Family Day Festival

Programme of Events

Read or download the full Family Day Programme here.

Vintage Bus

Ireland’s Biggest Family Tree | Help set a record! Children (and grown-ups too) can draw pictures of their family on the colourful leaf designs and place their leaf on our giant tree. Children can feel a sense of pride in their family by being part of a beautiful Family Tree that celebrates family diversity. It’s sure to be a magical and special experience for all. If you can’t make it on the day, email or post your contribution to us and we’ll be sure to add it. Details here. All day.

Family Day Festival Little Handprint Project | For the seventh year in a row, children can contribute to making a beautiful handprint banner at Family Day. Previous artworks will be displayed . Make sure your children take part this year to make their mark on a beautiful ongoing Family Day Festival legacy. All day.



Strings on Things Workshop | Make some noise at Strings on Things! Musician Niall McGarty will explore the science of how string instruments work and explain different types of string instruments. Kids will get to try out a range of instruments in a fun interactive workshop!

Workshops upstairs on the vintage bus, Smithfield Square. No pre-booking required.

2-2.30pm  6-8 years and 4-4.30pm 8-12 years


Brown Bag Films Workshops

One final workshop to be announced! Keep on eye on the One Family Facebook page for details.

Story Creation Workshop with Danny Shiels

Venue: Brown Bag Films, Block C, Smithfield Square

Time: 4-4.45pm.

Strap on your thinking caps and get your imagination glasses ready for this workshop with a difference.

Join Danny Shiels, Storyboard Revisionist at Brown Bag Films for a story creation workshop.

Learn about a set of adventurous twins who discover an island where only children with big imaginations can bring the island to life!

Suitable for ages 5-10. Children must be accompanied with an adult.

Cost: FREE.

Update: Tickets are now booked out.

Hugglemonsters and Wild Things workshop

Venue: Brown Bag Films, Block C, Smithfield Square

Time: 1-1.45pm

Join author, illustrator and Henry Hugglemonster creator Niamh Sharkey for Hugglemonsters and Wild Things, a storytelling and family doodle session, at Brown Bag Films, Smithfield Square as part of Family Day.

Niamh will read from her own books including The Ravenous Beast and I’m a Happy Hugglewug and from some of her picture book favourites such as Where the Wild Things Are and Go Away Big Green Monster. Readings will be followed by a workshop with Niamh where families will create a family self-portrait of themselves as monsters!

Suitable for 4-7 years

Cost: FREE.

Update: Tickets are now booked out.

Story Doodle Workshop with Mårten Jönmark

Venue: Brown Bag Films, Block C, Smithfield Square

Time: 2-2.45pm

Join Brown Bag Films Emmy-Award winning storyboard artist and Episodic Director Mårten Jönmark for an hour of zany stories and doodles! In this exciting workshop you’ll create and bring to life your own hand-drawn story just like the storyboards used in the creation of animated films. Mårten will be on hand to provide expertise and storytelling tips. You’ll even have a chance to share your story with the group!

Age: 5+

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: FREE

UPDATE: Tickets are now booked out.


Live Entertainment on Smithfield Plaza

Brian Daly returns to Family Day with comedy that goes over the kids heads, and magic that amazes all ages. Danger, mind reading, illusion and lots of messing. Gasps and laughs guaranteed!

Catch Brian on Smithfield Plaza at 1pm and on the vintage bus on Smithfield Square at 2.45pm. And at various places in-between!



Dublin Circus Project | Join a free-play mixed circus skills workshop on Smithfield Plaza! Try hula hooping, juggling and a mix of other skills in a fun workshop hosted by Dublin Circus Project

Workshop runs from 2-3pm. No pre-booking required.



Jitterbug Jackson | Recently returned to these shores after exotic and enlightening adventures in Cambodia, Captainof Chaos, Jitterbug Jackson, crash lands with a bang, a wallop and a welcome return to Ireland.

In his brand new show, I Used to Dream of Rocket Ships, Jitterbug delivers a thrilling and explosive mix of Circus, Comedy, Dance, Poetry, Science and Song, all set to a musical score that delights and inspires. This is a show to remind us that we are never to old to reach for the stars and realise our own dreams and ambitions.

I Used to Dream of Rocket Ships will blast off at 3.15pm on Smithfield Plaza.


The Dublin Ukulele Collective  is a fifty-piece ukulele harmony band who has been putting smiles on faces across Ireland since their formation in June 2015. Ranging in age from 18 to 70+, they perform a diverse repertoire of songs from artists that reflect the age span including; Elbow, Cold Play, Talking Heads, Amy Winehouse, Erasure, Leonard Cohen, Jason Mraz, Radio Head, Mumford & Sons and more. They won an Epic Award in 2016 for its ethos of inclusion and commitment to raising funds for charity.

The Dublin Ukulele Collective  will perform on Smithfield Plaza at 4.20pm.


Play Areas

Toddler Play Area | Join us beside the Vintage Bus at the One Family toddler play area where there will be sandpits, bubbles, chalk and lots more!

Street Games | There will be some old school street games available at the games area including skipping, hula hooping, Giant Jenga and more! Suitable for all ages!

Dublin City Mobile Library

Join the book doctor at the Dublin City Library Bus who will help you decide what book you would like based on your interests and age.

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