Dublin local family event guide. Friday 3rd – Thursday 9th 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.

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.


Sunday Sketching – Every Picture Tells a Story

Sunday Sketching, 3-4 pm, Jan 5th, 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+


The Teddy Bear Tour

When 4th January at 12 and 2pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street (Natural History)
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? The whole family

Learn more about animals that are usually made into cuddly toys but who are very different in real life. Don’t forget to bring your own favourite teddy bear! 

No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible.


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.


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

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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/



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.


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).


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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