Local family event guide – Friday 11th – Thursday 17th January 2019

Local family event guide – Friday 11th – Thursday 17th January 2019

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.


Childrens Art Classes

Join a creative workshop taking place once a month, under the attentive eye of artist Niamh Synnott.

Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world all around them to inspire fun art-making activities.

When Saturday 12th January at 11-12pm for 4-7 year olds and at 2-3pm for 8-12 year olds.
Where Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? €10. Booking Essential. For details phone (01) 804 0319/ 857 0909 or email botanicgardens@opw.ie
Ages suitable for –  4 to 7 year olds and 8-12 year olds

Winter workshop for 8-10 year olds

The delicately dramatic shapes and forms of winter will be the inspiration for this plaster relief workshop.

When Saturday 12 January, 2–3pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? €7, booking through eventbrite.ie required here
Ages suitable for 8-10 year olds

Children’s wellbeing workshop

Alliance Française is hosting a children’s wellbeing workshop as part of First Fortnight European Mental Health, Arts & Culture Festival.
The workshop will be using storytelling, arts & craft and other creative activities to help children explore their feelings and emotions, develop connections and build resilience.
Free but registration essential.
When Saturday 12 January – 11 – 12.30
Where Alliance Francaise de Dublin, 1 Kildare Street, D2
How much? Free – tickets bookable here
Ages suitable for 7-11 year olds

Brushstrokes: An afternoon of mindfulness and creativity for 15-25 year olds

An event for young people, by young people

Join us for an afternoon of mindfulness, colouring and art for young people aged 15-25.

This event was devised by students from the Gallery’s Transition Year work experience programme in response to the Zurich Portrait Prize exhibition. Life can be stressful, so the students have created a space for people to relax and be surrounded by art.

The day will include a series of pop-up talks (12.30pm, 1pm and 1.30pm) with artist Stephen Doyle, a sketching tour and sound therapy.

When Sat 12th from 12-3pm (drop in for as long or as little as you like)
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, D2. Room 23 – Zurich Portrait Prize exhibition
How much? Free
Ages suitable for 15-25 year olds

Sunday Sketching – Plaster, Steel Bronze & Stone

During these free sketching workshops for families we invite you to explore and respond to our collection and temporary exhibitions through discussion and drawing.

Bring your own sketchbook or avail of the drawing materials provided.

When Sunday 13th from 3-4pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free
Ages suitable for families with children 6+

Family Tour – An Introduction to Collins Barracks

Join an introductory tour to learn about the history of Collins Barracks, from the 1700s to the present day and its transition from Barracks to Museum, taking in some of the highlights from the Museum’s military history or decorative arts exhibitions.

When Sunday 13th Jan from 3-4pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)
How much? Admission free, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.
Ages suitable for the whole family

Drop-in family workshop – A Gondola Race

Join artist Kate Dick for a special family workshop inspired by the exhibition Canaletto and the Art of Venice.

At our drop-in workshops, 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 13 January 11.30 – 13.30 – drop in for as long or a little as you wish
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, D2.
How much? Free
Ages suitable for children of all ages and their family

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 13th Jan from 12.30-1.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, D2.
How much? Free
Ages suitable for all welcome; no booking necessary.

New Parents’ Tour

These tours are for parents, guardians, and carers of young children and will focus on a selection of highlights in the permanent collection. Our aim is to welcome families and visitors of all ages and encourage them to feel comfortable in the Gallery rooms.

When Monday 14th Jan from 2-2.45
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, D2.
How much? Free
Ages suitable for  parents, guardians, and carers of young children – prams and stroller friendly

Clontarf ‘Music for Babies’ – Violin Fantasy

We are starting 2019 with a bang. The fabulous violin virtuoso Lynda O’Connor kicks off our Monkstown series with a not to be missed solo concert. Expect beautiful melodies and musical fireworks from one of the most talented and personable violinists in Ireland. An ideal opportunity to banish those January Blues!
Classical music concerts for grandparents, parents and babies in a relaxed, local setting.
Come and enjoy the finest chamber music as your baby feeds, sleeps, plays and absorbs all the benefits of this wonderful music.

When Wednesday 16th January at 10.30am for coffee and concert is on from 11-12
Where St. Anthony’s Parish Church St. Lawrence Road, Clontarf
How much? €13 per adult with accompanied children coming free. Book tickets here
Ages suitable for babies and their adults


Baby & child nutrition event 

Is your little one a fussy eater? Are you going through the weaning process? Or maybe you’re looking for some healthy ideas for lunch boxes.

As part of the Dunnes Stores Baby Event, Dunnes Stores Blanchardstown are hosting a nutritional event on Thursday 10 January 2019. The guest speaker is Aveen Bannon from The Dublin Nutrition Centre and all topics ranging from weaning to lunchbox contents are going to be discussed.

Aveen Bannon is a household name when it comes to kiddy nutrition and is currently considered one of the top dietitians in the country. Founder of The Dublin Nutrition Centre, Aveen regularily appears in national media. Aveens’ qualifications include a Honors Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and she has a keen interest in health promotion and nutrition education.

This event is kindly sponsored by SMA® Nutrition but Aveen will be acting independently – feel free to ask any questions you might have.

The event takes place in Dunnes Stores Blanchardstown at 10.30. complimentary tea, coffee and pastries will be provided. The events are always a huge hit with parents so make sure you SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS!

Book your ticket for this fab event today! It’s sure to be a good one!

When Thursday 17th January 10.30am
Where Dunnes Stores Blanchardstown
How much? Free
Ages suitable for all welcome

 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

Back to Nature – Children’s painting workshops 

Painting is as old as humankind. Have you ever wondered where early humans got their paints from? Join artist Liz McMahon in this experimental painting workshop to make your own paints and tools from natural materials to create work inspired by paintings in the exhibition.

