Dublin local family event guide. Friday 14th – Thursday 20th June 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.

Put Yourself in the Picture

Celebrating the children of Ireland, The Ark presents a portrait exhibition of over 100 drawings by some of Ireland’s best known artists. Part of Right Here Right Now! The Ark’s Festival of Children

Drawn from The Ark’s newly commissioned portrait collection, the exhibition places children at the centre of contemporary art-making.

Opening weekend – 14-16 June
The exhibition opens as part of Right Here Right Now! The Ark’s Festival of Children – On Sat 15 & Sun 16, drop in to see the exhibition and you might spot one of our portrait artists sketching portraits, or you can try your hand at a self-portrait too in the response area and maybe even add it to the collection!

When 13 Jun – 31 Jul. Everyday @ 10am – 5pm
Where The Coach House, Dublin Castle
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Everyone

Emil and the Detectives

We are delighted to welcome the famous Slingsby back to The Ark for the third time after its successful hits: The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy and The Young King as part of Right Here Right Now! Festival of Children.

This gripping adventure is about a child’s adventure into a precarious world of untrustworthy adults, in a bid to right a wrong. A story of light and shade, and a few dark shadows! It tells the story of Emil as they head off to the big city to see relatives when something valuable is stolen. It’s about the determination of Emil and a bunch of kids who rally round to solve the crime and catch the culprit.

This play is based on Erich Kästner’s 1929 novel, which was ground- breaking in its time. It is also a favourite of The Ark Children’s Council!

Emil and the Detectives is performed by two actors, immersed in smoke and mirrors, with a lovely cinematic score. Dark and light, intrigue and delight, it will captivate audiences both young and old.

When Fri 14 Jun @ 6pm, Sat 15 Jun @ 2pm & 4pm.
Where The Ark, Temple Bar
How much? Free, pre book here
Ages suitable for? Ages 8+, approximately 50 minutes

Pond Dipping

Explore the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and mini-beasts living in and around the ponds at the National Botanic Gardens. Perfect your technique with guidance from the experts, and learn how to identify some amazing underwater creatures. Once you’ve discovered this hidden world, you’ll never look at ponds the same way again!

When Saturday June 15th 11-12.30
Where National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? Free, places must be booked – 01 804 0300
Ages suitable for? 8 years olds +

Cruinniú na nÓg Family Tour – Off the Cuff? Clothes through the Ages at the National Museum

To celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg, take this special tour of the Museum galleries to find out about clothes in the past! What did people make their clothes from hundreds of years ago? Can clothes tell us anything about the people who made and wore them? Uncover the answers to these questions and more and handle some of our replica artefacts relating to clothing on this special family tour. 

When Saturday 15th from 2-2.45
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street
How much? Free, no booking required, places allocated on a first come served basis. Partially wheelchair accessible.

Ages suitable for? 7 years +


To celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg, this print-filled day will give you the opportunity to experience taster PrintLab (Creative Makers at the National Print Museum) workshops and live demonstrations of the collection by participants from “Making our Impression” Skills Transfer Programme at the Museum (supported by the Creative Ireland – National Creativity Fund), Aviva Stadium Community Fund and The Wild Apple Press).

When Saturday June 15th 12-4pm
Where National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, D4
How much? Free
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 Sunday’s drop in between 3-4pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? children 6+

Family Art Day: Create and Celebrate!

Join our gallery artists for a very special Family Art Day to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg and launch our Children’s Gallery Guide! Just like a detective, follow the Rocketship to our First Floor Gallery, find and draw a masterpiece using the view finder! What else is there in a gallery to see and explore?! Why not come back another day and use our guide in a relaxed, self directed and fun way to explore a new Draíocht exhibition!

Saturday 15th June from 12-3pm

Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop.
Session 1: 12PM-12.50PM
Session 2: 1PM-1.50PM
Session 3: 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!

Booking tel 01-8852622

The Twits

Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, nastiest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything—except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough…

When Sat 15th and Sun 16th at 2pm and 4pm Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd at 2pm and 4pm
Where dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16
How much? Adults €16, Child Under 12yrs €14  Groups of 10+ €12 p/p
Ages suitable for? Everyone!

Make a Nature Crown

Make a headpiece that is fit for a King or Queen. We will be going on a nature walk around the park collecting leaves, flowers, feathers and anything cool or colourful we can find to use to design our
own crown to take home!

When Sunday, June 16th from 10 to 11

Where Waterside Park .
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? This event is suitable for all the family. For more information or to book a place contact Clare (aka Turtle) by email at education@owls.ie

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.

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 at 12.30-1.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? All welcome, no booking necessary.


Summer Kids’ Drop-by Activities

Kids, join us for fun activities in the dedicated Children’s Erasmus Education Garden! Each week we will have a different activity to help you to become an expert gardener. Sow your own vegetable and flower seeds, make seed bombs, design bug hotels or re-use everyday things to create your own piece of eco-art. 

When Sundays 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.


Join ‘the OWLS leaders’ for this family fun discovery event, looking at life amongst the rock pools, be it Anemones, Cushion starfish or Hermit crabs, there will be something interesting to find for everybody.  After the rock pooling we’ll try our hand at a beach scavenger hunt looking for shells to make ornaments to take home.

