Events - Child Friendly EventsSt. Patrick's Festival Days and Nights of Culture, Music and Entertainmant! The principal aim of St. Patrick’s Festival, since its inauguration, is to develop a major annual international festival around the national holiday over which the ‘owners’ of the festival, the Irish people, would stand proud. It sets out to reflect the talents and achievements of Irish people on many national and world stages, and it acts as an exciting showcase for the manifold skills of the people of Ireland, of every age and social background. As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish. We set out to seize that opportunity, and completely transform the national and international perception of St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. This country is bursting with the kind of creative energy, ideas and enthusiasm required to do the job. Our job has been to harness them, and make our national holiday an unforgettable experience for all. Why was it started? To offer a national festival that ranks amongst all of the greatest celebration in the world. To create energy and excitement throughout Ireland via innovation, creativity, grassroots involvement, and marketing activity. To provide the opportunity and motivation for people of Irish descent (and those who sometimes wish they were Irish) to attend and join in the imaginative and expressive celebrations. To project, internationally, an accurate image of Ireland as a creative, professional and sophisticated country with wide appeal. The first St. Patrick’s Festival was held over one day, and night, on March 17th 1996, it has since grown to a 4-5 day celebration. Click here for a full list of associated events   New Year's Festival: Resolution Day all the celebrations, revelry and hootenanny hoolies; begin 2015 with a day of fun, fitness and fresh air at Resolution Day on 1st January. Part of the lively city-wide New Year’s Festival, get down to Dublin Castle and welcome the new year with great food, music and entertainment at the festival’s Food Village. Those with endless energy can take on the New Year’s Day Fun Run, or bring beloved pooches to the Family Fun Dog Walk. A host of mind, body and fitness events will also take place to make sure 2015 gets off the best start, with resolutions you’ll keep! With plenty more events to be announced, make sure you seize the day in Dublin this January 1st.   New Year’s Festival: Procession of Light the incredible festive atmosphere of Dublin city on New Year’s Eve with the vibrant Procession of Light, 31st December. Part of the city’s New Year’s Festival, it’s the ideal way to kick-off the evening’s celebrations and is perfect for revellers of all ages. Watch the glowing procession parade through the city-centre, finishing at the iconic Dublin Castle on Dame Street.  With fire-breathers, stilt walkers, dancers and all manner of street entertainers, this magical procession is guaranteed to capture the imaginations of everyone, young or old.  What better way to experience the city’s lively atmosphere than by the warm light of this yuletide parade? New Year’s Festival: Luminosity the stunning facades of some of Dublin’s best known landmarks come to life with spectacular 3D light projections from 30th December - 1st January. Part of the city-wide New Year’s Festival, Luminosity will illuminate Leinster House, Wolfe Tone Square, the Sir John Grey statue on O’Connell Street, and Trinity College. Appreciate and celebrate these incredible structures with a new, vibrant perspective thanks to these impressive light installations. Locations Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 Wolfe Tone Square, Dublin 1 Sir John Grey statue, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 Trinity College, Dame Street, Dublin 2 New Year’s Festival: Love Dublin your love and appreciation for the capital on 30th and 31st December with a host of Love Dublin events as part of the city-wide New Year’s Festival. Uncover the best the city has to offer with a superb Arts Trail, explore the capital’s hidden delights with the Dublin Discovery Trail and enjoy a wealth of compelling culture with the Dublin Genius events too. With so much to discover this festive season, your holiday diary will be full to the brim.   New Year Festival Dublin NYF Dublin, the ultimate New Year's Eve party, is the new and exciting city wide music and arts festival boasting three days of festivities in Dublin, kicking off on the 30th December, running right through to January 1st. Gather together in the heart of Dublin for the biggest New Year’s celebration the city has ever seen! Ring in the New Year at the NYF Countdown Concert, follow the Music, Comedy and Art trails across the city. Sample some delicious artisan food at the NYF Food Village. Watch as city streetscapes come alive with 3D animations. Join in the magical Procession of Light and become immersed in the Dublin Genius spoken word festival. Experience the very best talent across   We can’t give it all away now..…but prepare yourself for a whole host of surprises and secret performances across the city! The Countdown is on! Carols for Christmas Christmas with the international award-winning New Dublin Voices, as they create a cosy festive atmosphere with carols, songs, readings and poems at Draiocht this December. Young or old, audiences won’t fail to be in high spirits with laughs, stories, fun and festivities in the auditorium that’s set to be buzzing with good cheer. So pop in from the cold, and sit back and enjoy the arrival of Christmas and the cherished goodwill that it brings. Tickets Full price €15 Concession €12 Family of four €40 The Christmas Concert Special Guest Meav and live shadow puppet animation by Matthew Robbins. A magical concert designed for all the family, Raymond Briggs’s captivating film has established itself as part of the Christmas festivities for young and old, accompanied by Howard Blake’s score played live by the Orchestra of the National Concert Hall. For 2014, alongside the Walking in the Air and the festive classics, we are pleased to add magical live puppet animation by Matthew Robins and traditional Christmas songs with special guest, the beautiful singer, Meav for a magical and musical Christmas Celebration. Suitable for young children, this is an opportunity for the whole family to share in the music and the magic of Christmas. Experience the magic of the remarkable friendship between James and his snowman and delight in this holiday tradition. A special guest narrator will tell the story of James and the flying snowman as you watch the film on a big screen.   