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 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! 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! 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   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! 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   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   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 and preserves and prints as well as seasonal food and drinks to include charcoal grills, crepes, bratwurst, chocolate fountain, Gluhwein as well as 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 the same day that the Grafton Street lights are turned on, transforming the city centre into a winter wonderland.   The Market will be free to the public and will open daily from 12 noon to 8pm.    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 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   The Allergy & Free From Expo Allergy & Free From Expo, Ireland's only event dedicated to those suffering from allergies and/or leading a free-from lifestyle, comes to the RDS Dublin, 11th - 12th October. Devoted to allergy sufferers and those leading a gluten free, wheat free, sugar free and/or dairy free life, the expo is family oriented and brims with information, advice, seminars, cookery demonstrations, shopping and tastings. It also serves to showcase the best free-from suppliers both nationally and internationally. With free-to-attend seminars from leading experts offering the latest research and findings on allergies, coeliac disease, food intolerances and food labelling amongst others, the quality of information provided is second to none. Talks also include first-hand accounts from parents of children suffering from allergies and intolerances and detail challenges they face with normal, everyday activities. In the Kitchen Zone enjoy free cooking demonstrations, recipes and tastings from well-known chefs and nutritionists such as celebrity chef, Kevin Dundon of Dunbrody House, Eddie Eriksson of Cornucopia, whole food and vegetarian restaurant, Lorraine Fitzmaurice from Blazing Salads, and Erika Doolan, nutritionist to Rustic Stone and Fade Street Social restaurants. Free 1-2-1 Advice Clinics are also available, allowing visitors the opportunity to speak privately to experts and discuss their concerns and/or to seek answers for any pressing questions or symptoms. The Asthma Society of Ireland’s nurse specialists will be on hand to provide advice, support and information on asthma including asthma in children, allergies, management and inhaler technique. While the Irish Skin Foundation’s dermatology nurses will give advice to people who suffer from skin conditions. Anaphylaxis Ireland will also be present at the expo on their mission to support those living with severe allergies. Delivering all the answers allergy and free-from sufferers may need, while making for a great family day out, the Allergy and Free From Expo has it all under one roof. Tickets Adults €10 Concession €6 Under-12s go free. Sunday Open Session a lively afternoon of music with like-minded individuals at the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre’s Sunday Open Session on 5th October. A wonderful opportunity to meet up and jam with the area’s array of talented musicians, songwriters and performers, it’s a completely informal session allowing all participants to perform together in a relaxed environment. If participating isn’t for you, then do come along and listen to the jams, or indulge in tasty cakes and coffee from The Cottage Café. Long established as a great afternoon’s entertainment and platform for local talent, the centre’s Sunday Open Sessions welcome all singers, performers, musicians and listeners, and of course, children too.        Kíla world-renowned Kíla are bringing their own special brand of hip-shaking, smile-making, funky trad music to one of Ireland’s best loved venues – The Pavilion Theatre by Dún Laoghaire’s scenic harbour. Not content with just getting the grown ups’ toes tapping, Kíla also play their unique, interactive and eclectic show for kids in the afternoon. Having spent 2014 globetrotting between summer festivals in Ireland and gigs in the far-flung corners of Croatia, Austria and France, the band’s highlight so far was their incredible appearance at the Opening Ceremony of Ireland’s Special Olympics in People’s Park Limerick. Carrying the baton from acts such as Paddy Casey, they played a rousing set, culminating in a 10-minute piece that saw the Olympic flame being carried through the crowd to light the cauldron while the music built to an unforgettable uplifting crescendo. “Softly spoken off stage and complete lunatics on it, Kíla have torn up the rulebook with their wantonly eclectic mix of styles. Brilliant!” Hot Press. Adults and children alike are assured an innovative, experiential and infectious performance from this incomparable ensemble. Matinee show Adult €10 Child €7 Family (4 people) €25 Evening show €16-18 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. Dublin Theatre Festival Family Season a season of specially curated family-friendly productions as The Ark and Dublin Theatre Festival join forces once again. With acclaimed Irish and international productions ideal for a family day out, audiences will revel in the festival programme curated by The Ark’s Maria Fleming. Performances 27th - 28th September: A Mano An inventive Spanish story about a little character who longs to escape life in the shop window, immerse yourself in this moving performance told with clay. 30th September - 4th October: The Way Back Home A delightful theatre production of Oliver Jeffers’ acclaimed book, it combines puppetry and music to tell the tale of a boy who flies to space in a single-propeller airplane he finds in his wardrobe. 