Local family event guide – Friday 26th – Thursday 1st February 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.


Tradfest Children’s Hub

Get down to The Ark this TradFest for a jam-packed programme of concerts, workshops and sessions for all the family. Experience some leading musicians performing Trad gigs designed especially for children (ages 2+) or take part in some of our free trad activities. In these free activities, children can ‘Give Trad a Try’ in a 15 minute drop-in sessions for beginners (ages 6+), play their own instruments in the ‘Children’s Open Trad Session’ (ages 6+) or get creative in the ‘Children’s Crafts Club’ (ages 4+), taking inspiration from Róisín de Buitléar’s stunning music-inspired glass sculptures the free Music in Glass Exhibition – Ages 6+

When Friday 10.15-4.15, Saturday and Sunday 10.30-4.30
Where The Ark, 11a Eustace Street, Dublin 2
How much? Check here for tickets/prices – http://ark.ie/events/season/tradfest-childrens-hub-2018
Ages suitable for Family friendly
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

Family Friendly Walk – Massy’s Estate

Nature and local history-themed stroll around Massey Estate Forest suitable for all the family.


When Saturday 27th January meet at 11 am at Hell Fire Car-Park
Where Massy’s Estate,
How much? Free
Ages suitable for the whole family. The walk will last for 2-2.5 hours, bring Wellies/ walking boots, raingear, warm clothes. NO DOGS PERMITTED, SORRY.
Please contact ranger1@dublinmountains.ie giving your name and mobile number and In Case of Emergency (ICE) details. To ensure your place book before noon Friday 26th January. For more information on the walk contact info@dublinmountains.ie

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


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, get your energy back and join us for Art Vitamins! Colour me healthy with artist Barbara O’Connell.

When Sunday 28th 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.

Turner painted many scenes of ships at sea, in calm and stormy waters. Have a go at creating your own seascape in this family workshop.

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 Sunday 28th 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.

PRE – BOOK for future Family Fun

Family Day – Tree Bark Art

Explore Yvonne McGuinness’ Ground Floor Gallery exhibition ‘Holding ground where the woodlands’. 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 3 pm 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 the 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 10 am (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 2 pm and 4 pm
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

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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