Local family event guide – Friday 29th June- Thursday 5th July 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.
Drop into the City Assembly House for a hands-on workshop with Edel Cox. This family session will be a fun and creative exploration of the unique exhibition ‘Exhiting Art in Georgian Ireland’, including insights into Georgian life and culture. Children will learn how to make their own puppet to take home, inspired by the games of the Georgian era!
Where City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2
How much? £5. Booking required. Duration: 80 minutes.
Ages suitable for 6 to 12 years olds.
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.
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. Merrion Square information desk
How much? Free
Ages suitable for everyone
Join Louise McGrath for a free art-making workshop inspired by the exhibition Circus250: Art of the Show.
At our weekly drop-in workshop, 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.
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. Maples and Calder Creative Space in our Atrium.
How much? Free, drop in workshop
Ages suitable for children of all ages
Join us for a free autism-friendly workshop for children, inspired by the work of Irish artist Harry Clarke. The workshop is suitable for children of primary school age and will take place in a low-lit space that displays Harry Clarke’s beautiful stained-glass artworks.
Parents, guardians and carers are encouraged to work with children on this creative project which will explore colour, shape and texture through drawing and craft activities.
Places are limited, so advance booking is essential. Ticket holders will be sent the Gallery’s social guide, in advance, to assist with preparation for the visit.
Please note: Booking required for children; parents, guardians and carers who wish to accompany their children do not need to reserve a space.
This workshop will also take place on:
Monday, 9 July 2pm–3pm
Monday, 16 July 2pm–3pm
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. This workshop will take place in Room 20 on level 1 of the Dargan Wing of the Gallery.
How much? Free, must be pre-booked – 01 661 5133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ages suitable for children of primary school age
This year our summer camps will be held in our fully-equipped gymnastics facility at The Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley. Whether your child has been to our classes before or is a beginner, these camps are ideal for boys and girls, who would like to improve, learn new skills and have a great gymnastics experience. Participants are grouped according to age & ability.
Where The Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley
How much? £75 per week – to book your place please click here
Ages suitable for age 3 to 11 year olds
Do you know your teeth from your tusks? What are the different types of teeth that humans and animals share? Drop into the Discovery Zone to learn about this and more!
Where National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much? Free, no booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for families
Pre book the events below for future family fun.
For the first time ever, the classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty is brought to the stage in this wonderful
all singing and dancing interactive production.
Humpty is on a big adventure to climb the highest wall in the Kingdom but he needs your help. Singalong,
solve puzzles, and meet lots of famous characters including The Three Little Pigs, Little Bo Peep and the
animals on Old MacDonald’s Farm!
With amazing costumes, dazzling stage sets and a host of colourful characters.
Where dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin 16
How much? €12/ €40 family four €45 family of five
Ages suitable for up to 7 years of age
Join us for a fun afternoon of cape-making to celebrate our everyday superpowers! Using only the brightest and shiniest of materials we will combine fabric with sticky vinyl cut-outs and foil pieces to adorn our glorious capes! At the end of our workshop we will practice our superpower struts and poses before taking a walk through the gallery in our flowing capes to show off our amazing superpowers!
Michelle Hall is an artist who works with a variety of materials and processes to produce videos, performances and installations. She graduated from the NCAD MA Art in the Contemporary World programme in 2016 and with a BA Fine Art from DIT in 2007. She is the recipient of this year’s RHA Fingal Arts Office Studio Award and has exhibited her work in Ireland and in various locations across Europe.
Where Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2
How much? Bookings open two weeks before the workshop via Eventbrite.
Ages suitable for AGES 6 – 10YRS
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.
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.
Where Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? Free, booking essential. For free events, bookings can be made at: 01 804 0319 or email@example.com
Ages suitable for children age 8 and upwards.
From imaginary landscapes to sculpting a mountain we will be exploring the wonderful world of nature in this summer camp for 6-10 year olds with artists Jane Fogarty, Ashleigh Downey, Kathryn Maguire and Marie Farrington.
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? €44 To book your place, please register via Eventbrite, here.
Ages suitable for 6-10 year olds
During this four day summer camp for 1-3 year olds with artists Ashleigh Downey and Jane Fogarty we will be exploring sights and sounds and be immersed in a sensory world of simple shapes, colours and textures.