If you’re looking for things to do in Dublin with kids, the guide below will hopefully give you a heap of ideas to dip into.
If you’ve little ones legging it around the house and you’re trying to find worthwhile things to do in Dublin to keep them occupied, keep on readin’.
Below, you’ll find everything from tree climbing and chocolate making to the zoo, ziplines and plenty more. G’wan – dive on in!
The best things to do in Dublin with kids
Right, I’m going to chop this guide up into a few different sections to make it a little bit handier for you to have an aul flick through.
The first section tackles fun things to do in Dublin for kids (and adults!) and the second is packed with things for kids to do in Dublin when it’s raining away.
FUN things to do with kids in Dublin
First up are a handful of the fund kids activities Dublin has to offer. Below, you’ll find everything from zip lining to an animal farm in North Dublin.
There’s also Fort Lucan (that should stir up some 90s nostalgia for some of you!) along with a well-trodden family favourite that never fails to impress.
1. Fly between the trees at Zipit Forest Adventures
I fancy giving this a crack myself if I’m honest. You’ll find Zipit nestled on a sloping site in the Dublin Mountains, a handy 15-minute drive from Dundrum Town Centre.
Zipit is a forest adventure park where children and adults can climb high into the treetops, swing into cargo nets, and even ride a BMX across a bridge, before zipping down one of the many ziplines.
Now, if you’re looking for things to do in Dublin with kids, keep in mind that this is likely to only suit those that are a little bit older!
2. Bring them to see the deer at the Phoenix Park
Dublin’s Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe. Now that’s pretty damn impressive.
It was originally formed as a royal hunting Park way back in the 1660s but opened to the public in 1747.
A large herd of fallow deer still remain in the park to this day. Visit for a wander and spend some time searching for the deer.
3. Brave the massive slide at Fort Lucan Adventureland
Now, if you’re looking for things to do in Dublin with kids that are very young, this next place may not suit.
We used to visit Fort Lucan when I was a kid. To this day the thought of sitting at the top of the slide in the picture above scares the LIFE out of me.
Anyway… Fort Lucan is Dublin’s biggest adventure playground, boasting:
- 3 huge waterslides
- Crazy Golf
- High Tower Walks and much more
4. Check out the animals at Newbridge House and Farm
Newbridge House and Farm can be found on the road into Donabate (just off the M1 Motorway).
There are extensive grounds here that you can ramble around, part of which contains a section with deer (they’re behind a fence) and another with goats, sheep, cows, and other farmyard animals (these guys are also behind a fence).
There’s also a big playground with a little coffee cart next to it. Inside Newbridge House itself, kids can join Kevin the Kid and his farmyard friends on a brand new interactive adventure.
You’ll get up close with Shetland and Connemara ponies, pigs, goats, baby chicks, bunnies, birds and much more.
Things to do in Dublin with kids when it’s raining
Keeping kids occupied is a difficult enough task when the sun’s splitting the stones. When it starts raining, it becomes all the more painful.
However, there are plenty of activities for kids in Dublin that take place indoors. Below, you’ll find everything from water parks to chocolate making.
1. Get messy at the Chocolate Warehouse
The Chocolate Warehouse is a dream come true for anyone with a sweet tooth. Based in Walkinstown, this place was created to give kids the opportunity to learn about the history of chocolate and where it comes from.
A 2-hour workshop involves a 25-minute film (I hope this is before the chocolate because the best of luck getting them to sit still after!) that explores the origins of cocoa beans and is followed by a chocolate-making demonstration.
There’s also a practical session of coating and decorating freshly made chocolates.
2. Hit a hole in one at Rainforest Adventure Golf
If you’re looking for things to do in Dublin with kids when it’s raining, this next place should come in handy.
When it lashes rain, as it often does in Dublin, finding something to keep kids occupied gets that little bit trickier.
Thankfully, there are places like Rainforest Adventure Golf in Dundrum to nip into for an hour or so.
There are two 18 hole courses here – an Aztec themed course and a Mayan themed course. Each course takes around 45 mins to play.
3. Make a big aul splash at AquaZone
AquaZone, Ireland’s leading waterpark, is based in the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown.
