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Things To Do & Days Out in Leinster

Pirates Cove Adventure Park Offering adventure mini golf, go karting, indoor play, tenpin bowling, water walking, arcade, train ride and the best bumper boats we know of, plus kiddie land train with with charming music and train sound effects. Open daily June through August, limited hours at other times.
Dublin Zoo Home to over 400 animals where education and conservation combine for an unforgettable wildlife experience, shortly to include the new Sea Lion Cove and Chilean Flamingo habitat!
Reptile Village Zoo Ireland’s only Reptile Zoo, displaying snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodiles, spiders, scorpions, salamanders and more, with hands on opportunities for the brave, play areas for the smalls and walk-through habitat for everyone!
National Sea Life Centre An aquatic Zoo with 30+ displays which are home to over 1,000 creatures including: Black Tip Reef Sharks, Octopus, Seahorses, Stingrays and Red-Bellied Piranha.
Sea Safari Will bring you on an exciting, fun filled sea tour of the Dublin Bay area whilst showing you spectacular sights and attractions. 2 tour types available.
Secret Valley Wildlife Park Interactive animal experiences and observation opportunities, plus indoor and outdoor play areas, crazy golf and more.
Dublin Falconry Both a sanctuary and educational visiting experience offering expert insight into birds of prey, with additional extras including Hawk Walk, plus Owl and Falconry Experiences. Please note limited opening.
Talnotry Avian Care Trust Currently has around 350 animals in its long term care to visit and learn about.
Glenroe Farm Children's farm with petting corner, playground, heritage exhibit building, nature walk, secret and sensory gardens and picnic areas.
Airfield Farm Newly reopened, demonstrating traditional farming and heritage across the working farm, gardens and historical experience in the Overend family home.
Rancho Reilly Indoor and outdoor play, sports, trampolines, mini golf, pedal vehicles and track, and of course the petting farm to get up close with all things cute, furry and feathery plus snakes and lizards!
Nore Valley Park Bottle feed and handle the animals, race round the go kart track or on a pedal tractor, play in the sandpit, on the playground and in the 3D maze!
Blackwater Open Farm Children's farm experience plus indoor and outdoor play areas, with bouncing castle, climbing equipment, pedal go kart track and ride on tractors.
Newgrange Farm Interact with the animals and explore the farm, plus play areas, go karts, little maze and more.
Kia Ora Minifarm Farmyard animals and some more exotic types to interact with, plus on site sing a long fire engine tours, go cart tracks, genuine diggers, sandpits, a football pitch, a rough rider track and a veritable convoy of ride on tractors!
Tick Tock Activity Farm Plenty of friendly animals to interact with, plus indoor and outdoor play areas, painting zone, ride on tractors and more.
Newbridge House and Farm Children's farm with plenty of domestic friends, modern adventure playground, plus the 18th era working farm is a great educational experience.
The Chocolate Warehouse This is a unique and special journey through the history and joy of making chocolate aimed squarely at kids. Loads of seasonal specials and holiday events too.
The National Wax Museum Plus A journey through Irish history, an enchanting children’s zone of discovery, Green screen video room, recording studio and all the exceptionally lifelike wax work characters you can expect at the national museum.
Dublin Writers Museum Irish literary celebrities from the past three hundred years are brought to life through their books, letters, portraits and personal items. A fascinating insight, best appreciated by well read kids.
Croke Park Stadium and GAA Museum Learn about ancient cultural sports, peruse the exhibition galleries and collections of sporting paraphernalia. Visitors can also try hurling and football in the interactive games zone, or take the Etihad Skyline Tour and view the stadium from 17 stories up!
Irish Museum Of Modern Art Presents a wide variety of art in a dynamic programme of family suitable exhibitions. Housed in arguably the finest 17th-century building in Ireland, with the grounds well worth some exploration too.
National Gallery Of Ireland With free admission to the permanent galleries and strong supporting temporary exhibitions, plus family packs including sketch kits and kids' audio tours, there's no excuse not to go get your art on!
