Dublin local family event guide. Friday 22nd – Thursday 28th 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.

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!

FAMILY DAY NOTES:
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!


Treasures of the National Museum

When 23rd November 2.30-3.15pm
Where National Museum of Ireland,Kildare Street (Archaeology)
How much? Free, no booking required, first come first served.
Ages suitable for? 7+

Take a tour of the iconic treasures in the National Museum, including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice.


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.





When Sunday from 10-5
Where Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA Club, Sean Moore Road, Dublin 4

How much? tickets can be bought here.

Adult – €10 Student / vet nurse – €7 Child – €5 Child under 3 – FREE

Family (2 adults and 2 children) – €20 Free entrance after 15:30

Ages suitable for? Everyone who loves cats!

Dublin Cat Fair is the only cat only educational and informative event in Ireland.

FREE lectures with the up-to-date cat knowledge from industry experts, hard to find cat-centric products for both human and cat!

A must for both cat lovers and cat-curious!

*** Dublin Cat Fair IS NOT a cat show. There will be NO CATS at the event. Due to health and safety regulation, cats will not be allowed into this event. If you want to go to a cat show, please check out the GCCFI website. Thank you!



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. 

We are running our last Baby Massage class for 2019 in 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!

* You can book now to join us in January 2020.


Pop these dates in your diary, or book up now to enjoy future family fun!


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, 5th December, 3,30-4.30
Where dlr LexIcon Room 4, Level 5

How much? No mention of price, Booking required. Email: dlrlexiconlib@dlrcoco.ieT: 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. 


The Snowman

When Monday 23rd December 4-4.30
Where St Patricks Catherdral
How much? Free, tickets must be prebooked. There will be a collection taken for LauraLynn.
Ages suitable for? The whole family

“It was a cold, cold winter’s night.

In a cottage in the country,

hidden away beneath the hills,

a little boy lay sleeping.

Snow began to fall,

lightly at first and then with giant flakes,

which started to settle on the ground.

At first light of morning,

the little boy turned over,

yawned and sat up.

He ran to the window and looked out.

Everything was covered in snow…”


Take a break from your last minute Christmas shopping and other such seasonal stresses and come join us with the whole family in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral to hear the timeless tale of James and the Snowman as told by a special guest narrator with a little help from the Choristers of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

Retiring collection in aid of LauraLynn Children’s Hospice


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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