A phenomenally popular festive concert, early booking is recommended. Click here for bookings   Elf the Musical months Irish theatre enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating what big show will be unveiled as this year’s Christmas show, at the theatre. We have been tight lipped until now as we have been working on something really special! We are so excited and delighted to reveal that The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre will host ‘ELF THE MUSICAL’ this December. The show will open on December 16th 2014 for a strictly limited season. Join the festive fun as this magical Christmas extravagance comes to Dublin – but don't be on the naughty list by missing out, make sure you book your tickets! Miracle on 34th Street some magical festive cinema with the heartwarming Miracle on 34th Street at Draiocht on 16th December. Starring the late Richard Attenborough as old St Nick, a little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus, and so doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in. With two showings, at 4pm and 7.30pm, don’t miss this festive favourite. Local film scholars Ann Downey and Mary Gillan will also provide a brief introduction to the film and lead a free discussion afterwards. Ticket price includes an optional small pre-film hot chocolate at Draiocht's Betelnut Cafe. Tickets Adults €8.50 Concession €7 Children €5   Christmas Cracker Market for its fifth year of festive fun, treasures and trinkets, don’t miss the Dublin Flea & Block T Christmas Cracker Market from 12th - 14th December. Taking place on the second weekend of December, get cosy and Christmassy in the capital at this glorious mix of flea, vintage, retro, furniture, vinyl, clothes, craft, art, handmade, and great value goods in Smithfield Square, Dublin 7. Showcasing the very best of Dublin’s independent trading scene, bargain hunters can also relax after a hard day’s haggle with delicious food, coffees and scrumptious seasonal treats. The perfect way to spread and share the Christmas cheer in twinkling, fairy-lit, delightful Dublin.     Live Animal Crib Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn hosts the Live Animal Crib outside the historic Dublin Mansion House, his home, on Dawson Street. This year they will launch the crib on the 11th of December at 10.30 (To Be Confirmed). The launch will have performances from local choirs, street entertainers and even some face painting for the children. The Live crib is constructed so it is the actual size of the nativity stable so it will give everyone an idea of what they had to live in back when Jesus was born. The animals don’t stay in the stable but are brought in every morning and returned to the farm in the evening. Although admission is free the public may give a contribution   Red Riding Hood's Dangerous Christmas Adventure the family together for some all-ages Christmas entertainment with Red Riding Hood’s Dangerous Christmas Adventure! It's Christmas Eve and Red Riding Hood is on her way to Granny's house for Christmas. She has some of Granny’s favourite mince pies, some chocolate fingers and a huge marshmallow. Just in case Santa forgets she won't be in her own house, she has written him a note letting him know just where to leave her Christmas surprise. But! Danger lurks... It's way past lunchtime and the Big Bad Wolf is watching, his tummy rumbling with hunger. He loves chocolate fingers and simply adores marshmallows. To the hungry Big Bad Wolf, Red Riding Hood is looking pretty delicious, and he intends to gobble everything up - including Granny! If Santa arrives, will the Big Bad Wolf gobble him too? Who can save Red Riding Hood from becoming lunch, or will she summon some Girl Power? Perhaps a mysterious figure will come out of the woodwork to help... With songs to sing along to and plenty of opportunities to hiss and boo the wonderfully wicked Big Bad Wolf, cheer on the brave and lovely little Red Riding Hood at the Mill Theatre’s fantastic Christmas show. It’s Big, Bad and Bonkers! Performances Monday - Friday, 10am and 11.15am from 8th December. Weekends 13th - 14th, 20th - 21st, and Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd - shows twice daily at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Tickets Adults €12.50 Children under-12 €10 Family of four €40 Christmas Wonderland Wonderland aims to capture the magic of Christmas.  ISkate:  Ice Skating has become part of an Irish Christmas. iSkate On Ice - Ireland’s largest Christmas ice rink – was introduced to the RDS in 2012 with huge success. iSkate now becomes part of GloHealth Christmas Wonderland. Covering an area in excess of 1,000 Sq. metres, iSkate offers an unrivalled skating experience. For Junior skaters, iSkate provides the Magic Vacations rink for children from age 3 upwards with its penguin balancing aids and double-bladed skates. With special off-peak, group and family rates, iSkate at GloHealth Christmas Wonderland will provide the ultimate fun experience at Christmas Funderland: 2013 sees Funderland celebrate its 40th anniversary at the RDS. A part of Christmas in Dublin, it has been said that Funderland is an annual appointment for thousands of families. This year Funderland becomes part of GloHealth Christmas Wonderland, and will once again present the best thrill rides and family attractions in the European fairground. From Bounceworld and the Fun Factory to the Take Off and Inversion XXL “white-knuckle” rides,  Funderland will present an array of attractions to suit all ages and tastes. For those who prefer to remain on “terra firma” lots of games of skill and chance will offer hours of pure fun and the opportunity to win one of Funderland’s famous soft toys. Besides being able to Pay-As-You-Go Funderland offers a wristband option that may be used for any 3 consecutive hours of your choice for unlimited rides - subject to the usual height and safety restrictions. If you buy wristbands online you save money and get an additional bonus hour so your wristband can be used an unlimited number of times for any 4 consecutive hours! Santa’s Christmas Circus: This