Another solid option for a rainy day activity, visitors to AcquaZone can hop onto:
- 8 rides, slides and experiences
- The ‘FlowRider’
- The gravity-defying ‘Master Blaster’
- the ‘Green Giant’
Now, if you’re looking at the above and thinking ‘God, that all sounds a bit mental!’ then worry not, there’s something for all ages to enjoy.
4. Go hopping about the place at Jump Zone
I’m 31 years of age and I can safely say that I’m 100% having my 32nd birthday here.
Jump Zone has locations in Santry, Sandyford and Liffey Valley and is the first of its kind indoor trampoline park not only in Ireland but in the whole of Europe.
It’s suitable for children over 5 years and 1 meter in height to adults of 55+ years.
- Free jump
- Take part in aerobics
- Hop into the foam pit
- Take part in a bit of Dodgeball
5. Enrol them in the kids club at Awesome Walls
This is another handy one if you’re wondering what to do in Dublin when it’s raining.
If you fancy doing something indoors that’ll give you a solid workout, take a spin out to Awesome Walls Dublin – one of the largest indoor climbing centers in Europe.
Home to over 2,000 square meters of dedicated climbing surface, Awesome Walls has over 250 climbing routes that you can attempt.
Just don’t look down…
Family things to do in Dublin
If you’re in search of family activities in Dublin, hopefully the section below will give you a few ideas to work your way through.
You’ll discover everything from fairy trails and forest walks to free attractions and more in the final section of our guide.
1. Head off in search of fairies on the Fairy Trail at Malahide Castle
I’ve been visiting Malahide Castle for as long as I can remember. As a kid, we used to be brought to the playground in the castle grounds (it’s still there), and as I got older I’d visit with friends for walks and, most recently, concerts.
In 2018, a Fairy Trail was created across the castle grounds, with sculptures, fairy houses and many other hidden gems to find.
Those that walk the trail will be given an interactive booklet to solve clues and answer questions on their way around the trail.
2. Dublin Zoo (one of the best things to do in Dublin with kids)
Dublin Zoo is Ireland’s most popular family attraction and, interestingly enough, is the 4th oldest zoo in the world.
As you make your way around the 70-acre park, you’ll stumble upon over 600 animals, with everything from Asian lion cubs to hippos living inside.
Roam the African Savanna and catch a glimpse of giraffes, rhinos and zebras, or spend some time with the gorillas at the new Gorilla Rainforest.
You can’t bate an afternoon spent wandering around Dublin Zoo.
3. Explore Dublin from the comfort of a World War II amphibious vehicle on the Viking Splash Tour
I’ve done this three times now… The Viking Splash Tour provides a nice quirky way to explore Dublin City from the comfort of a World War II amphibious vehicle.
These vehicles can travel on land and water, which means you’ll be spending the first half of the tour driving around the city and the second, yep you guessed it, on the water.
4. Try cable wakeboarding at Wakedock
Thrillseekers touring Dublin won’t want to miss Wakedock, the first adventure company of its kind in Ireland.
Strap your feet into the wakeboard and let the fun begin!
Tear across the Grand Canal and tackle the obstacles if you’re experienced and feeling up to the challenge. Beginners and kids are welcome, making this the prime spot for a family-friendly outing in Dublin.
5. Try your hand at pinball and take a trip back to the ‘80s at Token
This restaurant/pub/arcade offers a high-end fast food menu chock full of unique dishes and vegan options.
You can spend a drink-free evening working your way through 30 retro arcade machines.
This local favourite is even kid-friendly before 4 PM. After that time, though, this spot is for adults only!
6. Give your brain a workout at the National Science Gallery
You’ll find the Science Gallery in a corner of Trinity College.
According to their website, since its opening in 2008, more than 3 million visitors have experienced 43 exhibitions, ranging from design and violence to light and love, and from contagion and biomimicry to the futures of the human species and play.
The Science Gallery develops an ever-changing program of exhibitions and events.
The last time that I visited, the ‘SOUND CHECK‘ exhibition was taking place (pictured above).
Can you recommend any other things to do in Dublin with family?
I’ve no doubt that there’s heaps of other great things to do in Dublin with kids that we’ve missed in the guide above.
If you have somewhere that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments section below and I’ll check it out!