Local family event guide – Friday 18th – Thursday 24th May 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.

Urban Nature Explorers: Children Biodiversity Workshop

Join us at the Rediscovery Centre for our Urban Nature Explorers workshop for kids. We will be exploring urban wildlife in our pond and garden, doing a range of fun hands-on activities such as pond-dipping and bug hunting. Children will learn about food chains and food webs, Irish ecosystems and how small daily actions can help promote and conserve our natural environment.

When Saturday, 19 May 2018 at 11am or 2.30pm
Where The Rediscovery Centre, The Boilerhouse, Main St, D09, Ballymun
How much? Free book here.
Ages suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years. Please bring waterproof clothes/sun screen and a hat depending on the weather as we will be mostly outdoors.
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Children’s Art Class – Hardy Annuals

Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place once a month, under the attentive eye of artist Niamh Synnott. Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world all around them to inspire fun art-making activities.

When Saturday 19th May from 2-4pm
Where Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? €10 booking essential
Ages suitable for 8 to 12-year-olds.
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Children’s Workshop – Origami

Come and get creative with paper at our new children’s origami workshop, and learn about the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Did you know ‘Ori’ means fold and ‘Kami’ means paper? Having mastered the basics of this elegant art, you can then transform a sheet of paper into something exciting like an animal, tree or flower. Materials supplied.

When Saturdays 19th and 26th May at 2.30pm
Where Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? Free booking essential
Ages suitable for 8-12 year olds
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Great entertainment, fun games and activities and useful information for all types of families and for the young and old. Come along, join in the fun and celebrate your family!

All families matter, and individuals who feel cared for and supported by those around them – whether families or others in their lives – help to make stronger communities for us all. We celebrate all types of family – one-parent families, step families, the traditional married family, adoptive and foster families, blended and extended families, those with opposite and same sex parents.

Entry and all activities are, and always will be, free of charge. The aim is to keep the event as a ‘pester-power-free’ zone. You can bring your own picnic to enjoy and there is also the option of visiting the many cafés on Smithfield Square if you wish to purchase food or hot drinks.

When Saturday 19 May from 1 to 5pm.
Where Smithfield Square
How much? Free
Ages suitable for the whole family
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National Drawing Day 2018: Tapestry Tales

To mark National Drawing Day 2018 we invite you to drop in and discover the joys of drawing with our workshop Tapestry Tales. Join us to create a large-scale tapestry drawing inspired by stories from the Museum’s collection. Tapestry Tales is a collaborative workshop for all age groups that looks at the practice of drawing through observational and drawing techniques.

When Saturday 19th May 2pm-3.30pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)
How much? Free
Ages suitable for All ages
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National Drawing Day!: Storyboard how the Ardagh Chalice was lost and found!

To celebrate National Drawing Day, join award-winning children’s illustrator Mark Wickham to storyboard how the Ardagh Chalice was discovered. The chalice and its hoard were hidden away in the 9th century; a time when the Vikings first travelled to Ireland and raided monasteries in the search for treasure and precious objects. The hoard was rediscovered 150 years ago by a boy digging potatoes at a ringfort and today, remains one of Ireland’s most iconic objects.

When Saturday 19th May 11am-12pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archaeology)
How much? Free, booking Required, please email educationarch@museum.ie or call 01-6486 332.
Ages suitable for 6-10 year olds
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Harold’s Cross Community Festival

Annual festival organised by Harold’s Cross Community Council and Harold’s Cross Business Association with the support of Dublin City Council Crumlin Area Office, Dublin City Council Events, Dublin City Council Parks Department, Dublin City Council Children Services Unit, Terenure and Rathmines Gardaí, Civil Defence, the Russian Orthodox Community, Local Artists, Musicians and Local Businesses.

Lots of events in a number of locations in Harold’s Cross – culminating with the BIG Family Day in the Park on Sunday 20th May in the afternoon!

When Monday 14th May – Sunday 20th May 2018
Where Various locations around Harold’s Cross
How much? Free
Ages suitable for Everyone!
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How?

How do things work?

Our science and technology event How? will return to Shanganagh Park on Sunday May 20th 2018 to try and answer the question. The event will be a fun and educational afternoon out for all the family with a range of science and technology attractions from the past, present and future.

It will be a true festival for the curious featuring:

TechCreate

The Digital Design and Fabrication Workshop. In this workshop visitors will get a glimpse of how the modern world around them is designed using new and exciting technology.

The Exploration Dome

A Mobile Planetarium where spectators can explore science, astronomy, geology and geography in a fun and interactive way.

WhizzKids

There is a big effort to promote the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). WhizzKids will teach audiences all there is to know about the T in STEM!

Junior Einsteins

An innovative initiative that is passionate about bringing a love of science and learning to primary school aged children.

Minecraft

Minecraft workshops will take place all afternoon on a first come first served basis. The workshops are free to enter and are open to young people aged 12 and below. To take part you will need to bring a Wi-Fi enabled laptop and a copy of Minecraft.

The Big Dig

Want to get your hands dirty? The School of Irish Archaeology’s Big Dig will focus on teaching students the importance of Irish heritage, culture and identity through archaeology.

When Sunday 20th May 2018 from 1PM – 5PM
Where Shanganagh Park
How much? Free
Ages suitable for Please use public transport to get to the event and remember that all young people attending the event under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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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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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 20th May 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 20th May 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 Sketching – Waves and Sand Dunes

What makes a landscape painting? colours, shapes, textures help to recognise what was depicted by the artist. Let’s be inspired by painter Nathaniel Hone for this Sunday Sketching session and observe Waves and Sand Dunes closely with artist Ashleigh Downey.

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 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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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.

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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