Arts Centre in Dundalk on Saturday 10th for a Teddy Bears' Picnic full of songs, rhymes, games, movement, instruments, and fun. Suitable for ages 3 – 5 years and adults and Teddy Bears go free.

3) Glasnevin Cemetery Mid-Term Tales
Visit Glasnevin Cemetery this February to enjoy new tours specially designed for families.

These tours will take in the oldest part of the cemetery and will tell the tales of grave-robbing, prison escapes, and deadly animals and also include a visit to the grave of Michael Collins. The tours will run at 11.00am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm on February 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th.