Dublin local family event guide

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Friday 29th March – Thursday 4th April 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.

Seedlings Early Years: The Mini Museum of Marvellous Stuff

We celebrate Marvellously Ordinary Stuff and how it continuously invites us to play, to think, to collect and to make in many unexpected ways.

In this workshop your instructions are to Attach, Detach, Play, Return, Repeat! The gallery space will house a display of ‘ordinary stuff’ which will be a strange, fun and intriguing collection of random objects and materials displayed on cup hooks, Velcro and mini-shelves creating an unusual museum-style installation. 

You will have fun choosing any object that you feel drawn to and detaching it from the installation. Then you can play with your chosen object by making drawings, taking photos, making shadows on the lightbox and projector, inventing stories, games or new names for it. Finally, you will return the object to its original place in the installation or a new place. You can repeat this with a new object as many times as you like.

During the workshop you will also add to your little museum with your drawings, photos stories and naming and have fun thinking about how everything (even ordinary things) can be endlessly playful.

Bring your older siblings Session – Friday 29 March @ 4pm 
One of the workshops is in an afterschool time as Lucy, our artist in residence, wants to let the little ones have a chance to invite an older sibling to come along to take part in the workshop with them. Just book your tickets as normal for the 5+ year olds for this session and we will be in touch to arrange the free sibling space (for siblings aged 5+). Please note, they don’t have to have siblings to take part in this session and there will be a limited capacity for the sibling places to ensure that the younger children aren’t outnumbered

When Fri 29 March @ 2pm & 4pm. Sat 30 March @ 10.15am & 11.45am
Where The Ark, Temple Bar
How much? €11.50/€8.50 per child (20% off for members).
Ages suitable for? 2-4 year olds

Superhero Adventure 

Join the SUPER ADVENTURE and come along on the Rathwood Express and defeat the Villains that have been causing HAVOC in Rathwood.

Jump on the Rathwood Express and Let’s go on an adventure with The Radical Wonders.

There are free Super Cupcake’s and a Superhero mask for each child on the day to enjoy and take home on the day. 

When Running each weekend until the end of March at 12 and 1pm
Where Rathwood, Rath, Tullow, Carlow,
How much? €4 adults, €12 children and free for babies under 1. Book here.
Ages suitable for? Superheroes and their adults

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 materials provided.

When Sundays between 3-4pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free, no booking required although places may be limited
Ages suitable for? children 6+ and their adults

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
How much? Free and no booking required
Ages suitable for? the whole family

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
How much? Free, no booking required
Ages suitable for? everyone most welcome

Book or pencil these events into your diary for future family fun!

Early Years Music Show: Smile

Join us for a delightful performance of magical chamber music for little ears performed by three exceptional musicians.

Filled with fantastic music by well-known classical composers including Bach, Bartok, Ravel, Copland and more played on cello, violin and viola, Smile will take you on a delightful musical adventure to help Augustus the Tiger find his smile again.

Smile is a show by MishMash Productions from the UK and is based on Catherine Rayner’s book Augustus and His Smile.

This show has been programmed with the approval of the children on the BIG BANG Dublin Festival Ambassador team!

When Fri 5 & Sat 6 April @ 10.30am & 12pm
Where The Ark, Temple Bar
How much? €12.50/€9.50*. (20% off for Members).
Ages suitable for? Ages 2-4 and their adults

Meet The Orchestra – part of Musictown junior

Conductor, James Cavanagh and the exuberant members of the RIAM Intermediate Orchestra invite young and old alike to help them put the oom into oom pah pah during the Academy’s perennially popular Meet the Orchestra event. For anyone who has ever wanted to blow their own trumpet, try out a tuba or toot a flute, this engaging morning event offers a rare opportunity to meet and mingle with the colourful families of the Orchestra. During the event, teachers and students of the Academy will demo’ a wide range of wind instruments and even offer some of the aspiring musicians present an opportunity to try out their own personal favourites!

When Saturday 6th April from 11-12
How much? €8 / €5 – bookable here
Ages suitable for? Families. 

Tales From The Shadows

Presented in association with the Dublin-based theatre group, Tales from the Shadows, this special two-performance event at the RIAM sees the oral tradition of storytelling combine with the visuals of shadow puppetry in an anthology style production based on folklore and urban legends originating in Dublin. Tales to look forward to, with a special blend of music include: ‘The Pig Faced Lady of Steeven’s Hospital’, ‘The Ghost of Marsh’s Library’ and many more. The show will appeal to “mature children and childish adults” alike, as well as those with a taste for gothic stories.

