Local family event guide – Friday 14th – Thursday 20th 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.


Formerly BlueFire Street Fest, Dublinternational is a World Cultures multidisciplinary arts festival. An Aladdin’s Cave of Cultural Delights, we celebrate & showcase the diverse arts being produced in our multicultural city.

Dublinternational is proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council, The Arts Council and The Ireland Funds

It’s a completely free event that provides the audience with an opportunity to ‘Travel the World in 80 Steps’.
Our festival is centered around audience interaction and participation, and is designed to provide cultural activities of interest for all ages. From our Children’s Area, our interactive workshops, intergenerational activities and youth speakers corner, all running throughout the Festival, there will be a continuous opportunity for audience engagement, participation, education and fun.

When Saturday 15th September from 2pm
Where Smithfield Square
How much? Free
Ages suitable for everyone

Malahide – Fun & Interactive Kids Concert

Designed for the pre-schooler and older child up to 7 or 8, this concert is all about engaging with the music in a totally natural way. Singing along, dancing, joining in, standing completely still with mouth wide open, it’s all good with us!
We have play mats, lego, colouring, and musical worksheets for older children. All are welcome to come and have a closer look at the instruments at the end of the concert.
Classical Kids gives children a chance to enjoy classical music in a setting that allows them to learn, feel and express themselves.
Tickets available on the door, but early booking here advisable!
For further details, see our website: http://classicalkids.ie/concerts/kids/

When Sunday 16th from 10-11
Where The Project Room, Visitor Centre, Malahide Castle & Gardens
How much? Adults €15 – Up to 3 Accompanying Toddlers & Kids go FREE!
Ages suitable for pre schooler – 7/8 year old and their adults

Movie showing – Zootropolis

To tie in with our exhibition Curious Creatures – Frans Post & Brazil, we will be screening the film Zootropolis.

Zootropolis is a city like no other. But when optimistic Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being a bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking fox, Nick Wilde.

When Sunday 16 September 15.00 – 16.50
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much? Free, but you must book tickets
Ages suitable for everyone

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 16 September from 12.30-1.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much? Free, no booking required
Ages suitable for the whole family

Sunday Sketching – Exploring Ornament in Frames

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 Sundays, drop in between 3-4pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free
Ages suitable for children 6+ and their adults

Drop-in family workshop – Make colours dance

Join Beth O’Halloran for this workshop inspired by Roderic O’Conor’s paintings of Breton women.

At our weekly drop-in workshop, 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.

These workshops are suitable for children of all ages, and take place in the Maples and Calder Creative Space in our Atrium.

When Sunday 16th 11.30 – 13.30
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much? Free, drop in
Ages suitable for children of all ages and their adults

MumiBrunch @ The Dean Hotel

Want to meet like minded mothers over brunch? Come join us at Mumitude, for MumiBrunch at The Dean Hotel, where we will eat good food and have great conversation in a beautiful setting in the heart of town. As a bonus, we will have Pip and Pear give us quick tips on weaning your little one and recipe ideas for fussy eaters! Tickets are limited as this is a bespoke Mumitude event, so don’t put it on the long finger Mama

When Tuesday 18 Sep, 11:00 – 13:00
Where The Dean Dublin, 33 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2
How much? €35
Ages suitable for mums and their babies

Infant Digestion – Information Morning for Mums and Babies.

This is an interactive seminar for mums and their babies or toddlers, hosted by nationally recognised Pharmacist Laura Dowling (The Fabulous Pharmacist) and Udo’s Choice Nutritionist Sarah Brereton.

Laura and Sarah will both talk about health and wellness for parents and babies, and there will be an opportunity to ask any questions you have and speak with them one-to-one after the talks.

When Tuesday 18th September, arrival is from 10am for a 10.30am start. The event will finish at 12pm.
Where Talavera Restaurant at the Radisson St. Helen’s, which provides easy access for mums with buggies. The restaurant can be accessed directly from the car park (to the right of the main entrance)
How much? €10 bookable here
Ages suitable for parents with their babies or toddlers

‘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

When Wednesday 19th September from 11-12
Where St Anthony’s Hall, Laurence Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3
How much? €13 for adults, accompanied babies/toddlers are free
Ages suitable for babies, wobblers and toddlers with their adult

Pop the events below into your calender for future family fun.


Culture Night

Culture is catching with venues and public spaces across the island of Ireland as they open their doors to host a programme of free late-night entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture. Now in its thirteenth year, Culture Night returns on Fri Sep 21st 2018.

