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Friday 3 February 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Fun

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2022
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Christmas Fare: Pastry chef Shane Smith has some delicious recipes for you
Try Shane’s “Do Ahead Desserts” that are guaranteed to make your life and Christmas Day all the sweeter.
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Taryn de Vere: Dressing up as household objects reminded me of the importance of being playful
The artist looks back at her month-long #ObjectDressChallenge and shares the lessons she’s learned.
All time
# Good Times
11 things Irish kids actually used to do for fun
Taping videos off Top 30 Hits.
# party time
In need of a good party game? These smartphone apps will help liven things up
Who would have thought your smartphone could be useful for party games.
# Fun
Bosco shares favourite Christmas food, songs and a special message for all the boys and girls
Bosco loves turkey, but knows a very smelly one that wouldn’t be tasty.
# sponsored by Leopardstown
QUIZ: Can We Guess Your Favourite Christmas Tradition?
It can’t be ALL of them, OK?
5 nifty science experiments you can do at home with the kids
Weird science.
# sponsored by three
7 essential tips from Electric Picnic veterans
Get the expert advice from people in the know.
# Let's get physical
Want exercise to be more fun? These apps will help you out
Who would have thought the two could be combined?
# sponsored by NTA
7 cool places in Dublin to take the kids this week
No matter what the weather’s like.
# sponsored by Luas
8 of the best things to do in Dublin in summer time
From hikes to ice-cream in the park, there’s loads to do.
# sponsored by Heineken Light
7 midweek events to check out this week
You don’t have to wait until the weekend to have some fun.
# sponsored by lidl
8 fun things to do with the family over the Easter holidays
You told us some of your plans for the Easter weekend.
# sponsored by transport for ireland
6 free, fun activities to check out this evening around Ireland
Make the most of your Monday.
# the competition
Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh will be taking the helm of the TV3 Toy Show this year
She will be accompanied by TV3 regular Brian Ormond.
# sharks
9 of the best pub pool tables in Dublin
Fancy a game?
# Fun
Fair play: Taxi drivers are throwing a huge party for 850 kids with special needs
Last year, organisers had struggled to get enough drivers involved but this year is going to be bigger and better than ever.
# round round baby
Little girl uses death grip to stay on fun-house ride
This. Is. AMAZING.
# Gay Pride
The sun shines on Dublin's Pride Parade as thousands attend
Today’s parade is believed to have had the biggest attendance to date.
# ideas
What can rugby learn from the World Cup success of Chile?
TheScore.ie’s rugby department has been viewing the action from Brazil with an open mind.
# snap it up
Is this the most inventive (and fun) use of Snapchat ever?
Better than the constant stream of duckfaces and “off out” selfies anyway.
# tip to be square
How to solve a Rubik's cube
Fiendish.
# beer club now in session
Beer Club: How craft beer is becoming the new wine
We headed along to the first night of Tom’s Beer Club in Bray to learn all there is know about craft beer.
# Tallaght
Gardaí seize drugs, stolen cars and a gun in south Dublin
Two men were arrested and have since been released.
# Googley eyed
Today's Valentine's-themed Google Doodle is pretty special
Stuck for a last-minute gift? Just head on over to Google.
# Don't Try This At Home
Bobbing for apples, the silent danger this Halloween
“Attempting to bite the apple at force when dunking their head” can cause injuries to children according to eye doctors.
# beat-bombing
The worst beatboxer ever is actually kind of great
We’re not sure if beatboxing really requires this level of physical exertion.
# roll the dice
13 board games that were guaranteed to start a row
It’ll all end in tears, mark my words.
# freaky
6 pictures that will mess with your mind
They’re not tricks…they’re illusions.
# Not the News
No cure for the Dáil: The week's news skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: No bankers to be hurt in the making of inquiry; is the Pope a Catholic?
# In pics
Kite-flying isn't all bad... as long as they are real kites
Feeling worn down by pre-Budget kite-flying? Take a break with fun from a Bristol fest this week.
Voices
Column: 'I've the best day job in Ireland' says Barretstown CEO
People often think that working with ill children must be upsetting, but it is anything but, says Barretstown’s Dee Ahearn, who writes about how Barretstown helps children and families enjoy life again and why we all need to help ensure that work continues.
# Dilemma
The burning question*: Are Penguins chocolate bars or biscuits?
It’s Monday, so let TheJournal.ie distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)
# Not the News
Only losers take the bus, right Leo?: The week's news skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: The Gathering at the Dáil; Cabinet clones; Alan Shatter knows what you did last summer.
# fairytale house
Some of the most amazing playhomes for children ever
A retired architect from Texas now puts his skills to use by building incredible playhouses for his friends’ children.
# EP FOREVER
19 reasons why Electric Picnic must happen this year
It really is the greatest thing ever and this is why.
# 9 to 5
How to have fun on International Fun at Work Day
It’s today you know. Look busy!
# Dilemma
The burning question*: Did you enjoy St Patrick’s Day?
It’s the end of the bank holiday, so let TheJournal.ie distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)
# Ah here
This is what we would buy if we were really rich
It’s only an exact replica of one’s private jet, you know.
# Not the News
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: SIPTU president wins Oscar; hopes rise of a politicians’ strike; Pope quits over Croke Park II; Lift chaos leads to primary care centre.