Dublinia (< 1 mile)
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.
Dublin Castle (< 1 mile)
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.
The Chester Beatty Library (< 1 mile)
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 (< 1 mile)
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!
The Ark (< 1 mile)
Offering the highest standards of arts practice for children aged 2 to 12 through performances, exhibitions and workshops with leading Irish and international artists.
The Little Museum of Dublin (< 1 mile)
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.
The National Wax Museum Plus (< 1 mile)
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.
National Leprechaun Museum (< 1 mile)
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!
Viking Splash Tours (< 1 mile)
Viking Splash Tours
Committed to providing Vikings and guests with the ultimate fun and engaging amphibious sightseeing experience of Dublin, delivered by humorous and informative Viking driver-guides.
Liffy River Cruises (< 1 mile)
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.
The National Museum of Ireland (< 1 mile)
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 Gallery Of Ireland (< 1 mile)
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!
Science Gallery Dublin (< 1 mile)
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.
Dublin Writers Museum (1 miles)
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.
Jeanie Johnston (1 miles)
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.
Irish Museum Of Modern Art (1 miles)
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 Print Museum (1 miles)
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.
Surfdock Watersports (2 miles)
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.
Croke Park Stadium and GAA Museum (2 miles)
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!
Aviva Stadium (2 miles)
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 (2 miles)
Dublin Zoo (2 miles)
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!
Sea Safari (2 miles)
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.
National Botanic Gardens (2 miles)
National Botanic Gardens
A delightful and peaceful experience with plenty of opportunity for easy education including interpretive art gallery and audio tours.
Experience Gaelic Games (2 miles)
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!
Drimnagh Castle (3 miles)
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.
Rathfarnham Castle and Toy Collection (3 miles)
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.
The Phoenix Park (3 miles)
The Phoenix Park
Explore the medieval tower, watch craft demonstrations and multi media arts exhibits. Also offers free Sunday morning workshops for children.
Spin Roller Skating (3 miles)
Spin Roller Skating
Classic family friendly roller skating rink with background music, full rentals and lessons also available.
The Chocolate Warehouse (3 miles)
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.
Pearse Museum and St Endas Park (3 miles)
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.
Kylemore Karting (4 miles)
Indoor Karting arena with three 360 mtr tracks with flyovers, underpasses, hills and banked corners. Strict minimun height requirement of 54 inches.
Airfield Farm (4 miles)
Newly reopened, demonstrating traditional farming and heritage across the working farm, gardens and historical experience in the Overend family home.
Giddy Studios (4 miles)
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!
Butlers Chocolate Experience (4 miles)
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!
Leisureplex Stillorgan (4 miles)
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 (4 miles)
Family fun centre with tenpin bowling lanes, multi level adventure play zone, plus high tech Quasar laser tag arena.
Leisureplex Blanchardstown (4 miles)
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 (4 miles)
Family fun centre with tenpin bowling lanes, multi level adventure play zone, plus high tech Quasar laser tag arena.
Quasar Stillorgan (4 miles)
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 Coolock (4 miles)
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!
Jump Zone Sandyford (5 miles)
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 (5 miles)
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!
Imaginosity (5 miles)
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 (5 miles)
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!
Fun Fitness (5 miles)
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.
Lambert Puppet Theatre (6 miles)
Lambert Puppet Theatre
Presents family performances most weekends of the year and also special sessions for schools and pre-school groups.
Tallaght Adventure World (6 miles)
Tallaght Adventure World
Multi level pirate themed main frame and toddler zone, with all the usual quality features, but piratey! Yar!
National Maritime Museum of Ireland (7 miles)
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.
Zipit Forest Adventures (7 miles)
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.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Dublin with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Leinster can enjoy the great day out as well.
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