When Sunday June 16th at 12.30
Where Sandycove Beach
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Everyone welcome

Pop these dates in your diary, or book now for future family fun!

Flavours of Fingal

The Flavours of Fingal County Show is a two-day event jam packed with events, combining the sights and sounds of an agricultural show with an unforgettable food and family fun experience.

When 29th & 30th June 11am – 6pm
Where Newbridge House and Farm, Newbridge Demense, Donabate, County Dublin
How much? €15 – Online early bird offer available until midnight June 28th
Ages suitable for? The whole family

Family Concert: Peter And The Wolf

Expect to be enthralled by the timeless story of Peter and his dealings with the crafty Wolf by Sergej Prokofiev with the Westland Wind Quintet.  Delve into all-time classics for everyone to enjoy, and learn the story of the wind quintet through the music of Jacques Ibert.

When Sat 29th June at 11.30 and again at 1pm
Where National Concert Hall, Ballsbridge
How much? €12, discounts available
Ages suitable for? aimed at 6-12 year olds

Seedlings Early Years Workshops 

We continue our monthly early-years programme Seedlings with a special workshop perfect for children ages 2-4 to get creative with their older relatives.

Whether you’re a grandparent, a parent, an uncle, or great aunt – this is your chance to enjoy a fun, interactive workshop together with your teh younges children in your life. Led by The Ark’s Early Years Artist in Residence, Joanna Parkes, it will be an experience that will stimulate imaginations of all ages!

The drama-based workshops will offer opportunities to explore themes and stories in playful and engaging activities, ideal for getting little ones (and older ones!) imagining and creating together.

When Fri 5 & Sat 6 Jul 2019. Times tbc
Where The Ark
How much? €11.50/€8.50 per child (20% off for members).
Ages suitable for? Suitable for 2-4 year olds

Laya Healthcare – City Spectacular

Come and watch the world’s best street performers – don’t forget to fill their hats!

The Line Up of the World’s Best Street Performers are ready to go and there is no ticket required to access Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular.

It is you, the audience member, who decides the true value of the street performances at the end of each show by making a contribution directly to the talented artists.

July 12-14th in Merrion Square.

Family friendly tour: The National Library’s History & Heritage

Monday 1 July at 2pm

Join us to explore and discover the owl in the floor and the lizard in the fireplace! The tour begins in the main hall of the Library and includes a visit to the Library’s iconic reading room.

All welcome. Booking not required.

Children’s Workshop: Same Difference

Who doesn’t love a good story? Come and explore how stories connect and delight us all. Children’s author Debbie Thomas will help you invent a pet, wage cutlery wars and go on a treasure hunt to find that nothing can bring us together and celebrate our differences like a story.

Tuesday 9 July, 2pm

Age: 9-12. Booking required. Book at learning@nli.ie

Debbie writes books for children 
Asked how she came to be a writer? ‘Well, after studying fossils in England, working in BBC radio, meeting prawn farmers in Bangladesh and dancing with pygmies in Uganda, what else can I do?’

Children’s ‘Coat of Arms’ Workshop

Learn about the ancient art of heraldry and the world of the knight, and then look at the ways coats of arms are used today. Children can design their own imagined coat of arms at this fun workshop!

Wednesday 10 July, 2pm – 3.30pm

 Age group: 7 – 12 years.

 Booking required. Book at learning@nli.ie

Storytelling for children: Tegolin’s Tales

Tuesday 16 July, 2pm

Join Tegolin Knowland for a story telling session using specially designed masks that bring the characters to life. Following the session Tegolin invites the children to join her on stage for ‘hands-on time’ with the various masks and props.

Suitable for ages 4+

All welcome! Booking not required.

Tegolin Knowland trained at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama and The Drama Studio) where she received Hillman Best Actress Award. Having acted with the Druid Theatre Company,   Tegolin founded Tegolin’s Tales specialising in Masked Fairy Tale Drama for Children.

Children’s Drawing Workshop: Characters in Dublin with Tarsila Krüse

Wednesday 17 July, 2pm

Join illustrator Tarsila Krüse on a drawing journey through the Fair City! Prompted with images from Tarsila’s latest book My Little Album of Dublin (co-authored with Juliette Saumande) children are invited to contribute their own ideas, creating a Dublin of their own, practicing with basic shapes and drawing along to create their own characters, environments and stories to bring home! Ages: 7 -10

All welcome.

Tarsila Krüse
Tarsila was born in Brazil and has been living in Ireland for well over a decade. She has a degree in English and another in Multimedia Design and used to be a teacher.

Her début picture book Ná Gabh ar Scoil! (Futa Fata) was shortlisted for The CBI Book of The Year Awards 2016 and her second book, Bliain na nAmhrán (Futa Fata) is the winner of the CBI Judges’ Special Merit Award 2017.

Exploring Baby Boogie with Jo Quinn

Baby Boogie is a fun movement class lead by Jo Quinn, with musical instruments, parachutes, bubbles, feather blowing and scarf dancing.

This series of individual monthly workshops are intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way. There will be mess and there will be fun.

Tuesday 27th August, 10.20AM-11.10AM & 11.30AM-12.20PM (50 MINS) Cost: €5 Per Child Per Workshop (accompanying adult is free). Booking and further information from Box Office on 01-8852622.

These workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for this age range. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).


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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