Fri 27th Jan – Thu 2nd Feb – Family friendly events in and around Dublin

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Fri 27th Jan – Thu 2nd Feb – 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.
We will be holding our next PlayLab event at Stoneybatter Parent & Toddler Group on Friday 27th Jan. Come and enjoy a taster session of ClapHandies and receive details of how to sign up for your local PlayLab.

Tradfest 2017

Join us for two days of fantastic song and dance featuring students of trad from throughout Ireland that is bound to have you smiling and clapping along. If you click above you will see the full schedule, some of our favourite family performances are listed below.

When: 25th – 29th Jan
Where: Temple Bar
How much: Some events are free whilst others attract a cost
Ages: Some events are family friendly

Give Trad a try at the Ark

Suitable for beginners or newcomers to Irish music, each participant will enjoy a short 15 minute introduction to playing one traditional instrument and complete a simple musical task on that instrument. Participants will get a certificate of participation at the end of the session.

Sat 28 & Sun 29 Jan @ 11am-1pm – 15 minute sessions – Suitable for 6+

Childrens Craft Club at the Ark

Try your hand at a variety of fun traditional crafts using different natural materials at this year’s Tradfest Children’s Crafts Club

Sat 28 & Sun 29 Jan @ 12-5pm (last session starts 4.30pm) – Drop-in sessions will take approximately 30 minutes – Suitable for  4+

Childvision Petting Farm

ChildVision, Ireland’s Education Centre for Blind Children, are packing up their cuddly and friendliest pets from their petting zoo and bringing them into Temple Bar for the family festival.

Sat 28th & Sun 29th,  12 – 4pm, Temple Bar Square, free

Family concerts

Join us for two days of fantastic song and dance featuring students of trad from throughout Ireland that is bound to have you smiling and clapping along.

Saturday Jan 28th  -Dublin City Hall

CRAOBH CHUALANN COMHALTAS U15s – Sat: 12.50 – 1.20pm
MAGUIRE BAND – Sat: 1.40 – 2.40pm
DUBLIN UKULELE BAND – Sat: 3.00 – 3.30pm
CAVAN BUCKS – Sat: 3.50 – 4.20pm
FLYNG – Sat: 4.40 – 5.10pm

Sunday Jan 29th    -Dublin City Hall

DUBLIN UKULELE BAND – Sun: 1:00 – 1.30pm
CRAOBH SEAN TREACY – Sun: 1.50 – 2.20pm
FLYNG – Sun: 2.40 – 3.10pm


My Winter Garden Visitor: Robin Redbreast

Join Olive Knox to create a winter inspired garden complete with its own robin redbreast.

When: Saturday 28 January, 2 – 3pm
Where: Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
How much: €5
Ages: 3-6 year olds

Dublin Chinese New Year Festival

There are many events scheduled to celebrate the year of the Rooster for Chinese New Year in Dublin and surrounds. Click the link above to see what takes your fancy.

When: Between Saturday 28th Jan and 12th February
Where: Various locations across Dublin and Kildare Village
How much: Some events are free, where others attract a cost
Ages: There are many events, some are most suited to families



 Family Tour – Highlights of the collection

Free family tour of the collection.

When: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th 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.

Spring Activity Sheet- Spring Into Action!

Spring has sprung so why not drop in to the museum and try our Spring Activity Trail.

Copies of this activity sheet trail are available at the stand in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil!

When: During opening hours throughout February
Where: National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much: Free
Ages: For all the family

Weekly Family Workshop – Explorer

Get creative together as a family, explore artworks with IMMA staff, and enjoy a hands-on workshop in the galleries. Explorer’s drop-in, fun and free.

When: Sundays , 2- 4pm / 29 January – 28 May
Where: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
How much: Free
Ages: Family friendly

Family Drop-in Creative Corner | The Magic of the Chinese New Year

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.

The Magic of the Chinese New Year workshop is in association with the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival.

When: Sunday 29th Jan, drop into at any time from 11.30am to 1.30pm
Where: National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much: Free
Ages: Family friendly

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
We will be holding a PlayLab event at Playhouse Cafe Lucan on Tuesday 31st Jan. Come and enjoy a taster session of ClapHandies and recieve details of how to sign up for your local PlayLab.
OPW Free Admission

Free entry to OPW Heritage sites

The Office of Public Works is pleased to announce that on the first Wednesday of every month all OPW managed Heritage Sites will continue to offer FREE ADMISSION to individuals wishing to visit these sites for the duration of their season!

A full list of participating sites can be found on

When: Wednesday 1st February
Where: Various locations
How much: Free
Ages: Everyone is welcome although some sites are better for buggies than others.
*** PRE BOOK***

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: Wednesday 15th February at 6pn
Where: The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 in The Studio
How much: €13
Ages: For expectant parents
*** PRE BOOK***

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
***PRE BOOK*** (two of the times have already sold out)

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 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
***PRE BOOK***

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

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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