Local family event guide – Friday 28th September – Thursday 4th October 2018

Local family event guide – Friday 28th September – Thursday 4th October  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.

Baby Fair team photo
Come along and meet some of the team from ClapHandies and RealPartyKidsx as we stand at the Pregnancy & Baby Fair at the RDS on
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th from 10-5.

The Pregnancy & Baby Fair is Ireland’s biggest, best and only exhibition covering all things pregnancy & baby related.

They have gathered the world biggest baby brands under one roof as well as Ireland’s leading retailers and product specialists. In addition, they also have Ireland’s top pregnancy & baby professionals ready to give you the best and latest advice and address any concerns or questions you might have about this exciting yet daunting time of life.


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

Dubray StoryFest family book festival

The first Dubray StoryFest family book festival will take place at Airfield Estate. A unique, fun-filled, creative festival for children and their families. Rain or shine, if you like stories, it’s the place to be!

This will be a day of interactive author and illustrator events, storytelling and story-writing, doodling, drawing, dancing, music, art and craft, book-inspired yoga, face-painting, dressing up, events as Gaeilge and, for children with ASD or special needs, a relaxed zone. StoryFest will run from 10 am to 5 pm, with simultaneous events for different ages and interests taking place in sites across Airfield’s urban farm and gardens.

When Saturday 29th from 10-5
Where Airfield Estate, Overend Way Dundrum, D14
How much? €12 per adult and €7 per 4-17 year old. Under 3’s are free. Family ticket for 2 adults and 3 children €30. Book here
Ages suitable for children 0-12 and their adults

Ardagh 150th Anniversary Tour

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the finding of the Ardagh Chalice, join this special tour of theTreasury Exhibition exploring one of Ireland’s most famous and iconic objects. Learn about the people of early medieval Ireland, the influence of the coming of Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century and how the Ardagh Chalice, among other fine metal objects, were made and designed.

When Saturday 29th September from 2.30-3.15pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archaeology)
How much? Free, no booking required, places allocated on a first come basis, meet at Reception. Wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for children aged 7+ and their adults

Families Go Global & Kerkus Forest School

Families Go Global has partnered with the Kerkus Forest School to bring you some outdoor fun, nature based activities and the opportunity to meet other like-minded families.

What to expect …

The morning will start around the “Grandmother Tree”, the keeper of the forest, giving thanks and promising that we’ll be respectful and caring of the space and all the animals and plants in it.

The theme for the morning will be “The Magic of the Forest: Fairies”. Enjoy songs, games, storytelling, scavenging and 4 fantastic nature art stations with different activities where parents and children to get creative.

To end the morning, families are welcome to bring a picnic or a flask of soup to enjoy by the Grandmother Tree.

When Saturday 29th 10.30-12 and then picnic in the park if you wish. Meet at 10.15 to sign waivers
Where Parking is available along Deerpark Road near the Union Cafe and also in the Community Centre car park on North Avenue.
How much? €14 per child aged 3 -9 yrs (siblings under 3 yrs go free!). Children must be accompanied by a parent (1 adult to a maximum of 4 children).
Ages suitable for children ages 3-9 and their families

Dig and discover

Dig and discover with Mark Kelly from the School of Irish Archaeology. See what archaeologists get up to and look for treasure in Dublinia’s dig room.

When Saturday 29th September. Workshops are 30 minutes long and are on the hour between 11am and 3pm.
Where Dublinia is located at Christ Church, the crossroads of St. Michael’s Hill, Patrick Street, and High Street, in Dublin City Centre. Dublinia is connected to Christ Church Cathedral by a Neo-Gothic archway.
How much? Included in usual entrance fees
Ages suitable for children 7+

Family SportFest returns to the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus this year, celebrating everything wonderful about sport and getting your family to experience the magic of over 20 different sports in our world class facilities. This event, in association with the European Week of Sport, take place on Sunday 30th September from 11am to 4pm.

On the day you and your family can experience:

  • Meet Irish sporting heroes

  • Challenge each other in our skills challenge zone

  • Try out a bunch of new sports and experience

  • Watch some amazing demonstrations

  • Bounce and roll in our inflatable Funzone

  • Get coaching tips from top coaches & sport stars

  • Listen to the stars from all different sports as they chat about their experiences and growing up with sport.

  • Find out about local sport programmes in your area

  • Join in our inclusive games for all ages and abilities

  • Lift famous trophies like your heroes


Enjoy an action packed day out with the family as The Last Picnic returns to Mountjoy Square Park. There is entertainment for everyone as live music, children’s entertainment, fencing and rock climbing guarantee that no one is left out!

Give yourself a chance to sit back and let someone else provide entertainment for your kids as Sillybilly dazzles with their Magic Corner! If sitting down isn’t your child’s idea of fun, why not let them try their hand at basketball, practice their aim at archery or have a go at our football targets.

The day is a great opportunity to relax with your family and experience the beauty of Mountjoy Square Park. Appreciate the fantastic music played by the Dublin Concert Band, St. George’s Brass Band and the Artane Senior Band with an ice cream, coffee or cake as we celebrate the last of the good weather.

When Sunday, 30th September from 1pm-5pm.
Where Mountjoy Square Park, Dublin
How much? Free
Ages suitable for the whole family

Public Tour: Bonnets, Bandoliers and Ballot Papers

Join for a public tour looking at the changing roles of women at the turn of the 20th Century, through the Way We Wore and Proclaiming a Republic exhibitions.

When Sunday 30th from 3-3.45
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)
How much? Free, no booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.
Ages suitable for adults & Children 7+

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 30th 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

Drop-in family workshop 

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 30th 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

Pre book the events below for future family fun.

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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