Local family event guide – Friday 16th – Thursday 22nd 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.

Dumpling Day – Chinese New Year

The tradition in China during the Chinese New Year is to make dumplings with all the family, from the very young to the very old and everyone gets stuck in. To celebrate this lovely tradition, join us in store to watch Mama Wong make the traditional savoury dumplings and learn how to wrap and make your own dumplings.
Find out all about dumplings, the different types, what they symbolise, where they originated and how they are made. If you love dumplings, this is the talk for you!
There will be lots to try and taste.

When Friday Feb 16th from 9-6
Where Asia Market, 18 Drury Street Dublin 2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for family friendly

Chinese New Year Celebrations – The year of the Dog

Paws up for the Year of the Dog! Dublin Chinese New Year Festival returns with a programme of events running from Feb 16th – Mar 4th 2018.
Events that we like the look of for families include:

Tall Tale at Smock Alley, suitable for 9 years +

Dog Costume art workshop suitable for 4-12-year-olds

Hill Street resource centre’s annual Chinese new year celebration

Lion and Unicorn dance performance

Family Chinese Lantern decorating workshop

When Feb 16th until March 4th
Where Various venues across the city
How much? Some events are free and others are chargeable
Ages suitable for some events are family friendly.


Kids disco yoga party

Get ready for a day of glitter, fun and good tunes.
Starting off the day with a Kids Disco Yoga Class (age 3+) and once the little ones are done, we get the Prosecco out for our adults Disco Yoga.
Funky yoga pants and colourful clothing is more than welcome, as the day is all about having fun. And if all this won’t get you in the mood – out glitter make-up definitely will!

When Saturday, Feb 17th from 3-4pm
Where Down dog hot yoga, 19 Castle Shopping Centre, Bridge St, Swords, Dublin 
How much? I can’t find the price, however tickets can be bought through this link
Ages suitable for 3+

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 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

Everyday Engineering

Everyday Engineering: a fun hands-on workshop for children exploring everyday engineering and what the future of engineering holds. Join the Rediscovery Centre to celebrate Engineers Week and discover how engineering is an essential part of our lives in this exciting workshop for children. Different engineering challenges will put your mathematical, problem solving and analytic skills at test.

When 17th February 11 am – 12.30pm
Where The Rediscovery Centre Ballymun Road  Ballymun
How much? €10 book tickets here
Ages suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years old.



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


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


Responding to Anxiety in Children

This is designed for parents and teachers of children who are of primary school age and who experience anxiety. You do not need to have attended any of our previous workshops to find this helpful – it is designed for everyone. The workshop aims to cover the following:

*What anxiety is and how it can present in children
*Helpful ways of responding to anxiety
*Coping Skills

When Tuesday 20th from 7-8.30
Where The Insight Centre, Strand Road, Portmarnock
How much? €15pp Places are limited and to book a please contact the clinic directly on 01-8463894 or email laura@theinsightcentre.ie
Ages suitable for parents and carers

Pre book the events below for future family fun.  

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.
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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