Local family event guide – Friday 3rd – Thursday 9th August 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.

 

Back to Work after Baby

Starting to worry about going back to work after maternity leave? Or perhaps recently returned to work and feeling overwhelmed and a little lost? If so, this workshop is the perfect place to join like-minded Mamas for a supportive, practical and thought-provoking morning to help regain confidence and successfully navigate this massive transition.

This half-day workshop is tailored to the specific needs of each group and typically includes:

Space to reflect on the emotions of returning to work
Getting physically and psychologically ready for your first day back
Planning the practicalities – including tips and tricks to make your life easier
Managing the transition back into your career and re-establishing professional relationships
Balancing the role of parent with your ongoing career ambitions and aspirations
Looking after yourself through this change – remaining engaged, motivated and fulfilled
Managing your work-life blend and how to make it work for you and your team
An opportunity to network with like-minded Mamas on a similar journey

Participants will come away feeling refreshed, re-energised and equipped with tools to help them to launch back into their career.

So c’mon, come join us for a morning of positive vibes…come replenish and nurture your Strength Within…

***we are offering 1 free place on this workshop for a start-up or small company that could not otherwise financially support their employee’s attendance. Please contact claire@strengthwithin.ie for more details.
***we have a small number of subsidized tickets for people who are not sponsored by their employer and would like to attend.

When Friday 3rd August from 9.30-1
Where The Greenway, 112-114 St Stephens Green
How much? Tickets available here
Ages suitable for mothers who are soon to be returning to work
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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 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.
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Everyday Engineering for Kids

Everyday Engineering: a fun hands-on workshop for children exploring everyday engineering and what the future of engineering holds. In this exciting workshop, children will discover how engineering is an essential part of our lives. Different engineering challenges will put their mathematical, problem solving and analytic skills at test.

When Saturday, 4 August  from 14:30 to 16:00
Where The Rediscovery Centre  The Boilerhouse  Main Street  D09  Ballymun
How much? €10 bookable here
Ages suitable for children 6-12 years old

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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
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Rush Harbour Festival

The Rush Harbour Festival will be back over the August Bank Holiday weekend and this year we are adding our outdoor movies to the festival! The 2 nightly concerts will be OUTDOOR EVENTS.

For the Country and Western night we will be having LINE DANCING to kick off the night and a competition for the best dressed Cowboy and Cowgal , so dust off your boots and hats and join in on the fun. So book early because tickets are limited.

When Saturday 4th August – Monday 6th August 2018 2-6pm.
Where Rush, County Dublin
How much? Free in the day, but tickets to the evening concerts are bookable here.
Ages suitable for the whole family

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Drop-in family workshop

Join in the weekly drop-in workshop, where 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 from 11.30-1.30pm
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. Meet in the Maples and Calder Creative Space in the Atrium.
How much? Free, drop in and enjoy
Ages suitable for children of all ages
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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.

All welcome; no booking necessary.

When Sunday 5 August 12.30 – 13.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. Meet at the Merrion Square information desk
How much? Free, everyone welcome
Ages suitable for children and their guardians
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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.

All welcome; no booking necessary.

When Monday August 6th 12.30 – 13.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. Meet at the Merrion Square information desk
How much? Free, everyone welcome
Ages suitable for children and their guardians
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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
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Amazing Amber!

Amber is amazing. People used this beautiful material in the Bronze Age, in Early Christian Ireland and even in Viking Dublin. Drop-in to the Museum to uncover the mystery of where all this amber came from, handle some real 33-million-year old amber, then make your own marbled beads from air dough to take home!

When Wednesday 8th August, drop in between 12.00-2.00pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archaeology). Located in Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible
How much? Free, no booking required
Ages suitable for families
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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
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The Meg and other Creatures of the Deep!

What creatures of the deep live in Irish waters today? Join Educator, Geraldine Breen, for a special tour to celebrate the extinct Megalodon, the largest shark of them all, during this tour of the Irish Room.

When Thursday 9th at 3.30pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much? Free, No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for children 8+
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Inspectorium: Catch me if you can!

Some animals hide to conceal themselves from predators and others hide to sneak up on their prey. During this drop-in session at the Discovery Zone, find the animal that is hiding in its environment!

When Thursday 9th, drop in between 11am-1pm
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
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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 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
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Shapes and Patterns in Stained Glass

Shapes and Patterns in Stained Glass workshop with artist Barbara O’Connell.

When Thursday 9 August, 11am-Noon
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? €6 –To book your place, please register via Eventbrite, here.
Ages suitable for 3-6 year olds
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Opera in the Open

Opera in the Open is an initiative of Dublin City Council that presents live performances of operatic work in the open air in Dublin City Centre

August 9th – Hansel & Gretel (Humperdinck)

August 16th Maurice Ravel – L’Heure Espagnol (Ravel)

August 23rd Gaetano Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)

When 1pm on Thursday’s
Where Dublin City Council Civic Office Amphitheatre, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.
How much? Free
Ages suitable for everyone can enjoy
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Pre book the events below for future family fun.

