Fri 3rd – Thu 9th Feb – Family friendly events in and around Dublin

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Fri 3rd – Thu 9th 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.
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 Family Tour – Highlights of the collection

Free family tour of the collection.

When: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th 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.
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Fun with Roosters

Join us to decorate your very own Rooster. Why not adorn it with tissue paper, feathers, foam shapes and felt?

When: Saturday 4th 12.15pm – 1pm
Where: Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
How much: Free, first come first served
Ages: This activity is appropriate for pre-school children and their parents or guardians.
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Family Drop-in Creative Corner | Me, Myself and I

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 up 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 5th Feb, 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
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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
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Spring Festival Fair

Rooster-themed entertainment, activities, arts and crafts, suitable for people of all ages. Come try your hand at Chinese chess and calligraphy, marvel at martial arts displays and musical performances, or sample the delicious Chinese food and drink on offer at our Spring Festival stalls.
Come enjoy special short-film screenings, glamorous fashion shows and a spectacular shadow puppetry performance. Adding to the carnival atmosphere will be colourful dragon and lion dancers.
When: Sunday 5th from 12-5pm
Where: The chq Building, Custom House Quay
How much: Free
Ages: Everyone welcome
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Monkstown – Music for babies

We’re delighted to welcome the incomparable Lynda O’Connor (violin) & Ailbhe McDonagh (cello), fresh from their sell-out show with soprano Celine Byrne, at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre!

Lynda and Ailbhe will be presenting a varied programme of trad and classical music, plus a few surprises! Not to be missed!! 🙂 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.

When: Wednesday 8th, 11-12pm (coffee mingle from 10.30)
Where: Knox Hall, Monkstown Road
How much: €13 – book here
Ages: For babies and their carers
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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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Clontarf – Music for babies

We’re delighted to welcome the incomparable Lynda O’Connor (violin) & Ailbhe McDonagh (cello), fresh from their sell-out show with soprano Celine Byrne, at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre!

Lynda and Ailbhe will be presenting a varied programme of trad and classical music, plus a few surprises! Not to be missed!! 🙂 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.

When: Weds 15th 11-12pm (coffee mingle from 10.30)
Where: St. Anthony’s Parish Church, St. Lawrence Road, Clontarf,
How much: €13 – book here
Ages: For babies and their 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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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 marie@claphandies.com or message us through our Facebook page.

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