Local family event guide – Friday 28th – Thursday 3rd January 2019

Local family event guide – Friday 28th – Thursday 3rd January 2019

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.


Tour:The Vikings in Ireland

Did you know that the City of Dublin was established by the Vikings? Take a tour of our Viking Ireland exhibition to learn more about what the archaeology of Dublin can tell us about Viking raiders, traders and settlers. See the skeleton of a Viking warrior, examine the beautiful oval brooches worn by Scandinavian women and discover ice skates made of bone!

When Friday 28th 2:30pm-3:15pm
Where National museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archaeology)
How much? Free, no booking required. Places are limited and allocated on a first come basis. Meet at Reception. Not wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for 7+

Inspectorium: Furry Friends

Drop into the Discovery Zone this Christmas to meet wolf and some other furry friends from the handling collection at the Dead Zoo!

When Friday 28th 11am-1pm
Where National museum of Ireland, Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much? Free, No booking required but there may be a short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for families

New Year workshop

Have a creative start to your New Year’s celebrations during this family drop in workshop with artist Olive Knox.

When Saturday 29 December, 2–3.30pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free, no booking required although numbers may be limited.
Ages suitable for families


Don’t miss the 2018 Winter Wonderland Grand Finale!

• Live Performance with Real Bumblebee Autobot – Meet & Greet and photo opportunity
• Movies, Live DJ and Fireworks Display!

• Santa’s Little Elves Carousel
• Inflatable Snow Man Bouncy Castle
• ‘Whack-A-Mole’ and a whole lot more Fun Games!
• Arts & Crafts
• Face Painting

Food, drinks and desserts availble all day in our on-site café


When Sunday 30th from 1-6pm
Where Scientology Community Centre, Firhouse Road, D24
How much? Free – tickets can be obtained through this link
Ages suitable for everyone

Christmas Family Art Holiday – Drop-in family workshop

Join artist Eimear Murphy for a special Christmas edition of our weekly drop-in family 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.

When Sunday from 11.30-1.30 drop in session.
Where Maples and Calder Creative Space,National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for families to enjoy

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

Magnificent 7: Family storytelling with Paul Timoney

Storyteller Paul Timoney invites children and families to join him for some Christmas tales and adventures, featuring LauraLynn’s The Much More Magnificent Seven.

When Sunday 30 December 14.30 – 15.30
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much? Free, but tickets must be booked for all attendees.
Ages suitable for this event is most suitable for children aged 6+, but younger children are welcome.


When a scientist discovers a new fossil, how can it tell what that animal eats? Drop into the Discovery Zone to inspect different animal skulls from the handling collection and learn how to tell what it eats by looking at its teeth

When Wednesday 2nd Jan 11am-1pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much? Free, no booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for families

Mini Medieval Architects – Make your own Tower House!

Tower Houses were built all around the Irish landscape in Medieval Ireland and can still be seen today. They were the defended homes of lords and ladies. Drop in to the National Museum of Ireland to handle replicas of the objects that were used in these homes from pottery to weapons, and explore the architecture of these castles as you make your own Tower House!

When Thursday 3rd 2pm-4pm
Where National Museum of Ireland,  Kildare Street (Archaeology)
How much? Free, No booking required. Meet at the Reception. Places allocated on a first come basis. Wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for 8+

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

 Pre book or pop the events below into your diary for future family fun.

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

The King Who Finds Feelings Confusing

Meet the King who has banned feelings and colours from his Kingdom in this fun and interactive workshop for 3 to 5 years olds and their grown-ups. In partnership with First Fortnight.

The King finds feelings confusing so he says no one can laugh or cry when he’s around. Feelings of happiness, sadness or anger are not allowed. He wants everything and everyone to be grey and gloomy all day long – so he’s banished colours as well.

Be part of a group of brave, young adventurers who decide this can’t be right, so go an a mission to collect the missing feelings and colours and bring them back to the Kingdom.

When Sat 19 Jan @ 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)
Ages suitable for 3-5 year olds and their adults

Give Trad a Try 2019

Have a go at playing traditional music on one of a range of instruments at our popular drop-in sessions for beginners. Part of the TradFest Children’s Hub 2019

Suitable for beginners or newcomers to Irish music, each participant will enjoy a short 15 minute introduction to playing one traditional instrument and complete a simple musical task on that instrument. Participants will get a certificate of participation at the end of the session.

When Sat 26 & Sun 27 Jan @ 11am-1pm
Where The Ark, 11a Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
How much? Free entry. Places will be allocated on the day.
Ages suitable for everyone 6+

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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