Local family event guide – Friday 13th – Thursday 19th July 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.


A Life of Play: Creative Dance & Play Workshop for Kids & Adults

A LIFE OF PLAY by Emma O’Kane for CoisCéim Broadreach is a FREE creative dance & play workshop for children aged 5 -10 and their older family members. A place of mischievous, magical invention where everyone can create, anyone can dance & all can play.

When Sat 14 July from 2.30-4
Where Grainstore, dlr Youth Arts Facility, Dublin
How much? Free, book tickets here
Ages suitable for 5-10 year olds and their grandparents

Creative Waste Reuse

Join us at the Rediscovery Centre for our Arts & Crafts workshop for kids, where we will do a variety of creative crafts by reusing waste materials, such as fabric, cardboard, plastic and sweet wrappers.

When Saturday, 14 July 2018 from 14:30 to 16:00
Where The Rediscovery Centre, The Boilerhouse, Main Street D09 HK58 Ballymun
How much? €10 bookable here
Ages suitable for 6-12 year olds

Family fun day

To celebrate our successful launch we are holding a Family Fun Day!! With photo booth, face painting, giant games and prizes for all kids

When Saturday 14th from 10-3
Where Honeycomb Cafe & Bakery, ACE enterprise park, Bawnogue , Clondalkin
How much? The price of a cuppa and a cake
Ages suitable for the whole family

Dublin City Council invites you to come along and join in the fun at the annual St. Anne’s Park Rose Festival.

St. Anne’s Park is one of the jewels of Dublin’s northside where the public can enjoy woodland walks, recreational facilities and, of course, the beautiful Rose Garden. We invite everyone to come along over the weekend and enjoy a great day of family fun in this beautiful setting.

Some of the attractions on offer are horse and carriage rides, a living history exhibition, the Big Bear Planetarium, live music, and lots more.

For those who want a day in the sun there will be a good assortment of trade stands and treats and of course our Farmers Market will be in full swing over the weekend also.

For all our gardening visitors we will have plant sellers, nurseries, garden centres, florists, and our Biodiversity Hub will inform you and keep you updated on all environmental issues affecting the UNESCO Biosphere for which St. Anne’s plays an important role.

When Saturday 14th July – Sunday 15th July between 10am – 6pm
Where St Annes Park Raheny, Dublin 5
How much? Free, parking on site for a small fee
Ages suitable for the whole family

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever – an event within the Rose Festival

This isn’t strictly marked as child friendly, but in our opinion it looks like it could be fun to participate and of course it’s all for a worthy cause.


Join us out on the wiley, windy moors in your finest Kate Bush garb for a group performance of the ‘Wuthering Heights’ dance routine, as Dublin celebrates ‘The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever’ on Saturday July 14th 2018.

This year, we are proud to support Women’s Aid, a leading national organisation that has been working in Ireland to stop domestic violence against women and children since 1974. Find out more at www.womensaid.ie. The event, kindly supported by Dublin City Council Parks and Biodiversity and the Dublin City Rose Festival, is free to attend, but we encourage you to make a €5 donation to Women’s Aid when you register.

We will gather at 1pm at St Anne’s Park in Raheny, Dublin 5 and go through the moves before a public performance. http://bit.ly/2tETsgN

We’ll provide a more detailed plan for the day closer to the time.

Some points to note:

Guys, gals and non-binary pals all welcome. Make sure to come in costume! Check out the photos and videos from last year and you’ll get the idea. It’s so fun with lots of twirling red dresses, so raid the charity shops, or try borrow a gúna from a friend if possible!

Bring along some snacks for a picnic. If you can bring something to share, even better! We will provide some bin bags and ask that you help tidy up afterwards.

The Dublin City Rose Festival is an alcohol-free event, so make sure to hold off on the tipples until after the big performance.

Please be aware that there may be a video recording of the performance and that members of the public will also likely take pictures and videos.

When Saturday from 1-4pm
Where St Anne’s Park, Dublin 5
How much? It’s free to register, however they would like you to make a €5 donation to Women’s Aid when you register.
Ages suitable for everyone!

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 Saturday 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  6 – 10 years

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.

When 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 info@ngi.ie
Ages suitable for children of primary school age

Family Workshop: Stained Glass Windows

Join our Education Department for a family friendly look at some of the beautiful stained glass windows in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Taking inspiration from these windows, children will then have the opportunity to make their own simple version of a stained glass window using art and craft materials.

When Tue 17 July at 10.30 and 2.30
Where St Patricks Cathedral
How much? Free and bookable here. 
Places on this workshop are limited so be sure to book your place today to avoid disappointment! Parents need to remain present for the duration of the workshop, but do not need to book a place for themselves.
Ages suitable for children 7 – 12

Cozy Cares for Kerri

We are having a Fundraiser in Little Cozy Pace  with Face Painting, Raffle , Bake Sale and pliantly more fun on the day.

