Get ready for some family fun!
Have you run out of things to do with your little one? Is your tyke tired of petting zoos, circuses, and cinemas? If the answer to both of these questions is yes then you’ve come to the right place! To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together our pick of the bunch of shows for kids happening in the near future.
There’s a whole host of fantastic events coming to Ireland for the young and the young at heart. From classic musicals to wacky comedies and family-friendly festivals, there’s something for children of all ages.
The Easter Express at Oakfield Park
Oakfield Demense | 7 – 10 April 2023
All aboard the Easter Express! The annual celebration returns to Oakfield Park with treasure hunts, an Eggspress Train that runs through an enchanted forest, chocolate surprises and who could forget The Easter Bunny.
The Magical Music Of Harry Potter
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre | 11 April 2023
All muggles are welcome as Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre magically morphs into Hogwarts for one day only. Featuring a choir, symphonic orchestra, soloists, and even a surprise star from the Harry Potter film series. Be quick! Tickets are going faster than Harry on a Nimbus 2000.
Dinosaur World Live
Gaiety Theatre | 28 – 30 April 2023
Royal Theatre and Event Centre | 11 – 12 July 2023
Take a Jurrasic jaunt to Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre this April or Mayo’s Royal Theatre in July as Dinosaur World Live! brings the prehistoric period directly to the stage. Prepare yourself for a trip back in time that’s both enjoyably educational and ferociously fun.
A special post-show meet & greet offers the truly brave explorers among you the opportunity to make a new dinosaur friend.
The Spongebob Musical
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre | 10 – 13 May 2023
Why not head to Bikini Bottom for some top-drawer entertainment? Everyone’s favourite square-panted sponge stops off at Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre for The Spongebob Musical this May.
Featuring an ocean of original songs by some of the most recognizable names in music, including Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I.
3Olympia Theatre | 15 – 18 June 2023
There may have been BAFTA and EMMY-winning stars on the 3Olympia stage before but never any that barked! CBeebies’ most loveable canine (sorry Dodge!) trades the TV screen for the theatre in this all-new interactive stage production. Featuring Duggee and the Squirrels plus many more of your favourite characters!
Russborough House | 30 June – 2 July 2023
Ireland’s premier family-friendly festival makes a return to Wicklow’s Russburough House from 30 June – 2 July 2023. With performances and activities for all ages, Kaleidoscope caters to both small kids and big kids (adults) alike. Weekend tickets are available now, giving you the chance to treat your children to their first taste of a festival and camping all in one swoop.
Gavin James has been confirmed to headline this year’s edition with more performer announcements expected soon.
Winnie The Pooh
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre | 28 – 30 July 2023
Following a record-breaking New York premiere in 2021, one of Disney’s most iconic and universally loved characters, Winnie the Pooh brings his best friends along for an adventure to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.
Join Pooh Bear, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, and Owl as they get into some sticky situations in the Hundred Acre Wood. This musical adaptation features the Sherman Brothers’ classic Grammy Award-winning music.
3Olympia Theatre | 19 – 23 July 2023
TV funny-man and acclaimed children’s author, David Walliams brings the stage show adaptation of his bestselling novel Demon Dentist to Dublin’s 3Olympia Theatre this July. This thrilling tale is sure to leave you with your mouth open wide and aching with laughter!
Brought to you by from the West End producers of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny and Billionaire Boy, both nominated for an Olivier Award.
Shrek The Musical
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre | 15 – 20 August 2023
The world’s most famous ogre swaps the swamp for the stage with the spectacular, award-winning Shrek the Musical. Join Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona and many more of your favourite characters for this musical fairytale in Dublin this August.
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre | 22 August – 3 September 2023
Take a trip up Easy Street and catch the smash-hit West End production of Annie, starring Craig Revel Horwood as the meddling Miss Hannigan.
Featuring one of the best musical scores of all time including the classic songs ‘The Hard-Knock Life’, ‘I Don’t Need Anything But You‘ and plenty more. Don’t wait until Tomorrow, get your tickets now!
Gaiety Theatre | 26 November 2023 – 7 January 2024
You’re guaranteed to have a ball at the Gaiety panto! The classic tale of Cinderella comes to life in Dublin, with the horse and carriage stopping off from November 2023 up until January 2024.
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre | 5 December 2023 – 7 January 2024
Escape into a scrumptious world of pure imagination when this sensational musical, choc-full of fantastical treats comes to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from 5 December 2023 until 7 January 2024.