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Rainy Day Activities for Kids in Dublin

Are you looking for activities for a rainy day in Dublin? Need some ideas for things to do to keep the kids occupied when it’s wet outside? Then we have lots of suggestions here to make your job a little easier!

Indoor Play 

Pirates Village

Pirates VillageFor some swashbuckling adventure, Pirates Village is an adventure play-zone with pirate themed, custom-made inflatable activities for toddlers up to ten year olds, located at both Liffey Valley Shopping Centre and in Swords. Children can play on the Ship-Wrecked Galleon, Mermaid Slide, Pirates’ Assault Course, Palm Island, massive 9 meter drop slide and toddler areas, and there are lots of more activities too.

jumpzonetrampolinesJump Zone

Jump Zone is Ireland’s first indoor trampoline park, located in Stillorgan and newly opening in Santry, Dublin. It’s the first of its kind sports and entertainment facility, offering a number of trampoline activities including open jumping, Trampoline Dodgeball,  and trampoline Aerobics on its wall to wall trampolines.

Imaginosity

Imaginosity KidsImaginosity is Ireland’s first interactive museum for children under ten. Get creative in the art studio and the kid’s stage, join in the building fun in the construction company or climb the Imaginosity climber. There is always a full programme of events and activities. Booking is advisable.

Other Ideas :

  • Leisureplex have 4 venues in Dublin, Coolock, Stillorgan, Blanchardstown and Tallaght. Each offers Bowling, Quasar, Pool/Snooker and play areas. Leisureplex Coolock also has an indoor Ice Skating Rink. They cater for parties, groups and events and have prices to suit all budgets.
  • Pottery Painting at Giddy Studios in Dundrum town centre. Buy a piece of pottery and let the children paint it or add their handprints in the spacious, comfortable art studio. Drinks and snacks also available.

Check out more Play Centres listings.

Catch a Movie!

CinemaWho doesn’t love popcorn and a good movie?

Many Dublin Cinemas have kids’ discounted movie screenings, where adults attend free and with special kids combo deals on popcorn on snacks.

See what’s on at some of the following North Dublin Cinemas: Odeon Blanchardstown & Coolock, Movies @ Swords, Cineworld Parnell St, IMC Santry, Savoy Cinema O’Connell St & Screen Cinema D’olier St. & South Dublin cinemas: IMC Tallaght, Vue Liffey Valley, Ormande Stillorgan, IMAC Dun Laoghaire or Movies @ Dundrum.

Related : Make Your Own Home Cinema

Go Swimming!

A great family day out is guaranteed in AquaZone at the National Aquatic Centre, one of the most technically innovative water parks in Europe. Facilities include: The Masterblaster, Dark Hole, Green Giant, Flow Rider, Wave Pool, Lazy River, and the Pirate Ship.

Visit Hamleys at Dundrum

Visit Hamley’s famous toy shop, amazing toys and displays over three floors! There is also a small play area for younger children in store. Dundrum regularly hosts family friendly events and activities. Have a bite to eat in one of the many family friendly restaurants. Visit the Build-A-Bear store and design your very own teddy. Would recommend the cookies, chocolate, coffee’s and babycino’s in Butlers Cafe! Great baby changing and feeding facilities on every floor.

Visit a Gallery or Museum

National Musuem of IrelandEntry to the National Museum of Ireland is free and there are ongoing family events and workshops to enjoy. In Dublin we are lucky to have 3 museums on our doorstep -theNational Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Natural History, & Archaelogy.

Visit the National Art Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2, who hold weekly family events. Family packs and kids art worksheets available from the information desk. See the collection of Irish and European Art. Admission is Free!

Visit The Shackleton Endurance Exhibition to learn about the most extraordinary maritime rescue in history. The story of the Endurance Expedition is told through Frank Hurley’s photographs, unique video footage, a life size replica of the rescue boat the James Caird and much more. The exhibition runs in Dún Laoghaire Ferry Terminal Building, behind the DART until September 2014.

theark160logoThe Ark, based on Eustace Street in Temple Bar, is a unique cultural centre where children aged 2 – 12 and their families can go to explore and enjoy theatre, music, dance, literature, film art and more. Expect a different experience every visit! The Ark’s  programme is always a big hit with families looking for creative and fun activities – so check out what’s on for your visit.

Kilmainham Gaol – Visit Ireland’s largest unoccupied gaol. Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were detained here. Such names as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, leaders of the 1916 Rising and DeValera are associated with the Gaol. Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. The tour of the prison includes an audio-visual show.

Visit the Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin 1, as they have a great Kid’s club with Art and Sketching Workshops or have a browse around the many exhibitions and collections. Best of all admission is free!

The National Wax Museum Plus is an exciting interactive visitor attraction located in the heart of Dublin’s city centre Temple Bar district and just off Dame Street. Take a journey through Irish cultural heritage and enjoy the exceptional life like wax work characters.

Get Reading!

Visit your local library.  The majority of the libraries in Dublin have a junior library.  Great for a rainy afternoon – go and read with the children or take part in many of the free events and activities that take place.  Check out library opening times before you make plans.

Or take the kids to your local bookstore and treat them to a new book. Spend time browsing for that special book – many of the city’s bookstores have children’s areas and some do storytime at the weekends.

Get Outside

Sometimes, you have just got to get out and get wet!

Put on the raingear and wellies and go for a walk in the rain.  Most kids love splashing in puddles, and sometimes it’s a great way to release pent-up energy from being cooped up inside.Here’s our Top 10 Things to do Outside in Rain for some ideas!

Warm up afterwards with a hot bath/shower, dry clothes and hot chocolate. Then, why not pull out a board-game or snuggle up on the couch with a movie – a perfect end to a wet day!

Related 50 Fun Rainy Day Activities for Kids & What to Do on a Rainy Day & Activities for a Rainy Day

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched mykidstime.ie in 2007.