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Cheap and Free Family Things to do over the summer holidays in Dublin


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1. Co Co Markets - Peoples Park  
Co Co Markets serve as a springboard for emerging businesses, provide a forum for the local food movement and offer a focal point for vibrant community gatherings. What makes the Co Co Markets stand out is the picturesque setting of the markets in the county’s most beautiful parks. The Co Co Markets are not just farmers’ markets but also showcase the produce and works of local artists and artisans.
Visit the Co Co Markets this weekend, browse the art and craft stalls, sample the fresh fruit and veg, get a tasty lunch and follow it up with an indulgent treat from one of the tempting baked goods stalls.
People's Park, Dún Laoghaire
11am to 4pm –  Every Sunday
2. The Dead Zoo
Creepy crawlies, an enormous whale skeleton, and a chance to pet a bear or inspect some moon rock. And kids just love the old-style stuffed animals at the Natural History Museum.Where:, Price: Free family tours available, book online
The Natural History Museum, Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Open every day except Monday
3. The Little Museum of Dublin
The Little Museum of Dublin tells the remarkable story of the Irish capital. Our collection was created by public donation, entry is by guided tour, and most tours fill up quickly. To avoid disappointment book your tickets online.  Described as “Dublin’s best museum experience” by The Irish Times, we are the number one museum in Ireland on TripAdvisor. A brilliant new addition to the cultural map, our famous guided tours reveal the story of a city we are proud to call our home.
Open all year round
Family Tickets: €16
4. Imaginosity
Imaginosity, Ireland's only interactive children's museum for the under 9's is dedicated to children's success. We opened at the end of August 2007 and since then we have welcomed over 650,000 people through our doors. Children learn best when they're having fun. Imaginosity champions the 'hands-on, minds-on' philosophy that encourages all visitors to get involved and have fun while learning and create positive and lasting memories.
Adults €8, Children (3yrs+) €8, Concession €7, Toddlers (1-2 yrs) €6, Babies (6-12mths) €2
Open all week long
5. The Transport Museum
The Transport Museum Society of Ireland began with an abortive 1949 effort to preserve three Dublin trams. Totally voluntary, the Society became a limited company in 1971 and is now a registered charity, operating to international museum standards.
The museum is located in the Heritage Depot, Howth Demesne, Howth, Ireland. On 1st September 2001, the collection, increasing at an annual average rate of five, totalled 170 (average age 46 years). Sixty out of the 100 vehicles currently in Howth are on display, and others can be inspected by prior arrangement. The oldest items date from 1883, the newest 1984,
Family tickets €8.00.
Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
6. Howth Market | Irish Farmers' Markets
Our largest market with over forty stalls. Everything from homemade chocolates to handmade jewellery – and all in lovely Howth! We are located opposite Howth Harbour in Co. Dublin. 1
Free To attend
10am – 5pm, every Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday.
7. Rainforest Adventure Golf
Rainforest Adventure Golf at the Dundrum Town Centre is the only themed indoor mini golf venue of its kind in Ireland.
Various costs

8. Eatyard
Whether you consider yourself a street food fanatic or not, Eatyard will most definitely have something for you. With a diverse range vendors from all across Dublin offering everything from brisket to vegan fish and chips to Bubble Waffles, the cosy, festival like area should undoubtedly be placed on your Dublin to-do list.
9. Aras an Uachtarain Saturday Tours
OPW guided tours of the main reception rooms of Áras an Uachtaráin are available almost every Saturday all year round. Each tour takes about an hour and tours are free of charge. Tickets are issued on a first-come-first-served basis from the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on Saturdays. Group and/or advance booking is not possible.
The Phoenix Park Visitor Centre (01 677 0095) is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm. Tours of Áras an Uachtaráin are at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, and 3.30pm.
10. IFI Family Festival
The IFI Family Festival is an annual event in which families come together to enjoy the finest animated and live action film from across the globe.
Three days are spent dedicated to young minds with workshops, activities and films galore.
You can dip into films made for kids from entirely different cultures, exposing your own little ones to a world far removed from their own. Of course, some of the films are just the sweetest family favourites - sometimes an old Disney classic might pop up so you can enjoy a film from your own childhood with the kids.
11. Sound Check at The Science Gallery
09.06.17 - 24.09.17
Sound Check sees the iconic Science Gallery in Dublin take on the sonic world with this music-making exhibition at their Trinity College campus.
The exhibition will be asking questions about what 3D printers have in common with piccolos, and how DIY engineering and Dubstep can come together.
Hack the sounds of tomorrow with interactive installations by artists and scientists alike. Take the opportunity to make some music, build an instrument, or even digitally manipulate some science-driven soundtracks.
The Science Gallery is one of the most entertaining visitor hotspots in Dublin, so why not join its band during this instrumental interlude?

