Fri 2nd – Thu 8th June – Family friendly events in and around Dublin

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Fri 2nd – Thu 8th June – 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.

Dublin Port River Fest

The Dublin Port River Fest provides a wide range of activities on and around the River Liffey and the river quays for families over the June Bank Holiday Weekend 2017.

The festival activities and attractions allow you to visit large old sailing ships with arts and crafts for children, boat tours, food markets and live entertainment. Families will have an opportunity to stroll along carefully selected food and craft markets and fun fair amusements while enjoying all the activity on the river. A celebrity DJ will entertain with music, commentary and competitions all weekend… fun for all the family.

When  Saturday 3rd–Monday 5th June
Where North Wall Quay
How much? Free
Ages suitable for The whole family

Bloom 2017

ClapHandies will again be in the budding bloomers section of Bloom in the Park which is running in the Phoenix Park from 1-5th June from 9-6pm

We will be running entertainment throughout the show for 0-3.5 year olds.

So if you are visiting the show, please pop by and say hi. Enjoy our entertainment and if you have any questions about PlayLabs, Baby Massage, PlayParties or RealPartyKidsx then don’t hesitate to ask.

We hope to see you there.


Viking Challenge Trail

Can you complete the Viking Challenge and uncover the mysteries of Viking Dublin? Discover how the Vikings lived in Ireland, the type of writing they used and the objects they were buried with by taking part in this guided activity sheet trail.

When  Saturday 3rd June from 11-11.45
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archaeology)
How much? Free – No booking required. Places allocated on a first come basis. Meet at Reception. Not wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for Families with children 7+

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

Are you part of a youth group that would be interested in singing in a gospel concert on June 10th? Then read on…
Aisha, one of the CH team is in the choir that is hosting this fabulous event they are looking for local youth groups to join them for a one off concert on June 10th – ONE lucky singer will be chosen and be recorded as a solo artist with the rest of the choir backing – how COOL is that!

Sodeisha Family workshop

Join ceramic artist Katharine West for a tour of new exhibition Shadows of Sodeisha: Japanese and Irish art in Clay then learn to experiment through clay and process to exploit this unique tactile, malleable material. Art Materials provided.

When Sunday 4th June from 2-4.30pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)
How much? Free – although booking is required – 01 6777444
Ages suitable for Families with children 7+

St Anne’s Junior Parkrun

Join the junior park run and run for 2k ever Sunday. It’s a free event but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder).
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Olive’s Room Café at the Red Stables – please come and join us!
When Every Sunday at 9.30am
Where St Anne’s Park, Mount Prospect Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 5
How much? Free, but you need to register
Ages suitable for – 4-14 year olds and their adults
OPW Free Admission

Free entry to OPW Heritage sites

The Office of Public Works is pleased to announce that on the first Wednesday of every month all OPW managed Heritage Sites will continue to offer FREE ADMISSION to individuals wishing to visit these sites for the duration of their season!

A full list of participating sites can be found on

When: Wednesday 7th June
Where: Various locations
How much: Free
Ages: Everyone is welcome although some sites are better for buggies than others.

Visit the National Maritime Museum

The Museum is housed in Dún Laoghaire’s 180-year-old Mariners Church, opposite the dlr Lexicon. Experienced guides will bring you on a voyage of discovery enthralling you with stories of discovery, heroism, war and disasters at sea.

You will learn about maritime history, exploration, navigation, radio, deep-sea cable technology, nature and art inspired by the sea and relevant to the school syllabus.

See the revolving Baily Optic, try the electrified steam engine and pause to reflect at the Titanic exhibit, the Royal Navy prisoner’s docks and the war memorial.

Try sailor’s knots, learn how they lift heavy weights, be photographed with the pirate and much more.

