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6 kid-friendly spots to check out when cabin fever sets in - from star-gazing to roller skating

You won’t hear any cries of “I’m bored” during these activities.

Image: Facebook/Blackrock Castle Observatory

WITH THE THRILL and excitement of Christmas Day over, multiple festive activities already exhausted and nearly two weeks to go until the kids go back to school, thinking of ways to keep the little ones busy over the break can be a struggle.

Fortunately, we’ve rounded up six activities around the country that will keep the younger members of the family entertained – as well as the grown ups.

From a skyline tour to visiting a dungeon, you won’t hear the dreaded cry of “I’m bored” once during these events and activities.


Blackrock Castle Observatory: From exploring space and alien lifeforms to a guided tour of the castle’s dungeon and star gazing in the planetarium, adults and children alike will be amazed by what they discover at Blackrock Castle Observatory.

Suits: all ages. When: Monday-Sunday. Where: Castle Road, Blackrock. Costs: €7 for adults, €5 for children aged 5-14 years, free for children under 5. Find out more information and book here.


The Ericsson Skyline Tour at Croke Park: Enjoy panoramic views of the Dublin skyline from the rooftop walkway at Croke Park. Tickets also include entry to the GAA Museum and interactive games area.

Suits: 6 and up (height restriction of 4ft). When: Monday-Sunday. Where: Croke Park, Dublin 3. Costs: €20 for adults, €12 for children. Find out more information and book here.

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EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum at CHQ: Uncover stories of Irish people who travelled the world from 1500 years ago to modern day. The world’s only fully digital museum, EPIC tells the story of how Irish people have influenced and shaped the world.

Suits: all ages. When: Monday-Sunday. Where: CHQ, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1. Costs: €15 for adults, €7.50 for children aged 6-15 years, free for children under 5. Find out more information and book here.

The Rink at D12: Get your skates on and find your feet on a 4,500 sq ft roller disco. Skates range from a junior size 9 to an adult size 14, so family members of all ages can enjoy the fun.

Suits: 7+ recommended. When: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Where: Finches Business Park, Long Mile Road. Costs: general admission €10. Find out more information here.


The Galway Atlantaquaria: See a diverse collection of Ireland’s native marine and freshwater animals at Galway Aquarium for a day out where everyone will learn something new. 

Suits: all ages. When: Wednesday-Sunday. Where: Seapoint Promenade. Costs: €12 for adults, €7.50 for children, free for children under 2. Find out more information and book here.


Fairy woods and trails: For a free family day out in locations around the country, visit one of Ireland’s many fairy woods to create magical memories for the whole family. See some of the best fairy woods here.

Want to win a VIP day out at Winter Ladies Day at Naas Racecourse, with lunch and an overnight hotel stay? Enter here – and don’t forget to subscribe to our Family Newsletter below, too!

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