Local family event guide – Friday 8th – Thursday 14th December 2017

Local family event guide – Friday 8th – Thursday 14th December 2017

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.


Children’s workshops 

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.

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 9th Dec, Budding Artists at 11-12.30 and Hardy Annuals 2-4pm
Where National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? €10 each, booking is essential
Ages suitable for 4-7 and 8-12 year olds

Sunday Sketching – Lights at Night

During this Sunday Sketching session Lights at night, together artist Ashleigh Downey look at lights and how they are depicted at night time…glowing, shining, bright or subtle in different artworks from the collection.

When Sunday 3rd for 3-4pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free. No booking required although numbers may be limited.
Ages suitable for Suitable for children 6+.

 Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival

The merry Christmas Market on the Metals will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a feast for the senses featuring delicious festive fare, handcrafted gifts and decorations, a funfair with an old-world children’s carousel and a whole host of very special tempting treats.

Santa’s Postbox at the Christmas Tree beside dlr LexIcon will be there from Saturday November 18th to post your letters to the North Pole and receive a reply before Christmas Day.

Why not swap city centre crowds and stuffed out-of-town shopping centres for Dún Laoghaire town centre with over 280 retail outlets and businesses. From Saturday November 18th the second hour of on street parking is free when you pay for the first hour.

When Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s until Saturday December 23rd
Where Dún Laoghaire
How much? Free to view
Ages suitable for Family friendly
Come along to a festive family concert in St Mary’s Church Howth on Sunday, December 10 at 5pm – children under 12 go free.

For more info here’s the link to the Eventbrite listing: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dublin-concert-band-family-christmas-howth-concert-tickets-39008186536?aff=efbneb


Christmas Open Day

Take a step back from the hustle and bustle to enjoy Christmas at Collins Barracks, there will be Christmas carols, trails, storytelling and talks including food historian Regina Sexton on festive food. The day wiill also include an exhibition showcasing artworks created by local artists, members of the Henrietta Adult Community Education (HACE) and the Active Retirement Association Phibsboro and inspired by the Museum’s Portrait of a Century and The Volunteers exhibitions

When 10th Dec from 2-5pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)
How much? Free, no booking required
Ages suitable for an event for all the family


Storytelling Session for Families

The work of Frederic William Burton is teeming with fascinating stories of love, loss, and adventure.

Facilitated by Shelby Todd, in this hands-on storytelling session families are invited to relax, listen to a story about an artwork, and create their own work inspired by the tale.

When 10 December 15.00 – 15.45
Where National Gallery of Ireland Merrion Square West Dublin 2,
How much? €5 a ticket – All adults and children require tickets for this workshop – ticket price includes admission to the exhibition. Book tickets here.
Ages suitable for families

Drop-in family session

Join us for a free art-making workshop where children and their parents/guardians/carers are encouraged to work together on creative projects.

Drop-in and stay for as long (or as little!) as you wish!

When Sunday from 11,20 – 1,30
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.
How much? Free
Ages suitable for The whole family

Tracks in the Snow – The Henry Girls

Back by popular demand this Christmas, follow the heavenly harmonies of The Henry Girls into an enchanting world of winter!

From sparkling icicles to wolves in the forest, the joy of sledding at high speed or the wonder of the Aurora Borealis on a frosty night, discover the magic and mysteries of the festive season.

And just what did make those tracks in the snow? Find out as the band’s playful humour and trademark folk and trad melodies celebrate some of the things we love to see and do when the world turns white.

Tracks in the Snow was commissioned and produced by The Ark as part of our work to create high-quality live music experiences crafted especially for young audiences. The show premiered at The Ark in Dec 2015.

When Weekends & Holidays
Every Saturday 2-30 Dec & Sun 17, Thu 28 & Fri 29 Dec @ 2pm & 4pm
School Days
1-21 Dec (Tue-Fri) @ 10.15am & 12.15pm
Relaxed Performance
Sun 17 Dec @ 2pm
Where The Ark, 11a Eustace St,Temple Bar, Dublin 2
How much? Public: €12/€9*. Member discounts apply.
Ages suitable for children aged 4+ and their adults

Do Not Disturb Activity Sheet

It’s getting chilly outside! Drop into the Museum and try our Winter Activity Trail.
When Throughout December during opening hours
Where National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much? Free, copies of this activity sheet trail are available at the stand in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil!
Ages suitable for Families

****PRE BOOK NOW!****

Easy Christmas Printmaking

During this fun workshop children will use sponges, their hands and craft paint to create their very own series of mini festive prints.

When Saturday 16 December, 11.30 – 12.30
Where National Print Museum, Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road, Dublin 4
How much? Cost: €12.50, Max. 8 children. Pre-book here
Ages suitable for 4-7 year olds

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



Early Years: The Butterfly & The Mockingbird

A delightful music performance from an outstanding duo that will take you on a musical tour of traditional, classical and other world music!

When Sun 28 Jan at 10:30am & 12pm. Approx 45 minutes duration.
Where The Ark, 11a Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
How much? €12.50/€9.50* (20% off for members) Tickets on sale to The Ark’s Members from Tue 21 Nov and then on general sale on Tue 28 November
Ages suitable for3-6 year olds and their parents


Czech Philharmonic Family Concert

Dvořák, the story-teller featuring The Golden Spinning Wheel, Op. 109

Whether looking for jazz in a Stravinsky score, explaining a Mahler symphony, or picking out harmonies in a Stevie Wonder song, Jonathan James enjoys finding the right way in for the listener and leaving them with a new-found enthusiasm for the music. This family concert will take the audience on a journey through Dvořák’s vivid musical telling of the macabre but romantic Czech folk tale, complete with a king, a beautiful girl, her wicked step-sister, a magician and his magical golden spinning wheel!

When 3pm on Sunday February 18th
Where The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
How much? Prices: €15, Child €10, Family Ticket €45 Family Tickets are for four people with a maximum of two adults, the others being children aged seventeen or under.
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 marie@claphandies.com or message us through our Facebook page.


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