Fri 10th – Thu 16th Feb – Family friendly events in and around Dublin

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Fri 10th – Thu 16th Feb – 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.

Chinese New Year – Lantern Making for Families

Take part in a lantern-making workshop to celebrate this special Year of the Fire Rooster.

When: Saturday 11 Feb, 2.00 – 3.00pm
Where: Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
How much: Free
Ages: Suitable for all the family

Little People Big Stories

Children’s bookmaking workshop with writer and artist Lucinda Jacob. Lucinda invites you to create your own top stories and tall tales inspired by the jumbled heap of clothes and photographic images in the exhibition.

When: Saturday 11 February – 11am-12pm: ages 5-7 years – 1-2.30pm: ages 8-10 years
Where: Project Room, dlr LexIcon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
How Much: Free – booking is required, click here to book.
Ages: 5-7 and 8-10 year olds


 Family Tour – Highlights of the collection

Free family tour of the collection.

When: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th 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.
Botanic Gardens

Children’s Workshop – Budding Artists

Budding Artists Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place once a month, under the attentive eye of artist Niamh Synnott. Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world all around them to inspire fun art-making activities

When:  Saturday 14th – 11-12.30
Where: Botanical Gardens. Glasnevin, Meet at the Visitor Centre
How much: €10 booking essential
Ages: Suitable for 4-7 year olds

Children’s Workshop – Hardy Annuals

Why not join us for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage, and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged to use materials in fun and interesting ways while taking inspiration from the world of plants on show at Glasnevin.

When: Saturday 14th –  2-4pm
Where: Botanical Gardens. Glasnevin, Meet at the Visitor Centre
How much: €10 booking essential
Ages: Suitable for 8-12 year olds

Darwin Day 2017: Chimp Chats

To celebrate Darwin Day pop upstairs to see the apes and monkeys on display in the Museum, chat to a zoologist and stand face to face with our closest living relative during this drop-in activity.

When: Sunday February 12th 2:30-4pm
Where: National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much: Free – no booking required
Ages: Everyone welcome, although not wheelchair or buggy friendly

Chinese New Year Bilingual Tour 

Celebrate Chinese New Year with a bilingual tour (English & Mandarin) of the Museum’s collection of objects originating from China with Dr. Audrey Whitty, Keeper, Art & Industry and Vicky Wang.

When: Sunday 12th Feb, 3-4pm
Where: National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)
How much: Free, no booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.
Ages: Adults and children 7+

Family Drop-in Creative Corner | Lights and Lanterns

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.

The Lights and Lanterns workshop is in association with the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival.

When: Sunday 12th Feb, drop into at any time from 11.30am to 1.30pm
Where: National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much: Free
Ages: Family friendly

Weekly Family Workshop – Explorer

Get creative together as a family, explore artworks with IMMA staff, and enjoy a hands-on workshop in the galleries. Explorer’s drop-in, fun and free.

When: Sundays , 2- 4pm / 29 January – 28 May
Where: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
How much: Free
Ages: Family friendly

Free public tour for parents, guardians, and carers of infants and young children. One Wednesday per month.
When: Wed 15th Feb from 2-2.30
Where: National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2,
How much: Free
Ages: Suitable for babies/toddlers in their prams/strollers and their parents

Clontarf – Music for babies

We’re delighted to welcome the incomparable Lynda O’Connor (violin) & Ailbhe McDonagh (cello), fresh from their sell-out show with soprano Celine Byrne, at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre!

Lynda and Ailbhe will be presenting a varied programme of trad and classical music, plus a few surprises! Not to be missed!! 🙂 Classical music concerts for grandparents, parents and babies in a relaxed, local setting. Come and enjoy the finest chamber music as your baby feeds, sleeps, plays and absorbs all the benefits of this wonderful music.

When: Weds 15th 11-12pm (coffee mingle from 10.30)
Where: St. Anthony’s Parish Church, St. Lawrence Road, Clontarf,
How much: €13 – book here
Ages: For babies and their carers

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: Wed 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***

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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