Local family event guide – Friday 2nd – Thursday 8th November 2018

Local family event guide – Friday 2nd – Thursday 8th November 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.

 

The Seal of Approval with Seal Rescue Ireland

During this free family fun event meet the team from Seal Rescue Ireland and learn all about the important work they do to protect our native seals. Visit the touch table in the Discovery Zone to see real seal skulls, pelts and parasites. Pop upstairs to the Mammals of the World exhibition to complete a fun seal-themed activity, and don’t forget to visit the different seals and sea lions on display at the Museum too!

When Friday 2nd November 10-4, drop in activity
Where National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much? Free, no booking required but there may be short waiting time. Partially wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for Families
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Seedlings Workshops: Plaster Caster

Plaster is amazing! Its transforms from powder to liquid to solid, it warms up as it transforms and it can take as many shapes and forms as we ask it to. It’s a messy but exciting business!

To start, we will press things into brown clay to leave an impression (toys, fingers, shells), then we mix the lovely powder plaster with water and pour it onto the clay.

The plaster warms and then ‘sets’ (goes hard), we then peel the clay away from the plaster, to find a new plaster impression of our objects to paint and to take home! We can also try using other things as ‘moulds’ like orange peel, avocado skins, chestnuts.

Our Seedlings workshops offer opportunities to explore materials and the world around them through playful and engaging activities. Ideal for getting little ones (and their grown-up!) imagining and creating together.

When Fri 2 Nov @ 10.15am & 2pm and Sat 3 Nov @ 10.15am & 11.45am
Where The Ark, 11a Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
How much? €11.50/€8.50 per child (20% off for members). Book here.
Ages suitable for children 2-4 years and their adults.
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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 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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Them Bones, them bones need… archaeologists!

Take part in our special animal bone workshop with Animal Osteologist, Dr Ruth Carden. Drop into the Kildare Room to see some animal bones excavated from Viking Dublin. Take a look at animal bones and teeth through our microscope to see them up close and discover how archaeologists look at markings on bones to tell us how people in the past interacted with animals. Then, have a go at being an animal osteologist and see if you can figure out what happened to our animal bones.

When Saturday 3rd November from 11-1pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (archaeology)
How much? free drop in activity
Ages suitable for families with children 8+
No Booking Required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.
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Sunday Sketching -Watery reflections

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.

When Sunday  12.30 – 13.15
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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Come along and enjoy Storytime with a difference; musical accompaniment to illustrate our weekly storytime. Dance, sing and enjoy our wonderful stories and their musical accompaniment!

When Tues 6 November & 4 December 3.30-4.15pm
Where dlr Lexicon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dun Laoghaire
How much? Free
Ages suitable for 3-6 year olds (all welcome)
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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.

Go Fly Your Kite

Do you want to have your very own kite? Come along and design your kite, learn how to assemble it and get some tips on flying your kite and kite safety from the team at goflyyourkite.com.

When 3.00pm on Monday 12th November
Where dlrLexicon, Dun Laoghaire
How much? There is no mention of price, so call to check.
Ages suitable for Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult at open sessions. Booking essential via dlrlexiconlib@dlrcoco.ie or phoning 2801147.
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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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Family Concert With Affinití

A whistle-stop tour through best loved songs from animation and beyond with award-winning trio Affinití (soprano, violin, and harp). 
Lots of participation promised to keep all of our younger audience members involved and entertained…

When Saturday Nov 10th at 11.30am and again at 1pm
Where National Concert Hall, John Field Room
How much? €12 adult, €10 child, under 3’s are free. #9.25 per ticket for a family ticket of 4 seats.
Ages suitable for all family members
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Science Week

Be inspired by mountainous landscapes in the Gallery’s collection to create your own active volcano in this art workshop

When Saturday 17 November, 2–3 pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? €7, booking through eventbrite.ie required here.
Ages suitable for 6-10 year olds
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Science Week: Let’s Go To The Moon! Apollo 11 Workshops

Join astronomer, artist and educator Deirdre Kelleghan to explore the historic Apollo 11 moon-landing mission! Discover how to spot The Sea of Tranquillity – the exact spot on the moon where astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins landed almost 50 years ago!

When 17th November at 11am and again at 12.30
Where National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology on Kildare Street. Not wheelchair accessible.
How much? Free – Booking essential. Please contact educationnh@museum.ie or call 01 6486 316.
Ages suitable for 10+
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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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Experiment with photography

Create your own photograph using the magic of light in this cyanotype workshop

When Saturday 24 November 2–3.30pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? €15, booking through eventbrite.ie required here.
Ages suitable for 8-11 year olds
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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
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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 December 1st
Where National Concert Hall
How much? €6.50-€8
Ages suitable for families
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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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Christmas decorations workshop

Make colourful and sparkly Christmas decorations in this art workshop

When Saturday 15 December, 2–3pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? €7, booking through eventbrite.ie required here.
Ages suitable for 3-6 year olds
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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?

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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