Dublin local family event guide. Friday 21st – Thursday 27th June 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.


It’s back and it’s bigger and BATTER!

The 2019 Stoneybatter Festival June 21st – 23rd!

Over 120 events in 57 locations!

Celebrating our wonderful community in Stoneybatter.

Check out www.stoneybatterfestival.ie and stay up to date on info on our programme of events which will be regularly updated.



Mid-Summer Collage Workshop

Make a mid-summer collage during this art workshop with artist Barbara O’Connell.

When Saturday 22 June, 2-3pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Fee €7, booking through eventbrite.ie is required here.
Ages suitable for? 4-6 year olds. Parents must stay with their children for this age group.


Put Yourself in the Picture

Celebrating the children of Ireland, The Ark presents a portrait exhibition of over 100 drawings by some of Ireland’s best known artists. Part of Right Here Right Now! The Ark’s Festival of Children

Drawn from The Ark’s newly commissioned portrait collection, the exhibition places children at the centre of contemporary art-making.

When 13 Jun – 31 Jul. Everyday @ 10am – 5pm
Where The Coach House, Dublin Castle
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Everyone


Summer is Coming! Summer Solstice Tour

To celebrate the Summer Solstice, join in our special tour to discover how some archaeological monuments in Ireland, such as the Hill of Tara and ancient tombs are linked to celestial events. Take a close look at artefacts connected to solar symbols including the Bronze Age Lunulae and Sun Discs. 

22/06/2019 2:30pm-3:15pm, suitable for children 8+ and their adults

Booking required, contact educationarch@musem.ie or call 01 6486332. Meet at the Reception. Wheelchair accessible.



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 Sunday’s drop in between 3-4pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? children 6+


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’s between 11.30 and 1.30pm
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2  How much? Free
Ages suitable for? 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 at 12.30-1.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? All welcome, no booking necessary.


Summer Kids’ Drop-by Activities

Kids, join us for fun activities in the dedicated Children’s Erasmus Education Garden! Each week we will have a different activity to help you to become an expert gardener. Sow your own vegetable and flower seeds, make seed bombs, design bug hotels or re-use everyday things to create your own piece of eco-art. 

When Sundays at 11.00am, 11.30am, 3.00pm & 3.30pm
Where National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Children’s Erasmus Education Garden
How much? Free, first come first served
Ages suitable for? ages 4 and up. All children must bring their own grown up.


The Stoneybatter Festival at Collins Barracks

At Collins Barracks we’re joining in this fun-filled festival, now in its third year, which unites our local community and showcases everything this great part of Dublin has to offer! This year we’re celebrating the art of street and landscape photography, with the exhibition Henri Cartier-Bresson and Ireland as our inspiration. Join us on Sunday 23rd June in a family workshop with artist Seliena Coyle who will work with participants to make Pinhole Cameras and take photographs in and around the Museum. 

23/06/2019 2.30 – 4.30pm – suitable for all the family

Admission free, booking required.


Malahide ‘Music for Babies’

We are delighted to welcome our woodwind trio for the last concert in our Malahide Music for Babies series. Rebecca Halliday (oboe), Mairéad English (flute) and Cliona Warren (bassoon) will present a morning of popular classics. 

Fear not! We’ll be back in September, replenished and ready to bring you and your little ones lots more gorgeous music. Keep an eye on our facebook page for all the details.

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, 26 June 2019 from 11:00 to 12:00
Where The Project Room, Malahide Castle
How much? €13 per adult, babies and toddlers are free
Ages suitable for? Babies, toddlers and their adults


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Flavours of Fingal

The Flavours of Fingal County Show is a two-day event jam packed with events, combining the sights and sounds of an agricultural show with an unforgettable food and family fun experience.

When 29th & 30th June 11am – 6pm
Where Newbridge House and Farm, Newbridge Demense, Donabate, County Dublin
How much? €15 – Online early bird offer available until midnight June 28th
Ages suitable for? The whole family


Family Concert: Peter And The Wolf

Expect to be enthralled by the timeless story of Peter and his dealings with the crafty Wolf by Sergej Prokofiev with the Westland Wind Quintet.  Delve into all-time classics for everyone to enjoy, and learn the story of the wind quintet through the music of Jacques Ibert.

When Sat 29th June at 11.30 and again at 1pm
Where National Concert Hall, Ballsbridge
How much? €12, discounts available
Ages suitable for? aimed at 6-12 year olds


Seedlings Early Years Workshops 

We continue our monthly early-years programme Seedlings with a special workshop perfect for children ages 2-4 to get creative with their older relatives.

Whether you’re a grandparent, a parent, an uncle, or great aunt – this is your chance to enjoy a fun, interactive workshop together with your teh younges children in your life. Led by The Ark’s Early Years Artist in Residence, Joanna Parkes, it will be an experience that will stimulate imaginations of all ages!

