Dublin local family event guide

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Friday 5th – Thursday 11th April 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.

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. 

Come and meet the ClapHandies and RealParties team at this weekend’s Pregnancy and Baby Fair

We will be on J1 so that you can come and ask us any questions you may have on Baby Massage, PlayLabs or RealParties. We’d love to see you.

When Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th from 10-5
Where RDS Simmonscourt
How much? €14 on the door
Ages suitable for? This is perfect for expectant parents and those who already have a baby/wobbler.

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

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 2pm
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

Arnotts Family Fun Day

Join us for some fun at the Arnotts Family Fun Day on Sunday 7th April in The Gallery, Second Level.

The perfect day out for your family awaits from 11am – 4pm with an abundance of fashion shows, entertainment, workshops and fun activities. There’s something for children of all ages to enjoy!

Reuben the Entertainer will host the Family Fun Day treating the audience to a lively-show emceeing our kids-only fashion shows at 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm. Don’t miss your child’s chance to strut their stuff on the runway, enter here to be in with a chance to win a place in the show.

You can expect to be entertained with dance performances by the Star Kids dance troupe, while Denzil the Magician will excite and amaze you and your family.

As well as that, there will be a host of interactive and fun workshops throughout the day to keep all ages entertained from Kids Zumba, Mini-Golf and a Plant and Grow workshop to inspire the budding horticulturalist in your little one. Throughout the day there will be face painting arts & crafts and much much more.

When Sunday 7th April from 11-4pm
Where The Gallery, Second Level, Arnotts Department Store.
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 +

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 8th April 2-2.45
Where National Gallery of Ireland
How much? Free, no booking required
Ages suitable for? Families

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

Pre book the following activities to enjoy over the Easter break or beyond….

Family Day: Salt Painting Is Awesome

Starting with a blank page, our artists will show you how to create shapes using glue … circles, lines, anything you feel inspired by. Then sprinkle with salt and watch the magic happen. Why not visit our exhibition for some inspiration, where there are many processes, materials, styles and subjects to explore.

When Sat 13th April. Session 1: 12PM-12.50PM, Session 2: 1PM-1.50PM
Session 3: 2PM-2.50PM
Where Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
How much? Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop
Ages suitable for? 5-10 years olds

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!

Children’s Art Workshops – 13th April

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

Rathwood’s Easter EGGperience 

Watch out… Freddy Fox is back and will be causing Havoc this Easter at Rathwood.

The Easter bunny doesn’t know what to do… But Little Red Riding Hood is here to help. She knows EGGactly what Freddy the Fox is like and will be able to save Easter but only with your help…

Join the Easter Bunny for story time, you will get to hear about all the adventures the Easter bunny has been up to since last year. 

Join Little Red Riding Hood on an adventure through the enchanted forest searching for Freddy Fox, with the mission of saving Easter.  

Next up, The biggest Easter egg hunt we have ever had watch out and collect the missing eggs for the Easter Bunny. That’s not all, once the Egg’s are all collected there will be a reward for the boys and girls. It’s time to open your imaginations and get crafty!!

Don’t worry it is Easter and of course as long as everything goes to plan we will be back up to visit the Easter Bunny to collect a lovely Chocolate Easter Egg!!

When 13th to the to the 24th of April, various times throughout the day
Where Rathwood, Rath, Tullow, Carlow

How much? Adults €8, Children €12, Babies are free. Book here.
Ages suitable for? Families

Easter Kids’ Drop-by Activities

Join us for fun spring time garden activities in the dedicated Children’s Erasmus Education Garden! Check out our Facebook page to find out the week’s activity in advance.

When Sundays 14, 21 & 28 and Tuesdays 16 & 23 April at 11.00am, 11.30am, 3.00pm & 3.30pm
Where National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Children’s Erasmus Education Garden
How much? Free, first come first served
Ages suitable for? ages 4 and up. All children must bring their own grown up

Make a Family Flag

Use a combination of leaf prints and natural dyes to create a special flag for your family to take home. Get creative and see what colours you can make with natural materials and use different leaves to make pictures on your flag!

When Sunday, April 14th. 10 to 11.30am
Where Corkagh Park at 10am
How much? €2, Supported by South Dublin County Council. Email Clare (aka Turtle) at education@owls.ie to book a place or for more information.
Ages suitable for? Families

Solar Powered Bunny-BOTS @ Cool Planet!

