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09th Oct 2015

3 fun family things to do this weekend that require no effort (hint: Pumpkins!)

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You have just about scraped through September, and you’re still quite in denial that it’s October, but you are sure of one thing… a little chill-out time is well-deserved. Block out the school lunches and leave the uniforms in the basket till Sunday night. It’s time to switch off.

These three groovy parent and kid things to do this weekend require no planning:

1. Pumpkin picking

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Summerhill pumpkin patch, Meath

Why should you go? Get to Summerhill in Meath to pick your pumpkin with your little ones. This place is other-worldy in appearance with a guaranteed wow-factor. For small kids (and big ones) and this places is top of the pops for pumpkin hunters. Kids are allowed to turn-up in their Halloween costumes, play with the cool, wacky-looking pumpkins and pose for photos with the dressed-up scarecrows on the grounds. There is a sea of unimaginably-cool pumpkins for littlies to choose from. The purple and green coloured pumpkins, of various weird shapes, simply need to be seen. Decorate your pumpkin like this and this will be a DIY reminder of your favourite season.

2. Dublin International short film festival

Kid holding popcorn in hands. Cinema concept. Retro style

Various locations around Dublin

Why should you go? The great selection of documentaries will inspire the kids and there’s romance to help the parents remember what it feels like to make an effort. Cool modern short (and we mean short) films and music video screenings will while away your lazy afternoon. There are three different locations to visit, but we suggest you visit 4 Dame Lane, this Saturday for all the kiddie animations in the programme. Why stay in when you can embrace a bit of culture through independent film and not watch the same old shhh… sugar at home?

3. Something for mummy and daughter

Dundrum Town Centre

Why should you go? The famed Style parade is on this weekend and promises to be a well-spent day-off and a chilled day-out. Expect demonstrations, a breakdown of cool Autumn/Winter trends that everyone can master, and a whole heap of fashion looks to inspire mummy-daughter looks ’till Christmas. Mum can enjoy a fashion show with looks from Whistles, House of Fraser and Urban Outfitters, budget buys from the high street stores and investment suggestions from Harvey Nichols and other stores. Little ladies can enjoy a peek the cool new kid’s range from H&M, savage kicks from Office and Penneys, and gorgeous furry coats to keep them snug this Winter. A hot chocolate near the fountain will make Saturday even better. Natch.

If you want to add your cool family event to our list of savage weekend activities, hit me up: karen.forde@herfamily.ie