Dublin local family event guide. Friday 29th – Thursday 5th December 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.




Christmas Traditions and Stories with the Candlelit tales

When Saturday 30 November, 2pm
Where National Library of Ireland, 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

How much? Free
Ages suitable for? All ages

Join us as we welcome the Candlelit Tales to the NLI for a performance relating to Christmas past….with stories, tales and music.

Candlelit Tales  bring back the craic of the old myths and legends and want to share these stories with the world so that everyone can hear and be inspired by the wealth of wit and wisdom in these old tales.
This lively fun event is suitable for all ages


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.


Come and visit our traditional Christmas Bazaar!

Crafts, gifts, books, decorations, second-hand clothes, wreaths, story telling and much more: Christmas fun for all the family.

There will also be a “Past Pupils’ Cafe” at this year’s bazaar, a place for our past pupils to meet up for a chat in a lovely festive atmosphere.

More info here:
https://www.kilians.com/annual-events/christmas-bazaar/


Lighting the Tree

Come on down and join the countdown at Cherrytree Walkinstown.
The mayor and local hero Sandra Kinsella will be switching in the lights.

With the wonderful the ICE QUEEN from the cherrytree players PANTO, the WALKELELES & MUSICALLY SOUND will be here.

Songs, Sing-a-Long of your Festive Favourites
SuperValu hotdogs
Mulled wine
Hot Chocolate
Sweets

And a HO HO HO very special visitor from the North Pole.
From 6 Pm


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.


Sunday Sketching

When Every Sunday from 3-4pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Totally free!
Ages suitable for? Children 6+ and their adults

During these free sketching workshops for families we invite you to explore and respond to our collection and temporary exhibitions through discussion and drawing. Bring your own sketchbook, or avail of the materials provided. Free, no booking required, although places may be limited. 


Is your child dinosaur or lego crazy?! 🦖

Come along to a roaringly exciting Lego workshop Kidspace, Rathcoole on Sun 1 Dec from 10am-12noon, delivered by the wonderful Bricks 4 Kidz in Kidpsace’s amazing Lego themed room. €25 including a 2 hour workshop, kids meal and 60 minutes in the playcentre.

These sessions tend to be very popular so early booking is advised!

Full details & booking info here:
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dinosaur-themed-lego-workshop-5-10-years-kidspace-rathcoole-tickets-82938020853


Drop-in family workshop

When Sunday 11.30-1.30
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West,Maples Group Creative Space
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? children of all ages and their adults

At our weekly drop-in workshops, 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.

Suitable for children of all ages, these workshops take place in the Maples Group Creative Space in our Atrium. 


Family-friendly tour of portraiture

When Sunday 1st December 12.30-1.15pm
Where National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West,Maples Group Creative Space
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? children of all ages and their adults

Join us for a special tour designed for children and their guardians, parents and carers. This tour will look at portraiture in the collection, including the exhibition of portraits shortlisted for the Zurich Young Portrait Prize.

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.

All welcome; no booking necessary.


Crafting Your Christmas – Family Day

When 1st December, drop in between 1.30-4.30
Where National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Families

At this time of year, why not step back from the hustle and bustle of shopping and drop in to Collins Barracks for a special day of seasonal events. This Christmas our open day is all about making and crafting! Come along to one of our workshops on felt-making or musical instrument making, or take a Christmas Trail around the Museum. 

Check out www.museum.ie/Events for a full programme.




Kick start your Festive Season with Rainbow Phil’s Christmas Special, featuring a selection of your kids favourite songs plus an introduction to the classic Christmas songs!

For the fourth year in a row, Rainbow Phil has NOT been asked to switch on the Christmas lights in Clontarf (I know, it beggars belief!), so we will be having our very own little Christmas lights switching on countdown instead 🙂

There will be cracker pulling a plenty, plus fabulous festive prizes for whoever wears the most God-awfully garish Christmas jumper – either grown up or child!

The centre piece of the show will be Rainbow Phil’s Super Christmassy Mega-Medley!! Imagine, if you will, a mash up of “Oh Christmas Tree” running seamlessly into “Rocking Around The Christmas Tree” suddenly turning into “Deck the Halls” before metamorphosing into “Last Christmas” by Wham – it’s hard to imagine I know, but that is exactly what will happen

There will also be a big box of treats for the kids (both big and small!) and a couple of other surprises along the way!

