The Family Friendly Guide to Dublin,
4th October 2019
There is a lot to love about Dublin…the culture, the cuisine, the nightlife. Not so lovely? The struggle to find a babysitter! Luckily, Ireland’s capital city has plenty to do for the little ones, all of it enjoyable for Mammy and Daddy as well. Read on for our guide to family-friendly Dublin!
For Kids With a Creative Spark
The Ark is the place to be for mini-drama kings and queens. This self-described ‘cultural centre for children’ offers everything from kid-sized theatre performances to workshops and visiting exhibitions. It’s Temple Bar location makes it easy to get to no matter where you live.
For Little Ones Who Like to Get Dirty
Dundrum’s Airfield Estate is a 38-acre working farm a ten-minute stroll from the hustle and bustle of Dundrum Town Centre. Kids can get hands-on with a number of daily farm activities, included in your ticket price, such as egg collection, calf-feeding and donkey grooming! When the day’s work is done, enjoy snack time at the delicious on-site Overends Kitchen, where the fruits of your labor are turned into tasty treats.
For Those With Plenty of Energy
The newly opened Explorium is ideal for rainy days rainy days when the park is a no-go. ‘A truly unique, world-class experience where science and sport fuse’, the Explorium is part-playground, part-museum, all-around fun. Crawl through over 100 meters of indoor caves, scale an indoor urban jungle and see a lightning display close-up. When the day is done, simply hop on a LUAS out of Sandyford and get back for nap time!
For the Bookworms
Take some time to play tourist and make a visit to Dublinia, just across the road from Christchurch Cathedral. The museum is an interactive experience of all things Viking and Medieval Dublin, with lots of hands-on learning for little ones. Kids can sneak a peek inside a Viking house, learn to play medieval games and dress up in Viking garb. All that Dublinia has to offer is indoors, making it the perfect go-to for rainy days.
For the Nights You Can't Find a Childminder
Mammy and Daddy need a change of scenery, too. But on the nights when you can’t seem to book a babysitter, Dublin has a wide selection of restaurants that cater for the whole family. When you’re craving a cocktail, take the kids to Market Bar on Fade Street, where the small plates menu is the perfect portion for little ones and there is lots of space for the pram. Neon on Camden Street is elevated take-away cuisine with a great atmosphere, plus DIY 99s, a favoured treat for young and old.
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