The drama-based workshops will offer opportunities to explore themes and stories in playful and engaging activities, ideal for getting little ones (and older ones!) imagining and creating together.

When Fri 5 & Sat 6 Jul 2019. Times tbc
Where The Ark
How much? €11.50/€8.50 per child (20% off for members).
Ages suitable for? Suitable for 2-4 year olds


Family friendly tour: The National Library’s History & Heritage

Monday 1 July at 2pm

Join us to explore and discover the owl in the floor and the lizard in the fireplace! The tour begins in the main hall of the Library and includes a visit to the Library’s iconic reading room.

All welcome. Booking not required.


Children’s Workshop: Same Difference

Who doesn’t love a good story? Come and explore how stories connect and delight us all. Children’s author Debbie Thomas will help you invent a pet, wage cutlery wars and go on a treasure hunt to find that nothing can bring us together and celebrate our differences like a story.

Tuesday 9 July, 2pm

Age: 9-12. Booking required. Book at learning@nli.ie

Debbie writes books for children 
Asked how she came to be a writer? ‘Well, after studying fossils in England, working in BBC radio, meeting prawn farmers in Bangladesh and dancing with pygmies in Uganda, what else can I do?’


Summer Camp for 7-10 Year Olds

During this three day summer camp for 7-10 year olds with artists Frances Coghlan, Kathryn Maguire and Ashleigh Downey we will be inspired by jellyfish, cabinets of curiosity and other wonders in Mark Dion’s exhibition Our Plundered Planet.

Tuesday 9 July – Thursday 11 July, 10.30am-12.30pm

Fee €40, booking through eventbrite.ie required here.


Children’s ‘Coat of Arms’ Workshop

Learn about the ancient art of heraldry and the world of the knight, and then look at the ways coats of arms are used today. Children can design their own imagined coat of arms at this fun workshop!

Wednesday 10 July, 2pm – 3.30pm

 Age group: 7 – 12 years.

 Booking required. Book at learning@nli.ie


Laya Healthcare – City Spectacular

Come and watch the world’s best street performers – don’t forget to fill their hats!

The Line Up of the World’s Best Street Performers are ready to go and there is no ticket required to access Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular.

It is you, the audience member, who decides the true value of the street performances at the end of each show by making a contribution directly to the talented artists.

July 12-14th in Merrion Square.


Early Years Summer Camp for 1-3 Year Olds

During this four day summer camp for 1-3 year olds with artist Frances Coghlan we will be exploring the sights and sounds and be immersed in a sensory world of simple shapes, colours and textures.

Tuesday 16 July – Friday 19 July, 11am-Noon

Fee €22, booking through eventbrite.ie required here


Storytelling for children: Tegolin’s Tales

Tuesday 16 July, 2pm

Join Tegolin Knowland for a story telling session using specially designed masks that bring the characters to life. Following the session Tegolin invites the children to join her on stage for ‘hands-on time’ with the various masks and props.

Suitable for ages 4+

All welcome! Booking not required.

Tegolin Knowland trained at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama and The Drama Studio) where she received Hillman Best Actress Award. Having acted with the Druid Theatre Company,   Tegolin founded Tegolin’s Tales specialising in Masked Fairy Tale Drama for Children.


Children’s Drawing Workshop: Characters in Dublin with Tarsila Krüse

Wednesday 17 July, 2pm

Join illustrator Tarsila Krüse on a drawing journey through the Fair City! Prompted with images from Tarsila’s latest book My Little Album of Dublin (co-authored with Juliette Saumande) children are invited to contribute their own ideas, creating a Dublin of their own, practicing with basic shapes and drawing along to create their own characters, environments and stories to bring home! Ages: 7 -10

All welcome.


Join the fun at Playstival this August – 


Exploring Baby Boogie with Jo Quinn

Baby Boogie is a fun movement class lead by Jo Quinn, with musical instruments, parachutes, bubbles, feather blowing and scarf dancing.

This series of individual monthly workshops are intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way. There will be mess and there will be fun.

Tuesday 27th August, 10.20 am – 11.10 am & 11.30am-12.20pm (50 mins) Cost: €5 Per Child Per Workshop (accompanying adult is free). Booking and further information from Box Office on 01-8852622.

WORKSHOP NOTES
These workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for this age range. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).


We hope that you have a great week.

ClapHandies run regular baby massage courses suitable for babies 6 weeks – 9 months. As well as benefits for your baby, it’s a really great way to make some new friends at the same stage of parenting as you are.

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?

If you are looking to organise a party for your little one maybe we can help?

We offer classic parties for pre-schoolers, then once your little one is at school we offer themed parties that children seem to LOVE!

Take a look at RealParties for more details.

Do you have an event you would like us to promote?

Please email marie@claphandies.com giving as much notice as possible and if suitable we will try our best to add it to our weekly event guide.

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