Events - Child Friendly EventsSt. Patrick's Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/St_Patricks_Festival4 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 Dayhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/New_Years_Fest_ResolutionDayAfter 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 Lighthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/New_Years_Festival_Procession_of_LightExperience 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 Festival Dublinhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/NYF_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! New Year’s Festival: Luminosityhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/New_Years_Festival_LuminositySee 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 Dublinhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/New_Years_Festival_Love_DublinShow 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.   Carols for Christmashttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Carols_for_ChristmasCelebrate 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 Concerthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Christmas_ConcertWith 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 Musicalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/ElftheMusicalFor 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 Streethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Miracle_on_34th_Street_DraiochtEnjoy 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 Markethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Christmas_Cracker_MarketBack 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 Cribhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Live_Animal_Crib_Mansion_HouseThe 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 Adventurehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Red_Riding_Hood_ShowGet 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 Wonderlandhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Christmas_WonderlandChristmas 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 Concerthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Christmas_Gala_ConcertGet 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.   Dublin Docklands Christmas Markethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Docklands_Christmas_MarketEveryone'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   Peter Pan Christmas Pantominehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Peter_Pan_Christmas_PantomineThe 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. Switching On O'Connell Street Christmas Tree Lightshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/OConnell_Street_Christmas_TreePop 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 Workshophttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/ChristmasElves_FamilyWorkshopIndulge 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 Benhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Aunty_BenExperience 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 Showhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Food_and_Wine_Magazine_Christmas_ShowA 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   All for the Dead Man's Pennyhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/All_for_the_Dead_Mans_PennyEnjoy a special event linking the past of World War I to the present day, with storytelling and music in All for the Dead Man’s Penny, 16th November. Settle in for an enveloping tale from world-renowned storyteller Liz Weir and fiddle player Ciaran Mulholland, as a story of lost youth and memories that span generations unfolds. A teenage girl explores her family history a century after World War I. Whilst 200,000 Irish soldiers fought in the war, this is the story of one young Donegal man who responded to that pivotal call to arms. Like the youthful warrior of Irish legend, Oisín, this young soldier left a world which would be irrevocably transformed during his courageous absence. Discover this fascinating tale and you might find that history is alot closer than we often realise. Suitable for ages 11+ This event is free but booking is essential.   Henry Street Christmas Lightshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Henry_Street_Christmas_LightsSpread 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 kick off the season of goodwill than in the Christmassy capital?  Dublin's Christmas Lightshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Christmas_LightsThe real marker of when Christmas begins is when the city starts to feel like a sparkling seasonal wonderland, so kick off the festive period in style and see Dublin's Christmas lights get switched on, on various dates between 13th and 30th November. Grafton Street, 13th November, 4pm The switching on of Grafton Street's 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.  Henry Street, 16th November, 3pm Spread the cosy Christmas cheer and see Henry Street’s Christmas lights illuminate the city on Sunday 16th November. O'Connell Street, 30th November, 3pm Pop over to Dublin’s iconic O’Connell Street on 30th November to see Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn officially turn on the street’s impressive Christmas tree lights and ring in the festive season for the capital. 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. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and where better to kick off the season of goodwill than in the Christmassy capital?  Grafton Street Christmas Lightshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Grafton_Street_Christmas_LightsGet 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. St Stephen's Green Christmas Markethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/St_Stephens_Green_Christmas_MarketWith 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.    Disney On Icehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Disney_on_IceMake 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 Pets in the Cityhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Pets_in_the_CityLooking for some fun that you and your furry friends can enjoy? Look no further than Pets in the City, a pet-friendly day out for the four and two-legged, on 9th November. Perfect for all those top-dogs, curious cats, and little birdies, don’t miss Smithfield Square’s transformation into a veritable pet paradise. Free and family friendly, this event promises to be a great day out for city-dwelling animal lovers with a range of activities, stalls and entertainment happening in the lively square. The Dublin Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) King of Paws Training Team will host a Dog Show and Dog Agility Workshops, and will invite members of the public to enter their own cuddly companions. Enjoy a wide range of stalls boasting all sorts of animal accessories, grooming products, toys and novelty items, and take the opportunity to avail of micro-chipping and pet health advice from the DSPCA too. Children's’ talks will also take place, teaching young owners how to care for and understand their pets. Explore the reptile corner, world of birds, fish aquariums and even a small animal farm, to interact with, and learn all about, an array of awesome animals. Pets in the City is brought to you by Dublin City Council and is supported by the DSPCA and King of Paws.   Science Week 2014http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Science_WeekCelebrate Science Week 2014 with a whole host of super scientific events from 9th - 16th November. With the aim of Science Week being the promotion of science, technology, engineering and maths' relevance in our everyday lives, who knows what fantastic things you'll discover with a new, scientific perspective? Gulp, 8th November  Smock Alley Theatre: 7.30pm, €7 Brought to you by the makers of the fabulous 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. 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. 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. Space Tourist, 23rd November Smock Alley Theatre: 7.30pm, €7 Enjoy a lively, one-off discussion presented by Dr. Niamh Shaw. Space Tourist is a unique event that delves into the possible future of space travel and boasts special guests such as former NASA astronaut Greg Johnson and psychologist Professor Ian Robertson. 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. Science Tricks Family Show, 8th - 9th November Smock Alley Theatre: 12.30pm and 4pm, Free 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. Smashing Science Screenings, 13th - 15th November The chq Building, IFSC: 6.30pm, €8 The Smashing Science programme is co-presented by Insight, AMBER, UCD Science Expression and Happenings who have come together to host this superb series of science-related films. Thursday 13th – Particle Fever Friday 14th – Moneyball Saturday 15th – The Man in the White Suit Enjoy these fun-fact-packed evenings of film, discussion and exploration, with each screening preceded by an inspiring short film to introduce the evening’s theme. Audiences can also participate in the dynamic post screening panel which includes contributions from leading scientists and thinkers. Science Week: Gulp!http://www.visitdublin.com/event/GulpCelebrate 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 Showhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Science_Tricks_Family_ShowGet 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 Experiencehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Christmas_Elf_Art_ExperienceGet 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 Gruffalohttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/the_gruffaloWith 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   Creepy Creatures: Natural History Museumhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Creepy_CreaturesWhat better way to spend Halloween weekend than with creepy creatures frozen in time at the Natural History Museum? Tour the ‘Dead Zoo’ with a zoologist as your guide, and learn all about the animals hiding throughout the museum. From brilliant bats to the creepiest of crawlies, they’re all waiting to be discovered in this treasure trove of natural history. Tours are suitable for ages 7+. No booking is required, but places are limited to 20 people and allocated on a first come basis.   Jackulahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/JackulaEnjoy 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 at Scarefieldhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Halloween_at_ScarefieldGrab 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: http://www.airfield.ie/events/halloween-airfield-book-now/. Visit the Witch: National Leprechaun Museumhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Visit_the_Witch_National_Leprechaun_MuseumLooking 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 Create Dance Project: Kids' Workshopshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/CreateDanceProject_KidsWorkshopsFor 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 Draculahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/castle_draculaExperience 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.     Children's Events at the National Museumhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Childrens_Events_at_the_National_MuseumA 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