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Playstival, Ireland’s only festival dedicated to play for kids and their parents runs over two
laughter-filled and play-packed days in Dublin’s beautiful Airfield Estate and working farm.

 

Playstival is a gathering to celebrate the joy and excitement of parenting, in an
environment that is 100% screen free!


Dundrum’s Airfield Estate will be transformed into a bustling family festival, with two days
of hands-on play and discovery, delicious world food and music and family togetherness,
featuring imaginative play universes, a family sports day, science shows and lego model
building, children’s creative writing and dance lessons, toddler playtime, world street food
village, vintage funfair, farmyard animals, a dedicated AsIAm sensory friendly chill out
zone and much more.

After A Sellout Event In 2018, You Spoke, We Listened, And Here Is How We Have Made This Years Playstival 1048% Better Than Ever Before.

A PLETHORA OF BRAND NEW AREAS, Action-Packed Activities And Live Shows For ALL The Family

  • SPARK YOUR IMAGINATION with the play universes including The Market for budding chefs to create culinary delights, The Kid’s Architects Office with Young’s Estate Agents, where kids can build their dream homes and design cities, and The Kid’s Construction Site, the ultimate kids at work zone with hard hats, diggers and tractors at the ready!

  • DISCOVER THE EXCITING WORLD OF SCIENCE at W5’s Science & Discovery Hub and join in on their explosive science shows, STEM challenges and exciting bubble exploration.

  • EAT HEALTHY WITH THE FOOD DUDES. We're delighted to welcome Food Dudes to this year's Playstival.. Food Dudes is an award winning curriculum-linked evidence-based healthy eating programme, developed to encourage children to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. The programme brings about significant change and improvement in childrens’ eating habits. To date, over 3,300 primary schools and over 1.2 million pupils have successfully participated in the programme. To learn more about how your child or school can get involved, visit www.fooddudes.ie.

  • BE THE ULTIMATE MASTER LEGO BUILDER and build 3D and motorised models with Bricks 4 Kidz - LEGO Masters.

  • BECOME PAC-MAN and attack alien invaders at the Actual Reality Arcade.

  • CALLING ALL KIDS! The Judge will be trying,sentencing and punishing parents at Kid's Court!

  • GET CREATIVE in Johnny Magory’s Explorer’s Storyland where kids can explore their love of writing and adventure and join in on Story-writing workshops.

  • KUMBAYA and get a feel of the outdoors with the Irish Girls Guides games, activities and songs.

  • TAKE CENTRE STAGE with Next Stage Dance & Drama classes.

  • LITTLE ONES DELIGHT in Discovery Playtime's Toddler Fun with their ongoing messy and sensory play sessions. 

  • FEAST ON global flavours at the World Street Food Market!

  • KICK BACK AND JUMP AROUND to the live bands and DJs on the Playchella Live Music Stage including DJ Donal Dineen, DJ Sally Cinnamon and Ben Bix (Sim Simma).

CALLING ALL FOODIES!

This year you can tickle your taste buds with global flavours at our World Street Food Market. Tuck into a smorgasbord of savoury and sweet international dishes, treats and tastes featuring Arctic Stone, Dough Kitchen Woodfired Pizza, Tadka House, The Big Fat Chicken, On the Hoof BBQ, Churros, Bubble Waffles and many more. Satisfy your taste buds while bopping to the live bands and DJ's on thePlaychella Live Music Stage from 9am- 6pm Saturday and Sunday!

WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED!

This year’s truck load of BRAND NEW activities, shows and hands-on areas will all be based at the heart of Airfield Estate and we are bringing in tents and big tops to add to the festival vibe and to ensure that you can still enjoy the goings-on if there is a sprinkle of rain.

TAKE A BREATHER!

We’ve added in more rest areas at this year’s event including seating at the World Street Food Market and Playchella Live Music Stage. Kick back and relax in The Irish Times Lounge where parents can chill out, put your feet up and read the weekend newspaper. Also on hand will be AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, who will provide a dedicated Sensory Friendly Chill Out Zone in Airfield House and this low-lit calm space will be open to anyone who would like to take time out from the busy festival atmosphere.

DON’T WORRY PARENTS,

WE HAVEN’T LEFT YOU OUT!

With tonnes on for kids to do at Playstival, we know that you as parents fancy some entertainment to. So whether you want to catch up with other mums and dads or dive in and have fun with your kids, we have you covered.

  • FANCY CHILLING WITH YOUR FRIENDS FOR A BIT? This year we bring you the Playchella Live Music Stage, a World Food Market and you can also enjoy brunch at Airfield’s Overends Cafe with friends across the weekend.

  • PLAYCHELLA LIVE MUSIC STAGE will be rid of all ‘Baby Shark’ renditions and provide you and your parent pals with tunes you want to dance or chill out to. We’ll be joined by the one, the only legendary DJ Donal Dineen, music fest favourite Ben Bix (Sim Simma) and vinyl gem DJ Sally Cinnamon. The Playchella Live Music Stage will also host live bands such as post blues grooves from The Barefoot Magicians and rhythm and blues duo The Hotplate Band and more! 

  • ON ENJOY LOADS OF TOP NOTCH TASTES at the World Street Food Market including rolled ice-cream rockstars Arctic Stone, delicious indian from Tadka House, mouth-watering BBQ from On The Hoof, vegan and vegetarian options, treats for sweet-tooths like churros, bubble waffles and so much more!

  • JOIN IN ON ALL THE FUN! If you fancy joining in on all the fun and creating fun memories with your kids and all the family, then head over to the Actual Reality Arcade, a life-sized interactive retro game zone for all ages inspired by classic video games. You will be transported back to your childhood and join your kids in building tetris walls, firing rockets and dodging lasers in this nostalgic gamers arcade. You can also toss wellies and try tug-o-war in Airfield Estate’s Outdoor Games Field. Or join the SARI (Sport Against Racism Ireland) Family Sports Day and go head to head with other families in the most epic games of football, volleyball and table-tennis since gabardines and pinafores!

  • CALLING ALL CHILDREN, WARNING ALL PARENTS! The Judge will also be trying, sentencing and punishing parents at Kid's Court. This one is not to be missed - hilarious memories for all the chlann to laugh over in years to come!