Dublin local family event guide. Friday 28th February – Thursday 5th March 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.

Ballymun Tidy Towns in conjunction with Trinity Comprehensive and Dublin City Council are hosting an action day in our community where we make our Community a Better Community. Come join us, we have lots planned. Contact 086 174 3836


Love D8 at Saint Catherine’s Church

When Saturday 29th Feb from 11am
Where Saint Catherine’s Church, Thomas Street, Dublin 8
How much? Free, register here for free prize draw entry
Ages suitable for? The whole family

Join us for a market-style celebration of all that is great about Dublin 8, held this year in Saint Catherine’s Church, Thomas Street, Dublin 8. This partnership between the Liberties Business Association and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is free to attend!

  • The event space will be zoned as follows:
  • WorkingD8
  • HealthyD8
  • LearningD8
  • CulturalD8
  • Clean&GreenD8

And more:

  • Pop-up performances and talks will take place on stage on the ground floor area at lunch hour.
  • Catering will be available on ground floor.
  • A series of talks will take place throughout the day – schedule coming soon!
  • Register in advance to attend and you will be entered into a free raffle on the day.

Rueben the Entertainer

When Saturday 29th Feb from 11.30-12.30
Where Balbriggan Library
How much? No mention of price
Ages suitable for? The whole family

Rueben the Entertainer is coming back to Balbriggan Library as part of the National Library Open Day on the 29th of February! So come along for a morning of fun and entertainment!


Kick Start Movements

When Saturday’s from 10.15-11.15
Where St Vincent De Paul GNS, Griffith Ave
How much? €6 per child (Pay as you go basis)
Ages suitable for? 2-7 year olds – drop off or stay and watch

Kick Start Movements is an all-new physical and nutritional programme for kids. The brainchild of two GAA stars (William Lowry and Michael McCarthy), Kick Start Movements, is an innovative new way to encourage physical activity, healthy food awareness and social interaction in children.


Pup Up Gaeltacht

When Sunday 12-1.30
Where The Pope’s Cross, Phoenix Park
How much? There is no mention of any cost
Ages suitable for? Everyone welcome

Come along to the 2nd Pup Up Gaeltacht for Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia. We’ll meet at the steps of the Pope’s Cross at 12.00 and go for a little stroll in the park. Great opportunity to meet other dog owners, doggos, and practice your Irish on the 1st Sunday of ever month.

Pups won’t need a high standard of Irish, but it will be expected that they know a few words. Check out ‘Teach Your Dog Irish’ by Anne Cakebread for tips.

Leave the cats at home – strictly dogs only (exceptions for cats who identify as dogs).

BYO Poop Bags agus Bígí Linn!

A dhaoine uaisle agus a mhadraí Gael,

Fáilte ‘s fiche roimh chách agus a gcuid madraí teacht chuig an 2ú Pup Up Gaeltacht do Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia. Baileoidh muid le chéile ag céimeanna Chros an Phápa ag 12.00 agus gabhfaidh muid ar walkies beag le chéile. Deis bualadh le húinéirí madraí eile agus píosa Gaeilge a chleachtadh an chéad Domhnach de gach mí.

Ní chaithfidh na madraí ardchaighdeán Gaeilge a bheith acu, ach beifear ag súil go mbeidh cúpla focal acu ar a laghad. Féach ar an leabhar iontach ‘Teach Your Dog Irish’ le Anne Cakebread do mholtaí.

Ní bheidh fáilte roimh chait (seachas siúd a aithníonn iad féin mar mhadraí).



Family Art Workshop – Explorer

When Sunday afternoons from 2pm
Where IMMA, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Families

On Sunday afternoons, get creative together as a family, explore artworks with IMMA staff and enjoy a hands-on workshop. Explorer workshops consist of fun making and drawing projects that respond to the IMMA Collection and current exhibitions.


National Gallery

Family-friendly tour

When Sunday from 12.30 – 1.15
Where National Gallery of Ireland meet at the Merrion Square information desk
How much? Free, no booking necessary
Ages suitable for? Families, all welcome

Join us 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.


National Gallery

Drop in family workshop

When Sunday drop in between 11.30-1.30pm
Where National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? Families with children of all ages

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. 

Our free workshops take place weekly, every Sunday from 11.30am


Sing, Bang, Jingle with Eamon Sweeney

Tuesay 3rd March – Age 2-4 yrs
10.15-11am & 11.30am-12.15pm (45 mins)
Draíocht Studio // €5 per child (adult free) // Dur 45 mins
Booking tel 01-885 2622

Play music in a free and open environment with musician Eamon Sweeney. Have fun and embrace a variety of musical experiences using different instruments, songs exploring sound, colour and texture – using gongs, chimes, bells, ocean drums and simple percussion instruments.

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. 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).


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

We are now booking Baby Massage courses in Glenageary, Sandymount and Dundrum for March. If your baby is over 6 week’s old, then book to join our fun, friendly and informative 4 week course.

Find out more on the ClapHandies Baby Massage web page.


Seedlings Early Years Workshops: Scientists in Space

When Fri 6 Mar at 10.15am & 2pm and Sat 7 Mar at 10.15am & 11.45am
Where The Ark, Temple Bar
How much? €11.50/€8.50 per child 20% off for members BOOK HERE
Ages suitable for? 2-4 year olds

Explore outer space on a mission to Mars in this interactive drama workshop for little ones aged 2-4 and their grown-ups, led by our Early Years Artist in Residence, Joanna Parkes.

