Free Things To Do in Kildare with Kids

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, the things that are completely free of charge. Here’s our suggestions for the best things to do for free in Kildare with kids:

Take a Walk

Donadea Forest Park is a lovely mixed woodland with lake and historical features including the remains of a castle and walled garden.

Small cafe open all year. Picnic benches. Events run throughout the year include Heritage Week Bird Watching. Santa’s Kingdom is well worth a visit, in this magical setting and is facilitated by the tea-rooms

NB €4 exact change required for car park.

The CurraghThis extensive tract of grassland is perfect for walks, cycling, and kite flying.Watch the horses training on the Curragh racecourse, or check out some of the historical sites such as Donnelly’s Hollow.Best to wear wellies or old shoes as sheep roam freely and lots of droppings!

Related: Great Family Walks in Kildare

On Your Bike

Take out your bicycles and get active. Follow an established cycle trail or find an off-road route.

We like to bring our bikes to Monread Park in Naas as there’s a playground there as well or see Castletown parklands below.  You can find other “off road” places to go on the Coillte Outdoors Website

Make The Most of Libraries

Make sure to check out your local library and find out what classes and events that they run throughout the year.  Your local library branch is a wonderful, free, resource for families.

All libraries host very popular, annual summer reading programmes while many of the branches run or host parent and toddler groups, storytelling sessions, arts and crafts classes, book clubs, games and activities sessions, exhibitions and so on.

Not to mention the fact that there is free computer access and the option to borrow books and DVDs!  For a change of scenery, why not visit a different library to your local branch?

Related: Libraries in Kildare

Visit a Playground in Kildare

There are some great playgrounds throughout Kildare.  Why not print the list and aim to visit them all over time? It’s an activity that is both free and good fun!

Make sure to bring some snacks and drinks or a picnic lunch.

Our current favourite is Kilcullen Playground which has all the usual equipment, with the addition of a zip-line, and a sand and water play-area.

Related: Playgrounds in Kildare

History & Heritage

Castletown House in Celbridge, open from Apr to Oct, is Ireland’s largest Palladian house and has 120 acres of surrounding Parkland, ideal for walks.

There are guided tours of the house with workshops on Sundays for children and summer music recitals on Sunday afternoons, and free childen’s tours throughout school holidays.

The first Wednesday of every month a number of Heritage Ireland Sites have FREE admission, why not take advantage and visit

National Heritage Week runs from Aug 18 – 26th and always have lots of free family events taking place throughout the county.

Related: OPW Free Days

Keep an eye on our Events page for updated information on regular free events taking place in Kildare.

Do you have a favourite spot to take the kids in Kildare that is free?  Share it in the comments below

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Jennifer, our Editor, has 1 son and admits to munching a Cadbury’s Turkish Delight now and again.