Christmas give your family and friends a very special gift......the gift of Circus Magic!! We invite you to sit back, relax and come with us into our Magical World of Circus where the impossible can (and does) happen! Marvel at the dexterity of our jugglers, the skills of our acrobats and the sheer bravery of our aerial daredevils. Stare in wonder at our contortionist and be amazed by our Circus Illusionist! Cry with laughter as Clown Otto tries to help Santa make his way back to the North Pole in time for that very special night. Join with Marion Fossett as she leads the circus artists and audience in a seasonal sing-a-long. Presented by the world famous Fossett family, Santa's Christmas Circus will thrill, amaze and entertain you and your family. Click here for more information Suitable for children....of all ages! Gala Christmas Concert ready for some festive cheer and yuletide tunes with Draiocht’s Christmas Gala Concert on 3rd December. The Blanchardstown Brass Band and the Dublin Male Voice Choir shall combine their talents once again for this seasonal showcase in aid of the Coolmine Therapeutic Community. Get the family together, sit back, relax and herald in the Christmas season at this lively evening of festive fun. With Zdenek Ondrousek and Áine Mulvey as musical directors, expect solo items and audience participation on an evening that will appeal to people of all ages. That much-loved sprinkling of cosy Christmas magic just might come a little early this year thanks to this feel good show.   Peter Pan Christmas Pantomine Gaiety Theatre presents Peter Pan, its 2014 Christmas Panto! Associated with The Gaiety Theatre almost since the theatre first opened, the licence granted to The Gaiety’s original owners, John and Michael Gunn included permission to stage pantomime which they presented for the first time in December 1873. Both the Theatre Royal and the Queen’s have long since been demolished but The Gaiety and her annual pantomime continue to deliver fun and excitement to new generations. While an outside company used to be responsible for presenting the panto, it has been produced by The Gaiety since 1996. Dublin Docklands Christmas Market's favourite Christmas Festival is back again for the 10th consecutive year, bringing Christmas cheer and magical festive treats to the heart of Dublin from the IFSC at Georges Dock This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with a few surprises added to the regular line of events including an entertainment area taking place on the event platform in George's Dock. The Victorian Carnival, the fantastic artisan food and craft market and of course Santa's grotto will all be back to help make your festival experience a magical one. Opening hours: - Monday to Wednesday from 12 noon to 8pm  - Thursday and Friday from 12 noon to 10pm  - Saturday 10am to 10p  - Sunday 10am to 8pm Click here for more information   Switching On O'Connell Street Christmas Tree Lights over to Dublin’s iconic O’Connell Street and see Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn officially turn on the street’s impressive Christmas tree lights, ringing in the festive season for the capital. On Sunday 30th November, spread the yuletide cheer and join in the festivities with the geansai nollaig (Christmas jumper) world record attempt happening there too. Crowds of people will arrive in their suitably festive jumpers and try to break the record for the most people wearing them all at one time. Christmas is sure to arrive in Dublin in fine, reindeer-patterned style. Christmas Elves Family Workshop in some Christmas festivities with the kids thanks to Draíocht’s Christmas Elves Family Workshop on 29th November. Join artist and puppet maker Jane Fogarty and get crafty making some Christmas elf puppets. Escape the sheer shopping madness and spend a fun Saturday with your little elves at this creative workshop. All materials are provided but do wear old clothes or an overall to remain mess-free. Be sure to book early, as these popular workshops sell out fast. Workshop One: 4-6 years, 11am-12.30pm Workshop Two: 7-9 years, 1pm-2.30pm All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. Please adhere to age recommendations - workshops have been especially catered for this age range. Tickets €10 per child, accompanying adult goes free. Aunty Ben award-winning, socially and equality-minded theatre for all the family with Aunty Ben at Smock Alley Theatre on 28th November. “… a charming tale of how, with a little more understanding, the world could be a much better place.” Julian Caddy, Brighton Fringe Festival Director Nine-year old Tracey loves her Aunty Ben. It doesn’t matter to her that Aunty Ben is actually her uncle, or that he’s a drag queen, because in Tracey’s family dressing up is for everyone! But when Ben meets her school friends, Tracey is shocked to discover that other people’s families can be very different to her own. Written by Sian Ní Mhuirí, and incorporating magical animations from artist Hanae Seida (whose credits include Disney Japan and Oscar-nominated film The Illusionist), Aunty Ben is a colourful and playful exploration of gender, family, love and happiness for all audiences aged 7+. Winner of the IdeasTap Brighton Fringe Award 2014, and the Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award at the 11th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, this unique production is presented by Irish theatre company Super Paua, which strive to make brave work for young audiences. Tickets Adults €12 Children €7 Food and Wine Magazine Christmas Show three-day food and drink extravaganza, that will show you how to recreate world class dishes in the comfort of your own home! The RDS Main Hall in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the weekend. Santa will be there all weekend as our guest of honour with gifts for all! (ALL FOR FREE!!) The Chef’s Kitchen which will be the heart of the show featuring Ireland’s top chefs.  Learn from the masters and recreate some of their favourite Christmas dishes at home with fabulous produce available in our Artisan Village.  The Drinks Zone is also ideal for wine enthusiasts and experts who want to learn more about wine matches, tasting, grape varietals and even how to pull a cork with flair! Between demos on the chef’s stage, there are a host of fantastic free masterclasses to enjoy.  