There is so much you can explore in Dublin. A city whose cobbled streets are laced with history, fairytales and music. From Trinity College, to impressive museums and galleries. Most of them, are free to enter. You will certainly be spoiled for choice with indoor activities.

Are you ready to discover our best things to do in Dublin with your kids?


Great Activities in Dublin for Children

Family Friendly Places to Stay in Dublin

Child Friendly Restaurants & Cafes in Dublin


1. Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum

This dedicated children’s museum encourages learning through play. Therefore helping children up to 8 years old be their most creative and inquisitive selves!

The changing exhibitions cover science, maths, engineering, environmental awareness, arts and culture. In addition, the hands on workshops and activities are guaranteed to spark your child’s imagination. That is to say, it will keep them entertained for hours!

Booking in advance is recommended – click here or call 01 2176130.

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Opening Hours: Opening hours vary, check the website for more info.

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2. Aqua Zone at the National Aquatic Centre

This Water Park in the National Aquatic Centre, has some of the biggest and best water rides in Europe. In other words, it’s the perfect family day out. Older children can enjoy a wave pool, whilst the younger ones will love the pirate play area. In addition, the lazy river and bubble pool are perfect for a more relaxed experience. This would be a true favourite thing to do with your kids in Dublin for sure.

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Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm

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3. The Ark

A cultural centre built for children which offers live theatre, engaging exhibitions and creative activities. Certainly, a great way to introduce children to Art, and encourage their love of dance, music, painting and performing. The current programme of events include a Lego Animation Workshop, Young Inventors Camp and Early Years Visual Art. That is to say, the Ark is one of the best things to do in Dublin with your kids.

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4. The Chocolate Warehouse

Opened in 2001 by Natasha Caffrey, whose grandfather Thomas Caffrey was the founder of Caffreys Confectionery in the 1930’s. Natasha’s aim was to give children in Ireland special memories, through this journey learning all about chocolate.

In others words, a fantastic option for a rainy day. You can discover how chocolate is made and the influence of Ireland’s chocolate production. Watch live demonstrations, and of course taste test and decorate your own chocolate.

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Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.00pm

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5. National Museum of Ireland

Finally, this museum is spread over four sites (three in Dublin and one in County Mayo). Covering natural history, archaeology, arts and history. Our favourite for kids is the Natural History centre, also known as ‘The Dead Zoo’ which showcases 10,000 specimens.

Group tours, workshops and lectures run regularly. It will certainly give you a unique insight into some amazing creatures. For instance, feel the weight of an elephant tooth or handle a lion skull. Discover how dinosaurs took to the skies. Moreover, sketch a picture of the giant stuffed giraffe Spotticus, who has his own twitter account! (@SpotticusNH)

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Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm. Sunday & Monday 1pm- 5pm

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Source: National Museum of Ireland

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