Posted 20/09/2018

Kildare Playday 2018

Saturday 22nd September 2018

Indoor and outdoor events for the whole family

Saturday 22nd September 2018
12 Noon - 5.00pm
at Aras Chill Dara, Naas, Co. Kildare

Event Details

The seventh annual Kildare Play Day takes place on Saturday 22 September at Aras Chill Dara in Naas and includes something for every member of the family including those with special needs.

Play Day is a free family event run by Kildare County Council in conjunction with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. It promotes the idea of play in all its forms; leisure and recreation are very important for all members of society.

Kildare County Council works with staff, volunteers, workshop facilitators, entertainers, emergency services and other stakeholders to deliver the best possible programme on the day. The 2018 event includes five live stage acts, 11 outdoor events, 19 indoor attractions and accessible features like a sensory suite for different age groups and mobile accessible toilets.

3,000 people attended last year so we're looking forward to another busy day at the civic campus in Devoy Park. The event starts at 12 midday and continues until 5 pm.

Kildare County Council would like to extend a warm invitation to you and your family to join them at this year's event. There is free parking on site and food and drinks will be available to purchase. They hope to see you there

Programme on the day

Kildare Fire Brigade Car Park The fire brigade will be demonstrating the engines and equipment they use for fire fighting.
Mobiloo Ireland Car Park Mobile Access Toilets. (
Stage Grass Area MC Kelly Kiernan / DJ / Rock Tribute Band - Sunburst Orange / Curley Brennan Irish Dancing / Leah Moran Stage School
Eurostar Entertainment (Bouncy Castles) Grass Area Super slide, obstacle course and toddler slides.
FAI Penalty Shoot Outs Grass Area Soccer skills and penalty shoot outs.
Sport Skills Grass Area Obstacle course and taster sessions in GAA & Rugby skills.
Agriaware Mobile Farm Under the Tree Interactive workshops about farm animals and their roles on farms.
*Dinos Down Under Beside Gun Carriage Learn about dinosaurs that roamed the earth long ago.
Circus Workshop Beside Gun Carriage Learn how to juggle and other circus skills.
*Exploration Dome Beside Gun Carriage Astronomy show about the solar system.
Treasure Hunt Indoor & Outdoor Quiz based on the the United Nations.
Drumming Workshop Beside Entrance Interactive workshops in rhythm and drumming.
Sensory Room /2 Quiet Rooms Level 0 (To the right of the lifts) Quiet Entry Available directly from Car Park call 045 980660 to arrange – wheelchair accessible. ASD-friendly Sensory Suite and Quiet Rooms.
Toys, Technology & Training Stand (Kildare Libraries) Level 0 Toys and technology for children with special needs.
*Jack Flash's Fantastic Magic Show Level 0 Magic shows.
Children and Young Adults Committee Level 1 Workshop on internet security and cyber safety.
TUSLA Treasure Hunt Level 1 Treasure Hunt in conjunction with above.
County Kildare Childcare Committee Level 1 Information Stand.
North Kildare Beekeepers Level 1 Learn about bees and their importance to the environment.
Irish Peatland Conservation Council Level 1 Interactive workshops on the wildlife found in our native bogs.
Bird Watch Ireland Level 1 Educational workshop on our native birds and how to identify them.
Colouring Level 1 Colouring Competition for Under 6s, 6- 8yr olds & 9-12 yr olds.
Face Painting Level 2 Have your face painted from our fantastic menu of designs!
Recreate Recycling workshop Level 2 Craft workshop using recycled materials.
Sensory Play with the Clay Level 2 Explore different types and colours of clay and use a variety of tools.
Dream Catcher Workshop Level 2 Make your own mobile dream catcher.
Take A Seat, Rest Your Feet! Level 3 Seated area to take a break!
*Dream Animals and Cave Painters Level 3 Aboriginal culture and prehistoric art through your own paintings.
Baby Soft Area - Wobblers & Toddlers Room Level 4 Allocated play area for babies and toddlers.
Bricks4Kidz Level 4 Have fun with 3D blocks builds and Lego.
*Colour Strings i nGaeilge Level 5 Singing, dancing, exploring instruments and socialising through the medium of Irish.
*Tiny Tales for Little Listeners Level 5 Stories, nursery rhymes and funny puppet story tellers!
Science Culture Ireland Level 6 Information stall and interactive science displays.
Kildare Libraries Stand Level 6 Learn about library services in County Kildare.
*Plasticine Animal Workshop Level 7 Mould plasticise into your favourite animal.
National Reptile Zoo Level 7 Get up close and personal with a giant python, tarantulas, lizards and other creepy crawlies.

* Events marked with asterisks have scheduled times, please check at the location on the day. All other events run all day.