Inspired by Ireland’s top FOOD&WINE Magazine experts in our FREE Master classes, which will cover topics such as Wine & Champagne tasting, Cocktail-making, Cheeses and Chocolates and much more! Click here for bookings and information   Henry Street Christmas Lights the cosy Christmas cheer and see Dublin at its very best with the switching on of Henry Street’s Christmas lights on Sunday 16th November. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and where better to get kick off the season of goodwill than in the Christmassy capital?  Grafton Street Christmas Lights the festive season off to a twinkling start and see Grafton Street’s Christmas lights being switched on, on Thursday 13th November. The switching on of the lights also marks the opening of the Dublin at Christmas Market on St Stephen's Green. Dublin's first ever traditional, city-centre Christmas market, more than 60 traders will be dotted around the exterior of St Stephen's Green park and Merrion Row, all in cosy wooden chalets. Visitors can peruse a unique selection of quality Irish made handcrafted gift items, including accessories, woodcrafts, jams, preserves and prints, as well as scrumptious seasonal food and drink; with charcoal grills, crepes, bratwurst, a chocolate fountain, and glühwein all available.  With plenty of good cheer, you might find that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Disney On Ice the kids’ dreams come true on a date with Mickey Mouse and the gang at the fantastic Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic this November. Celebrating Disney’s 100th anniversary, join everyone’s favourite characters from Mulan, The Lion King, Pinocchio, Toy Story, Lilo & Stitch, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo and more, as they take to the ice in this magical show. Produced by Feld Entertainment, this incredible production features more than 60 unforgettable Disney stars that span the decades, and boasts a sing-along score of award-winning Disney music, stunning choreography, elaborate sets and beautiful costumes. Marvel as the skaters weave around among sparkling floats, radiant light parades, giant presents, blankets of snow, an epic avalanche and much more in this captivating show that’s bound to provide a wealth of cherished childhood memories. With Mickey and friends at the helm, dreams really can come true. Tickets From €17.50 Family ticket (4 people) €81 St Stephen's Green Christmas Market more than 60 trade concessions located in traditional wooden chalets along the exterior of St Stephen’s Green Park between Grafton Street and Merrion Row, the Market will offer a unique selection of quality Irish made handcrafted gift items, including accessories, woodcrafts, jams, preserves and prints, as well as seasonal food and drinks to include charcoal grills, crepes, bratwurst, chocolate fountain, gluhwein, and other seasonal non-alcoholic drinks.  Traditional Christmas Markets originate from the centre of Europe, and are extremely popular in countries including Austria, Germany, Northern Italy and France. While Christmas is a peak time for retailers, Christmas Markets have proven to be extremely successful in attracting additional people into town centres and encouraging consumers to spend their money locally as opposed to shopping online.  Entertainment from local choirs and carollers will also help get visitors into the festive spirit. The market will be organised in conjunction with the official Dublin at Christmas celebrations, which is a partnership between Dublin City BID and Dublin City Council. It will be launched on 13th November, the same day that the Grafton Street Christmas lights are turned on, transforming the city centre into a wonderful winter wonderland.   The market will be free to the public and will open daily from 12 noon to 8pm.    Science Week: Gulp! all things super scientific with a special Science Week event - Gulp! - a brand new live show that’ll make you think twice about your taste buds. Brought to you by the makers of the fantastic Festival of Curiosity, prepare to lick your lips as award-winning science broadcaster Jonathan McCrea (RTE/Newstalk/TV3) and geek chef Ivan Varian (Dalkey Food Company) turn your taste buds upside down at Smock Alley Theatre on 8th November. The duo will talk about the science of eating and serve up some delicious – and not so delicious – treats. Eat raw lemons that taste sweet, chew on dung beetles, and find out if you are a supertaster in this interactive, hilarious and surprising show. Along the way you’ll learn how to survive without eating food again, gobble up dry-ice cream and get intimately familiar with your insides... The content of this show is aimed at adults, so the recommended age for it is at least 14+. However children under-16 can go free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets Adult €7 Student €4 Under-16 Free   Science Week: Science Tricks Family Show the whole family together and take a voyage of scientific discovery at Smock Alley Theatre from 8th - 9th November. How do you balance a 10 pin bowling ball, make water vanish, or even explode a €10 note? With science of course! Enjoy an incredible show brimming with unbelievable science tricks and stunts that will leave everyone - young and old - gasping in amazement. Watch balloons get skewered with giant needles, see gravity defied, minds get read and pain overcome with optical illusions, flaming torches, a chair of nails, and even osmosis. A jaw-dropping show that explores science, technology, engineering and maths, learn how to replicate some of these super science tricks at home using easy to find, everyday materials. This fun, family event is free but booking is required.   