Dublin local family event guide. Friday 15th – Thursday 21st November 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 know how difficult it can be to meet other local new parents and we know how many of our customers have found that by joining one of our 4 week courses they have made friends for life. 

You can book now to join a ClapHandies Baby Massage class in:

Glenageary on Friday Nov 15th
Malahide Castle on Friday Nov 15th
Dundrum on Tuesday Nov 26th

Most healthcare policies will cover the cost of the course – so you have more pennies left to enjoy a cuppa and cake with your new friends!

* These will be the last courses running in 2019, you can book now to join us in January 2020.

Science Week 2019: Survival Vs. Extinction

When Saturday 16th, drop in between 11-1pm
Where National Museum of Ireland,Merrion Street (Natural History)

How much? Free, No booking required but there may be a short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.

Ages suitable for? Families

How do animals survive in their environment, and why do some go extinct? Learn about incredible animals and their amazing adaptations by exploring and identifying real and replica bones, fossils and taxidermy.

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Science Week Slime Labs

When Saturday November 16th, 11-12 or 12.30-1.30 or 2.30-3.30
Where EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1
How much? €8 per child, with 1x ticket required for each child attending. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times during the workshop.
Ages suitable for? This workshop is suitable for ages 6 – 12 years old

There’s a slime and a place for getting messy and it’s here with us at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum this Science Week!

Come on down to the museum for a seriously sticky science lab. Discover your messy side, get creative, get a little green, and learn something new in this fantastically disgusting workshop. Yuck!

When Saturday from 12-5
Where The Rediscovery Centre, Ballymun
How much? Free – tickets available here
Ages suitable for?

Join us for our annual interactive Let’s Talk Science Festival in Ballymun! This year, Let’s Talk Science will help you explore the fun world of Science and Climate Action. This exciting free festival is a unique opportunity for all the family to have fun and explore science, technology, engineering and maths.

Let’s Talk Science is open to people of all ages – come along to discover and learn about the life in our oceans and on land, renewable energies and your food. Find out the science behind climate change and what you can do to help!

We will have:
• Interactive exhibitions and demonstrations
• Messy hands-on experiments
• Intriguing discoveries
• Games and fun

This event has an exciting line up of exhibitors:

• The Rediscovery Centre
• Global Action Plan
• Airfield
• An Taisce Clean Coasts
• An Taisce Climate Ambassadors
• EcoUnesco
• IT Carlow RS Titan II STEM truck
• BEACON Centre
• Seahorse Aquariums

The Lets Talk Science Festival is funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

Free Winter Bird Walk

When November 16, 2019 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park
How much? Free, Booking is necessary by email to phoenixparkvisitorcentre@opw.ie or by telephoning 01-6770095.
Ages suitable for? the whole family

Join us at 11.00am on Saturday 16th November 2019 at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre for a guided bird walk to look for winter species.

Our target species include Fieldfare, Redwing, Jay, Treecreeper and a range of waterbirds.

Click the picture above and take a look at the Children’s programme at Dublin book festival today as some of the events have nearly sold out!

The Dublin Book Festival is happening on Saturday November 16th and Sunday November 17th.


When Sunday 17 November, 14.00 – 16.00
Where National Print Museum Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4

How much? Free admission
Ages suitable for? Families

Did you know the development of modern science would not have been possible without the printing press? Its invention led to the spread of scientific ideas across Europe and by the end of the 16th century, anyone could learn about anatomy, astronomy and physics! PrintLab Demo Day gives you the opportunity to witness Gutenberg’s invention in action and through PrintLab (Creative Makers at the National Print Museum) discover of the traditional craft of letterpress printing by being creatively involved in hands-on activities, which unite the basic concepts of the craft with digital fabrication and new technologies.

Donal Vaughan Science Magic

When Sun 17th Nov at 2pm
Where dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin 16
How much? €9
Ages suitable for? children 5+ and their adults

Triple-award-winning Irish comedian and scientist Donal Vaughan brings his hugely popular science and comedy show back to dlr Mill Theatre. With some brand new tricks and some old favourites too, learn about science using everyday objects and laugh your pants off while you do it. You too can become a science wizard and amaze your family and friends.

Future family fun to pop in your diary or book up now!

Family LEGO Workshop

Saturday 23rd November, 12.00pm – 2.00pm

Storytelling and story-building workshop. Bring your story to life with LEGO and take your storyboard home with you!
Suitable for children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends!

Suitable for 2 – 6 people per LEGO set (6 sets available)
Please only book one ticket per group.

Booking from Monday 21st October, 8.30am, via https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/family-lego-workshop-tickets-77078153833

Christmas Lantern Workshops

When Every Sat & Sun from 23rd Nov – 22nd Dec at 11am & 2pm
Where Cool Planet Experience, The Courtyard, Powerscourt House & Gardens
How much? €20 per person – book here
Ages suitable for? 6-12 year olds

Crafty kids who enjoy ‘making and creating’ will love our Christmas Lantern Workshops!

Children will spend an hour in the festive workshop, cutting, pasting and creating their very own Christmas lantern.

Decorating with Christmas themes of candy-canes and gingerbread-men and using a simple LED circuit, kids will light up their creation to light up your home.

This is a festive workshop that will excite your kids and teach them about sustainable and low-carbon energy choices, particularly around Christmas.

 All materials supplied. Kids take home their lantern for all to admire, or to offer as that special gift.

Free Family Day: Winter Printer

When Saturday 23rd November 12-3pm
Where Draíocht Galleries, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
How much? Free but space is limited
Ages suitable for? Designed for 5-10 year olds although younger/older siblings welcome

Create your reindeer and print him green, etch an elephant and add a red nose, stamp a tree with purple snow. Our artists will be on hand to show you the techniques to print a Christmas Card and you can show us just how crazy your festive imagination can be!

Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop.
Session 1: 12PM-12.50PM
Session 2: 1PM-1.50PM
Session 3: 2PM-2.50PM
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!

Kids’ Eco Christmas Crafts

When November 30 and December 7th 2019 (Times below)
Where National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
How much? €5 booking essential
Ages suitable for? 6-8 years 11.00am – 12.00pm, 8 years & over 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Especially for kids this Christmas. Help spread beauty and prevent waste this Christmas by making your own plantable eco-friendly cards with recycled and natural materials. Using biodegradable seed infused paper, these cards will keep giving long after Christmas, as they can then be planted in your garden, in pots on your balcony or windowsill.

Christmas Crafts

When Thursday, 05 December, 3,30-4.30
Where dlr LexIcon Room 4, Level 5

How much? No mention of price, Booking required. Email: dlrlexiconlib@dlrcoco.ie Tel: 01 280 1147

Ages suitable for? 6+ (younger children are welcome but may need help from parents!) Max 12.

Create a wonderful woolly reindeer with our Writer in Residence, Sadhbh Devlin

Seedlings Early Years Workshops

When Fri 6 Dec @ 10.15am & 2pm Sat 7 Dec @ 10.15am & 11.45am
Where The Ark, Temple Bar
How much? €11.50/€8.50 per child (20% off for members).
Ages suitable for? Ages 2-4 and their parents

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. 

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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