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Family Friendly Dublin- what to do as a family in Dublin

Family Friendly Days Out in Dublin
We review the top places to bring your family to in Dublin for an epic day out!

From massive parks, to historical tours, to doll palaces, beautiful gardens and Vikings there's something in Ireland's capital city to entertain your family. 
 
Here's our family favourite visits in Dublin!
 
Phoenix Park
Officially the largest enclosed park in a European capital city, the Phoenix Park is awesome in every sense. Home to the President of Ireland, Dublin Zoo, the Victorian People's Flower Gardens, Ashtown Demense and the cutest Victorian Tea Kiosk where you can dine inside out out (perfect to park the bikes or bring the dog). You can rent bikes from Phoenix Park Bike Hire from just €5 per hour who also offer tandems and tag on chariots trailors for the little folk! Explore the park on bike or on foot and disover that 30%of the park is trees and find the gorgeous wildlife including the herds of wild deer.
 
Dublin Zoo
Located in the Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo has undergone a super revamp. Close to one million peopel visit it each year, so it's got the people's vote! It is one of the world's oldest zoos spanning over 28 hectares of the park. It houses roughly 400 animals. Dublin Zoo is much more than a fun-filled, stimulating day out for all the family... it’s a place to learn about wild animals, especially those which are endangered. The Zoo is a registered charity – your visit will help maintain Dublin Zoo to a high standard, improve the Zoo and contribute to conservation programmes.  
For more information visit www.dublinzoo.ie.
 
Viking Splash
If you see people cheering at you, wearing Viking helmets from inside a rather unusal large vehicle (that is in fact, an amphibious vehicle)- you've found the Viking Splash tour. Departure is from Stephen's Green (at the top of Grafton Street). This cool tour brings you on an 85 minute tour of Dublin an is entirely fun-filled and engaging. The tour guides are hilarious and it's a very unique opportunity to see Dublin by land and by water.

Dublinia
Dublinia offers three historical exhibitions in one bringing the ancient history of Dublin to real life. You get to interact with the exhibition and engage, learn and share. The exhibitions include the Viking Dublin Exhibition where you can learn what it's like to be on a Viking warship, learn about weaponry and skills, wear their clothes, become a slave and walk down the streets of Viking Dublin. The Medieval Dublin Exhibition allows you to see Dublin from the age of Strongbow (late 12th century) to the Reformation. You learn about warfare, crime and punishment, death and disease and even medieval dentistry. The other three exhibitions are the History Hunters Exhibitions, where you learn about archaeology and unlock the stories of the past, St Michael's Tower, a 17th century viewing tower with an amazing view of the city and of course Christchurch Cathedral, where you will learn about 1,000 years of worship in Ireland.
 
The ARK Cultural Centre for Children
The Ark center in the middle of Dublin's Temple Bar district and will introduce your kids to the joy, wonder and creativity of the arts.Children aged two to twelve explore everything from theater, music and literature to painting, film, dance and more. There are always great events, shows, classes and workshops going on here throughout the entire year. It's easy to get to them by public transport and there are many family-friendly restaurants and cafes close by.
 
Imaginosity
Imaginosity is a child-centered creative, educational and interactive space for kids under nine and their families. Spread over two and half floors the exhibits are educational and fun, designed to inspire life-long learning through play. Through education and shared experiences, the museum aims to strengthen family bonds, enhance the developmental potential of children and help build a healthy community. This is the place that children can explore their imaginations and be whatever or whoever they want to be. It is a place where parents can engage with their children in a meaningful way; enabling and supporting them to learn through play and to be creative, investigative people who have an important place in the world. They even run daily workshops that are free with admission.
 
Tara's Palace
Yes Dublin has a real life palace known as Tara's Palace and probably one of the world's most magnificent doll's palaces. Inspired by Sir Neville Wilkinson's celebrated Titania's Palace of 1907 the doll's house has 22 rooms which were built over two decades. The Palace encapsulates the grandeur of three great 18th century Irish mansions – Castletown House, Leinster House and Carton House. The palace is the center piece of a collection of historical dolls houses including the earliest surviving house in Ireland and the UK, the Portabello, from circa 1700. This place is any little girl's or boys heaven. 
 
Airfield
Airfield is Dublin’s only working urban farm. It is situated on a 35-acre estate. The farm features season appropriate programs that respond to the natural rhythms of the seasons, with celebrations taking place during harvest, spring and summer. They also have a range of regular farm-related activities such as “Meet the animals” and the young farmers group. The farm continues to be focused on live-stock and functions as a fully working farm raising calves and lambs as the main production animals.
The site is also home to the most beautiful and well maintained gardens. We visited there last year and did a review of it all on it's own. Fab!
 
Buter's Chocolate Experience
This is the ultimate chocolate discovery tour! Based in the home of Butlers Chocolates,  if there are any chocolate lovers in your family a visit is a must visit!  You ger to wander through the Chocolate Museum and then enjoy a bird’s eye view of the factory as the accompanying guide explains everything you see on the factory floor with plenty of chocolate tastings along the way! Yum! You evenn ger to try your own hand at decorating a chocolate novelty to bring home as a treasured souvenir. These guys are just 10 minutes from the city centre, with ample parking, an onsite café and picnic area.
 
Lambert Puppet Theatre
The Lambert Puppet Theatre was established in 1972 and has been a constant in the lives of Dublin kids ever since. Eugene Lambert and his wife Mai had ten children. To supplement his income he performed "Punch and Judy" shows and 40 years on, he is the owner of Ireland's only purpose built puppet theater. His shows have gone on tour in the US, Australia and Canada so take the opportunity to see one in Dublin.
For more information on the show visit www.lambertpuppettheatre.ie.

The Doll Store
This is known by Dubliners as "The Dolls Hospital." This is where our kids bring in their teddies when they incur an injury, big or small. Kids love to visit and to have their their dollies or furry friend's cured. It's Dubllin's own Doc Mc Stuffin! They also stock designer dolls, dolls houses, teddy bears and a large collection of miniatures.
For more information visit www.dollstore.ie
 
Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium
For a family night out at try Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium. It's a super night's entertainment at the dogs! Whether it be a rainy night in Winter or a fine Summers evening there is plenty on offer to keep the whole family engaged. Races go off every 15 minutes, meaning there’s always enough going on to maintain everyone’s excitement. There's lots of food options too so no one goes hungry!