Christmas Elf Art Experience your little ones into the Christmas spirit with Draíocht’s Tiny Tots Christmas Elf Art Experience. Taking place on Thursdays for five weeks (6th November - 4th December), artist Orla Kelly’s carefully created, exciting series of weekly workshops encourage parents and children to have fun while learning through the arts. The sessions are designed around the show Elf Factory, which parents and children will attend at the workshops’ end, 11th December at 10am. Using themes from the Elf Factory show, Kelly’s sessions explore a variety of creative and playful elements that include storytelling, movement, painting, building, creative investigation, music making, exploration of colours and shapes, drawing and so much more. Early booking is advised as places are limited. These sessions are suitable for children aged two to four years. Price €35 for five-week workshop. Show attendance (Elf Factory) forms a vital part of this project and is at an additional cost of €5 per child and €6 per adult. The Gruffalo the book a longstanding favourite of kids and parents alike, Tall Stories’ hit musical stage adaptation of The Gruffalo comes to The Pavilion this November, much to the delight of just about everyone. Meet a wheeler-dealer fox, an eccentric old owl and a maraca-shaking, party-mad snake - all of whom a little mouse scares away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo... But what happens when that mouse meets the very creature he imagined? Voted the UK’s number one bedtime story by BBC Radio 2 listeners, The Gruffalo stage show comes direct from the West End and is the perfect family treat with plenty of songs, laughs and suspense for children aged 3+, and their fun-loving grown-ups too. “A fine piece of children’s theatre” - Sunday Times. Tickets Adults €13 Children €11 Family (4 people) €40   Jackula some howlin’ Halloween entertainment with Jackula at the Mill Theatre on 1st November. Being a vampire sucks, but being Dracula's younger brother is driving Jackula positively batty. Join Jackula on a spooktacular quest to step out of his older brother's shadow and become the world’s most magical vampire. Laugh as Jackula makes his pet ghost dance. Gasp as Jackula balances five glasses of water on his face. Smile as children even help him perform some of his fun magic tricks. And if that wasn’t magical enough, after the show every child gets to do a trick themselves as Jackula invites everyone to stay, perform a trick and get a free treat. Acclaimed performer Jack Flash is Jackula in this lively production. Jack has performed at The White House and for more than 11 million people worldwide with Ringling Brother’s and Barnum and Bailey’s ‘Greatest Show on Earth’. A marvellous magic and juggling show for the whole family, book early to avoid disappointment. Recommended for children aged 4 to 12, children and parents are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Halloween Lantern Parade ghoulish in the village of Naul as the spooky magic, mischief and mayhem of ancient rural Samhain traditions take shape in the lively Halloween Lantern Parade on 31st October. Proving to be the highlight of a week of Halloween workshops and events at the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, locals and visitors alike can dress up and daringly enter the fascinating world of the bizarre and surreal. Although details of this year’s parade are a spookily guarded secret, we do know that the locals’ delightful workshop-made lanterns form an enchanting moving river of light, creating a dazzling display of creativity and community spirit. Ghostly thrills and bewitching fun are guaranteed on this spooktacular night. Hotel Transylvania & The Wolf Man the ghoulish mood to Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street, Dublin 1, Happenings are hosting a free Halloween movie extravaganza, with a bumper double bill on 30th October. This is the first time the Happenings gang have taken over Wolfe Tone Square (which, aptly enough, is an old graveyard), so the theme is suitably wolfy and is sure to get the whole family into the spooky spirit. Hotel Transylvania: 6pm 2012, duration 91 minutes, PG Get your ghoulish little guys together and take a trip to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. For one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world's most famous monsters - Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more - to celebrate his daughter Mavis' 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem - but his world could come crashing down when a human stumbles upon the hotel for the first time and takes a shine to Mavis... The Wolf Man: 8pm 1941, duration 70 minutes, PG A classic horror starring Lon Chaney Junior from 1941, The Wolf Man sees Larry Talbot return home to his father following his brother’s death, after 18 years away. Now the heir to the family estate, Larry is warmly welcomed back by his father, and soon settles into local life. Late one evening while out walking, Larry is bitten by a wolf. While fables and myths abound about werewolves and beasts that are half-man and half-wolf - for Larry, those myths may just be all too real... Grab the picnic basket, a warm blanket, a flask, some popcorn and a few pals, and settle into an eerie evening in the creepy capital.  Bram Stoker Festival: Macnas - The Summoning, Galway’s award-winning theatre, spectacle and processional company celebrate the Bram Stoker Festival by taking to Dublin’s streets with wild and eerie abandon on 27th October. Dressed as mercurial tailors with a glee for stitching laughter to darkness, summoning monsters and marvels from drains, lanes and street corners, the festival crowds will be awed by their captivating procession The Summoning. Watch as creatures, characters and contortions dissolve, and are remade and revealed. Macnas populate this journey with mischief, active imagination, baptism and burial. These new priests and madmen whistle and are unleashed from the shadows, a haunted air heralding in the slumbering descent of countless agitations on high, as they close the night upon the city like a trap door. Experience pure spectacle, artistry and magic as it parades the city streets. Macnas energise audiences with interactive performances at festivals and celebrations around the globe, bringing stunning large-scale images and brilliant chaos to the streets of the world. Macnas are ambitious, contemporary and utterly unpredictable. This event is free, with no need to book.  Exact location details to be confirmed.   