Local family event guide – Friday 23rd – Thursday 1st March 2018

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Local family event guide – Friday 23rd – Thursday 1st March 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.

The Prince Who Married A Frog – Tales from Around The World

Mother Tongues Festival 2018 and Poetry Ireland present bilingual storyteller Simone Schuemmelfeder in an event for all the family.

Es war einmal . . . In this bilingual storytelling session German storyteller Simone Schuemmelfeder will take her audience all around the world. Drawing on mythology and folklore from many different cultures, Simone will enchant you with tales full of adventure, mischief and dreams. Hear how a prince married a frog in Italy, how a rabbit defeated a lion in Africa and many more stories from different countries in this magical storytelling session for the whole family.

When Saturday from 4-5
Where Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin
How much? Free, pre-register here for tickets
Ages suitable for the whole family

Colour, Surface, Pattern, Print

The day features events for all ages exploring textiles, design, illustration and creative families

When Saturday 10.30-5.45
Where DLR Lexicon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dun Laoghaire
How much? Free
Ages suitable for all creative families

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:

Family Chinese Lantern decorating workshop

Spring Festival Fair

The hugely popular Spring Festival Fair returns to The chq Building with a jam-packed two-day programme of free family-friendly entertainment.

Inspired by traditional Chinese temple fairs, “Miaohui”, this year’s spectacular event will welcome the Year of the Dog with a host of canine-themed entertainment, arts, crafts and interactive workshops, suitable for all ages.

Come enjoy musical performances and martial arts demos, food stalls and fashion shows, Chinese chess and calligraphy, plus much more besides.

When Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm
Where CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1
How much? Free
Ages suitable for the whole family

Chinese New Year: Patterns and Stamps

Explore patterns with artist Barbara O’Connell and create your own stamp to design motifs inspired by Chinese prints.

When Saturday 24 February, 2-4pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Drop in, free family workshop. No booking required although numbers may be limited.
Ages suitable for family workshop

Sunday Sketching – Wildlife

Where will we find Wildlife in the gallery on a Sunday afternoon? Look around and spy with your eye the wildlife that is hidden in our permanent collection or in the architecture of the building and make drawings of it with artist Barbara O’Connell.

During these free sketching workshops for families, we invite you to explore and respond together to our collection and temporary exhibitions through discussion and drawing. Bring your own sketchbook or avail of the drawing materials provided.

When Sunday 25th, drop in between 3 & 4 pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free, no booking required. Numbers may be limited
Ages suitable for families with children 6+

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 25 Feb 12.30 – 13.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West Dublin 2. Meet at the Merrion Square information desk
How much? This free tour is specially designed for children and their guardians, parents, and carers.

Drop-in family session: Expressive Colour

Join us for a free art-making workshop where children and their parents/guardians/carers are encouraged to work together on creative projects. Today’s workshop will be led by artist Sarah Edmondson, and will take the works of Emil Nolde as inspiration.

When Sunday 25 Feb 11.30 – 13.30
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West Dublin 2 – Atrium
How much? Admission is free and no booking is required
Ages suitable for All ages

Viking Ireland

Did you know that Dublin was established by the Vikings? Take our Viking Ireland tour with museum educator Annie Birney to learn more about Viking raiders, traders and settlers, see the skeleton of a Viking warrior, and discover ice skates made of bone!

When Sunday 25th 3-3.45
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archaeology) – meet at reception
How much? Free no booking required, first come, first served
Ages suitable for Adults and children 7+, not wheelchair accessible

PrintFest – Engineers week

Printfest gives you the opportunity to see the engineering behind the traditional craft of letterpress printing, as active retired printers and compositors demonstrate highlights of the Museum’s collection and share stories of their time in the print industry. Printfest is suitable for all ages, with many printing and craft activities for all the family!
When Sunday 25 February, 12.00 – 16.00
Where National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4
How much? Free
Ages suitable for suitable for all ages

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


Early Years Workshop

Join ecological artist Ashleigh Downey during this four week course on a sensory journey of sights, sounds, smells and textures from nature’s garden. Through nature based art activities and storytelling, a creative connection with nature will be encouraged.
When Tuesdays 27 February -20 March, 11am-Noon
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? €20 for four weeks or €5 per class. Booking required.  Email: info.hughlane@dublincity.ie tel: 01 222 5550
Ages suitable for 1-3 year olds and their adults

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

Mountains to Sea Festival 2018 – Meet Vivian French

Meet the brilliantly funny and enthralling storyteller and children’s author Vivian French as she dips into both her Knights series and Cherry Pie Princess.  Being a princess is a bit dull for Princess Peony who is very independent and wants to do things on her own, especially cooking. Will she be able  get what she wants? Vivian French presents the marvellous tale of the very determined girl, The Cherry Pie Princess.  Hear Vivian read from her latest knightly tale Knight in Training: To the Rescue!   Will we see the brave Sam J Butterbiggins complete his knightly quest?

When Thursday 22nd March 12pm
Where dlr Mill Theatre Dundrum Town Centre Dundrum Dublin 16
How much? €4 per child
Ages suitable for 6+

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


Punch Lion Kids Comedy

A family friendly stand-up comedy club for kids and big kids! We bring top comedians with silly jokes to make you giggle and grin and laugh out loud.

Come to the show for knock knock jokes and silly songs, nonsense word play and stories of pongs. Big loud mime and funny faces, laughing loud at weird voices. Making your belly ache with laughter, lots and lots to talk about after!

When Sat 31st Mar at 12pm
Where dlr Mill Theatre Dundrum Town Centre Dundrum Dublin 16
How much? €9 Family of 4 €32
Ages suitable for Age appropriate performance. Recommended age 6+. Children must attend with an adult.


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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