As parents we know how expensive it can be to entertain the kids, so we thought we would put together a list of things to do for free with the children, yes, that are completely free of charge. You know, when you are looking for kids things to do, things to do when bored, the things to do for free! Here’s a list of our favourite free things to do with children in Dublin
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
The Phoenix Park Visitor Centre hosts an exciting, free exhibition on the history and wildlife of the park. Bright and lively with free art materials for the kids.
Every Sunday morning, free Childrens workshops on nature, art and history take place from 10.30am – 12.30pm. These workshops are suitable for ages 5+.
On Saturdays free tickets are issued to visit Aras an Uachtarain, home of the President. Regular free events, exhibtions and walks are held throughout the year. Directly beside the Visitor Centre is an excellent playground and the restored Ashtown Castle, well worth a visit.
The Chester Beatty Library
View one of the world’s largest private collections of manuscripts and books dating from 2700 BC to present day, at the Chester Beatty Library.
On the first Saturday and Sunday of every month from 1pm to 4pm, there are Family Activity Packs exploring the Arts of the Book and Sacred Traditions galleries.
Each pack contains hands-on activities for children aged 5 to 11, including activity sheets, puzzles, crosswords and a colouring book and are completely free. The library also holds other regular free family friendly tours and events.
Pets at Corkagh Park
The free pet farm at Corkagh Park in Clondalkin is well worth a visit.
Home to a range of farm animals, birds and beds, younger children will love seeing the animals up close.
Located near the visitor centre and rose garden, The Pet Farm is open daily from 11.00 – 12.45 and from 14.00 to 16.00
The National Museum of Archaeology
The National Museum of Archaeology is home to the largest Irish collections of heritage, natural history and culture in the world.
Admission is free and the Museum holds weekly family friendly tours and regular kids workshops and events.
The Museum opening hours are:
- Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm
- Sunday 2pm – 5pm
In Dublin we are spoiled with the number of walks available to us:
- cultural walks around Georgian Dublin and Trinity College
- historical walks taking in the sites of the 1916 Easter Rising (you can still see and feel the bullet marks on the walls of the GPO)
- a stroll along Dun Laoghaire Pier to watch the boats
- a hike in the Dublin Mountains
- get closer to nature with some of our favourite Nature Walks.
Recommended Reading: 10 Great Family Walks in Dublin
There are some great playgrounds throughout Dublin. Why not print the list and aim to visit them all over time, free and fun!
The National Gallery of Ireland
Housing an extensive collection of Irish and International art, the National Gallery is dedicated to family friendly education and fun. Admission to the Gallery is free.
Art worksheets, colouring pages and childrens audio guides are available from the Information Desk.
The Gallery holds weekly free kids workshops on Sundays and regular family guided tours.
Visit your local library. Children can join from as young as 2 and borrow books, cds and dvds from the junior library. All Dublin Libraries run regular free events and classes including art classes, parent and toddler groups, story time and junior book clubs. Check out your local library for more information.
Family Events in Dublin
Keep an eye on our events page (to bookmark press Ctrl + D) for updated information on regular free events taking place across Dublin. All the Dublin city and county councils, the arts council and many more public and private bodies hold regular free family friendly events such as festivals, carnivals, picnics, treasure hunts and seasonal things to do in Dublin.
Do you have a favourite spot to take the kids in Dublin that is free? Share it in the comments below