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 Zoo (< 1 mile)
Home to some 400 animals in safe environment where education and conservation combine for an exciting and unforgettable experience!
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 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.
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!
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.
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)
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!
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!
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.
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. For under 8s.
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!
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!
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.
National Aquatic Centre (7 miles)
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.
Wild Wicklow Tour (7 miles)
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.
Fort Lucan (8 miles)
Huge adventure playground with 40 ft towers and aerial runways plus water slides (no pool, just plunge slides!), pedal go karts, adventure mini golf and a play zone just for the under 5 crowd. Open Easter through Autumn.
Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre (8 miles)
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.
Artworks Cafe (8 miles)
Something for all ages ranging from hand and foot prints through all kinds of pottery painting plus lessons on the potters' wheel available!
National Transport Museum (8 miles)
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.
Malahide Castle and Gardens (8 miles)
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.
The Ski Club of Ireland (9 miles)
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.
Newbridge House and Farm (11 miles)
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.
Powerscourt Gardens (11 miles)
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.
National Sea Life Centre (12 miles)
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.
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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