5th - 7th October: The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy Inside a captivating theatre tent learn all about Cheeseboy. His home planet has been reduced to a bubbling fondue. Where are his parents? How did he become marooned on earth? 9th - 12th October: The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean Page by page, a scrapbook becomes the window into a secret world and a curious life unfolds before us. But just who was Josephine Bean?   Nutgrove Arts Festival over to Nutgrove Arts Festival between 25th September and 5th October to join in the fourth annual celebration of community arts and culture, in the unique setting of Nutgrove Shopping Centre, South County Dublin. Now a staple in the locality’s cultural calendar, the festival welcomes a selection of exciting performers, musicians and dancers who take over the centre for 10 days each year. An informal and exciting medium to experience creativity in all its forms, the festival boasts a variety of theatre, dance and art workshops, with plenty to inspire creativity in the local community and beyond, at any age. Festival Highlights • Rathfarnham Theatre Group presents an evening of drama and entertainment in the Calypso Café. • Students from The Independent Theatre Workshop will perform scenes and songs from The Jungle King. • All are welcome to take part in Intrepidus Stage School’s great jungle themed dance workshop, fear nothing and challenge everything while having lots of fun. They will also showcase a night of amazing, fun filled and extremely talented young people who aim to entertain through drama, song and dance. • Kids can get involved in fun workshops too with Planit Party providing a taste of their entertainment, and a fun music workshop given by Rainbow Music. Quaint Baby Art will also facilitate a workshop of their unique art work. • The Visual Arts programme features well renowned caricaturist Niall O’Loughlin, whose work will be displayed around the centre for the duration of the festival. Artist Karen Wilson will give a painting demonstration where you can get a taste of what her workshops have to offer. Sculptor Eamonn Heffernan will display his skill in a woodcarving workshop. Artist Christien van Bussel will facilitate a pottery workshop. There will also be an exhibition of artist Chris McMorrow’s popular scenes of Dublin and Ireland. • An impressive contemporary Music programme featuring Kevin Kerdoc Murphy, Ian James White, Liz Ryan, Lynda Lucas and Melina Malone. Community choir Corús return for another uplifting and inspiring performance. • As part of the Trad for Trocaire week there’ll be an array of musicians playing traditional Irish music too. Location Nutgrove Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. Attic Studio intricate artist Catherine Ryan’s vibrant Attic Studio, at 5 Cavendish Row, Dublin 1, this Culture Night for a participatory treat. Catherine’s new collage pieces inspired by New York City will be on display, and visitors are even invited to participate in some drawing on the walls (just don’t tell your mother), with all materials provided. Specialising in abstract mixed media cityscapes, Catherine fuses painting, sculpture, text, photography and playing with meaning, to stunning effect. Venture up the attic stairs and enjoy a visual feast when you reach the summit, oh and a nice cup of tea too. The Ferocious Mingle Camden Street’s little universe of bohemian steampunk and unusual curios this Culture Night at The Ferocious Mingle. An atmospheric, cosy hub, there’ll be live music on stage and old movies showing in their dinky movie theatre ‘Mingleopolis’. Artists will have their studio doors open and the wide variety of curio shops are sure to tempt you with their unusual trinkets and collectables. Oscar Verne will also be on hand serving delicious coffees and indulgent hot chocolates to satisfy your cravings. It’s always culture and curiosity with a twist at The Ferocious Mingle.   Short & Sweet: Irish Short Films to satiate your appetite for all things cultural and cinematic? IFI’s Culture Night programme offers just the film feast. Enjoy a free screening of family-friendly Irish short films from the vaults of the IFI’s impressive archive. A mix of recent and old shorts, the programme focuses on the theme of difference and diversity and how we all find our place in the world. From Steph Green’s Oscar-nominated short New Boy, a beautifully crafted story of a young emigrant finding his feet in his new Dublin school, or Nora Twomey’s charming animation Cúilín Dualach, the tale of a boy who was born with his head on backwards, anyone can identify with that quest to fit in. The screenings begin at 6.30pm, 7pm and 7.30pm, they're divided into 25-minute slots with a short break between each. This event is free but ticketed.   Culture Night at IMMA a conundrum over just where to spend this year’s Culture Night? Why not embark on a whole host of artistic discoveries in one fell swoop at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). 