Dublin local family event guide. Friday 7th – Thursday 13th 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.


When Saturday 8th from 3-4.15pm
Where Dublin City Hall
How much? €8 / €5
Ages suitable for? Families

A concert for all the family spotlighting the rich array of Chinese talent now enhancing musical life at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

The Children’s Book Reading – That Nearly Wasn’t

When Saturday 8th Feb from 2.30-4pm
Where 4 Temple Bar, Dublin

Dancing Dragon, Rat or Lion puppet making workshop

When Saturday 8 February, 2-3.30pm
Where Hugh Lane Gallery
How much? €10, booking through eventbrite is required. Book here Ages suitable for? 7-10 year olds

Dancing Dragon, Rat or Lion puppet making workshop.
Celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rat by creating your own colourful dancing Dragon, Rat or Lion puppet during this art workshop 

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.

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. 

National Gallery

New Parents’ Tours

When 10th Feb from 2-2.45
Where National Gallery of Ireland
How much? Free

These tours are for parents, guardians, and carers of young children and will focus on a selection of highlights in the permanent collection. Our aim is to welcome families and visitors of all ages and encourage them to feel comfortable in the Gallery rooms. 

The route is suitable for prams and strollers, and all are welcome. 

Music for babies

Monkstown: Music for Babies

When Wednesday, 12 February from 11:00-12:00 (coffee from 10.30)
Where Knox Hall
How much? €13 per adult, accompanying babies and toddlers are free
Ages suitable for? 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.

Valentine’s Card Making

When Thursday 13th Feb from 3.30-4.30
Where Ballyroan Library
How much? Free – book tickets here
Ages suitable for? 5-8 year olds

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

Bop And Boogie with Jess Rowell

When Friday 14th Feb at 10.10 and 11.20
Where Draoicht, Blanchardstown
How much? €5 per child
Ages suitable for? 2-4 year olds

Enjoy music and dance with your little one in this fun workshop specially designed for you and your toddler to bop and boogie. Dance artist Jess Rowell will guide you in an exploration of movement, colour and rhythm.

These workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years.
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. 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. Where indicated please DRESS FOR MESS and bring a change of clothes. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).

Adult and child baking workshop

When 15th February from 10.30-1
Where Airfield Estate, Overend Ave, Dundrum, Dublin 14How much? €40 per adult and young chef (additional adult/ young chef €20)
Ages suitable for? children 8+ and their adults

Have you an eager young baker at home aged 8 or upwards? Or maybe Mum & Dad want a break? Grandparents and parents bring your young bakers along and together create some delicious Cupcakes & Chocolate biscuit cake. One of our all-time favourites things is that you get to decorate your freshly made cupcakes however you like.

Each adult can bring no more than 2 kids, not suitable for kids with food allergies, kids must be aged 8 and upwards for health and safety.

Children’s Event: Build a Birdfeeder

When Feb 20th and 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

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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!

What a Wonderful World

When Thursday, 9th April  at 12.30 and 2.30
Where Axis Ballymum
How much? €7 and €5
Ages suitable for? 2-5 year old’s and their adults

An exciting and interactive journey through space and time for 2 – 5 year olds! Before anything new is made it must be dreamed. From our moon-base in the Sea of Tranquillity we get a great view of the earth and it’s time to make a new one just like we do every night! What shall we put in tomorrow’s world?

Snowballs and flamingos of course! So all aboard the sleeper train as it takes us on our dream voyage. We start with putting the stars in the sky and move through history, discovering fire all over again and finally arriving at the one-world tree where we celebrate the new world that we made all together. This is an amazing romp through the universe where you can get your hands on the stuff of creation!

“The careful respect given to the young audience members is reflected in the concentration with which they become involved in making this Wonderful World.”  reviewsgate.com

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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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