Local family event guide – Friday 21st – Thursday 27th December 2018

Local family event guide – Friday 21st – Thursday 27th December 2018

Take a look at 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.


Christmas Tales & Tunes

Come and join Music Generation dlr for a Christmas-themed storytime with music and song. Let the musical sound effects enhance your enjoyment of some Christmas tales!
When Thurs 20 Dec,  2.30-3.30pm: Ages 5-7yrs 3.30-4.30pm: Ages 8-10yrs
Where Deansgrange Library
How much? Free
Ages suitable for 5-7 and 8-10 years
A heart-warming affair with NCH Christmas Orchestra and Theatre Lovett

Join us for a heart-warming Christmas spectacle with fun and fanfares from our Christmas Orchestra. Theatre Lovett will bring us some of our favourite things… parading Nutcrackers, a little match girl to lighten our hearts, classic Christmas songs and festive dance. Followed by the ultimate family classic The Snowman with Howard Blake’s score performed live by the NCH Christmas Orchestra under the baton of conductor Fergus Sheil. Plus Santa Claus of course and loads of laughs for all the family.
When Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11.30, 2, 4.30 and 7pm
Where National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Ballsbridge
How much? €25 adults, €19 children and family tickets are available
Ages suitable for the whole family

Light Up Your Very Own Gingerbread House 

Decorate, create & light up your very own Gingerbread House! Why not combine science with art this Christmas & bring your magical ideas to life? Make, create & take home a very unique light up gingerbread house in our kids Christmas workshop.

When Saturday and Sunday at 12 and 3pm
Where Powerscourt Gardens, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow
How much? €20 per child : 2 hour workshop – book here. 
The Christmas workshops are suitable for children ages 6-11.



• Real Reindeer
• Funfair Rides
• Santa’s Grotto with Present Giving
• Crazy Toons Magic Kids Character Show
• Meet & Great with your favourite Mascots
• Giant Inflatables
• Christmas Village
• Arts & Crafts
• Face Painting
• Christmas Cookie Decorating



When Sunday from 1-9pm
Where Scientology Community Centre, Firhouse Road, D24
How much? €4 per adult and €8 per child. Both tickets include unlimited rides and the child’s ticket includes a visit to santa
Ages suitable for everyone who needs to burn off some energy!


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

We’re delighted to announce the return of the Award Winning Christmas Experience to Airfield Estate from 24th November – 23rd December!
Experience the magical world of Airfield this Christmas..

💌 Pen your Christmas wish to Santa
🍪 Cookie Decorating in the Elve’s Kitchen
🎅🏻 Group storytime & Gifts with Santa
☕Warm up with a hot chocolate or a spiced winter warmer
🛷 Family picture in Santa’s sleigh*
🚂 A magical trip on the North Pole Express
🎁 Christmas craft workshop
🎄Festive face painting

We’re proudly supporting Team Hope and all families who attend The Christmas Experience and donate a new toy will receive a free family picture on Santa’s sleigh, capturing your precious memory of the day for years to come.

*additional cost of €10 per family picture on Santa’s sleigh if no toy donation

Tickets can be pre bought through this link.


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.

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.


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


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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