ClapHandies PlayLabs offer babies, wobblers and toddlers (suitable from birth - 3.5 years) a chance to play, meet other children and develop new skills along the way. Their weekly engaging social play classes offer a wide variety of experiences tailored to the needs of each age group. As well as a chance for children socialize with children of their own age, it also offers parents/caregivers the opportunity to make friends in their area.
Me & You Music (suitable from 4 months - 6 years) is about playfully introducing the wonderful world of music and encouraging children to sing, dance and explore. Mischa takes her music classes and workshops all around Dublin.
The Early Years, Children and Families Programme plays a major part in encouraging learning through art at the National Gallery of Ireland. This strand is for all the family, from babies and toddlers to younger teens and their parents/carers. It is a highly engaging programme, supporting both cognitive, fine motor and emotional/affective development in children while encouraging joyful intergenerational engagement with art.
Sunday is the ‘Family Day’ where free drop-in sessions, tours and activities all have a family focus. Although you can drop into the creative corner upstairs and pick up free art packs.
The Gallery also hold 'New Parents’ Tours' where they will guide you around the gallery and demonstrate how to make the most out of everything it has to offer for families,
Mini Jam and Baby Jam class establish and reinforce beginners academic concepts such as counting, colours and the alphabet while, most importantly having fun. Physical movement
helps balance, coordination, self-esteem and body awareness. Movement and gestures associated with music also help your children absorb ideas and enhance memory. Musically, children will discover an understanding of rhythm and beat by exploring different instruments, hearing different types of music and singing songs.
⌂ 32 North Brunswick Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7
SENSEable Tots are programmes of teacher-directed lessons which use sensory materials to help your children explore the use of their most important inborn instincts – the five senses of touch, smell, hearing, taste and seeing. These lessons will also encourage your children’s learning and development in accessible, fun ways – through songs, play, crafts and active games. The classes are approximately 40 minutes long each and are suitable for children between 6 months and 3 ½ years old.
⌂ Deansgrange - Bakers Corner, Rochestown Ave, Kill of the Grange, Dublin
Baby + Toddler Sensory Play + Music + Art + Sport + Baby Massage
At Gymboree, you and your child will build creativity, confidence and lifelong friendships. Their classes (suitable from birth - 5 years)
encourage development through play and learning designed to support your child's growth their individual pace. From sensory stimulation to problem-solving games and storytelling, Gymboree use play-based activities to stretch the body and mind.
Jo Jingles offers fun, interactive music, singing and movement classes for preschool children. With the help of their cheery mascot doll ‘Jo’ the specially trained and experienced class teachers run the most popular and established music and movement classes across the UK, Ireland and now Australia.
Lasting 30 to 45 minutes, their structured and interactive music and movement classes offer a fantastic educational activity for children from three months to five years of age.
Classes are run for an hour a week over 4 weeks. Each class covers new massage strokes, concluding with a full body massage for your infant on the last class. Participants massage their baby while being guided through a step-by-step massage routine. Classes are suitable for infants up to around 1 year old.
Infant massage is an ancient tradition that has been practised for centuries in India, which has been rediscovered throughout the West. Emotionally massage will provide your baby with a sense of well-being and security and can communicate the love you feel for your child. Once you start to massage your baby you will begin to understand how important the sense of touch is to both you and your baby.
Dimples Baby Massage provides baby massage classes in Mount Merrion, South County Dublin. They offer group classes, private classes in your own home, and one-on-one tuition. Open classes will take place in Mount Merrion Community Centre, and will be limited to a maximum of 10 babies. Baby massage classes are suitable for babies between 6 weeks and 8 months (pre-crawlers).
⌂ Mount Merrion Community Centre, The Rise, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin
Learn how to massage your baby in a relaxed and friendly environment. You will go away empowered to share this wonderful gift with your baby for years to come. The classes are completely baby led, so your baby can cry, laugh, sleep or feed during the session! At the end of each class there is time to enjoy some refreshments and chat about different topics that may be of interest to you.
Their Baby Sensory programme (suitable from birth - 13 months) has been designed specifically for babies from birth. The Baby Development activities stimulate the senses and help your baby develop, using a combination of original and traditional songs and rhymes to develop early communication skills, you will always remember the moment your baby first uses the signs of our Say Hello song which is played at the beginning of each Baby Sensory class.
Our Toddler Sense programme (suitable from 13 months - 3 years) is an Adventure Play activity that has been designed to build on the skills acquired at Baby Sensory. Toddler Sense is an exciting introduction into learning through play.
Mini Music is an action-packed music workshop experience for babies and young children aged 3 months to 8 years old. These 30-minute workshops take place on Saturdays at the National Concert Hall, and seek to provide an immersive learning environment for young children. Carefully designed to suit each of the age groups, workshops are fun and accessible with foot-tapping, memorable tunes.
⌂The National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
Colourstrings training starts in the Music Kindergarten taking the young child on a wonderful adventure through “Musicland” where their sense of pitch and rhythm is developed alongside the training of the inner ear.
Music Kindergarten classes are taught in age specific groups, and are suitable for children from one year upwards to 8 years of age. There are special introductory baby groups for babies from 3-12 months.
⌂ Kensington Hall, Grove Park, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Messy play stimulates the senses, give children the opportunity to experience a wide range of sensory experiences. Prepared solutions such as fingerpaint, slime and gloop give children a wonderful opportunity to experiment with different textures and materials. During messy play, babies and toddlers are developing eye hand coordination and fine motor skills. What looks like a mess on the surface is truly a learning experience for your child. For adults, messy play can be a lot of work and feel stressful. However, there are many benefits to messy play. Early childhood education experts say that play is the work of the child. This is true for all kids, but especially for babies and toddlers. Don’t be afraid of the mess. Roll up your sleeves and enjoy some messy play time with your little one.
⌂ Sandyford Business Park, Holly Ave, Blackthorn, Dublin 14
Trojan run a 30 minutes Tiny Tumblers class for Boys & girls aged 2. This is stepping stone class to introduce children to social independence and working in a group environment. It helps reduce separation anxiety, and fun and development of self confidence is encouraged throughout the class.
⌂ Unit 2, Ballyogan Business Park, Ballyogan Road, Dublin 18
Relaxed, affordable, accessible classical music concerts for parents, children, toddlers and babies in community settings. Classical Kids
believe interacting in a natural way, whether that’s dancing, making a noise, or playing, is key to absorbing all that the world of classical music has to offer. They have play-mats, colouring, toys and music worksheets to facilitate this musical journey.