Fri 13th – Thu 19th Jan – Family friendly events in and around Dublin

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Fri 13th – Thu 19th Jan – Family friendly events in and around Dublin
There are many fun activities happening 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 and 
we know how frustrating that can be with little one’s in tow.
Come and join our PlayLab event at Belarmine Community Centre on Friday between 10.30-11.30. You’ll get a taster of what happens in a PlayLab and be able to book to join a local group if you wish.

Early Years workshop: Winterland

Igloos, Penguins and Polar Bears: Come create and decorate your own frosty and magical Winterland, full of bright colours, shapes, textures and animals! With artist Emma O’Toole.

When: Saturday 14 January, 11am – 12pm
Where: Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
How much: €5
Ages: 1-3 year olds

Family Day – dlr Lexicon

Our first Family Day of the year will take place on Saturday . Get the year off to a fun-filled start!
No booking required, first come, first served for all events.

When: Saturday 14th January from 10.30am-5pm
Where: dlr Lexicon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland
How much: FREE
Ages: For all the family

Children’s Workshop – Budding Artists

Budding Artists Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place once a month, under the attentive eye of artist Niamh Synnott. Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world all around them to inspire fun art-making activities

When: 11-12.30 Saturday 14th
Where: Botanical Gardens. Glasnevin, Meet at the Visitor Centre
How much: €10 booking essential
Ages: Suitable for 4-7 year olds

Children’s Workshop – Hardy Annuals

Why not join us for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage, and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged to use materials in fun and interesting ways while taking inspiration from the world of plants on show at Glasnevin.

When: 2-4pm Saturday 14th
Where: Botanical Gardens. Glasnevin, Meet at the Visitor Centre
How much: €10 booking essential
Ages: Suitable for 8-12 year olds

Family Tour – Highlights of the collection

Free family tour of the collection.

When: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th from 12.30-1pm
Where: Meet in the Millennium Wing, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much: Free
Ages: Family friendly, The route is suitable for prams and strollers. All welcome.

Family Drop in creative corner – About Face

Getting a family ready and out the door is not the easiest task, even if you have been up since the crack of dawn! In order to work with your schedule, we have created a new format of FREE themed workshops which you can .

Inspired by the collection and our exhibitions, these workshops are suitable for tiny tots (about 18 months) up to age 8. You can choose to stay for as long or as short a time as works for you.

The space will be divided by age group and ability, and each child will be encouraged by Artist and NGI Education Assistant Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire and the week’s guest artist to create their own work on the week’s theme.

When: Sunday’s – drop into at any time from 11.30am to 1.30pm
Where: Atrium, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much: Free
Ages: Family friendly for tots and children (18 months – 8 years)

Free Sunday Sketching 

During these workshops for 4+ year olds, we invite you to explore and respond to our permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, through discussion and drawing.

When: Sunday’s between 15th January – 26th March 2017, 3 – 4pm
Where: Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
How much: Free
Ages: 4+ years – Parents must stay with children at all times and younger siblings are also welcome.
Come and join our PlayLab event at Baggot Street Breastfeeding group on Wednesday 18th from 11-12 . You’ll get a taster of what happens in a PlayLab and be able to book to join a local PlayLab if you wish.

All events below are able to book for future weeks – some may sell out quickly, so don’t leave it too late.

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“Raising happy kids in an anxious world”, a talk by Stella O’Malley

Most parents want to raise happy kids. However, life’s stressors often get in the way! This talk helps parents to rekindle the joy in family life with practical tips and strategies for parents to use in their day to day life. Stella O’Malley is a psychotherapist and is author of bestselling Cotton Wool Kids.

When: Tuesday 14th March at 6.30pm
Where: Blackrock Library
How much: Free, must be booked as limited to 40 spaces – Please email or phone 2888117 to book.
Ages: Suitable for parents/carers
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Building self-esteem in young children: Parenting talk with Dr Mary O’Kane

Children with strong self-esteem tend to enjoy interacting socially, enjoy group activities, and feel confident to face the world. In this talk, Dr Mary O’Kane, Lecturer in Psychology and Early Childhood Education in Maynooth, gives parents some very practical advice on how to support children’s self-esteem.
When: Thursday 2 March, 6.30-7.45pm.
Where: Shankill Library
How much: Free but must be booked – limited to 10 spaces Please email or phone 2823081 to book.
Ages: Suitable for parents/carers
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Early Years Workshop: Look at Me!

A fun and creative session with artist Jane Groves that introduces young children (Ages 2-4) to simple portraiture.

