Fri 6th – 12th October – Family friendly events in and around Dublin
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.
Bouncy castles, fun lawn games with prizes, arts & crafts, face painting, BBQ with lots of tasty potato treats, vintage tractors and live music
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Be inspired by Harry Clarke’s stained glass to create your own extraordinary costume in this art workshop with artist Beth O’Halloran
During this fun workshop, children will use sponges, their hands, and craft paint to print and create some fearsome mini-monsters!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.