Dublin local family event guide

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Friday 19th – Thursday 25th 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.

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 +




Earth Day: Protect our Species Super Sketch

Drop into the Museum to find your favourite animal and join the super sketch at the Dead Zoo. See up close some super species from the handling collection and learn about why species are endangered and how science can help protect our species!

When 20th April drop in between 11am – 1pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street
How much? Free,No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Not wheelchair accessible.

Ages suitable for? Families



Easter may be late this year but make sure you’re not late for a very important date with the Mad Hatters Tea Party starting at 1pm in Deerpark, Mount Merrion this Easter Sunday April 21st. Not only will we be celebrating Easter but also we will be starting a whole new season of exciting dlr Events




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 21 & 28 and Tuesday 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




Barracks Easter Egg Hunt

Take this egg-straordinary trail through the Museum’s exhibitions and test your knowledge to find the Museum’s golden egg. Complete the trail to receive an egg-cellent edible reward! Pick up your free Trail at Museum reception. 

When 21st April, drop in between 2-4pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Families




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 and on Monday 22nd from 1.30-2.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? All welcome; no booking necessary.







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’s between 11.30 and 1.30pm
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

How much? Free
Ages suitable for? 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 materials provided.

When Sunday’s drop in between 3-4pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? children 6+




Earth Day Kids’ Drop-by Activities

As part of Earth Day’s ‘Protect Our Species’ campaign, come along to the Childrens’ Education Garden, and plant some bee friendly seeds in recycled pots. Bring them home and plant in your own garden to feed bees, butterflies and other pollinators!

When April 22nd, Time: 11.00am, 11.30am, 3.00pm & 3.30pm
Where The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Suitable from ages 4 and up. All children must bring their own grown up





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







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







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 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.




Inspectorium: If (shark) teeth could talk!

How many teeth does a shark have in its lifetime and just how big can they get? Drop into the Discovery Zone to learn all about sharks and inspect some of the handling collection up close. 

When 25th April, drop in between 11am-1pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Families




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 run regular baby massage courses suitable for babies 6 weeks – 9 months. As well as benefits for your baby, it’s a really great way to make some new friends at the same stage of parenting as you are.


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?


If you are looking to organise a party for your little one maybe we can help?


We offer classic parties for pre-schoolers, then once your little one is at school we offer themed parties that children seem to LOVE!


Take a look at RealParties for more details.


Do you have an event you would like us to promote?, please email marie@claphandies.com giving as much notice as possible and if suitable we will try our best to add it to our weekly event guide.

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