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