Fri 20th – Thu 26th Jan – Family friendly events in and around Dublin

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Fri 20th – Thu 26th Jan – Family friendly events in and around Dublin
There are many fun activities happening over the next week for you to enjoy. 
Please check that they are still running before setting out, as sometimes even the best events have to be postponed and 
we know how frustrating that can be with little one’s in tow.


Come along and join a PlayLab event at Little Moos Play Cafe on Friday 20th Jan. You’ll get to enjoy a taster PlayLab and if you enjoy your session, you can then book on for the remainder of the term at a location close to you.


Family Tour – Highlights of the collection

Free family tour of the collection.

When: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd from 12.30-1pm
Where: Meet in the Millennium Wing, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much: Free
Ages: Family friendly, The route is suitable for prams and strollers. All welcome.

Thor’s Hammer

The Vikings wore pendants and amulets based on the Norse gods in the hope that they would bring them good luck. Learn more about the beliefs of the Vikings and make your very own Thor’s Hammer pendant to take home.

When: Sunday 22nd Jan 2:30-4pm
Where: National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor.
How much: Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor.
Ages: 7+ not wheelchair/buggy accessible

Hands on History

A chance to explore some of the artefacts from the Museum’s collection of objects for handling with Museum educators – a fascinating drop-in handling session for all ages.

When: Sunday 22nd Jan 3-4pm
Where: National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)
How much: Free – no booking required
Ages:Everyone welcome

Family Drop in creative corner – As still as a statue

Getting a family ready and out the door is not the easiest task, even if you have been up since the crack of dawn! In order to work with your schedule, we have created a new format of FREE themed workshops which you can .

Inspired by the collection and our exhibitions, these workshops are suitable for tiny tots (about 18 months) up to age 8. You can choose to stay for as long or as short a time as works for you.

The space will be divided by age group and ability, and each child will be encouraged by Artist and NGI Education Assistant Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire and the week’s guest artist to create their own work on the week’s theme.

When: Sunday’s – drop into at any time from 11.30am to 1.30pm
Where: Atrium, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much: Free
Ages: Family friendly for tots and children (18 months – 8 years)

Family Day: Explore and Respond to 3D Art

To mould, manipulate and carve …  we will look at the sculptural pieces in the exhibition, followed by a fun workshop twisting and looping card, markers and glue to create some interesting 3D sculptural pieces of our own.

When: Saturday 21st Jan –
Session 1: 12pm-12.50pm
Session 2: 1pm-1.50pm
Session 3: 2pm-2.50pm
Where: Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
How much: Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop – book by calling 01-8852622
Ages: Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part.
Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family Days are not designed for groups.
All children must be accompanied by an adult… and all adults must be accompanied by a child!
Dress for Mess.
***PRE BOOK***

Early Years Music: The Quiet Tree

The creatures of Whistleberry Forest have discovered a little oak tree growing deep in the woods.  However, there are no birds singing, no leaves rustling, and no animals scurrying around its trunk.  This delightful music performance takes children and accompanying adults on an adventure through the forest where you will explore musical instruments, sing, dance, and help Ornaith the owl, Sorley the snail, and Faolán the frog bring the little oak tree to life through music.

When: Sunday 29th Jan at 10.30 and 11.45
Where: The Ark, Temple Bar
How much:  €12 and €9
Ages: Age 3-6 years, lasts approx 45 mins
*** PRE BOOK***

Music for Expectant Parents

The soothing effects of classical music make for a relaxed environment for expectant parent and baby alike.  In this concert, parents are free to move around, make themselves comfortable on our cushions or bean bags, and be in the company of others on the same journey.  All this, while appreciating a chamber music performance of the highest calibre.

When: 15th February at 6pn
Where: The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 in The Studio
How much: €13
Ages: For expectant parents
*** PRE BOOK***

Family Concert: Numbers with the ECO Band

Explore rhythm and melody in our numbers-themed family concert. Ríona Sally Hartman leads the ECO Band on a numerical journey where interaction and participation are the name of the game.  Musical counting games, dancing by numbers, and some familiar favourites with a jazz twist promise a lively event for all the family.

When: Saturday 25th February at 1.30 and again at 3pm
Where: The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 in The John Field Room
How much: Adult: €12 Child: €10 Young Maestro: €8 Under 3’s go free! Family ticket (family of 4 with at least 1 child): €37
Ages: Suitable for the entire family
***PRE BOOK***

The Gruffalo & Room on the Broom

We venture into the deep dark wood with the acclaimed animated film based on the book The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Watch the cunning and resourceful little mouse outsmart the hungry Gruffalo as this enchanting film is shown on the big screen with live orchestral accompaniment conducted by Terry Davies.
In Room on the Broom, a kind witch invites assorted animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. The witch’s companions ultimately save her from a fearsome dragon, and in gratitude, she rewards them with a magnificent new broom, which has room for everyone.
Small children will be entranced as their favourite story-books come to life before their eyes.  A magical music event for families and young people.

When: Sunday March 19th at 12.30, 3 and 5pm
Where:  The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 in the Main Auditorium
How much: Full Price: €25 Child Price: €19 Family Ticket: €82 (4 tickets maximum 2 adults) Friends of the National Concert Hall: €22.50
Ages: All ages
***PRE BOOK***

Early Years Workshop: Look at Me!

A fun and creative session with artist Jane Groves that introduces young children (Ages 2-4) to simple portraiture.

Jane will welcome the children into the workshop with an engaging story about a child who sees their own reflection in a pond for the very first time! What did they see? Maybe their round face, their curly hair, their brown eyes, their freckles or dimples!

This story will be followed by an interactive session where the children will participate in different activity areas using a variety of natural materials and mark making tools to create simple portraits.

This session encourages the children to explore their own individual facial features with the help of their accompanying adult, in a playful and relaxed environment.

When:  Age 2 – Sat 11, Tue 14 & Sat 18 March @ 10am  Age 3-4 – Sat 11, Tue 14 & Sat 18 March @ 11.30am
Where: The Ark, Temple Bar
How much: €11/€8 (20% off for members)
Ages: 2-4 year olds

We hope that you have a great week, ClapHandies PlayLabs are happening around the Dublin area throughout the week. If you have a baby, wobbler or toddler, why don’t you book and join one of our PlayLabs?

If you have an event you would like us to promote, please email or message us through our Facebook page.

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