Are you looking for fun things to do in Dublin with kids?
The fair city of Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland.
Dublin is a super place to visit and with cheap flights available there from many parts of Europe these days is easily accessible for a long weekend city trip.
Obviously a trip to Dublin for the first time could not be done without considering visiting at least some of the well known iconic sights such as the Guinness storehouse, a whisky distillery or museum, Kilmainham Gaol and of course Temple bar and it’s back alleys and bars.
However, depending on the age of the kids, these locations are unlikely to inspire them! If you want to see the adult guide to Dublin, you can read my post ‘Visiting Dublin in 2 days’.
So you need to find a mix of activities to keep both adult and child happy.
We find when we are travelling with our daughter that she is much more likely to let us do our stuff without complaining if we make time for her to do stuff she wants as well.
What you do on your trip is obviously dependent on your budget, age of your kids and interest, but here below are some ideas which we hope will give you some inspiration.
The list consists of both indoor and outdoor activities in and around Dublin.
The best things to do in Dublin with kids
Here is the list of fun activities in Dublin.
Some of them may be season dependent so remember to check the website beforehand and plan your trip or book your tickets in time.
It is often financially advantageous to book online.
There are in fact so many things for kids to do in Dublin that we could have made this a monster post, but we hope this selection will make you have a great visit there so you can all have fun as a family!
Dublin Zoo is one of the top family attractions in Dublin, Ireland.
Open nearly the whole year round the Zoo is always a good day out for the kids. Dublin zoo is one of the world’s oldest zoos, dating back to 1831, and is located in Phoenix Park, Dublin.
Rainforest Adventure Golf
Located in Dundrum Town Centre this is the only themed indoor mini golf venue of its kind in Ireland.
Dublin's Children Museum Imaginosity
Only interactive museum in Dublin for kids under 9 years old. They believe in a "hands on, minds on" concept to help children learn while having fun.
The Ark, Dublin. Creative Arts Activities for Children
Located in the Temple Bar, the Ark is a dedicated cultural centre for children aimed at discovering art. Children can enjoy performances in their child-sized theatre, view exhibitions or participate in creative workshops. A good location to combine with a dark cold one and something to eat afterwards perhaps?
Looking for things to do in Dublin for tweens or teenagers? How about bowling or a game of pool? Leisureplex has several locations in and around Dublin - Stillorgan on the Old Dublin Road, in the Charlestown shopping centre, Blanchardstown, Tallaght and Coolock can provide you with a variety of family fun activities including a kids adventure land, arcade games, Quasar, bowling, snooker and pool - something for all the family.
Take a Boat Trip
Most kids love going on boats. How about a guided 45 minute covered boat trip along the Liffey giving you a relaxed time and an alternative way to see some of the sights in Dublin with your family.
This is always a good one for the kids (and the adults!) .The kids can create their own chocolate art by taking part in the workshops. It is a little drive away from Dublin city centre as it is located in Walkinstown but definitely worth the drive if you are looking for fun things to do in Ireland with the family.
A short distance from the city centre Surfdock has a watersports school – kayaking, surfing, paddleboarding – you name it. They also do summer camps. Check out their site for the options.
Kart City Raceway
Near the airport in Dublin you have Kartcity Raceway, where kids from 8 years and older can race on their outdoor track. My kids have always loved racing karts – always a good kids day out!
SEA LIFE Bray Aquariums & Attractions
The National SEA LIFE centre is actually in Co. Wicklow but you can get there in 30 minutes by train and you can get there also by bus. It is a relaxing and scenic ride from Dublin City Centre which the whole family will enjoy.
A museum from the outsidesomething else inside
A museum to experience mythical Ireland. Step in the Otherworld and learn Irish Folklore through storytelling. For kids from 7 years and up.
If you are searching for live events during the time you visit you can google searches such as ‘what’s on in Dublin this weekend for families’ or ‘things to do in Dublin today’. It will give you an idea of what events are on in the particular time frame you are visiting the city.