Welcome parents of toddlers! Whether you are visiting Limerick or live in Limerick, finding ideas for things to do with your smallies can be tricky sometimes. So we have put together some suggestions of Things To Do With Preschoolers in Limerick.
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The nice thing about when you have a toddler and are not tied to school times is you have a bit more flexibility to visit places during the day and at less busy times. If you’re looking for ideas for things to do with preschoolers in Limerick, we’ve got a few suggestions for you:
Things To Do With Preschoolers In Limerick
Soft Play Centres in Limerick
Visit one of the play centres in Limerick, they usually have dedicated soft play areas for preschoolers, and it’s a good way to spend a couple of hours and burn off some energy.
Here are some soft play places in Limerick:
- Tons of Fun at Eastway Business Park have Parents & Toddlers drop in sessions Monday to Thursday mornings between 10am-12pm during school term. No booking needed. NB socks are required at all times in play areas (both kids and adults!)
- Kidstown in Corbally has a fairy themed space with bright colours and ball pools for babies to freely crawl with a separate two level structure for those more adventurous toddlers.
- Dreamland is Ireland’s first all-inclusive play centre for all children to play together regardless of their ability or disability. It’s designed to reflect a child’s idea of a magical place, the kind they only find in story books or in their wonderful imagination.
Storytime in Limerick Libraries
Visit one of the many great libraries in Limerick. Many libraries host a weekly story time and/or a parent and toddler group. Granary Library has children’s storytime at 3.30pm on Wednesdays suitable for 2-7 years while they run Roisin Meaney’s Storytime monthly on Saturdays at 11.30am for 2-6 years. Check out your local Limerick library to see upcoming events and news.
The junior section of the Library is also a great way to spend an hour or two reading and choosing books. Your preschooler can join the library and choose their own books to borrow.
Parent Toddler Swimming in Limerick
Go swimming! Many swimming pools in Limerick have dedicated times for Parent and Toddler swims and/or specific swimming areas for smaller children.
Music and Other Fun Classes
Sign up for a class. Music, movement, dance, drama, play labs, swimming or football! Check out preschool classes, it’s a great way to meet people and make friends too.
The Hunt Museum offers a monthly themed craft session, encouraging kids to learn new skills while involved in a fun project! The session takes place on the first Sunday of every month 2:30pm-4pm. €3 per child. Suitable for 4-8 year olds.
Playgrounds in Limerick
Visit the playground! Here are playgrounds in Limerick. Several of the playgrounds in Limerick have dedicated sections for smaller children. Here are some of our favourites to go to:
- People’s Park has a secure playground at Pery Square with a separate area for small children. Parking is on the street and parking discs required.
- Castletroy Park, opposite Castletroy College, Castletroy has a fully equipped children’s playground. Off street parking area.
- The Ballingarry Playground is a fantastic playground in the local village park in Ballingarry surrounded by trees. Car parking available.
- Moyross Playground has a large play area with some fantastic wooden climbing structures, wooden train, grocery shop role play area, seating areas and plenty of space to run around!
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Parent and Toddler Groups
Join a local Parent and Toddler Group. There are many local groups throughout Limerick that meet weekly. Parent and Toddler groups are a lovely way for young children to mix with children their own age and for parents to meet other local parents.
Attractions in Limerick
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 places to visit in Limerick or nearby with preschoolers:
- At King John’s Castle there’s plenty for wee ones to enjoy, including interactive exhibits, dressing up and more.
- At Funworld Bowling you can request buffers to be added to the lanes so wee ones can’t help but knock down some pins!
- Curragh Chase Forest Park at Kilcornan has two children’s playgrounds, enjoy picnic sites and BBQ area, toilets, forest walks and gardens. NB you will need €5 in coins for car parking.
- For your airplane-mad preschooler, they will enjoy a visit to The Foynes Flying Boat Museum where you can enjoy an authentic 1940’s cinema and see the only full sized replica B314 flying boat in the world.
- Small kids will enjoy the Folk Park at Bunratty Castle as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village street complete with school, post office, doctors house, hardware shop, printers and a pub. They also have a fun fairy trail and adventure playground.
Events for Preschoolers in Limerick
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.
Riverfest takes place every year at the May Bank Holiday weekend, it’s all free and there are street performers, food, crafts, live music and more.
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Go For A Walk
Many of the walks in Limerick are perfect for preschoolers, to run, collect leaves, stones, etc. and play hide and seek.
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Over to you now. If you have other suggestions for fun things to do with preschoolers in Limerick please let us know in the comments box below.