Gothic Market Fair the Smithfield Market with a gory gothic twist on 26th October at the Gothic Market Fair, Generator Hostel, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7. Part of the city-wide Bram Stoker Festival, enjoy a bite to eat, and suck up a Bloody Mary as live bands, incredible performers and eerie underground cinema screenings keep you entertained all afternoon. With more than 35 goth-inspired market stalls waiting to ensnare all you bargain-hunters, you can pick up all manner of trinkets and curios including vintage goth vinyl, contemporary art and jewellery, pre-loved clothes, retro furniture and more at this creative (and on this day, creepy) corner of the capital. Goth Karaoke the tribe among us that are the pale-faced Goths via some great gothic karaoke, at Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square on 26th October. Part of the city-wide Bram Stoker Festival celebrations, croon your emotional versions of the sincerest of songs thanks to Glasgow-based artist Claire Biddles’ Goth Karaoke. Claire has replaced all the usual songs on the karaoke machine with the ultimate hairspray-sodden, dyed-black classics including The Cure, Nick Cave, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division and plenty more to get your eye-liner smudged and your shoes gazed. Come along for the chance to live out your teen goth fantasies by performing live on stage, or just watch others sing along to the tunes, baring their darkest of hearts. This event is free with no booking necessary. New in the Old City modern Dublin in some of its oldest lanes and streets with New in the Old City, a series of mini festivals and events at Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar. Highlighting the best of what the historic Old City has to offer, enjoy craft, culture, tasty food and plenty of fun in a lively, family-friendly atmosphere. These events are running from October (beginning with Unravel 25th - 26th October) right through to springtime, so be sure to keep an eye on as more exciting activities are announced. Get out and discover delightful Dublin, there’s plenty of new, and plenty to do in the Old City.   New in the Old City Festival: Unravel of New in the Old City, an extended series of mini festivals in the historic heart of the capital, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar; Unravel celebrates the start of the colder, but cosier, months with all things felt, yarn and woolly. From 25th - 26th October pop down to some crafty installations around those cobbled streets, and even take part in fantastic felting and knitting workshops. Or see how the professionals do it, with plenty of handcrafted and designer fashion available from the Cow’s Lane and West Essex Street makers and retailers. Check out Viruses - a special installation of felted sculptures inspired by the microscopic shapes and vibrant colours of common viruses, created by felt-maker and designer, Niki Collier of Cow’s Lane Designer Studio. Her colds, flus - and even chicken pox - invite us to wonder how something really nasty can also be very beautiful. This installation will be open for the full weekend. All open-air workshops are located beside the Gaiety School of Acting, opposite The Gutter Bookshop on Cow’s Lane. No registration required but workshop places are limited and on a first come basis. Programme Saturday 25th October Craft Bombing - Open session with artist Niamh Synott, 10am - 11.30am Meet outside The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane with your knitting and felting at the ready. Niamh will guide you as you decorate every available lamp-post and tree in Cow’s Lane. To get knitting in advance of the Craft Bombing, join our Knitwork sessions at the Queen of Tarts during October. Mini-weaving Loom & The Arty Weaver - Designer Mart, 11am - 5pm             Try your hand at weaving on The Arty Weaver’s mini-loom at her stall at the top of Cow’s Lane. Get inspired by her unique handwoven tweed hats! Ideal for all ages - children particularly welcome. A Good Yarn - Storytelling, 11.30am - 12.15pm Children’s storytime at the Gutter Bookshop with a tangle of great tales for 3-7 year olds. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Giant Felted Wall - Open-air workshop, 1pm - 4pm                Artists will lead children in the ways of felting and weaving in this rolling, open-air workshop at the bottom of Cow’s Lane. Ideal for children aged 4 years and over. Family Knitting Stall - Open-air knitting, 1pm - 4pm   Knit a funky item at this open-air knitting stall and even add it to the craft bombing on Cow’s Lane. Or have a go at giant knitting with 2 metre-long knitting needles! Ideal for all ages. Learn to Knit with Dublin Knit Collective - Knitting class, 2pm - 4pm    Diane will lead a knitting session for absolute beginners. Got a hankering for some new woollies? Take your first stitch in the right direction! Ideal for adults and children aged 12 years and over. Please bring: Knitting needles (5.5 - 7mm are best), and some bright yarn that's easy to see (but not too fancy!) Sunday 26th October A Good Yarn - Storytelling,  12.30pm - 1.15pm                Children’s story-time at the Gutter Bookshop with a tangle of great tales for 3-7 year olds. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Felt your Foe or Fear -  felting with maker and designer Niki Collier, 1pm - 4pm Niki Collier, (Cow’s Lane Designer Studio) will show you how to make an exquisite piece of felt art from your old/orphan sock. Children can add their artwork to the craft bombing of Cow’s Lane or bring it home. Ideal for children aged 5 years and over. Please bring a lonely or odd sock from home with you to the workshop. Learn to Knit with Dublin Knit Collective - Knitting class, 2pm - 4pm         Diane will lead a knitting session for absolute beginners. Got a hankering for some new woollies? Take your first stitch in the right direction! Ideal for adults and children aged 12 years and over. Please bring: Knitting needles (size 5.5 - 7mm are best) and some bright yarn that’s easy to see (but not too fancy!) Enjoy yarn-fuelled fun for all on this woolly weekend. Halloween at Scarefield your witch’s broom or vampire cape and enjoy a feast of frightful activities as Airfield Farm & Gardens transforms into Scarefield especially for Halloween. With a host of haunted happenings and spooky scares for all the family from 31st October to 1st November, it’s the perfect way to celebrate this terrifying time of the year - with a few silly scares and some cackling craic. Delve into the haunted woodland and unearth the secrets of Airfield past. Experience ghostly encounters, spooky stories, and many chills and thrills. Feast your eyes upon the brilliant pumpkin lantern display, get your face painted or come in costume to join in some daring dance moves