Local family event guide – Friday 27th April – Thursday 3rd May 2018

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Local family event guide – Friday 27th April – Thursday 3rd May 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.

Pets in the City

The DSPCA King of Paws Training Team will host Dog Agility Workshops and Scruffs Dog Show, where members of the public are invited to enter their own furry friends.
Lady with reptiles on her shoulders

Pet enthusiasts can expect a range of stalls offering great deals on all kinds of animal accessories, grooming products, toys and novelty items as well as the opportunity to avail of micro-chipping and pet health advice from the DSPCA. (To avail of micro-chipping you must bring ID and proof of address i.e. utility bill). A reptile corner and a small animal farm will give visitors the opportunity to interact with, and learn about, all kinds of animals.

Pets in the City is a fantastic day out and offers families the opportunity to bring their pets into the city for a fun and interactive event. Last year, over 5,000 pet lovers attended the activities on Smithfield Square.

When Sunday 29th April from 11.30am
Where  Smithfield Square, Dublin 7.
How much? Free
Ages suitable for Family friendly event
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Family Fun Day 

Don a hat and an apron, and become a mini printer for the day! The Museum will become a hive of activity with printing demonstrations, face painting, mini children’s workshops and self-guided arts and crafts activities at our Education Area.
When Sunday 29 April, 12.00 – 16.00
Where National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4
How much? Free
Ages suitable for the whole family
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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 29 April 12.30 – 13.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for All welcome; no booking necessary
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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 29 April 11.30 – 13.30
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much? Admission is free and no booking is required.
Ages suitable for These workshops are suitable for children of all ages.
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Sunday Kids drop by activities

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

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Sunday Sketching – Hats & Styles

Looking at Hats & Styles with artist Barbara O’Connell will make this Sunday Sketching very fashionable! Come join us to design you own fashion 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 29th drop in between  3-4pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free
Ages suitable for children aged 6+ and their adults
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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

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We kick off our new monthly early-years programme Seedlings with a special workshop perfect for children ages 2-4 to get creative with their older relatives.

Led by an inspiring early years artist, enjoy a fun, interactive workshop together with your grandchild or young relative – an experience that will stimulate imaginations of all ages!

When Thu 3 & Sat 5 May @ 10.15 (Ages 2-3) & 11:45am (Ages 3-4)
Where The Ark, 11a Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
How much? €11.50/€8.50 per child (20% off for members).
Ages suitable for 2-3 and 3-4 year olds and their adults
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dlr Spring into Heritage 2018

As part of the dlr Spring into Heritage season, you can visit attractions for free on the following days of the week. Some you can just turn up to and others need booking. Their website appears not to be working, so all info below was taken from Facebook. These tours run until May 27th.

MONDAYS TOURS:

JAMES JOYCE TOWER & MUSEUM:
Two Guided Tours 10.30am & 2.30pm
NO BOOKING REQUIRED.
All Tours are FREE.

NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM OF IRELAND:
One Guided Tour at 11am
This tour must be pre-booked via the museum.
Email: bookings@mariner.ie
TEL: 01 214 3964
TEL: 01 280 0969
W: mariner.ie

TUESDAY’S TOURS:

CABINTEELY HOUSE:
Four Guided Tours
11am to 3pm with the last tour at 2pm.
NO BOOKING REQUIRED.
All tours are FREE.

JAMES JOYCE TOWER & MUSEUM:
Two Guided Tours
10.30am and 2.30 pm.
NO BOOKING REQUIRED.
All tours are FREE.

WEDNESDAY’S TOURS:

JAMES JOYCE TOWER & MUSEUM:
Two Guided Tours
10.30am and 2.30pm
NO BOOKING REQUIRED.
All tours are FREE

NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM:
One Guided Tour at 11am
This tour must be pre-booked via the museum.
Email: bookings@mariner.ie
TEL: 01 214 3964
TEL: 01 280 0969
W: mariner.ie

THE ORATORY DÚN LAOGHAIRE:
Four Guided Tours
11am-3pm on the hour with the last tour at 2pm.
NO BOOKING REQUIRED.
All tours are FREE.

SEAPOINT MARTELLO TOWER:
Four Guided Tours
11am-3pm on the hour with the last tour at 2pm.
NO BOOKING REQUIRED.
All tours are FREE.

THURSDAY’S TOURS:

JAMES JOYCE TOWER & MUSEUM:
Two Guided Tours
10.30am & 2.30pm.
NO BOOKING REQUIRED.
All tours are FREE.

MARLAY HOUSE:
Four Guided Tours
11am to 3pm tours on the hour with the last tour at 2pm.
NO BOOKING REQUIRED.
All tours are FREE.

FRIDAY’S TOURS:

JAMES JOYCE TOWER & MUSEUM:
Two Guided Tours
10.30am & 2.30pm
NO BOOKING REQUIRED.
All Guided Tours are FREE.

SATURDAY’S TOURS:

MARLAY HOUSE:
Four Guided Tours
1pm-5pm Tours on the hour with the last tour at 4pm.
NO BOOKING REQUIRED.
All Guided Tours are FREE.