Kerri lives in Clonee, Dublin 15. When Kerri was 14 months old she developed leukaemia and fought the illness on 3 occasions up to the age of five, whilst receiving two bone marrow transplants during that time. Having been in remission for nearly five years, a recent blood test revealed that the leukaemia is back. We want to raise much needed funds, so Kerri’s parents can spend more time with her to and give her the time and care she need to help her recover.

When Tuesday 17th of July from 3pm -6pm
Where Little Cozy Pace, Littlepace shopping centre, Dublin 15
How much? Fundraising – so every penny is welcomed.
Ages suitable for everyone welcome

Tuesday 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 Tuesdays until August 28th at 11.00am, 11.30am, 3.00pm, 3.30pm. No Bookings. First Come, First Served.
Where National Botanic Gardens of Dublin, Glasnevin
How much? Free
Ages suitable for All children and their adults

SUMMER FAMILY WORKSHOP – Mornings at the Museum

Have some creative family time during the summer school holidays. Children and grown- ups can enjoy visiting an exhibition and making artworks together.

When Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 10:00 ‐ 11:00am running until Wed 29 and Thu 30 Aug
Where IMMA, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
How much? Free
Ages suitable for everyone
When Wednesday 18 July, 11.00am – 11.45am
Where Lucan Library, Superquinn shopping centre
How much? Free, but must be pre booked here, limited spaces.
Ages suitable for This is an interactive show for parents and children aged 3-6 years. At the end of the session there is a chance for parents and children to get crafty too!

Wood Quay Summer Sessions

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.

When Every Thursday between 1-2pm
Where Wood Quay, Dublin
How much? Free
Ages suitable for everyone to enjoy

The Festival of Curiosity*
Dublin’s International festival of science, art, design & technology

Playful days & Curious Nights. Experience a cultural feast of unique, visual and interactive experiences in Dublin that merge cutting edge technology, design, arts and science in playful, immersive & curious ways.

With over 45,000 people descending on Dublin from across the globe every year and visiting 14 venues & spaces across the city centre you can experience Dublin come alive in an energetic fusion of interactive installations, pop-up playgrounds and curiosity carnivals to immersive experiences, performance, visual art, theatre, film, secret tours, night cycles & urban escapes.

Below are some of our favourite family friendly activities happening within the festival;

Curiosity Carnival

Step inside Smock Alley Theatre and experience an exciting carnival of hands-on workshops, adventures in electronics, interactive installations, crafty creatures and curious games for all the family.

To celebrate our 6th birthday, we’re bringing the best of the festival to the Curiosity Carnival in 2018 along with some very curious new & playful pieces. From Lego building to curious crafting, musical circuits, playable electronics, and art machines come out to play at the Curiosity Carnival and try your hands at some of the most curious and playful gadgets & gizmos of 2018.

Bring your Bear friends! Don’t forget to bring along your favorite teddy bear for a health check at the Teddy Bear Hospital using some very curious technology, virtual reality and some loving care from our Bear Doctors. Kindly supported by Elastoplast we’ll make sure your trusty friend has all the bear essentials for a healthy, happy bear life.

Smock Alley Theatre

July 19-22, 2018

Children, 4-8 Years

€4 per person

Singing Workshop

Join Sam (from The Lalala Choir) for this fun singing workshop for families and friends (aged four and up), where anyone can show up and learn to sing.

Every workshop is a new experience, as we explore the unpredictable world of improvisation; learn new songs and create our own arrangements on the spot.

No previous experience necessary!

Smock Alley Theatre

Thursday, July 19th @ 11.00

60 minutes

Anyone aged 4 and up.
No experience necessary.

€4 per person

Deep Ocean Lab

Join YouTuber & Blue Peter Science Guy Greg Foot for the story of his scientific adventure to the deep.

With experiments and stunning videos, Greg will show you the high-tech submersibles that took him down a crazy 1000ft into the Twilight Zone. He’ll explain the importance of our oceans, and – thanks to Greg’s work with the Blue Planet II team – uncover the effect we’re having on them.  You’ll also get the chance to meet a creature from the deep!

Smock Alley Theatre

Saturday, July 21 @ 11.00
Sunday, July 22 @ 11.00

Duration: 55mins

Family, Children 5-10

€4 per person

Everest Lab

Join YouTuber & Blue Peter Science GuyGreg Foot for the story of his scientific adventure to the world’s highest pop-up lab at Everest Base Camp.

With summit kit, interactive experiments, and stunning videos, Greg will uncover how a group of scientists and medics braved the thin freezing air to perform cutting-edge research that turns our ideas about medicine upside down.

