Chil­dren’s events

Sylvia Thompson looks at en­ter­tain­ment for kids from the ice rink to the theatre stage

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To­mor­row is the last day to catch the beau­ti­ful Christ­mas at­mos­phere in the gar­dens of Farm­leigh in the Phoenix Park. There will be free magic shows and sto­ry­telling at var­i­ous times through­out the day.

Ice skat­ing is an­other ac­tiv­ity chil­dren en­joy, and this year in Dublin there is a choice of four venues – the RDS in Balls­bridge and Lif­fey Val­ley Shop­ping Cen­tre ( www.7UPchrist ma­son­ice.ie or 0818-717200); Smith­field (www.dubli­non­ice.ie or 01-8748956); and Boot­er­stown, Co Dublin (www.goskate.ie or 01-2303300).

Back in­doors, mu­si­cals draw fam­ily au­di­ences at this time of year. Fes­ti­val Pro­duc­tions are back in the Na­tional Con­cert Hall again this year with the pop­u­lar mu­si­cal Oliver!.

Mean­while, the RTÉ Con­cert Orches­tra pro­vides the mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment to the film The Wizard of Oz in the He­lix at Dublin City Univer­sity.

Land­mark Pro­duc­tions’ su­perb stage adap­ta­tion of Alice in Won­der­land con­tin­ues at the He­lix un­til Jan­uary 6th. Also worth check­ing out are chil­dren’s theatre shows in other sub­ur­ban venues such as Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood & Sk8ter Jack at the Civic Theatre in Tal­laght and Can You Catch a Mer­maid? at the Pavil­ion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire.

And fi­nally, to the pan­tomime you must go. In Dublin, there are: Beauty and the Beast, the tra­di­tional pan­tomime at the Gai­ety Theatre; Snow White at the Lib­erty Hall Theatre; and Cin­ders star­ring June Rodgers at the Olympia Theatre.

In Cork, Jack and the Beanstalk is at the Ev­ery­man Palace Theatre and Cin­derella is at the Cork Opera House. Sleep­ing Beauty and Cin­derella in Gal­way and Goldilocks . . . the Cir­cus Panto and Nev­erever­land in Lim­er­ick open af­ter Christ­mas.

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