The Irish Sun teams up with Irish children’s charity Barnardos for annual Family Fun Day and Big Toddle Art Competition

  • First ever Barnardos Big Toddle Family Fun Day will take place on July 7th in Airfield Estate, Dublin


  • Colouring competition is now open to children under ten with sponsor Sunway Holidays giving one lucky family the chance to win a trip to Lapland


The Irish Sun and Barnardos have teamed up to host the first ever Big Toddle Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 7th in Airfield Estate, Dublin. The Irish Sun has also partnered with the charity once again for the Big Toddle Art Competition, with the competition sponsor, Sunway Holidays, offering one lucky family the chance to win once in a lifetime holiday to Lapland.


Taking place in Airfield Estate in Dundrum, Dublin between 1pm – 4pm, the Big Toddle Family Fun Day is celebrating 21 years of the Big Toddle bringing families together to raise much needed funds for Barnardos.

There will be an afternoon of fun and games, arts and crafts and children’s entertainment, including a magic show and a special appearance from Barnardos’ mascot Buddy.


The theme of the day is ‘Big Toddle Little Heroes’, with those attending encouraged to dress up as their favourite superheroes.


Tickets are available here with all the money raised going to help the charity’s Early Years Services which provide support for children to learn, develop, and increase their readiness for school.


In addition to the Family Fun Day, The Sun has also launched the Big Toddle Art Competition sponsored by Sunway Holidays. The competition is open now until 7th July to children under 10 years of age.

The grand prize for the art competition will see a family of four (two adults and two children 12 and under) win an Enchanted Escape Sunway Package to Lapland where they can visit Santa and indulge in magical Christmas fun.


Editor of The Irish Sun, Fiona Wynne, says: “We are delighted to be partnering with Barnardos once again on our most popular and colourful campaign of the year. We are also looking forward to hosting the Family Fun Day event in Airfield Estate on July 7th and to be able to offer the winning artist and their family such a super prize with huge thanks to Sunway.”


Director of Fundraising with Barnardos, Mary Gamble, says: “Over the last 21 years, our Big Toddle campaign has raised just under €4.7million, funds that support Barnardos’ Early Years services. These services are a safe and welcoming place for young children between 2-5 years, and it’s where we help the children to develop and learn and to get ready for moving into ‘big school’. Big Toddle is our largest annual fundraising campaign and definitely our most adorable. Never mind Christmas, Toddle time is our most wonderful time of year!”


CEO of Sunway Holidays, Mary Denton, says: “Sunway are delighted to support the wonderful work that Barnardos do with their sponsorship of The Irish Sun colouring competition again. Barnardos works tirelessly to support vulnerable children and families in Ireland and we, at Sunway, are happy to support them and allow them to empower families to build a better future for their children. Happy colouring everyone!”

To enter, contestants can colour in the image from The Sun’s website here, and either email or post their entry into The Irish Sun before July 7th.


For more information on the Big Toddle Family Fun Day and the Big Toddle Colouring Competition visit