Local family event guide – Friday 16th – Thursday 22nd March 2018

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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.

Dublin Bay Prawn Festival

Its Festival Time in Howth again and the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival has it all. Whatever way you like your prawns – barbecued, whole, shelled, fried, skewered, marinated, sauced – Howth’s many award-winning restaurants will not disappoint on this not to be missed weekend. Come and join our Foodie revolution as we serve your favourite prawn dishes in bite-sized portions at the Festival Food Village at this year’s Dublin Bay Prawn Festival.

However it’s not just about the perfect Prawn because this really is a celebration of Seafood, so you can expect to see plenty of Fish & Chips , Oysters, Fish Cakes, Stir-Fries, Paella and Smoked Salmon to name but a few, after all, variety is the spice of life. Just a short hop on the dart this picturesque peninsula is a breath of fresh air from the bustling city and the craziness of St Patrick’s Weekend. At any time of year, there’s so much to do in our Authentic Fishing Village, from scenic strolls along the harbour, coastal adventures on the cliffs, soaking up the villages rich maritime history and of course feasting on the best seafood. Lots of family fun, music, entertainment, activities and more…

When Saturday 17th March – Monday 19th March 2018
Where Howth Village
How much? Free to attend, food and extra activities will be charged for
Ages suitable for the whole family

St Patrick’s Festival 

There are lots of events happening to celebrate St Patricks day from Thursday – Monday. If you click the link above you’ll see everything that’s on. Below are a few of our favourite that are suitable for families to enjoy.

Gaelspraoi, the Festival’s Irish language programme is a series of fun and engaging events for all ages to enjoy. Dust off your dancing shoes and try out your aon dó trí’s at the Céilí, marvel at the extraordinary feats in the Cirque de Gael tent and pick up some new circus skills at the Festival Big Day Out.

Whether you have cúpla focal, or no focal at all, come and celebrate the Irish language with us!

Happening in different locations across the city centre throughout the festival.

St Patrick’s Day Parade, starting at Parnell Square from 12 on Saturday.

Ireland’s leading street theatre and pageant companies have responded artistically to the theme, Home is Where the Heart is.  Their magnificent creations and flamboyant performances inspired by all things home, will weave their way through the capital in spectacular fashion.

Bands from far and wide will deliver dazzling rhythms and uplifting musical scores that will reverberate throughout the streets of Dublin for the magnificent procession.

Marvel at as the Festival parade swirls by in all its glory and cheer along with the hundreds of thousands of people who make the atmosphere at the Festival parade something special to remember.

Festival Big Day out – 12-6 on Sunday Merrion Square, Dublin 2

See Merrion Square transform with a vibrant day-long street carnival, bursting with street theatre, music, aerial performances, workshops, Irish Language activities and of course a festival Céilí.

Pilot a spaceship across the galaxy in Defender Run or shoot down aliens in the Space Invaders gallery in the interactive Reality Arcade inspired by classic retro games where it’s up to you to bring the games to life.

Enter a world of fantasy and be inspired by mysterious storytelling by torchlight, shadow puppets, illustration and an exciting adventure puzzle room where Dublin UNESCO City of Literature’s Citywide read ‘Making Millions’ will come to life in a Georgian House. Catch a special reading from the book by the author Erica McCann.

Prepare to have your mind blown while experimenting with cutting edge technology in the Science Foundation Ireland science zone and marvel at skilled jugglers, illusionists, theatrical wizardry. Laugh your socks off at hilarious comedy, witty banter and fun, quirky performances.

There is sure to be something for all the family to enjoy.


Treasures of the National Museum

Take a tour of the iconic treasures in the National Museum, including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice.

When Sunday 18th March at 2:15pm and 3:30pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archaeology)
How much? Free. No booking required. Places allocated on a first come basis. Wheelchair accessible
Ages suitable for children aged 7+ and their adult

Family Friendly tour

Join us for a special tour designed for children and their guardians, parents and carers. Our aim is to make the artworks fun and engaging for kids, and to welcome families and visitors of all ages and encourage them to feel comfortable in the Gallery.

When Sunday 18 March 12.30 – 13.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West Dublin 2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for children and their adults

Sunday Sketching – Spring is here!

Spring is here! and shall we celebrate the new season with a lovely sketching session within the beautiful architecture of the Gallery. Join us and bring the sun along!

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 18th March between 3-4pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free, no booking required although numbers may be limited
Ages suitable for children 6+ plus their adult

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.

Drop-in and stay for as long (or as little!) as you wish!

When Sunday 18 March 11.30 – 13.30 – drop in session
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West Dublin 2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for children of all ages and their adults

Hands on History: Symbols of Ireland

Explore and learn about some of the hidden meanings behind the symbols of Ireland. Join our Museum educators in a fascinating drop-in handling session for all ages, using the Museum’s collection of objects for handling.
When Sunday 18th March 3pm-4pm. Drop in session.
Where National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)
How much? Free, no booking required.
Ages suitable for this is a family friendly activity

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


Pre book the events below for future family fun.

Kiki and Bobo part of the Mountains to Sea dlr book festival

Award-winning illustrator and animator Yasmeen Ismail will be reading from and talking about her wonderful Kiki and Bobo picture book. In Kiki and Bobo’s Super Surprise, the two lively stars of this hilarious lift-the-flap story, are planning a secret surprise party. Bobo knows today is special. So does Kiki. But who for? In Kiki and Bobo’s Sunny Day, Kiki can’t wait to get to the beach and swim in the sea. But why isn’t Bobo as excited for their sunny day out?

