Dublin local family event guide. Friday 8th – Thursday 14th November 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.

Exploring Sound & Music with Eamon Sweeney

When Friday 8th Nov at 10.15 and again at 11.30
Where Draíocht Galleries, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
How much? €5 call to book – 01 8852622
Ages suitable for? 2-4 year olds and their adults.

See and play music in a free and open environment with musician Eamon Sweeney, using gongs, chimes, bells, ocean drums, simple percussion instruments and song.

This series of individual monthly workshops is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way. There will be mess but there will also be fun! Cost: €5 per child per workshop (accompanying adult is free). 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). 

Make Your Own Mini Francis Bacon Studio

When Saturday 9 November, 2-3.30pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Fee €10, booking through eventbrite.ie is required here.
Ages suitable for? 7-11 year olds

Unwrapped 2019 Lantern Making Workshop

When Saturday at 11am and 2pm
Where Rua Red, Tallaght, Dublin 24
How much? €5 – tickets available here
Ages suitable for? The whole family

Unwrapped Festival marks the beginning of the winter festive season. Join in the festivities by taking part in a lantern-making workshop. Throughout November lantern making workshops will take place every Saturday at Rua Red. The workshops are suitable for all ages. Come along and have a go!

You, your family (and your lantern!) are invited to then take part in the Unwrapped lantern parade that will take place on Saturday 7 December. This year’s theme is Safe Haven and is inspired by a profoundly beautiful and moving film animation by artist Majid Adin & Stephen McNally about a refugee’s search for a safe haven.

Booking is essential. Workshop places are limited and book up fast! Your €5 fee covers the cost of your lantern lights

Baby Bay Market Dublin

Pick up some bargains on Sunday from 12-4 at the Maldron Hotel in Tallaght. Entry is £3 for adults and free for children.

Animal Tracking Fitzsimon’s Wood

When Sunday, 10th November, 12:30-2pm
Where Corkagh Park.
How much? Supported by South Dublin County Council – a free event.
Ages suitable for? Families

Want to attract butterflies to your garden? Why not try making your own colourful feeder to encourage these beautiful insects! This is a fun and easy craft activity involving the whole family, especially children 4 years and up.  
Email Mouse at info@owls.ie to book a place or for more information

Drop in family workshop – Bauhaus

When Sunday drop in between 11.30-1.30pm
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Children of all ages and their adult

At our weekly drop-in workshop, 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.Paragraph

Suitable for children of all ages, these workshops take place in the Maples Group Creative Space in our Atrium.

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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.Paragraph

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.

Join us for a brand new term!

Are you looking for some fun to enjoy with your baby, wobbler or toddler? Then why not join ClapHandies and enjoy a weekly PlayLabs in one of our many venues. 

This week we are starting term 2 in the following venues;

  • Monday – Mount Merrion and Castleknock Junction 6.
  • Tuesday – Naas and Glenageary.
  • Wednesday – Castleknock (babies class is full)
  • Thursday – Ballsbridge (babies class is full, toddlers and wobblers is nearly full)
  • Friday – Dublin 6, Leinster Sports Club
  • Saturday – Mount Merrion and Malahide Castle (for wobblers and toddlers only on a Saturday)

Don’t panic if the venue you’d like to join started last week, if space allows you can still join us for the rest of the term and we will charge accordingly.

Never been to a PlayLab before? Here are some of the key benefits –

  • Make new friends that are local to you
  • Great maternity leave activity
  • Helps transitioning to creche or play school
  • Toddlers enjoy being challenged
  • 100’s of play ideas to inspire you to play more at home
  • Happy child, happy parent

It’s easy to book, just visit our website here, choose your child’s age and venue and follow through the booking process.

Monkstown: Music for Babies

When Wednesday, 13 November 2019 from 11:00-12:00
Where Monkstown
How much? €13 per adult, accompanied babies and preschool children are free
Ages suitable for? babies with their adults

We are delighted to welcome back virtuoso violin duo Lynda O’Connor and Sylvia Roberts. Sit back and enjoy their international tour through Germany, Italy, France and Hungary.

