Local family event guide – Friday 1st – Thursday 7th June 2018

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Local family event guide – Friday 1st – Thursday 7th June 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.



Are you heading to Bloom over the weekend? Then keep your eyes open as the team from ClapHandies will be in the Budding Blommers village. Pop by, say hi and entertain your little ones.
When 31st May – 4th June from 9am – 6pm
Where Phoenix Park
How much? Children are free and adult prices differ €17 – €20
Ages suitable for the whole family

Tall Ships Regatta

The Tall Ships Regatta sails into Dublin Port from Friday, 1st June to Monday, 4th June. Organised by Sail Training International, the stopover in Dublin is hosted by Dublin City Council & Dublin Port Company. This year, the Regatta features seventeen ships racing from Liverpool to Dublin. They will then continue on to the historic Bay of Biscay, finishing up in Bordeaux, France. While this event is not on the scale of the Tall Ships Races of the past, it will give maritime enthusiasts a flavour of what these majestic ships are like, up close.

Over the June Bank Holiday weekend, the smaller ships can be viewed in Grand Canal Dock and the larger ships will be berthed on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay. The public are welcome to visit some of the ships on Saturday and Sunday – Please follow our social media channels for updates and information.

Welcoming the Tall Ships to Dublin, Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath/ Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha said “As Admiral of Dublin Port, I would like to welcome the Tall Ships and their crews to Dublin city. I am delighted that over 50 trainees from the North East Inner City have been given the opportunity to take part in the race with the support of Sail Training Ireland. Events like the Tall Ships Regatta help to showcase the River Liffey as an amenity for leisure and recreation activities and strengthen the links between Dublin city and the port. Cuirim fáilte roimh na longa seoltóireachta go Baile Átha Cliath agus ta súil agam go mbainfidh daoine taithneamh as an chúirt.”

When Friday 1st June – Monday 4th June 2018
Where Docklands area
How much? Free
Ages suitable for The whole family


Science Workshop for children

Join us at the Rediscovery Centre for our Summer Science workshop for kids. We will be exploring the science of our everyday lives and doing hands-on science investigations on chemistry, physics and forces. From kitchen science to magnetism, this workshop will bring the mad scientist out in everyone.

When Saturday, 2 June 2018 from 14:30 to 16:00
Where The Rediscovery Centre, Ballymun Road
How much? €10 bookable through this link
Ages suitable for children aged 6-12 years

Family Day: Drawing

Scribble, shade, circle and line. Be inspired by the exhibition ‘MAKing Art: The DRAWing Exhibition’ and along with the exhibition artists, Curator Sharon Murphy and Draíocht Family Day artists Deirdre and Genevieve, explore the magic of simple mark making, with charcoal and pencil and chalks.

When Sat 2nd June
Session 1: 12pm-12.50pm
Session 2: 1pm-1.50pm
Session 3: 2pm-2.50pm
Where Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
How much? Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop. Booking through Box Office 01-8852622
Ages suitable for 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!

Sunday Sketching – Exploring Light and Shadow

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 drop in on Sunday’s between 3-4pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free
Ages suitable for children 6+

Drop-in family session – A Place from the Past

Join us for a free art-making workshop where children and their parents/guardians/carers are encouraged to work together on creative projects.

Today’s workshop will be led by artist Elizabeth Archbold and will be inspired by the exhibition Drawing Dublin.

Drop-in and stay for as long (or as little!) as you wish! These workshops are suitable for children of all ages, and take place in the Maples and Calder Creative Space in our Atrium.

When 03 June 11.30 – 13.30
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2,
How much? Free and no booking required
Ages suitable for  the whole family

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 03 June 12.30 – 13.15 and 04 June 12.30 – 13.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2,
How much? Free and no booking required
Ages suitable for  the whole family

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.


Pre book the events below for future family fun.

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

Children’s Event – Pond Dipping

Explore the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and minibeasts living in and around the pond at the National Botanic Gardens. Perfect your technique with guidance from the experts and learn how to identify the amazing creatures you have captured. Once you have discovered the hidden pond life you will never look at ponds the same way again!

Organised with the Irish Wildlife Trust.

When Saturday 9th June 11.00am. Meet at the Visitor Centre (also running on 7th July and 11th August)
Where Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? Free, booking essential. For free events, bookings can be made at: 01 804 0319 or botanicgardens@opw.ie
Ages suitable for children age 8 and upwards.

Children’s Art Class – Budding Artists

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 16th June 11.00am-12.30pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Where Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? €10. Booking essential
Ages suitable for 4 to 7-year-olds

Children’s Art Class – Hardy Annuals

Join us for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage, and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged to use materials in fun and interesting ways while taking inspiration from the world of plants on show at Glasnevin.

When Saturday 16th June 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Where Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? €10.Booking essential
Ages suitable for 8 to 12-year-olds.

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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