Dublin local family event guide – Friday 8th – Thursday 14th 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.


Interactive Installation: The Curious Cello

Discover an unusual cello you can play without having taken any lessons! A fun new music installation by composer Jonathan Nangle.

Jonathan has taken the body of an old, broken cello and brought it back to life – but it’s not quite the same as a normal cello anymore! It now has special paint on the outside that not only looks cool but also conducts electricity. This means you will be able to make this cello play lots of new and unexpected sounds using just your hands. Come and try it out and see what kind of weird and wonderful new cello music you can make!

When Fri 8 Feb from 10.30am to 1.30pm. and Sat 9 Feb from 10.30am to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm).
Where The Ark, 11am Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? children 4+


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.


Sunday Sketching

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


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, 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 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 10th from 3-4pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks
How much? Free, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.

Ages suitable for? the whole 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 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

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 Sunday 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.


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. 

The route is suitable for prams and strollers, and all are welcome.

When Monday 11th from 2-3pm
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, D2
How much? Free, no booking necessary!
Ages suitable for? everyone welcome, no need to book


Sleepy stories and songs with Music generation dlr

Come join us for bedtime stories and sleepy songs. Pyjamas and teddies most welcome!

When 14th Feb 6.30 – 7pm
Where Cabinteely Library
How much? Free, no booking required
Ages suitable for? 3-6 year olds, their teddies and their adults


Pre book the events below for future fun


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 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




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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