It is the year is 2050 and a group of brave and clever Space Scientists have been asked to go on a mission to Mars to see what they can discover. They will be using their observation skills to explore, investigate and uncover all they can about the potential for life on Mars. What will they find? Come and find out on the next Seedlings adventure.

Using a combination of drama, props, materials and play, children will be encouraged to imagine they are these observant space scientists with a mission to accomplish. So if you’re a parent, grandparent, uncle, aunty, godparent or carer, come along with a 2 to 4 year old and enjoy imagining together.


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Children’s Cyanotype Art Workshop

When Sat, 7 March 10-12
Where 1D11 Photography Studio, Studio 20, Marlay Craft Courtyard, Grange Road, Rathfarnham
How much? €30 or €25 with a sibling discount – book here
Ages suitable for? 6+ years

Give your child a digital detox and let them create in their own way at their own pace.

Learn the FUN and ENGAGING printing technique of Cyanotype.

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that uses a combination of two safe chemicals that, when mixed together and exposed under sunlight, produce a cyan coloured print…the original ‘blueprint’.

Each child will learn about the cyanotype process and be given all the skills they need to create their own art works.

Classes are limited to ten in order for us to give creative and positive encouragement to everyone.


Toy Story 4

When Wednesday, 25th March at 3.30pm
Where Axis, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9
How much? Free – ticketed event
Ages suitable for? Family friendly

We’re thrilled to be continuing our after school film club (PG) for kids and their parents/guardians. Axis CineMates will run monthly, usually on the last Wednesday of the month offering children and their families a fun and free afterschool activity. Film begins at 3.30pm. Tickets available in person at the box office. First come, first served.

When Bonnie takes the toys on her family’s road trip, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep, whose adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. Woody and Bo are worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy,and they soon realiz ethat’s the least of their worries.


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Big Fish Little Fish Dublin Family Rave

When Sunday 29th March 2-4pm
Where Tramline 21 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2
How much? Adult €12, Child €8, non walkers free (plus booking fee)
Ages suitable for? For families with younger children (8s and under) though all ages are welcome. Max 3 children per adult.

We have heard from one of our community leaders that the Big Fish Little Fish family raves are great fun! Tickets appear to sell out quickly, so don’t leave it too long if you fancy popping in to show the little one’s how to party!


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Lego Show’s Ireland

When Saturday 2nd May 12-5pm
Saturday 2nd May (sensory only) 6-8pm
Sunday 3rd May 12-5pm
Sunday 3rd May (adults only) 6-8pm
Monday 4th May 11am-4pm
Where Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin.
How much? Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children) €42
Single adult ticket €15
Single child ticket (4-17) €10
Single toddler ticket (under 4) €2
Ages suitable for? Lego lovers! Tickets sold on eventbrite

We are delighted to announce our biggest show to date the DUBLIN BRICK SHOW

The show will have some amazing original models including:
– Ireland and UKs biggest Lego Death Star
– Avengers tower
– zombie attack
– Kirwan castle (1.2 x 3m, over 200,000 pieces)
– avengers mozaic (8ftx8ft)

Hard to find, UCS and exclusive Lego sets.

Kids can also enjoy
– Free Lego play area.
– Free face painting.
– Free speed build competition.
– treasure hunt.
– master builder competition.
– chill out area.
– colouring table for younger kids.
– sensory area.

And if that’s not enough we will also have some vendors selling Lego.

PLEASE NOTE our shows are aimed at kids and as having fun, as such we have allot of hands on activities so the kids can see the models, get inspired and then build, build, build!


Dabbledoo Music Workshop

When Saturday, 16th May, 12pm and 2pm
Where Axis Ballymum
How much? €5 – Parents Go Free – Max 30 Children Per Workshop
Ages suitable for? 6-12 year olds

DabbledooMusic provides an accessible, engaging and fun way for all the family to enjoy playing music together, regardless of previous experience or ability. Their resources have been developed to encourage creativity and collaboration through the power of music. They use a system of animated, colour-coded notation that anyone can understand to get everybody making music in no time. 

DabbledooMusic was set up in 2010 by Shane McKenna and Killian Redmond, both artists and educators who shared a mutual love of music. Since then, they have developed an entire music curriculum. In this workshop you will be provided with instruments and play along to Igor The Octopus (the world’s greatest drummer!), learn melody with Jazz Cat and even play an Irish Polka. Spaces limited to 30 per workshop so early booking is advised!


We hope that you have a great week.

ClapHandies run regular baby massage courses suitable for babies from 6 weeks – 9 months old. As well as all the benefits it offers to your baby, it’s a really easy way for you to make some new friends that are also local to the venue you choose.

ClapHandies also run weekly PlayLabs. These happen at venue’s across Dublin during term time. If you have a baby, wobbler or toddler why not book to join us for one of our 7 week PlayLab terms?

Looking to organise a party, then maybe we can help. We offer classic parties for pre-schoolers and 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 that you would like us to promote? If so please email marie@claphandies.com giving as much notice as possible. If suitable we will ty our best to add it to our weekly event guide.



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