Local family event guide – Friday 24th – Thursday 30th August 2018

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Local family event guide – Friday 24th – Thursday 30th August 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.

Ukulele Hooley by the Sea

Ireland’s International Ukulele Hooley by the Sea is back in Dun-Laoghaire on the 25th and 26th August.

This is our 9th year of the festival, Europe’s longest running ukulele festival. Over the years we have presented many talented ukulele performers and groups from around the world and we’re planning to continue that tradition in 2018.


Saturday morning kicks off with a selection selection of workshops with amazing ukulele musicians.

You know ukulele players, there’s usually a Jam happening too.

Early afternoon (3pm) the Bus Busk departs, for a trip through South County Dublin via double-decker bus, for a super fun time of ukulele playing and refreshments.

Saturday evening the Open Mike takes place, so bring your ukulele and song, and we’ll provide the audience. After the open mic our ukulele performers may give a taste of what to expect on Sunday.


The main concert event kicks off  in the People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire at 12 noon.

We have an amazing lineup of ukulele artists local and international, both new faces to the festival, and some old friends joining us for what promises to be a memorable experience.

During the day we will have the Big Jungle Jam, so bring your ukulele and the Jungle Jam songbook.

When 25th & 26th August
Where in various locations around Dun Laoghaire
How much? Most parts of the event are free
Ages suitable for everyone to enjoy


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

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

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 26th 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

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 21st August at 2pm
Where St Patricks Cathedral
How much? Free but registration required here.
Ages suitable for the whole family


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

The Big Sun

The Big Sun art workshop with artist Kathryn Maguire.

When Thursday 30 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

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

Pre book the events below for future family fun.

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

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



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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