The National Museum of Ireland Ireland’s premier cultural institution and home to the greatest collections of Irish material heritage, culture and natural history in the world.
National Transport Museum Over 60 vintage motoring marvels on display, dating from 1883 onwards. Younger kids can marvel at the funny cars and older types can get their nerd on with dad.
Pearse Museum and St Endas Park Attractions include exhibitions, a nature study room with attractive displays on Irish flora and fauna and an audio visual show, plus the park offers riverside walks, waterfall and walled garden.
The Little Museum of Dublin Discover 20th Century Dublin with collection of over 5,000 artefacts, most of which has been donated or loaned by local people and businesses. Friendly guides, free worksheets for kids, plus interactive hands on displays.
Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio A unique and interesting chance to discover the history of radio, including communicatons. Packed full of items such as gramaphones, old computers and batteries, early mobile phones, and of course, radios!
The Chester Beatty Library A chance to discover the artistic treasures of great cultures from around the world, for free! The collection includes miniature paintings, manuscripts, early printed books and more. Specially designed activites for kids of different ages.
The Revenue Museum A quirky little museum, situated in Dublin Castle, that is free to visit and much more interesting that you would expect! Exhibits include items that have been confiscated over the year, plus an interactive smuggling game!
Science Gallery Dublin A chance to see art and science combine at this interesting gallery that has a busy calendar of changing exhibits throughout the year, and it is free to visit. An informative and engaging place to take the family.
National Print Museum Discover the fascinating history of printing at this great museum that is free to visit, and has a great interactive Education Area for kids and families. A number of great events held throughout the year.
National Leprechaun Museum Discover a magical world full of learning and fun, with stories of Irish mythology and fascinating folklore! Visit a leprchaun sized world and look for a crock of gold at the end of the rainbow or check out the spooky evening tour!
National Maritime Museum of Ireland Discover all about maritime heritage through an extensive collection that includes tiny models built by lighthouse keepers, a massive anchor, and a working optic from Baily lighthouse. You can also learn about maritime technology and the transatlantic cable.
National Aquatic Centre A truly world class facility for swimmers and divers, also boasting the AquaZone, one of the most technically innovative water parks in Europe and loads of rides for big and brave types.
Funtasia Indoor water park with loads of features and interactive water play, plus dry play area, bowling, crazy golf, rock climbing, arcade and more.
Aura Navan Leisurelink Fatures 2 water slides, learner and kiddie pools plus standard swimming fare. Other kid friendly features on site include soccer pitches and adventure playground.
Courtown Adventure and Leisure Centre Offering 3 separate pools and a large water slide, with other activities on the same site.
Fun Fitness Large modern soft play facility with all the classic fun features on offers plus dedicated toddler and baby areas and a sports zone. Specifically designed for children under 8 years of age. Parties catered for.
Imaginosity An interactive museum for under 9s with whimsical and articulate hands on exhibits and experiences designed to inspire life-long learning through play. A wide variety of workshops and classes included with admission.
Pirates Village at Liffey Valley Play zone with themed, custom made inflatable games and loads of activities, suitable for toddlers to 10 year olds. New covered outdoor area too!
Tallaght Adventure World Multi level pirate themed main frame and toddler zone, with all the usual quality features, but piratey! Yar!
Dunbrody Famine Ship Incorporating guided tour, costumed performers and themed exhibitions, this facility provides a world-class interpretation of the famine emigrant experience. Children considered in their presentation, nothing too upsetting.
Killruddery House Access the house by tour or sample the culture and history that surrounds Killruddery, wander freely in the space with the great backdrop, and kids are welcome to run free on large green lawns and roll down grassy banks!
Rathfarnham Castle and Toy Collection Explore the elegantly decorated castle rooms where collectible toy exhibits range from rare and delicate artefacts to simple and robust playthings of yesteryear. Fascinating for all ages. Plus an adventure playground.
