Dublin local family event guide. Friday 13th – Thursday 19th 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.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Spring into Heritage 2020 programme of free guided heritage tours and talks will commence from Monday 9th of March until the 3rd of May 2020.

Explore your local heritage with free guided tours of

  • Cabinteely House,
  • Cabinteely Park,
  • Marlay House,
  • Marlay Park,
  • Oratory Dún Laoghaire,
  • National Maritime Museum of Ireland,
  • Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre,
  • James Joyce Tower & Museum.

All tours are free and no booking is required. Please click on the image above for dates and opening times of each venue.


Treasures and Triumphs Storytelling Workshop

When 10am 3-6 years and 11am 7-12 years on Sat 14th March
Where EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum, CHQ building, Dublin 1
How much? €8 per child – must be prebooked
Ages suitable for? 3-6 and 7-12 year olds

Come one, come all, gather round and share Irish stories of triumph and treasure! To celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge and St. Patrick’s Festival, we welcome master Seanchaí (storyteller) Helena Byrne back to EPIC to weave us a tale or two about St. Patrick and Irish lore of old.

10am
3 – 6 years old

In our first workshop for tiny tots, children will hear some famous Irish myths from around the world and get the chance to join in the storytelling with some fun exercises and games!

11am
7 – 12 years old

Children will hear some famous Irish myths and legends from around the world and get the chance to join in the storytelling by bringing their favourite character to life through activities involving movement and drawing.


Make your own optical illusion thaumatrope

When Saturday 14 March, 2-3.30pm – drop in
Where The Hugh Lane Gallery
How much? Free
Ages suitable for? The whole family

Make your own optical illusion thaumatrope inspired by St Patrick’s Day in this simple animation drop in workshop for families with artist Helena Gouveia Monteiro.

Parents stay with their children for this workshop. Free, no booking required although numbers may be limited.


Tour: Treasures of the National Museum

When 14th March 11-11.45am and 2-2.45pm
Where National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street (Archeology)
How much? Free, no booking required, first come first served, wheelchair accessible.
Ages suitable for? children 7+

Take a tour of the iconic treasures in the National Museum, including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice.


Family Workshop: Green Design in Action

Learn how to re-fuse, reduce, repair, re-use and recycle when it comes to green design in the home at a unique family workshop with Make Create and Innovate on Saturday, 14 March.

Use art, design, science and technology to come up with your own environmentally friendly, domestic inventions to reduce waste!

This workshop is a fun, hands-on family activity. Admission is free. There are three sessions to choose from at 12noon, 1.30pm or 3pm.

Booking required. Telephone +353 94 90 31751 or book now by email educationtph@museum.ie.

This workshop is in association with the Museum’s current exhibition Kitchen Power.



When Sun, 15 March from 3-4.30pm
Where St Anthony’s Church Hall, Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3
How much? €10 per child, discount for siblings, babies under 12 months free. Book tickets here.
Ages suitable for? Families with children 0 – 12

Playful Steps is back on with a family Ceilí to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on Patrick’s weekend. There’ll be a play area, arts and crafts activities, story telling and games. We’ll be teaching really fun and simple Ceilí dances that everyone can try, and we’ll have our very own mini parade too. There’ll be traditional Irish music and tunes from well-known Irish artists like U2 and Westlife and there’ll be bubbles, balloons, ribbon sticks and dance scarves as always. Suitable for families with children 0 – 12, children must be accompanied by an adult. Tea, coffee and snacks will be available to purchase but you’re welcome to bring your own too.



National Gallery

Family-friendly tour

When Saturday 14th from 1.30-2.15 and Sunday 15th 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.


Family Art Workshop – St Patricks Festival

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

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


We hope that you and your family enjoy a wonderful day – a reminder that our PlayLabs are off on Tuesday but running as normal on all others days this week.


Slime Labs

When Tuesday 17th at 10, 12 and 2pm
Where EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum, CHQ building, Dublin 1

How much? €12 per child – must be prebooked (it actually say €8 on their website!)
Ages suitable for? 6-12 year olds

There’s a slime and a place for getting messy and it’s here with us at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum this St. Patrick’s Festival! Join us for a seriously slimy science lab. Come along, get a little green and learn something new in this fantastically disgusting workshop. St. Patrick may have kicked the snakes out of Ireland, but we can definitely bring back some of the slime!

Tickets cost €12 per child. Pre-Booking is mandatory for this event as spaces are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times during the workshop. Adults do not require a ticket to attend the workshop.

Want to see EPIC while you’re here? Kids get free entry to the museum with this ticket and accompanying adults get 20% off full ticket price – simply show a staff member your booking to avail of the offer.


