Dublin local family event guide. Friday 2nd – Thursday 8th 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.
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
Be quick if you want to see the return of The Big Bad Mouse!
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 August 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!
Pop-Up Talk: Jellyfish!
|03/08/2019 12pm & 2pm|
|As part of our Sustainable Summer series, join Museum Educator & Zoologist Geraldine Breen in the Irish Room for a 15 minute pop-up talk on jellyfish. Learn about Ireland’s native jellyfish and what they can teach us about climate change. No booking required. Please follow directional signage to the jellyfish on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible.|
|Event Type: Talk|
|Topic: Natural History|
|Audience: All Ages|
|Venue: Merrion Street (Natural History)|
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;
- 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
- How to develop their imagination, creativity and social skills
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
August 4th 2019, 12noon to 4pm.
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 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
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!
It’s a Plankton Eat Plankton World
What do plankton eat, and what uses plankton as a food source? As part of our Sustainable Summer series, join us at our Wonder Cabinet to inspect real plankton under our microscope and make your own marine food web! Learn how these delicate food webs can be upset, and how sustainability can save species and whole ecosystems!
No booking required but there may be short waiting time.
|Event Type: Drop-in Activity|
|Topic: Natural History|
|Venue: Merrion Street (Natural History)|
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.
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.
When 10 Jul – 31 Aug, open 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+.
Pre book the events below for future family fun
Playstival 2019 celebrates kids and their parents with Ireland’s only festival dedicated to play.
Be part of the festival on Saturday, August 10th & Sunday 11th 2019 at Airfield Estate, Dundrum, Dublin 14. Airfield Estate is closed for general visits and annual pass holders on both days, so make sure to get your festival tickets in advance.
Returning for its spectacular second year this August, Playstival is Ireland’s only festival dedicated to play for kids and their parents.
This unique event allows kids and all the older people in their lives to get away from mobile phones, games consoles and screens. Enjoy a day full of genuine feel-good fun and family togetherness.
Tickets are on sale now from €13 via the event website.
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
This is a free event for the whole family with a great line up of performers from around the world, including children’s entertainment and other side attraction taking place throughout the day.
A most spectacular and diverse festival representing a global cultural integration, Festival of Nations showcases lots of exciting cultural activities all day long, all happening in one venue. There will be family-friendly activities include the Parade of Nations, Music & Dance performances, with a mix of 52 stands of organisations and various countries showing off their cultures and information displays, face painting, workshop, and much more!
Festival of Nations is organised by Diversity & Multicultural Initiative, and funded by the government of Ireland and supported by Dublin City Council’s NEIC program.
Sunday 24th of August 2019 from 12 noon to 6pm in Mountjoy Square Park, Dublin 1.
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.
Join us for art and craft drop in sessions. Short activities suitable for all ages. Free, but registration required.
Thursday 22 August 11am-Noon
Create your own mythical creatures & folklore tale in this art workshop for 7-9 years with artist Ashleigh Downey.
Fee €7, booking through eventbrite.ie is required here.
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.
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).
Kidspace x Fearless Moves Floor Fillers Brunch
We’re hosting a Fearless Moves Floor Fillers session and brunch at kidspaceindoorplay in Rathcoole on Sun 29th Sept at 10am.
It’s perfect for Mums and Dads who want to get a sweat on while the kids are having active fun in the play frames!
The ticket price also includes entry for 2 kids (worth €17)
Enjoy brunch afterwards with options for kids and parents! All the ticket deets are here: https://bit.ly/2K5Yt9W
Fearless Moves is a fitness event series that features a deadly music theme, a whopper instructor and most importantly, delish food after the workout session.