If in search of something to do with the kids in Dublin, you’re in luck. The capital city is brimming with fun for all the family, be it a splash around the park, a rainy day delight or sun-day fun-day.
For such a small city, the abundance of things to do is impressive. Whatever the vibe is (or the weather is), look no further than these top five things to do with the kids in Dublin.
5. Howth Harbour
On any given sunny day in Dublin, a great option is to head towards Howth. Accessed most easily via the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit), Howth makes for a great outing with the family, not too far from the city.
The seaside fishing village is as quaint as they come and offers fun for all with its fishing opportunities, gorgeous pier walks and top-notch fish and chip shops (it has been Café Ciara versus Beshoffs as long as we can remember!).
Remember to grab an ice cream from Yummies, dinner in The Dog House or a pub meal in The Bloody Stream before heading home on the train.
Howth also has a great playground for kids, a yacht club with kids and adult lessons available, and during the summer there are boat trips over to nearby Ireland’s Eye island – the perfect place for a packed picnic and wander with the family.
Location: Howth, Co. Dublin, Ireland
4. Rainforest Adventure Golf
No matter your age, mini golf never seems to lose its appeal. So, head out to Dundrum Shopping Centre with the clan and tee-up for what is bound to be a brilliant indoor activity when the rain turns up, as it tends to do.
Open from 10 am until 11 pm daily (last admission 10 pm), Rainforest Adventure Golf boasts two indoor mini-golf courses, a mini arcade with prizes to be won and the Canopy Café where pre- or after-game snacks, treats and drinks for the adults can enjoy.
Each course only takes about 45 minutes, meaning it is not too much of a commitment – especially if you have the little ones with you. And, you can get family passes which include two adults and two children; a family pass for one course costs €30 and two courses only €42.50.
Also to note: there are a parent and toddler special, every Monday to Friday 10-2pm for only €10!
Location: Rainforest Adventure Golf. Unit 3, Dundrum South, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16, Ireland.
3. National Aquatic Centre, Aquazone
The National Aquatic Centre has been a cornerstone of family outings in Dublin for over a decade. It is the perfect place to escape the rain, offering state of the art water fun for the whole family, whilst also serving up a sports facility and professional lessons in diving, swimming and gymnastics, amongst others.
Located in Blanchardstown, the National Aquatic Centre’s Aquazone waterpark is bursting with things to do, from fast and loose rides for the bigger kids to a merry pirate ship for the wee ones.
Drawing over 650,000 visitors each year, it is safe to say Aquazone is one of Dublin’s most loved family attractions. Have a go at surfing on the Flow Rider machine, float downstream in the Lazy River or be a daredevil on the Master Blaster, it is all happening at Aquazone.
Location: National Aquatic Centre, Snugborough Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, Ireland.
2. Viking Splash Tour
All aboard the Viking Splash Tour for an adventure like no other! Perfect for adults and kids alike, guests have the golden opportunity to see Dublin’s fair city by land and water on a famous World War II amphibious vehicle.
Departing from Stephen’s Green North daily, this tour of Dublin is by far one of the most sought-after, so book in advance for sure!
This fun-filled adventure is known to be the best tour of Dublin for many reasons, one of which is that the tour guide’s rock! Simply laugh, learn and pretend to be a Viking.
1. Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum
Spark ideas and encourage creativity at Imaginosity, the Dublin Children’s Museum. Equally enjoyable for kids and adults, Imagonisty is an ECO certified building born on the concept of discovery.
Open for just over a decade, the museum is Ireland’s only interactive children’s museum offering a ‘hands-on’ philosophy to learning. Rich experiences encourage children to come out of their shells, to work as a team, test ideas and communicate.
Parents have an opportunity to get involved and watch their little ones grow into scientists and explorers before their very eyes.
There are a wide range of activities, workshops and classes held each month, so be sure to check the website for upcoming events. Always book in advance to avoid disappointed little faces.
Location: The Plaza, Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford, Dublin 18, Ireland.