Fri 6th – 12th October – Family friendly events in and around Dublin

Fri 6th – 12th 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.
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Pregnancy & Baby Fair

ClapHandies will be at the RDS this weekend for the Pregnancy & Baby Fair. If you haven’t been to the fair before it’s a great opportunity to see services and products that you may (or may not!) need from before giving birth, through to pre school years.

When Saturday and Sunday from 10-6
Where RDS Simmonscourt
How much? They do charge entry, but I believe if you pre-register through this link you can get in for free
Ages suitable for Expectant parents and those with little one’s

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Bouncy castles, fun lawn games with prizes, arts & crafts, face painting, BBQ with lots of tasty potato treats, vintage tractors and live music

When Saturday October 7th from 12-4
Where Newbridge House and Farm, Donabate
How much? Free
Ages suitable for the whole family
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Space Workshop

Join us at the Rediscovery Centre for an out-of-this-world experience. Our Space workshop for kids investigates the universe, origins of the solar system, the planets and moons of our solar system and looks at space exploration. The workshop features fun hands-on activities including investigating meteor impacts, investigating solar eclipses and making rockets and space rovers.

When Sat 7 October 2017 11:00 – 12:30
Where The Rediscovery Centre, Ballymun
How much? €7 – buy tickets here
Ages suitable for 6-12 year olds

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Fun Day at Richmond Barracks

Our Fun History Day for Children event is set to be an action-packed day taking over the Barracks and its surrounding areas.

Be prepared for sword fighting, grave robbers, treasure hunts, crafts, music, vintage vehicles, a classroom from 100 years ago, scary storytelling, old armoury and more as Richmond Barracks transforms into a lively hub of activities and games for kids.

Be sure to come in your best historical get up as we’ll be dishing out prizes for the best costume from any historical era throughout the day!

So come join us as we bring history to life!

When Saturday 7th October 11-4
Where Richmond Barracks, St Vincent Street West, Dublin
How much? Free
Ages suitable for the whole family
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Family Tour

This free tour is specially designed for children and their guardians, parents, and carers. It aims to make the works on display fun and engaging for kids, and to welcome families and visitors of all ages and encourage them to feel comfortable in the gallery rooms

When Sunday 08 October 12.30 – 13.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2 – Meet at the Merrion Square Information Desk.
How much? Free
Ages suitable for Everyone is welcome

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Everyone is invited to share in the experience as Smithfield Square is filled with the music of Ireland’s supreme Buskers, coming together to provide a diverse and multi-cultural programme of street performance and music. Open to all, there are delights for everyone as a variety of street performers, such as rock bands, singers, choirs and rap artists and much more take over this central venue!

When 12 noon to 5pm, Sunday 8thOctober
Where Smithfield Square, Dublin 7
How much? Free
Ages suitable for For all the family

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Children’s Garden Party

Complete with a puppet show, capoeira displays, and a reading from the beautiful children’s book The Smashing Red Kite, this will be a lovely day out for children young and old. They may even get to make a kite of their own, with hopefully the weather to fly them.

When Sunday 8th October from 1-4
Where Mountpleasant Square, Dublin
How much? Free
Ages suitable for the whole family

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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…
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New Parent’s tour

These tours are for parents, guardians, and carers of young children and will look at selected artworks on display. Their aim is to welcome families and visitors of all ages and encourage them to feel comfortable in the gallery rooms.

The route is suitable for prams and strollers and all are welcome.

When Monday 9th October 2 – 2.45
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2 – Meet at the Merrion Square Information Desk.
How much? Free
Ages suitable for Everyone is welcome

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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+
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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
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MINI MONSTER PRINTMAKING FOR 4 – 7 YEARS

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:
https://www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/?post_type=product&p=6372
Ages suitable for 4 – 7 YEARS

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SPOOKY BOOKMAKING FOR 8 – 12 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:
https://www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/?post_type=product&p=6373
Ages suitable for 8 – 12 YEARS

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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 marie@claphandies.com or message us through our Facebook page.

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