Local family event guide – Friday 16th – Thursday 22nd 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.

Join us for this early years workshop where we will get busy together building a space ship ready for take-off at Blackrock library! Then make your own space aliens and flying saucers to take home with you.

When Friday 16th Nov from 10.30-11.30am
Where Blackrock Library
How much? Free
Ages suitable for 3-6 year olds

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 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

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

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 Saturday 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+

Science Week: Iron, Fire and Stone in Space

Drop into the Discovery Zone for a special Science Week session on space rocks that are over 4 billion years old! During this interactive session, meet a scientist and experience the real weight of a meteorite in the palm of your hand!

When Saturday 17th November 2:30pm-4pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much? Free drop in activity
Ages suitable for 8+
No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.
Come and build with us!
Open-ended free play sessions with Magformers. Wooden blocks are available for younger children.
When Saturday, 17 November 11-12.30 (also on Dec 1st and 15th)
Where Cabinteely Library
How much? Free, no booking required
Ages suitable for 4-8 yrs (and their grown ups!).

Sunday Sketching – 3D drawing

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


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

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 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

Terenure College Christmas Fair

All are welcome to enjoy the fun at the annual Terenure College Christmas Fair.  There will also be lots of stalls selling everything from cakes to Christmas presents.
When Sunday 18th from 9.30-2.30pm
Where Terenure College, Lakelands

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

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


 Pre book the events below for future family fun.

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

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

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 December 1st
Where National Concert Hall
How much? €6.50-€8
Ages suitable for families

Baby’s First Christmas

A gentle magical wonderland of gorgeous harmony singing, little lights and enticing textures. Created for babies under one year old by Anna Newell and David Goodall whose work for Early Years audiences has been seen on five continents. This brand new Christmas show promises to delight and entrance the very tiniest of audience members. Each baby can bring one adult guest with them and, to make this a very special experience, audience capacity is very limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

When Thursday 6th, Monday 10th, Friday 14th & Saturday 15th @ 10am | 11.30am | 1pm | 3pm
Where Thursday 6th December – Saturday 15th December
How much? €10 Bookings: 01 4627477
Ages suitable for babies under 12 months old and their adults

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).


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

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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