When Fri Sep 21st 2018.
Where At venues across Ireland
How much? All events are free, some require booking ahead of time
Ages suitable for due to the nature of it being held on an evening, a lot of events are targeted at adults. However there is a family programme.
Some of the family events that caught my eye were;
Outside Smock Alley Theatre, Cow’s Lane, Dublin 8
Join Humpty Dumpty for nursery rhymes and stories from auld Dublin. You’ll hear all about what life was like for children over approximately 1,100 years of Dublin’s History. Viking kids and modern kids welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
5pm – 9pm
10 Exchequer St, Dublin 2
Aerial Cirque is a home for budding and professional Aerialists. In their gorgeous studio, they will be hosting two 50-minute child and parent cocoon workshops at 5 pm and 6 pm (suitable for children aged 3-8). From 7 pm – 9 pm the studio will be open to the public. Come watch aerial students fly with a beautiful backdrop of stained glass windows! Workshops spots can be booked on aerialcirque.org. Please note the studio is located up three flights of stairs, with no lift access..

4pm – 9:30pm

Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7

One of Dublin’s most exciting cinemas welcomes guests and all the family to a very special sing-along screening of the year’s biggest, most spectacular musical, ‘The Greatest Showman’, showing at 4.30pm and 6.30pm. With lyrics provided on screen, all you have to worry about is the singing – and dancing! Free but ticketed.


Meet and interact with amazingly life-like dinosaurs, Trixie the Giant T-Rex, Terry the Triceratops and Vinny the Velociraptor. You’ll learn some fun interesting facts about Dinosaurs and the Jurassic Era.

Experience a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imagination.
• Dinosaur Face Painting & Photo Booth
• Kids Dig-Out
• Kids Dinosaur Movie on Big Screen & Popcorn
• Home made pancakes
• Kids meal and buffet available in our café


When Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September from 11:30am – 8pm
Where Scientology Community Centre, Firhouse Road, D24
How much? Free, donations most welcome. Book your tickets here. 
Ages suitable for everyone!


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

It’s a Jungle out there -Family Concert

Hear the lions roar and the elephants stomp as the WhistleBlast Quartet journeys through the jungle in this all-ages concert!  Featuring a variety of familiar songs with a classical bent, this concert allows young and old to explore works by famous composers such as Saint-Saëns, George Gershwin and Henry Mancini with a fresh ear, and includes fun narration and storytelling from the animal kingdom.

When Saturday 29th September at 12.00pm & 1.30pm
Where The John Field Room, National Concert Hall
How much? €12 adult, €1o child, family tickets are available
Ages suitable for families

Children’s Decorated Pumpkin Exhibition

Kids, take part in our decorated pumpkin competition and your pumpkin can be part of the fantastic exhibition that will run until just after Halloween.
This event is a big hit with our visitors every year. Please use the entry form below or call at the Visitor Centre desk for entry forms and details on how to take part in this spooktacular event.
Please remember that we cannot accept carved, cut or pierced pumpkins.
When Entries will only be accepted on Saturday 20th October between 10am and 4pm. Prize giving for the Decorated Pumpkin Competition will take place on Sunday 21 October at 3pm in the Teak House.
Where National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
How much? Free to enter
Ages suitable for children of all ages!

Halloween at Glasnevin

Join us for a bumper series of events and activities to celebrate the coming of Halloween!
It’s dress-up day when all you witches and ghouls can dress to distress. View the Halloween Harvest Display and Decorated Pumpkin Exhibition and discover all about Magical Plants when you visit the witches in their garden. Try your hand at some of the maths puzzles and games that will be run by Maths Week Ireland as part of their Celebration of Mind. There will be puzzles, maze and maths tricks, magicians, mathematicians and puzzlers.
From 12pm there will be Magical Plants presentations every 20 minutes in the Witches Garden (Erasmus Education Garden). Join the coven to find our more about using garlic to ward off vampires, plants for potions and spells, poisonous plants, and even some rarely seen invisible plants! Join us and find out how spooky plants can really get.
When October 21st between 12-5pm
Where National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
How much? Free
Ages suitable for the whole family

Family workshop days

Do you love the rhythm of trad, or the smooth sounds of jazz? Or perhaps you’d like to introduce your toddler to music, or learn a new instrument with your child. Our family workshops offer a chance to learn about music together in a fun and interactive environment.


Baby Bop and Toddler Twist

Have fun with your little one in these engaging workshops and learn a range of tunes and techniques to continue their musical journey at home. This session uses folk songs and lullabies from around the world, together with easy and accessible musical activities for you to share together.

Gamelan Introduction (age 6+)

Experience the magical sound of the Javanese Gamelan. This unique set of tuned percussion instruments was gifted to the National Concert Hall by the Sultan of Yogyakarta, and is a great way of getting to play music in an ensemble, even with little or no previous experience.

