Dublin local family event guide. Friday 20th – Thursday 26th 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 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.


Christmas movies in Blackrock Library

Don’t want to be left home alone this Christmas? Why not pop into Blackrock Library for a fun family movie.

Rated PG. Saturday 21 December 10.30am


Farmleigh Christmas Programme

SATURDAY 21st from 10-5

Christmas Food & Craft Markets, Farmyard
10am – 5pm

Festive Crib, Outdoors
10am – 5pm

Festive Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords, Outdoors
2pm – 4pm

Christmas Puppet Show with Custardpie Puppet Company, in The Cowshed Theatre (Ticketed Event*)
12 Noon – 12.30pm
1.45pm – 2.15pm
3.30pm – 4pm

Storytelling for Children with Roisin Murphy, in The Old Kitchen (Ticketed Event*)
12.45pm – 1.30pm
2.30pm – 3.15pm
4.15pm – 5pm

Christmas Carol Singing with The Brook Singers, in The Ballroom (Ticketed Event*)
1.30pm
2.00pm
2.30pm
3.00pm

Dress up in Dickens style and take a photo, Courtyard
10am – 5pm

*Free Tickets are available in the Motor House. Tickets will be allocated on the day on a first come first served basis.

SUNDAY 22nd from 10-5 –

Christmas Food & Craft Markets, Farmyard
10am – 5pm

Festive Crib, Outdoors
10am – 5pm

Festive Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords, Outdoors
12 Noon – 4pm

Horse & Carriage Rides, Outdoors
1pm – 4pm

Christmas Puppet Show with Custardpie Puppet Company, in The Cowshed Theatre (Ticketed Event*)
12 Noon – 12.30pm
1.45pm – 2.15pm
3.30pm – 4pm

Storytelling for Children with Roisin Murphy, in The Old Kitchen (Ticketed Event*)
12.45pm – 1.30pm
2.30pm – 3.15pm
4.15pm – 5pm

Christmas Carol Singing with Cappella, in The Ballroom (Ticketed Event*)
1.30pm
2.00pm
2.30pm
3.00pm

Dress up in Dickens style and take a photo, Courtyard
10am – 5pm

*Free Tickets are available in the Motor House. Tickets will be allocated on the day on a first come first served basis.

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. 


Winter Solstice Tour

When 21st December 11.00-11.45am
Where National Museum of Ireland,Kildare Street (Archaeology)
How much? Free – booking required
Ages suitable for? Children 8+

To celebrate the rising sun of the Winter Solstice at Newgrange, join our special tour to discover how ancient monuments and archaeological objects are linked to celestial events. Learn how passage tombs, such as Newgrange, are aligned to the Winter Solstice. Take a look at objects found in Ireland’s tombs and find out how Bronze Age objects, such as lunulae and sun discs, are linked to solar symbols. 

Booking required, contact educationarch@musem.ie or call 01 6486332. Meet at the Reception. Wheelchair accessible.


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.


Prebook or pencil these events in your diary for future family fun!


Kidsyard Family Rave – Countdown to New Year 2020 – An inclusive family experience where parents can have just as much fun as their kids!


OWLS Winter Camp

Turvey Nature Reserve.

Monday 30th – Friday 3rd January 2020  (excluding Wednesday 1st). Children can attend for the four days or just one or two. For ages 6 and up.

Theme:  Fire and Ice. Lots of fire making and craft activities with greenwood to take home.

Times 9.30 – 2.30pm.

OWLS members €20 per day, non owls members €25

As it will be run by our two new leaders (Swan and Red Squirrel) the numbers are restricted to 20 children.

Booking now open, contact Mouse at info@owls.ie.


Forget New Year Resolutions… it’s time for a Revolution in your life!

Tired of being told to make New Year Resolutions for a NEW YOU because the current you is shabby, flabby and a little bit wrecked?

Then the Life by Design, not Default programme is for you.

There’s nothing wrong with you! It’s the expectations, overwhelm, guilt, social stress, time-poor, pressure-heavy life that needs a reboot.

Learn how to DESIGN your life, create a PLAN for living with intent, and feel UNSTUCK, unleashed and UNSTOPPABLE 

If you want to learn how to grab your life by the horns, register for the 

Life by Design, not Default programme starting January 7th, 2020.

For just €275, you will get 3 life-changing sessions with The MidLife Coach, Alana Kirk.

  1. Group coaching session in The Mayfield, Terenure, 10.30am-12pm, Tuesday 7th January
  2. Group coaching session online webinar, 10.30am-12pm, Tuesday 14th January
  3. Individual coaching session, week of 20th January.

For more information – and a chance to live a life that you run, not that runs you, go to https://themidlifecoach.org/why-new-year-resolutions-are-not-the-answer/


We are now taking bookings for January Baby Massage classes.

Our 4 week course is a really easy way to meet other local new parents.

Our instructors are all members of Baby Massage Ireland and the cost of the course is covered by most health insurance providers.

Book now to join us in:

Dundrum on Tuesday January 7th.
Sandymount on Wednesday January 8th.
Malahide on Friday January 10th.
Glenageary on Friday January 10th.
Clonskeagh on Tuesday January 14th
Dublin 6 – Leinster Sports Club on Friday January 17th

Dates for February, March, April and May are all available to book now.


Holiday World Show 2020

When 24th to 26th January 2020.
Where RDS Simmonscourt
How much? Adults €7, Senior Citizens €4, Students €3,
Special Family Price (2 Adults & up to 4 children) – €14

Ages suitable for? Family friendly

Holiday World Show Dublin will be transformed into a hub of exotic, vibrant, multi-cultural activity; from the Americas to Asia, Europe to Africa, and beyond when it returns to the RDS Simmonscourt from 24th to 26th January 2020.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet over 2,000 travel industry professionals from all over the world for advice, tips and information on booking the perfect holiday. Whether it’s a once-in-a­ lifetime trip, a well deserved family holiday or a romantic getaway, the Holiday World Show experts will help you plan the holiday of your dreams. With exclusive specials and show-only deals, and prize holiday draws, the show is a must-attend event!

This is a family friendly event, with plenty of kids’ entertainment across the weekend. Attendees will also have an opportunity to experience a variety of exotic locations through interactive displays and a multicultural entertainment schedule.


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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