Smock Alley Theatre

Saturday July 21 @ 15.30
Sunday July 22 @ 12.30

55 minutes

Family, Children 5-10

€4 per person

Dublin Maker

Featuring a host of clever hacks, intriguing innovations and maker movement magic – come along to find out how robots are made, and instruments are created and beer gets brewed. See woodturners and weavers in action and medical devices being 3D printed.

Get the chance to speak to makers who have created everything from rocket launchers to film props.

The food area and chill out zone are back this year. So take the opportunity to glimpse into the future, get hands-on in the creation process and find inspiration to become a Maker.

Find out more at www.dublinmaker.ie 

Merrion Square

Saturday, July 21st
10.00 – 18.00

Families, Children, Young Adults, Adults

Free Event – No Booking Required


Pre book the events below for future family fun.

Family Workshop: Music at the Cathedral

Music has played a pivotal role in the life and history of the Cathedral for centuries. Come and explore this musical heritage of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral through music and song with one of our talented musicians.

When Monday 23rd July 10:30 & 12:30
Where St Patricks Cathedral
How much? Free, can be pre booked here
Ages suitable for 7-12 year olds
Places on this workshop are limited so be sure to book your place today to avoid disappointment! Parents need to remain present for the duration of the workshop, but do not need to book a place for themselves.

The Deep Ocean: Puppetry Workshop

The Ocean Deep puppetry art workshop with artist Frances Coghlan.

When Thursday 2 August, 11am-Noon
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? €6 – pre book your space 
Ages suitable for 3-6 year olds

Playstival with the Happy Pear

A 2-day NEW summer festival for children and their parents. Playstival celebrates play, imagination, and fun with a range of hands-on, fun and imaginative games and themed play universes.

Play is an integral and important part of children’s lives and the focus of Playstival is to ‘go back to basics’ and experience a more innocent approach to games and play – no fancy technology or screens to be found! Playstival is both interactive and active, kids don’t just sit and watch, they play.

Playstival showcases eight themed ‘play universes’ for children to immerse themselves in, use their imaginations to create ideas, roles and characters, and most importantly have lots of fun. From a construction site for kids to the wild wild west, the wonderfully themed play universes offer an unforgettable day of pure fun for families set in the heart of Dublin.

Furthermore, delicious and nourishing Happy Pear food will be on offer throughout the weekend – from healthy wraps and salads, to hot dishes, as well as Happy Pear smoothies, hand-roasted coffees, and a selection of healthier cakes and treats.

When Sat 11th, Sun 12th – Playstival with The Happy Pear runs from 9am – 6pm. Like a school day, Playstival is divided into morning and afternoon sessions. Each Playstival session lasts for 4 hours and runs between 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm.
WhereAirfield Estate, Overend Avenue, Dundrum, Dublin 14
How much? Standard ticket €12.42 – Free for under 2’s
Ages suitable for The whole family

Secret Garden Saturdays: Botanical Drawing

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.

When Saturday 4 Aug at 11.30am & 2pm and Sat 28 July & 18 & 25 Aug at 11.30am.
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.

Children’s Workshop: Budding Botanists

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.

When Thursday 26th July and 9th and 23rd August at 11am
Where National Botanic Gardens of Dublin, Glasnevin
How much? Free, although you must book Call (01) 804 0319 / 857 0909 or email botanicgardens@opw.ie.
Ages suitable for 6 and up

One Day Circus Skills & Performance Workshops

Roll up, roll up this summer as we join forces with Street Theatre Ireland for a mini festival of circus skills and performance for children!

2018 marks 250 years since the modern circus was born. To celebrate this we have dynamic day-long workshops for children aged 9-12 to learn from circus artists and enjoy a fun, action packed programme including juggling, balancing, hula hooping, wire walking skills and circus make up.

Suitable for children of all levels of experience – including complete beginners – the artists will guide participants through the basics of the skills in four focused sessions, before everyone gets the opportunity to share what they’ve learnt with the rest of the group at the end of the day.

Each skill is taught with step by step, easy to follow instructions which build confidence, improve coordination and reward effort with achievement. Above all else, it will be an exciting day for any budding circus star!

  • Juggling – Children will learn the basics of juggling with scarves and balls before trying to juggle with a partner. Keep your eye on the ball for this one!
  • Hula Hoop & Devil Stick Class – Hula hooping fun and introduction to devil stick manipulation. Try these two tricky skills and impress your friends.
  • Balance Class – Try your hand at balancing feathers and sticks, walking on hand held stilts, teetering on the rola-bola and braving the tight wire.
  • Circus Make-Up – Create your own clown identity as you work in pairs to do each other’s make-up ready for the show!
When Wed 8 – Sat 11 August at 10am-3pm
Where The Ark, Temple Bar
How much? €32/€29* (Members & Concessions) per child
Ages suitable for  9-15 year olds

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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