With a little bit of planning and preparation, getting out of the house with baby doesn’t have to be an impossible task. As a new parent, it’s still important to make time for the things that you enjoy – and you can include baby as a part of them too!

Culture Night is taking place in Dublin on the 22nd of September and sees over 300 venues participating, creating more than 600 events for people to enjoy. Culture Night Co-Ordinator Aimée van Wylick shares her top family friendly events in Dublin this Culture Night.

Top 5 family friendly events this Culture Night

  1. Chester Beatty Library, Dublin: An evening of family storytelling, inspired by the Library’s Collection, attendees will be entranced by the Persian Book of Kings. Listen to tales of kings, dragons and princesses and the battles between good and evil. The family storytelling is at 6:15pm. Take a guided tour of the Library’s treasures at 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm or pick up a family pack/drawing pack.
    Time 5pm–10pm | Address Dame St, D2 | Web www. cbl.ie
  2. Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane: The Hugh Lane will celebrate an evening of culture with vocal performances, speed touring, family workshops and a film screening of The Ocean After Nature.
    Time 5pm–10pm | Address Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, D1 | Web hughlane.ie
  3. Gallery Zozimus: Artists Mary Conroy & Kate O’Kelly present a family friendly workshop. They will use 2D flat-pattern paper nets to construct geometric 3D shapes to create personalised, decorated paper forms that participants can take home. There will also be a Play With Clay area for all the family to enjoy.
    Time 6pm–10pm | Address 55/56 Francis St, D8 | Web galleryzozimus.ie
  4. Cregan Library, DCU: Take an English or Irish language tour, and enjoy the stunning panoramic views of Dublin city from the top floor of the library. View an exhibition of rare books from the special collections. Enjoy author readings and talks by DCU staff, as well as events and competitions.
    Time 5pm–9pm | Address DCU St. Patrick’s, Campus, Drumcondra, D9 | Web dcu.ie/library
  5. Dublin Castle: The historic walls of the castle will reverberate with music, comedy, poetry and theatre. Attendees can also enjoy a number of talks, workshops and live radio recordings.
    Time 5pm–10pm | Address Dublin Castle, Dame St, D2 | Web dublincastle.ie – rte.ie/culture

For the full list of events and activities happening around the country for this year’s Culture Night visit https://culturenight.ie/.

Still a little bit unsure about getting out and about with baby? Here are our top 5 tips:

  1. Preparation is key. Before you head out the door take a little time to plan ahead. Check out the parking / changing facilities of your destination. If travelling by public transport, decide the best route to go in advance.
  2. Time your outing. Timing is everything with a little one, plan to feed and change your baby not long before you leave. Giving you more time before you have to do it all again.
  3. Pack your baby bag well in advance. The last thing you need is to be out and about, to reach for something and it not be there. Bring the right sized toy like small hand-sized books, stacking cups and little things that don’t have an annoying repetitive song button on it.
  4. Wear your baby. A sling is a great way to get around with baby, keeping baby close while still having your hands free. Carrying your baby through a crowded event can be much more manageable.
  5. Don’t forget about you. It’s easy to get wrapped up in prep for baby, but make sure you don’t forget what you need for yourself – snacks, a bottle of water and any clothes you might need – a warm jumper, rain jacket etc.

Finally, don’t forget to have fun. You can prepare as much as possible but remember things may not go according to plan and that’s ok. Take each moment as it comes.