Dublin local family event guide. Friday 17th – Thursday 23rd January 2020

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.

Creative Waste Workshops

When Saturday, 18 January 2:30 to 4pm
Where The Rediscovery Centre Main Street D09 HK58 Ballymun
How much? €10 per ticket
Ages suitable for? 6-12 year olds

Join us at the Rediscovery Centre for our Arts & Crafts workshop for kids, where we will doing a variety of creative crafts by reusing waste materials, such as fabric, cardboard, plastic and sweet wrappers. 

Free Family Yoga Class

When Saturday from 4.30-6pm
Where Yoga Dublin, 28a Dartmouth Road, Ranelagh
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Families

Rainbow Yoga is excited to offer you this free Family Yoga class! An interactive hour and a half of dynamic and fun Rainbow Yoga for children, families, parents, grandparents and carers.

It’s always more fun to do yoga together! Play and connect with your children and family. Stretch further than you can on your own and balance in ways that you can only do together in this fun experience for the whole family.

Need to reconnect with your loved ones? Spend some quality time doing yoga together, where no mobile phones or social media are allowed. It’s simply family time!

Join our incredible Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Benjamin Hart for this free family yoga event for all ages.

Check out our beautiful studio partner Yoga Dublin where this free Family Yoga class is being held.

Please bring a yoga mat and eco friendly water bottle.

When Saturday, January 18th, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Where Citywest Shopping Centre, Dublin
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? The whole family….well anyone not squeamish!

Come face to face with lots and lots of tropical animals including creepy crawlies like spiders and whisking cockroaches! Plus, don’t miss out on your chance to meet a real life giant tortoise! And for those of you who are brave enough… We will have a 14 foot python on the mall!

AND if you just can’t get enough wildlife, look out for our competition coming soon to win an annual family pass to Dublin Zoo!

Over the Yellow Brick Road, an original panto by CDG

When Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 2-4pm and 7-9pm
Where Moyle Park College, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
How much? Tickets: Adult – €10, Child – €5. Tickets can be purchased in Clondalkin Village Hardware
Ages suitable for? All the family

Follow along the Yellow Brick road and travel back to a world so familiar that it’s…different? The wonderous land of Oz; with its lions, tigers AND bears! Oh my! Follow our unlikely heroes as they attempt to bring order back to Oz, and maybe have a couple giggles along the way. Will you have the brains, the heart and the courage (not to mention patience) to be a part of all the hullabaloo?

Fun for all the family with laughs to be had by all!

We have heard from one of our community leaders that this new restaurant in Drumcondra are wanting to attract families and so if you are local, pop along and check them out!

Hands on History – Childhood

When 19th Jan 3-4pm
Where Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)
How much? Free – No booking required.
Ages suitable for? all ages

Drop in to discover objects from the Museum’s handling collection relating to childhood and play! Join our Museum educators in an interesting drop-in handling session for all ages, using the Museum’s collection of objects for handling.

National Gallery

Family-friendly tour

When Sunday from 12.30 – 1.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland meet at the Merrion Square information desk
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Families

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.

National Gallery

Drop-in family workshop

When Every Sunday drop in from 11.30am to 1.30pm
Where National Gallery of Ireland in the Maples Group Creative Space
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? children of all ages

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.

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

These free workshops take place weekly, every Sunday from 11.30am

Hugh Lane

Sunday Sketching

When Sunday’s from 3-4pm
Where Hugh Lane Gallery
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? 6 years plus and their adult

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.

Free, no booking required, although places may be limited. Suitable for ages 6 yrs+new term starts on the 3rd of February so this is the last session you’ll be able to just pay for the one session. a great way to try it out before committing to the whole term! Sure to be alot of fun, more info on

We are now booking for term 3 in our PlayLabs – if you have a baby, a wobbler or a toddler then why not check out your nearest venue and book to join us for the next 7 weeks?

Can’t make a class or two during the term? Not a problem. You can make up classes at another venue with space OR gift your classes to bring a friend along.

Click here to see what day we are running at a venue near you and book to join us.

