Free Wild Child Day Events

Wednesday 23rd August is Wild Child Day and is dedicated to wild children everywhere.  

Encourage your kids to put down their iPads and computer games, get off the couch and get muddy!

At the Heritage Council we feel it is important for the on-going health of our nation’s young people and the future of our unique environment to get children thinking about biodiversity. 

All over the country, events have been planned to capture the interest of our youngest citizens. Because without the support and interest of our young people the future for our environment will be very challenging indeed.

Here’s a list of free Wild child day events to get you started.

Junior Nature Photo Exhibition – Tullamore Library, Co. Offaly

23 August, 10am - 5pm

This exhibition celebrates Irish local biodiversity as well as the talent of junior photographers. All photos taken by children aged 5-12.


Children’s Historical Treasure Hunt – Michael Collins House, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

23 August, 10am - 5pm

Google-free, outdoor fun learning experience for 5-12 year old children (and their parents) exploring and discovering the history of Clonakilty. Lots of prizes. Forms can be picked up and returned to Michael Collins House during opening hours and completed at your leisure. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Go Wild in Marshs – Marsh’s Library, Dublin City

23 August, 10am - 12pm

Marsh's Library will open its hidden garden for children to 'go wild' in! You are welcome to come and take part in nature stations learning about, hunting for and creating with the natural things found in the garden! Plant a seed, seed dispersal, artwork with natural materials on our mini beach!


Family Wildlife Discovery DayCabragh Wetlands Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

23 August, 10:30am - 3:30pm

A fun-filled family event of pond dipping and bird watching at Cabragh Wetlands Centre. Explore the weird and wonderful world of minibeasts living in and around the wetlands.


Wild Child - Bone Investigators - Ashe Memorial Hall, Tralee , Co. Kerry

23 August, 11am - 4pm

Unleash the forensic archaeologist in you and become a Bone Investigator at Kerry County Museum. Dig up a skeleton and other replica grave goods. Find out how archaeology really works with the help of our in-house archaeologist.


Wild Child Nature Trail - Hollywood Village Community Centre, Co. Wicklow

23 August, 11am - 12pm

Join us for a fun walk around our local habitats where we can show you our common wild flowers and insects. Our local wildlife expert will lead us on a nature adventure where everyone can explore!


Forge Wild Child Day – The Forge, Kilbride Cross, Co.Carlow

23 August, 11:30pm - 2:30pm

Wild child Day is being hosted at The Forge in Kilbride Cross. Please bring packed lunch. Activities will be outdoors so please wear suitable clothing


Wild Child Day at the BurrenFlaggy Shore Layby – Co. Clare

23 August, 12pm - 2pm

This is a fun exploration of the rock pools of the Flaggy Shore near to Newquay. For children between 4-12 years old. Bring your wellies, a sandcastle bucket (if you have one), picnic and a smile!


Mini-Beast Expedition The Fairy House, Fairy Village, The Demesne, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon

23 August, 12:30pm - 1pm, 1:30pm - 2pm, 2:30pm - 3pm, 3:30pm - 4pm

On Wild Child day, keen explorers will be lead on a bug hunt by nature specialist Martina Butler. Bug pots will be used to study "creepy crawlies", flying and water based creatures. Meet at the Fairy House, Fairy Village, The Demesne, Castlerea and go on a mini-beast expedition with an expert 'spotter'!


Scavenger Hunt – Band Room, Chapelizod, Co. Dublin

23 August, 1pm - 3pm

A walking tour and scavenger hunt through the village for children and adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Nature Walk: Talk and PlaySpa Wells, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

23 August, 2pm - 4pm

Wild Child event. Nature walk, talk and play for families with kids aged 5 and up. A series of games and activities where we use all our senses to observe the biodiversity that is everywhere around us. We will look, listen, smell and touch our way through the woods, wilds and waters of Lisdoonvarna.


Wild Child Family Fun Day - The Glebe House & Gallery, Churchill, Co. Donegal

23 August, 2pm - 4:30pm

Come and celebrate nature - build your own mini bug hotel or an abode for a toad! Make an nature inspired craft and follow the nature trail around the Glebe gardens.


Teddybears Picnic - Ballincollig Heritage Festival, Regional Park Ballincollig, Co. Cork

23 August, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

A fun event for Children for 1 to 7.Bring Teddy bears and snacks. Enjoy a puppet and magic show.


Fight a Knight - Rothe House Garden, Co. Kilkenny

23 August, 2:30pm - 4pm

Many young men growing up in the Middle Ages dreamed of becoming a knight. Come along to meet our knight in armour at Rothe House, and find out if you have what it takes to become a knight!


Clondalkin Round Tower Heritage Group - Clondalkin Round Tower Centre, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin

23 August, 3pm - 4pm

Renowned storyteller Eddie Lenihan weaves tales of Faeries and Folklore in this afternoon session for children and adults alike. All welcome! Parking is available at the Mill Centre.


Printable Family trail - Derrynane House, Co. Kerry

23 August, All Day

A FREE download of a printable walking trail map & guide, with bite sized history, fun activities, & nature facts, to keep everyone entertained en route. Tearooms & toilets mid-way through the walk. Like all our family trails, the Derrynane route is enough for an adventure but not too taxing for little legs (approximately 2 miles across beaches, dunes and woodland paths).


There’s lots more happening for Wild Child Day around Ireland. See what’s on near you!