Local family event guide – Friday 12th – Thursday 18th January 2018

Local family event guide – Friday 12th – Thursday 18th 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.

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

Sunday Sketching 

During this Sunday Sketching session Trees and nature, feel inspired by our collection and nature with artist Marie Farrington

When Sunday 14th 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+.

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.

Join Eimear Murphy for a creative workshop inspired by Turner’s landscapes. Create your own dramatic landscapes by tearing and sticking collage materials.

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

 Family tour

Our aim is 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 14th Jan 12.30 – 1.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.
How much? Free, No booking is necessary, all are welcome. Meet at the Merrion Square information desk.
Ages suitable for specially designed for children and their guardians, parents, and carers.

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


 **** Pre book for future family fun ****

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
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


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.


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


Early Years Workshops: My Town

Visual artist Jane Groves invites you to investigate a sense of place in this hands-on experience for teh very young and their grown-ups. The session is structured to inspire young imaginations through stories and the playful building of a dream city. There will be places to plant flowers, build towers and the chance to paint the town red, green and purple!

When Thu 8, Thu 15, Thu 22 & Sat 24 March at 10am (Ages 2-3) &  at 11.15am (Ages 3-4)
Where The Ark, Temple Bar
How much? €11.50/€8.50 per child. 20% off for Members. Book tickets here.
Ages suitable for 2-3 and 3-4 year olds and their adults

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  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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