Dublin local family event guide. Friday 27th – Thursday 2nd January 2020

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.

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


Pop-up Talk: Polar Bears!

When 28/12/2019 12pm & 2pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? All ages

Why does the largest carnivore on land need sea-ice to survive? Discover some surprising facts and tales about polar bears during this 15 min pop-up talk at the Wonder Cabinet. No booking required. Not wheelchair accessible.


Fireworks in the Night Sky Workshop

When Saturday 28 December, 2-3.30pm
Where Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
How much? Totally free!
Ages suitable for? No mention of ages suitable for

Join us for this free drop-in workshop when we will be inspired by the colourful forms of fireworks in the night sky with artist Barbara O’Connell. Free, no booking required although numbers may be limited.


Family-friendly tour

Join us at the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West on Sundays from 12.30-1.15 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.

All welcome; no booking necessary.


Sunday Sketching – Shapes and Patterns

Sunday Sketching, 3-4 pm, Dec 29th, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

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. Suitable for ages 6 yrs+


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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. 


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.



Pre book or pop the following events into your diary for future family fun!


Aoife’s Clown Doctors Fundraiser Workshop

When Friday Jan 3rd from 10-1
Where Bricks 4 Kidz, Omni Shopping centre, Santry
How much? €20

Aoife’s Clown Doctors bring smiles and laughter to sick children in Crumlin and Temple Street Children’s Hospitals. These children are in unfamiliar environments surrounded by medical personnel. Aoife’s Clown Doctors transports them to a world of wonder and fun, if even for just a short time. This is not only beneficial for the children but also the stressed and anxious parents who get to see their child laughing.

Our three hour workshop will include creative fun, brick build using instructions and a Technic Lego build.


Free Family Day: Seaweed Sculptures – Sat 11 Jan

Come and listen to the strange and wonderful sounds of our exhibition ‘Holdfast’ and explore the artist’s kelp seaweed sculpture before creating some weird and wonderful sculptural pieces of your own using materials from nature: clay, dried seaweed, sticks and stones. What wonders can you create?

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!

Booking by phone 01-8852622.


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.


Super Sea Snails & Sea Slugs 

When Wed 15 Jan 2020 10.15am -11.15am & 12pm-1pm

Where Draiocht Workshop Room
How much? €5 per child
Ages suitable for? 2-4 year olds and their adult

Explore the squish and squash of clay to create some imagined clay sea snails and sea slugs inspired by listening to the wonderful sounds and sights of Ann Ensor’s exhibition ‘Holdfast’. Clay is fun, and is also messy, so make sure to dress for mess (bring spare clothes if you wish). Remember to come along another day to engage with the exhibition’s specially designed HOLDFAST PROJECT SPACE in our First Floor Gallery.

WORKSHOP NOTES
This series of individual monthly workshops is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way. There will be mess but there will also be fun! Cost: €5 per child per workshop (accompanying adult is free). 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. Where indicated please DRESS FOR MESS and bring a change of clothes. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).


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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