Dublin local family event guide. Friday 26th July – Thursday 1st August 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.

The return of The Big Bad Mouse will take place on July 25th, 27th and August 1st, 3rd in The Red Stables!!

The follow up to the original Gruffalo story, where the Gruffalo’s young child seeks out The Big Bad Mouse from her dad’s stories is not to be missed! This will be a brand new show for Rainbow Phil with a lot more text to learn plus some technical challenges to overcome, so you never know – it might be terribly shambolic and it might be terribly bad… BUT THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT!!

When 10am July 25th, 27th and August 1st, 3rd

Where The Red Stables, St Annes Park, Raheny, Dublin 5
How much? Tickets cost €10 (plus booking fee) per child PLEASE NOTE there is no charge for adults, siblings under 9months or siblings over the age of 7. Tickets can be booked here.
Ages suitable for? These shows are best suited to the 2-4yr olds, but kids from around 12month up to 6yrs old will have a great time! 

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.

Drop-in Family Workshop: The Liffey Swim

This week’s drop-in workshop will be inspired by the iconic Yeats painting of the Liffey Swim from our collection. This year marks the 100th outing of the race, and today’s guide Fala Buggy will be competing next week, so is especially excited to be leading this workshop!

At our weekly drop-in workshop, 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.

These workshops are suitable for children of all ages, and take place in the Maples and Calder Creative Space in our Atrium. 

When Sunday from 11.30am, drop in
Where National Gallery, Merrion Square West
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? families

From Drawing in the City featuring sketching classes and 3D pavement illusions to Explore & Create with science and technology attractions from the past, present and future to City Carnival’s Jugglers and Mime Artists – there’s something for everyone at SUMMER SUNDAYS on College Green.  For three Sundays in a row July 21st, July 28th and August 4th 2019Dublin City Council will present this series of three great events from 12noon to 4pm.


So you think that you know the story of Goldilocks? Think again!

This summer, enter the world of SCRAPEFOOT, a walk-through visual art experience for audiences of just four people at a time.

Goldilocks wasn’t always blonde! In fact, over time she has morphed from a fox called SCRAPEFOOT into an old hag, and finally into the Goldilocks we know today. What remains the same in each version of the story, is that they each entered a house in the woods (when nobody was home), to feast, sleep and shelter.

Now it’s your turn to explore this enchanting house but beware of the three figures who might come home earlier than planned! Have you always been a porridge fan? Is it really trespassing if the door was open?

You will take the lead in your own immersive adventure, piecing together what really happened or what nearly happened or indeed what could have happened on that fateful day…BOOK TICKETS NOW

When 10 Jul – 31 AugOpen Tue – Sat & Mon 5 Aug (Closed Tue 6 Aug)
The adventure starts every 10 minutes from 10.30am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 4.30pm
Where The Ark, Temple Bar
How much? €7.50/€6 per child or unaccompanied adult (20% off for members).
Ages suitable for? This is an event for children aged 6+. 

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 July 28th , July 30th  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.

Summer Sessions: Art & Craft Dock at EPIC and the IFHC

Every Wednesday this July and August, EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum and the Irish Family History Centre will be using arts, crafts and games to explore some of the museum’s most curious characters. In these workshops, we’ll be going on adventures from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of the galaxy – but all you need is your imagination to tag along!

The adventures include…

Week 4 – 24th July

Up, Up and Away

Have you fastened your seatbelt and put your goggles on? This week we’ll be taking to the skies with characters such as Spitfire Paddy! Make your own airplane and flying kit so you’re ready to take flight.

Week 5 – 31st July

Christmas in July

Did you ever hear of Christmas in July? It’s snow joke! Grab your jacket, hat and scarf for this chilly workshop where we really make it snow! Based on Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, make your own winter scene in a jar.


Week 6 – 7th August

Lost in Space

The Irish have travelled everywhere, but what would an Irish colony be like in space? Follow in the moonwalk of Irish space experts like Niamh Shaw and Jocelyn Bell Burnell to design your own planet, from drawing out a map to actually making your own planet with foam clay!

Week 7 – 14th August

Deadly Dinosaurs

Explore the past in this rawrsome-ly themed workshop all about the fun world of fossils! From the terrifying T-Rex to the things they left behind, discover Irish fossil hunters such as Robert Bell and take part in your own archaeological dig!

Week 8 – 21st August

Create and craft

To tie in with National Heritage Week, this week we’ll become our own designers inspired by Philip Treacy and Orla Kiely. Make your own clay pot or stylish paper hat, and learn all about the crafts of the past. It’s not just stories that are passed down from generation to generation!

The fine print (for parents):

Tickets cost €8 per child, with 1x ticket required for each child attending. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times during the event. 

We will be running two workshops back to back every week covering similar content and activities, and you can book on one or both. Both are suitable for ages 5 – 11 years old.

