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SPACE AGE: With everything from a loft bed combo with a study area, €336, to space-saving benches for back-to-school storage, IKEA’s STUVA furniture can be customised to meet children’s changing needs. 

New STUVA FÖLJA fronts are plain white and include colourful stickers to label drawers and cabinets.

IKEA Dublin’s monthly Parent and Baby Morning — with tips on children’s storage, creating playful spaces and entertainment for little ones — is on Tuesday next September 6. There’s a 0 to crawlers group in the restaurant at 10am, with wobblers and todders at 11am.

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DRAWING THE CROWDS: The popular Family Sunday art workshops at The Lewis Glucksman Gallery in UCC resume on Sunday next, September 4, and will run until November 6, when there’s a three-week break before starting again in time for Christmas.

Led by The Glucksman’s team of arts facilitators, these workshops are held from 3 to 4pm in the River Room and are suitable for children of all ages. Highlights this season will include the STEAM Draw on Sunday, October 16, which is part of the Big Draw (the world’s largest drawing festival).

On Culture Night (September 16), the gallery will also be running a number of creative walks through UCC and beyond for adults and children including a Teddy Bears’ Walk. Admission to The Glucksman is free (suggested donation €5). For more details call 021-4901844 or see 

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ESTATE OF ENJOYMENT: Airfield Estate, Dublin city’s 38-acre working farm, will throw open its gates from September 9 to 11 for its Festival of Food. Entry is free, with some events ticketed, including, for fans of the Channel 4 show, The River Cottage Dining Experience and workshops with River Cottage head gardener Will Livingstone.

For families there will be readings with Freddy Buttons creator Fiona Dillon and the ReCreate ‘Reclaim Design’ centre where you can make art using recycled materials. 

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TRACK IT: Adjusting to the school run? Argos’ Back To School offers include Tile, a tiny Bluetooth tracker that locates everyday items like phones, keys, purses or backpacks, €29.99; 


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