Fri 24th – Thu 2nd March – Family friendly events in and around Dublin
Its spring and all of nature is busy. Take a Trail with a Museum Educator to find out more about the animals you’ll see in action in Ireland this spring.
To paint, print, shoot and draw … this time we will explore by looking at the wall hanging art work in the exhibition, followed by time in our workshop room to respond to the work you found most interesting with chalk, pencil and charcoal.
Session 2: 1pm-1.50pm
Session 3: 2pm-2.50pm
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Join a family friendly tour of “Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising” exhibition, looking at some of the highlights of the Museum’s extensive Easter Week collection.
There are lots of fun events happening during the Festival of Russian Culture Family day this Sunday.
- Russian Theatre “Moroshka” (St. Petersburg)
- Duo Maxim Pavlov and Gregory Seredin (Moscow)
- Trio Vremena (Moscow)
- Gymnastics Club “Elegance”
- Cultural Centre “Marusya”
- Singer Natalia Cullen
- Dublin Art and Dance Studio
- Dancer Ernest
- Singer Ilia Babkin
- Giggles the clown
- Irish dances Celtic Rhythm
- Arina Senkina’s Ballet Studio
Also tradition Russian games, food and crafts
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.
Where: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
How much: Free
Suitable for: Family friendly
Making sounds, moving around, dressing up, standing completely still with mouth wide open, it’s all good with us!
We have play mats, lego, colouring, and musical worksheets for older children. All are welcome to come and have a closer look at the instruments at the end of the concert.
There will be time for them to go and investigate the instruments, to touch feel and pluck!
Classical Kids gives children a chance to enjoy classical music in a setting that allows them to learn, feel and express themselves.
Free family tour of the collection.
Where: Meet in the Millennium Wing, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much? Free
Suitable for: Family friendly, The route is suitable for prams and strollers. All welcome.
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.
Where: National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much: Free
Ages: Family friendly
Our friends at Park Academy Childcare have a very special offer for Claphandies families –
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 www.heritageireland.ie
Where: Various locations
How much: Free
Ages: Everyone is welcome although some sites are better for buggies than others.
The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with an opportunity to have a book of their own. This may sound like a very simple idea, but unfortunately, many children do not have access to books in their homes.
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.
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.
Come and join us for our special workshop on St. Patrick where you can learn all about our patron saint and his relics. Take a closer look at St. Patrick’s bell and shrine and make your own bell to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
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
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.
Learn traditional Origami folds and techniques and make your own unique and colourful Origami Birds, Butterflies and Flowers with visual artist Tunde Toth at this fun filled workshop!
You will use large sheets of various recycled/reused papers and have the oppurtunity to decorate your completed designs!
In this interactive string quartet concert for all the family we feature works inspired by spring! Hear extracts from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Mozart’s “spring” quartet and other well-known works.
See nature through the eyes of the composers and learn how they lived; learn about the instruments in the quartet, and interact with the melodies and rhythms of the music in a fun and interactive musical experience for the whole family.
Easter Bring Along a Baby **ONE SESSION ALREADY SOLD OUT**
There is no pressure to keep still or quiet, leaving parents free to sit back and enjoy the music. In fact, we encourage the babies to interact naturally with the music, and we have play mats and soft toys to this end.
Of course, the babies benefit from the music as well, so it’s a win-win.
Join us for a family picnic lunchtime concert where we bring the outdoors indoors with a family lunchtime concert and lots of other fun activities.
Come early and meet the musicians, try out some instruments, and have some fun with musical face-painting!
Then come into the John Field Room to enjoy our interactive family concert and hear some familiar tunes with a jazz twist.