Local family event guide – Friday 29th June- Thursday 5th July 2018

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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.


Children’s workshop: Georgian play and puppetry

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!

When Saturday 30 June 11.oo
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.

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 1st July 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

Drop-in family workshop – Clown Eggs

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.

When Sunday 1 July 11.30 – 13.30
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

Autism-friendly workshop

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

When Monday 2 July 14.00 – 15.00
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 info@ngi.ie
Ages suitable for children of primary school age

Gymnastics summer camp

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.

When Monday 2 July – Monday 20 August 10.00 – 13.00 (age 3-6), 14.00 – 17.00 (age 6-11)
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

Inspectorium: Teeth and Tusks

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!

When Thursday 5th July from 11am-1pm drop in activity
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.

Humpty Dumpty’s Big EggVenture

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.

When Saturday 7th July,12pm and 2pm
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

Everyday Superpowers: Cape-Making Workshop with artist Michelle Hall

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.

When 14th July 2-4.30
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

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.


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 11th August at 11.00am. Meet at the Visitor Centre
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.

Summer Camp for 6-10 year olds

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.

When Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 July, 10.30am-Noon
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

Early Years Summer Camp for 1-3 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.

When Tuesday 17 – Friday 20 July, 11am-Noon
Where The Hugh Lane, Dublin City Gallery
How much? €44, To book your place, please register via Eventbrite, here.
Ages suitable for 1-3 year olds

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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