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It’s not just the grown-ups who'll be entertained in lively Dublin – there’s plenty on offer for the kids too. Plus, with a whole host of imaginative and creative indoor spaces, it doesn’t matter what the Irish weather hurls at you, because there will always be something to do.

 

Creative play

 

Dublin helps to spark big imaginations in little people with creative play, performing arts, and hands-on learning. There are unique spaces dedicated to kids, including a children’s museum and a cultural centre, while many of the city’s general-interest museums also have interactive, child-friendly exhibits.

 

Imaginosity

 

What does your child want to be for the day? Construction worker, chef, or monster? Anything is possible at Imaginosity, Dublin’s children’s museum. They can engage in free play in different sections of the museum, or get involved with structured performances and puppet shows.

 

The Plaza, Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford. Tel: +353 1 217 6130

 

Imaginosity website

 

The Ark

 

Aimed at toddlers to pre-teens, The Ark is a unique cultural centre which promotes all kinds of art, from literature to drama. You can just go to watch a show, or get messy adding to themed art galleries. There are also music and performance workshops for families to participate in.

 

11a Eustace Street, Dublin 2. Tel: +353 1 670 7788

 

The Ark website

 

Indoor activity centres

 

If the kids have energy to expend, then one of the city’s indoor activity centres is ideal for letting them race around, jump, and play. From soft play areas for little ones, to indoor sports centres where the whole family can get involved, being active in Dublin is fun for everyone.
Jump Zone

 

This is one place where kids are actively encouraged to bounce of the walls. Jump Zone is a huge indoor trampoline centre, with spaces for general jumping, as well as smaller rooms for parties and bouncy games.

 

27 Airways Industrial Estate, Dublin 17. Tel: +353 1 862 3366

 

Jump Zone website

 

Animal fun

 

From pastoral farmlands to the jungles of Asia, there are all kinds of animal encounters to experience in Dublin. Working farms make for great days out with the kids, while the city’s zoo is one of the most popular attractions for visitors.

 

Dublin Zoo

 

One of the oldest and most respected zoos in the world, Dublin Zoo is home to hundreds of animals in diverse habitats. Journey through the African savanna, spotting lions, zebra, and giraffes, then swing into the rainforest to encounter gorillas and Sumatran tigers.

 

Phoenix Park, Dublin 8. Tel: +353 1 474 8900

 

Dublin Zoo website

 

Family dining

 

You don’t have to stick to burger joints to ensure a child-friendly meal in Dublin – the city has numerous family-friendly restaurants serving up a wide range of cuisine. There’s no place better to introduce the kids to the best of Irish cuisine, but there are plenty of international options too.

 

Gallagher’s Boxty House

 

You may think of the spud as being rather humble, but Boxty does glorious things with Ireland’s staple food. The Boxty potato pancakes are a must-try, covered with whatever sauce you like. The kids’ menu doesn’t patronize, but instead offers smaller versions of traditional crowd-pleasers like Irish stew and potato dumplings.

 

20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Tel: +353 1 677 2762

 

Gallagher’s Boxty House website

 

Luigi Malones

 

The original Luigi Malone was half-Italian and half-Irish, and the restaurant continues that transnational tradition, with a mix of local ingredients and Italian-inspired dishes. There’s a special kids' menu, and they’ll love the chance to create their own pizzas. Plus, earlybird deals are ideal for family meals.

 

5-6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2. Tel: +353 1 679 2723

 

Luigi Malones website