Fri 24th – Thu 2nd March – Family friendly events in and around Dublin

Fri 24th – Thu 2nd March – Family friendly events in and around Dublin
There are many fun activities happening over the next week for you and your family 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

Nature Group

Parent & Child outdoor craft and activity nature group run by volunteers. Come and build a birds nest using the materials our feathered friends use.
When  Friday 24th February, 1-3pm
Where Olive’s Room, The Red Stables at St Anne’s Park
How much? €5 per family
Ages suitable for The whole family

Take a Trail Tour: Spring into Action!

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.

When Saturday 25th 2:15pm & 3:30pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much? Free – No booking required but places are limited. Wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for Ages 8+

Family Day: Explore and Respond to 2D Art

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.

When – Saturday 25th from 12-3pm (you must prebook into one of three sessions)
Where – Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
How much? Free but spaces are limited to 50 – Booking tel: 01-8852622
Suitable for 5-10 year olds, although younger and older siblings are welcome to take part. Dress for mess. Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family Days are not designed for groups. All children must be accompanied by an adult… and all adults must be accompanied by a child!
Session 1: 12pm-12.50pm
Session 2: 1pm-1.50pm
Session 3: 2pm-2.50pm

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Public Tour: Proclaiming a Republic

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.

When Sunday 26th 3-3.45pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)
How much? Free – No booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.
Ages suitable for Adults & Children 7+


Children’s Storytelling

Join us at our Education Area for a free storytelling session, featuring children’s books from the Museum’s own Junior Library.
When Sunday 26th at 2.30pm
Where National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4
How much? Free, no booking required. Places are offered on a first come first serve basis.
Ages suitable for 3-7 year olds

Festival of Russian Culture – Family Day

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

When Sunday 26th Feb, doors open at 11.30 and official opening is a 12 midday.
Where National Show Centre, Kettles Lane, Swords, County Dublin
How much? €5 and parking is free
Ages suitable for Family event

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 until 28 May
Where: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
How much: Free
Suitable for: Family friendly

 The Enchanted Castle – Interactive Kids Concert

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.

When Sunday February 26th at 10-11 and again at 11.30-12.30
Where Malahide Castle and Gardens, Malahide, County Dublin
How much? An Adult ticket is €15, and allows you to bring up to three accompanying children completely FREE of charge. (All ClassicalKids concert ticket holders will gain FREE entrance to the Walled Garden on the day of the event (Adult ticket usually 7euro)
Suitable for – Designed for the pre-schooler and older child up to 7 or 8

Family Tour – Highlights of the collection

Free family tour of the collection.

When: Sunday 26th from 12.30-1pm
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.

Family Drop-in Creative Corner – Dots and Spots: The Terrace, St. Tropez

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’s, 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

Our friends at Park Academy Childcare have a very special offer for Claphandies families –

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 March
Where: Various locations
How much: Free
Ages: Everyone is welcome although some sites are better for buggies than others.

World Book Day 

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.

When Thursday 2nd March
Events are usually held around World Book Day – keep an eye on their Facebook page for what’s happening.

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.

When Throughout March during opening times
Where National Museum of Ireland Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much? Free, don’t forget your pencil!
Ages suitable for Family event
***Pre Book***

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, booking required, Please email or phone 2823081 to book.
Ages suitable for Parents and carers
***Pre Book***

Make your own St. Patrick’s Bell Workshop

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.

When Saturday 11th March 11-12
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archaeology)
How much? Free – booking required – Telephone :01 6777 444
Ages suitable for 8+ not wheelchair accessible
***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
***Pre Book***

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 14 March, 6.30pm.
Where Blackrock Library
How much? Free – Booking required, limited to 40 attendees, Please email or phone 2888117 to book.
Ages suitable for Parents and Carers
***Pre Book***

Origami Workshop

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!

When  Tuesday 28th March, 3.30-5.00PM
Where dlr Lexicon
How much? Free, must be pre-booked –
Ages suitable for 7-12 year olds, limited to 15
***Pre Book***

Sounds of Spring with Mobile Music Machine

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.

When Tuesday 11th April at 11am and again at 12.30
Where The Studio – The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
How much? Price: €12 (Child: €10) Family ticket (family of 4 with at least 1 child): €37 Young Maestros: €8 Under 3’s go free!
Ages suitable for Family friendly
***Pre Book***

Easter Bring Along a Baby **ONE SESSION ALREADY SOLD OUT**

Bring Along a Baby is an informal, relaxed, accessible chamber music recital of the highest standard, aimed primarily at parents, while babies or very young children sleep, feed and play.
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.
When  Tuesday 18th April at 10.30am
Where John Field Room, The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
How much? Adults: €13 Babies go free!
Ages suitable for – Babies and their adults
***Pre Book***

Easter Musical Picnic with the ECO Band – Familiar Tunes with a Jazz Twist

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.

When – Thursday 20th April, Foyer activities from 12.15pm, concert at 1.00pm
Where – John Field Room, The National Concert Hall – Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
How much? Price: €12 Child: €10 Family Ticket (Family of 4): €37 Young Maestros: €8 Picnic lunch €5 additional per person
Ages suitable for Family event

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?

ClapHandies also run baby massage coursesFirst Aid courses and PlayParty.

If you have children aged 5-11, why not take a look at RealPartyKids for their next birthday party. Book a Real Style Party, Real Brick Party, Real Maker Party, Real Disco Party, Real Science Party or a Real Car Racing Party. You bring the Kids and RealPartyKids will bring the Awesome.

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