Dublin local family event guide – Friday 22nd – Thursday 28th February 2019

Take a look at the family friendly events happening in and around Dublin 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.


This February mid-term, your kids can don their lab coat, goggles & get stuck into the strange & squishy world of slime! This kids’ workshop is designed to make learning about climate action & sustainability an interactive & lasting experience for all ages 

Kids will take a closer look at environmental science (think slime, goo, jelly balls & seaweed!). They will play & pop their self-made slime to discover how we can use these unusual materials to save the planet (think edible water bottles & sustainable packaging)! 

When Feb 22nd, 23rd, 24th at 12pm and again at 2pm (1hr15mins)
Where The Cool Planet experiencePowerscourt House, Wicklow

How much? €15
Ages suitable for? 6-14 year olds – booking essential

Making Masks – Mid-term break workshops for 4+

To coincide with the Venice Carnival, artist Serena Alberigo will be leading mask-making workshops during the schools’ mid-term break in spring 2019.

This workshop is specially tailored for children aged 4+. The children will also enjoy a guided visit to the exhibition Canaletto and the Art of Venice.

When 22nd Feb from 11am – 12.15pm
Where National Gallery of Ireland
How much? €8 per child, book through this link
Ages suitable for? children 4+

Making Masks – Mid-term break workshops for 8+

To coincide with the Venice Carnival, artist Serena Alberigo will be leading mask-making workshops during the schools’ mid-term break in spring 2019.

This workshop is specially tailored for children aged 8+. The children will also enjoy a guided visit to the exhibition Canaletto and the Art of Venice.

When 22nd Feb from 2-3.30pm
Where National Gallery of Ireland
How much? €10 per child, book through this link
Ages suitable for? children 8+

Prehistory Mysteries! Humans and the Natural World

Pop into the Museum and have a chat with our Museum Educators who will have an array of replica artefacts and raw materials, which you can pick up and examine. Discover how humans cleverly used antler, wood, and clay in centuries past – long before there was plastic! 

When Saturday 23rd 2.30-4.30 (drop in activity)
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street
How much? Free drop in, wheelchair and buggy accessible
Ages suitable for? all ages

A Brand New Cemetery Tour for All the Family

This Mid Term, educate and entertain yourself and the kids with these tours that are designed especially for families.

On these tours, the stories of Daniel O’Connell and Charles Stewart Parnell will be told along with some of the more unique aspects to Ireland’s largest cemetery.

Uncover the phenomenon of graverobbing which was rife at one time around these parts.

Hear about James McNally, a zookeeper at Dublin Zoo and an incident he had with Sita, an elephant who was in his charge.

That’s not the only story featuring an exotic animal on this tour, our expert guides will reveal the story of the only person in Glasnevin who died from ‘snake fright’ and no that is not a typo!

The tour will also feature a look at the iconic walls and watchtowers which surround the cemetery and much more besides.

The tour is interactive and participants are encouraged to join in if they want.

When Sat 23rd, Sun 24th at 1.30 and 3.30pm
Where Glasnevin Cemetery
How much? €7 per ticket – bookable here
Ages suitable for? all ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult

Grubby Gang!

We’ve finally got funding to set up and run a family Conservation group.. Calling it the ‘Grubby Gang’. We will be meeting once a month to carry out practical conservation tasks.

Mouses idea of small tasks – dig into the ground a bath tub to make a frog and newt pond, clear an area to make a fruit tree orchard, cut back brambles to make a butterfly corridor, put in post for the resident long eared owl. But he has offered after all that, to get the fire going for toasting marshmallows and provide hot drinks with biscuits. If you’ve nothing on this Sunday and fancy bringing the family out, then why not join mouse for a family practical afternoon. No skills necessary apart form liking to drink lots of tea!

When Saturday, February 23rd drop in from 10.30am
Where Turvey Nature Reserve, near the village of Donabate
How much? No price mentioned
Ages suitable for? the whole family -to book a place or to learn more email info@owls.ie  Or text Mouse’ on 087 32 99 36

Family Tour – An Introduction to Collins Barracks

Join an introductory tour to learn about the history of Collins Barracks, from the 1700s to the present day and its transition from Barracks to Museum, taking in some of the highlights from the Museum’s military history or decorative arts exhibitions. 