Classical music concerts for grandparents, parents and babies in a relaxed, local setting.

Come and enjoy the finest chamber music as your baby feeds, sleeps, plays and absorbs all the benefits of this wonderful music.

Wondering what our concerts are like..? Take a peek here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg-Uy9lpdfE

Join us for a coffee from 10.30am.S

Outreach, Midlands Science Festival – Viking Artefact Detective!

When 14th November drop in between 3-5pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archaeology)
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Families

The Education Department of the Museum of Archaeology are out and about this Science Week! Pop into Treo Nua, Portlaoise to explore the archaeological evidence of the Vikings with reference to Laois at a special family event as part of the Midlands Science Festival. Our Museum Educators will have replica artefacts and raw materials which you can pick up and take a closer look at. Learn how archaeologists use scientific techniques to discover more about life in the past, then use evidence to solve the puzzle and figure out how the Vikings cleverly used antler, wood, bone and amber! This event is part of a partnership between the National Museum and Midlands Sciencne to bring museum outreach to the Midlands region. The Laois events are presented in association with Laois Heritage Office. No booking required, pop-in any time between 3.00 and 5.00pm. Wheelchair accessible.

Pre book the events below for future family fun

We know how difficult it can be to meet other local new parents and we know how many of our customers have found that by joining one of our 4 week courses they have made friends for life. 

You can book now to join a ClapHandies Baby Massage class in:

Sandymount on Wednesday Nov 13th – Only 2 spaces remaining
Glenageary on Friday Nov 15th
Malahide Castle on Friday Nov 15th
Dundrum on Tuesday Nov 26th

Most healthcare policies will cover the cost of the course – so you have more pennies left to enjoy a cuppa and cake with your new friends!

* These will be the last courses running in 2019, you can book now to join us in January 2020.

Science Week Slime Labs

When Saturday November 16th, 11-12 or 12.30-1.30 or 2.30-3.30
Where EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1
How much? €8 per child, with 1x ticket required for each child attending. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times during the workshop.
Ages suitable for? This workshop is suitable for ages 6 – 12 years old

There’s a slime and a place for getting messy and it’s here with us at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum this Science Week!

Come on down to the museum for a seriously sticky science lab. Discover your messy side, get creative, get a little green, and learn something new in this fantastically disgusting workshop. Yuck!

Click the picture above and take a look at the Children’s programme at Dublin book festival today as some of the events have nearly sold out!

The Dublin Book Festival is happening on Saturday November 16th and Sunday November 17th.

Donal Vaughan Science Magic

When Sun 17th Nov at 2pm
Where dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin 16
How much? €9
Ages suitable for? children 5+ and their adults

Triple-award-winning Irish comedian and scientist Donal Vaughan brings his hugely popular science and comedy show back to dlr Mill Theatre. With some brand new tricks and some old favourites too, learn about science using everyday objects and laugh your pants off while you do it. You too can become a science wizard and amaze your family and friends.

Free Family Day: Winter Printer

When Saturday 23rd November 12-3pm
Where Draíocht Galleries, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
How much? Free but space is limited
Ages suitable for? Designed for 5-10 year olds although younger/older siblings welcome

Create your reindeer and print him green, etch an elephant and add a red nose, stamp a tree with purple snow. Our artists will be on hand to show you the techniques to print a Christmas Card and you can show us just how crazy your festive imagination can be!

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!

Kids’ Eco Christmas Crafts

When November 30 and December 7th 2019 (Times below)
Where National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? €5 booking essential
Ages suitable for? 6-8 years 11.00am – 12.00pm, 8 years & over 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Especially for kids this Christmas. Help spread beauty and prevent waste this Christmas by making your own plantable eco-friendly cards with recycled and natural materials. Using biodegradable seed infused paper, these cards will keep giving long after Christmas, as they can then be planted in your garden, in pots on your balcony or windowsill.

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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