Days Out in and around Dublin
Check out this page to find the best ways to entertain the kids
week days, weekends and holidays.
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ST PATRICKS 4 DAY FESTIVAL, 14-17th March 2015.  There's something for all the
family at this year's St Patrick's Festival in Dublin. From treasure hunts, ceilis,  boat races,
walking tours, street theatre the capital is going all out to mark St Patrick's Day 2015.  The
main parade takes place on Tuesday, March 17 and the theme of the parade is ‘Celebrate
Now’.  Click here for more
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.
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
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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
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.  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 Dublin.  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!  Currently 12 Feb - 15 March, "Far Away From Me"  - World premiere
of a brand new theatre show by Amy Conroy, inspired by The Princess and the Pea and infused with the
excitement of aerial performance, dance music and great storytelling. For further details of events, theatre
shows,  workshops, exhibitions and storytelling sessions,  click
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.
Tara's Palace Museum of Childhood
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.  Dine in the restaurant or
bring your own picnic and browse our very unique gift shop.  Family ticket up to 4 children is €29.50, under
5's are free.  
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The Irish National Stud
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.  This “much-loved museum”
(Rough Guide) tells the story of Dublin in the 20th Century.  Features over 5,000 artefacts 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 €13 (2 adults and up to three children). Email:, (01) 6611000.  
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The Little Museum Dublin
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