Local family event guide – Friday 12th – Thursday 18th October 2018

Take a look at all the family friendly events happening in and around Dublin 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.

 

Reading is Magic – storytime with Sarah Sparkles

Introducing tots to the magic of books and reading. Using songs, books and props, Sarah will take little ones on a magical adventure filled with interactive and sensory play.

When  Friday 12 Oct, 10:00am
Where Tallaght Adventure World
How much? Free, limited capacity, booking required. For bookings Contact Helen at 01 459 7834
Ages suitable for Preschool age children
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Harvest Display Construction

The gardeners have been busy growing a huge variety of colourful pumpkins, gourds, squashes and lots of other plants for our Halloween display.
The special harvest display will be built just outside the Visitor Centre stage by stage. Ask questions and find out more about the organic fruit and vegetables being used as well as the design and construction. Each day the display will grow and take shape towards its final splendor.
Try your luck at guessing the weight of the giant pumpkin and submit your entry at the Visitor Centre reception – the prizewinner will be announced on Monday 5th November.

When Monday 8th – Sat 13th between 10 – 4.30
Where National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin
How much? Free
Ages suitable for Everyone
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Come along and enjoy clowns, fairies, drama with Graffiti Theatre, illustration workshop with Lucy Deegan, storytelling and experiments with Peadar Ó Goill from the Cúla 4 show, ‘Is Eolaí Mé’, sculpture workshop, Brící Spraoi foam giant building blocks and T Rex Ó Saurus dinosaur.
When Saturday 13th October from 11-5pm
Where DLR Lexicon library
How much? Free
Ages suitable for everyone
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Unwrapped 2018: Lantern Making Workshop

Unwrapped Festival marks the beginning of the winter festive season. Join in the festivities by taking part in a lantern making workshop. Throughout October/November lantern making workshops will take place every Saturday (excluding Saturday 27 October) at Rua Red. The workshops are suitable for all ages. Come along and have a go!

You, your family (and your lantern!) are invited to then take part in the Unwrapped lantern parade that will take place on Dec 1st. This year’s theme is Return to Tír na nÓg and there will be music, singing and the lighting of the Christmas tree by Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr. Mark Ward.

There will be two daily workshops led by artists from Tallaght Community Arts.

When Every Saturday (excluding Saturday 27 October) through October and November. Choose between 11-1 or 2-4
Where Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24
How much? Your €5 fee covers the cost of your lantern lights. Booking is essential. Workshop places are limited and book up fast!
Ages suitable for everyone
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Dublin City Farm

The Dublin City Farm Project is small-scale, non-profit, traditional farm set in the urban park surroundings of St Anne’s Park. The Dublin City Farm aims to function as a center for knowledge, for teaching and for interaction between people, plants, animals and ecology. The Farm has its roots set firmly in the past with the use of traditional breeds of farm animals and old native seeds. The future of the farm extends beyond the confines of the Park to the local communities providing access to structural learning and modern environmentally sustainable practices.

Our objectives are: To involve and educate the young people in the Dublin urban area with the necessary skills to manage a farm or small area of land for growing food and raising animals organically. To provide training to the surrounding community so as to enrich their own personal space with sustainable food and environmental practices. To be a platform where local community groups and organisations can find a common ground and collaborate together. To inspire a transition within the Dublin region from intensely chemically grown food to locally sourced organic vegetables and fruit.

Where Dublin City Farm, 67 All Saints Road, Clontarf
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Tiny Tunes – An Early Years Cabaret

Actor/singer Susannah de Wrixon faces her toughest audience yet with her new show for pre schoolers

Tiny Tunes is a musical and theatrical experience that is fun , friendly, interactive and most importantly not painful for adults to sit through!

Susannah and her co creator Derek Cremin will bring you through gorgeous songs that you can sing, clap  and dance along to to, some familiar, some brand new.

It would be a fantastic way to introduce kids to the world of theatre and performance.

Tiny tunes , an early years cabaret was created with the support of the Ark.

When Sunday 14th October,11am and 12.30pm
Where dlr Mill Theatre Dundrum Town Centre Dublin 16
How much? €12 per ticket, bookable here
Ages suitable for 2-5 year olds and their adults
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Sunday Sketching – Botanical carving in architecture

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

When Sunday between 3-4pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free, no booking required although spaces may be limited
Ages suitable for children 6+ and their adults
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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’s from 11.30am
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much? Free no booking required
Ages suitable for everyone welcome
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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 from 12.30-1.15pm
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much? Free no booking required
Ages suitable for everyone welcome
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Red Riding Hood

Ireland’s traveling marionette theatre, Moon & Sixpence, present a cheeky version ofRed Riding Hood featuring the classic fairy- tale characters and a talking dustbin, who encourages children to pick up litter. This string puppet production includes a moral in the tale, showing the importance of patience and friendship. The production, lasting fifty minutes, is performed live with music and sound effects and draws plenty of audience participation, as much from adults as from children.

