Local family event guide – Friday 9th – Thursday 15th 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.


dlr LexIcon Family Day

We can tell you it’s going to be an exciting celebration for the Chinese New Year with a special Irish twist with our Grúpa Spraoi out in full force.

When Sat 10 Feb, 10.30am-4.00pm
Where DLR Lexicon
How much? Free, No booking required, first come, first served for all events.
Ages suitable for Family friendly

Children’s Mid-Term Tales

Come visit Glasnevin Cemetery this February to enjoy new tours specially designed for families.
These tours will take in the oldest part of the cemetery and will tell the tales of grave-robbing, prison escapes and deadly animals. This tour also includes a visit to the grave of Michael Collins.

When The tours will run on February 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th, at 11.00am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
Where Glasnevin Cemetary Museum, Dublin 11
How much? Tickets are only €7.
Please note you are requested to arrive at the Museum Reception at least 15 minutes before the start of your Tour. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Ages suitable for everyone is welcome

Valentine’s Arts & Crafts Workshop

Join us for our ‘Free Family Fun Events’ at a Valentine’s Arts & Crafts Workshop – where children can create lovely Valentine keepsakes to treasure & a chance for the whole family to get creative together! Let the creativity flow, imaginations sparkle and the fun commence!

When Saturday 10th February from 12-3pm
Where Bloomfields Shopping Centre, in front of Starbucks
How much? Free
Ages suitable for family friendly

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


Children’s Cupcake Classes

Edel is an ex- ClapHandies mammy.
She will be helping your children will bake, ice and package cupcakes with a Valentine’s theme.
Limited spaces.
When Monday – Saturday at 11 – 12.30 and 3 – 4.30
Where Ace Kid’s Kitchen, Swords
If you message Edel and she will let you know more about the class and cost – acekidskitchen@gmail.com

Mid-Term Drop in Craft Club

Come get creative in our drop-in children’s craft club on three days over the mid-term break in February.

Drop-in to the Dairy Corridor on Monday, Wednesday or Friday for some relaxed make and do fun. Get cutting, sticking, glueing and colouring to create your own unique masterpiece.

When Monday, February 12th, Wednesday, February 14th, Friday, February 16th, drop in between 11 and 3
Where Airfield Estate, Overend Way, Dundrum, Dublin Dublin 14
How much? Free with admission ticket or Airfield Estate membership
Ages suitable for 

LEGO®Midterm Camp

The Brickx Club is hosting a 1-day LEGO® Midterm camp for children

When Thursday 15th from 10-1
Where Ongar Community Centre, Ongar Road, Dublin
How much? €20 per child, please text 087-7791966 to book your place.
Ages suitable for age 4-12 of all abilities


Pre book the activities below to enjoy at a later date.

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 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 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.
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 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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