Dublin local family event guide. Friday 28th June – Thursday 4th July 2019

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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.

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

Free Presentation and Walk on our Wild Pollinators in the Phoenix Park

Join us for a presentation about our wild pollinators in the Phoenix Park, followed by a Bumblebee Walk (weather permitting) on Sunday 30th June 2019 at 2.30pm.  Meeting Point is at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.

The species seen and recorded on the walk will be sent into the National Biodiversity Data Centre.

By taking part in the pollinator plan, you can help our pollinators and our environment.

This is a free event.

Brilliant Brooches

There are some beautiful brooches to be seen at the Museum, from the famous ‘Tara’ Brooch of early Christian times, to brooches worn by Viking women, and even brooches given as love tokens in medieval times. Drop in to the Museum to see the beautiful pins and brooches discovered in 2016 and displayed in the new ‘Dressed to Impress’ exhibit, learn about the people who made these brooches, then make your own brooch to take home! 

When Sunday 30th, drop in between 2-4pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archaeology)
How much? Free, no booking required, not wheelchair accessible
Ages suitable for? 6+

Family Tour – An Introduction to Collins Barracks

Join an introductory tour to learn about the history of Collins Barracks, from the 1700s to the present day and its transition from Barracks to Museum, taking in some of the highlights from the Museum’s military history or decorative arts exhibitions. 

When Sunday 30th 3-4pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks
How much? Free, places allocated on a first come first serve basis 15 mins before the tour starts
Ages suitable for? The whole family

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+

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 Sunday 30th, July 2nd 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.

The Dead Zoo Tour

Meet a Museum Educator and discover the science and stories behind the collections on display during this free public highlights tour of the Museum of Natural History.

When 29th June at 12 & 2pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street (Natural History) How much? Free, no booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible. Ages suitable for? All ages

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.

Summer Sessions: Art & Craft Dock at EPIC and the IFHC

Every Wednesday this July and August, EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum and the Irish Family History Centre will be using arts, crafts and games to explore some of the museum’s most curious characters. In these workshops, we’ll be going on adventures from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of the galaxy – but all you need is your imagination to tag along!

The adventures include…


Week 1 – 3rd July


Are you ready to sail the seven seas? Create your own pirate survival kit, including treasure map and spyglass, alongside rebel pirates like Anne Bonny and Mary Read. 

Week 2 – 10th July

Into the Wild

Jump into the jungle and run through the rainforest with activities inspired by the adventures of wildlife experts Liz Bonnin and Bear Grylls. Make your own colourful animal masks, birds of paradise and bookmarks to bring out your wild side.

Week 3 – 17th July

The Science of You

To tie in with the Festival of Curiosity, we’ll be mixing science and art to learn what makes you, YOU! From X-Ray and DNA inspired art to scientists like Margaret Bulkley and Robert Boyle, it’s sure to bring out your inner scientist!

Week 4 – 24th July

Up, Up and Away

Have you fastened your seatbelt and put your goggles on? This week we’ll be taking to the skies with characters such as Spitfire Paddy! Make your own airplane and flying kit so you’re ready to take flight.

Week 5 – 31st July

Christmas in July

Did you ever hear of Christmas in July? It’s snow joke! Grab your jacket, hat and scarf for this chilly workshop where we really make it snow! Based on Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, make your own winter scene in a jar.


Week 6 – 7th August

Lost in Space

The Irish have travelled everywhere, but what would an Irish colony be like in space? Follow in the moonwalk of Irish space experts like Niamh Shaw and Jocelyn Bell Burnell to design your own planet, from drawing out a map to actually making your own planet with foam clay!

Week 7 – 14th August

Deadly Dinosaurs

Explore the past in this rawrsome-ly themed workshop all about the fun world of fossils! From the terrifying T-Rex to the things they left behind, discover Irish fossil hunters such as Robert Bell and take part in your own archaeological dig!

Week 8 – 21st August

Create and craft

To tie in with National Heritage Week, this week we’ll become our own designers inspired by Philip Treacy and Orla Kiely. Make your own clay pot or stylish paper hat, and learn all about the crafts of the past. It’s not just stories that are passed down from generation to generation!

The fine print (for parents):

Tickets cost €8 per child, with 1x ticket required for each child attending. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times during the event. 

We will be running two workshops back to back every week covering similar content and activities, and you can book on one or both. Both are suitable for ages 5 – 11 years old.

Prebooking is essential to avoid missing out. Contact our Education Sales team for more information at https://epicchq.com/contact/

Special offer: Want to see EPIC Museum while you’re here? Kids get free entry to the museum with this ticket!

The Wondrous Machine: MOVIE NIGHT SPECIAL

Join us at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral for our ever popular Independence Day concert performed by the organists of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral with music from SUPERMAN, STAR WARS, ET, INDEPENDENCE DAY & JURASSIC PARK.

