Dublin local family event guide – Friday 15th – Thursday 21st February 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.


A Brand New Cemetery Tour for All the Family

This Mid Term, educate and entertain yourself and the kids with these tours that are designed especially for families.

On these tours, the stories of Daniel O’Connell and Charles Stewart Parnell will be told along with some of the more unique aspects to Ireland’s largest cemetery.

Uncover the phenomenon of graverobbing which was rife at one time around these parts.

Hear about James McNally, a zookeeper at Dublin Zoo and an incident he had with Sita, an elephant who was in his charge.

That’s not the only story featuring an exotic animal on this tour, our expert guides will reveal the story of the only person in Glasnevin who died from ‘snake fright’ and no that is not a typo!

The tour will also feature a look at the iconic walls and watchtowers which surround the cemetery and much more besides.

The tour is interactive and participants are encouraged to join in if they want.

When Sat 16th, Sun 17th, Sat 23rd, Sun 24th at 1.30 and 3.30pm
Where Glasnevin Cemetery
How much? €7 per ticket – bookable here
Ages suitable for? all ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult



Childrens Art Classes

Budding Artists – 4-7 year olds
Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children 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.

Suitable for 4 to 7 year olds.
Time: 11.00am-12.30pm. National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre
Cost: €10. Booking Essential – 01 857 0909

Hardy Annuals – 8 – 12 year olds
Why not join us for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage, and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged to use materials in fun and interesting ways while taking inspiration from the world of plants on show at Glasnevin. Suitable for 8 to 12 year olds.
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm. National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre
Cost: €10. Booking Essential – 01 857 0909


Punch Lion Kids Comedy

A family friendly stand-up comedy gig for kids! Bringing top comedians with silly jokes to make you giggle, grin and laugh out loud. MC for the afternoon is RTE’s Bridget & Eamon star, Sharon Mannion, joining her is Kevin Gildea (Comedy Cellar) and Paul Tylak (Dublin Comedy Improv).

When Saturday 16th from 3-4.30pm
Where The Martello Hotel, 47 Strand Rd, Bray
How much? €10 each + booking fee
Ages suitable for? Children and their adults


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 experiencePowerscourt 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


Jurassic Skies: Open Day

Dinosaurs are taking over Collins Barracks for a special open day! Drop-in on the day to visit the temporary exhibition, Jurassic Skies, and meet with scientists, artists and storytellers to discover more about when dinosaurs took to the air. Activities on the day include a hands-on look at real dinosaur fossils, bird feathers and bones. 

When Sunday 17th from 1-4pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks
How much? Free, no booking required
Ages suitable for? The whole family


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. 


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


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


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


Clontarf ‘Music for Babies’ Bach to Streisand

We are thrilled to welcome back Classical kids favourite, cellist Gerald Peregrine. With a gorgeous selection of classical melodies and popular tunes, this is a concert not to be missed!

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 Weds 20th from 11am – 12
Where St. Anthony’s Parish Church St. Lawrence Road, Clontarf
How much? €13 per adult, babies and toddlers go free! Book tickets here.
Ages suitable for? Babies, toddlers and their adults


Storytelling – 12 animals of Chinese zodiac

Join Chinese teacher Evan Furlong and artist Heather Gray as they introduce the twelve animals of Chinese zodiac and describe how they were chosen and ranked. In Mandarin and English.

When Wednesday 20th from 10.30-11.30
Where Chester Beatty, Dublin Castle
How much? Free, no need to book
Ages suitable for? Preschool children and their adults


Jurassic Skies: Midterm Family Art Workshop

Join us for a mid-term Art workshop for families exploring the Jurassic Skies exhibition – learn about the Archaeopteryx, an animal known from fossils dating from the Jurassic age, approximately 150 million years old and create a creature of your own design!

When Wednesday 20th from 2.30-3.30
Where National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks
How much? Free – booking required
Ages suitable for? The whole family


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


Making Masks – Mid-term break workshops for 4+

To coincide with the Venice Carnival, artist Serena Alberigo will be leading mask-making workshops during the schools’ mid-term break in spring 2019.