Music for babies

Malahide: Music for Babies

When Wednesday, 22 January from 11:00-12:00
Where Malahide Castle
How much? Adults €13 – Accompanying Babies & Toddlers go FREE!

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.

Moon Woke Me Up

When Wed 22nd and Thur 23rd Jan at 12.30 for the general public
Where Draíocht Studio & Workshop Room
How much? €7 adults / €5 children
Ages suitable for? 2-4 year olds and their adults

Moon Woke Me Up Nine times. It was still 4am.
So I built a rocket with my friends. And went on a journey that never ends. 
Come up and away with us. Come and play with us. Come build a rocket that will BLAST OFF and take us on a magical journey to the moon. All the way, up there, in outer space. 
I wonder if it smells of cheese? I wonder if it will make me sneeze? Let’s find out! 

Inspired by a Haiku of the same title by Basho Matsuo, Moon Woke Me Up is an interactive theatrical adventure to outer space for ages 2-4 years, using a wonderful blend of performance and interactive drama, construction play and sensory explorations. The performance runs alongside SPACE TO PLAY, an interactive, free-play space designed by Orla Kelly of Early Childhood Creativity in collaboration with Little Bigtop.

Commissioned by The Civic. Original production funded by The Civic, Creative Ireland and South Dublin County Council in a partnership supported by South Dublin Libraries and Rua Red.

If you, or a friend, has a baby that is over 6 week’s old, then why not join one of our baby massage classes.

As well as being a great skill for parents to know, our 4 week course is a really easy way to meet other local new parents.

Our instructors are all members of Baby Massage Ireland and the cost of the course is covered by most health insurance providers.

Book now to join us during January in:

  • Dublin 6 – Leinster Sports Club on Friday 24th.
  • Ballsbridge – Herbert Park on Tuesday 28th.

Dates of future courses are also showing on our website.

Pop the events below in your diary, or prebook, for future family fun!

Free Family Day: Octopus, Clown-Fish, Crazy-Fish

SAT 25 JAN 2020 12PM-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Explore the kelp seaweed forest in the exhibition ‘Holdfast’, listen to the sounds the sea creatures make and with the help of our artists and lots of interesting recycled materials, stick, cut and create real or imagined many-eyed-many-legged crazy sea creatures of your own.

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 by phone 01-8852622.

Saturday Morning Kids Science Lectures: Incredible Crocs and Amazing Alligators

When 25th Jan from 10-10.30am
Where Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much? Free, booking required. Please contact educationnh@museum.ie or Ph. 01 6486 316. Wheelchair accessible. Ages suitable for? Families with children 7+

Built-in goggles, an immune system that can kill off the deadliest of diseases, and the strongest bite force in the animal kingdom! Hear from herpetological expert, Rob Gandola, about the amazing adaptations of crocodiles and alligators that have kept them unchanged in millions of years and at the top of the food chain.

Hugh Lane

Colours, Shapes and Patterns in Paintings

When Saturday 25 January, 2-3.30pm
Where Hugh Lane Gallery
How much? €10, booking through eventbrite.ie required here.
Ages suitable for? 8-12 year olds

During this art workshop with artist Barbara O’Connell we will look at colours, shapes and patterns in paintings on display as inspiration for the creation of our own Japanese inspired artwork using origami papers.

When January 25, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where Botanic Gardens Glasnevin
How much? No mention of cost – check when booking
Ages suitable for? 6-12 year olds

A fun kids’ workshop where we will be making bird feeders to help our feathered friends during the colder winter months. Be sure to wear old clothes wince we may be making a mess!

Booking is essential – call (01) 804 0319/ 857 0909 or email botanicgardens@opw.ie

Owls winter camp

When Monday 30th – Friday 3rd January 2020  (excluding Wednesday 1st). from 9.30-2.30. Children can attend for the four days or just one or two.
Where Turvey Nature Reserve.
How much? OWLS members €20 per day, non owls members €25
Ages suitable for? For ages 6 and up.

Theme:  Fire and Ice. Lots of fire making and craft activities.

As it will be run by our two new leaders (Swan and Red Squirrel) the numbers are restricted to 30 children.

Booking now open, contact Swan at swan@owls.ie.

