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mjmahoney
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(7/6/05 11:33 am)

Sites for kids in Dublin


During our family vacation this month to Ireland we'll be staying in Dublin for a couple of days. Our children are 7 and 10. Are there some fun things for them to do in Dublin?



eliteshooter
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(7/6/05 3:09 pm)

 Re: Sites for kids in Dublin


Dublin Zoo: Located in the Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo has always been a popular attraction. Opened in 1830, the Zoo has a long and interesting history. With fascinating and informative displays, children will be enthralled by the giraffes and scared by the lions. Currently undergoing phase by phase renovation, the zoo is a modern home for animals in a tranquil Victorian setting.




The Ark - Temple Bar: A cultural centre for children, The Ark hosts plays, puppet shows, storytelling and poetry readings. Aimed at kids from 4-14 years of age, The Ark is popular, and places must be booked early to insure admission. Sessions run at under ?5 a turn, The Ark provides fun-filled educational diversion for the kids.


Leisureplex: With branches located in several different locations around the city, the Leisureplex has bowling, Q-zar (where teams compete in inter-galactic laser combat to shoot as many bad guys as possible without getting shot yourself), indoor play areas for younger kids, and billiards and computer games for older children.


Clara Lara Funpark: Located in picturesque Clara Vale, Co Wicklow, forty minutes south of the city centre, Clara Lara is packed full of exciting rides and adventures, mostly related to water. Go Karts and the highest slide in Ireland are among the attractions. There is also rafting, climbing frames, boats and swings, all of which are fully supervised by trained professionals. There is a picnic area and shops. A quick tip: it is advisable to bring a towel, at least one change of clothes and dry shoes.

The Bealtaine Festival at the National Museum in Dublin offers many exciting events for children. www.dublinks.com/index.cf...819AB0.htm


West of Dublin's city center, the vast Phoenix Park entices visitors and locals alike. Phoenix Park is home to the Dublin Zoo, myriad trails, amazing trees, sports fields, playgrounds, and herds of lovely free-roaming deer. You will discover mansions, castles, and many secret gardens. Ice-cream vendors and teahouses spring up in all the right places to keep you going. Those weary of walking can take a trail ride through the park thanks to the nearby Ashtown Riding Stables.

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Hope this helps.



yesiree100
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(7/6/05 3:51 pm)

Re: Sites for kids in Dublin


I'd add Dublinia for romp through Medieval Dublin and Viking Splash Tours...the tour vehicles start on land and end up in the River.



Michele Erdvig
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(7/7/05 12:40 am)

Re: Sites for kids in Dublin


mjmahoney,

My thanks to eliteshooter & yesiree100 for their input. Here is my list:

1. Double-decker bus ride
2. Dublinia: re-creation of medieval Dublin
3. The Ark Cultural Center for Children: hands-on workshops for children of all ages
4. Dublin Zoo
5. Lambert Puppet Theater
6. Museum of Childhood: dolls, dollhouses, antique toys, etc.
7. National Botanic Gardens: room to roam and play
8. Phoenix Park
9. National Wax Museum: section called "Children's World
10. A horse-drawn carriage ride
11. National Aquatic Center: water roller coaster, pirate ship, wave pools & flume.
12. Newbridge House & Traditional Farm
13. Fry Model Railway (at Malahide Castle) north Dublin suburbs
14. Chimney Viewing Tower: panoramic view of Dublin and beyond.
15. Airfield House: 40 acre estate, farm with animals, vintage car museum, formal gardens, picnic areas & farmer's market on Fridays.
16. Viking Splash tours
17. Leisureplex

Have fun with the kids.

Michele



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