Dublin local family event guide. Friday 12th July – Thursday 18th 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.

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!

Saturday July 13, 2019 at 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Suitable for children age 8 and upwards. Admission Free. Booking essential – call (01) 804 0319/ 857 0909 or email botanicgardens@opw.ie.

Laya Healthcare – City Spectacular

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

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.

Free, other than donations. 

Food & Music Festival Weekend

We are so excited about our latest upcoming event here at The Square our Food & Music Festival!

We will have our Live Stage with Kids Singalong’s, DJ, Music Bingo, heaps of Spot Prizes and lots lots more….

Also throughout the day will be funfilled activities with Kids Bouncy Castle, Giant Games Area, Kids Entertainer, Face Painting, Balloons and more !

Then we have our Food Village that we know you are all going to absolutely LOVE and lots of tasty sampling throughout the weekend!

WHEN: 13th + 14th July
WHERE: East Car Park (Beside our Oopsadaisy Playground)
TIME: 12PM – 5PM

The one man, hit musical interpretation of The Gruffalo is returning to The Red Stables, St Annes Park!! The show that garnered such amazing reviews as,
“That was actually quite good”

“Almost as good as I expected!”

“We managed to stay right until the very end – one thumb up!”

When 10am on Saturday July 13th

Where The Red Stables, St Annes Park, Raheny, Dublin 5
How much? Tickets cost €10 (plus booking fee) per child PLEASE NOTE there is no charge for adults, siblings under 9months or siblings over the age of 7. Tickets can be booked here.
Ages suitable for? These shows are best suited to the 2-4yr olds, but kids from around 12month up to 6yrs old will have a great time! 

St Cuthberts Park Family Festival Day

The 3rd Annual Family Festival organised by the Friends of St Cuthberts Park will be taking place to create a family friendly event for all to enjoy!

When Saturday from 12-4pm
Where Bawnogue
How much? No price mentioned
Ages suitable for? All the family

Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta Family Fun Day

As part of the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta this July there will be a busy social programme and a number of public events, including a Family Fun event on the East Pier as the event reaches its climax and hundreds of racing yachts return to the harbour.

There’ll be lots of entertainment for young & young at heart with face-painters, a selfie wall, a display of the latest Volvo cars, and plenty more…

When Sunday 14th from 1-4pm
Where East Pier,Dún Laoghaire

How much? No mention of price
Ages suitable for? Everyone

Church of Ireland, Donabate and Lusk Fete 2019

The next Donabate Church féte is on Saturday 13th July 2019 from 2-5pm
Pony rides, bottle stall, scones and tea, plants, cakes, jumble sale ice cream and more!

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 July 14th, July 16th, 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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!

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

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 25, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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


You asked for it! And it’s back BIGGER and BETTER for 2019 – with lots of new activities that your little ones will love 

We will have a different theme each day including:
⚡️Arts & Crafts
⚡️Games Day

There will be #slimemaking#legobuilding#lavalamp making, water play #pizza making fun with #bubbles & much much more! And all activities are suitable for 4-10 year olds.

Each day our award-winning chef will prepare a tasty lunch and there will also be time to have fun in the playframes 🤸‍♂️ 

Places are limited. Call us on 014016541 to secure your place. A €50 deposit reserves your place.

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).

Festival of Curiosity

From Playful Days (family programme) to Curious Nights (adult programme) we create, produce & curate unique, visual and interactive cultural experiences in Dublin that merge cutting-edge technology, design, arts and science in playful, immersive & curious ways.

A lot of events get booked up in advance so take a look below at what they suggest are family friendly and get booked in!

Cardboard Carnival – Join Lempen Theatre company for a family show exploring puppetry, movement, music and the creative potential of a simple cardboard box! Expect inspiration and delight for everyone from 4 to 104.

Dippy Dino’s Scientific Dilemmas – Join Scientific Sue on yet another ROAR-some family show exploring Dippy Dinosaur’s scientific dilemmas. 

