Local family event guide – Friday 6th – Thursday 12th 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.
Tha magnificient Laya Healthcare spectacular will again be in Dublin this weekend. With o ver 300 Spectacular Show & Activities to enjoy you would be best to click here to see the timetable! Showcasing the best in international street performers, the world’s leading living statue artists, free family activities, delicious street food from around the world as well as a pet area with charity partner the DSPCA.
Where Merrion Square – click here for advice on travel including a 20% discount on QPark
How much? FREE!
Ages suitable for everyone
Above the hustle and bustle of Temple Bar is its best-kept secret…The Ark’s top floor workshop & garden! Join artist Jane Groves for a series of visual art workshops inspired by what you can see and hear out there.
To start the series off, these workshops for ages 5-7 will create beautiful paintings using nature’s toolbox. In this workshop you will experience the surprising tools and materials you might find in your garden and use them to make your own natural artworks. Investigate the potential of sticks, stones and feathers to make marks and explore vibrant watercolours and dusty charcoal.
Where The Ark, 11a Eustace Street
How much? €11.50/€8.50* per child. (20% off for Members)
Ages suitable for 5-7 year olds. If you are aged between8-12 years, you can book to enjoy on Sat 28 July & 18 & 25 Aug at 2pm.
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archaeology)
How much? Free, no booking required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor.Wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for children age 6+
Award-winning illustrator Chris Judge will lead this children’s drawing workshop in the City Assembly House. Inspired by the paintings in the exhibition, children will draw their own colourful masterpiece, which will be framed for them to take home. Parents are welcome to join in!
Where Irish Georgian Society, City Assembly House, 58 South William Street
How much? €5 per child
Ages suitable for 3 years + All children attending need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.
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 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.
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 email@example.com
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
Kids will discuss their favourite David Walliams books and characters, take part in a themed quiz and make a craft based on their favourite character.
Where Lucan Library, Superquinn shopping centre, Lucan
How much? Free limited places – booking to be made via eventbrite
Ages suitable for 5-8 year olds
These tours are for parents, guardians, and carers of young children and will focus on a selection of highlights in the permanent collection. Our aim is to welcome families and visitors of all ages and encourage them to feel comfortable in the Gallery rooms.
The route is suitable for prams and strollers, and all are welcome.
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for These tours are for parents, guardians, and carers of young children
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.
Where National Botanic Gardens of Dublin, Glasnevin
How much? Free
Ages suitable for All children and their adults
Ever wanted to start your very own dried plant collection? Get great tips and discover how you can become a plant collector! Join our guides on an expedition through the Botanic Gardens, identifying and collecting suitable plants for pressing before constructing your very own flower press. If you like, you can also create some beautiful botanical designs with our pre-dried plants.
Where National Botanic Gardens of Dublin, Glasnevin
How much? Free, although you must book Call (01) 804 0319 / 857 0909 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ages suitable for 6 and up
The Wood Quay Summer Sessions return for a third year of free concerts from 1pm to 2pm every Thursday throughout July. Every week, music fans will have the opportunity to see new and upcoming acts, as well as established acts, from across a wide range of genres performing in the wonderful setting of the outdoor Wood Quay Amphitheatre in Dublin’s city centre.
Where Wood Quay, Dublin
How much? Free
Ages suitable for everyone to enjoy
Pre book the events below for future family fun.
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.
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 6 – 10 years
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.
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 .
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