The Wee Folk area at the Dublin Irish Festival is large on offerings.

The Wee Folk area at the Dublin Irish Festival is large on offerings.

The children's area of the Aug. 3-5 festival in Coffman Park has entertainment, crafts and other activities to keep children just as entertained as their parents.

Festival director Alison LeRoy said the stage in the Wee Folk area has shows and a chance for children to get a lesson in Irish dancing.

"We have a whole bunch of different things," LeRoy said.

"We have storytellers (and) an Irish magician. The Richens/Timm (Academy of Irish Dance) dancers come and teach the kids to dance," she said.

"There are a variety of different things throughout the weekend."

Performers in the Wee Folk area include storytellers Marian Funk, John Locke, Julie McGhee, Cathy Jo Smith, Michael O'Malley and Frank McGarvey; magician Debbie O'Carroll; the Richens Timm Junior Dancers; musicians Irish Liddlers; and presenters Ceili McDaniel, Candace Mazur-Darman, Seonna McDowell and Debbie and Tim O'Carroll.

Irish magician Debbie O'Carroll is a festival favorite, LeRoy said.

"We didn't have her last year and people were asking about it," she said. "We made sure to bring her back this year."

Crafts are also on the agenda in the Wee Folk area.

"We do a couple different things and every year we do crowns and derby hats and coloring pages," LeRoy said. "This year, we're doing a potato-stamping craft and will tie that into Irish culture."

The Wee Folk area also includes a free area for toddlers and the Pot O'Gold Playland where children can play on inflatable amusements, try mini Gaelic games and a climbing wall.

A wristband for the play area is $10 for one day.

Activities for children, however, can extend beyond the Wee Folk area, LeRoy said. "One of the things we like to say is you can spend the whole day with your kids there," she said.

"Even beyond the kids area, there is stuff to do in the Celtic Canines area or Brian Boru area. It's good to take the family and experience that area."

At the Celtic Canine area, history, training and grooming demonstrations will be offered about dog breeds native to Ireland, such as the Irish Wolfhound, Irish Setter, Irish Terrier and Kerry Blue Terrier. Festival guests can also meet and pet some of the canines.

Brian Boru's Ireland offers a glimpse into life in the country 1,000 years ago, with demonstrations on everyday activities such as food-making, games and making textiles.

For a full list of offerings or a lineup for the Wee Folk area, look at