Dublin local family event guide

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Friday 22nd – Thursday 28th 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.

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!

A History of Falconry in Ireland and Norway

Falconers Ellen Hagen from the Museum of Archaeology at the University of Stavanger, Norway, and Hilary White of the Irish Hawking Club will explain the archaeological and historical evidence for falconry in Norway and Ireland, from medieval to modern times.

When Saturday 23rd March from 2.30-3.30
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archaeology)How much? Free, booking required, please email educationarch@museum.ie or call 01 6486 334. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for? 7+

Falconry & Falcons

Drop-in and meet falconers, Ellen Hagen from the Museum of Archaeology at the University of Stavanger, Norway and Hilary White from the Irish Hawking Club. See up-close a real live falcon, discover this predator’s top hunting techniques and learn about the different types of birds of prey in Ireland, during this drop-in event.

When Saturday 23rd, drop in between 10-12.30
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archaeology)
How much? Free, no booking required.
Ages suitable for? the whole family. This event will take place outside the Museum and elements are weather dependant. Wheelchair accessible.

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, March 23rd drop in from 10.30am
Where Turvey Nature Reserve, near the village of Donabate
How much? Free – To book a place or to learn more email info@owls.ie  Or text Mouse’ on 087 32 99 36
Ages suitable for? everyone

Arts & Crafts for Children – Air-dry clay

Part of the Clondalkin Handcraft and Horticultural Show, 2019, events will take place in Lucan Library between February and May.
All items made at the workshops will be entered in the Clondalkin Handcraft and Horticultural Show, 2019, taking place in Áras Chrónáin on 30th June.

When Saturday 23rd March, Air dry Clay at 11.45am – 1.30pm
Where Lucan Library
How much? Free, register your place here
Ages suitable for? 6 – 12 year-olds.

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 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

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 12.30-1.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland
How much? Free, no booking required
Ages suitable for? everyone most welcome

Making Masks Kids’ Workshop

Due to popular demand, Canaletto himself (a.k.a. artist Serena Alberigo!) will be leading a final mask-making workshop for kids on the last day of the Canaletto exhibition.

This workshop includes a visit to the exhibition for the children.

While the workshop is most suitable for children aged 8+, younger children are welcome.

Please note: Photography and/or filming may take place at this workshop. You will be notified in advance, and asked to sign a permission form, should you have no objections.

When Sunday 24th March, 2.30-3.30
Where National Gallery of Ireland
How much? €10, book online here
Ages suitable for? children 8+ although younger children are welcome

Book or pencil these events into your diary for future family fun!

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 +


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.


Have a cracker of an Easter at Croke Park

Your little chickens are guaranteed a basket load of fun as they follow clues around the iconic Stadium. They will have to keep their eyes peeled and listen closely to the guide’s fascinating stories of Croke Park and the GAA if they want to complete the hunt successfully and earn their reward of a delicious Cadbury’s Easter egg at the end.

The unmissable Easter ‘eggs’perience includes a guided tour of the famous stadium, a fun Easter egg hunt, and a visit to the GAA Museum! Your childrens’ heads will be jam packed with fun facts and exciting memories long after the chocolate stains have been wiped off their little faces!

Tours run daily from Thursday 18th to Monday 22nd April between 11.30 and 14.30.  Check online for tour times as they vary.

Hop into action now and book online to secure your ‘eggs’clusive place on this very special tour, which last 1.5 hours, as the tours completely sold out in 2018.  The Easter Egg Trail, which includes a GAA Museum visit and Cadbury’s chocolate egg (children only) costs the same as a standard Stadium Tour and can be booked now

When from Thursday 18th April – Monday 22nd April at various times
Where Croke Park
How much? €11 for Children, €9 for Adults, €35 for Family (2 adults + 2 children), €40 for Family (2 adults + 3 children), Children Under 3 FREE! You can book tickets through this link
Ages suitable for? The whole family


Join us in Dublin’s Merrion Square Park on 19th & 20th April 2019 for a choctastic event, in support of Barnardos! Every eggsplorer will receive a delicious Cadbury Easter Egg when they complete the egg hunt, and there’ll be plenty more egg-citing entertainment and activities for all your family and friends to enjoy!

When  Friday, 19 April and Saturday 20th April

Session 1: 10:30 am – 1 pm
Session 2: 2pm – 4:30 pm
Where Merrion Square Park, Dublin 2
How much? €20 per family ticket / €5 per each additional person – Buy tickets here
Ages suitable for? The whole family

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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