If you are looking for some entertainment for the kids this weekend, The Ark in Dublin are offereing one-parent families free tickets to a concert this Saturday 23 July. There are 25 places and if you parent alone or share parenting and want to go you need to call Sarah at One Family, 01 6629212, by Friday.
The Open Arts Community Chori & Messenges with Julie Feeney concert is part of their ‘PLAY’ music festival for families. It is a celebration of the joy of singing with two very different, but equally wonderful, choral groups. Open Arts Community Choir features talented singers over the age of 16, while Messengers is made up of gifted young singers from the Irish Youth Choir. Hosted by Julie Feeney, these interactive concerts will leave you feeling uplifted and inspired. Come with your vocal chords warmed up! There are concerts at 2pm and 4pm, lasing one hour.
There is another concert on Sunday 7 August, again please call Sarah on 01 6629212 if you parent alone or share parenting and would like to take your children along for free. The Grant/ Kelly Family concert features RTÉ Lyric fm presenter Evelyn Grant who met her husband Gerard Kelly (Cork Pops Orchestra) when they were teenagers on the very first day the Irish Youth Orchestra began. She played the flute and he played the cello. They married and lived happily… well, they lived in a noisy house with their four children who played all kinds of instruments – lots of banging, plucking, scraping and blowing! They are looking forward to coming together from Cork, New York, Dublin and London to perform some of their favourite music in The Ark – and getting the audience involved too. London-based harpist Jean Kelly, who has played on The Lord of the Rings soundtrack, will also perform via video link. Family rehearsals can be tricky, though – too much laughter!
The Ark has also negotiated special discounts for families if they would like to make a day of PLAY while they are in the city. They simply present their ticket stub.
Dublinia: is one of Dublin’s top visitor attractions with three exciting exhibitions, Viking Dublin, Medieval Dublin and History Hunters! All located at the historic crossroads of old Dublin. The Viking and Medieval Dublin exhibitions bring the city to life in an exciting and contemporary way for all ages. Unearth the city’s past at the History Hunters exhibition and see Dublin from a new perspective. Come away knowing more about the citizens of Dublin throughout the ages! Special offer discount: Adult ticket €6.50, child ticket €4 – a discount of €1 on each ticket.
Book of Kells Exhibition: The Old Library and the Book of Kells exhibition is a “must see” for families, telling the story of Ireland in the 9th century, how the Book of Kells was made, and what life was like for the young monks who created it. Special offer discount: Family Admission (up to 2 adults and 2 children) for €16 – a discount of €2 on standard family admission price.
Half Moon Crepe Company: Delicious crêpes in a welcoming and trendy café in Temple Bar. Special offer discount: Get a free child’s Chocolate Crepe with every adult crepe purchased.
Queen of Tarts on Cow’s Lane: Delicious lunches and the finest cakes, scones and brownies and tarts in the business. Special offer discount: 10% off your bill.
The Morgan: Enjoy coffee & danish with free wi-fi for €5 or Chef’s Irish Daily Irish Lunch Special for €7.50