Days Out in and around Dublin
This page helps you find the best ways to entertain the kids, week days,
weekends and holidays.  Also check out our
Family Events page for more fun
events including EASTER EGG HUNTS in and around Dublin
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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. A number of daily activities are planned for
aster (3rd - 12th April inclusive) including pony rides and face painting (11-12.30pm and 2-3.30pm), and
a fantastic nature trail (2pm daily).  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.  I
n fact the Irish National Stud has just welcomed over 100
new born foals so far  and another 100 expected - a great time to of year to visit!
 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.  
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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
Croke Park Stadium Tours, GAA Museum, Dublin 3.  One of Ireland's Top Visitor Attractions
which all the family will enjoy - a stadium tour with a difference!  The kids will love the unrivalled
state-of-the-art interactive experience at the GAA Museum and will follow in the footsteps of Irish sporting
legends as they visit the team's dressing rooms, go pitch side, ascent to the top tier, 30 meters above the
famous pitch and take a seat in the VIP area. Test your own hurling and Gaelic football skills in the
interactive games zone - a must for museum visitors of all ages. Museum opens Mon-Sat 09.30-17.00; Sun
10.30-17.00. Stadium tours daily; Skyline Tours Fri-Sun. Click
HERE for more details, opening hours/tour
times and on-line booking.
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
During Easter Dublin Zoo has some fantastic Spring Workshops which the kids will love and on
Sunday 5th April and Monday 6th April they will have their Easter Egg-Stravanganza!
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Dublin Zoo
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.    
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Pirates Village, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.  A “pop-up” play-zone with themed, custom-
made inflatables, for children aged 1 to 10 yrs. Includes a ship-wrecked galleon,a mega slide, pirate’s
assault course, thunder valley cars, bumper boats and water walker zorb balls. Open from 10am to 6pm
weekdays and from 11am to 7pm weekends.  From €5 per child, adults and under 1's go free, but must
accompany child.  Sessions are hourly, on the hour. Tickets can be bought at the box office. Birthday parties
from €12 including food.   
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Pirates Village
Dublinia, Christchurch.  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
every day from 10am to 5pm with guided tour at 2.30pm daily.  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).  
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THE ARK, Temple Bar    
28 March - 2 May (includes Easter holidays)The Ark presents "Once Upon a Picture"
Every artwork has a story to tell in this free exhibition for ages 4+.  Alongside the exhibition will be a
programme of visual arts and story-related events to enjoy, with storytelling performances, talks and
workshops for all ages (performances and workshops are ticketed – Prices from €5).  
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28 March - 25 April (includes Easter holidays)  The Enchanted Treasure Chest Workshop.  Participants
are encouraged to use their imagination to create a make-believe land filled with magical things. You and
your toddler will work together to make your own (simple) characters and props that live in the magical land
using coloured papers, fabric, stickers, feathers and more.  
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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.
Tara's Palace Museum of Childhood
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.  Open 7 days 10am -6.15pm    
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The National Wax Museum Plus
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
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Go Kids Go
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:, (01)
More details.
The Little Museum Dublin
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th May, 2015.  This is an international event, featuring
wakeboarding displays by some of the most talented wakeboarders in the world. There will
be a huge array of markets and a whole host of entertainment, including a golf water
challenge, canal barge tours, raft races, duck races, world class street performers and more.
Kayaks are also available, so why not try kayaking on the inner canal dock? This festival has
something for all the family to enjoy and
its free!  More Details
DUBLIN PORT RIVER FESTIVAL, North Wall Quay, Dublin.  
June Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 30th May to Monday 1st June 2015.  
There will be a wide array of activities throughout the duration of the festival, including the
arrival of ten tall ships and schooners which will berth at North Wall Quay for the weekend.  
As well as the ships there will be amusements, tug boat dancing, kayaking and more, so
there is something for all the family to enjoy! This year the festival is pirate themed, so have
fun dressing up and there will be prizes for the best fancy dress costumes.  
This festival
has something for all the family and it's free!
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