When Saturday 15th Feb, adults in the morning, families in the afternoon
Where Jam Park Swords
How much? Family session 1-5, 2 adults, 2 children €45 early bird. Adult family session early bird €20, child family session early bird €5. All plus booking fees. Click here to book, early bird prices until Feb 15th.
Ages suitable for? Families – ClapHandies will be there!

The one day festival will be divided into two elements, kicking off in the morning with adults only workouts, talks, food and activities, while the afternoon will be dedicated to families and kids with family friendly workouts, food and activities.

Morning – Over 18s from 8-12 noon

Morning tickets will include classes such as Box Fit, HIIT, Yoga, Spin and Rowing from 8am -12 noon all set in a truly unique fitness environment. Participants will be fully immersed in Dublin’s biggest club room with live DJs, visuals and one of Ireland’s biggest sound systems.

Join trainers including Irish international Megan Williams, Daniella Moyles, Olympian Niall O’Toole, Ireland Boxer Tony Browne and Victor Rabei.

Take a break from the burpees and the rowing machine with food from EatYard, bring out your inner Tiger or Rory at crazy golf or take on one of the arcade games. While downstairs classes will exercise the body, strengthen and stretch the mind at our first floor talks.

Afternoon – KidsYard – from 1-5pm

Kids are taking over the afternoon with family friendly classes including Family Zumba and Family Pound with Carla Roberts, Post Natal Fitness with Emma Dowling of Empowered Mama and Family Yoga with Liz Contigan Fleury.

The sessions are going to be high energy and all accompanied with music by a live DJ on stage at Jam Park’s state of the art venue. KidsYard plans on making exercising together as families so much FUN promoting health and wellness through fitness, food and music.

Claphandies and The Cool Food School will run music and food workshops for the full afternoon allowing kids to drop in and out of the exercise sessions. And you can feed any hungry little ones at EatYard or take a break from activities with some crazy golf or arcade games.

Carla Roberts

Carla is a Zumba® Fitness Instructor & Zumba Kids Instructor at The Movement Project and Pound Pro at POUND Fitness with Carla. Carla is also a Play Therapist and children’s yoga instructor and recently launched a brand new, joyful, life-altering music and movement programme called SHAKE IT BABY created for kids aged 0 – 4 and their caregivers.

POUND® is the world’s first cardio jam session inspired by the infectious, energising and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums. Our session will be designed for parents and kids alike.

Carla’s sessions include song, dance and play through engaging physical activity, imagination and FUN!

Emma Dowling

Emma is the creator and founder of the Empowered Mama, Postnatal exercise specialists whose programmes are designed to heal and strengthen simultaneously. Emma is passionate about bringing the most up to date, research backed information to post natal classes. She is one of few fully qualified Pre and Post Natal Exercise Specialists in Ireland. Her qualifications include Pre and Post Natal Exercise through NTC Ireland, Pre and Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist from Dr. Sarah Duvall. She aims to contiune her education bringing the latest techniques from the USA and Austrailia to Irish Mamas.

Above all else, Emma is a mother herself. She understands what it takes for a Mama to chisel 15 minutes or 1 hour out of their day to exercise. Emma session aims to be enjoyable and stress free as well as being a highly effective, safe workout that meets you and your body where it is at on your fitness journey.

Liz Costigan

Liz is a qualified Yoga Teacher, Fitness Trainer and Wellness Advocate living in Dublin. She has also recently become Mama to twin boys Zac & Jules. Liz believes in listening to and learning about your body and doing what is right for you. Making yoga, fitness and wellbeing accessible to everyone is what motivates Liz. Liz believes in embracing our imperfections, loving ourselves for who we are and by doing this living our best most authentic lives.

In our family yoga class we will move, breathe and connect which is often difficult to do in our busy daily lives. There’ll be lots of room for fun and laughter during the yoga practice. Yoga truly is a beautiful gift to share with your kiddies.


ClapHandies will offer a drop by play space aimed at toddlers and young children, where they’ll have fun floor-based baby sensory equipment and activities. They’ll also run their award winning PlayLabs with “rhyme time” and “story time” and age-appropriate play activities.

