Things to Do with Preschoolers around Wicklow

Finding things to do with children before they start school can be difficult, or if you are new to an area. So we have put together some suggestions of things to do with Pre-Schoolers in Wicklow.

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Library Times for Preschoolers

  • ReadingThe county of Wicklow has 13 libraries in total.
  • Story time takes place in Arklow library each saturday @ 11am, while in Wicklow town and Blessington story time commences at  11.30am.
  • A summary of the librarys services for parents and children can be found here

Splashing About

Places with smaller pools suitable for toddlers that are open to the public:

  • baby swimCoral Leisure Centre Arklow (0402) 23328 has a separate learner pool
  • Coral Leisure Centre Wicklow Town (0404) 66831/2 offers a 9 meter learner pool
  • Shoreline Leisure Centre Bray (01) 2765660 has a family viewing gallery and learner pool
  • Shoreline Leisure Centre Greystones (01)2878180 offers family changing room and a toddler pool

Meeting Others

You will find Parent and Toddler mornings on all over the county:

  • ClassCuidiú run several groups around the county such as in Bray, Glenealy & Roundwood
  • A summary of all know groups in the county can be found here
  • Catch up with the Buala Bus as it travels across the county
  • Indoor fun can be had in one of the 3 playcentres: Zoom in Charlesland, Greystones, Junglemania in Kilcoole or Diamond Bowl and Kidzone in Wicklow town

Music and other fun Classes

  • Drop in classes, such as friday morning in the Greystones School of Music
  • DoMiSo offer the first visit FREE in their Delgany classes
  • Happy Days Horse and Pony Camp in Arklow organise lessons from age 3


There are lots of playgrounds around Wicklow, click on our link to see the list.


mum playing with childThere is plenty to do in the Garden of Ireland with toddlers, though many gardens will close November through to March.

Avondale Forest Park in Rathdrum has a number of tree trails and walks to suit everyone

Greenan Farm and Maze also in Rathdrum is a great way to spend the day

Powercourt Gardens and Waterfall are open year round. Fantastic playground and walks along with streams & breathtaking views.

See our article here on further walks for the family in Wicklow

Good beaches, including our blue flag beaches, bring their bucket to collect shells and things:

  • Brittas Bay North and South (blue flag)
  • Greystones (blue flag)
  • Bray/Newcastle, Kilcoole and further down the coast


We are lucky to have so many petting farms in Wicklow which the little ones especially love…

  • Glenroe Farm (Kilcoole) , Tick Tock Activity Farm (Arklow) to name a few.

Eating Out

For suggestions of where to go with toddlers, we have compiled a list :

fed up toddlerMermaid Theatre in Bray has a nice café with a small play area and toilets with baby
changing facilities in adjoining HSE offices
● Kilquade garden centre has a cafe which has nice indoor and outdoor
seating and playground.
● The Lounge at the Powercourt Arms country house hotel in Enniskerry offers kids
menus and great free parking.
● The Weir, Ashford House
● Druids Glen Resort, Newtownmountkennedy. Don’t forget to ask reception for
colouring books and pencils.
● Award winning food available in Bates Restaurant in Market Square, Rathdrum or for
family friendly pub grub with free cordials for the kids try Jacobs Well on the main

First Aid

Cuidiú in Greystones run first aid evenings for parents.

Making Gloop!

Mix cornflour and water and some food colouring (optional) until it forms a thick paste. It will run through your fingers when you try to lift it but if you pat it it is hard. Lots of fun for mums and kids. Very weird texture will make even big kids laugh. washes out of clothes easily and it doesn’t matter if it gets eaten cos it’s natural so even small toddlers or babies in their high-chair can join in the fun!

(this gloop tip comes from Sarah D, a parent user of the Mykidstime Website)

Check out our Things to Do Section for more fun ideas to entertain your preschooler.

If you have any other suggestions for fun Things to Do with Preschoolers in Wicklow, please share them in the comments box below.

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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 in 2007.