Local family event guide – Friday 10th – Thursday 16th 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.

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 Friday 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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Treasures of the National Museum Tour

Take a tour of the iconic treasures in the National Museum, including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice.

When Friday 10th 11-11.45
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archaeology)
How much? Free, No booking required. Places allocated on a first come basis. Wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for children 7+
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Wooly Wards Farm

Release the inner farmer in you as Wooly Ward Activity Farm offers hands-on experience with animals for both young and old alike.  Get the opportunity to have real hands-on with the animals while also learning how to care and treat them with respect.  Children get to pet, groom, lead and feed the animals.  Don’t miss this fun and exciting experience.

When Saturday 11th August, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Where Marlay Park market
How much? Free
Ages suitable for everyone who loves animals
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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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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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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 12th 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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New parents’ tour

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.

No booking necessary!

When Monday 13 August 14.00 – 14.45
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. Meet at the Merrion Square information desk
How much? Free, all welcome
Ages suitable for babies, wobblers, toddlers and their adults
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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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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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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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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 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.

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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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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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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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  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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Woodland Magic

Woodland Magic art workshop  with artist Olive Knox.

When Thursday 23 August, 11am-Noon
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? €6To book your place, please register via Eventbrite, here.
Ages suitable for 3-6 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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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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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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