When  Saturday the 19th of January Ages 7-9 (11.00.a.m. – 12.30. p.m.) Ages 10-12 ( 1.30p.m. – 3.00p.m.)
Where Dlr Lexicon, Gallery/ Project Room, Dún Laoghaire, Co.Dublin
How much? It doesn’t mention a price, but you do have to book 01 236 2759
Ages suitable for 7-9 and 10-12 year olds

Children’s Creative Writing Workshop

Caoimhe Creed, guide at Dublin Castle and former Fighting Words instructor, will lead you through the process of crafting a story inspired by the Botanic Gardens. Nature and plants have enlivened much of literature and there are many amazing stories represented in the Gardens’ collections. In this session, Caoimhe will show you how to derive inspiration from your surroundings and release your creative writing potential.

When January 20, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (also on Feb 10th)
Where National botanic gardens, Glasnevin
How much? Free, booking essential. Call (01) 804 0319/ 857 0909 or email botanicgardens@opw.ie to book.
Ages suitable for there is no aged specified, but I would hazard a guess at 10+ minimum

Seedlings workshops – sewing someone to love 

The Ark & TradFest present the TradFest Children’s Hub

Inspired by Tradfest we are returning to the idea of making our own handmade toys – bringing our very own softies to life using lots of lovely material scraps, ribbon, googly eyes, wool and fabric markers. With help from your grown-up and a sewing machine (you can work the pedal!), do your own designing, stuffing, add eyes and maybe a tail, it will be a unique one of a kind, just like you! Ideal for getting little ones (and their grown-up!) imagining and creating together.

When Friday 25th: 10.15am & 2pm and Saturday 26th: 10.15am & 11.45am
Where The Ark, Temple Bar
How much? €11.50/€8.50 per child (20% off for Ark members). Tickets available to book here.
Ages suitable for 2-4 year olds and their adults

Family Day: Strumming & Drumming

Love to make and hear sound? Come and listen to the sounds of our exhibition Mulhuddart Satellite and generate some new sounds of your own. Make and bang a drum, string and strum your own guitar, put the shake into your own maraca. Using boxes, containers, string, paper and elastic, come and create some noise by inventing and decorating your own simple noise making machines.

Saturday 26th Jan from 12-3pm

The Blanchardstown Centre
Dublin 15

Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop.
Session 1: 12pm-12.50pm
Session 2: 1pm-1.50pm
Session 3: 2pm-2.50pm
Booking through Box Office 01-8852622
Dress for Mess/ Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part/ Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family Days are not designed for groups/ Children must be accompanied by an adult… and all adults must be accompanied by a child!


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+

Family workshop – Bodhran beats and rhythms 

The Ark & TradFest present the TradFest Children’s Hub

Everyone’s a drummer in this fun musical workshop for families to enjoy together! Led by a two award winning bodhrán players, families will learn how to play a simple rhythm or two on the bodhrán together. Then we will create a fun musical battle between two teams – who can play the loudest, fastest, best? Who can lead their team to musical victory? Everyone wins in this workshop which promises to be an outrageously fun event at full volume. No experience necessary.

When Sun 27th January at 2.30 for 90 mins
Where The Ark, Temple Bar
How much? €12.50/€9.50 (20% off for Ark members). Tickets bookable here.
Ages suitable for children aged 7+

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt…

Join the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for a live screening of We are All Going On A Bear Hunt! Five children and their dog go out to hunt a bear. They travel through grass, a river, mud, a forest and a snowstorm before coming face to face with a bear in its cave.Chaos ensues!

A lovely musical family treat for all.

When Sat 2nd Feb at 12:00pm  and 2.00pm
Where National Concert Hall,
How much? Adult €25, Child €15 and family ticket (4 seats) €17.50 per seat
Ages suitable for the whole family

Chinese folding book workshop 

Learn about the Chinese art of sheben 折本 by creating your own folding book. We will be folding paper, creating a book cover, writing our own stories & illustrating our book! We will be using paper, card, felt, scissors, glue, glitter & colours. All materials provided.

When Saturday 2nd Feb from 11-1 and from 2-4
Where The Tara Building
How much? €10 book here
Ages suitable for 4-8 year olds

The animals and the emperor

Children’s drama and performance workshop

Do you know the story behind the Chinese zodiac? In this fun drama workshop we will explore all the different characters from Dog to Rabbit, while working with the children to present a short performance for friends and family.

When Sat 2 Feb from 10-12 or Sunday 3rd Feb from 12-2
Where The Gaiety School of Acting
How much? €8 book here 
Ages suitable for 7-10 year olds

Chinese new year – Pigs Workshop

In Chinese culture, pigs represent compassion and generosity. They are also considered sleepy-heads and big eaters. To celebrate the Year of the Pig, come along and paint your own festive pig.
When Saturday 2nd Feb from 2-3.30
Where The Chester Beatty
How much? Free, booking required through this link
Ages suitable for 6-11 year olds

Animals of the Zodiac 

Come and meet the Jade Emperor and listen to stories about all his animals. Can you bark like a dog? And what does the rooster say? This event has been organised to mark Chinese New Year.

When Wednesday 6th Feb at 10.30am
Where The Chester Beatty
How much? Free booking is required
Ages suitable for preschool children and their adults

 Piggy – comic book workshop

Learn about the Chinese art of manhua 漫画 by creating your own comic book inspired by Pigsy 猪八戒 from the infamous Chinese tale, the Journey to the West 西游记. We will design, draw, colour and bind our comic books while learning about this interesting character.

When Sunday 17th Feb from 11-1 and 2-4
Where The Tara Building
How much? €10, bookable here
Ages suitable for 4-8 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 suitable for babies 6 weeks – 9 months.

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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