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Design It, The Ark, 7th November to 16th January, The Ark have challenged five Irish designers to
design and make new products for children. Discover their process in our free exhibition and get
designing yourself in a series of workshops exploring design in a child's world. Includes Design It: A
Room of your Own, Design It: Construct It! and Print It: Fabric Design Workshops.  
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Christmas at the National Wax Museum Plus, Temple Bar. From 28th November.  Santa
may be sleeping peacefully in the Children’s World of the museum right now, but come the 28th of
November, Santa’s Grotto will be in the Grand Hall and Santa will be there to ask what the boys and
girls want for Christmas.  Every weekend, Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to hear what
the boys and girls want for Christmas. And if the boys and girls are really good, they might even get an
early Christmas gift from Santa! Santa Visit tickets are
€16 including museum admission, visit with
Santa and a gift or Wax Hand. (€10 for Children under 5)  
Book Santa Here.  More details
I believe Christmas Tree and Village, Custom House Quarter (includes George’s Dock and
the Chq Building),
 26th November to 23rd December. Ireland’s first winter food, drink, craft and
horticulture festival with a spectacular Dublin Christmas tree, will ”rival Rockefeller’s”, standing at 50 foot
tall.  I Believe in Santa features one of Dublin's Christmas icons, Clery’s Santa, which is relocating, with
his workshop and elves, to the CHQ building. Meet Santa and his elves in his workshop for singing, fun
and enchanting Christmas stories, receive a commemorative photograph and write letter to Santa to
pop into his official post box.  Entry to the Christmas Tree and village is free.  I believe in Santa Family
Pass (three children plus two adults) is €55. (One child and one adult is €20).
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The Henry Girls: Tracks in the Snow, The Ark, 2nd to 20th December.  Follow the heavenly
harmonies of The Henry Girls into an enchanting world of winter. From sparkling icicles to wolves in the
forest, the joy of sledding at high speed or the wonder of the Aurora Borealis on a frosty night, discover
the magic and mysteries of the festive season in a music performance made for children.  At this live
music performance, children will see and hear outstanding Irish musicians performing brand new music
on a range of instruments including piano, harp, voice, accordion, fiddle and double bass as well as
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The Moving Crib, Parnell Square West, Dublin 1, 23rd Nov to 10th Jan, Mon to Friday 2pm till
6pm, Sat & Sun,  11.30am till 6pm.
 Take a trip to the Moving Crib this year and get into the Christmas
spirit with St. Martin Apostolate at 42 Parnell Square. The “one of a kind” Moving Crib is a hidden gem
in the heart of Dublin, celebrating almost 60 years.  It continues to entertain children, families and
school groups* every festive season. This year, it has been lovingly restored, made bigger and better
than ever with a whole new lay out. The crib captures the joy and spirit of the season with a magical
Christmas atmosphere. The Moving Crib is a Nativity Play told through handcrafted moving animatronic
figures and beautifully painted backdrops and sets arranged in 14 tableaux depicting scenes. Groups
must pre-book through email:   
Free, but donation of €1.50 is welcome.  More details.
Imaginosity, Sandyford. November. It's all about space at Imaginosity this November, with colourful
parachute play, space rocket crafts, Star Wars weekend, Alien Balloon crafts, Flying saucer art,
Interactive Space storytime, planet painting and more. And Space Science Week is at Imaginosity
during National Science Week.  
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Dublinia, Christchurch, Dublin. Family First Saturdays at Dublinia is a series of dedicated events
for families happening at Dublinia the first Saturday of every month  and is included in the admission
price with no booking necessary. Dublinia is one of Dublin's top children's attractions in the heart of
Dublin City and is an unforgettable experience for the whole family to enjoy.  Three exciting exhibitions
that unearth's the city's past and see Dublin from a new perspective.  
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Dublinia, Dublin
Heritage Site Wednesdays.  On the first Wednesday of every month, key OPW heritage sites
offer free admission, including the State Apartments in Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin,
Glendalough Visitor Centre, Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth), Trim Castle and
The Hill of Tara in Co Meath.
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