Local family event guide – Friday 6th – Thursday 12th April 2018

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Local family event guide – Friday 6th – Thursday 12th 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.

Easter Camp

Join our Education team for a day filled with fun hands-on activities: Easter themed arts and crafts, Easter games, Egg science, Explore nature in springtime and Egg hunt challenge

When Friday 6 April from 10:00 to 14:30
Where The Rediscovery Centre, The Boiler House, Ballymun Road, D09 HK58 Ballymun
How much? €25 tickets can be booked through this link
Ages suitable for not stated, we would assume school aged children

World Autism Awareness Day. Family Fun Day!

Fantastic day out for the entire Family, There will be something for everyone on the day Amusement Rides, Bouncy Castles, BBQ, Face painters, magician, Children’s Characters, Toddler Area,Tea/Coffee & Refreshments, Candy Corner and Much Much More!

We will be holding a Raffle on the day with some amazing prizes! so make sure to get your hands on some raffle tickets which will be available on the day!

When Saturday from 2-6pm
Where Mulhuddart Community Centre, D15
How much? €10 per family
Ages suitable for everyone is welcome

Gardening and biodiversity for kids

Come and discover all the secrets of growing your own vegetables and herbs, explore the creatures inhabiting our garden and give us a hand in our own kitchen garden!

When Sat 7 April 14:30 – 16:00
Where  The Rediscovery Centre, The Boiler House, Ballymun Road, D09 HK58 Ballymun
How much? €10 – tickets can be booked through this link
Ages suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years.

Secrets in Stone: Exploring Ogham Writing

Drop-in to our Learning Resource Room to explore the secret writings on early medieval ogham stones, the earliest form of writing found in Ireland. Create a secret message and make your own mini ogham stone to take home

When Saturday April 7th 11am-1pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archaeology)
How much? Free No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room 1st Floor. Not wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for children 7+ and their adults

Sunday Sketching – Journey in the countryside

During this Sunday Sketching session spend a Journey in the countryside accompanied by artist Jane Fogarty while looking at landscapes and colours depicted by artists of the collection.

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 8th April 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

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


Sunday Kids drop by activities

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 8th April at 11, 11.30, 3 and 3.30pm
Where National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? Free
Ages suitable forSuitable from ages 4 and up. All children must bring their own grown up. No bookings required, first come first served.

Garden Bird Safari at Kilmacurragh

Join author and Botanic Gardens Head Guide Glynn Anderson for a guided bird walk, uncovering the rich bird life of the Gardens. On a lucky day you may be fortunate enough to spot a red kite. If you have them, be sure to bring your binoculars for a closer look!

When Sunday 8th April at 10.30am
Where Kilmacurragh Botanic gardens, Kilbride, Co Wicklow
How much? Free, meet in the car park. Booking is essential through this link 
Ages suitable for the whole family

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.

The route is suitable for prams and strollers, and all are welcome.

When Monday 9th April 2pm – 3
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West Dublin 2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for children and their adults

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

Pre book the events below for future family fun.

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 16th April 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 10th April .
Ages suitable for Babies and their adults

Weaning made Easy!

Is food before 1 just for fun? Is a healthy diet for a baby the same as a healthy diet for an adult? Is cow’s milk ok in under 1’s? What is the best milk for over one’s? Should I use wholegrains? Which yoghurts are best? What is a portion size? When is meat ok? Is kale better than red meat? What about salt? What pouches are best? How much milk does my baby need? Are rice cakes ok? My baby is constipated can you help?!

I answer all these questions and many more. I discuss the nutrients thatyour baby needs, the quantities and the best sources. I discuss the foods you are already eating and which are suitable for your baby, we look at suitable finger foods. We discuss food labels and food trickery/what to watch out for. We look at commerical baby foods. I discuss all the common problems such as fussy eating, constipation, iron deficiency anaemia etc. and how to prevent them.

Weaning is an important part of your child’s development, not only nutritionally but developmentally and socially. Getting it right sets a great foundation for future health.

When Thursday April 19th at 10pm (3 hour course)
Where Airfield Estate, Overend Way, Dundrum
How much? €100 (- part of cost can be claimed back by health insurance)
Ages suitable for parents and babies are welcome too!

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 .

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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