Family Day Festival

Things to Do

Laugh, create, play and relax at Family Day on Saturday 19 May. All entertainment, workshops, games, activities and entry are free.

There’s an exciting, jam-packed programme of free family activities for Family Day at Smithfield Square, on Saturday May 19th, 1-5pm. Enjoy street theatre shows with the madcap Yodel and climb on board a vintage bus for readings and workshops with The President’s Glasses author Peter Donnelly.
Visit Brown Bag Films studios on Smithfield Square for free animation workshops with Brown Bag Films artists. Get recommendations for the best family books on the DCC Library Bus and enjoy live music on the Square. In addition to all that, there’s games and drama with Gaiety School of Acting, a toddler play area, outdoor art workshops, face painting and loads of fun for parents & kids of all ages.

Family Day Stage

Yodel | Contemporary Circus meets traditional Alpine culture in a splendid display of stupidity. Yodel is an absurd comedy where Wolfegang Glochenspiel from Leather-Hosen-Land performs his world famous classical music on bicycle horns while riding on a 2 meters high Unicycle.

Witness a wonderful exposition of traditional Leek dancing with a chorus of juggling. Listen to the beautiful melodies played by his Sheep Orchestra of Bell Ringers. This is a highly original, funny and energetic show that will charm any audience into participating with all their heart.


Be Entertained on Our Vintage Bus

Storytelling | Peter Donnelly is an award winning illustrator. He has illustrated many children’s books and his work has been shortlisted for the Graham Reics Carlo, the young peoples Book of the Year.

His most recent self penned picture book ‘The President’s Glasses’ was a number one best seller and was shortlisted for an Irish book award in 2017. His follow up ‘The President’s Cat’ will be released in September 2018 by Gill Books.



StorytellingThe Gaiety School of Acting, the National Theatre School of Ireland is delighted to bring its brand of confidence and creativity to One Family Day this year! The GSA promises fun-filled drama workshops and animated storytelling for the whole family to enjoy.



Get Creative 

family treeIreland’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.



boy blue handFamily 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 at the One Family tent. Make sure your children take part this year to make their mark on a beautiful ongoing Family Day Festival legacy. All day.



Brown Bag Films Workshops | We will have a number of exciting workshops facilitated by some of Brown Bag Films most creative people at Family Day this year. These workshops are free but ticketed. Details to follow soon.



Family Day Facepainting | Photo by Paul Sherwood

One Family | Enjoy face painting,  arts and crafts, sand and much more at the Vintage Bus, where parents can also find out about supports and services available. All day.



Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 19.08.33Pop-up Play | Jenga, Connect 4 and lots more – but OVERsized. It might feel like you’ve stepped into the Land of the Giants while you have fun with these giant games kindly supplied by Dublin City Council (DCC). All day.




Bring Back PlayTraditional Street Games |  Brilliant fun for children and for grown-ups who remember the simple joy of games like hopscotch, kick the can and skipping. All day.



Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 19.02.05After all of that entertainment and activity, enjoy your own picnic.   All day.





One Family Logo_No StraplineOne Family | One Family, founder of Family Day and Ireland’s organisation for one-parent families and people sharing parenting or separating, offers support, information and services including the lo-call askonefamily helpline on 1890 66 22 12, counselling, and parenting supports including mentoring and mediation. Visit One Family at the Vintage Bus to find out more. There’ll be lots for the children to do, so you can have a chat with an expert if you like.