Jane will welcome the children into the workshop with an engaging story about a child who sees their own reflection in a pond for the very first time! What did they see? Maybe their round face, their curly hair, their brown eyes, their freckles or dimples!

This story will be followed by an interactive session where the children will participate in different activity areas using a variety of natural materials and mark making tools to create simple portraits.

This session encourages the children to explore their own individual facial features with the help of their accompanying adult, in a playful and relaxed environment.

When:  Age 2 – Sat 11, Tue 14 & Sat 18 March @ 10am  Age 3-4 – Sat 11, Tue 14 & Sat 18 March @ 11.30am
Where: The Ark, Temple Bar
How much: €11/€8 (20% off for members)
Ages: 2-4 year olds
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Early Years Music: The Quiet Tree

The creatures of Whistleberry Forest have discovered a little oak tree growing deep in the woods.  However, there are no birds singing, no leaves rustling, and no animals scurrying around its trunk.  This delightful music performance takes children and accompanying adults on an adventure through the forest where you will explore musical instruments, sing, dance, and help Ornaith the owl, Sorley the snail, and Faolán the frog bring the little oak tree to life through music.

When: Sunday 29th Jan at 10.30 and 11.45
Where: The Ark, Temple Bar
How much:  €12 and €9
Ages: Age 3-6 years, lasts approx 45 mins
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Music for Expectant Parents

The soothing effects of classical music make for a relaxed environment for expectant parent and baby alike.  In this concert, parents are free to move around, make themselves comfortable on our cushions or bean bags, and be in the company of others on the same journey.  All this, while appreciating a chamber music performance of the highest calibre.

When: 15th February at 6pn
Where: The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 in The Studio
How much: €13
Ages: For expectant parents
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Family Concert: Numbers with the ECO Band

Explore rhythm and melody in our numbers-themed family concert. Ríona Sally Hartman leads the ECO Band on a numerical journey where interaction and participation are the name of the game.  Musical counting games, dancing by numbers, and some familiar favourites with a jazz twist promise a lively event for all the family.

When: Saturday 25th February at 1.30 and again at 3pm
Where: The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 in The John Field Room
How much: Adult: €12 Child: €10 Young Maestro: €8 Under 3’s go free! Family ticket (family of 4 with at least 1 child): €37
Ages: Suitable for the entire family
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The Gruffalo & Room on the Broom

We venture into the deep dark wood with the acclaimed animated film based on the book The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Watch the cunning and resourceful little mouse outsmart the hungry Gruffalo as this enchanting film is shown on the big screen with live orchestral accompaniment conducted by Terry Davies.
In Room on the Broom, a kind witch invites assorted animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. The witch’s companions ultimately save her from a fearsome dragon, and in gratitude, she rewards them with a magnificent new broom, which has room for everyone.
Small children will be entranced as their favourite story-books come to life before their eyes.  A magical music event for families and young people.

When: Sunday March 19th at 12.30, 3 and 5pm
Where:  The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 in the Main Auditorium
How much: Full Price: €25 Child Price: €19 Family Ticket: €82 (4 tickets maximum 2 adults) Friends of the National Concert Hall: €22.50
Ages: All ages

ClapHandies is gearing up to launch an exciting new party business aimed at 3 to 11 year olds in spring 2017. Real Party Kids is an expansion of the ClapHandies brand, offering a much needed personalised fun and educational birthday party option in the Dublin area. 

In preparation for rolling out Real Party Kids we want to tease out some of our ideas with our parents. We are particularly interested in getting input from professionals in the fields of marketing/sales/PR/advertising. The facilitated session will focus on the marketing and advertising strategy for the business. 

The focus group session will take place on Saturday 4th of February 2017 at Ashfield College, Sandyford Road, Dundrum Town Centre, from 1pm to 5pm

(Ashfield College is our soon-to-be Dundrum Town Centre weekend party venue) 

Would you like to join us? Interested parents are invited to email a brief outline of their professional background/experience by Friday 27th of January. We are hoping to gather a group of parents from different parts of Dublin and from different disciplines, so we may not be able to invite everyone to attend. 

As a token of our appreciation we will provide attendees with a €100 One4all voucher and a €100 Real Party Kids/ClapHandies voucher.    


We hope that you have a great week, ClapHandies PlayLabs are happening around the Dublin area throughout the week. If you have a baby, wobbler or toddler, why don’t you book and join one of our PlayLabs?

If you have an event you would like us to promote, please email or message us through our Facebook page.

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