Dublin local family event guide

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Friday 1st – Thursday 7th March 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.

Mother Tongues Festival

The Mother Tongues Festival is a festival like no other. Showcasing Ireland’s rich multicultural artistic tapestry, the festival is offering a wealth of entertaining wonder for all ages to get stuck into! 

There are MANY family friendly events happening within the Mother Tongues Festival – please find links below to some of the one’s we like the look of. For a full programme click here.

Chinese hand puppets, Sat 2nd, 5.15pm at Rua Red. Suitable for 7-12 year olds and their adults.

Japanese origami workshop, Sat 2nd 3.30pm at Rua Red. Suitable for children 5+ and their adults.

Fanzini – Ballet Poulet, Sunday 3rd at 12pm. Civic Centre.

African drumming workshop, Sun 3rd 12 and 1pm at Rua Red. Suitable for 7-12 year olds and adults.

Free Family Hands On Workshop

To celebrate Engineers Week, Bricks 4 Kidz will hold a FREE family hands on workshop.

Parents will be encouraged to build with the children using their imagination. We will also have some of our pre-built robotics models operating for everyone to see.

Presentation by Rhona Cotter (Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Manufacturing Limited) on Engineering, incorporating some Bricks 4 Kidz models.

Model building (Combination of Lego Technic for older builders & Brick Build for the younger ones). In addition, children will be able to build cars to race down our test ramp.

When Saturday from 1-2.30
Where Bricks 4 kidz, Omni Park Shopping Centre
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Families

Shelter building

Family challenge time. Can you make a shelter that will survive the OWLS shake test! Learn how to make a simple shelter and then let your imaginations take over and see what your family can create!
This event is suitable for all the family.

When Sunday 3rd from 10-11.30
Where Tymon Park
How much? €2 (supported by Dublin City Council).
Email Clare (aka Turtle) at education@owls.ie to book a place or for more information. 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
How much? Free and no booking required
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 3rd from 12.30-1.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland
How much? Free, no booking required
Ages suitable for? everyone most welcome

Sunday Sketching – Contemporary Landscapes

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 materials provided.

When Sundays between 3-4pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free, no booking required although places may be limited
Ages suitable for? children 6+ and their adults

Building resilience in your children, a talk for parents by Hilda McEvoy

This talk will cover challenging behaviour, conflict, boundaries, managing self-esteem, with tips on technology, sleep and communication. What defines challenging behaviour and conflict? What are real boundaries and how best to communicate clear boundaries. In addition, self-esteem will be discussed, as well as building and maintaining resilience.

When Weds 6th March from 6.45 – 7.45
Where DLR Lexicon, Studio theatre, level 1
How much? Free, no booking required
Ages suitable for? Parents and carers

International Women’s Day Storytime

Join us for a ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ International Women’s Day themed Storytime in Ballyroan Library!

When Thursday 7th from 4.30 – 5.15
Where Ballyroan Library, Dublin 14
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? children 6-10 years old

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

Children’s Art Workshops

Budding Artists
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. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre
Cost: €10. Booking Essential

Hardy Annuals 
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. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre
Cost: €10. Booking Essential


This workshop encourages creativity and self-expression through the creation of a word or shape, by the participating children, using letterpress and full colour printing.

When Tuesday 16th April 10.30-11.30
Where National Print Museum
How much? €12.50 – book through this link please
Ages suitable for? 4-7 year olds

Printlab workshop for families

During this workshop, families will learn about and explore the basic principles of letterpress printing. They will discover how, through working together as a family and combining letterpress and new technologies with tinkering and making, they can collectively express themselves in a fun and creative way.

When Tuesday 16th April from 2.30-3.30
Where National Print Museum
How much? €25 for 2 adults, 2 children (max 3 families on course)
Ages suitable for? Families of all ages – book through this link.

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.

Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop.
Session 1: Sat 23rd March 12-12.50pm
Session 2: Sat 23 March 1-1.50pm
Session 3: Sat 23 March 2-2.50pm

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

Meet The Orchestra – part of Musictown junior

Conductor, James Cavanagh and the exuberant members of the RIAM Intermediate Orchestra invite young and old alike to help them put the oom into oom pah pah during the Academy’s perennially popular Meet the Orchestra event. For anyone who has ever wanted to blow their own trumpet, try out a tuba or toot a flute, this engaging morning event offers a rare opportunity to meet and mingle with the colourful families of the Orchestra. During the event, teachers and students of the Academy will demo’ a wide range of wind instruments and even offer some of the aspiring musicians present an opportunity to try out their own personal favourites!

When Saturday 6th April from 11-12
How much? €8 / €5 – bookable here
Ages suitable for? Families. 

Tales From The Shadows

Presented in association with the Dublin-based theatre group, Tales from the Shadows, this special two-performance event at the RIAM sees the oral tradition of storytelling combine with the visuals of shadow puppetry in an anthology style production based on folklore and urban legends originating in Dublin. Tales to look forward to, with a special blend of music include: ‘The Pig Faced Lady of Steeven’s Hospital’, ‘The Ghost of Marsh’s Library’ and many more. The show will appeal to “mature children and childish adults” alike, as well as those with a taste for gothic stories.

When  Sunday 7th April at 11am and again at 1pm
Where Royal Irish Academy of Music, 36 Westland Row
How much? Free, tickets available here
Ages suitable for? Mature children and childish adults!

My first concert

Join a host of very young musicians as they take their first steps onto the concert platform for their début concert performance. A perfect opportunity for MusicTown audiences to bring their little ones to see our little ones and share this special first concert experience both on- and off-stage.

When Sunday 7th April from 12-12.45
Where Royal Irish Academy of Music, 36 Westland Row
How much? Free, tickets available here
Ages suitable for? everyone welcome

The Big Free Family Gig: Stomptown Brass

Stomptown Brass is one of the most unique acts in Ireland in recent times. Blending the sounds of funk and blues with powerful driving rhythms, the band make the most of their impressive line-up: two Drummers, two Trombones, two Trumpets, one Saxophone and a Tuba! Their music is bursting with bluesy vocals, infectious grooves, disco beat breakdowns, and funky rhythms all delivered with their signature enthusiasm and showmanship.

When Sun 7 April 2019 @ 2.30pm-4pm
Where The Ark, Temple Bar
How much? Free, tickets available here
Ages suitable for? 5 years +

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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