Kids will love this Easter workshop where their challenge is to design & make their very own solar-powered Bunny-Bot. 

Your creative innovators will have great fun seeing how these jittery-jumpy bunnies generate electricity from light – energy transfer (younger kids) & engineering design (older kids)!

And whose BOT will win the bunny-dash at the end of the workshop for an Easter treat? Book your places now to find out!

Kids bring their bunny-BOT away with them. All materials supplied

WhenMon 15th April – Fri 26th April 11am or 1pm
Where The Cool Planet Experience, Powerscourt House, Enniskerry, Wicklow
How much? €20 – book through this link please
Ages suitable for? 7-14 year olds


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.

Pitter Patter and Paint: Hand and Footprint Session

This Easter break we’ll be making some lovely family memories here at the IFHC! In this baby hand and footprint session, come along with your little one and get creative with us.

Whether you would like to make hand or fingerprint family trees, or birds or butterflies, we’ll have lots of ideas to help create lovely memories and family stories for the future. We’ll be on hand to help with any tiny hands and feet, and creative toddlers are welcome to come up with their own designs!

Cost includes all materials, and each ticket includes one canvas board. Art work can be brought home on the same day.

Be sure to wear old clothes as it’s going to be a creative and colourful morning!

Spaces are limited so pre-booking is mandatory for this event.

When Wednesday 17th and Tuesday 23rd April at 11am
Where The chq Building, 1 Custom House Quay

How much? €12 bookable here
Ages suitable for? 0-3 Years, and children must not be left unattended.

Children’s trail: ‘Seamus Heaney : Listen Now Again’ exhibition

Join us for a free activity trail and explore the wonderful exhibition, Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again. Immerse yourself in the exquisite world of Seamus Heaney through puzzles, questions and clues. 

When Wednesday 17 April, 11am -11.45am
Where Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre, Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2

How much? Free although booking required through this link
Ages suitable for? 6-12 year olds

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

Donal Vaughan Science Magic

Triple award-winning Irish comedian & scientist, Donal Vaughan, brings his hugely popular science, comedy, magic family show back to Dundrum.

Using only things you find around the house, he will perform amazing tricks to show how magical science can be. Wanna see a potato rocket launcher? Or conjure dragons breath? How about a vomiting unicorn? Or course you do.

Always exciting and sometimes very messy, learn about science and laugh your pants off while you do. And the best part is all the tricks can be performed by you when you go home.

When Saturday 20th April at 12 and at 2pm
Where dlr Mill theatre, Dundrum, D16
How much? €9
Ages suitable for? 5 years +

Wonderland on the West Lawn

Go down the rabbit hole and into a Wonderland of madness, magic and mayhem this Easter at Malahide Castle!

​For one day only see the Mad Hatters tea party and meet Wonderland’s colourful characters including the White Rabbit, Humpty Dumpty, the Queen of Hearts, and Alice herself.

Complete the Easter hunt and earn treats along the way.

Face painters and balloon modellers will be there adding even more colour and mischief to the day!

A fabulous way to celebrate Easter in the gorgeous surrounds of the West Lawn.

When Saturday, 20 April 2019 from 12:30-19:00 (only tickets left for 5pm, 5.30 and 6pm)
Where Malahide Castle and Gardens
How much? €9 – under 1’s are free. Book tickets here
Ages suitable for? The whole family

To celebrate Easter Monday, we have an exciting line-up of trains for you to choose from, all of them along glorious cliff-side scenery, seashore views, or across forest viaducts.

We have a day return to Wicklow from Dublin Connolly where each child will receive an Easter egg. You will have 4 hours in Wicklow to explore the town, take a walk on the beach or enjoy the many bars and cafés.

We will then have two local trips from Wicklow to Greystones and return.

The train will be hauled by the magnificent blue steam locomotive No.85 “Merlin”.

When Monday 22nd April 2019
Where Dublin -Wicklow – Dublin. Wicklow – Greystones – Wicklow.
How much? Varies, Adults €20/€14 and children €14/€8. Book here
Ages suitable for? The whole family

Drop in Thursday: Stories & trails!

Holiday fun for children as the National Library comes to life with stories and trails.

When Thursday 25 April, 12pm – 1pm
Where National Library of Ireland, 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

How much? Free and no booking is required.
Ages suitable for? 4+ All welcome!

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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