We’ll also have REALPARTIESx by ClapHandies who offer awesome activities for all kids from 4 -12 years old with Real Science which includes fun and educational experiments (shhhh don’t tell the kids!) and Real Maker activities which include jewellery making, creating fabric covered buttons, bead art using and paper crafting activities.

The Cool Food School

The Cool Food School is all about encouraging children to enjoy wholesome foods for a happier and healthier life. Deirdre has a passion for healthy eating and will share her love with kids through fun, interactive workshops.


Jam Park is family friendly adults playground where you can eat, drink, play and dance all under the one roof!


  • Babies under one year are free of charge. All other children require a child ticket.
  • Tickets are non-refundable are and not to be resold.
  • Morning ticket holders can take part in any class throughout morning. Afternoon ticket holders can take part in any afternoon classes.
  • Sessions need to be booked in advance – available from January.
  • Both ticket holders can access the arcade games or crazy golf throughout the day.
  • Parents remain responsible for children at all times. Children must remain under supervision.
  • Buggies can be kept in buggy park area and not taken onto the dance floor!
  • Food is available at Jam Park’s Diner and EatYard.
  • Baby changing is available.
  • Parking can be busy on Saturdays so please arrive early and give youself lots of time!

Early Years Spring Course

When 18th – 21st February from 11am-12
Where Hugh Lane Gallery
How much? €22, booking through eventbrite.ie required here
Ages suitable for? 1-3 year olds and their adults

Celebrate the colours, textures and sounds of spring during this four day art course.

Big Fish Little Fish Dublin Family Rave

When Sunday 29th March 2-4pm
Where Tramline 21 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2
How much? Adult €12, Child €8, non walkers free (plus booking fee)
Ages suitable for? For families with younger children (8s and under) though all ages are welcome. Max 3 children per adult.

We have heard from one of our community leaders that the Big Fish Little Fish family raves are great fun! Tickets appear to sell out quickly, so don’t leave it too long if you fancy popping in to show the little one’s how to party!

Here is what the organisers say:

World famous, award winning, Glastonbury Festival performing, family rave sensation Big Fish Little Fish throws the ultimate family event in Dublin at the perfect basement rave cave venue TRAMLINE 29th March.

Run by local Dublin family Big Fish Little Fish Ireland is bringing the definitive rave DJing legend Slipmatt (SL2) to play! Celebrating over 30 years in the music business – he was right there at the start of the breakbeat and rave scene.

We are ecstatic to bring you one of the Godfather’s of breakbeat and rave.

He was one half of SL2, who had a 1992 UK hit with “On a Ragga Tip”, “Way In My Brain” & “DJ’s Take Control”.

Amidst the chart success, Slipmatt cemented his name on the breakbeat hardcore DJ circuit and was a regular at major Fantazia and Dreamscape events.

Slipmatt has DJed at Fantazia, Raindance, Moondance, Dreamscape, Pleasuredome, Hardcore Heaven, Dance Concept, Helter Skelter, One Nation, United Dance, Uprising, Dizstruxshon, Alderney Bunker Parties, World Dance & Slammin Vinyl raves, and we are honoured to be flying him in to spin some proper rave anthems for you all.

The multi-sensory dancefloor comes alive with glitter cannons, bubbles, giant balloons and a parachute dance finale.

Craft tables with giant mural, themed crafts and playdoh table.

Play area with tents and tunnels and baby chillout space with mats and small ball pool.

Licensed bar if you fancy 1 or 2 sociable but not so quiet scoops, free transfer tattoos and glowsticks.

Family fun for the post-rave generation of parents. Helping parents be responsibly irresponsible since 2013.

So if you were a Temple head or a Redbox head, a Club FM head or a Pulse FM head, or if you just never managed to get out of that asylum…This gig is made for you…After all Love is Energy!!!

Optional (but very much encouraged), fancy dress : ‘Old School Rave’ – Think neon, whistles, furry boots, boiler suits, gas masks…you decide!!

NB as the lift is currently broken there is no straight forward wheelchair access into the venue and there is a short flight of stairs down to the entrance. Please contact us on infoireland@bigfishlittlefishevents.com if you would like to discuss access to the venue further.

