Fri 29th – 5th October – Family friendly events in and around Dublin

Fri 29th – 5th October – 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.

Food for Children

The lovely folk over at Olive’s Room will host an information evening entitled ‘Food for Children’. This event will be held by Olive’s Room head Chef Jenn Kellett and Dietician Linda Hogan and will focus on family meals ideas and foods to entice toddlers. As you know, Olive’s Room is all about using fresh local produce so this is sure to be a fantastic and informative event.

When Thursday 28th September at 7.30 pm
Where Olive’s Room, The Red Stables, Clontarf, Dublin. 3
How much? €15 per person. Email to book

Charity Car Wash 

Come and get those mucky cars clean and the price you pay will be donated to Crumlin.

When Saturday 30th September from 10-7
Where Clayton Hotel, Dublin Airport, Stockholm Lane, N32 Junction
How much?  €10 per car wash and €5 for rubbish removal.

The Last Picnic – Family Fun Day

– Music by the Dublin Concert Band, Artane Senior Band – and St. James Band.
– A Magic Corner with
– An Inflatable Football Pitch
– Plus much, much more!

When Sunday from 1-5.30pm
Where Mountjoy Square Park, Dublin 1
How much? Free
Ages suitable for The whole family


Mindfulness class for Children

Adults and children have the opportunity to learn simple mindful practices to help us live in the present moment.

Through sitting, walking and games, we will cultivate our peace and joy and learn to take care of our difficult emotions.

Good things to know:
• This afternoon is aimed for children aged 7-12 years (contact Orlaith for any questions).
• We all practice together. The best way to support the children is for grown-ups to practice with them: we offer our own experience as an example.
• It’s not school. Often, people think that children aren’t attentive enough, but if a child only gets 2% of the practice, that’s more than they had before. Children get distracted and bored (as do we all), and in mindfulness practice we don’t shy away from that. We get to be ourselves – whatever we’re feeling. Above all else, our practice aims to nurture a kind, open environment for children.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult.
• Chairs, cushions and mats provided.
• All welcome

When Sunday from 2-4pm
Where Oscailt – Intergrative Healing Centre, 8 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
How much? €5 child / €5 adult
Ages suitable for This afternoon is aimed for children aged 7-12 years, children must be accompanied by an adult



Dog Show – Ranelagh

And it’s bark, we mean back, for another wonderfur day out in Dartmouth square. If you think your paws-itively wonderful four-legged friend has what it takes, then bring them on down. You never know, you could walk away with your head held high, or your tail between your legs.
When Sunday 1st Registration 10-12pm, dog Show 12-2pm
Where Dartmouth Square, Ranelagh
How much? Free
Ages suitable for The whole family


Free Workshop: Anxiety in Children

We have ran this workshop previously. Due to huge demand and as promised, we are running it again.

Goals of the Workshop:
• Provide an overview of anxiety
• The fight or flight system
• Discuss helpful and unhelpful ways of responding to anxiety

When Monday 2nd October from 10-11.30
Where The Insight Centre, Portmarnock
How much? Free, although places will be limited and to reserve please contact the centre on 01-8463894 or email:
Ages suitable for This is for parents, teachers or professionals- children are not to attend.

If Only Rosa Could Do Magic

Some might say that Rosa has everything a child could dream of. She has lots of toys, the loveliest hair, and as many sweets as she can eat, but she has no friends to play with and her parents are always away.

So Rosa escapes to a dream world filled with dragons and frogs and parents who have all the time in the world to be with her.

School Day Performances – Mon 2 & Tue 3 Oct @ 10.15am & 12.15pm (Tues 12.15 is Sold out)

Relaxed Performance: Mon 2 Oct @ 12.15pm

Where The Ark, 11a Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
How much? €12 a ticket. Book tickets here.
Ages suitable for 5-9 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: First Wednesday of each month (4th October)
Where: Various locations
How much: Free
Ages: Everyone is welcome although some sites are better for buggies than others.


 ***PRE BOOK***

Roald Dahl Drama Workshop

Ever wondered how books get from page to stage? Ever thought “How do they work out what to keep and what to leave out”? Have you ever watched a film or a theatre production of your favourite book and thought that something was missing in the acted version? Well if so, do join us for some page to stage fun as we tackle one of the worlds favourite and most inventive children’s authors, Roald Dahl, and see just how easy… or tricky!!!… it can be, as we try to bring some of the most famous scenes from his amazing books to life…. in just 2 hours!!!

When Sat 7th Oct 2017 at 2pm
Where dlr Mill Theatre Dundrum Town Centre
How much? €4 per child – click here to book
Ages suitable for  5-12 year olds.


Family Day with Ceol le Chéile

Join us for an interactive and immersive experience through the world of traditional Irish music. We’ll have lots of activities in the NCH, starting from 12pm.

