Children's Dublin - top ten places to entertain the little ones in the capital
Attractions and activities to make your vacation extra special for the kids
For more information visit www.dublinia.ie.
5. The ARK Cultural Centre for Children
This centre in the middle of Dublin's Temple Bar district will introduce children to the joy, wonder and creativity of the arts, and plays a vital role in raising the standard of culture for children. Children aged two to 12 explore everything from theatre, music and literature to painting, film, dance and more.
There are always great events, shows, classes and workshops going on here. Keep on eye on their website ( www.theark.ie ) for details.
6. Lambert Puppet Theatre
The Lambert Puppet Theatre was established in 1972 and has been a constant in the lives of Dublin school children ever since.
Eugene Lambert and his wife Mai had ten children. To supplement his income as a refrigeration engineer he performed Punch and Judy shows. His career went from there and nearly four years on he is the owner of Ireland only purpose built puppet theater. His shows have gone on tour in the US, Australia and Canada.
For more information on the show visit www.lambertpuppettheatre.ie.
This is a child-centered creative, educational and interactive space for kids under nine and their families. Spread over two and half floors the exhibits are educational and fun, designed to inspire life-long learning through play.
Through education and shared experiences, the museum aims to strengthen family bonds, enhancing the developmental potential of children and helping build a healthy community.
For more information visit www.imaginosity.ie.
8. Tara's Palace
Yes, a real life palace and probably one of the world's most magnificent doll's palaces.
Inspired by Sir Neville Wilkinson's celebrated Titania's Palace of 1907 the doll's house has 22 rooms which were built over two decades. The Palace encapsulates the grandeur of Ireland three great 18th century mansions -Castletown House, Leinster House and Carton House.
The palace is the center piece of a collection of historical dolls houses including the earliest surviving house in Ireland and the UK, the Portabello, from circa 1700.
This place is any little girl's heaven.
For more information visit www.tarapalace.ie
9. The Doll Store
This is known by locals, and around Ireland, as "The Dolls Hospital" these people are genius when it comes to any toy old or knew that incurs and injury, big or small. Kids love to visit and to have their "their porcelain and furry friends ailments" cured.
They also stock designer dolls, dolls houses, teddy bears and a large collection of miniatures.
For more information visit www.dollstore.ie.