We advise that if at all possible do not bring a buggy but, if it is unavoidable, please be aware that there is a short flight of steps down to the entrance. Once inside we advise you wear younger babies in a sling on the dancefloor.

Rave on!

Terms and Conditions:

Parents remain responsible for their children at all times.

For families with younger children (8s and under) though all ages are welcome.

Adult only groups are not admitted . A max of 3 children per adult in a family. If attending as a larger group please ensure one adult to two children minimum.

If there are more than 4 adults per child in your group please email infoireland@bigfishlittlefishevents.co.uk for pre-approval before buying tickets.

Tickets are non-refundable but can be transferred/sold on.

Each member of your group must have a ticket and pre-walking infants free (but ticketed). Will cost more on the door (if tickets available).

The event will be busy with hundreds of people attending. The dancefloor is for adults and children to dance together.

Club lighting rigs are used so please allow you eyes to adjust to the lower lighting levels when you enter.

Please be aware that events are standing/dancing with limited seating.

Each event is stewarded and risk assessed in advance.

Buggies must be left in buggy park and will not be allowed on the dance floor.

A licensed bar will be open during the event but no glass is permitted.

We may photograph or film small parts of the event and by entering you are giving your permission for these to be used for BFLF promotion purposes. If you do not wish your photo to be taken please speak to the door steward on entry.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All ages welcome but activities are designed with 0-8 years olds in mind. Music is played at safe levels for everyone.

How Loud will it be?

BFLF sets and monitors the volume using World Health Organisation guidelines – so that is it at a safe level for everyone, even the youngest babies, over the 2 hour duration of the event. Though quieter than at adult events, it is still loud enough to feel like you are at a club. Most parents do not use ear defenders on their children but if yours are particularly sensitive to noise or if you want them to nap then you might want to consider it.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?


What’s the refund policy?

There is a no refund policy but if you are unable to attend you may sell your tickets to someone else. If well in advance of a sold out event please email infoireland@bigfishlittlefishevents.com so we can try and match you with someone on the waiting list. If within 24 hours of the event then please post them to sell on the Facebook event page – where we will validate that you have tickets.

Lego Show’s Ireland

When Saturday 2nd May 12-5pm
Saturday 2nd May(sensory only) 6-8pm
Sunday 3rd May 12-5pm
Sunday 3rd May (adults only) 6-8pm
Monday 4th May 11am-4pm
Where Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin.
How much? Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children) €42
Single adult ticket €15
Single child ticket (4-17) €10
Single toddler ticket (under 4) €2
Ages suitable for? Lego lovers! Tickets sold on eventbrite

We are delighted to announce our biggest show to date the DUBLIN BRICK SHOW

The show will have some amazing original models including:
– Ireland and UKs biggest Lego Death Star
– Avengers tower
– zombie attack
– Kirwan castle (1.2 x 3m, over 200,000 pieces)
– avengers mozaic (8ftx8ft)

Hard to find, UCS and exclusive Lego sets.

Kids can also enjoy
– Free Lego play area.
– Free face painting.
– Free speed build competition.
– treasure hunt.
– master builder competition.
– chill out area.
– colouring table for younger kids.
– sensory area.

And if that’s not enough we will also have some vendors selling Lego.

PLEASE NOTE our shows are aimed at kids and as having fun, as such we have allot of hands on activities so the kids can see the models, get inspired and then build, build, build!

We hope that you have a great week.

ClapHandies run regular baby massage courses suitable for babies from 6 weeks – 9 months old. As well as all the benefits it offers to your baby, it’s a really easy way for you to make some new friends that are also local to the venue you choose.

ClapHandies also run weekly PlayLabs. These happen at venue’s across Dublin during term time. If you have a baby, wobbler or toddler why not book to join us for one of our 7 week PlayLab terms?

Looking to organise a party, then maybe we can help. We offer classic parties for pre-schoolers and 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 that you would like us to promote? If so please email marie@claphandies.com giving as much notice as possible. If suitable we will ty our best to add it to our weekly event guide.

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