When Sun 14 Oct, 12:00pm
Where Civic Theatre
How much? €8/€5 or Family Ticket €20 – book through this link
Ages suitable for the whole family
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Read with Sophie the therapy dog for Children’s Book Festival

Sophie, our springer spaniel therapy dog from Peata (www.peata.ie) just loves being read to! If you know a child that requires support with their reading and enjoys the company of dogs, this programme could be for them! All welcome, especially early and struggling readers.

When Wednesdays 17, 24 & 31 Oct from 3-4pm
Where dlr Lexicon
How much? Free
Ages suitable for All welcome, especially early and struggling readers.
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Creative mindfulness and yoga for children

Join us for a fun and interactive class where we explore yoga movement through storytelling and adventures. We will discover our belly breath and learn all about feelings and emotions.

When Thursday’s at 10am – drop in no need to book
Where Dublin City Farm, 67 All Saints Road, Clontarf
How much? €10 per child which includes accompanying adult
Ages suitable for 0-5 year olds and their adults

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 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!
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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
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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.

Workshops

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
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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+
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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
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Blackrock Pumpkin Carnival

Bring along your pumpkins and dress up in costumes to enjoy the Blackrock Pumpkin Carnival. Starting from 6.30, bring your pumpkin to the sundial, line the promenade wall with pumpkins to make one of Irelands largest pumpkin displays! Then from 7pm join in The Black Walk, starting at the lower car park and walking to the beach for scary surprises. The fun will end at 8 when you pick up your pumpkin and take them home for Halloween!

When Tuesday 30th October from 6.30 – 8pm
Where Blackrock
How much? Free, other than a pumpkin and/or fancy dress (adults are also encouraged to take part!)
Ages suitable for the whole family

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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
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Saint Patrick’s Cathedral: After Dark

Join us this All Hallow’s Eve for another candlelit recital of suitably chilling music including GhostbustersPirates of the Caribbean and some musical meddling from Master Harry Potter alongside Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice & Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre.

Suitable for all ages – but not the faint hearted!

The concert will conclude with a retiring collection in aid of BARNARDOS.

Tickets are free, but advance booking is essential via the link above.

When Wednesday 31st October at 6.15pm
Where Saint Patricks Catherdral
How much? Free, donations taken for Barnardos
Ages suitable for everyone invited, but maybe more suitable for older children?
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Exploring Shadowy Things with Genevieve Harden

Draíocht and Early Years – Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Gen will lead you on this journey of experimentation, sticking and creating to make your own shadowy thing in our studio space. Loom large, move slow, what shadow shapes can you create!

This series of individual monthly workshops, designed for children aged 2-4 years, is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way, starting with clay, then shadow play and finally music. There will be mess but there will also be fun!

When Tue 13 November, 10am -11am & 12pm-1pm
Where Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
How much? €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free) Booking and further information from Box Office on 01-8852622.
Ages suitable for these workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for this age range. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).
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How to Catch a Star

Branar Téatar do Pháistí

Once There was a boy who was always looking up. He dreamt of having a star as a friend. This is the story of his adventure.

Based on the beloved book by award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers, Branar Teatar do Pháistí are proud to present How to Catch a Star.

This adaptation combines puppetry by Grace Kiely and Neasa Ní Chuanaigh with stunning puppets by Suse Reibish. With a magical original score by Colm Mac Con Iomaire and directed by Marc Mac Lochlainn. Branar’s signature storytelling creates a show which reminds us all to follow our dreams.

When Thursday 22 – Saturday 24 November  at 10.15 and 12.15
Where Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
How much? €7 adults / €5 children
Ages suitable for  4+ yrs

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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

Exploring Sound and Music with Mischa O Mahony

Draíocht and Early Years – Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Move, bang, play. Mischa will encourage you to use your ears, imagine sounds, stop and listen. What do you hear! See and play music in a free and open environment.

This series of individual monthly workshops, designed for children aged 2-4 years, is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way, starting with clay, then shadow play and finally music. There will be mess but there will also be fun!

When Tuesday 11th December, 10 -10.50am and again at 11-11.50am
Where Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
How much? €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free) Booking and further information from Box Office on 01-8852622.
Ages suitable for These workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for this age range. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).

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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?

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If you are looking to organise a party, we offer PlayParty for 1-2-year-olds.

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