Butlers Chocolate Experience This popular behind the scenes experience teaches everything one needs to know about the Chocolatier industry, with educational timelines, movie and museum, plus make your own souvenir!
Malahide Castle and Gardens Tour the castle's historic interior, explore the 5,000 species of the walled garden, take a crack at the adventure playground and visit the rest of the town by land train.
Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre Costumed actors and live theatre will delight the kids, with fun educational opportunities and modern interactive delights. You can climb to the battlements for panoramic views of sea and mountains.
Dublinia Features 3 full interactive exhibitions, Viking Dublin, Medieval Dublin and History Hunters. Each a comprehensive and self contained educational delight loaded with kid friendly features and interactive elements.
Experience Gaelic Games The perfect combination of learning and doing: hear the history behind the ancient sports and activities then try them yourselves, no experience or particular fitness required to try!
Jeanie Johnston A tour of the re created Jeanie Johnston enables visitors to see what it was like on board a wooden tall ship during the Famine era. It conveys a deep sense of history and insight and is a memorable experience for all who come on board.
Powerscourt Gardens Immaculately landscaped with walled garden, striking terraces and Ireland's highest waterfall. A great exploration destination for rambling families, with a playground by the picnic area at the waterfall.
The Sheep and Wool Centre Discover how sheep’s fleece is made into wool and cloth through demonstrations, interactive exhibits and displays. A chance to see weaving and spinning, and sheep shearing during the summer! You may also get to meet a sheep!
The Irish Workhouse Centre Discover what it was like in “one of the most feared and hated institutions ever established in Ireland” in this workhouse experience. Short film to start, followed by guided tour and a chance to ask questions.
Drimnagh Castle A hidden gem of a castle with a long history, and the only castle moat in Ireland that is still flooded! Lots to learn about, including the ghost! Lovely gardens too.
Dublin Castle An 800 year old castle in the heart of Dublin, most of which is free to explore, including the Chapel Royal, the Chester Beatty Library, 2 gardens, and the Revenue museum. Guided tours available for State Apartments and the Undercroft.
Ardgillan Castle and Park Tours of an embellished 18th century country house, 194 acres of parkland to explore, with formal and rose gardens, plus a great children’s playground with over 30 pieces of equipment! Something for all ages to enjoy.
St. Canices Cathedral and Round Tower Ancient cathedral with loads of interesting features to discover through an excellent self guided tour, including stained glass windows and tombstone carvings. 30m(100ft) high, round tower, which can be climbed by those aged 12 and older.
Kilkenny Castle 800 year old castle with a great mixture of architecture to enjoy on the guided tours. Over 80 acres of parkland to explore and your dog is welcome too. Busy calendar of events with seasonal activities.
The Ski Club of Ireland Offering 3 slopes, of which 2 are dry and 1 is covered with Snowflex (the nearest thing to snow) and features travelator lifts. Ski classes for over 4s, snowboarding over 13s only.
Spin Roller Skating Classic family friendly roller skating rink with background music, full rentals and lessons also available.
Roller Jam Offers a classic evening and weekend roller rink experience, with regular sessions including UV nights, skate fit kids' exercise classes, discos and more.
Roll N Bowl Featuring a great roller rink with roller disco plus multi level indoor play facility, state of the art laser tag arena and 6 lane glow in the dark bowling alley. Blimey!
Xtreme ie Courtlough With activity multi packages suited to 7 years and over, there's a great range of active fun to be had here. Some activities may also be booked as stand alone features, but most come as a package: which gives you a great excuse to try everything! High ropes, buggies, GIANT swing, zip line, climbing,...
Xtreme ie Carton House With activity multi packages suited to 7 years and over, there's a great range of active fun to be had here! High ropes, buggies, GIANT swing, zip line, climbing, power fan descender and plenty more! Packages applicable.