LAURELMERE COTTAGE, MARLAY PARK:
Two Guided Tours.
10am & 11am
NO BOOKING REQUIRED.
All Guided Tours are FREE.

SEAPOINT MARTELLO TOWER:
Four Guided Tours
1pm-5pm on the hour with the last tour at 4pm.
NO BOOKING REQUIRED.
All Guided Tours are Free.

THE ORATORY DÚN LAOGHAIRE:
Four Guided Tours
1pm-5pm Tours on the hour with the last tour at 4pm.
NO BOOKING REQUIRED.
All Guided Tours are FREE.

JAMES JOYCE TOWER & MUSEUM:
Two Guided Tours
10.30am & 2.30pm.
NO BOOKING REQUIRED.
All Guided Tours are FREE.
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Pre book the events below for future family fun.

Sing Along Adventures with the Rí Rá Rag Tag Band

Sing Along Adventures is an interactive musical exploration for children. Join our ragtag team of musicians on a journey through songs from around the world, and follow our musical map on our quest to find the magic cherry blossom tree!

A combination of live music, movement, and storytelling, Sing Along Adventures features tales from Zambia, Japan, and ancient Ireland, from an enchanted harp that can put people to sleep, to a turtle who can make it rain by playing a drum!

When Saturday 5th May, 11.30am & 1.00pm
Where The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 in the Kevin Barry Recital Room
How much? Child: €10 Adult: free of charge, all children must be accompanied by an adult (maximum 1 adult per child)
Ages suitable for The event is primarily intended for children aged 3-7, however we do ask a parent/guardian to be present.  Join in the fun on this singing, dancing musical adventure!
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The Toddler Take Over 2018

A host of wonderful artists and art forms awaits you to see, hear and experience new adventures during our Toddler Take Over Adventure 2018! Draíocht’s Toddler Take Over, now in its 4th Year, celebrates the limitless imagination of the very young child and the magic that happens when it is combined with the world of artists and the arts. With a combination of book-in and free drop-in events, children are invited to explore synaesthesia with Sights and Sounds and think about really important questions:
HOW BIG IS A SHADOW?
HOW DOES MUSIC MAKE ME MOVE?
CAN I DRAW WITHOUT A PENCIL?
For this one day, Draíocht transforms into a big space for adventure through story, visual arts, music, circus and dance for the very young. Scribble and draw inspired by Sharon Kelly’s exhibition, dance, move and see a mysterious and strange land of domes and  shapes in our Main Auditorium, discover musicians playing, Roll Up with the circus, dance with shadows, watch a film unfold and more. Children are invited to bring their insatiable curiosity and their adults to explore, discover new art forms, create, play, dance, draw, sing and nurture creative potential, while having fun too.

When THU 24 MAY 2018 10AM-3.15PM
Where Draíocht The Blanchardstown Centre Dublin 15
How much? €5 Advance booking essential on tel: 01-8852622
Ages suitable for AGES 1-4 YEARS
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Learn To Play Music Day 2018

Ever wondered what it would be like to play a piano, pluck a violin string or blow into a saxophone? Well, now you can with Castleknock School of Music’s ‘Learn to Play Music Day’, where you can come and try an instrument. There are also ‘Mini Music Classes’ available for ages 6 months to 7 years. This promises to be a great afternoon to learn a little about music and have some fun.

Ages / Mini Music & Instrumental Classes / Times

6-24 mths / Mini Music: Busy Babies  / 1.30-2.00pm
2-3 Yrs   / Mini Music: Bonny Bluebirds / 2.10-2.40pm
3-4 Yrs   / Mini Music: Red Robins      / 2.50-3.20pm
4-5 Yrs   / Mini Music: Pink Bears      / 3.30-4.00pm
5-6 Yrs   / Try it Out: Pathway to Piano / 3.30-4.00pm
5-6 Yrs   / Mini Music: Yellow Bunnies   / 4.00-4.30pm
5-6 Yrs   / Try it Out: Adventures in Violin / 4.30-5.00pm
6-7 Yrs   / Try it Out: Adventures in Violin / 3.30-4.00pm
6-7 Yrs   / Try it Out: Gateway to Guitar  / 4.00-4.30pm
6-7 Yrs   / Mini Music: Green Frogs     / 4.30-5.00pm
6-7 Yrs   / Try it Out: Pathway to Piano  / 5.00-5.30pm
7+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Adventures in Violin  / 4.00-4.30pm
7+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Pathway To Piano   / 4.30-5.00pm
7+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Gateway to Guitar     / 5.00-5.30pm
8+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Flute/Clarinet/Sax   / 2.50-3.30pm

When THU 7 JUN 2018 1.30PM-5.30PM
Where Draíocht The Blanchardstown Centre Dublin 15
How much? €5 per child per session, accompanying adult free
Ages suitable for 6 MONTHS TO 8+ YEARS
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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.

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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

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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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