If there is a particular Christmas song you’d like me to include, then drop me a message as soon as you can so I can get working on it, but please note: I will not be doing Mariah Carey (no matter how nicely she asks) and ‘Frozen’ is NOT a Christmas song.


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


Pop the events below in your diary, or prebook, for future family fun!

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

Poor Suzy has a bad cold. She can’t stop sneezing and is feeling terrible but she has some friends coming round and a party to plan. She keeps forgetting what she has to do and is in quite a panic. Who is going to make the biscuits, put up the decorations, and lay the table? She really needs some help!

Do you know anyone who can help poor Suzy? Any 2 to 4 year olds and their grown-ups are welcome to come along and see if they can help Suzy Deezy get the party ready.

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 Saturday, 7 December 2019 from 13:00-18:00
Where Drimnagh Castle Primary School

How much? Child ticket €10, adult ticket €5 + booking fee. Book here.
Ages suitable for? The whole family

Every Christmas dream begins with a magical step through WALK’s winter wonderland.

Enter the archway through the spectacular Drimnagh Castle and savour the beautiful smell and sounds of Christmas. Browse WALK’s Christmas market which provides a lovely mix of seasonal trinkets, local artisan wares and tasty local treats.

Visit to Santa and small gift for each child is included.

Now in our 7th year this is sure to be a great festive occassion.

All proceeds will go to support WALK Community Project Fund.


Build a Home for an Elf

Saturday 7 December, 2-3pm

Somewhere in Courbet’s Diligence in the Snow we will build a home for an elf during this art workshop for 4-6 year olds with artist Frances Coghlan. Parents must stay with their children for this age group. Fee €10, booking through eventbrite.ie required here.


Santa at GPO Witness History Museum

When Various dates throughout December (some already booked up)
Where GPO Witness History, O’Connell Street, Dublin
How much? Adult €12.50, children €16.50
Ages suitable for? family friendly

This Christmas Santa is returning to the most historical building in Dublin. Meet the Postmaster and his team of Elves to discover the magic of how letters reach Santa each Christmas! Join Mr. & Mrs. Claus for an unforgettable Christmas Experience in the secret grotto hidden in the GPO Courtyard.

Have you ever wondered how your letter to Santa makes it all the way to the North Pole from your letter box? Well here’s your chance to find out!

Don’t miss your chance to witness this magical Santa experience!


Moon Woke Me Up

When Sat 14 & Sun 15, Wed 18 & Thu 19, Sat 21 & Sun 22, Sat 28 & Sun 29
at 10.15am, 11.45am & 2pm
Where The Ark, Temple Bar
How much? €12.50/€9.50* per child. 
Ages suitable for? 3-5 year olds

Moon Woke Me Up Nine times
It was still 4am
So I built a rocket with my friends
And went on a journey that never ends

Come up and away with us. Come and play with us.

You are invited to come and build a rocket that will BLAST OFF and take us on a magical adventure. Once inside their homemade rocket children are treated to a magical shadow show as they journey to the moon! Come with us all the way, up there, into outer space!

I wonder if it smells of cheese?
I wonder if it will make me sneeze?

Let’s find out!

Inspired by a Haiku of the same title by Basho Matsuo, Moon Woke Me Up is an interactive theatrical adventure to space for ages 3-5, using a wonderful blend of performance and interactive drama, construction play and sensory explorations.


Magical Moonbeams: Paper Lantern Workshops

When Sat 14 & Sun 15 Dec at 11am (5-7yrs) & 2pm (8-12yrs)
Where The Ark, Temple Bar
How much? €11.50 per child
Ages suitable for? 5-7 and 8-12

The longest and darkest night of the year is coming. During the winter solstice, the moon and distant stars rule the sky. These constellations have been a source of inspiration to us for centuries, with magical myths and stories spun from their beauty.

This December, come and make a shimmering paper lantern with constellations and shooting stars to guide you through the dark evenings. Draw yourself as a star and fill your lanterns with moonbeams and fallen stars for our workshop to celebrate this magical time of year.


The Snowman

When Monday 23rd December at 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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