When Monday and Wednesdays at 11am between 24 April – 14 June
Where National Maritime Museum, opposite the dlr Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire
How much? Free
Ages suitable for Everyone

Guided tour of the James Joyce Tower and Museum

The James Joyce Tower & Museum at Sandycove is staffed by volunteers from the Friends of Joyce Tower Society. The tower is open from 10.00 am until 6.00 pm every day.

Each day, at 10.30 am and again at 2.30 pm, for the duration of the ‘Spring into Heritage’ programme, one of these enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers will show you around the most famous building in world literature where James Joyce’s masterpiece begins.

You will learn why this Martello tower was built, its association with James Joyce and you can enjoy the absolutely stunning views of Dublin bay from the top of this iconic building.

When at 10.30am and 2.30pm from 24 April – 09 June (LAST WEEK)
Where James Joyce Tower & Museum at Sandycove
How much? Free

Ages suitable for Everyone

Guided tour of Cabinteely House

Take a guided tour of Cabinteely House, a stunning 18th Century country house. Hear the colourful story of the house including its original owner Robert Nugent and his rise up the social and political ladder as well as Joseph McGrath, revolutionary and key figure in the Irish Sweepstakes.

When Tuesday and Thursday 11am – 3pm, tours run every hour on the hour from 25 April – 15 June
Where Cabinteely House
How much? Free
Ages suitable for Everyone, limited wheelchair / buggy access please phone in advance if you require wheelchair access

Guided tour of The Oratory

The Oratory in Dún Laoghaire is a hidden gem of Celtic revival art. This tiny building is home to some of the most spectacular artwork from the first half of 20th Century Ireland, all produced by Sister Concepta Lynch. This tour is not to be missed!

When  Wednesday and Saturday 11am – 3pm, tours on the hour, 4 tours per day, last tour 2pm. 26 April – 17 June
Where The Oratory Dún Laoghaire
How much? Free
Ages suitable for Everyone and is wheelchair / buggy friendly

Ruaille Buaille

Ruaille Buaille is a children’s music festival taking place in Lucan from Wednesday 7th June until Saturday 10th June. We have an exciting programme of music workshops, performances and outdoor events, suitable for children of all ages. Ruaille Buaille 2017 is the perfect environment for children and their families to celebrate making and experiencing music, and with over 40 events taking place there is something for everyone to look forward to this year.

When Wednesday 7th June until Saturday 10th June
Where There are events happening at Lucan schoolsLucan Library and on Saturday from 10-6 in Griffeen Park
How much? Free
Ages suitable for The whole family

Future events that you can pre-book

***Pre Book***

Family Concert: Here Comes the Summer with the ECO Band

Celebrate summer with a sunny selection of song as you dream of the long summer days. Come along and hear the bubbly ECO band for some seasonal scorchers and a jazzy take on some old familiars.

When June 10th at 12 or 1.30pm
Where John Field Rom, The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
How much? Full Price: €12, Child: €10, Young Maestros: €8, Family Ticket (family of 4 with at least 1 child): €37 Children under 3 go free!
Ages suitable for The whole family
***Pre Book***

Early Years Workshops: Making Music Together

In this workshop for the very young and their grown-ups, let us introduce you to an exciting new way to make music together as a family using shapes, colours and animation.

When The only date without a waiting list is Sat 10th at 10.15am for 2 year olds –  Sat 10 & 17 June @ 10.15am (Age 2) & 11.45am (Ages 3-4)
Where The Ark 11a Eustace St,Temple Bar, Dublin 2
How much? €11/€8* (20% off for members)
Ages suitable for Age 2-4 and their grown ups
***Pre Book***

ROALD DAHL’S James and the Giant Peach

James lives with Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, the most revolting Aunts in England. They make him work and slave and never let him play with other children. Then one day he meets a mystical old man who gives him a bag that contains the strongest magic the world has ever known. When James accidentally spills the bag near an old peach tree, the most incredible things start to happen – and James embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with the most amazing group of characters you could ever meet!

When Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June at 2pm and 4pm Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June at 2pm and 4pm
Where dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum Dublin 16
How much? Adults: €14 / Child under 12: €12. Family of 4 (2 Adults + 2 Children) : €45
Ages suitable for Children 4-13 and their adults
 ***Pre Book***

Children’s Art Camp

Join artist Niamh Synnott for Children’s Art Week! Children will be encouraged through fun art activities to observe, engage in and be inspired by their surroundings. Kids can try their hand using a variety of mediums and materials such as mono and block prints, batik, plein-air painting, and construction using art straws.

When Monday 17th – Friday 21st July; & Monday 14th – Friday 18th August
Ages 4 – 7 years: 11.00am – 12.30pm
Ages 8 – 12 years: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Where Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? €60 – must be pre booked
Ages suitable for 4-7 and 8-12 year olds

***Pre Book***

dlr Mill Theatre & Steptacular Performing Arts Summer Camp 2017!

This EXCITING weekly camp will immerse students in a high-energy, intensive, day-long learning experience consisting of instruction in acting, singing, and dancing. By focusing on process and technique-based coaching by local and UK-based professionals, students will experience the collaborative nature of theatre at its most thrilling. A culminating presentation of the material worked on will be presented on our main stage for family and friends.

Week 1: OztropolisFinal Performance: Friday @ 2pm

Week 2: Rydell Musical Final Performance: Friday @ 2pm

Week 3: Roald Dahl’s Delights – Exploring the magic of Roald Dahl through his wonderful stories and improvisations and script as well as music form the hit Musical Matilda.
Final Performance: Friday @ 2pm

Week4: Some like it Hip-Hop – We will be working on break dancing, popping and locking, baby freezes and will be working on writing our very own rap songs.
Final Performance: Friday @ 2pm

When  3rd – 28th July, Monday – Friday 10am to 3pm (limit 25 students per age group)

Where dlr Mill Theatre Dundrum Town Centre Dundrum Dublin 16

How much? €110/ week  10% sibling discount / 10% more than 1 week discount  (Only one discount per booking). Call us on 01-2969340 or email to book a place

Ages suitable for – Ages 4-6yrs 7-9yrs 10-12yrs


***Pre Book***

Bosco and Cinderella  

The Paula Lambert Puppet Theatre is widely recognised as the premier Touring Puppet Theatre Company in Ireland and also internationally renowned for its many fine productions in Theatres throughout Ireland, The UK and Europe.
From its earliest beginning the Lambert family has been involved with RTE TV, working the hugely popular series Wanderly Wagon featuring the Late Eugene Lambert and Judge.
Paula Lambert was the ‘Bosco’ voice on TV for seventeen years and indeed BOSCO is still a firm favourite with the younger children and will make a nostalgic appearance in the opening part of the Show.
The story of Cinderella is a beautifully produced show with large puppets, colourful sets and exquisite lighting.

When Sat 8th Jul 2017 at 2pm
Where dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin 16
How much? €10
Ages suitable for The whole family
***PRE BOOK***

Tiny Tunes, An Early Years Cabaret!

Tiny tunes, an early years cabaret, is a musical experience for pre school kids that is full and participation and joy.

Old and new songs to clap, dance and sing along to. Susannah de Wrixon brings a wealth of theatre and musical knowledge to inspire little people .Props and musical instruments to beat the band this 40 minutes would be a fabulous introduction to the world of performance and 100% enjoyable for the parents too. Joined by Derek Cronin on piano Tiny Tunes was created with the support of The Ark.

When Saturday 19th August, 11am and 12.30pm
Where dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin 16
How much? €12
Ages suitable for 2-5 years. Duration 40 minutes

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?

ClapHandies also run baby massage coursesFirst Aid courses and PlayParty.

If you have children aged 5-11, why not take a look at RealPartyKids for their next birthday party. Book a Real Brick Party, Real Maker Party, Real Disco Party or a  Real Science Party. You bring the Kids and RealPartyKids will bring the Awesome.

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