There are only two words on everyone's lips this week: Engineers Week.
The annual event starts this weekend full of interactive displays, STEAM workshops and demonstrations for all the family to enjoy throughout the country.
There are also lots of other events and activities taking place featuring music, movies, walks and even some giant wetland animals made from 254,000 LEGO bricks.
1) Engineers Week
Engineers Week is a week-long festival starting this weekend with nationwide events celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland.
Events around Ireland this weekend include family fairs in NUI Galway on Saturday, Engineers Ireland Dublin on Saturday and Sunday, Sligo IT and The Old Waterworks in Cork on Sunday. Each event will be different but is sure to feature plenty of science and engineering shows, workshops and hands-on activities.
2) Dublin International Film Festival
The DIFF continues this weekend with a jam-packed program of film, movie events, masterclasses including the Fantastic Flix series featuring the new Pixar movie Onward voiced by Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer on Saturday and Marona's Fantastic Tale and Charlie Chaplin on Sunday.
3) Winter Wooly Walk
Take a 'Leap' for the Cancer Fund for Children with the annual family-friendly Winter Woolly Walk takes place at Tollymore Forest Park on Saturday - Leap Day!
4) Everyday Engineering Workshop | Rediscovery Centre
Discover how engineering is an essential part of our lives in this exciting workshop for children. Test your skills with a wide range of engineering challenges will put your mathematical, problem solving and analytical skills to the test. Suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years old.
5) Giant LEGO Brick Animal Trail | Castle Espie
Northern Ireland’s only Giant Lego brick wetland animal trail returns to Castle Espie this weekend until Easter.
The giant models, some up to 12 times the size of the real wetland animals that inspired them, include Flavia the Andean flamingo, Emily the Emperor dragonfly and Benedict the Bewick’s swan, magnificently stretching his brick wings. There are also interactive Lego brick workshops for young and old master builders.
6) Revolting Rhymes | The Everyman
A great introduction to the instruments of the orchestra, Dahl’s naughty, mischievous humour is brought to life in this adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs by the celebrated composer Paul Patterson; a musical setting with a narrator and an 11–piece orchestra with conductor that is sure to blow your house in!
7) The Sea Around Us | The Model Sligo
The Sea Around Us is an ambitious, large-scale group exhibition that explores our complex relationship with the ocean through installation, film, participation and sound. Running until May, it open this weekend with a new music commission with composer and sound artist Karen Power.
8) Wicklow Antiques, Vintage & Collectables Fair
The fair in the Glenview Hotel on Sunday will include traders from across Ireland, specialising in antique and vintage jewellery, porcelain and silver, along with collectibles such as rare coins, banknotes and books. There will also be a number of eclectic stands, offering vintage homewares, memorabilia and all manner of quirky curios.
9) Hansel and Gretel | Lime Tree Theatre
The Irish National Opera's tour of Englebert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel heads to Limerick this Saturday. The show is suitable for children over 8 and tells the tale of two hungry children lost in a haunted forest with singing, music and performances that will put a smile on everyone's face.
10) Thrive Festival
The popular wellness festival returns to the Convention Centre this weekend with a mix of talks, workshops and fitness classes, including for visitors to try out, exclusive pop-ups such as KOBOX Boxing Club from London, talks from the likes of Jasmine Hemsley and The Food Medic, Dr. Hazel Wallace.
Three things to do next week:
1) Belfast Children's Festival
Running from 6th - 11th March, you can expect a packed programme of theatre, visual art, music, dance, literature, workshops and talks, guaranteed to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity.
2) International Women's Day Tours
To mark International Women's Day next Sunday, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum are hosting special tours that will focus on the women buried who have played pivotal roles in shaping Irish history, including Maud Gonne Mac Bride, Delia Larkin, Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington and many more.
An fhéile Ghaeilge is mó in Éirinn & ar fud an domhain - The biggest Irish language festival in Ireland & around the world runs from March 1-17 and encourages us all to practice the cúpla focal over the next two weeks. Try it, surprise yourself.