Fri 9th – Thu 15th June – Family friendly events in and around Dublin

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Fri 9th – Thu 15th 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.

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

Matilda’S Miles

To celebrate Matilda’s second birthday, we are delighted to host the annual Matilda’S miles walk in the Phoenix Park again this year. We hope you can all join us on Saturday 10th June at 11am for another fun family day out in memory of our beautiful smiling baby girl, while raising funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

Since Matilda was born, over €50,000 has been raised by her family and friends for the Children’s Heart Centre in Crumlin Hospital, including over €26,000 from last year’s Matilda’S miles event.

The 3 mile walk starts and finishes at the Papal Cross and is suitable for buggies, and children with bikes/scooters. We are suggesting a minimum donation of €10 per adult to join the walk, although every penny will count.

All funds raised will go directly to the Children’s Heart Centre in Crumlin Hospital to enable the wonderful team there to continue to treat little babies and children with heart conditions. This is a very worthy cause, and we appreciate all your support in helping us to give back to the team who gave us such wonderful times with our baby girl, Matilda. We look forward to seeing you at 11am on Saturday 10th June at the Papal Cross car park, Phoenix Park.

When Saturday, June 10th at 11am
Where Starting and finishing at the Papal Cross, Phoenix Park
How much? Donation paid online, all monies will be raising funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin
Ages suitable for  the whole family
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 1oth 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 1oth June –  2-4pm
Where: Botanical Gardens. Glasnevin, Meet at the Visitor Centre
How much: €10 booking essential
Ages: Suitable for 8-12 year olds

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 Saturday 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

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 Sat 10 & 17 June @ 10.15am (Age 2) & 11.45am (Ages 3-4) – The only date without a waiting list is Sat 10th at 10.15am for 2 year olds
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


Learn to play day

Blanchardstown Library will be alive with the sound of music as Castleknock School of Music present their ‘Learn to Play’ day. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to play a musical instrument, then come along and give it a try! There will also be mini music classes for ages 6 months to 8+ years. The event is free, but booking is essential, so book your place now with Margo on 01-8261100 or email:

When: Saturday 10th June 10am
Where: Blanchardstown Library
How much: Free booking essential
Ages: Suitable for all ages including mini music classes for 6 months to 8+ years


Yoga in the Park 2017

HotYogaDublin & YogaNextDoor are delighted to announce our third year Hosting Yoga In The Park on the beautiful west lawn of Malahide Castle & Gardens.

Our lovely Lisa Phillips will be taking to the stage this year leading this years 75 min outdoor class, along with our fantastic Hot yoga dublin team members.
New to this years event is our Kids yoga tent which will host a yoga & storeytelling class with our passionate kids yoga tecaher Nic Foxe.

Yoga In The Park 2017 will be in aid of the LauraLynn Foundation & Adi Roches Chernobyl Interanational Foundation & Bringing Chair Yoga to Nursing Homes…. with your help our event has raised €22,5000 over the last 2 years fior Lauralynn & chernobyl!!!

The Event will comprise of a 75 minute yoga class presented by one of the HotYogaDublin team. We will a have a childrens yoga tent this year with a 50 min yoga class & storytelling for age groups 4yrs – 10yrs making it a family event.

All levels of yogi’s or non- yogi’s (aged 16+) are welcome or those who would like to discover or are curious of the many benefits from yoga. Why not join us and help create a sea of yogi’s for these wounderful charities.

You will need a Yoga mat, small blanket & Water. if the weather is fine why not bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful west lawn after.

When Sunday June 11th at 11am
Where West lawn of Malahide Castle & Gardens.
How much? Tickets are priced at €20 per adult or a family ticket €45 (2 adults & 2 kids (up to 10yrs)) and all proceeds go directly to the LauraLynn & Chernobyl international.
Ages suitable for The whole family

Family Fun Day

BBQ provided by Larry’s Marino Fair , Refreshments, Face Painting & Tattoos, Carnival Games, Live Music and Karaoke, Penalty Shootout, Giant Bouncy Slide And lots more!
When Sunday 11th June, 1-4pm
Where St Vincent de Paul School, Griffith Avenue (school grounds), Marino
How much? Admission €1
Ages suitable for The whole family

Visit the National Maritime Museum – ***LAST WEEK***

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 Cabinteely House – ***LAST WEEK***

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 – ***LAST WEEK***

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

Future events that you can pre-book

***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***

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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