Local family event guide – Friday 7th – Thursday 13th December 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.

Homemade Lava Lamps

Ever wonder how a lava lamp works? All that light and slow motion liquid is so mesmerising you may think it’s magic, but really, it’s just science! In this workshop, you will learn how to make a DIY lava lamp using everyday items that you can find in your kitchen.

When Friday 7th December, 3.30-4.30PM
Where Cabinteely Library
How much? Free – bookingg required – cabinteelylib@dlrcoco.ie / (01) 2855363
Ages suitable for 8-12 year olds

Sneak Peek of St. Anne’s City Farm

St. Anne’s City Farm would like to invite you to take a peek at our new city farm based within the walls of St. Annes Park. Lots of festive fun and treats.
This is a free event, please be mindful that out farm is a small space and for the safety of the public and animals that when it is busy there may be a wait time to enter the farm.
Please be aware that dogs are not allowed on the farm with the exception of Guide dogs
Children should be supervised at all times.
Feeding the animals is not allowed unless approved by a member of staff or part of a planned activity.
No chasing, throwing or shouting at the animals.

When Saturday 8th from 11-2
Where Dublin City Farm, 67 All Saints Road, Clontarf (The Farm Entrance is just off the All Saints Road – service entrance gate).
How much? Free
Ages suitable for the whole family

Princess & SuperHero Skate – Saturday Mornings

Do you have a Princess or Superhero at home? If so, they will love our special Saturday morning skate session where they can skate with a ‘real’ Princess and Superhero!
Competition for best dressed to win a family ice skating pass! These sessions always book out quickly, so make sure to pre-book online.

There is a smaller rink separate from the main rink and are supervised by our staff, these areas are suitable for children of about 3 years and upwards. Our smallest skate is a double bladed size 27 (double bladed skates are available up to a size 33). We also have an adjustable skate can be worn over shoes and adjusted to small sizes.

When Saturday’s 8th, 15th, 22nd at 10.30-11.20 and 11.40-12.30
Where Ice Skating Blanchardstown
How much? Adults €13 and children €12 – adults need to accompany children under 12 although it indicates they don’t need to skate themselves
Ages suitable for 3 years plus

Dublin Winter Kirtan Mela 2018

We take great pleasure to cordially invite you along with the members of your family, friends and well wishers for the Dublin Winter Kirtan Mela 2018!

This winter we are very fortunate to have our Special guests joining us from Leicester and London! And they are..
– Gopibhava Devi Dasi
– Caitanya Cintamani Devi Dasi
– Rosie
– Shyam Das
– Jaggi Suta Das
– Nakula

Immerse yourself in the blissful experience of hearing and chanting. Kirtan involves the call-and-response style of singing where the leader sings a mantra and the audience chants in response. It sometimes begins with all the participants sitting meditatively and ends with joyous dancing as kirtan awakens our souls.

Wondering what to expect? Visit http://krishna.ie/dublin-kirtan-mela for videos and pictures of the Summer Mela.

Please reserve your ticket beforehand, this will help us organise the festival better!

When 8th December 2018 at 10 am until 10 pm.
Where ISKCON Dublin Krishna Temple, 83,Middle Abbey Street Dublin.
How much? It’s free to attend, however you need to pre-register here
Ages suitable for everyone made welcome

Christmas at Glasnevin

Savour the festive atmosphere and experience the spirit of Christmas with a free visit to Santa and his helpers in his hideaway in the Gardens.
Stock up with seasonal goodies, treats, presents and assorted Christmas supplies at our special Christmas market. As you stroll through the stalls listen out for some festive music along the way with our live choir.

When Sunday 9th December 10-4.30
Where National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? Free
Ages suitable for the whole family

Yet again, one of Dublin’s oldest treasures, The Moving Crib at 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 will be opening its doors this Christmas Season from the 27th of November. This is its 62nd year captivating generations of families. Children and adults alike and best of all it’s FREE!

It’s history and old world charm is unchanged and has led to many describing it as a wonderful hidden gem in Dublin City and “a real Dublin Institution” that will give you “a warm glow for the true meaning of Christmas”.

Winding your way down to the basement of this stunning Georgian building, you are greeted with a montage of many historical / fun stories, including Noah’s Ark, The Wise Men and many more, its scenes, competitions, an illusion wall and a little touch of magic are all sure to guarantee a fun day out for all the family!
Children are encouraged to draw and colour a Leaf, cut out the shape and bring it with them so that they can be placed in the Garden of Eden forever.

The Moving Crib, the mention of which always evokes a smile and fond memories of Dublin in the ‘rare auld times’ is the only one of its kind built in Ireland (if not the world); it is a historical and entertaining experience. This Dublin landmark is as captivating today as it was when it first opened its doors in 1956 and admission is still FREE.

Be sure to visit this year and don’t miss the wonderful Bray Gospel Choir whose passion for Gospel and Soul music is renowned and who will be performing here on Sunday 9th December.

When Tuesday 27th November – Sunday 6th January 2019
Where  St Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Rotunda, Dublin 1, Ireland
How much? donations are appreciated
Ages suitable for everyone


The Phoenix Park Rangers – Talk for Children & Meet Santa

The Rangers will meet you at the Papal Cross and walk you down to where the deer are located. They will give the children a talk about the deer and their history in the Phoenix Park. Santa will come & meet the children afterwards.

When Sunday 9th & 16th December at 11.00am & 2.00pm
Where Meet at Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park
How much? Free, no need to book.
Ages suitable for the whole family

There will be a large selection of stands selling crafts, gifts and wide range of products a beauty stand and a Christmas themed photo area with a professional photographer set up also. We will have santa there for the full day and a kids fun area with bouncy castles etc something for all the family

When Sunday 9th from 10-5
Where Tallaght Sports Complex, Balrothery, Tallaght, D24
How much? It doesn’t say that there is an entrance fee, but there may well be.
Ages suitable for the whole family

Sunday Sketching

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


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

Mendicity Christmas Market

Join us on Sunday the 9th of December in Mendicity for our Christmas market. We will be selling handmade gifts and crafts, made by Dublin’s homeless in the Mendicity workshop. All proceeds will go towards the provision of the Mendicity workshop.


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

 Pre book the events below for future family fun.

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

Especially for kids this Christmas! Help spread beauty and prevent waste this Christmas by making your own plantable eco-friendly cards with recycled and natural materials. Using biodegradable seed infused paper, these cards will keep giving long after Christmas, as they can then be planted in your own garden, or in pots on your balcony or windowsill.

When Saturday December 15th. 11am-12pm workshop suitable for 6-8 year olds, 2pm-3pm workshop suitable for 8-12 year olds
Where  National Botanical Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? Booking essential. €5 per child
Ages suitable 6-8 and 8-12 year olds

Christmas Kids Workshop

Get into the Christmas spirit with some festive crafts at Rua Red. Create your own painted ceramic Christmas mug with artist Karen McArdle. All materials for this fun and interactive workshop will be supplied.

When 15 Dec, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Where Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24
How much? €5, bookable here
Ages suitable for 8-13 years

Winter workshop for 3-6 year olds

Be inspired by the snowy landscape of Courbet’s painting Diligence in the Snow during this wintery workshop

When Saturday 19 January, 2–3pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? €7 bookable through this link
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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