Come along and meet the musicians who will be playing later; jump into one of our bodhrán or tin whistle workshops, designed to get you playing straight away!; have your face painted and then follow the Ceol Le Chéile Treasure Hunt for hidden prizes; try out some of the instruments and learn how they are played. Packed lunches will be available from the Terrace Café.

Then at 1:30pm, come into the Studio and enjoy our interactive concert with Ceol Le Chéile, where you will be taken on a wonderful participative journey through the rich and diverse sound of traditional Irish music.  A great day for all the family!

When Sunday 8th October, Foyer activities from 12.00pm, concert at 1.30pm
Where The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
How much? Price: €12, Child: €10, Family Ticket (Family of 4): €37, Young Maestros: €8, Picnic lunch €5 additional per person
Ages suitable for Designed for 6-12 year olds, all are welcome…


Me and The Moon Art Workshop for Children

David Fortune is The Speks’ illustrator and in these magical workshops he’ll teach children how to illustrate colourful characters and spek-tacular scenery from Glasses Island. An image of each child’s artwork will form part of The Speks’ performance here in the Mill Theatre on Sunday, October 15 at 2pm – the children’s art will sit alongside David’s illustrations during the show. This will be a great opportunity for children to experience working art!

When Sat 14th October, 2pm and 4pm
Where dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre
How much?  €8 Limited Capacity – Booking is advised!
Ages suitable for 4+

Transparent cloak and magic wand

Be inspired by Harry Clarke’s stained glass to create your own extraordinary costume in this art workshop with artist Beth O’Halloran

When Saturday 28 October  2-3pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Fee €5. Please contact 01 2225550 to book your place.
Ages suitable  for 6-10 year olds


During this fun workshop, children will use sponges, their hands, and craft paint to print and create some fearsome mini-monsters!

When Tuesday 31 October, 11.30 – 12.30,
Where National Print Museum, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road Dublin 4
How much? €12.50, Max. 8 children
To book and pay for this workshop, please follow the link below to the online shop:
Ages suitable for 4 – 7 YEARS



During this crafty workshop, children will learn how to handcraft their own mini hardback book, which they will decorate and personalise with spooky Halloween craft materials. The completed book can be used as a ghost story book or to keep a list of all their Halloween trick or treats!

When Tuesday 31 October, 14.30 – 15.30,
Where National Print Museum, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road Dublin 4
How much? €12.50, Max. 10 children
To book and pay for this workshop, please follow the link below to the online shop:
Ages suitable for 8 – 12 YEARS


The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child

Terry Davies conducts René Aubry’s inspired score for the much-loved children’s classics The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, based on the books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This live music, played by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will accompany screenings of these two films

When Sunday 3rd December 12.30pm, 3.00pm and 5.00pm
Where The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
How much? Prices: €25 (Child: €19 ) Family Ticket (family of 4 maximum of 2 adults): €82
Ages suitable for The whole family


Family Christmas Concert: The Nutcracker

Come and enter the magical dance world of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, narrated and performed by the WhistleBlast Quartet.  

Arranged by the Quartet’s acclaimed Ken Edge, this energetic show will also include family favourites from the classical repertoire such as Sleeping Beauty Waltz, Gladiator March, and many more!  With plenty of opportunity for participation, this promises to be an exciting outing for all the family.

When Saturday 9th December 12.00pm & 1.30pm
Where The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
How much? Price: €12 Child €10 Family Ticket (4 tickets with max 2 adults): €37 Young Maestros: €8 Under 3’s go free!
Ages suitable for The whole family


Bring Along A Baby

Bring Along a Baby is an informal, relaxed, accessible chamber music recital of the highest standard, aimed primarily at parents, while babies or very young children sleep, feed and play.
There is no pressure to keep still or quiet, leaving parents free to sit back and enjoy the music. In fact, we encourage the babies to interact naturally with the music, and we have play mats and soft toys to this end. Of course, the babies benefit from the music as well, so it’s a win-win.

When Tuesday 12th December 10.30am & 12.20pm
Where The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
How much? Prices: Adults: €13 Babies go free!
Ages suitable for Babies and their adults


NCH Christmas Show featuring The Snowman Movie

This Christmas we invite you and your snowflakes once again to Raymond Briggs’s the heart melting fantasy, The Snowman. Our cool, calm, snowball of a host Simon Delaney will be there with his musical helpers. Magical music and snow, glorious snow: there’s no business like snow business! So wrap up warm this holiday season for a Snowman’s Ball at the National Concert Hall.

When Friday 15th December, 2.30pm & 5.00pm, Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th December, 12.00pm, 2.30pm & 5.00pm
Where The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
How much? Prices: €25 (Child: €19 ) Family Ticket (family of 4 maximum of 2 adults): €82
Ages suitable for The whole family

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 courses and First Aid courses 

If you are looking to organise a party, we offer PlayParty for 1-2 year olds. For 3, 4 & 5 year olds we offer Classic Parties and children 6+ there are 4 great themed parties that school children seem to LOVE! Take a look at RealPartyKids .

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

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