Carlingford Adventure Centre Activities include zorbing and body zorbing, laser tag, climbing, sailing, high ropes course, archery, raft building and canoeing! Plus epic new SkyPark Zip Line and Obstacle Adventure for over 9s!
Castlecomer Discovery Park 80 acres of stunning natural woodland with lakes and trails, with activities including Tree Top Adventure Walk, Leap of Faith, Coal Mining Exhibition and more, plus lake fishing, workshops and seasonal events.
Courtown Adventure and Leisure Centre Featuring Gravity Extreme and Gravity Junior with varying programs of age suited activities, including ropes courses, zip wires, claiming wall, archery and laser tag.
The Zone Extreme Activity Centre Activities for over 7s including laser maze and laser clay shoot, shooting simulator, karting and day camps. Their popular day camps give older kids the chance to try a bit of everything.
Kippure Adventure Centre Facilities include High Ropes Course, Climbing and Abseiling, plus Sky Trek and Zip Line, guided mountain walk, Orienteering, Treasure Hunt, archery and Bushcraft Survival Camp.
Surfdock Watersports Offer children's lessons in windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding, kitesurfing and kayaking. They have 20 years of teaching experience and all necessities are provided.
Zipit Forest Adventures Fun includes rope bridges, tightropes, cargo nets, climbing walls, zip lines, surfboard, ladders, bmx, base jumps. Swing through the trees, enjoying spectacular views, for over 7s over 1m tall.
Jump Zone Sandyford Energetic over 5s and their families can run like a spaceman, leap like superman and rebound like crazy on the 20,000 sq ft of wall to wall trampolines! Huge main jump zone and Thunderdome Bounce Dodgeball Court, plus parties!
Jump Zone Santry A wall to wall trampolining experience for super jumping fun: play Bounce Dodgeball, bound around the arena with super leaps, or try out some flip tricks with a safe foam pit landing! For 5 to 55 year olds!
Roll N Bowl Featuring a 6 lane glow in the dark bowling alley, plus multi level indoor play facility, state of the art laser tag arena and roller skating rink. Blimey!
Kylemore Karting Indoor Karting arena with three 360 mtr tracks with flyovers, underpasses, hills and banked corners. Strict minimun height requirement of 54 inches.
Wild Wicklow Tour Offering a day long mild adventure tour, exploring scenic routes, historic buildings, film locations and more with informed commentary and gently paced walks.
Dublin Bus Tour Offering a variety of family oriented tour types, from the Hop On Hop Off where one may visit almost everything, to Castle, Ghost and Historic tours too.
Pat Liddys Walking Tours Tour types include Historic Old Dublin, Dublin Highlights and Hidden Corners.
Viking Splash Tours Explore some of the most famous sights in Dublin guided by friendly VIkings who have an amazing amphibious vehicle! A memorable way to learn about the area by land and water.
Liffy River Cruises Enjoy a 45 minute all weather boat trip with expert guided commentary. Glide under Dublin's historic bridges and gaze at iconic buildings from a thoroughly unique vantage point.
National Botanic Gardens A delightful and peaceful experience with plenty of opportunity for easy education including interpretive art gallery and audio tours.
The Phoenix Park Explore the medieval tower, watch craft demonstrations and cool multi media arts exhibits! Also offers free Sunday morning workshops for children.
Lambert Puppet Theatre Presents family performances most weekends of the year and also special sessions for schools and pre-school groups.
The Ark Offering the highest standards of arts practice for children aged 2 to 12 through performances, exhibitions and workshops with leading Irish and international artists.
Artworks Cafe Something for all ages ranging from hand and foot prints through all kinds of pottery painting plus lessons on the potters' wheel available!
Giddy Studios Caters for every age and level of ability from 3D hand and foot casts through all manner of paint your own pottery joys to clay family portraits!
Leisureplex Stillorgan Family fun centre with tenpin bowling lanes, multi level adventure play zone, plus high tech Quasar laser tag arena too! Wet afternoons will never be the same!
