Fri 16th – Thu 22nd June – Family friendly events in and around Dublin

Fri 16th – Thu 22nd 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.

Wandering Rocks: Journeys Inside Ulysses

is a project produced by Upon a Tree and Happenings that breaks down Joyce’s Ulysses into a fun, tactile environment for kids. There will be an interactive map of the city inspired by locations and objects from Joyce’s novel as well as some cool features like a mini Sandymount Strand and a giant pork kidney! It’s an effort to open up the Bloomsday experience to kids and families and maybe even teach them a thing or two about one of Ireland’s most famous sons.

When Bloomsday Friday 16 June, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Where Meeting House Square
How much? Free
Ages suitable for All ages

Interactive Installations: Music, Movement & Light

Discover fascinating and quirky electronic sound installations by composer Jonathan Nangle. Children and grown-ups will be equally intrigued and delighted. Come on down to look, listen and play … you know you want to!

When Saturdays 17, 24 & Sunday 25 June @ 10am-4pm. Last entry 3.30pm
Where The Ark, 11a Eustace St,Temple Bar, Dublin 2
How much? Free entry
Ages suitable for For Ages 4+Drop-in Activity


Pond Dipping

Explore the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and minibeasts living in and around the pond at the National Botanic Gardens. Perfect your technique with guidance from the experts and learn how to identify the amazing creatures you have captured. Once you have discovered the hidden pond life you will never look at ponds the same way again!

When 11am on Saturday June 17th
Where Botanic Gardens Glasnevin
How much? Admission Free. Booking Essential. Meet at the Visitor Centre.
Organised with the Irish Wildlife Trust.
Ages suitable for This workshop is suitable for children age 8 and upwards.

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 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

Portmarnock Village Fun Day

Face painting, balloon modeller, magician, music, tug-o’-war, BBQ and lots more. 🙂

When Saturday 17th June, 11am – 4pm
Where Portmarnock Village
How much? Free
Ages suitable for The whole community


Elephants Roald in Jam Print Exhibition Launch

Join us on Saturday 17th June for an afternoon of all things Roald Dahl!
There’ll also be lots of fun stuff and yummy things too! Grown ups will be permitted. 🙂 🙂
When Saturday 17th from 12-2
Where Dlr Mill Theatre Dundrum
How much? Free
Ages suitable for Everyone

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

 Venezuelan Family Day

The Venezuelan Community in Ireland proudly invites you to join our Venezuelan Family Day!
This will be a special occasion in which all the family can enjoy Venezuelan traditional food, music, artists and other surprises.
The aim of this event is to celebrate Venezuelan culture and to support Venezuela in its time of need, all the funds raised will be donated for the purchase of medical supplies for Venezuelans.
Come along and bring your family.

When Sunday 18th June from 2-8pm
Where Dublin Unitarian Church, 112 St Stephen’s Green West, Dublin 2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for The whole family

Rockin’ Road Festival 2017

A family friendly day featuring: Vintage Cars, Scooters, Motorbikes, Kids Stuff , Live Music, DJ’s and Stalls.
When Sunday 18th June, 12pm–8pm
Where Child Vision, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra
How much? Adults €10, Children Free. In aid of Child Vision, National Education Centre for Blind Children
Ages suitable for The whole family


Dublin Kite Festival

When  Sunday 18th June, 11am – 5pm
Where North Bull Island Beach, Clontarf Road, Dublin 3
How much? Free
Ages suitable for The whole family

Fun, fresh air and frolics are promised for the fifth annual Dublin Kite Festival taking place on Sunday 18th June 2017 at North Bull Island, Clontarf. With free entertainment all day long, it’s the perfect way to spend a summer Sunday with family and friends.

Don’t worry if you’ve never flown a kite – or if you can’t remember the last time you did – because there will be plenty of kiting experts on hand to get you off the ground! With lively music, exciting games, kite making workshops, a kite flying competition and buckets of enthusiasm you’re sure to have a great day at Dublin Kite Festival 2017. Let’s go fly a kite!


Bark in the Park – Marlay Park

Come along to our Bark in the Park in Marlay Park, Rathfarnham and enjoy a day of fun with your family and family pooch. We will have music, goody bags, facepainting, competitions and a fundraising raffle with some fantastic prizes! Register online for your sponsorship card.
When Sunday from 3-5pm
Where Marlay Park – in front of Marlay House
How much? As long as you haven’t entered your dog, I think it’s free to watch
Ages suitable for Dog lovers of all ages!

 Future events that you can pre-book

***Pre book***

Early Year’s Music: Out of the Door of The Ark

Join Ark favourites Nico Brown and Martin Brunsden for an early years performance of songs, imaginative sound play, unusual instruments and a little bit of joyful chaos!
When Sat 24 June @ 10.15am and 11.45am
Where The Ark, 11a Eustace St,Temple Bar, Dublin 2
How much? €12/€9* (20% off for members)
Ages suitable for Perfect for 2-6 year olds
 ***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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