Family News and Events

Family News and Events
Tiny Tots Tuesday: Gymboree!

Bring your little ones along for a morning of music, dance and games in an interactive workshop on Tuesday February 12.

EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum, is located at the heart of Dublin at Custom House Quay on the River Liffey – the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants. They will hold ‘Tiny Tots Tuesday’.

In February EPIC “are delighted” to welcome the Gymboree team to Tiny Tots Tuesday and tea and coffee will be provided by Bakehouse, as well as some treats on the day.

The event is suitable for children aged six months to 3.5 years. Participants can also avail of a 20% discount on tickets to the museum and in the museum gift shop – simply show a staff member your Eventbrite ticket to avail of the offer. It will be held at the CHQ, Customs House Quay, Dublin 1 from 10.30am to 12.00pm. Tickets cost €12 and can be purchased via Eventbrite at


Do you believe in magic?

Magic brings intrigue, comedy brings laughter, this winning duo are sure to keep the kids entertained with the Kids Comedy Magic Show Tour 2019 coming to Athlone this month.

After comedy legend Tommy Cooper popularised the art of comedy magic, it’s no wonder it has been recreated by performers around the world.

Not to be missed there will only be one show held in the county at the Radisson Blu Hotel with organisers advising to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

They say: “This show is not to be missed. Perfect for audiences young and old with magic, comedy and entertainment to suit all ages.”

The event takes place on Sunday, February 24. Admission is free for adults and doors open at 2.30pm, with the show beginning at 3pm. For more information contact: 0863930929

There are a limited amount of tickets available which can be booked at:


Kids who eat well breathe better

Obesity is a major preventable cause of childhood asthma according to the authors of a study published in an online pharmaceutical journal.

The research reported on in the Pharmaceutical Journal used data from 507,496 children aged 2–17 years without asthma at baseline, who were followed-up for an average of doue years.

Those classified as overweight had a 17% greater risk, and those classified as obese had a 26% greater risk of asthma, compared with healthy-weight children. The risk of spirometry-confirmed asthma was not significantly increased in overweight children, but was increased by 29% in obese children.

The researchers explained that obesity had been linked to incident asthma in adults, but the relationship in children was less clear.

Overall, they said that reducing the onset of obesity in childhood would significantly reduce the public health burden of asthma in children, and that 10% of all asthma cases could be avoided.