Prebooking is essential to avoid missing out. Contact our Education Sales team for more information at https://epicchq.com/contact/

Special offer: Want to see EPIC Museum while you’re here? Kids get free entry to the museum with this ticket!

Inspectorium: Rewild Your Garden!

31/07/2019 11am-1pm
Make your garden the best wildlife haven it can be for our challenged Irish birds, mammals & insects. Drop into the Wonder Cabinet and create something for your own wildlife garden, and get tips on how to bring nature home! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Natural History
Audience: Families
Venue: Merrion Street (Natural History)

Pop these dates in your diary or buy tickets so that you can enjoy these events in future weeks

Musical Picnic With The Wild Turkeys – Limited availability

Join us for a family picnic lunchtime concert where we bring the outdoors indoors with some great music and other fun activities.

Come early and meet the musicians, try out some instruments, and have fun with musical face-painting! Then come into the John Field Room to enjoy our interactive concert of Irish traditional music and family favourites.

The Wild Turkeys are an energetic traditional Irish music group with a unique lively, upbeat sound that will guarantee to have your foot tapping.

There are 6 core members in the group, consisting of two fiddles, banjo, accordion, guitar and they are delighted to team up with Bodhran extraordinaire Andy Reilly from Riverdance to perform everything from their beautiful slow airs to spirited high energy trad tunes. The group hails from a small village on the East Coast of Ireland called Ballygarrett in Co. Wexford and all the musicians, prize winners at all Ireland level, have a busy professional career both nationally and internationally.

When Saturday 3rd August, foyer activities from 12.15, concert at 1pm
Where National Concert Hall
How much? €12, discounts available
Ages suitable for? The whole family

Origami Workshop for Kids

Come and get creative with paper at our children’s origami workshop, and learn about the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Did you know ‘Ori’ means fold and ‘Kami’ means paper? Having mastered the basics of this elegant art, you can then transform a sheet of paper into something exciting like an animal, tree or flower. Materials supplied.

August 3rd, 2019 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Suitable for ages 8 to 12. Admission Free. Booking essential. Call (01) 804 0319/ 857 0909 or email botanicgardens@opw.ie

Lego® Brick Building Workshop

This is a creative Lego® brick building and social activity workshop for children aged from 3-12 years old. It has been developed to help children learn through play and fun! At this workshop the children will learn how to create model builds and work together to play games and activities.

As part of this workshop children will learn;

  • How to develop their imagination, creativity and social skills
  • An introduction to STEAM
  • Solving problems-sharing-turn taking
  • Practising teamwork and developing their self esteem
  • Learning to listen and follow verbal and visual instructions

When Sat, 3 August, 10.30-12
Where The Rediscovery Centre, The Boiler House, Ballymun Road, D9
How much? €12 – book tickets here
Ages suitable for? children 3-12 years

Seedlings Workshops: Saving Selma the Seal

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.

We’re heading to the sea this August in this early years drama workshop for little ones led by our Early Years Artist in Residence Joanna Parkes.

Come on an imaginative journey to the beach! It’s a fine sunny day and the children are having fun playing in the sand. Then some unexpected visitors arrive and seem to behaving in a suspicious manner.

What is going on? Join in and explore what happens in this delightful workshop adventure by the sea.

Combining drama, story, play and props, this interactive drama workshop invites little ones and their grown-ups to enjoy imagining together. So if you’re a parent, grandparent, uncle, aunty, godparent or carer, come along with a 2 to 4 year old and join in the fun.

When Fri 2 Aug @ 10.15am & 2pm, Sat 3 Aug @ 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 and their adults

Rivers, Oceans & Big Fish!

Thursday 8 August, 11am-Noon

Be inspired by Rivers, Oceans & Big Fish! in this mixed media workshop for 4-6 years with artist Frances Coghlan.

Fee €7 per child, booking through eventbrite.ie is required here.

Parents must stay with their children for this age group.

National Heritage Week is held during the last week of August and is coordinated by The Heritage Council. It’s aim is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation.

Events are being added daily to the National Heritage Website, so click here and see what takes your fancy.

Heritage Week: Music Workshop for Children

Join musician Judith Lyons for a wonderful opportunity to have a sing along in Saint Patrick’s. Featuring popular music from Disney. Suitable for all ages, dressing up positively encouraged.

When Saturday 17th August at 1pm
Where St Patricks Cathedral
How much? Free tickets can be booked here
Ages suitable for? families

Heritage Week: Family Fun Arts and Crafts sessions

Join us for art and craft drop in sessions. Short activities suitable for all ages. Free, but registration required.

When Monday 19th August from 11-12pm and on Tuesday 20th August and on Wednesday 21st August
Where St Patricks Cathedral
How much? Free – tickets can be booked here
Ages suitable for? families

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.

When Thursday 22nd August 10.30 and 12.30 – again on Sunday 28th September
Where National Concert Hall
How much? Adults are €13 and babies go free
Ages suitable for? Babies, wobblers and their adults

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.

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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