Local family event guide – Good Friday 30th March – Thursday 5th April 2018

Local family event guide – Good Friday 30th March – Thursday 5th April 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.

Freestyle Pysanka Easter Egg Workshop

The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty “to write” as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax. This workshop will introduce you to Ukrainian Pysanka symbolism but will encourage you to use your own creative skills to make the technique your own!

When Good Friday at 2pm and 4pm
Where Bí URBAN 3 Manor Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin
How much? Fee 10 euro includes eggs and materials.
Children must be accompanied by adults
Booking essential please phone Bí URBAN on 01-442-0357 to secure your place



Children’s Mid Term Tales

Come visit Glasnevin Cemetery this Easter to enjoy new tours specially designed for families. Discover tales from a 1916 diary, hear about how many times Cathal Brugha was shot, and learn just what happened to William Fogarty’s pesky parrots…🐦

When The tours will run at 1.15pm from Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April 2018. Please note you are requested to arrive at the Museum Reception at least 15 minutes before the start of your Tour.
Where Glasnevin Cemetary
How much? €7, book tickets here
Ages suitable for A Brand New Cemetery Tour for All the Family
Special Activities such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Live Lambing, Animal Maternity Ward and the Easter Show will all be on offer. Not forgetting Bouncy Castles, Thomas the Tank Engine, Animal Petting and Scary Mary which will all be there as usual!
When Friday 30th March, Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st of April from 2-5pm
Where Wooly Woods Farm, Oldstown, Dublin
How much? €15 per child including Easter egg, €7 per adult. Family tickets are €55 for 2 adults and up to 3 children. Book tickets here.
Ages suitable for the whole family

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

Sunday Kids Drop

Kids, join us for fun activities in the dedicated Children’s Garden. Sow seeds, make seed bombs, design bug hotels and re-use everyday items to create your own piece of eco art.

When Sunday 1st and Tuesday 3rd at 11.00am, 11.30am, 3.00pm & 3.30pm.
Where Botanic Gardens Glasnevin
How much? Free No bookings required, first come first served.
Ages suitable for Suitable from ages 4 and up. All children must bring their own grown up.

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



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 Thursday 5th 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

Drop in Thursday: Stories & trails!

Mid-term fun for children as the National Library comes to life with stories and trails.

When Thursday 5 April, 12pm – 1pm
Where National Library of Ireland, 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
How much? Free, no booking required
Ages suitable for children 4+ and their adults


Pre book the events below for future family fun.

Op Art Workshop with Artist Richard Forrest

In this workshop we will explore drawing, patterns, and colour to create fun and unusual optical illusion art. We will explore the work of artists such as Bridget Riley for inspiration and proceed to creating our own individual artworks. We will experiment with differ- ent ways of problem solving using pattern, interesting colour combinations and creative thinking. Working in a range of media such as pencils, markers, pens, and paint, we will learn how to turn pattern drawings into fun and engaging images that communicate moods and ideas.

When 14th April 2-4.30pm (booking opens Tues 3rd April)
Where Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2
How much? Booking is essential as places are limited. Booking for this event will open on Tuesday 3 April. Please contact Katy Fitzpatrick, Learning & Public Engagement Curator at engagement@rhagallery. ie or tel: 01 661 2558
Ages suitable for 7 – 12

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

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 .

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