Dublin local family event guide. Friday 21st – Thursday 27th 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.

Princess pamper party

When Friday 21st of Feb at 10.30am and 2pm
Where Kidspace Rathcoole
How much? €25 for activity + meal + playtime
Ages suitable for? 4-9 year olds, drop off session, limited number available

Little fashionistas will love a morning of pampering and play as we open the doors of our pamper parlour for some mid-term fun.

All our little guests will be treated to pink lemonade and treats on arival and they will also have fun with our bubbly fun foot spas as they await their treatment. There will be music and fun, as the kids choose a princess dress or robe to wear for the full salon experience. 

Kids will have a choice of 3 treatments including:

Glitter Tattoos

Hair Styling

Mini Manicure


Of course there will also be time for playing in our 10,000 sq ft playcentre and all our little guests will be treated to a hot cooked lunch of chips with sausages and chicken nuggets or a vegetarian pasta dish. Everyone will also leave with a little goodie bag to take home.

Slime Making

When Friday 21st Feb at 2pm at Kidspace Rathcoole and at 10.30 at Kidspace Rathfarnham
How much? €18 for activity + meal + playtime. @ hour drop off session, limited numbers.
Ages suitable for? 4-8 year olds

Kids will be getting hands-on to create their very own gooey slime from scratch.

They will also have the opportunity to add different colours and glitter.

Everyone will get to take home their own unique slimy creation.

Top tip – it keeps for up to 1 week if you keep it in the sealed tub in the fridge.

Of course there will also be time for playing in our playcentre and all our little guests will be treated to a hot cooked lunch of chips with sausages and chicken nuggets or a vegetarian pasta dish. 

Lego Activity

When Friday 21st at 10.30am
Where Kidspace Rathcoole
How much? €25 for activity + meal + playtime
Ages suitable for? 5-10 years old. Limited numbers so please book

Come along to a roaringly exciting Lego workshop, as we welcome you to our awesome Lego themed room tucked away upstairs in Kidspace Rathcoole, where the Lego movie will be playing on arrival.

This workshop is suitable for kids aged 5-10 years and will be tailored to their age group. Our staff will lead the activity and help the kids to build their creations. 

Of course there will also be time for playing in our 10,000 sq ft playcentre and all our little guests will be treated to a hot cooked lunch of chips with sausages and chicken nuggets or a vegetarian pasta dish. Everyone will also leave with a lego box so they can build something great at home.null

Family Open Day: Nature Heroes

When Saturday 22nd Feb from 10-4
Where National Museum of Ireland Merrion Street (Natural History)How much? Free, no booking required, partially wheelchair accessible
Ages suitable for? Families

Drop-into the Museum this mid-term and meet some real nature heroes from organisations such as BirdWatch Ireland, Irish Whale & Dolphin Group, Seal Rescue Ireland, Inland Fisheries Ireland, The Herpetological Society of Ireland and more! Learn about sustainability and how to be more environmentally friendly towards wildlife in Ireland. Join different activities and short talks on the day during this free, fun and educational event. 

Parent-and-child Make a Bird Box Workshop

When Saturday, 22 February 2020 from 10:00 to 12:00
Where The Rediscovery Centre | Ballymun Road | D09 HK58 Ballymun
How much? €20 – bookable here
Ages suitable for? 8 years plus

It’s the time of year when birds are returning from their Winter hiding spots and starting to rest in your gardens, which means it’s the time of year to start making your own bird boxes.

Join Dave from the Rediscovery Centre to make your own bird nesting box out of reclaimed wooden pallets. Learn a new skill and also find a comfy spot for local birds to rest for the remainder of the year.

*One ticket includes 1 adult and 1 child.
*The minimum age to participate in this workshop is eight years old and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
* Minimum numbers required for workshop to take place.

When Saturday 22nd from 11am-1pm
Where National Botanic Garden Glasnevin
How much? No mention of price, so may be free. 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!

Suitable for ages 6-12. Booking is essential – call (01) 804 0319/ 857 0909 or email botanicgardens@opw.ie

Enjoy Dinosaur Day at the Square in Tallaght on Saturday 22nd February.

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, no booking necessary
Ages suitable for? Families, all 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.

National Gallery

Drop in family workshop

When Sunday drop in between 11.30-1.30pm
Where National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Families with children of all ages

At our weekly 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.

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

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

Music for babies

Music for babies

When Wednesday 26th coffee from 10.30 and concert 11-12
Where Malahide Castle
How much? Adults €13 – Accompanying Babies & Toddlers go FREE! Book tickets here.
Ages suitable for? preschoolers with their adults

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.

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

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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!

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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!

Dabbledoo Music Workshop

When Saturday, 16th May, 12pm and 2pm
Where Axis Ballymum
How much? €5 – Parents Go Free – Max 30 Children Per Workshop
Ages suitable for? 6-12 year olds

DabbledooMusic provides an accessible, engaging and fun way for all the family to enjoy playing music together, regardless of previous experience or ability. Their resources have been developed to encourage creativity and collaboration through the power of music. They use a system of animated, colour-coded notation that anyone can understand to get everybody making music in no time. 

DabbledooMusic was set up in 2010 by Shane McKenna and Killian Redmond, both artists and educators who shared a mutual love of music. Since then, they have developed an entire music curriculum. In this workshop you will be provided with instruments and play along to Igor The Octopus (the world’s greatest drummer!), learn melody with Jazz Cat and even play an Irish Polka. Spaces limited to 30 per workshop so early booking is advised!

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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