Phew, we made it!

School holidays in Ireland have changed so much that children now expect to be entertained, which can make it harder for parents who long for the regular routine that school brings.

Sorry, but it's only five weeks to the mid-term!

Don't worry, YourDaysOut has thousands of ideas for things to do in Ireland, including indoor activities, events, workshops and much more.

As always, we've selected a few of our favourites for this weekend.

Have fun!

1) First Fortnight Mental Health, Art & Cultural Festival
Now featuring more than 100 events, in 67 venues across 17 counties, the original passion behind challenging mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action continues to grow.

This weekend's events include a Health & Wellness Fest at The Rediscovery Centre, a sea swim in Killiney and Therapy Sessions in the Workman's Club.

2) Funderland
Christmas is not over yet...after another successful festive event, Funderland continues until Sunday, so you still have time for one last go on the Jungle River!

3) Dublin Bowie Festival
Ground control to David Bowie fans...the 5th Dublin Bowie Festival takes place this week throughout Dublin. There will be 27 events featuring DJs, Photography, Art, Music, Film, Banter, Fashion, Family Events and lots more. You can relive your golden years as we celebrate 50 years of The Man Who Sold The World.

4) Out to Lunch Arts Festival
The Out to Lunch Arts Festival returns to Belfast in 2020 for its 15th year of music, comedy, theatre, literature and food. Events this weekend include Glasshouse: Berlin Trilogy, the Irish premiere of Linda Ronstadt – The Sound of my Voice, and Janey Godley - the Godmother of Scottish comedy.

5) Five Tiny Plastic Moments | Science Gallery
As part of the Plastic Exhibition in the Science Gallery, this is a workshop on Saturday afternoon that will explore our personal connection to the material of plastic; from our toothbrushes to our remote controls.

Bring five of your most valued plastic objects to introduce to the group. Register in advance.

6) Croke Park Stadium Tours
GAA Jersey January is back...all this January get half-price tickets on the Croke Park Stadium Tour if you wear your GAA jersey.

Adults, children, seniors, students and families can avail of the offer when they wear their GAA club, county or Kellogg's Cúl Camp jerseys. The Stadium Tour also includes admission to the GAA Museum.

7) Seedlings Workshop | The Ark
As the fun of the festive season fades and the new year sets in, this early years drama workshop on Friday and Saturday for little ones aged 2-4 will explore how to cope when things go wrong.

Combining drama, story, play and props, this interactive drama workshop invites little ones and their grown-ups to enjoy imagining together.

8) Holiday Show | Limerick
The Holiday Show opens this weekend in a new venue, the South Court Hotel, Limerick. It's an opportunity to secure show-only holiday deals, get advice from travel professionals and be in with a chance to win holiday prizes. Admission is free. Your next great adventure could start right here...

9) Family Workshop | Floating in the Air
Create your own portraits at this workshop in the National Art Gallery, inspired by the Zurich Young Portrait Prize. Drop-in and stay for as long as you wish. Suitable for children of all ages. Free workshops take place weekly, every Sunday from 11.30am.

Zurich Young Portrait Entry - Flying Pancakes by Alice Ertmane - aged 7
Zurich Young Portrait Entry: Flying Pancakes by Alice Ertmane - aged 7

10) Sunday at Crawford Art Gallery
There is fun for all ages this Sunday with a free guided to explore the treasures of the gallery or enjoy a themed art workshop from 2-3:30pm. All materials supplied and no booking required.

11) Creative Explorers at Rua Red
A new six-week term begins this weekend offering a fun-filled hour of art activity for parent/guardian and child every Saturday. Explore the exhibitions and create colourful art to take home. As well as being creative children will learn about contemporary art and the themes behind the exhibitions.

Three things to do next week:

1) First Fortnight Mental Health, Art & Cultural Festival
The festival continues all next week with events throughout the country including Madlove in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray, The Secret Life of Colour in the Presentation Arts Centre in Wexford, Walk and Talk at the Airfield Estate in Dublin and much more.

2) Bring Along a Baby | National Concert Hall
Next Wednesday morning, enjoy an informal, relaxed, accessible chamber music recital of the highest standard, aimed primarily at parents, while babies or very young children sleep, feed and play. 

3) Shannonside Winter Music Weekend
Featuring eighty events across seventeen different venues across many different musical genres the 21st festival returns to the adjoining villages of Sixmilebridge & Bunratty next weekend.

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