Local family event guide – Friday 7th – Thursday 13th September 2018

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Local family event guide – Friday 7th – Thursday 13th September 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.


Alliance Française Family Open Day 2018

To celebrate our new curriculum and timetable for children & teenagers fully aligned with the Irish Primary & Secondary Schools calendar we are organising a very special FamilyOpen Day!

We will have a Children’s Show (3 different sessions) French courses samples, various workshops at the French Library, face painting, balloon modelling, free drink & snack, goodies and competitions!

Information will be available on our new term starting from September 17th and the various events and activities planned for the year 2018-19.

When Saturday 8th September from 11am – 5pm
Where 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for toddlers, children, teenagers and their adults
Back bigger and better for 2018, the Festival of Food at Airfield Estate will take place on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September from 9.30am – 5pm.
Entry to the Festival of Food is FREE and we would love for you to join us for what promises to be a fun filled day out. There’ll be lots happening throughout the weekend including;🍲Food Village
🧝‍♀️Natural Beauty Area
👨‍🍳 Food Stage
🎷Music Stage
🍺Craft Brewery
🍸Botanical Beverages
👩‍🌾Gardening Zone
🌿Family Foraging
🕯️Wellness Retreat
& so much moreThe Festival of Food is an unmissable event on the Irish food festival calendar, so save the date and we will see you in September.

Airfield Estate is located beside the Balally Luas stop and 5 minutes from Dundrum Shopping Center. If possible, please use public transport to get to the festival.



Ultimate Predators: Lions Versus Tigers

Are you team lion or team tiger? Drop-into the Discovery Zone and compare the skulls of two large carnivores to investigate who would win in a fight between these ultimate predators!

When Saturday 8th September drop in between 11am-1pm
Where National Museum of Ireland,Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much? Free
Ages suitable for families

Harvest Colours

Create bright, breezy, autumnal wreaths full of shapes and textures during this Harvest Colours works with artist Emma O’Toole

When Saturday 8 September, 2-3pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Fee €6, booking required.To book your place, please register via Eventbrite, here.
Ages suitable for children 7-11

Sunday Sketching

During these free sketching workshops for families, we invite you to explore and respond together to our collection and temporary exhibitions through discussion and drawing. Bring your own sketchbook or avail of the drawing materials provided.

When Sunday’s drop in family workshop between 3-4pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free, drop in, no need to book although numbers may be limited
Ages suitable for families with children 6+

Drop-in intergenerational workshop

Join us for this special creative workshop organised to complement the exhibition Roderic O’Conor and the Moderns. Between Paris and Pont-Aven. Work together to creatively respond to the exhibition.

Inspired by the exchange of ideas and practices at the artists’ colony of Pont-Aven, artist Fiona Harrington will lead an exciting new intergenerational strand of programming at the Gallery.

When Sunday 9th September from 11,30-1,30
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2 – Maples and Calder Creative Space
How much? Free, no booking required
Ages suitable for families of all ages

New parents’ tour

These tours  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.

When Monday 10th September from 2-3pm
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2 – Merrion Square information desk
How much? Free. No booking required.
Ages suitable for parents, guardians, and carers of young children

Music for babies

Classical music concerts for grandparents, parents and babies in a relaxed, local setting.

Come and enjoy the finest chamber music as your baby feeds, sleeps, plays and absorbs all the benefits of this wonderful music.

Wondering what our concerts are like..? Take a peek here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg-Uy9lpdfE

Join us for a coffee mingle from 10.30am!

When Wed 12 September 2018 11:00 – 12:00
Where Knox Hall, Monkstown Road, Monkstown, Dublin
How much? €13 per adult, babies free
Ages suitable for grandparents, parents and babies

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 forwith 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

Pre book the events below for future family fun.

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

Family Day: Funky Junk City

Tape, bind and build to create your own funky sculpture and then work collaboratively with others to place your funky building alongside others to create a new and imagined city scape. Who lives there? What lives there? Let’s find out!

Sessions are Free, but space is limited. Max 50 Per Workshop.
Session 1: 12:00pm-12:50pm
Session 2: 01:00pm-01:50pm
Session 3: 02:00pm-02:50pm
Dress for Mess. Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family Days are not designed for groups. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child!

When Sat 22 Sep 2018 12-3pm
Where Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
How much? Free
Ages suitable for accompanied children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part

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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