Expats taking a family trip to Dublin for the St. Patrick’s Festival will find something for every member of their family. The 2012 Festival theme is “How? What? Why?” and is based around Dublin’s status as The City of Science.
Susan Kirby, CEO of the festival is planning for visitors of all ages to enjoy the 2012 activities, “Our St. Patrick’s Festival is one of the largest artistic presentations of its kind in the world and the atmosphere in the city is always electric. This year, we will be hosting some of the best events that the capital has ever seen, with something for all ages, nationalities, and tastes – and best of all, lots of them are free,” she said.
The festivities begin March 16 and run through the weekend until March 19. A few family-friendly activities will include the following:
Big Day Out
This street carnival features hip-hop dancing, a science and exploratory center along with a comedy circus act by the Fanzini Brothers. From 12pm- 6pm on March 18 The Big Day Out will keep kids occupied for hours with a plethora of fun zones and hands-on workshops.
Children’s Literary Adventure
The adventure stories Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent has made its way to the St. Patrick’s Festival! There will be a variety of activities based around the stories that children can participate in and author Alan Early will be there to answer the question on the story as well. The fun starts at 11 am on March 19, those interested in attending must first register.
St. Patrick’s Festival Parade
The parade is one of the most popular past times of the festival and this year brings another perk…a downloadable children’s parade science pack! The pack can be downloaded from the St. Patrick’s Festival site and will explore questions that children often wonder like “how is a rainbow formed,” and “why do we dream.” Companies participating in the parade will also tell their thoughts on the topic through their parade creations. The parade will start at the Parnell Square, Dublin 1 at 12:00 on March 17, don’t forget your science pack!
If you and your family will be included in the 36 percent of overseas visitors that attend the festival, make sure you have international travel insurance that meets your needs.