Merrion Square Park, Sunday 10th July


Dublin City Council are delighted to announce the inaugural FUNTROPOLIS Family Fun events coming to Dublin City Centre this July & August. Two fun filled days,absolutely jam-packed with FREE live performances, exciting street theatre and science shows, immersive storytelling, delicious food and drink and everything in between! The ultimate summer events and the perfect occasion for making memories, reconnecting and having some good old fashioned family fun and frolics, all set in the very heart of Dublin’s fair city and easily accessible by Luas & Bus routes.

The first of these amazing days will take place at Dublin's Merrion Square Park, a park with a rich cultural and literary heritage, which is surrounded by and steeped in the history of Ireland's finest writers. The theme of Storytelling will be brought to life in the magical Story Yurt where a packed programme (including readings from some of Ireland’s best loved writers!) is sure to entertain while also igniting a love of literature. Families will be encouraged to work together to decorate structures inspired by their favourite book, using materials such as wool, plastics, fabrics and foil at ReCreate. Kids and adults alike will also get the chance to sing, dance and chat with their favourite characters from the popular children’s songbook Polcaphonc.

Sit back and relax close to the bandstand and enjoy music from the amazing Rathfarnham Ukulele Performance Group (RUGS), Cork based Irish Brass Band Code of Behaviour, vibrant samba ensemble Morro 16 and dance along to The Beat Goes On with DJ Donal Dineen.Take some time out and learn yoga, movement meditation and mindfulness through dancing, singing, storytime and games at the Zen Den. Curious minds of all ages are sure to love getting their hands dirty and making discoveries at The Big Dig, true hands-on learning for young people through a simulated archaeological dig.

A meander through the park is sure to amaze and delight with awe inspiring aerial antics from the one and only Kate Finegan along with a packed schedule of entertainment on the main stages. Gather round, gather round to witness the jaw-dropping antics of Guido Fanzini’s Thunderous Entertainment Haberdashery or join Scientist and TV Presenter, Mark the Science Guy, from RTEjr's ‘Let's Find Out' for an interactive, fun filled, energetic display of awesome science experiments for the whole family to enjoy.

Curious State: Messrs. Smiley & Veneer are delighted to present Service with a Smile – a jam-packed performance of comedy, live music and song while Little Gem Puppets are guaranteed to bring joy and magic to their audience with their interactive puppet show. Ireland’s only all-woman cabaret Daring Dames are also set to make an appearance. With extraordinary skill, daring and humour these amazing women defy convention in funny, friendly and fabulous ways whether as hilarious clowns, or in astonishing acts of strength.

Add in some delicious eats, treats and sweets along with only the very best in pop up performances and wandering musicians and we just might have the winning formula for the ultimate family days out this summer!

The second day of Funtropolis will take place in Mountjoy Square Park on Sunday August 21st from 12pm – 6pm.

Sunday 10th July
12.00pm - 6.00pm
Merrion Square Park, Merrion Square East, Dublin, Ireland

Google Map of Merrion Square Park, Merrion Square East, Dublin, Ireland

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