#11. Wax Museum Plus
Who wants to get a selfie with 1D? Head for National Wax Museum Plus which presents a snap shot of Irish cultural heritage but with a very modern twist. Reopening in Spring 2017 after refurbishment.
Visitors to the museum are taken on a journey through Irish history, Ireland’s only dedicated tribute to our top scientific inventors, a Green screen video room, a recording studio and all the exceptional life-like wax work characters you can expect at the national museum.
#12. Go Karting in Dublin
Kylemore Karting in Kylemore Dublin 10 and Kart City Raceway near Dublin Airport both offer go karting tracks for racing fun for teens and tweens.
A junior version of the Kylemore Championship Race is run Mon-Fri 11 am to 5 pm using both Cadet and regular karts and is subject to a minimum height requirement of 54 inches. While at Kart City, ages 8+ can use their Cadet karts.
#13. National Aquatic Centre
A whole host of exciting features ensures that there is lots of fun and thrills at the National Aquatic Centre, especially at Aquazone, the leisure water section. AquaZone Rides include:
- Master Blaster which blasts riders uphill on jetted water and gravity does the rest. With hair-raising drops and thrilling banked curves, Master Blaster uphill water coasters deliver a rollercoaster-style ride that is a proven hair raiser.
- Flumes including the Dark Hole Ride which is a dark flume ride (not for the faint hearted) and the Green Giant Ride.
- Wave Pool and Lazy River
- Flow Rider offering the fun and excitement of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding in one truly interactive ride.
If modern art is more up your teen’s street, then the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) is home to the National Collection of modern and contemporary art, with over 3,500 artworks by Irish and International artists.
Admission is free.
You might also enjoy catching some contemporary art at Hugh Lane Gallery.
#14. National Print Museum
The National Print Museum offers a range of guided tours, workshops and educational resources for young people. They have interactive guided tours for young people wishing to visit with their friends or with a youth group.
The Museum’s permanent exhibition is laid out in the same style as an old print shop with a Composing Area, Printing Area and Finishing Area and through this exhibition your tour guide will lead you through the different stages of printing, from the inventions of Johannes Gutenberg to the changes brought by early modern technology such as the PC’s and laptops we all use today.
The Museum also hosts a variety of exciting workshops throughout the year, such as Introduction to Letterpress, Calligraphy, Bookbinding, Printmaking – Etching, Japanese Woodblock Printmaking and many more.
#15. GPO Witness History
Dublin’s GPO is of course an iconic building associated with the 1916 Rising, and the events that led to the creation of an independent Ireland. It also houses a highly interactive and immersive exhibition that puts you right inside the GPO during Easter Week in 1916.
The exhibition allows visitors to experience the events of the 1916 rising from those who actively participated on both sides and gives bystanders and eye witness accounts.
Touch screens, real artefacts, videos, dress sets and memory walls help to enhance the experience and bring history to life.
You’ll be immersed in the action as you compose newspaper reports, examine the original copy of the Proclamation and send Morse code to declare the Irish Republic by radio.
#16. National Leprechaun Museum
The National Leprechaun Museum is the first ever attraction dedicated to Irish mythology, opening up a fun and magical world full of fascinating folklore, mythology and enchanting stories.
Explore the museum on a guided tour with a storyteller, who will bring you through the spaces and tell you more about Irish folklore and mythology. You’ll explore spaces that reflect these stories, or recreates experiences typically associated with leprechauns. The result is a series of captivating, interactive experiences – from the first ever sighting back in the eighth century, through to modern day representations of the leprechaun in film and popular culture – and plenty of adventures in between.
Feel what it’s like to journey deep beneath the rocks of the Giant’s Causeway, open up your minds to the sights and stories of Ireland’s mythical otherworld on a trip to a fairy hill. Find yourself in a leprechaun-sized world and take a journey to the end of the rainbow to see if the elusive crock of gold really exists.
#17. Epic Ireland
Epic Ireland opened in 2016 and is an interactive visitor experience celebrating the global journeys and influence of the Irish disapora. Over the centuries, some 10 million people have left the island of Ireland and EPIC Ireland tells the dramatic story of how these people have spread around the globe, and how they changed the world.
Through 20 state-of-the-art galleries, visitors immerse themselves in the stories of some of the most remarkable tales of sacrifice, endurance, adventure, and discovery the world has ever known.
Located in The chq Building in the heart of Dublin‘s docklands, EPIC Ireland brings these amazing stories to life in a unique and spectacular way, never experienced before.
#18. The Science Gallery
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2 is a world first. A new type of venue where today’s white-hot scientific issues are thrashed out and you can have your say. Events and exhibitions change regularly with many suitable for future scientists!
Makeshop at The Science Gallery is a collaborative workshop space where you can learn everything from cross stitching to diy robotics to origami to 3D printing.
Admission is free.
#19. Butlers Chocolate Experience
Most teens I know are a bit mad for the old chocolate. If they have ever wondered what really goes on behind the doors of a chocolate factory or had a hankering to be a bit Willy Wonka-ish why not send them off for a visit to Butlers Chocolate Experience to find out.
(NB Book your visit online and save 10%.)
Leisureplex have 4 venues in Dublin: Coolock, Stillorgan, Blanchardstown and Tallaght. Each entertainment centre offers Bowling, Quasar, & Pool/Snooker.
Leisureplex Coolock also has an indoor Ice Skating Rink.
Leisureplex is the perfect hangout spot for teens, with loads to do, including their awesome Mix-It Combo Deal, which includes both a game of Bowling and a game of Quasar!
Does your teen fancy themselves as a bit of a pro at Call of Duty or Fortnite? Well prove it to their mates by taking the Top Gun crown in Quasar!
Perfect for teens looking for something a bit more active. Take your mates down in an epic battle, with cool battlepacks and laser blasters in the fully-UV battle arenas at a Leisureplex near you.
Or how about a game of bowling? Bowling is great for chilling with your mates, having the chats while having a bit of fun as well.