Local family event guide – Friday 8th – Thursday 14th June 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.


Dublin City Street Velodrome

This free 3-day family friendly event will include live entertainment, music, kids’ activities, special guest appearances and great cycle sport entertainment!

On Thursday 14th and Friday 15th June, StreetVelodrome Dublin City will be open to schools and the general public. Cycling enthusiasts are invited to come along to Smithfield Square and test out their skills on the velodrome which will be open from 3pm to 6pm – no booking required! Bikes, helmets and professional coaching will all be provided free of charge.

On Saturday 16th June, Dublin will host the Cycling Village on Smithfield Square where cyclists can pick up bike care tips. There will be plenty of family entertainment including face painting and arts & crafts The Wobbly Circus’ colourful street performers will also be showing off their cycling skills on penny farthings and unicycles.

Visitors to Smithfield Square on Saturday can also watch the Viking Pro StreetVelodrome Series, a touring competition which sees professional riders competing for gold, silver and bronze medals at events held across the UK and Ireland. Spectators are encouraged to come along and cheer on Team Dublin in the professional race at 1pm.

When Thursday 14th and Friday 15th from 9am to 6pm and on Saturday, 16th June 2018, 10am to 5pm
Where Smithfield Square, Dublin 7
How much? Free for spectators
Ages suitable for the whole family

Water Workshop for Children

Come to discover our watery world at the Rediscovery Centre on Saturday June 9th! Children will learn about where water comes from, how we use it, how important it is and how we can protect our aquatic environment. A number of games and hands-on activities are included.

When Saturday, 9 June 2018 from 14:30 to 16:00
Where The Rediscovery Centre | Ballymun Road | D09 HK58 | Ballymun
How much? €10 bookable here
Ages suitable for 6 to 12 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.

Kids Full Moon Summer Party

The Kids Full Moon Themed Party in the Studio is a Fun Disco For Boys and Girls. Fully supervised the kids will Dance to Music from our Live DJ, Play games, get their faces painted and have fun in a Space full of Beautiful Energy. It’s optional but you can dress up in Neon Clothes as there will be neon lights and face paint.

When Saturday 9th June from 2-4.30 for 7-9 year olds and 6-8.30 for 10-13 year olds
Where Charlottes Love Studio, Unit 3 John F Kennedy Rd, John F kennedy Industrial Estate, Dublin 12
How much? €16.81, tickets can be bought through this link
Ages suitable for 7-9 year olds & 10-13 year olds

Dublin Kite Festival

Fun, fresh air and frolics are promised for the sixth annual Dublin Kite Festival taking place  at North Bull Island, Clontarf. With free entertainment all day long, it’s the perfect way to spend a summer Sunday with family and friends.

Don’t worry if you’ve never flown a kite – or if you can’t remember the last time you did – because there will be plenty of kiting experts on hand to get you off the ground! With lively music, exciting games, kite making workshops, a kite flying competition and buckets of enthusiasm you’re sure to have a great day at Dublin Kite Festival 2018. Let’s go fly a kite!

When Sunday 10th June at 11 – 5pm
Where North Bull Island Nature Reserve, Dublin, Ireland
How much? Free
Ages suitable for everyone

Street Feast

Street Feast is a day of local lunches across Ireland on 10th June, hosted by you and your neighbours. They can be anywhere really — out on the street, in a local park or in your front garden. There are lots of good reasons to have a Street Feast, but it’s really just a great excuse to eat great food, celebrate your local community and meet new people who live near you

When Sunday June 10th
Where In streets and parks across Ireland
How much? Free, although you may need to contribute towards the feast
Ages suitable for everyone!

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.


Marley Park Picnic

Each summer ‘Picnic in the Park’ takes place in aid of LauraLynn House, Irelands first Children’s Hospice.

Its a very deserving cause and for the last number of years members have been delighted to support their efforts.

Additional information on their work here:https://lauralynn.ie/

When Wednesday June 13th from 4pm until 7.30pm
Where Marlay Park – Entrance is across from Lidl on the Grange Road.
How much? They ask for a minimum €10 donation but do feel free to donate more if you wish.
Ages suitable for everyone

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 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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