Join Yasmin as she reveals important and empowering message of friendship. Expect lots of drawing and colouring along.
When Thursday March 22nd at 12pm
Where dlr Lexicon
How much? To book please call 01 231 2929
Ages suitable for children 3+ 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


Baby Workshop

These workshops are for babies and their grown ups, and are repeated at 12pm and 2pm to suit your routine. They are a fun and relaxing way for your babies to socialise and to explore new colours, textures and sounds as well as getting comfortable in the National Gallery!

Places book up fast, so if you don’t get a place, please contact education@ngi.ie to go on the waiting list. Don’t forget to mention the name and age of your baby.


When 26th March at 12 and again at 2pm
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West Dublin 2
How much? Tickets are €5 per place (this covers one baby and their carer/s). Tickets available here from 9am on Tuesday, 20 March.
Ages suitable for Babies and their adults

Easter: Sounds of Spring with The Mobile Music Machine

In this interactive string quartet concert for all the family we feature works inspired by spring!  Hear extracts from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Mozart’s “spring” quartet and other well-known works.

See nature through the eyes of the composers and learn how they lived; learn about the instruments in the quartet, and interact with the melodies and rhythms of the music in a fun and interactive musical experience for the whole family.

When Tuesday 27th March, 11.00am & 1.00pm
Where The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.
How much? Adult: €12, Child: €10, Young Maestros €8, Family ticket (family of 4 with max. 2 adults): €37 Under 3’s go free!
Ages suitable for Family friendly experience

Family Day: Circus Skills

250 years ago, on an abandoned patch of land outside London, Philip Astley drew out a circle in the ground and filled it with astounding physical acts. This spectacle was the world’s very first circus. To celebrate this, we are collaborating with Dublin Circus Project to bring you two free Family Days. The first will take place in Mulhuddart Community Centre during the Easter Holidays. The second takes place in Draíocht in May.
Dress for action, bring a drink of water and join us to try your hand at juggling or hula hooping and see if you have what it takes to run away with the circus.

When Wed 28 March 2018   
SESSION 1: 11.30AM – 12.30PM (AGE 5-10 YEARS)
SESSION 2: 1PM – 2PM (12-17 YEARS)
Where Mulhuddart Community Centre
How much? Places are free but must be booked with Box Office tel 01-8852622
Ages suitable for 5+

At Sunrise

Create a colourful stained glass composition inspired by James Scanlon’s Study No. 2 for Miró in this art workshop
When Saturday 31 March, 2-3pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? €5. Early booking recommended as places are limited. To book please call 01 222 5550.
Ages suitable for children aged 6-10 years old

Early Years Workshop

Inspired by the gallery’s collection, we will play with texture, line and colour with artist Jane Fogarty. On this journey, we will make, touch, experiment, see, discover and be fully immersed in a sensory world of simple shapes, colours and textures.

When Thursdays 5 -26 April, 11am-Noon
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Fee €20 for four weeks or €5 per class. Booking required. Tel 01 222 5550
Ages suitable for children aged 1-3 and their adult

Family Concert: A Space Odyssey with the ECO Band

Astronauts and space exploration are the themes for today’s interstellar outing with the ECO band. Climb aboard our spaceship and join us on a journey through space, time and music. Expect some familiar space-themed tunes with a jazz twist, as well as some inter-galactic surprises!

When Saturday 5th May, 11.30am & 1.00pm
Where The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
How much? Adult: €12 Child: €10 Family Ticket (family of 4 with max. 2 adults): €37 Young Maestro: €8
Ages suitable for Families

Bring Along a Baby

*These concerts always sell out in advance*

Bring Along a Baby is an informal, relaxed, accessible chamber music recital, aimed primarily at parents, while babies or very young children sleep, feed and play.
There is no pressure to keep still or quiet, leaving parents free to sit back and enjoy the music. In fact, we encourage the babies to interact naturally with the music, and we have play mats and soft toys to this end.
Of course, the babies benefit from the music as well, so it’s a win-win.

When Wednesday 23rd May, 10.30am and 12.30pm
Where The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
How much? Adult: €13 Babies go free!
Ages suitable for Babies and their adults

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox

Following on from the Sell-Out Success of Summer 2017’s James & the Giant Peach, this year Mill Productions will be bringing another Roald Dahl Classic to the dlr Mill Theatre stage in June 2017 – Fantastic Mr Fox!  This production will certainly end the academic year on a high note but it will book out fast so please book early! Directed by Geoff O’Keeffe, with Matthew O’Brien as Mr Fox and Evelyn Shaw as Mrs Fox and a supporting cast.

When 13th – 24th Jun at 2pm and 4pm
Where dlr Mill Theatre Dundrum Town Centre Dublin 16
How much? Full price:€16 / Children U12:  €14 / Family of 4:  €55 /Groups of 10+: €12 (to book a group please contact Box Office
Ages suitable for  ages 4+. Duration approx 1 hour with no interval.


Donal Vaughan Science Magic

Triple-award-winning Irish comedian and scientist Donal Vaughan brings his hugely popular science and comedy show back to dlr Mill Theatre. With some brand new tricks and some old favourites too, learn about science using everyday objects and laugh your pants off while you do it. You too can become a science wizard and amaze your family and friends.

When Saturday 30th June at 2.30pm
Where dlr Mill Theatre Dundrum Town Centre Dublin 16
How much? €9
Ages suitable for children 5+ 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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