Top Ten Things to Do with Kids in Kildare

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Whether you live in Kildare or are visiting, there’s no shortage of things to do in Kildare, so we’ve narrowed it down for you! Here’s our Mykidstime Top 10 things to do with kids in Kildare, in no particular order!! 

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#1. The Curragh

The Curragh plains are an ideal destination for flying a kite. If there is any wind you’ll catch it here!

While you’re there, watch the horses training, or go for a walk/cycle. Best of all it’s free!

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#2. Irish National Stud

Enjoy a great day out for all the family at the Irish National Stud & Gardens in Kildare Town, Co. Kildare. Just off the M7 motorway and only 30 minutes by car from Dublin and the M50, the Irish National Stud offers an unforgettable experience in 800 acres of beautiful Kildare countryside that can be enjoyed by all the family.

It is a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty with some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world, including the beautiful Japanese Gardens and St Fiachra’s Garden. Be sure to tour the Horse Museum and explore the magical ‘fairy trail’ in the woodland area, and afterwards let the kids run off some steam at the playground.

There’s a lovely café with indoor and outdoor seating as well as picnic benches in the car park.

Open mid Feb to Christmas. Under 5s go free. They also have an annual Family Pass available which is is good value.

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#3. Straffan Steam Museum

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For any train lovers, check out Straffan Steam Museum, which is open from April to September, where you can see six huge nineteenth century Stationary Engines running in steam on occasions.

They have a collection of prototype model locomotives as well as the live steam engines.

Enjoy the beautiful Lodge Park Walled Garden or take a break in the Tea Rooms which are also open on Sundays throughout the season.

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#4. Donadea Forest Park

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A popular destination with Kildare families, Donadea Forest Park is a lovely mixed woodland with lake, and has many historical features including the remains of a castle and walled garden.

The small café is open all year and there are picnic benches throughout the park.

Note: €4 exact change required for car park.

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#5. The Riverbank Theatre

The Riverbank Theatre/gallery venue in Newbridge has a regular great line up of children’s events, workshops and movies.

There is also a Children’s Gallery space beside the lovely CaToCa Cafe, with books, drawing material, bean-bags, and there are regular children’s exhibitions.

So why not enjoy a coffee and let the children explore this great space!

#6. Castletown House

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Open from April to October, Ireland’s largest Palladian house, Castletown House, Celbridge, has 120 acres of surrounding Parkland, ideal for walks. The grounds are free to visit.

Their Summer programme includes music and other fun events so check what’s on before you visit, there’s also a monthly craft and food market. Stop off at the Courtyard Café for some refreshments.

You can also pay to go on a guided tours of Castletown House, and if you visit on the first Wednesday of the month, visits are free.

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#7. KBowl

If the weather is wet and miserable, how about some bowling! KBowl in Naas, is open daily from 11am to 11pm, and offers bowling, pool and air-hockey.

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#8. Lullymore Heritage Park

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You will enjoy spending a fun-packed day at Lullymore Heritage Park, with no restrictions on length of stay. Activities at the Park include:

  • indoor and outdoor playgrounds
  • pet farm
  • woodland walks
  • fairy bower
  • train rides out to the bog

There are tea rooms and picnic benches. They also run lots of events around school holidays and seasonal times.

#9. Indoor Mini-Golf

Fun for all the family at the indoor mini-golf course in Naas. Admission gets you 2 rounds of their 18 hole crazy golf course. 

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#10. Kildare Maze

the kildare maze

Have some fun navigating the Kildare Maze at Prosperous, near Naas, which has a choice of 2 maze experiences, a hedge maze and a wooden maze. At the centre of the hedge maze, there is a viewing tower so you can plan your exit route!

Other on-site attractions for families include; crazy golf, pets corner, adventure trail and zip wires and there are picnic benches and play units suitable for younger children. Why not pack a picnic and spend the day. Open daily from June-August.

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Do you have any other suggestions for things to do in Kildare with your child? Share them with us in the comments below.

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