Visit one of the many great Libraries in Dublin. The majority of libraries host a weekly story time and/or a parent and toddler group. The junior section of the Library is a great way to spend an hour or two reading and choosing books, also your pre-schooler can join the library and choose their own books to borrow. Check out your local library to see upcoming events and news.
Go swimming! There are so many swimming pools across Dublin many of which have dedicated times for Parent and Toddler swims and/or specific swimming areas for smaller children.
Water Babies is a multi-award programme teaches babies of all abilities from birth to four years on a progressive, structured 40-week course which is designed to make the most of a baby’s natural affinity with water, whilst teaching confidence and safety techniques. Water Babies teach in 13 swimming pools across Dublin.
Aquababies aim to teach parents/carers the correct method to teach their child to swim. They teach basic water safety and confidence techniques and use nursery songs in the toddler classes to engage the children and provide positive associations with swimming.
Music and other fun classes
Sign up for a class. Music, movement, dance, drama, play labs, swimming or football! Check out our preschool classes, it’s never too early to pick up a hobby!
Claphandies have PlayFit multisport fun and active class (3 to 5 yrs), and Toddler PlayLabs – fun, creative and social classes for wobblers and toddlers.
Little Gymstars hold gymnastics classes for 3+ age group. Their Little Stars classes are for 3 & 4 year olds. This is a great opportunity for your ‘Little Star’ to start learning gymnastics, play exciting games and gain independence. There is lots of fun doing forward and backwards rolls, monkey jumps, handstands and lots more!
Children are introduced at this age to gymnastics apparatus – uneven bars, rings, balance beam and the ever popular bouncy Airtrack! All designed to help children realise their potential, while having a blast!
Visit one of the play centres in Dublin, with dedicated soft play areas for pre schoolers, this is a great way to spend a couple of hours and burn off some energy! Several play centres have off peak rates in the morning time. Check out our Play Centres listings.
Visit the playground! Here are playgrounds in South Dublin and playgrounds in North Dublin and in playgrounds in North County Dublin. Several of the playgrounds in Dublin have been revamped in recent years and the majority of them now have dedicated sections for smaller children.
Join a local Parent and Toddler Group. There are many local groups throughout Dublin that meet weekly. Parent and Toddler groups are a great way of young children to mix with children their own age and for parents to meet other local parents! Weekend groups are also becoming more popular for parents who work full time.
If you have a free day mid week a big advantage with getting out and about with preschoolers is that you can visit places at “off peak” times when older children are at school and popular places aren’t as busy!
Some of the places my own preschoolers love to visit are:
- Imaginosity – Dublin Children’s Museum is a child-centred creative, educational & interactive space suitable for children up to the age of 9 years & their families. Imaginosity is a space for adults & children to engage in creative play, emphasizing learning through hands-on experience and engagement.
- Dublin Zoo – The City Farm and the African Plains are a big favourite!
- National Aquatic Centre– A whole host of exciting features ensures that there is lots of family fun, thrills – and something for everyone, especially at Aquazone, under 4s go free and they will love the pirate ship, they must be accompanied by an adult though!
- Hamleys Toy Store – Has a small indoor play area and story time and demonstrations throughout the day Mon-Fri.
- Leisureplex – Children’s bowling is available where the buffers are added to the lanes so they can’t help but knock down some pins!! Great fun!
Keep an eye on our events pages as there are regular workshops and events for younger children in the city’s galleries, museums, parks and more
Related : See our ideas for entertaining preschoolers at home.
Have you got a favourite thing to do with your pre-schooler? Share it with us in the comments below.