When Sunday 24th 3-4pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks
How much? Free, limited places allocated 15 mins prior to start
Ages suitable for? the whole family

Sunday Sketching

During these free sketching workshops for families we invite you to explore and respond to our collection and temporary exhibitions through discussion and drawing.

Bring your own sketchbook or avail of the drawing materials provided.

When Sundays between 3-4pm, drop in workshop
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? 6 years plus

Drop-in family workshop

At our drop-in workshops, children and their parents/guardians/carers are encouraged to work together on creative projects. Drop-in and stay for as long (or as little!) as you wish.

When Sunday, drop in between 11.30-1.30
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, D2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? children of all ages. 

Family-friendly tour

Join us for a special tour designed for children and their guardians, parents and carers.

Our aim is to make the artworks fun and engaging for kids, and to welcome families and visitors of all ages and encourage them to feel comfortable in the Gallery.

When Sunday 12.30-1.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, D2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? everyone welcome, no need to book

Woodland Windchimes

Come along and make a cool music maker you can hang out your window, balcony or garden. We will be collecting different types of sticks and decorating them before tying them together to make a set of wind chimes.

When Sunday, February 24th at 10am
Where Corkagh Park
How much? Supported by South Dublin County Council. Fee is €2
Ages suitable for? the whole family, email Clare (aka Turtle) at education@owls.ie to book a place or for more information

Pre book or pop the events below into your diary for future family fun. 

Seedlings Early Years Workshops: The Last Straw!

Explore how you can draw and create shapes using with hundreds of paper straws as a drawing and construction material.

Straws are a simple yet very versatile material which can create lots of exciting shapes and over the course of these workshops, we will create a sculpture made of straws that will build up over the two days to eventually fill The Ark’s gallery space with a giant artwork made of straws.

You will make your own straw lines and shapes, along with objects that you can then climb under, step over and crawl through. You can also colour on the straws and make some smaller straw constructions that you can take home too.

If you want to be part of the beginning of this process then come along to the Friday workshops. If you want to be part of the middle and the end as the installation gets bigger and fuller then the Saturday workshops are for you! 

Our Seedlings workshops offer opportunities to explore materials and the world around them through playful and engaging activities. Ideal for getting little ones (and their grown-up!) imagining and creating together. They are devised and presented by Lucy Hill, the inaugural recipient of The Ark’s John Coolahan Early Years Artist Residency and will be devising and delivering an exciting workshop programme for children in the early years at The Ark from May 2018 until April 2019. 

When Friday 1st March at 10.15 and 2pm and on Sat 2nd at the same  times
Where The Ark, Temple Bar
How much? €11.50 per child (save 20% if you are a member)
Ages suitable for? 2-4 year olds

Family Day: Meet, Make & Draw

MEET artist Bridget Flannery, featured in our MAKing ART: PAINTing exhibition.
See how she paints and why she paints. Inspired by her process MAKE a small artist notebook. Work collaboratively to DRAW on a large scale. Come along, Meet, Make & Draw.

Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop.
Session 1: SAT 23 MAR 12PM-12.50PM
Session 2: SAT 23 MAR 1PM-1.50PM
Session 3: SAT 23 MAR 2PM-2.50PM
Dress for Mess. Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part. 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!

Bring Along A Baby *

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.

*This event always sells out in advance, so book sooner than later to save being disappointed.

When Monday March 25th and Thursday April 25th at 10.30am and 12.30
Where National Concert Hall
How much? Adults are €13 and babies go free!
Ages suitable for? babies and their adults

We hope that you have a great week.

ClapHandies PlayLabs  happen around the Dublin area during term time

If you have a baby, wobbler or toddler, why don’t you book and join one of our PlayLabs?

ClapHandies also run baby massage courses suitable for babies 6 weeks – 9 months.

If you are looking to organise a party, we offer PlayParty for 1-2-year-olds.

For 3, 4 & 5-year-olds we offer Classic Parties and children 6+ there are 4 great themed parties that school children seem to LOVE! Take a look at RealPartyKids .

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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