Dublin local family event guide – Friday 25th – Thursday 31st January 2019

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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.


Seedings workshops, sewing someone to love

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

Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15

FAMILY DAY NOTES:
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

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+


Drumming at Bodhran beats

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+



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Children’s Workshop: Build a Birdfeeder

A fun FREE kids’ workshop where we will be making bird feeders to help our feathered friends during the cold winter months. Be sure to wear old clothes since we may be making a mess.

When Saturday 26th Jan 11am – 1pm
Where National Botanical Gardens,
How much? No cost mentioned, booking essential. Call (01) 804 0319/ 857 0909 or email botanicgardens@opw.ie 
Ages suitable ages 6-12


Grubby Gang!

We’ve finally got funding to set up and run a family Conservation group.. Calling it the ‘Grubby Gang’. We will be meeting once a month to carry out practical conservation taks.

Mouses idea of small tasks – dig into the ground a bath tub to make a frog and newt pond, clear an area to make a fruit tree orchard, cut back brambles to make a butterfly corridor, put in post for the resident long eared owl. But he has offered after all that, to get the fire going for toasting marshmallows and provide hot drinks with biscuits. If you’ve nothing on this Sunday and fancy bringing the family out, then why not join mouse for a family practical afternoon. No skills necessary apart form liking to drink lots of tea!

When Saturday, January 26th, drop in from 10.30am
Where Turvey Nature Reserve, near the village of Donabate
How much? Free, to book a place or ask questions, email info@owls.ie or text Mouse’ on 087 32 99 36
Ages suitable for? the whole family


Wonder Club: Visual Thinking Strategies

Join us for this Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) tour for children with Claire Halpin and have your say on artworks in the Gallery’s collection and temporary exhibitions.

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a teaching method designed to enable learners to develop aesthetic and language literacy and critical thinking skills. For more information on the background to VTS please see www.vtshome.org and Dublin City Arts Office’s website on VTS. The Hugh Lane Gallery is an associate partner of the DCC Arts Office EU funded education project ‘Permission to Wonder’.

When Saturday 26 January, 3pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free, although booking is required
Ages suitable for? no age specified

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 27th January, 12.30 – 1.15pm
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West
How much? Free no booking required although places may be limited
Ages suitable families


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Drop-in family workshop

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 27th January, 11.30-1.30pm
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West
How much? Free no booking required although places may be limited
Ages suitable children of all ages


Sunday Sketching – Trees, Branches & Nature

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 27 January from 3 – 4pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free, no booking required although spaces may be limited
Ages suitable for? 6 years plus


Scavenger Hunt

Is your family up to this nature challenge?? Race around the park looking for different signs of winter. Then use the items you have collected to complete the “OWLS Scavenger Hunt Challenges”! This is a fun event to help us notice all the cool things we can still see all around us even when it is winter.

When Sunday, January 27th at 10am
Where Lucan Demesne at 10am
How much? No mention of cost, you must book education@owls.ie
Ages suitable the whole family


Magic workshop

This magic workshop will be an interactive approach to learning a collection of simple, yet baffling magic tricks with objects normally found in the home, school or office.

When Thursday 31st January from 3 – 4pm
Where Deansgrange Library
How much? No mention of cost. Booking is required – 01-2850860
Ages suitable for? 7-12 year olds


Brideóg doll-making

Saint Brigid’s Day, or Lá Fhéile Bríde in Irish, is also the old Celtic festival of Imbolc that welcomed in the spring. A Brideóg was a small doll made from straw and carried door to door to earn treats. Come along and welcome in the spring goddess!

When Thursday 31st January from 3.30 – 4.45pm
Where Dundrum Library
How much? No mention of cost. Booking is required – 01-2985000
Ages suitable for? 7-12 year olds


We're going on a bear hunt

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


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We can tell you that it’s going to be a fun-filled celebration for the Chinese New Year (2019 is the Year of the Pig!) with a special Irish twist celebrating the Spring. No booking required. First come, first served for all events.

When Saturday2nd February from 10.30-4.30pm
Where Various venues, DLR LexIcon
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? the whole family


Chinese folding book

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



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