Dublin local family event guide. Friday 31st – Thursday 6th February 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.

Family Day dlr Lexicon

When Saturday 1st Feb from 9.30-5pm
Where dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Family friendly

The first Family Day of 2020 will be held in dlr LexIcon on Saturday, 1 February! We’ll be celebrating St Brigid’s Day, the arrival of spring and the Chinese New Year (2020 is the Year of the Rat!).

We’ll have parent and baby yoga, face painting, Polish paper-craft, authors, illustrators, circus skills, music, St Brigid’s crosses and lots more.

No booking required. First come, first served for all events. See you there!

Lantern-making workshop for Chinese New Year

When Saturday 1 February, 2020, 2-4pm.
Where The Hugh Lane
How much? Free, no booking required although numbers may be limited.
Ages suitable for? Families

Come and celebrate Chinese New Year with artist Renata Pekowska by making a textured decorative lantern in this drop-in workshop for families. Parents stay with their children for this workshop.

Chinese New Year Gathering

When Saturday, 1st February at 12:15
Where Royal Marine Hotel Marine road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, A96 K063
How much? Non-members, €25 per person,Non-members under 12s, €10 per person (Kids meal), Infants, free (no meal) Tickets available here.
Ages suitable for? Everyone welcome

Dear friends,

A chaired Taiwan Ireland Association cordially invite you, friends and family to attend the annual Chinese New Year Luncheon, which will take place on at the
This Chinese New Year gathering offer two course meal with tea & coffee, free exciting raffle prizes, Chinese puppets workshop and a festive quiz to welcoming the arrival of the 2020 Year of the Rat! The bar will be open for purchases.
We look forward to sharing the joy and prosperity of Chinese New Year with you.
Please book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
Paid members, €20 per person
Paid members under 12s, €5 per person (Kids meal)
Non-members, €25 per person
Non-members under 12s, €10 per person (Kids meal)
Infants, free (no meal) All prices include the booking fee.

Mindfulness for Children and Teens

When Sunday 2nd from 2-4pm
Where Insight Matters, 106 Capel Street, Dublin 1
How much? €5 child / €5 adult (Reserve a space via link above)
Ages suitable for? Children and teens plus their adult

Adults, teens and children have the opportunity to learn simple mindful practices to help us live in the present moment. And we’re still celebrating the New Year!

Through sitting, walking and games, we will cultivate our peace and joy and learn to take care of our difficult emotions.

Good things to know:
• This afternoon is aimed for children and for teens (contact Orlaith for any questions).
• Please bring what you need to be comfortable. We have teatime together (we provide small snacks like fruit and biscuits) so you can bring refreshments to enjoy.
• We all practice together. The best way to support the children is for grown-ups to practice with them: we offer our own experience as an example.
• It’s not school. Often, people think that children aren’t attentive enough, but if a child only gets 2% of the practice, that’s more than they had before. Children get distracted and bored (as do we all), and in mindfulness practice we don’t shy away from that. We get to be ourselves – whatever we’re feeling. Above all else, our practice aims to nurture a kind, open environment for children.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult.
• Chairs provided.
• All welcome

Free Family Kidding around Yoga Class, Dublin

When Sunday from 2-3pm
Where Dublin Wellness Centre, 28 South William Street, Dublin 2
How much? Free, please book on link above
Ages suitable for? Families

Chinese New Year

When Sunday 2nd February between 11.30-1.30
Where National Gallery of Ireland
How much? Free, no booking required
Ages suitable for? Families

Join us for our special once-off annual workshop for the Chinese New Year of the Rat 2020.

Here in the Gallery, at our weekly drop-in workshops, children and their parents/guardians/carers are encouraged to work together on creative projects. Please come by and drop-in and stay for as long (or as little!) as you wish.

The workshops are suitable for children of all ages and also for children with disabilities. This workshop will focus on the Chinese New Year 2020 and it will explain the background culture of the Chinese New Year and also discuss the various animals which are associated with it. We will also have lots of fun drawing on the day so please be sure to drop in.

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.

When Wednesday 5th from 3.30-4.30
Where Lucan Library
How much? Free – register here
Ages suitable for? 7-10 year olds

A special edition of arts and crafts to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Harry Potter book night – Thursday

There are some fabulous events happening for muggles to celebrate Harry Potter book night – please see below for the one’s we’ve spotted.

Do click through to read what each venue is offering as some require pre-booking to attend.

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

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If you have recently had a baby, congratulations. Did you know that most healthcare insurers will cover the cost of an approved Baby Massage course? So if your baby is over 6 weeks old, make the most of their generosity and book onto one of our Baby Massage courses!

The classes run over 4 weeks and as well as teaching you some fantastic tips to help with your baby, it’s a great way for you to meet other new mums that live locally to the venue.

Classes happen across Dublin and are all on our website – in February these include:

  • Clonskeagh – starting on Tuesday Feb 4th
  • Sandymount – starting on Wednesday Feb 5th
  • Dublin 6 – Leinster Sports – starting on Friday Feb 14th
  • Malahide – starting on Friday Feb 14th
  • Dundrum  – staring on Tuesday Feb 18th

If you’d like to book or know more, then please visit our website.

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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.

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Children’s Cyanotype Art Workshop

When Sat, 7 March 10-12
Where 1D11 Photography Studio, Studio 20, Marlay Craft Courtyard, Grange Road, Rathfarnham
How much? €30 or €25 with a sibling discount – book here
Ages suitable for? 6+ years

Give your child a digital detox and let them create in their own way at their own pace.

Learn the FUN and ENGAGING printing technique of Cyanotype.

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that uses a combination of two safe chemicals that, when mixed together and exposed under sunlight, produce a cyan coloured print…the original ‘blueprint’.

Each child will learn about the cyanotype process and be given all the skills they need to create their own art works.

Classes are limited to ten in order for us to give creative and positive encouragement to everyone.

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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.

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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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