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20th Dec 2016

7 Great Things To Do With The Kids On A Bank Holiday Monday


It’s a Bank Holiday, and many parents out there will be stuck at home tomorrow with bored kids who’ve too much time and energy on their hands. It being summer and all… 

We thought we’d help those distraught folks with a few suggestions to keep the little tikes busy over their Bank Hol.

These options might just be a bit of craic for the parents too… 

1. The Chocolate Warehouse 

What kid wouldn’t want to spend the day in a museum… as long as it’s a chocolate museum

Tours and hands-on demonstrations about chocolate-making, and the kids get to decorate their own chocolates to take home.


2. Zipit 

Get outdoors this summer, in Tibradden Wood just a few minutes outside the city centre. 

Here you can find a beautiful view of the city – as well as rope bridges, tightropes, cargo nets, climbing walls, zip-lines, base jumps… an outdoor activity centre for ages seven and up, Zipit has circuits for all ages and experience.


3. Popstar Studios 

For your little diva. 

Popstar Studios was set up in 2009 especially for kids, beginner songwriters and anyone who just wants to have a go at recording a song. The kids pick the song, the backing track is provided, and even young kids will get the full professional recording treatment. 

It’s not cheap, but they leave with their own CD of their favourite song – useful for future teenage blackmail material. Muahahaha.


4. The Ark

Your first stop for entertaining kids of all ages, even the adult ones. Workshops, tours, plays, events, exhibitions, music, art and performance: as they say themselves, there’s always something going on at The Ark. 

Tickets are pretty reasonably priced (about €12), with discounts for groups.

The Ark

5. Wax Museum 

Because seeing creepy celebrities made out of wax is always fun. But also because they have a Kids’ World, where they could spend hours exploring the themed wolds, mirror maze and enchanted forest, as well as watching puppet plays in the new Puppet Theatre. 

For older kids there’s also the Science and Discovery section, as well as the ‘Wax Factor’ video recording studio.

Wax Museum

6. Makeshop 

Not all the Science Gallery exhibitions are suitable for children, but nearby there is the amazing Makeshop. For young kids (some just four-plus, some 10-plus) as well as adults, kids can design and build mini robots, clocks, radios, amps, xylophones and even electronic dice! 

Pretttyyyy cool.


7. Imaginosity 

Imaginosity is Ireland’s only interactive children’s museum. Its exhibitions and events are aimed at nine years and under but family members of any age can come along. 

There’s art, technology, construction, theatre, science, even a roof garden.

Imaginosity Large

Not enough options for you? You can find an expanded version of this list here.

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