Dublin local family event guide. Friday 9th – Thursday 15th August 2019

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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.

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.


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+. 

Pond Dipping

Explore the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and mini-beasts living in and around the ponds at the National Botanic Gardens. Perfect your technique with guidance from the experts, and learn how to identify some amazing underwater creatures. Once you’ve discovered this hidden world, you’ll never look at ponds the same way again!

Suitable for children age 8 and upwards. Admission Free. Booking essential – call (01) 804 0319/ 857 0909 or email botanicgardens@opw.ie. 

Pop-Up Talk: Puffins!

10/08/2019 12pm & 2pm
As part of our Sustainable Summer series, join Museum Educator & Zoologist Emma Murphy in the Irish Room for a 15 minute pop-up talk on Ireland’s favourite colourful seabird, the Atlantic Puffin. Learn about their threats and how you can help! 

No booking required. Please follow directional signage to the puffins on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Talk
Topic: Natural History
Audience: All Ages
Venue: Merrion Street (Natural History)

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 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 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!

Pre book the events below for future family fun

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

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.

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

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Mythical Creatures & Folklore Tales

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.

Ireland’s Festival of Nations 2019

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 organizations 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.

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).

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.

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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