It's now over halfway through January and children are happily settled back into their normal school routine with the eradication of any withdrawal symptoms from their chocolate diet during December.

But, being January, all treats are off the menu (kale crisps are not a treat!)

However, there are loads of fun activities on YourDaysOut to divert your attention away from dry (or in some cases, damp) January.

We've selected some of our favourites below.

Have fun!

1) First Fortnight Arts Festival
The unique Arts Festival organised by First Fortnight to help challenge mental health prejudice continues with more fun and family events all over Ireland.

Events this weekend include Just Keep Swimming, a wellbeing and resilience workshop this Saturday as part of the Riverbank Arts Centre’s First Fortnight Family Day, The King Who Finds Feelings Confusing and Clowns Without Borders Workshop in The Ark, Children's Mindfullness Workshops in Naas and Newbridge libraries on Saturday and the inaugural First Fortnight IFI Family Event "Feeling Fine" will be on Sunday 20th starting at 11am (8 yrs +).

First Fortnight
First Fortnight

2) Akumakon
One of the largest Anime and Manga conventions in Ireland and run by students of NUI Galway to raise money for charity. Featuring panels, traders, artists, video games, special events and, of course, cosplay, the family-friendly events start with free entry on Friday and paid entry at the door on Saturday and Sunday.

3) Dead Zoo Tour
The National Museum of Ireland - Natural History in Dublin have a Dead Zoo Tour on the Saturday 12:00 and 2:00pm. Meet Museum Educator, Geraldine Breen, and discover the science and stories behind the collections on display during this free public highlights tour of the Museum of Natural History.

No booking required but places are limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible.

4) Out to Lunch Arts Festival
The 14th Out to Lunch Arts Festival continues in Belfast this weekend with This Is Spinal Tap '35' anniversary screening, Twin Bandit and Steph Cameron, Bronagh Gallagher, Marian Keyes in conversation with Roisin Ingle and more.

5)  Children's Creative Writing Workshop | National Botanic Gardens
Caoimhe Creed will lead you through the process of crafting a story inspired by the Botanic Gardens. Nature and plants have enlivened much of literature and there are many amazing stories represented in the Gardens’ collections. The workshop on Sunday is free but booking is required.

6) Shannonside Winter Music Weekend
The 20th Shannonside Winter Music Festival takes place from 17th - 19th with 70 events across 15 venues featuring different musical genres, with Concerts, Sessions, Set Dancing & Poetry in venues around the adjoining villages of Sixmilebridge & Bunratty.

7)  First Dáil Centenary Tours | Glasnevin Cemetery
This month is the centenary of the First Dáil and, to mark this significant occasion in Ireland’s history, Glasnevin Cemetery are running special tours on Saturday and Sunday to share the fascinating stories of twenty-five members of the First Dáil who are buried there.

First Dail Centenary
First Dail Centenary

8) Intimacy
How did the brain chemistry work when your parent saw you for the first time? What is scientific and artistic about the connection between humans? Neuroscience, behaviour, belief, and trust are all called into question at this absorbing exhibition at Trinity College Dublin’s famous Science Gallery running until the February 3rd.

9) Dublin Youth Orchestra's Annual Concert
DYO consists of four separate orchestras with a total of 400 players between the ages of 9 and 21 - the Junior Strings Orchestra, Intermediate Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestra will all perform on the main stage at the National Concert Hall this Saturday evening.

10) Baby Jam at Riverbank Arts Centre
Baby Jam is an early introduction to music for babies and toddlers takes place at 11am on the third Friday of January, February and March in the Riverbank Arts Centre. Carrie Haskins, a singer, songwriter and musician from Kildare, uses music to encourage learning such as movement, to explore different textures and sounds, and to introduce different musical instruments.

11) Holiday World Show
Start planning your summer holidays and break free from the January blues. Featuring thousands of industry professionals ready to answer your questions, the Holiday World Show is the biggest single event in travel and tourism in Ireland providing lots of ideas for your holiday and some fantastic special offers.

12) Croke Park Stadium Tours
If you wear your GAA county, club or Cúl camp jersey you get half-price admission to the Croke Park Stadium Tour during the month of January.

Walk in the footsteps of legends on this guided tour, as you visit the team dressing rooms, warm-up areas. and media centre before going pitch-side via the players' tunnel and taking a seat in the VIP area. The Stadium Tour also includes admission to the GAA Museum.

GAA Mueum
GAA Mueum

13) Family Workshop | Floating Cities
Join artist Edel Campbell for a special family workshop inspired by the exhibition Canaletto and the Art of Venice. At their drop-in workshops, children and their parents/guardians/carers are encouraged to work together on creative projects. Drop-in and stay for as long (or as little!) as you wish. Suitable for children of all ages. 

Three things to do next week:

1) Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival
The annual Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival in Tipperary from January 25th to 27th with six guided walks over 2 days. 

2) Temple Bar Tradfest
The festival takes place over five days and five nights with over two-hundred events from 23-27th January. The TradFest Children's Hub will be in The Ark, Temple Bar and will host a varietry of events including Pólca 4, Give Trad a Try, Family Workshops and a Children’s Crafts Club.

3) Ballincollig Winter Music Festival
The 10th Ballincollig Winter Music Festival takes place from January 23rd - January 27th 2019 with another fantastic and eclectic mix of artists and events centred around the festival hub at The White Horse.

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