from beyond the grave. Halloween Programme: 25th - 31st October Monster Making Workshop (4yrs+), 25th - 26th: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm – Free (but ticketed) Halloween Tales (4yrs+), 25th - 26th: 12pm, 3pm – Free (but ticketed) Basketry Workshop (Adult), Saturday 25th: 11am-4.30pm - Tickets €60 Haunted House Workshop (5yrs+), Tuesday 28th: 11pm, 2pm - Tickets €10 Lantern Making Workshop (5yrs+), Wednesday 29th: 11pm, 2pm - Tickets €10 Mask Making Workshop (5yrs+), Thursday 30th: 11am, 2pm - Tickets €10 Special Effects Make-up Master Class (8yrs+), Friday 31st: 11am, 2pm - Tickets €10 Halloween Programme: 31st October - 1st November 5pm - 7.30pm €12 per person Children under two years - Free Haunted Woodland Walk Only the brave and fearless dare traverse the foggy threshold to Airfield's great beyond. As night falls on the deep dark forest, ghouls and ghosts awaken to tell the living tales and secrets of their pasts. Meet the Overend family’s butler and discover Airfield's untold stories. Keep a watchful eye out for the headless horseman, scarecrows and dancing ghouls that inhabit the surrounding fields. Pumpkin Pandemonium Further down the woodland path, hundreds of carved pumpkins peer out. Snake your way through this breathtaking display of blazing pumpkin sculptures and discover a sea of hand-carved creatures and towering infernos created by artist David Beattie. Zombie Thrills Join the dancing corpses in the red barn and bust some menacing moves to create a sinister scene – even the stiffest old zombies can take part! Location: Red Barn Times: 5pm, 6pm, 7pm Frightfully Fun foods & Traditional Halloween Games Try your luck at some traditional Halloween games. Attempt to take a bite from apples on strings; he who loses the flour game will have more than egg on his face; only the strongest stomachs will survive our ghastly smell experience; go bonkers with conkers… and much much more. Love terrific toffee apples? Find out how to make these delicious Halloween treats, taste our Barmbrack and discover your future fortune – will it be money, love or luck? Learn how to make this traditional Halloween treat with Airfield's Head Chef. Location: Airfield Market outdoor area - 5pm to 7.30pm Demonstrations take place at 5.30pm and 6.30pm each day. Event Details Please note that most Scarefield Halloween activities are outdoors so please dress appropriately. Overends Restaurant will also open for a special Halloween themed family dinner. Pre-booking for these events is essential, to book please go to: Dublinia: Stories of Johnny the Gravedigger Dublin’s fascinating medieval history and get suitably spooky for Halloween all at the same time at Dublinia, from 25th - 31st October. Part of Dublinia’s excellent Death and Disease exhibition, afternoon visitors can enjoy lively performances of Stories of Johnny the Gravedigger, which is eerily apt considering Dublinia sits on the site of St Michael’s medieval church and graveyard. Performances 2pm-5pm, every 20 minutes. Performances are included in the admission price. Tickets Adult €8.50 Student/Senior €7.50 Child €5.50 Family €24.00 (Two adults and two children) Dublin's Macabre Side: Pat Liddy Walking Tour the ancient undead to Dublin’s Gothic writers, explore the Legacy that inspired Bram Stoker on Pat Liddy’s creepily compelling walking tour. ?Bram Stoker’s imagination was fuelled and fed by his native city’s gory history, dark happenings, violence, torture, famine and plague. From Dublin’s shadowy mythological past, stories of the undead and the wanderings of troubled spirits have peopled Irish culture and folklore long before Stoker’s Dracula ever saw the light of day. Take a walk around the capital’s side streets, alleys and the former medieval quarter of Dublin with the inimitable Pat Liddy, who will brings to life gloriously Gothic tales including Dracula, Le Fanu’s Carmilla and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Tour takers will also enjoy discovering the spectral origins of some of our Halloween customs today. Price Adult €10  Seniors/Students €8 Children under 16 go free with accompanying adults.   Bram Stoker Festival: VampWire fabulously fiendish Bram Stoker Festival not only has blood-thirsty revellers roaming the streets, but looking to the skies too, thanks to the vertiginous VampWire. Presenting Dublin’s first ever free city-centre zip wire, the VampWire is a very real and terrifically terrifying opportunity to make like a bat and zip over the city. Why get gothic and just wander the streets when you could register for a spectacular spine-chilling opportunity and take to the skies with some other lucky zombies and vampires? Tickets are allocated via ballot, so be sure to register and keep your creepy fingers crossed for the ride of your (after)life. And even if you’re not chosen for take-off, pop down to Wolfe Tone Square and watch the underworld zip over the living at this freakishly fun event.   Visit the Witch: National Leprechaun Museum to get into the spooky spirit? A date with a tricky witch awaits at The National Leprechaun Museum this October. We’ve all visited Santa Claus at Christmas, so this Halloween why not pay a visit to the Cailleach, the ancient hag of wisdom from Irish folklore.   The witch waits for her visitors every day from 11am-6pm, with special adults only visits from 7pm-11pm.   The witch loves stories and she loves playing tricks, she’s pretty mischievous so she especially likes to hear the bold stories. She knows that boys and girls can’t be good all the time, particularly when they’re having fun. This is one witch who doesn't care for goody two shoes, so pull a sickie and bring the marvellous misbehavers. Let the kids divulge all their tricky behaviour to the witch, and they might just get a special present.     