Illustration workshop for children with Steve Simpson

Illustrator and graphic designer Steve Simpson will deliver the workshop, inspired by the exhibition Circus250: Art of the Show.

Steve Simpson is artist-in-residence in our Millennium Wing Studio from 17 July to 12 August 2018. Born in Manchester, Steve has over 30 years of experience creating work in his distinctive style which shows the eclectic influences of the arts & crafts movements, 1950s advertising and folk art. He has won over 50 awards for illustration and packaging design, and his work has been seen on everything from a postage stamp to a 200ft screen in Times Square. He is a founding member of the Illustrators Guild of Ireland and OFFSKETCH.

When 10 August 11.00 – 12.30
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. Meet at the Millennium Wing Studio
How much? €5 bookable here
Ages suitable for  budding artists, aged 8+, who are interested in graphic design, illustration and comic book-style art.
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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
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Musical Picnic with the Summer String Quartet

Join us for a family picnic lunchtime concert where we bring the outdoors indoors with some great music and other fun activities.

Come early and meet the musicians, try out some instruments, and have some fun with musical face-painting! Then come into the John Field Room to enjoy our interactive family concert and hear some familiar tunes with a classical twist.
When  Saturday 11th August Foyer activities from 12:15pm, Concert at 1pm
Where The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
How much? Adults €12, Child: €10, Family Ticket (family of 4): €37, Young Maestros: €8 Picnics €5 per person
Ages suitable for the whole family
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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.
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Fantastic Forest Beasts

Fantastic Forest Beasts puppetry art workshop  with artist Frances Coghlan

When Thursday 16 August, 11am-Noon
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? €6 To book your place, please register via Eventbrite, here.
Ages suitable for 6-10 year olds
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Disney Concert for Families

Join Judith Lyons for a special family performance of some Disney classics in the atmospheric setting of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Dress up definitely encouraged!

When Saturday 18th August at 2pm (running again on Saturday 21st at 1pm)
Where St Patricks Cathedral
How much? Free but registration required here.
Ages suitable for the whole family

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Heritage Week: African Stories & Tails

Join Storyteller, Adekunle Gomez, from the African Cultural Project and Africa Institute in Ireland and discover where stories come from, including the tails of a monkey, elephant and sea turtle!

When Tuesday 21st at 11am and 12pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much? Free, Pre-booking essential. Please book by contacting educationnh@museum.ie or calling 01 6486 316. Not wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for families
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Family Workshop; Sculpture

Become a sculptor and see the world in 3D! Explore the statues of Saint Patrick and others with artist Anouk Sallansonnet and be inspired to make your own sculpture of Saint Patrick.

When Tuesday 21st August at 11am
Where St Patricks Cathedral
How much? Free
Ages suitable for 7-14 year olds. Admission is free but registration is required.

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Early Years Workshop for 1-3 Year Olds

Trees, Aloes, Ducks and Arks!

Have fun looking and making interspersed with song and rhyme during this four week course for with artist Frances Coghlan.

When Thursdays 6-27 September, 11am-Noon
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? €22 To book your place, please register via Eventbrite, here.
Ages suitable for  1-3 year olds
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Musical Picnic with the ECO Band: Familiar Tunes with a Jazz Twist

Join us for a family picnic lunchtime concert where we bring the outdoors indoors with some great music and other fun activities.
Come early and meet the musicians, try out some instruments, and have some fun with musical face-painting! Then come into the John Field Room to enjoy our interactive family concert and hear some familiar tunes with a classical twist.
When Saturday 25th August, 1.00pm. Foyer activities from 12.15.
Where The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
How much? How much? Adults €12, Child: €10, Family Ticket (family of 4): €37, Young Maestros: €8 Picnics €5 per person
Ages suitable for
the whole family
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Shorts for Wee Ones – for culture night

These magical tales will delight children age 3+ and are a colourful introduction to the cinema experience. These short films from a whole host of countries, including Sweden, France, Russia, Germany, Switzerland…
For audiences aged three and older, we’re delighted to present a variety of short tales about going on adventures, making friends, trying out new things and learning new skills. We watch a hungry tiger find a tasty meal (and eat his carrots) and learn how a big, old bear finds his singing voice. A little boy has to save an adventurous fish during a water shortage, and someone desperate to go to sleep learns that there is music all around (whether he likes it or not!).
All these short films are in English or are dialogue-free (except for one with one word of German – and it’s very easy to understand!). These magical tales will delight children age 3+ and are a colourful introduction to the cinema experience as well as moving image literacy.

When 4.30pm on Friday 21st September
Where Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
How much? Free, but must be booked here
Ages suitable for children 3-7 years and their adults
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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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