Science Week Ireland has an entire week of science projects and events available for all the curious kids out there. Starting on the first weekend of November from Saturday 7th until Sunday 15th of November 2020, there is an entire week of fun for kids. If your kids are asking you every day about a million questions, this is exactly right for them. During science week your kids will get to learn space facts, how to build an Iron Man Suit, explore the world of reptiles and much more. We have gathered our favourite events happening for families and kids to take part in from home. All events are free but require registration. Here are some of our favourite free events happening during science week:
Shows & Talks
National Reptile Zoo
Get a behind the scenes look at the National Reptile Zoo with creepy crawlies and slithering snakes. Some cute guests will be on the show such as a tortoise and a gecko. The zookeepers are going to keep your kids entertained with lots of fun facts and stories about their reptile friends. Pre-booking required.
Dates: Saturday, 7 November 2020 & 14 November 2020, 11 am – 12 pm
Science of Dragons
Based on ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Scientific Sue takes you on a ride through the science of flying and dragon fire in a spectacular family-friendly show. This event is organised by Sligo Science Festival and is going to be streamed online. Pre-booking required.
Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020, 12 – 5 pm
Looking at The Stars: An Introduction to the Night Sky with David Moore of Astronomy Ireland
A talk about the vast galaxies and beauty of our universe by Ireland’s most famous astronomer, David Moore. Suitable for the whole family. Pre-booking required.
Date: Monday, 9 November 2020, 7:30 – 8:30pm
Electrified at Explorium with Mark the Science Guy
Watch and be stunned when Mark the Science Guy turns thunder into rock’n’roll. Learn the basics of electricity and what impacts it has on our lives. A family-friendly show with lots of electrifying facts at the National Science & Sport centre. This event is provided by Explorium and cannot wait for it to open its doors again. Check out our review of Explorium and start planning your visit for next year. Pre-booking for the event is required.
Dates: Monday, 9 November – Friday, 13 November 2020
How to build an Iron Man Suit
Tipperary Festival of Science presents an interactive workshop on how to build superhero gear and what current technologies are capable of enhancing human abilities. Pre-booking required
Date: Wednesday, 11 November 2020, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Workshops & Interactive Events
Baking in Space
Travel to the moon with Irish scientist Dr Niamh Shaw and the Great British Bakeoff finalist Andrew Smyth. Did you ever want to know what people eat in space and how the future of humanity looks like? In cooperation with The Ark Dublin, you will receive an online family activity pack and a space fact video series. Pre-booking required for the live baking in space show.
Dates: Sunday, 8 November, 7 pm, Wednesday, 11th November, 7 pm, Saturday 14th November, 7 pm, Sunday, 15th November, 7 pm
Science of Storytelling
Presented by Gaiety School of Acting learn about the influence of science of storytelling in an interactive workshop. Participants will get to take part in storytelling exercises and games for a fun experience. Pre-booking required.
Dates: Sunday, 8 November 2020, 2:30 – 3:30pm, Thursday, 12th November 2020, 5.30 – 6.30pm, Friday, 13th November 2020, 5.30 – 6.30pm, Saturday, 14th November 2020, 3 – 4pm, Sunday, 15th November 2020, 2 – 3pm
Kitchen Science Workshop
As part of the Cork Science Festival, kids can take part in experiments from your kitchen. Try making a candy DNA, fruit canoes and a volcano at home. A list of ingredients needed will be provided ahead of the festival. Pre-booking required.
Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020, 12 – 12:45pm
Sound Science – Making Your Own Musical Instruments
Primary school-aged children are invited to take part in this sound workshop, covering plenty of different music genres and the science behind the sounds that get you dancing. Make some homemade instruments and learn fun sound facts. Pre-booking required.
Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020, 10 – 11 am