When  Sunday 7th April at 11am and again at 2pm
Where Royal Irish Academy of Music, 36 Westland Row
How much? Free, tickets available here
Ages suitable for? Mature children and childish adults!

Arnotts Family Fun Day

Join us for some fun at the Arnotts Family Fun Day on Sunday 7th April in The Gallery, Second Level.

The perfect day out for your family awaits from 11am – 4pm with an abundance of fashion shows, entertainment, workshops and fun activities. There’s something for children of all ages to enjoy!

Reuben the Entertainer will host the Family Fun Day treating the audience to a lively-show emceeing our kids-only fashion shows at 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm. Don’t miss your child’s chance to strut their stuff on the runway, enter here to be in with a chance to win a place in the show.

You can expect to be entertained with dance performances by the Star Kids dance troupe, while Denzil the Magician will excite and amaze you and your family.

As well as that, there will be a host of interactive and fun workshops throughout the day to keep all ages entertained from Kids Zumba, Mini-Golf and a Plant and Grow workshop to inspire the budding horticulturalist in your little one. Throughout the day there will be face painting arts & crafts and much much more.

When Sunday 7th April from 11-4pm
Where The Gallery, Second Level, Arnotts Department Store.
How much? Free, tickets available here
Ages suitable for? Everyone welcome

My first concert

Join a host of very young musicians as they take their first steps onto the concert platform for their début concert performance. A perfect opportunity for MusicTown audiences to bring their little ones to see our little ones and share this special first concert experience both on- and off-stage.

When Sunday 7th April from 12-12.45
Where Royal Irish Academy of Music, 36 Westland Row
How much? Free, tickets available here
Ages suitable for? everyone welcome

The Big Free Family Gig: Stomptown Brass

Stomptown Brass is one of the most unique acts in Ireland in recent times. Blending the sounds of funk and blues with powerful driving rhythms, the band make the most of their impressive line-up: two Drummers, two Trombones, two Trumpets, one Saxophone and a Tuba! Their music is bursting with bluesy vocals, infectious grooves, disco beat breakdowns, and funky rhythms all delivered with their signature enthusiasm and showmanship.

When Sun 7 April 2019 @ 2.30pm-4pm
Where The Ark, Temple Bar
How much? Free, tickets available here
Ages suitable for? 5 years +

Family Day: Salt Painting Is Awesome

Starting with a blank page, our artists will show you how to create shapes using glue … circles, lines, anything you feel inspired by. Then sprinkle with salt and watch the magic happen. Why not visit our exhibition for some inspiration, where there are many processes, materials, styles and subjects to explore.

When Sat 13th April. Session 1: 12PM-12.50PM, Session 2: 1PM-1.50PM
Session 3: 2PM-2.50PM
Where Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre,

Dublin 15
How much? Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop
Ages suitable for? 5-10 years olds

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!

Children’s Art Workshops – 13th April

Budding Artists
Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place once a month, under the attentive eye of artist Niamh Synnott. Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world all around them to inspire fun art-making activities.

Suitable for 4 to 7 year olds.
Time: 11.00am-12.30pm. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre
Cost: €10. Booking Essential

Hardy Annuals 
Why not join us for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage, and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged to use materials in fun and interesting ways while taking inspiration from the world of plants on show at Glasnevin.

Suitable for 8 to 12 year olds.
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre
Cost: €10. Booking Essential

Make a Family Flag

Use a combination of leaf prints and natural dyes to create a special flag for your family to take home. Get creative and see what colours you can make with natural materials and use different leaves to make pictures on your flag!

When Sunday, April 14th. 10 to 11.30am
Where Corkagh Park at 10am
How much? €2, Supported by South Dublin County Council. Email Clare (aka Turtle) at education@owls.ie to book a place or for more information.
Ages suitable for? Families


This workshop encourages creativity and self-expression through the creation of a word or shape, by the participating children, using letterpress and full colour printing.

When Tuesday 16th April 10.30-11.30
Where National Print Museum
How much? €12.50 – book through this link please
Ages suitable for? 4-7 year olds

Printlab workshop for families

During this workshop, families will learn about and explore the basic principles of letterpress printing. They will discover how, through working together as a family and combining letterpress and new technologies with tinkering and making, they can collectively express themselves in a fun and creative way.