Leisureplex Coolock Family fun centre with tenpin bowling lanes, multi level adventure play zone, plus high tech Quasar laser tag arena.
Leisureplex Blanchardstown Family fun centre with tenpin bowling lanes, multi level adventure play zone, plus high tech Quasar laser tag arena! Loads to do, and all weather proof!
Leisureplex Tallaght Family fun centre with tenpin bowling lanes, multi level adventure play zone, plus high tech Quasar laser tag arena.
Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park Offers all visitors a unique mix of heritage, woodland walks, beautiful gardens, train trips, pet farm, fairy village, and lots of fun in their indoor and outdoor play areas and 18 hole crazy golf.
Red Mountain Open Farm Animals to visit, train and carriage rides, maze, playgrounds, go karts and loads more. Indoors and out: who needs sunshine!
Athlone Leisure World Features include multi level indoor adventure play, laser tag arena, tenpin bowling alley, large arcade, sports pitches and a range of Pool, American Pool and Snooker tables!
Mellowes Adventure Centre Features include: Mini Golf; Peddle go Karts; Multi play areas; Bouncy castles; Mini Soccer and Children’s Eco Garden plus picnic tables. Family visits May through September, groups at other times.
Aviva Stadium Experience the magic of a match day and discover more about the iconic home of Irish football and rugby. Visit the Irish dressing room and have a chance to sit in the seat of your heroes!
Rainforest Adventure Golf Play 2 incredible 18 hole South American themed crazy golf courses deep within the rainforest.
Adventure Alley Ice skating, free lane trampoline park, games warehouse, airsoft shooting range and a recording studio. Yes, really.
Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience Comprehensive tours including introductory media, museum, hands on learning, a tour of the ground and game seats with hot food provided. Optional extras. For over 4s.
Fort Lucan Huge adventure playground with 40 ft towers and aerial runways plus plunge slides, pedal go karts, adventure mini golf and a play zone just for the under 5 crowd. Open Easter through Autumn.
Kildare Maze Big and little mazes, adventure play with assault course and zip wire, pets' corner, 9 hole crazy golf and a big sandpit by the picnic area.
Laser Quest Portlaoise Tucked inside the Roll N Bowl is a whole new breed of family action game: laser tag! Grab your phasor and get blasting, safe in the knowledge the only damage your infra red equipment can do is to the scoreboard! Plus of course the rolling and bowling and a soft play zone too!
Quasar Blanchardstown An excellent laser tag arena with high tech laser guns, light and sound effects and an extremely handy option to recharge your lives mid game if you can reach the Energiser, so great for beginners!
Quasar Stillorgan Hidden in the Leisureplex is a living computer game waiting for you to log in! High tech but harmless laser guns, a futuristic maze style arena, special effects and Energiser feature to recharge your lives if you need it!
Quasar Elite Tallaght Have a literal blast at the Leisureplex with laser tag: next generation hide and seek played with infra red weapons in a cool futuristic arena full of special effects! Plus soft play and bowling on site too.
Quasar Coolock Terrific futuristic arena for laser tag gaming played with infra red weaponry! With plenty to hide behind and Energiser respawning option this is great for beginners, but with pumping music and visual effects it's great for everyone else too!
Athlone Leisure World Laser Tag Features include a super modern atmospheric laser tag arena with cool laser phasors and special effects including smoke, light and music! Zero impact, safe and fun.
Fort Lucan Viking Golf A rather lightly themed course but of excellent quality and well maintained. Great gameplay and it's super safe for kids with their face guarding helmets available!
At Day Out With The Kids, we've tried to put together as many great things to do with kids in Leinster as possible, especially those that are affordable for everyone. Popular towns and places to go include Dublin, Drogheda and Dundalk, and we'd also recommend you check out the nearby counties of Ulster and Connaught. If you've been on a fun day out in the area you'd like to share, please contact us so other families visiting Leinster can enjoy it too!

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