last updated: 2018-10-12
Family events this weekend
Fingers crossed Storm Callum will not be as serious as they predict and we will have a wonderful weekend. 
Here is what we have in store for this Saturday & Sunday:
Open House Dublin (OHD) is Ireland’s largest architecture festival, inviting all citizens to explore their city. It works through a simple but powerful idea: showcasing outstanding architecture for everyone to experience. Buildings that aren’t usually accessible to the public and buildings of architectural merit open their doors for one weekend, with architectural tours provided by expert guides. 

Sculpture in Context presents a thought-provoking collection of work that bridges the gap between nature and art, organic forms and man-made objects. The natural setting of the Botanic Gardens will play host to a collection of works by over 120 Irish and international artists. Over 140 sculptures, from the simple to surreal and fantastical, will be found throughout the Gardens. Smaller works will also be on display within the Gallery in the Education & Visitor Centre. 

This program introduces children to basic animal care and informs them about existing issues in animal welfare. The program offers exciting new activities and topics, ranging from farm animals to wildlife.

Give your child the unique experience of caring for animals! Studies link hands-on learning to improved observation, communication, and problem-solving skills.

During this workshop with artist Felicity Clear we will create a drawing installation and respond to the architecture of the Hugh Lane as well as participants' own ideas about the built environment. Free drop in family workshop. No booking is required although numbers will be limited.
A naïve boy raised by goatherds is discovered to be heir to the kingdom. Treasures and privileges are laid at his feet, but at what cost to others?

The achingly beautiful and tender language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of internationally acclaimed Adelaide theatre company, Slingsby, who enthralled Dublin audiences with The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy in the 2014 Theatre for Children Season.
Our brand new 2018 brings incredible circus artists from Mexico, Austria, England, Germany as well as from Ireland to your town!

Get ready to be amazed and shocked as we present our delightful performance featuring the Flying Trapeze, Magic, Quick Changes, Clown and Acrobatics all in the company of our fabulous display of Horses, Ponies, Dogs and Goats!
Lets get ready to rumble! The ultimate battle: conker vs conker! Come along and search for the perfect conker, then test its limits as we have a conker battle tournament. Who will come out on top?!

Booking is essential. Please contact Turtle at to book or for more information.
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 drawing materials provided.

Discover what you can create through paper construction, and have a go at making your own three-dimensional artwork in a fun, hands-on workshop for families inspired by the historical buildings at Collins Barracks.

Drop in, no booking required.

At our weekly drop-in workshop, 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. These workshops are suitable for children of all ages, and take place in the Maples and Calder Creative Space in our Atrium.
Ireland’s traveling marionette theatre, Moon & Sixpence, present a cheeky version of Red Riding Hood featuring the classic fairy- tale characters and a talking dustbin, who encourages children to pick up litter. This string puppet production includes a moral in the tale, showing the importance of patience and friendship. The production, lasting fifty minutes, is performed live with music and sound effects and draws plenty of audience participation, as much from adults as from children.
We are back at the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght on 14th of October . The Baby Bay Market is THE place to buy sell and recycle all your baby clothes and goods. Clear out and make some cash, pass on the stuff you no longer need, save money on the very expensive baby essentials.

Admission is €3 and kids go free! Stalls cost €25.
Do you love the rhythm of trad, or the smooth sounds of jazz? Or perhaps you’d like to introduce your toddler to music, or learn a new instrument with your child.

Our family workshops offer a chance to learn about music together in a fun and interactive environment.
The story of mermaid Princess Ariel’s huge sacrifice to be with the man she loves involves a dastardly sea witch and plenty of memorable songs.

The Little Mermaid’s winning combination of classic fairy tale, breathtaking animation and a great score by Alan Menken helped it become an instant classic upon its release almost 30 years ago.
Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey-teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven-to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.
Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. - Cork Film Festival 2013

Actor/singer Susannah de Wrixon faces her toughest audience yet with her new show for pre schoolers Tiny Tunes is a musical and theatrical experience that is fun , friendly, interactive and most importantly not painful for adults to sit through! Susannah and her co creator Derek Cremin will bring you through gorgeous songs that you can sing, clap and dance along to to, some familiar, some brand new.
It would be a fantastic way to introduce kids to the world of theatre and performance.