Dublin local family event guide – Friday 1st – Thursday 7th February 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.


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!

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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dlr LexIcon Family Day

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 Saturday 2nd 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


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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. Edit

When Saturday Feb 2nd from 11am – 1pm
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? 6-12 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


Chinese New Year: Year of the Pig

Join artist Kathryn Maguire to make Chinese lanterns and blossom trees decorated with symbols inspired the Year of the Pig.

When Saturday 2 February, 2-3pm, drop in workshop
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Family workshop


Drop-in family workshop: Dublin Chinese New Year Festival

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.

This workshop will tie in with the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 2019.

When Sunday 3rd Feb, drop in between 11.30-1.30
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, D2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? children of all ages. 


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 3rd 12.30-1.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, D2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? everyone welcome, no need to book


Sunday Sketching – Chinese Landscape

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 Sundays between 3-4pm, drop in workshop
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? 6 years plus


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  


Bringing up Happy and Healthy Children

Drawing on the Parents Plus Healthy Families Programme, John will outline the key family habits that lead to happy and healthy children. The talk will cover the importance of establishing routines around healthy eating, physical activity, screen time and sleep, as well as how to promote positive mental health and self-esteem in your children. John is a social worker, child and family psychotherapist with 25 years’ experience and a weekly columnist with The Irish Times.

When Wednesday 6th February from 6.30-7.30pm
Where dlr Lexicon, Studio Theatre, Level 1.
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Parents / Carers


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


Chinese New Year: Bolang Gu

During this art workshop for 6-8 year olds with artist Jane Fogarty we will make our own Bolang Gu instrument and use colours and symbols from China to decorate it.

When Saturday 9 February, 2-3pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Fee €7, booking through eventbrite.ie required here.
Ages suitable for? 6-8 year olds


Animal Tracking

This will be a fun morning searching for signs of animals living in the woods. Put on your detective hat as we look for footprints, feathers, trails or even poo! Can we discover any clues left behind from deer, foxes, rabbits or any other creatures??

When Sunday, February 10th
Where Tymon Park at 10am
How much? Supported by South Dublin County Council. Fee is €2
Ages suitable for? All the family.Email Clare (aka Turtle) at education@owls.ie to book a place or for more information.


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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 February 10th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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


SLIME LAB

This February mid-term, your kids can don their lab coat, goggles & get stuck into the strange & squishy world of slime! This kids’ workshop is designed to make learning about climate action & sustainability an interactive & lasting experience for all ages 

Kids will take a closer look at environmental science (think slime, goo, jelly balls & seaweed!). They will play, pop & stratch their self-made slime to discover how we can use these unusual materials to save the planet (think edible water bottles & sustainable packaging)! 

When Feb 17th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th at 12pm and again at 2pm (1hr15mins)
Where The Cool Planet experience,Powerscourt House, Wicklow How much? €15
Ages suitable for? 6-14 year olds – booking essential


 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


Early Years Spring Course

Celebrate the colours, textures and sounds of Spring during this four day art camp for 1-3 year olds with artists Frances Coghlan and Ashleigh Downey.

When Tuesday 19 February – Friday 22 February from 11am-Noon
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Fee €22, booking through eventbrite.ie here.
Ages suitable for? 1-3 year olds and their adults


The Names Upon the Harp: story time & bookmark making

Join us for a retelling of Irish legends read from Marie Heaney’s beautifully illustrated book The Names Upon the Harp. These enthralling stories will be enjoyed by children aged 6 to 12 years old. After story time participants will have the opportunity to create colourful bookmarks.

When Tuesday 19 February, 11am
Where National Library of Ireland
How much? Free -Booking required  – book on Eventbrite or email heaneyexhibition@nli.ie. Ages suitable for? 6-12 year olds


Children’s workshop: origami

Join us for an arty origami lesson to create interesting shapes using colourful paper inspired by Maser’s origami masterpiece featured in ‘Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again’. 

When Wednesday 20th February, 11am
Where National Library of Ireland
How much? Free -Booking required  – book on Eventbrite or email heaneyexhibition@nli.ie. Ages suitable for? 6-12 year olds


Make your own rainstick

Join us for a clamorous rainstick-making lesson. Children will have the chance to design and create their very own rainstick instrument, as inspired by Seamus Heaney’s famous poem The Rainstick. 

When Thursday 21st February, 11am
Where National Library of Ireland
How much? Free -Booking required  – book on Eventbrite or email heaneyexhibition@nli.ie. Ages suitable for? 6-12 year olds


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 tasks.

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, February 23rd drop in from 10.30am
Where Turvey Nature Reserve, near the village of Donabate
How much? No price mentioned
Ages suitable for? the whole family -to book a place or to learn more email info@owls.ie  Or text Mouse’ on 087 32 99 36


Woodland Windchimes

Come along and make a cool music maker you can hang out your window, balcony or garden. We will be collecting different types of sticks and decorating them before tying them together to make a set of wind chimes.

When Sunday, February 24th at 10am
Where Corkagh Park
How much? Supported by South Dublin County Council. Fee is €2
Ages suitable for? the whole family, email Clare (aka Turtle) at education@owls.ie to book a place or for more information




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