Local family event guide – Friday 15th – Thursday 21st June 2018

Local family event guide – Friday 15th – Thursday 21st 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.

Bike Fest

Love bikes? Then  is the place to be for Cycling Ireland’s Family Cycling Festival BIKE FEST.

The Dublin park will be transformed into a cycling haven with skills courses, coached zones, family cycles and races for one day only as a closing event of Bikeweek.ie 2018.

Don’t worry – there’ll be something for everyone – from the cycling zones to Savage Skills – Cycle Stunt Team and the RSA simulator van, and of course there’ll be plenty of food stalls to keep your energy up!

When Sunday 17th June 2018 from 1 pm to 6 pm
Where St. Anne’s Park, Clontarf
How much? FREE
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.


Sunday Sketching – Exploring the Francis Bacon Studio

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 17th June from 3-4pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free, no booking is required. Number may be limited
Ages suitable for children 6+ and their adults

Summer Sun Discs!

In Early Bronze Age Ireland, people made beautiful gold discs to look like the sun. Drop in to find out more about these precious objects and make your own shining sun disc!

When Saturday 16th from 2-4pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archaeology) Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair Accessible
How much? Free, no booking required
Ages suitable for families

Drop-in family session, Fantastical Sea Creatures

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 Susan Farrelly, and will take the works of Harry Clarke as inspiration, along with other works which have a link to the sea!

Drop-in and stay for as long (or as little!) as you wish!

When 17 June 11.30 – 13.30
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. Maples and Calder Creative Space
How much? Free
Ages suitable for Children of all ages

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 17 June 12.30 – 13.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. Merrion Square information desk
How much? Free
Ages suitable for everyone

Baby Workshop

Join Frances Coghlan for an immersive workshop for babies and their parents, guardians or carers.

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!

Tickets are €5 per place (this covers one baby and their carer/s). 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.

Please note: Baby workshops will not take place in July and August, but will resume in September.

When 18th June at 12 and 2
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. Millennium Wing Studio
How much? €5, book your ticket online
Ages suitable for babies and their parents, guardians or carers

Pre book the events below for future family fun.

Barnardos Family Fun Day 

Enjoy Toddle races, colouring and crafts, soft play zone, face painting, story telling and a giant Toddle sandbox. And make sure to bring teddy along too – and get a check-up at our teddy bears Hospital, go to our teddy bears picnic and meet our special guest Bearemy from Build-A-Bear!

When Sun 24 June 2018 13:00 – 16:00
Where Airfield Estate, Dundrum
How much? Ticket prices vary – click here to book. Under 2’s go free
Ages suitable for Anyone with small kids! Mums, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles – bring your little ones along for a wonderful day out

Summer programme for children

Join the National Library of Ireland this summer for a series of children’s workshops – creating stories, imagining coats of arms and designing book covers ‘as Gaeilge’ are just some of the creative fun afternoons that we have planned. Children’s author Debbie Thomas makes a welcome return with a new workshop entitled: ‘Invent your own country’, and we explore the magic mystery in maps and create catchy captions.


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

Exploring Painting With Fingers And Toes 

Anne Cradden will encourage you to feel and enjoy paint in this very messy, but really fun workshop. Along with finger and toe paining, we will also use brushes and other objects to see what shapes and images we might create in a free and open environment.

This series of individual monthly workshops is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way, starting with printing, then charcoal, then painting and finally yoga. There will be mess but there will also be fun!

When Tuesday 17th July, 10.15 and 12pm for 45 minutes each session
Where Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
How much? €5 Per Child Per Workshop (Accompanying Adult is Free). Booking and further information from Box Office on 01-8852622
Ages suitable for early years children and their adult

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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