Local family event guide – Friday 9th – Thursday 15th March 2018

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

St Patrick’s Festival: Parade Flags

Get ready for St Patrick’s Day during this drop in family workshop led by artist Barbara O’Connell. Let’s make our own fun flags for the parade with our own crests and patterns on them!

When Saturday 10th between 2-4 pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free, no booking required. Numbers may be limited
Ages suitable for families

To all of our Super mums. We know what an awesome job that you do. Hopefully you will get chance to enjoy at least a cuppa in peace today.

Have a fabulous day and enjoy from all of the team at ClapHandies and RPKx


Sunday Sketching – Seashells on the Seashore

When rhymes becomes visual, let’s look at Seashells on the Seashore with artist Marie Farrington during this Sunday Sketching. Together we will look at paintings of beach and sea landscapes to build up our drawing.

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, 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+

Slime Workshop

Happy Land Slime Factory is one of the most popular workshops for kids. Activities are a huge hit and are super popular ! Kids make slime simply by mixing 5 ingredients: glue,cream, foam, color (paint), activator (laundry detergent). Children are having fun while developing their concentration capacity, creativity, observation abilities and imagination.

When Sunday 11h March from 3-6
Where CIE Hall Sports & social Club, Library Square, Inchicore, Dublin 8
How much? Price is €8 for 2 tubs, which kids can take it home. Sessions every hour. For more info please contact me at 0876606920.

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


New parents’ tour

These tours are for parents, guardians, and carers of young children and will focus on a selection of highlights in the permanent collection. Our aim is to welcome families and visitors of all ages and encourage them to feel comfortable in the Gallery rooms.

When Monday 12 March 14.00 – 14.45
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West Dublin 2, Meet at the Merrion Square information desk
How much? Free
Ages suitable for The route is suitable for prams and strollers, and all are welcome.

Pre book the events below for future family fun.

Breastfeeding Alfresco – stand up comedy show

After performing a sell out show at Bray Comedy Festival, Diane O’Connor is back. It’s a fun and informative show focussing on the funny sides of breastfeeding that we don’t often hear about.

Diane O’Connor is breastfeeding but she won’t let that keep her indoors. Join her in this fun and informative stand-up comedy show inspired by breastfeeding, motherhood and related adventures!
Diane O’Connor is a stand-up comedian and performer from Dublin. She has performed around Ireland, London and Edinburgh. Diane wrote and performed her first solo show “Pregnant and Standing” last year while very pregnant. She is a regular on the Dublin comedy circuit.

“Diane’s show took feminine issues often derided, often tough to tackle, and spun them into hilarious nonconfrontational set pieces. Her comedy style is simultaneously informative, sarcastic, smart, and heart-warming. The universality of being human is what lies at the forefront of her work – knowing her worth, while being able to laugh at it”

Clara Rose Thornton RTE “Arena” and The Irish Times Women’s Podcast broadcaster

When: Thursday, 15th March at 11am and 8pm
Tickets: €12/10. (11am: €5)
Children under 2 welcome to sit on laps.
Running time: 50mins

Free Family History Treasure Hunt

Come and visit the Irish Family History Centre and get involved in our St. Patrick’s Festival Treasure Hunt. Explore your Irish roots, search for Irish Ancestors and discover your own unique family story.

Find out:
What does your surname mean.
What counties in Ireland is your family name linked to.
Do you know which celebrity is descended from a medieval knight?
When and why did Irish people emigrate.
Where did Irish people emigrate too.
Search the largest number of Irish family records online such as:
Birth/Marriage and Death records
Census records
Parish Records

All visitors will receive a complimentary prize at the end of their hunt to help you continue researching your Irish Heritage.

When Thursday 15th – Monday 19th from 10-11am
Where Irish Family History Centre, CHQ building, North Dock, Dublin 1
How much? This is a FREE family friendly event. Register on Eventbrite to book your place.
Ages suitable for the family

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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