Fri 20th – Thu 26th Jan – Family friendly events in and around Dublin
Come along and join a PlayLab event at Little Moos Play Cafe on Friday 20th Jan. You’ll get to enjoy a taster PlayLab and if you enjoy your session, you can then book on for the remainder of the term at a location close to you.
Free family tour of the collection.
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.
The Vikings wore pendants and amulets based on the Norse gods in the hope that they would bring them good luck. Learn more about the beliefs of the Vikings and make your very own Thor’s Hammer pendant to take home.
Where: National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor.
How much: Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor.
Ages: 7+ not wheelchair/buggy accessible
A chance to explore some of the artefacts from the Museum’s collection of objects for handling with Museum educators – a fascinating drop-in handling session for all ages.
Where: National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)
How much: Free – no booking required
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.
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)
To mould, manipulate and carve … we will look at the sculptural pieces in the exhibition, followed by a fun workshop twisting and looping card, markers and glue to create some interesting 3D sculptural pieces of our own.
Session 2: 1pm-1.50pm
Session 3: 2pm-2.50pm
Where: Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
How much: Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop – book by calling 01-8852622
Ages: Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part.
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.
Where: The Ark, Temple Bar
How much: €12 and €9
Ages: Age 3-6 years, lasts approx 45 mins
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.
Where: The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 in The Studio
How much: €13
Ages: For expectant parents
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Where: The Ark, Temple Bar
How much: €11/€8 (20% off for members)
Ages: 2-4 year olds