Local family event guide – Friday 23rd – Thursday 29th March 2018

Local family event guide – Friday 23rd – Thursday 29th 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.


Ancient Egyptian Animal Adventure!

Join the Ancient Egyptian Animal Adventure and explore two Museums in one day! Begin and collect the trail at the Museum of Natural History on Merrion Street, and come face to face with the animals of Africa. Complete the trail at the Museum of Archaeology on Kildare Street, where you will discover ancient Egyptian animal gods!

When Saturday 24th 11am-1pm
Where National Museum of Ireland Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much? Free. No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Not wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for Families

Sunday Sketching – Afternoon tea

A perfect Sunday afternoon spent at the gallery drawing from Walter Osborne’s painting and accompanied by artist Olive Knox during this sketching session: Afternoon tea.

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 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

Easy Easter Cardmaking 

Drop into our Education Area to make some amazing Easter cards using stamps, stickers, stencils, and other fun craft materials!
When Saturday 26th – Tuesday 29th March
Where National Print Museum Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4
How much? Free self guided activity
Ages suitable for  all ages – children must be accompanied by a guardian.

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


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 25 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 agesand their adults

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 25 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

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


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

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts at the GAA Museum

One of Dublin’s most popular attractions, the Croke Park Stadium Tour, has an eggcellent twist for families over the Easter break! The fantastic eggsperience will include an access-all-areas guided stadium tour, combined with an Easter Egg Hunt, all rounded off with a visit to the GAA Museum!Your little ones will spring into action as they follow clues around Croke Park, Europes third largest stadium, to find hidden tokens. They will have to keep their eyes peeled and listen closely to the guides fascinating stories of Croke Park and the GAA if they want to complete the hunt successfully and earn their reward of a delicious Easter egg at the end.During the tour visitors will also be treated to behind-the-scenes access to the Players Lounge, the team dressing rooms and warm-up area, and the media centre for a birds eye view of the stadium. You will also get to run out pitch side through the players tunnel to the sounds of cheering crowds and take a seat in the VIP area!Following the Stadium Tour, kids will have lots of fun hopping about the GAA Museum, where they can follow the Junior Explorer route, which highlights some of our most fascinating and famous exhibitions, including the original Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy cups! Finally everyone will have lots of fun in the Museums Interactive Games Zone, where you can test your hurling and football skills – see how fast you can react, check your passing skills and practice a fingertip save or the art of the high catch!

When Tuesday 27th March at 1.30pm
Where GAA Museum Croke Park St Joseph’s Avenue (Off The Clonliffe Road) Dublin 3,
How much? Various prices and bookable here
Ages suitable for the whole family

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.

Wed 28th March  
Session 1: 11.30 – 12.30 (AGE 5-10 YEARS)
Session 2: 1 – 2 (12-17 YEARS)
Saturday 5th May
Session 1: 12pm-12.50pm
Session 2: 1pm-1.50pm
Session 3: 2pm-2.50pm
Where Mulhuddart Community Centre on 28th March and Draíocht Studio on 5th May
How much? Places are free but must be booked with Box Office tel 01-8852622
Ages suitable for 5+
Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop.
Dress for Mess. Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part. Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family Days are not designed for groups. Children must be accompanied by an adult… and all adults must be accompanied by a child!

Jamie’s Eggcellent Birds!

Touch real bird eggs and feathers during this drop-in session with bird expert, Jamie Durrant!
Jamie has worked with Birdwatch Ireland and is on the Heritage Council’s school panel of experts.
When Thursday 29th 11am – 1pm, drop in activity
Where National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much? Free, No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Not wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for children 8+ and their adults

Pre book the events below for future family fun.


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  happen around the Dublin area during term time 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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