Local family event guide – Friday 5th – Thursday 11th January 2018

Local family event guide – Friday 5th – Thursday 11th 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.


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

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.

Three of our regular Sunday drop-in family sessions will tie-in with the current exhibition Frederic William Burton: For the Love of Art and explore the artist’s passion for drawing, his depiction of dramatic scenes from literature, and the wild landscape of the West of Ireland.

This week, join Valerie Moffat who will lead the workshop on the theme of Wild and Wonderful West.

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

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

EXPLORER Family Workshops

Get creative together as a family, explore artworks with IMMA staff, and enjoy a hands-on workshop in the galleries.

When Sundays from 2-4 until May 27th
Where Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
How much? Free, just drop in
Ages suitable for everyone


Sunday Sketching 

During this Sunday Sketching session Seated, standing, walking, explore with artist Ashleigh Downey how movement is depicted in various artworks from the gallery’s collection.

When Sunday 7th Jan 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+.
ClapHandies PlayLabs start back from Monday January 8th. So if your new year resolution was to have more fun with your little one and making some friends for yourself, then take a look at our website and book onto your local class. 

Toddler time

Fun, educational joint activity for pre-school children and their parent/guardian who helps their child participate, promoting literacy skills.
When Wednesday 10th Jan from 10-11am
Where Lucan Library
How much? Free- you do have to pre-book a ticket through this link.  (from 1.30pm on Jan 5th)
Ages suitable for Toddlers and their adults

****** PRE – BOOK for future Family Fun ******

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 13th January.  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

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


From January 24th – 28th Ireland’s largest festival of traditional music and beyond will be happening in some of Dublin’s most historic places. Click the link above to see Kids TradFest and so you can get booked onto events that your family may enjoy.


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)
Ages suitable for 3-6 year olds and their parents


Family Day – Tree Bark Art

Explore Yvonne McGuinness’ Ground Floor Gallery exhibition ‘Holding ground where the wood lands’. Feel, smell and see the trees and video installation, then make and recreate the greens, browns and reds of a forest collage using our tree rubbings, paper, glue and chalks.

When Saturday 3rd Feb –
Session 1: 12pm-12.50pm, Session 2: 1pm-1.50pm, Session 3: 2pm-2.50pm
Max 50 per workshop.
Where Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
How much? Free, but must be pre-booked Booking tel: 01-8852622
Ages suitable for Family friendly event

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



Goldilocks and the three bears

Imagine a storybook that comes alive! Miriam Lambert, is delighted to present “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” where the story comes alive within her original two-tier puppet booth. Peek and Boo, Miriam’s signature characters guide the children to the tale of a little girl who pays a visit to the home of the adorable baby bear!

Miriam Lambert has been at the heart of the Irish puppetry industry since her childhood, having grown up with the Lambert Puppet Theatre in Dublin. Trained by her mentor and father, the late Master puppeteer Eugene Lambert, she has played an integral part in the creation of many of the legendary puppet characters and performances in the renowned Lambert productions. Miriam has developed her own unique signature shows which have taken her to Europe, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan and the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC. She is the quintessential travelling ‘one-woman show’ who can travel anywhere with her entire show in a ‘bag’. Her unique and creative style of puppetry is a theatrical joy for both child and adult to behold.

When  Sunday 25th March at 2pm and 4pm
Where dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin 16
How much? €8 Family of 4 €28
Ages suitable for children 3+ and their adults


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.

Share on Tumblr