Percussion (age 6+)

Discover the world of rhythm with a group percussion workshop. Our skilled facilitators will take your group through a rhythmic journey exploring the drumming traditions of West Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean. No previous experience is required. All instruments are supplied.

Tin Whistle Workshop (age 6+)

This hands-on family music workshop introduces the tunes and techniques of the tin whistle for newcomers to the instrument. Participants are welcome to bring their own D whistle, or purchase them on the day or through our box office for €5.

Bodhrán Workshop (age 6+)

Explore rhythm in this interactive workshop with the traditional Irish drum, and learn how to accompany jigs and reels.

When Various dates throughout the year – October and December dates are showing online to book now.
Where National Concert Hall
How much? €6.50-€8
Ages suitable for families

A Winter Wish

Every winter in Whistleberry Forest, a little robin comes to visit and grants the creatures of the forest their very own wish – they can wish for whatever they want!  As Ornaith the owl, Sorley the snail, and Faoiláin the frog sing the magic words, the forest is transformed before their eyes into an enchanting wintry wonderland. 

From dripping icicles to gentle snowfall, the delight of skating on an icy river or flying high on a moonlit night, discover the mysteries of Whistleberry Forest in a mesmerising traditional music performance made for children. 

With traditional musicians Thomas Johnston and Stephen Markham, and visual artist Orla Kelly, Ceol Connected’s A Winter Wish is a wonderfully interactive adventure that is sure to have everyone singing along.

When Saturday 27th October, 12.00pm & 2.00pm
Where National Concert Hall
How much? Adult €12, Child: €10 Family ticket (family of 4 with max. 2 adults): €37
Ages suitable for families with children 3+

Family day with the Armagh Rhymers

Come and join the Armagh Rhymers at our Tradition Now Family Day, an interactive and immersive journey through the world of traditional Irish music and storytelling.  

The Armagh Rhymers are one of the most celebrated traditional music and theatre ensembles on the island of Ireland.  Founded in the 1970’s, they use music, storytelling and drama to provide an experience that is both entertaining and educational.  Colourful costumes evoke a sense of tradition and history and encapsulate the spirit of the Wren boys and the ancient house visiting traditions of Ireland, where the kitchen floor became the stage.

With family activities starting from 12pm, you can meet the musicians who will be playing later; jump into one of our music and drama workshops, designed to get you involved straight away!; have your face painted and then follow the Treasure Hunt for hidden prizes; try out some of the instruments and play musical games.  Packed lunches will be available from the Terrace Café.

Then at 1:30pm, join the Armagh Rhymers in The Studio for an interactive performance, where you will be taken on a journey through the rich and diverse sounds and traditions of Ireland.  A great day for all the family!

When Sunday 28th October, Foyer activities from 12.00pm, concert at 1:30pm
Where National Concert Hall
How much? Tickets:Adult €12, Child: €10, Family Ticket available
Ages suitable for the whole family

Little Demons

The National Concert Hall is haunted by eerie music and crazy costumes this Halloween. Join us for this spook-tacular interactive Halloween family concert featuring the ghoulish ECO Band.

Explore some chilling sounds and creepy tunes; learn about the instruments, and how music can be made to sound scary; play along with the band to some family favourites, and enjoy our Halloween celebration!  Feel free to bring your instrument and join in some frightfully fun Halloween games. (Scares will be suitable for all ages.)

Don’t forget to dress in your best Halloween costume!
When Wednesday 31st October, Foyer activities from 12.00pm, concert at 1:00pm
Where National Concert Hall
How much? Tickets:Adult €12, Child: €10, group discounts available
Ages suitable for the whole family

Bosco’s Garden And Cinderella – Bosco’s 40th Anniversary Tour!

Paula Lambert has been Travelling the country for the last 40 years. In the early years with her father Eugene Lambert and many be Loved characters from RTE.  Bringing Puppet Theatre to the Children of Ireland for the first time.  Eugene was founder of Ireland’s first and only Puppet theatre .Paula now Tours with third generation PuppetterJohnny Lambert

Bosco is Bosco, not a boy, not a girl, just a Bosco: a cheeky, lovely, funny, slightly-cracked, irrepressible, eternal five-year-old who lives in a box and who loves nothing more than to just be Bosco and meet all the boys and girls.

After starring on Irish TV for three decades, you’ll see why Bosco remains a firm favourite for each new generation. Enjoy the story of Cinderella through this completely interactive live experience.

When Sun 25th Nov at 2pm
Where dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16
How much? €10
Ages suitable for family friendly

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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