Admission is free, the concert is suitable for all ages and you can even watch the performers via a big screen in the crossing.  To finish, there is a retiring collection for CMRF Crumlin which provides vital funding for CHI Crumlin (previously known as Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin) and The National Children’s Research Centre to enable little patients to have the best possible outcomes.

When Thursday 4th July
Where St Patricks Cathedral
How much? Tickets are free but advance booking is advised via the Cathedral website
Ages suitable for? everyone welcome

Wood Quay Summer Sessions

The Wood Quay Summer Sessions return for a third year of free concerts from 1pm to 2pm every Thursday throughout July. Every week, music fans will have the opportunity to see new and upcoming acts, as well as established acts, from across a wide range of genres performing in the wonderful setting of the outdoor Wood Quay Amphitheatre in Dublin’s city centre.

Founded by Dublin City Council and presented in association with First Music Contact (FMC), Improvised Music Company (IMC), Music Network and Contemporary Music Centre (CMC), the Wood Quay Summer Sessions offers something for all music fans from trad to hip-hop, classical to contemporary and jazz to rock.

Throughout the four weeks, there will be food trucks for any hungry music fans as well as ticket giveaways to upcoming events and concerts.

July 4th presented with First Music Contact (FMC)
13.00 | Erica-Cody
13.30 | JyellowL

July 11th presented with Improvised Music Company (IMC)
13.00 Charlie Moon Quartet
13.30 | The RBG Trio (Redmond, Brady, Gillard)

July 18th presented with Contemporary Music Centre (CMC)
13.00 | Garth Knox
13.30 | Garth Knox & Ultan O’Brien

July 26th presented with Music Network
13.00 | Miriam Kaczor & Alec O’Leary
13.30 | Liam O’Connor Music, Seán Mckeon and John Blake.

The Wood Quay Summer Sessions is presented with the support of Near FM and Totally Irish 98FM.

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.

Pop these dates in your diary or buy tickets so that you can enjoy these events in future weeks

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 Jul @ 10.15am & 2pm Sat 6 Jul @ 10.15am & 11.45am
Where The Ark
How much? €11.50/€8.50 per child (20% off for members).
Ages suitable for? Suitable for 2-4 year olds

Why do we like the things and stuff that we like?

In this workshop we will use word play, story-telling, prop making and hat wearing to make fun, interesting art- works and performances. We will use art to ask questions like; “why do we like the things and stuff that we like? What makes our choices different? What stuff do we like to hold onto and keep good care of? And what stuff do we not care about?” We will work together to have fun, using materials, our own voices and movements to make short performances, taking lots of photographs. We then will choose the photos we think are the most interesting to keep as a memento of the fun and interesting ideas that came out of the workshop.

When 6th July from 2-4.30
Where RHA Gallery (Royal Hibernian Academy), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2  How much? Free but you must book here
Ages suitable for? Children aged 8-12

Bug Hunt

Who wants to see some insects?? Explore the park and find some creepy crawlies with our nets, bug jars and magnifying glasses. Discover what beetles, slugs, spiders, centipedes and more look like up close.

When Sunday, July 7th. 10 – 11.30am
Where Lucan Demesne
How much? Free – email Andy (aka Mouse) at info@owls.ie to book a place or for more information.
Ages suitable for? the whole family

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?’

Summer Camp for 7-10 Year Olds

During this three day summer camp for 7-10 year olds with artists Frances Coghlan, Kathryn Maguire and Ashleigh Downey we will be inspired by jellyfish, cabinets of curiosity and other wonders in Mark Dion’s exhibition Our Plundered Planet.

Tuesday 9 July – Thursday 11 July, 10.30am-12.30pm

Fee €40, booking through eventbrite.ie required here.

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

Budding Botanists – Collecting and pressing flowers

Ever wondered how to preserve plants, or wanted to start your very own plant collection? Get great tips and discover how you can become a plant hunter! Join our guides on an expedition through the Botanic Gardens, identifying and collecting suitable plants for pressing before constructing your very own flower press, or create some beautiful botanical designs with our pre-dried plants!

July 11, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (also on July 25, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm)

Suitable for age 6 and up. Admission Free. Booking essential.


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.

Early Years Summer Camp for 1-3 Year Olds

During this four day summer camp for 1-3 year olds with artist Frances Coghlan we will be exploring the sights and sounds and be immersed in a sensory world of simple shapes, colours and textures.

Tuesday 16 July – Friday 19 July, 11am-Noon

Fee €22, booking through eventbrite.ie required here

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.

Festival of Curiosity

Join us for a special walking and sketching tour for families starting and ending at the Hugh Lane Gallery to discover how motifs from the natural world have shaped some of the city’s architecture and observe specific details where nature and wildlife are discreetly represented in the city. We will also be inspired by Mark Dion’s exhibition Our Plundered Planet.

Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane.

Thursday 18 July, 11am–12.30pm

Fee: €5 per person, booking through eventbrite.ie required here as numbers are limited.

Join the fun at Playstival this August – 

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, 10.20 am – 11.10 am & 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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