What a beautiful day to announce our new Children’s Choir!
‘Local Vocals’, our new choir for children aged 7-13, is a great way for kids to sing, learn and enjoy music while making lots of new friends! If you’re worried about not knowing anyone, bring a sibling, mate or neighbour! The more the merrier!
‘Local Vocals’ will be starting from the first week of October and will be held every TUESDAY 4:30pm-5:30pm.
We hope to see you there!

*Drop in rates available*


Music for babies

Music for babies

When Wednesday 18th coffee from 10.30 and concert 11-12
Where St Anthony’s Parish Hall, Clontarf
How much? Adults €13 – Accompanying Babies & Toddlers go FREE! Book tickets here.
Ages suitable for? preschoolers with their adults

Classical music concerts for grandparents, parents and babies in a relaxed, local setting.

Come and enjoy the finest chamber music as your baby feeds, sleeps, plays and absorbs all the benefits of this wonderful music.


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

We are now taking bookings for our wonderful Baby Massage courses this March in

  • Glenageary on March 13th ,
  • Sandymount on March 18th,
  • and Dundrum on March 24th.

If your baby is over 6 week’s old, then book to join our fun, friendly and informative 4 week course. The course is usually fully reclaimable through your healthcare insurance.

Find out more and book to join us on the ClapHandies Baby Massage web page.


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.


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!


When Tuesday 21st April, 10.30am-12.30pm and Tuesday 28th April 10.30am-12.30pm (webinar) and Individual coaching session TBC week of 4th May
Where Terenure and webinar
How much? €325
Ages suitable for? Adults who are feeling knackered, overwhelmed and undervalued. Those who feel life is flat despite the effort you put in and if you aren’t sure who is staring back in the mirror at you.Feeling knackered, overwhelmed and undervalued?

Forget Spring Cleaning your House…

It’s time to spring clean your life!

Now that the mornings are brighter and the evenings are lighter, it’s a perfect time to throw open the long winter shutters and let in the sun.

And so begin the endless headlines telling us we need to Spring Clean:

“It’s time to revamp your skin, retire your old wardrobe and dust away the cobwebs because the current you is shabby, flabby and a little bit winter-wrecked, so you know, it’s time for a “***NEW YOU!!!!!***”

But here’s a thought. Imagine if we could Spring Clean our lives instead?

You see, there’s nothing wrong with you. You are great. YOU are lovely. It’s the expectations, overwhelm, guilt, social stress, perfectionist bullshit, time-poor, pressure-heavy life that needs a decluttering.

It’s the first glorious Spring of a new decade. Imagine if you could live it by design, not default?

Far too many of us live on autopilot, our lives running us rather than the other way round. The key is not to create a new you, but to evolve, rediscover, nurture, and encourage the potential that’s already in you, and making your life one that serves that purpose, not the other way round.

Life by Design, Not Default course.

  • Feeling knackered, overwhelmed and undervalued?
  • Wondering why life feels flat despite the effort you put in?
  • Not sure who is staring back in the mirror at you?

Learn how to design your life, create a plan for living with intent, and feel unstuck, unleashed and unstoppable.

There are 3 parts to the Life by Design, Not Default Course.

  1. Group coaching session in Terenure, 10.30am-12.30pm, Tuesday 21st April
  2. Group coaching session online webinar, 10.30am-12.30pm, Tuesday 28th April
  3. Individual coaching session TBC week of 4th May

Here’s what you get for the course fee of €325

#1 – 3 BRAIN-BURSTING sessions

  • one as a group (discovery)
  • one online as a webinar (design)
  • and one individual in person with me (delivery… how you start living your life today, develop / eradicate the habits that will help / hinder you etc)
  • plus homework (that doesn’t involve a hoover).

#2 – An overview of your life – where’s at all, all the good, the bad, and the stressful so you know what your starting block is. This is mind-blowing. I’ll take you through some simple steps and you’ll suddenly get a helicopter view of your life, and from there know where you want to make changes, enhance, improve, reduce etc. It will seem so obvious when it’s done, yet so many of us never take the time to invest in doing it.

#3 – Discover the weapons in your armoury (or to be less violent, the tools in your toolbox, or the equipment in your backpack that will help you on your path) – your strengths, your values, your resources, your triggers, the boulders you carry around, like self-doubt, that we need to take out of the backpack.

#4 – Knowing what to say yes to and what to say no to. With relish and no guilt.

#5 – A compass or a pair of glasses (metaphorically) so you can see clearly

#6 – A Plan. Written for you, by you.

#7 – your own Journal and folder (for that non-hoovering homework).

Whether it’s lifestyle, relationships, diet, weight, fitness, career, parenting, ageing, mid-life malaise, this Spring Clean investment of time and intent will give you the gears you need to feel like you’re finally in the driving seat of your life.


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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


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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