|Days Out in and around Dublin
|Dublinia, Christchurch, Dublin. A great family day out and one of Dublin’s top visitor
attractions with three exciting exhibitions; Viking Dublin, Medieval Dublin and History Hunters
Exhibition. An exciting, fun and contemporary way for all ages to learn and experience Old
Dublin's sights, sounds, and smells!. Open every day from 10am to 5pm with guided tour at
2.30pm daily. Also see Family Events page for Dublinia's latest monthly events. Can book
online or drop in. €24 for family of 2 adults and 2 children. March to September Daily:
10am–6.30pm (Last entry 5.30pm), October to February Daily: 10am–5.30pm (Last entry
4.30pm). More details.
|Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park. Ireland’s most popular family attraction, the 28 hectare park in
the heart of Dublin is home to some 400 animals, where education and conservation combine
for an exciting and unforgettable experience! While you are there, visit the new Play Forest,
guaranteed to have your children climbing, swinging and sliding! The new Play Forest is
completely sheltered so it can be enjoyed in any weather. More details.
|The Irish National Stud, Kildare. Have a great family day out at the Irish National Stud,
the Japanese Gardens, Fiachra's Garden and the Horse Museum. Take a 35 minute tour of
the stud, visit the museum and stroll through St. Fiachra’s Garden, which has 4 acres of
woodland & lakeside walks. The World famous Japanese Gardens, tell the story of the Life of
Man, from the Cradle to the Grave. The paddocks are close by so you may see foals
running freely with their Mothers. New Summer Activities starting Wednesday 1st July -
complimentary pony rides and face painting every Wednesday and Sunday in July
and August. Dine in the restaurant or bring your own picnic and sit among nature at its
best. Family ticket up to 4 children is €29.50, under 5's are free. More details.
|Imaginosity, Dublin Children's Museum, The Plaza, Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford.
A unique child-centred creative space for children up to 9 years of age, and their families.
Includes 2.5 floors of interactive exhibits, educationally designed to inspire life-long learning
through play. Meet the Eco Badger up on the roof garden, learn about how the unique
'green' building works and make your way up the Climber past the Wizard's Lair and the
Rocket Ship to Rapunzel's Castle. More details.
|Viking Splash Tours St Stephens Green North, Dublin 2. A must for anyone,
especially for the kids, to see and learn about the historical sights of Dublin, with the extra
exciting element of getting to go in the water as well. One of Dublin's most exciting tours with
Viking guides who will inform you, entertain you and ensure you will have the best history
lesson ever. For awesome kids birthday parties, Viking Splash Tours are the best! Click
here for more details and on-line booking or call 7076000 to make a booking.
|Tara's Palace Museum of Childhood, Powerscourt House, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow.
The magical miniature world of Tara’s Palace Museum of Childhood is yours to explore at
Powerscourt House. The Museum is home to Ireland’s Largest Period Doll House, which
includes a collection of dolls, antique toys and other dolls houses. Perfect for all ages from 5
to 105. Family Admission is only €12 for the whole family. Click here for more details.
|The National Wax Museum Plus, Temple Bar. Visit the re-designed museum that is
magical for children (and adults!). The Children's Fantasy World is a dream world featuring
pillars painted like cake and sweets, a tunnel of four worlds and their favourite wax figures
such as the Simpsons and Harry Potter. In the Wax Factor studio, they can use the green
screen technology to make their own YouTube video. You will love the Hall of Irish Legends,
the Grand Hall, the Irish Heroes of Discovery and of course the Chamber of Horrors Wax
Hands is the new fun attraction and that's exactly what it is - visitors can have a copy of their
own hand model moulded in wax to take hope and keep! Children under 5 are free. Open 7
days 10am -7pm More details.
|The Ark, Temple Bar
The Ark is a unique, purpose-built cultural centre in the heart of Dublin's Temple Bar, where
children aged 2 -12 can explore theatre, music, literature, art, film, dance and more. Our
programme of world class performances, exhibitions and creative workshops changes every
few weeks, so expect a different experience every visit! For further information on the most
up-to-date events, timings, dates and on-line booking, click Here.
|Nurney Fishing Lakes & Farm Park, Nurney, Co. Kildare (only 7 minutes from Kildare
Village Outlet Shopping). Pack the kids, pack the picnic and have a great fun, family day out
at the Nurney Fishing Lakes & Farm Park! Try and catch a fish, see and pet the different
farm animals (donkeys, Vietnamese pot bellied pigs, jacob sheep, zwartbles, cows, chickens,
ponies and rabbits), followed by a play in our fun park, which has sandboxes, ride-on toy
tractors, climbing frame, play house, zip line, exciting indoor shed play area, swings and
more. Opening hours: 10:30am-5pm (11:30 Sundays & Bank Holidays). Ph: 087 222 1828.
|Go Kids Go, Coolmine Industrial Estate. Great Indoor fun for children up to 12
years. The Adventure softplay area with 3 lane astra slide, giant balls and ball cannon, will
challenge and exercise your children (while you relax in our cafe). Also features go karts,
indoor soccer, disco and arts and crafts. Parent and toddler morning is Mon to Fri, 10am to
12.30pm for €5 and includes you, your child and a tea or coffee. More details.
|The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St Stephen’s Green, 9.30 to 5pm. Children and
families are welcome at this “much-loved museum” (Rough Guide) which tells the story of
Dublin in the 20th Century. Features over 5,000 artefacts (some interactive) in the
collection, as well as three floors of exhibition space and an acclaimed café in the basement.
Worksheets are available at the museum for children of all ages and tour guides will help you
and your children get the most from your visit. For schools, we run the 'I Love Dublin'
classes, or your school can book a school tour independently. Family admission rate of €14
(2 adults and up to 2 children) and all children under 3 go free. Email: bureau@littlemuseum.
ie, (01) 6611000. More details.