This workshop is specially tailored for children aged 4+. The children will also enjoy a guided visit to the exhibition Canaletto and the Art of Venice.

When 21st Feb from 11am – 12.15pm (also running on the 22nd Feb)
Where National Gallery of Ireland
How much? €8 per child, book through this link
Ages suitable for? children 4+


Making Masks – Mid-term break workshops for 8+

To coincide with the Venice Carnival, artist Serena Alberigo will be leading mask-making workshops during the schools’ mid-term break in spring 2019.

This workshop is specially tailored for children aged 8+. The children will also enjoy a guided visit to the exhibition Canaletto and the Art of Venice.

When 21st Feb from 2-3.30pm (also running on the 22nd Feb)
Where National Gallery of Ireland
How much? €10 per child, book through this link
Ages suitable for? children 8+


Made to Measure?

Are you the height of a beaver? Are you as long as a moose? Join zoologist Catherine McGuinness to learn how we measure animals and guess their sizes. You might be surprised by your animal height!

When 21st Feb at 12 and 2pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much? Free, no booking required but spaces are limited. First come first serve, arrive 15 mins early and sorry not wheelchair / buggy friendly.
Ages suitable for? Families


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


Monster Springtime doodle with Elida Maiques

We provide the colours and the paper; you provide the drawings and the imagination. Artist and illustrator Elida Maiques will be on hand to help. Create a monster artwork that can be hung up in the library.

When Thursday 21st Feb from 3-4pm
Where Deansgrange Library
How much? Free, booking required –
01-2850860 or emaildeansgrangelib@dlrcoco.ie Ages suitable for? 7-12 year olds


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

Seedlings Early Years Workshops: The Last Straw!

Explore how you can draw and create shapes using with hundreds of paper straws as a drawing and construction material.

Straws are a simple yet very versatile material which can create lots of exciting shapes and over the course of these workshops, we will create a sculpture made of straws that will build up over the two days to eventually fill The Ark’s gallery space with a giant artwork made of straws.

You will make your own straw lines and shapes, along with objects that you can then climb under, step over and crawl through. You can also colour on the straws and make some smaller straw constructions that you can take home too.

If you want to be part of the beginning of this process then come along to the Friday workshops. If you want to be part of the middle and the end as the installation gets bigger and fuller then the Saturday workshops are for you! 

Our Seedlings workshops offer opportunities to explore materials and the world around them through playful and engaging activities. Ideal for getting little ones (and their grown-up!) imagining and creating together. They are devised and presented by Lucy Hill, the inaugural recipient of The Ark’s John Coolahan Early Years Artist Residency and will be devising and delivering an exciting workshop programme for children in the early years at The Ark from May 2018 until April 2019. 

When Friday 1st March at 10.15 and 2pm and on Sat 2nd at the same  times
Where The Ark, Temple Bar
How much? €11.50 per child (save 20% if you are a member)
Ages suitable for? 2-4 year olds


Family Day: Meet, Make & Draw

MEET artist Bridget Flannery, featured in our MAKing ART: PAINTing exhibition.
See how she paints and why she paints. Inspired by her process MAKE a small artist notebook. Work collaboratively to DRAW on a large scale. Come along, Meet, Make & Draw.

FAMILY DAY NOTES:
Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop.
Session 1: SAT 23 MAR 12PM-12.50PM
Session 2: SAT 23 MAR 1PM-1.50PM
Session 3: SAT 23 MAR 2PM-2.50PM
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. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child!


Bring Along A Baby *

Bring Along a Baby is an informal, relaxed, accessible chamber music recital of the highest standard, aimed primarily at parents, while babies or very young children sleep, feed and play. 

There is no pressure to keep still or quiet, leaving parents free to sit back and enjoy the music. In fact, we encourage the babies to interact naturally with the music, and we have play mats and soft toys to this end.

Of course, the babies benefit from the music as well, so it’s a win-win.

*This event always sells out in advance, so book sooner than later to save being disappointed.

When Monday March 25th and Thursday April 25th at 10.30am and 12.30
Where National Concert Hall
How much? Adults are €13 and babies go free!
Ages suitable for? babies and their adults


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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