When Tuesday 16th April from 2.30-3.30
Where National Print Museum
How much? €25 for 2 adults, 2 children (max 3 families on course)
Ages suitable for? Families of all ages – book through this link.


Have a cracker of an Easter at Croke Park

Your little chickens are guaranteed a basket load of fun as they follow clues around the iconic Stadium. They will have to keep their eyes peeled and listen closely to the guide’s fascinating stories of Croke Park and the GAA if they want to complete the hunt successfully and earn their reward of a delicious Cadbury’s Easter egg at the end.

The unmissable Easter ‘eggs’perience includes a guided tour of the famous stadium, a fun Easter egg hunt, and a visit to the GAA Museum! Your childrens’ heads will be jam packed with fun facts and exciting memories long after the chocolate stains have been wiped off their little faces!

Tours run daily from Thursday 18th to Monday 22nd April between 11.30 and 14.30.  Check online for tour times as they vary.

Hop into action now and book online to secure your ‘eggs’clusive place on this very special tour, which last 1.5 hours, as the tours completely sold out in 2018.  The Easter Egg Trail, which includes a GAA Museum visit and Cadbury’s chocolate egg (children only) costs the same as a standard Stadium Tour and can be booked now

When from Thursday 18th April – Monday 22nd April at various times
Where Croke Park
How much? €11 for Children, €9 for Adults, €35 for Family (2 adults + 2 children), €40 for Family (2 adults + 3 children), Children Under 3 FREE! You can book tickets through this link
Ages suitable for? The whole family


Join us in Dublin’s Merrion Square Park on 19th & 20th April 2019 for a choctastic event, in support of Barnardos! Every eggsplorer will receive a delicious Cadbury Easter Egg when they complete the egg hunt, and there’ll be plenty more egg-citing entertainment and activities for all your family and friends to enjoy!

When  Friday, 19 April and Saturday 20th April

Session 1: 10:30 am – 1 pm
Session 2: 2pm – 4:30 pm
Where Merrion Square Park, Dublin 2
How much? €20 per family ticket / €5 per each additional person – Buy tickets here
Ages suitable for? The whole family

Donal Vaughan Science Magic

Triple award-winning Irish comedian & scientist, Donal Vaughan, brings his hugely popular science, comedy, magic family show back to Dundrum.

Using only things you find around the house, he will perform amazing tricks to show how magical science can be. Wanna see a potato rocket launcher? Or conjure dragons breath? How about a vomiting unicorn? Or course you do.

Always exciting and sometimes very messy, learn about science and laugh your pants off while you do. And the best part is all the tricks can be performed by you when you go home.

When Saturday 20th April at 12 and at 2pm
Where dlr Mill theatre, Dundrum, D16
How much? €9
Ages suitable for? 5 years +

Posted by Malahide Castle and Gardens on Friday, March 22, 2019

Wonderland on the West Lawn

Go down the rabbit hole and into a Wonderland of madness, magic and mayhem this Easter at Malahide Castle!

​For one day only see the Mad Hatters tea party and meet Wonderland’s colourful characters including the White Rabbit, Humpty Dumpty, the Queen of Hearts, and Alice herself.

Complete the Easter hunt and earn treats along the way.

Face painters and balloon modellers will be there adding even more colour and mischief to the day!

A fabulous way to celebrate Easter in the gorgeous surrounds of the West Lawn.

When Saturday, 20 April 2019 from 12:30-19:00
Where Malahide Castle and Gardens
How much? €9 – under 1’s are free. Book tickets here
Ages suitable for? The whole family

To celebrate Easter Monday, we have an exciting line-up of trains for you to choose from, all of them along glorious cliff-side scenery, seashore views, or across forest viaducts.

We have a day return to Wicklow from Dublin Connolly where each child will receive an Easter egg. You will have 4 hours in Wicklow to explore the town, take a walk on the beach or enjoy the many bars and cafés.

We will then have two local trips from Wicklow to Greystones and return.

The train will be hauled by the magnificent blue steam locomotive No.85 “Merlin”.

When Monday 22nd April 2019
Where Dublin -Wicklow – Dublin. Wicklow – Greystones – Wicklow.
How much? Varies, Adults €20/€14 and children €14/€8. Book here
Ages suitable for? The whole family

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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