Tickets Children €6  Adults €9 Month of the Elephant celebrate the arrival of three lovely Asian elephant calves at Dublin Zoo, the Zoo along with Dublin City Council and Kaziranga Forest Trail sponsor, The Natural Confectionery Company, have declared October 2014, the Month of the Elephant. With October set to be an ‘elephantastic’ month, get the family together and discover the exciting elephant-themed calendar of family fun days, events, workshops and keeper talks at the Zoo, and across the city’s schools and libraries. The celebration is even spilling out on to the streets with an Elephant Trail around Dublin city centre on 18th and 19th October. Families can take part in this free treasure hunt style event around the city and learn incredible elephant facts along the way. With the trail ending at Barnardos Square, trailers will be rewarded with an Elephant Extravaganza featuring keeper talks from the Dublin Zoo elephant team, face painting, elephant arts and crafts, and loads more fun of elephant proportions. Other Elephant Events Elephant Encounters: Keeper talks at Dublin Zoo Monday, 29th September - Friday 3rd October: 12.30pm Saturday 4th, 11th and 25th October: 12.30pm and 2.30pm Sunday 5th, 12th and 26th October: 12.30pm and 2.30pm Elephant Themed Parent & Toddler Mornings 1st-2nd, 9th, 15th-16th, 22nd-23rd, 29th-30th October: 11am-12pm and 12pm-1pm Elephant photography workshop 4th and 11th October: 8.30am-10am, booking required ‘Giant Footsteps’ with Gerry Creighton Talk on the development of Dublin Zoo’s elephant care programme. 5th October: 3pm Pre-School Morning - ‘Colour Me Wild’ 7th October: 10am Elephant Sketching Workshop 10th October: 8.30am-10am, booking required see Wake Up with the Elephants 12th October: 8.30am-10am (Dublin Zoo annual pass holder only) Elephant Weekend at Dublin Zoo 11th - 12th October Enjoy arts, crafts and face painting. Citywide Elephant Talks (booking required) 13th October: 11am - Charleville Library 14th October: 11am - Coolock Library 15th October: 11am - Ballyfermot Library 16th October: 11am - Finglas Library 17th October: 11am - Walkinstown Library 20th October: 11am - Pearse Street Library Elephant Trail and Family Fun Day 18th and 19th October - Barnardos Square. See Elephant Month Family Talk - Elephacts! October 25th, 2.30pm-3.30pm, Natural History Museum. Celebrate Elephant Month with zoologist Catherine McGuinness as she shares fascinating elephant facts - including how they are linked to the legend of the cyclops! Suitable for age 5+, places are limited, booking required. Contact  Create Dance Project: Kids' Workshops kids between the ages of five and 16 years with a dancing streak, a workshop at Draíocht, which is hosting the Create Dance Project this September to November, might be just the ticket. This innovative dance project will see dancers and facilitators Mark Rogers and Philipa Donnellan work with a group of children with an intellectual disability, along with their parents and siblings, over the autumn and winter months at weekly workshops. Working towards creating a wonderful piece of dance theatre, created by the kids themselves, the results are sure to be as memorable and exciting as the process itself. If you have a child aged between five and 16 years with a passion for dance and music, do get in touch. Junior Group: Five to eight year olds, 12.30pm-1.15pm Senior Group: Nine to 16 years, 2pm-3pm The workshops take place on Saturdays from 27th September to 1st November. Castle Dracula an evening of mystery, magic, fun and fear - if you dare... at Castle Dracula, Clontarf. Right opposite the former home of the renowned author himself, Bram Stoker, visitors will be thrilled and chilled to the bone this September to November.   Tour Castle Dracula as the characters from the novel come alive to guide you, follow Renfield and Van Helsing through tunnels, over bridges, to gargoyle courtyards, a haunted library and finally to Ireland’s only graveyard theatre. In the gothic theatre enjoy fright with delight at the Incredible Vampire Show and some bone-tickling comedy performance. This unique venue also hosts fascinating memorabilia from an array of Dracula films. Learn all about the life of the acclaimed horror author, read stories, see pictures, posters, Stoker’s death certificate and even a lock of his hair, cut on this death bed by his wife Florence. A ghoulish evening for anyone with a taste for the macabre, Castle Dracula is open: Every Friday and Saturday from 5th September to 1st November. Also Thursday 16th and Sunday 26th October. This event is suitable for people 14 years and older.     The Dublin Singsong Show you know your Danny Boys from your Auld Triangles? Well, find out as you embark on a unique musical journey through the history of Ireland at The Dublin Singsong Show, every Friday at 7.00pm in The Stag’s Head. A one-of-a-kind performance, come and singalong with the aid of a free Irish Songbook, complete with beautiful illustrations and explanations of over 50 Irish songs. Discover the fascinating stories behind the songs, the people, the places and then have the craic as the whole audience sings their newly learned songs together. Host Denny O’Brien and a variety of Dublin’s best musicians will take you on this innovative musical exploration. Ideal for families, enjoy total immersion into the very best of the nation’s music, history and diverse culture. Discover music with origins in the Celtic and Viking eras, from time spent under British occupation and the songs sung during the War of Independence. All elements of Irish life and culture are accounted for - from mythical figures and magical kingdoms, to famous people and local legends, there’s a tune for everyone. Tickets Adults €12 Students €10 Children €5 Children's Events at the National Museum visit to Decorative Arts & History is not just for adults - there's plenty for the kids too! From Soldiers to Scientific Instruments, and from Eileen Gray to Albert Bender, inspire and delight children with the objects and people waiting to be discovered in the National Museum. The Barracks Life Room gives children of all ages the opportunity to explore what  life was like as a solider in the 19th & 20th centuries. Try on costumes, handle objects and explore history using computer interactives. We also provide tailored tours and events for families, as well as an activity area in the Museum. The My Museum programme of events is designed to encourage families to work together, in an alternative and fun way, to learn more about the National Museum of Ireland’s collections. Every two to three weeks, a different part of the Museum’s collections is explored either through an art, drama or storytelling workshop; or through a demonstration or special guided tour. To find out more about the times and costs of tours and workshops, check out the Calendar of Events. For more tips and suggestions on Family Fun in Dublin click here