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01st Nov 2019

Five fun and free things to do with the kids in Dublin this weekend

James Fenton

The clocks have gone back and with them the options for outdoor activities in Dublin. Not ideal if you’ve got little ones with energy to burn.

However, the arrival of winter doesn’t mean that you have to your little darlings cooped up in the house staring at the iPad. Every weekend, Dublin is filled with things to do and this weekend is no different.

To get the ball rolling, we’ve selected five activities which are sure to bring smiles to their little faces and keep yourselves amused as well.

Take your pick from any of these:

Hop aboard The Libertad

The ideal activity for the nautical-obsessed children out there. The Argentine navy ship is sailing into Dublin for a five-day stay at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay. People are invited to check it out on Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 4pm.

Natural History Museum

Always a great option to entertain the kids if you’re around the city centre. A fun and educational activity, they’ll be able to marvel at structures of animals past and present. Open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 2pm to 5pm on Sunday.

Botanic Gardens

While you might need to wrap up warm, this is an excellent time of year to visit the Botanic Gardens. One of your last chances to breathe in that pleasant autumn air before things get too chilly.

Child Vision

Located on Grace Park Road in Drumcondra, children can roam around the gardens while mam and dad enjoy a coffee. There are loads of new friends to be made in the pet’s corner including rabbits, guinea pigs, colourful birds, goats and sheep.

Craft Festival

Taking place at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dún Laoghaire, the family can enjoy having a wander around while also getting some Christmas shopping done. The event is free of charge and you can find more information here.

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