Dublin local family event guide. Friday 30th August – Thursday 5th September 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.

The baby hatch

When 10-1, Saturday 31st August
Where Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road.
How much? €50, book through this link
Ages suitable for? mums with babies

Come join nutritionist and lifestyle blogger Jodie Wood, pediatric nurse and blogger Lynda Quigley and midwife and creator of Bump & Beyond Lisa Canavan for a workshop of all things mum and baby.

From infant health to post natal self care, we will chat about everything your friends never told you when they had babies.

If your little one joins you take part in a baby yoga session in which you’ll learn a little routine you can take home.

Enjoy the morning complete with refreshments before checking out a host of our favourite baby brands exhibiting on the day that you’ll be able to browse and shop.

Everyone goes home with a goodie bag of surprises for both mum and baby.

Sunday 12-2pm in Herbert Park, Dublin 4

Dublin Concert Band’s popular series of summer concerts in association with Dublin City Council returns this year, with five family-friendly and free Sunday afternoon performances in some of Dublin’s most welcoming parks. So pack a picnic and come and enjoy an entertaining selection of classics, jazz standards, favourite movie scores, and music from musicals in a park near you.

Family-friendly tour

When Sunday’s 12.30-1.15pm
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? All families welcome

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.

All welcome; no booking necessary.

India Day

When Sunday 1st September from 11-5pm
Where Farmleigh House and Estate, Phoenix Park
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? The whole family

Everyone is welcome to join this fantastic day to commemorate India’s Independence and Irish – Indian friendship.

There will be a number of Indian and World Cultural activities. A great day out with Family and friends. Come and enjoy delightful Indian and World cuisine with Colourful Indian Folk, Classical & Bollywood Dances, Fashion Show, Concert and Shopping of Indian Ethnic Dresses and Jewellery will be the highlights in the 5th India Day in Ireland.

The costumes, arts, crafts, cuisine and diverse culture of India will be displayed in beautiful Farmleigh estate by hundreds of performers and various communities. India Day helps build pride in the country’s rich cultural heritage besides familiarising the indigenous communities about the traditions and culture of different regions of India.

Kids Drop by Activities: Tomato squishing and seed saving

When Sunday 1st at 11.00am, 11.30am, 3.00pm & 3.30pm
Where National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? Free – No booking required, first-come first-served limited places available
Ages suitable for? Suitable from ages 4 and up. All children must bring their own grown-up!

Kids, learn how to save your tomato seeds – join us for tomato squishing in the Children’s Garden!

Sunday Sketching

When Sunday from 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 families

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.

Early Years Workshops for 1-3 Year Olds

Thursday 5 September, 11am-Noon

During this class for 1-3 year olds with artist Ashleigh Downey we will be exploring sights and sounds and be immersed in a sensory world of simple shapes, colours and textures. Fee €7, booking through eventbrite.ie required here.

Pre book the events below for future family fun

Culture Night

When The evening of September 20th
Where Across Ireland
How much? Free – some events need to be prebooked
Ages suitable for? All ages, due to it being in the evening, we hope you will find some suitable events to enjoy early on with your family

Here is the link to find the family friendly events happening in Dublin.

Culture Night 2019 – Wrap up in culture, as venues and public spaces across the island of Ireland open their doors to host a programme of free late-night entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture.

On Culture Night, arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes, including the National Cultural Institutions, extend their opening hours to allow for increased access to the public. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge. The celebration has grown from a relatively small scale cultural event staged only in Dublin in 2006 to the significant national cultural event it now is, with some 400,000 people visiting museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the island. The initiative has captured both the public imagination and the enthusiasm of artists and cultural organisations.

For one night only the island of Ireland become your FREE cultural playground, explore YOUR surroundings! (Some Culture Night events require booking).

Family Concert: Pirates, Parrots, And Pieces Of Eight

When Saturday 21st September at 11.30 and 1pm
Where National Concert Hall
How much? €12 discounts available
Ages suitable for? Designed for 4-12 year olds and their families, all are welcome!

Arrr!  Come ye land lubbers and scurvy dogs!  Gather the family for an interactive concert with the Echo Band, featuring favourite sea songs and shanties with a jazzy twist! 

Join us fer tales o’ adventure, hidden booty and buccaneers.  Hoist the Jolly Roger, set course for the high seas, and watch out or we’ll all end up in Davy Jones’ locker.

Lots o’ participation promised to keep all our younger audience members involved and entertained.


When Friday 27th September at 10.15 and 12.15. Sat 28th and Sun 29th at 2pm and 4pm.
Where The ARK, Temple Bar
How much? €12.50 per person
Ages suitable for? 3-6 year olds and their grown ups

BigKidLittleKid is a quirky, playful, energetic and engaging look at being on your own and being with someone else; and how size can really matter.

BigKidLittleKid promises to delight and enchant its audiences with its unique and wordless take on the complicated world of sibling rivalry.

Created by Anna Newell, described by The Guardian as “a hero of children’s theatre” and by the Irish Times as an “early years theatre pioneer” with music by David Goodall, with whom Anna has created shows for early years audiences that have been seen on 5 continents and off-Broadway.

Bring Along A Baby

When Sunday 28th September
Where National Concert Hall
How much? Adults are €13 and babies go free
Ages suitable for? Babies, wobblers and their adults

Bring Along a Baby is an informal, relaxed, accessible chamber music recital of the highest standard, aimed primarily at parents, while babies or very young children sleep, feed and play. 

There is no pressure to keep still or quiet, leaving parents free to sit back and enjoy the music. In fact, we encourage the babies to interact naturally with the music, and we have play mats and soft toys to this end.

Of course, the babies benefit from the music as well, so it’s a win-win.

Kidspace x Fearless Moves Floor Fillers Brunch

We’re hosting a Fearless Moves Floor Fillers session and brunch at kidspaceindoorplay in Rathcoole on Sun 29th Sept at 10am. 

It’s perfect for Mums and Dads who want to get a sweat on while the kids are having active fun in the play frames!

The ticket price also includes entry for 2 kids (worth €17)

Enjoy brunch afterwards with options for kids and parents! All the ticket deets are here: https://bit.ly/2K5Yt9W

Fearless Moves is a fitness event series that features a deadly music theme, a whopper instructor and most importantly, delish food after the workout session.

Bosco and Sleeping Beauty 

When Sunday 29th Sept, 12pm and 2pm
Where dlr Mill theatre, Dundrum
How much? €12 (under 2’s free but you must book them a seat)
Ages suitable for? All ages

Bosco is Bosco, not a boy, not a girl, just a Bosco: a cheeky, lovely, funny, slightly-cracked, irrepressible, eternal five-year-old who lives in a box and who loves nothing more than to just be Bosco and meet all the boys and girls.

After starring on Irish TV for three decades, you’ll see why Bosco remains a firm favourite for each new generation.

Enjoy the enchanted story of Sleeping Beauty where an evil Fairy-Night filled with jealousy try’s to harm Beauty but luckily she has very good fairy friends. With its brilliant array of Characters, lots of fun and excitement through this completely interactive live experience with the absolute magic of Puppet Theatre

Duration 75 mins no interval

Under 2s require a seat, these are FOC but you must select a seat when booking.

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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