Local family event guide – Friday 29th – Thursday 4th January 2018

Local family event guide – Friday 29th – Thursday 4th January 2018

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.


Treasures of the National Museum

Take a tour of the iconic treasures in the National Museum, including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice.

When Friday 29th December 1-1.45
Where National Museum of Ireland,  Kildare Street (Archaeology)
How much? Free, No booking required. Places allocated on a first come basis. Wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for 7+

Shine through 2018!

Get ready to start a New Year and experiment with reflections of light and shadows with artist Janine Davidson.

When Saturday 30th Dec 1-3pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free. No booking required although numbers may be limited.
Ages suitable for the whole family, this is a drop in workshop
Get ready to say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018! Join Imaginosity for music, games and a lot of fun in our Countdown Disco’s. Disco’s will take place during each session, and are FREE with standard museum admission
When from 10-6 on December 31st
Where Imaginosity, Beacon South Quarter, Dublin 18
How much? Included in the price of their standard ticket
Ages suitable for children and their guardians
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 www.heritageireland.ie

When: First Wednesday of each month (3rd Jan)
Where: Various locations
How much: Free
Ages: Everyone is welcome although some sites are better for buggies than others.

The Brickx Club 

Lego building workshops. Fantastic fun for boys and girls
When 10-2 on the 4 & 5 January
Where Bayside Community Centre, D13
How much? One day €25. Two days €40
Ages suitable for 5-11 year olds

PRE – BOOK for future Family Fun

Celebrate Epiphany

Celebrate Epiphany by making your own character inspired by the Three Wise Kings, La Befana, Galette des rois and Women’s Little Christmas in this art workshop with artist Olive Knox.

When Saturday 6th Jan from 2-3
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Fee €5. Early booking recommended as places are limited. To book a place please call 01 2225550.
Ages suitable for 6-10 year olds

Harry Clarke’s stained glass window

Be inspired by the jellyfish and other sea creatures in Harry Clarke’s Eve of St Agnes window in this art workshop with artist Emma O’Toole.

When Sat 20th Jan from 2-3
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Fee €5. Early booking recommended as places are limited. To book a place please call 01 2225550.
Ages suitable for 3-6 year olds with guardians in attendance

Build a bird feeder

A fun kids workshop where we will be making bird feeders to help our feathered friends during the cold winter months. Be sure to wear old clothes since we may be making a mess.
When Saturday 27th Jan from 11-1 (also running on Feb 3rd)
Where National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? No price is mentioned, but places have to be pre-booked, (01) 8570909/ 8040319
Ages suitable for 6-12 year olds


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

usually happen around the Dublin area throughout the week – although are now on Christmas break until January 8th 2018

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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