6pm-9pm: Visit Four Exhibitions Explore four wide ranging exhibitions that are sure to evoke an element of curiosity in just about everyone. These include Propositions, the popular interactive exhibition by Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica; Second Sight, a photography exhibition from the David Kronn Collection; The Weakened Eye of Day, a solo exhibition by Irish artist Isabel Nolan; and Conversations, an exhibition from the IMMA Collection which includes, Group Coordination, a selection of works curated by artist Caroline McCarthy. 6.15pm-7.30pm: Family Event Drop in with the kids and enjoy a free art workshop for families. Parents and children can explore IMMA’s galleries together and respond to their experience in a creative workshop. 7pm: Exhibition Tour of Hélio Oiticica’s Propositions Attend a gallery talk exploring and examining the work of lauded Brazilian visual artist Hélio Oiticica. A free Culture Night Bus brings culture vultures direct to IMMA on the night. See for information on bus routes and pick ups. Culture Night at Airfield Farm & Gardens the beautiful surrounds of Airfield, Dublin’s only 38-acre working farm open to the public, this Culture Night for a delightful evening of heritage, costume, tours, workshops and more. Enjoy a diverse programme of fun activities that are sure to keep all the family engaged and entertained on this exciting evening. Airfield’s seamstress will be on hand to discuss her extraordinary work on the restoration of the Overend family’s clothing, the original 19th-century proprietors, on display in the house. Food gardener Kitty Scully will be discussing Airfield’s scrumptious selection of heritage potatoes and will provide a cooking demonstration, with, of course, some spud tasting afterwards. The education team will show you how to make seed tapes and just where to find the micro-habitats around Airfield’s lush grounds. No booking is required but workshops, tours and talks will be filled on a first come first served basis. Last admission is 9pm. Downstairs Dublin: Culture Night/Irish Times picturesque Merrion Square as it comes alive for Culture Night with a series of talks, installations, projections and pop-up events curated by The Irish Times, and all happening in the outside basement spaces of the famous Georgian square. Gaze down to discover a plethora of mini-stages, surprises, live debates, music and much more. Enjoy art, drama, dance, food and ideas from leading artists, writers and thinkers, and a few favourites from The Irish Times itself, as a half-hidden aspect of historic Dublin comes bursting to life. With the square’s basements aglow with brilliant light and colour, diving in is a temptation too hard to resist. Some of the night's basement areas include: No 16 - Red Cross Building Basement: Papier Mache art installation by Nina McGowan. No 22 - College of Anaesthetists Basement: Fashion Show by Emma Fraser of 9 Crow Street with The Tweed Project. No 39 - ESB Building Basement: Papier Mache art installation by Fergal McCarthy No 40 - ESB Building Basement: Kaleidoscope Classical Music installation and concerts, curated by Karen Dervan of Kaleidoscope No 41 - ESB Building Basement: Art installation by Aideen Barry No 42 - ESB Building Basement: Ireland’s Smallest Cinema, popcorn at the ready for tiny screenings of brilliant flicks No 45 - Irish Architectural Archive Basement: The Irish Times Talk Show and Library Lottery – chats with hacks as Irish Times writers hang out in the specially created sitting room. Plus The Librarian hands out free books in the Library Lottery, which one will be yours? No 63 - Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland: Dine in the Dark. In association with Balfe’s, Nicky Halliday and The Science Gallery, do you trust your senses in the dark? Come on down and discover if you really do have great taste. No 64 - Physio 64 Basement: The Gloss Salon. Your chance to (briefly) be a cover girl or boy with Gloss. No 70 - The Arts Council Basement: Peephole Screening art installation by Ailbhe Ni Bhriain. No 73 - Irish Traditional Music Archive Basement: Garden installation by Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney of Elements of Elements of Action No 77 - Thirty Three Trees Basement: Return after Dark, installation by Thirty Three Trees. And with The Irish Times Treasure Hunt taking place on the square too, there'll be lots of family fun with plenty of prizes. Make|Shape the work of eight ceramic artists who have worked on the Design & Craft Council of Ireland’s primary schools CRAFTed programme, take the kids down to The Ark to discover just how artists come up with their wonderful ideas. Make|Shape leads you playfully through techniques, processes and explorations of clay and provides artists, children and teachers with the unique opportunity to share skills and ideas, and collaborate on new projects. Just how does an artist come up with their creative plans? This intriguing exhibit brings you on a journey through artists’ creative processes, from research, design and materials to the fun part of experimentation. Join The Ark’s investigation of clay, from rolling and shaping, marking and making to glazing and firing. Then roll up your sleeves and get making yourself. A hands-on experience that kids will relish, creative clay workshops are also available during the exhibition. Opening Hours 9th - 12th September, 10am-5pm Every Saturday from 13th September - 18th October, 10am-5pm Sunday 28th September, 12pm-5pm 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