Adventure Science – Take a deep dive into ADVENTURE SCIENCE with Huw James, a Welsh Scientist, Adventurer and Film Maker.

Gastronaut Extreme – A spectacular edible science show by BBC Gastronaut Stefan Gates full of exciting and hilarious moments. Expect rockets made from food, edible chemical reactions and food explosions.

Under the Ocean – Take a deep dive under the ocean at the World Explorers Family Stage at The Festival of Curiosity. Discover Tierny’s exciting adventures with the gentle giant of the ocean – the big, goofy and loveable Mola mola, or giant ocean sunfish.

Dublin Maker 2019 – Dublin Maker is a free, playful and fun day out for all the family full of invention & creativity in Merrion Square.

Digging for Dinosaurs – As part of our World Explorers Stage for Families, we’re thrilled to host Jack Horner,​ one of ​the world’s​ best-known paleontologists​. Born in Shelby, Montana​ Jack discovered his first dinosaur fossil when he was​ just​ eight years old ​and​ has​ since​ made some of the most important dinosaur discoveries​.

Astronaut Training – As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing this July join us for an aerial hammock workshop. Prepare for your next space mission by learning to float, turn upside down, and spin while supported by aerial hammocks in this parent and child workshop!

Preparing for the Moon with Vertical Dance – In this vertical dance workshop with the ever ingenious Aerial Cirque, grab a harness and learn how jump and walk on walls just like a vertical dancer and the early astronauts.

The Sensory Garden – Using all of your senses, explore the rooftop garden at the Chester Beatty Library on a sensory trail or simply relax and enjoy the beauty of this ‘garden in the sky’ in the heart of Dublin city.

Art into Nature – Join us for a special walking and sketching tour 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.

Volvelle-Making Workshops – A hands-on workshop exploring paper prototypes and volvelles, a medieval paper construction with moving parts that is often considered an early example of a paper analog computer.

Curious Storytime – We will be reading two gorgeous children’s books: Ada Twist by Andrea Beaty and ‘Ada Lovelace from the “Little People Big Dreams” series.

Medieval Science Characters – Inspired by The Wonders of Creation, join maker-in-residence Pantea Karimi to create ancient scientific characters using collage and 3D materials.

Curious Trails – Through a series of fun riddles, puzzles and science for all the family the trail will take you on a journey to key locations across the city. Starting out from Belvedere House each clue will lead you to the next destination. Will you solve them all? 

Curious Creatures – Join Nat Geo Explorer Kakani Katija as she takes you on a journey into the Twilight Zone of the ocean. Meet the curious creatures that survive in the extreme depths of the sea and the robots that are helping us chart beyond the limits of our understanding.

How Did Our Gardens Grow? Explore thee of Dublin’s oldest parks on a curious and guided walking tour with storyteller and tour guide Catherine McGuinness.

Bubble Show – Join Scientific Sue, Ireland’s most beloved science performer and a Festival of Curiosity favourite for her wonder-filled bubble show at National Botanic Gardens.

The return of The Big Bad Mouse will take place on July 25th, 27th and August 1st, 3rd in The Red Stables!!

The follow up to the original Gruffalo story, where the Gruffalo’s young child seeks out The Big Bad Mouse from her dad’s stories is not to be missed! This will be a brand new show for Rainbow Phil with a lot more text to learn plus some technical challenges to overcome, so you never know – it might be terribly shambolic and it might be terribly bad… BUT THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT!!

When 10am July 25th, 27th and August 1st, 3rd

Where The Red Stables, St Annes Park, Raheny, Dublin 5
How much? Tickets cost €10 (plus booking fee) per child PLEASE NOTE there is no charge for adults, siblings under 9months or siblings over the age of 7. Tickets can be booked here.
Ages suitable for? These shows are best suited to the 2-4yr olds, but kids from around 12month up to 6yrs old will have a great time! 

National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council and its aim is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation.

Events are being added daily to the National Heritage Website, so click here and see what takes your fancy.

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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