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Best places to take the kids in Dublin this January

by aaronbarry
29 December 2017 · 2 min read
Grattan Bridge over the River Liffey in Dublin Ireland

Dublin is a city that’s great fun for all the family, and this January offers plenty of opportunities to make the most of the post-Christmas winter season! Whatever age your kids are, and whatever they’re into, there’s sure to be plenty to keep them entertained in this vibrant and active destination. Here’s our pick of the best places to spend time with the family…


Dublin’s Children’s museum is described as a ‘child-centred space’, perfect for kids to engage in creative playtime with their parents. A unique and fun location, it’s sure to be a hit with kids up to the age of 10. Booking in advance is strongly suggested, and each session is two hours long – just enough time to explore all the museum has in store for families. There’s a vast array of interactive workshops and classes also on offer, so be sure to check the website for any special events.

Dublin Zoo

Open year-round, a trip to Dublin Zoo is ideal for families seeking a tried and tested way to spend time together, and get up close and personal with some of the world’s most remarkable wildlife. No matter how long or short your visit, the zoo has everything from elephants to penguins, wolves to monkeys – sure to thrill children of all ages. First opened in 1831, the zoo has an international reputation for excellence and as it’s housed in the stunning Phoenix Park, it’s the perfect place to enjoy some time in the open air while staying at O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel Dublin.

Rainforest Adventure Golf

Whether you’re a talented golfer or simply want to try your hand at a fun sport for all the family, Rainforest Adventure Golf is a top destination for bringing out the competitive streak in adults and children alike! Completely indoor, fully air-conditioned and with a café and arcade on site, it’s a great casual drop-in with no booking required and both Aztec and Mayan-themed 18-hole courses to enjoy. Each game takes around 45 minutes to complete and the Canopy Café is a brilliant space to recharge before heading back to hotels near Merrion Square to plan your next big adventure!

The Ark

A children’s theatre and exhibition space within Temple Bar, The Ark was founded in 1995 and has been welcoming children aged 2-12 through it’s doors ever since. The Ark gives kids a chance to get creative and also enjoy work made by other young people – ideal for sparking their imaginations while visiting the O Callaghan Hotel Dublin.


As a way of combining exploring history with ensuring the kids have a great time, Dublinia ticks all the boxes. Dublin was once a Viking stronghold, and at this amazing museum kids will have the chance to discover the city’s Viking heritage through fun and exciting experiences which unearth Viking and medieval Dublin and how it came to be what it is today.

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