12. GPO Witness History Exhibition
There’s free admission for children to the GPO’s Witness History visitor centre every Sunday during the summer. Within the walls of the iconic building, the events of the 1916 Easter Rising and beyond are presented in fun, bite-size and child-friendly portions. Interactive maps, video booths and “real-life” soldiers all help to bring the history alive.
Family tickets from €26 (Mon-Sat), adult €10 (Sun)
13. Phoenix Park by bike
 Tired of or outgrown the zoo? How about exploring the outer reaches of Dublin’s largest park by bike? You can hire single bikes or tandems for a couple of hours for €5 or €10 for the whole day from Phoenix Park Bike Hire. To book a bike, contact Paul on 086-2656258 or email [email protected]
14. Saturdays at Dublinia
Christ Church, Dublin, June-August
Find out about medieval cookery (June 17th), stone masonry (July 8th) and Viking finger braiding (August 12th) at a series of special family events on Saturdays that are included in the admission fee. This not-for-profit heritage centre gives an educational and entertaining insight into life in both Viking and medieval Dublin and offers views across the city from St Michael’s Tower.
Family €25
15. Festival of Curiousity, Dublin
This July, the always-intriguing Festival of Curiosity returns to Dublin. The first of its kind, this festival features a packed programme of arts and science activities, innovative technologies and cultural performances to wow all the family.
By day, see the city transform into a carnival of wonder with plenty of free events lined up, then by night watch Dublin light up with science and art installations, film and multiple presentations to keep everybody entertained from little festival-goers to the bigger ones.
The Festival of Curiosity brings a brand new approach to how we think about and look at the world, and given the success of previous festivals like Dara O’Briain and Joseph Roche attached, 2017 is going to be even bigger, better and even more enlightening.
The city will be alive with interactive installations, pop-up playgrounds, theatre, art, and even night cycles. It will be all about playful days and curious nights as a cacophony of visually thrilling happenings hit the city.  
16. Music and Beautiful Beasts
Temple Bar, Dublin, June-August
The Ark, a dedicated cultural centre for children, will echo to the sound of music for the rest of June, with events such as the chance to test-drive an instrument (June 24th-25th) and a discovery trail of live performances (June 24th). A free “Beautiful Beasts” exhibition of animal sculptures runs from July 1st to August 27th, with “Enchanting Transformation” workshops for pre-schoolers, on dates between July 20th and August 5th.
Free and from €5
17. Airfield Estate, Dundrum
Airfield Estate is a charitable organisation established by the Overend Family in 1974 for educational and recreational purposes.
Our 38 acre working farm, gardens, café and heritage experience offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to enjoy and learn about food, farming and nature in a natural and relaxed environment.
Admission: various. Family rates under €20 available.
18. See What an Animal Sees with Bizarre Helmets
Draiocht, Blanchardstown
Sat 08 July 2017 - Sat 26 August 2017 at 11.00am
A series of wearable sculptures called 'Meta-Perceptual Helmets' - aluminium helmets with carefully positioned mirrors inside that enable you to see what an animal sees. Families welcome at 11am, the public from 2pm.

19. Fairy Tree Trail at Ardgillan Castle
Ardgillan Castle has launched the newest addition to its already spectacular parkland with the creation of a Fairy Tree Trail. This project was created in collaboration with Fingal County Council and is free of charge. The trail is dotted around the woodland area of the walled garden and offers visitors a chance to learn about the different varieties of trees growing at Ardgillan. Throughout the trail there are informative panels with interesting information on the many species of tree growing in the park. A map and quiz has been created to coincide with the trail and is available below or at reception in Ardgillan Castle. The added bonus on this trail is that you might spot a fairy hiding or living in one of the beautiful trees!
20. Fort Lucan Adventure Centre
Fort Lucan is a fully supervised outdoor adventure playground for children aged 2-14 - Dublin's only outdoor adventure centre.
21. Glasnevin Cemetery
Interactive exhibitions, dramatic re-enactments, lectures and daily walking tours visiting many of the renowned figures that shaped the country we live in today including Charles Stewart Parnell, Roger Casement, Eamon De Valera, Michael Collins, Constance Markievicz, Brendan Behan, Luke Kelly and Daniel O’ Connell. This is a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of Ireland’s complex and fascinating history. A visit inside Daniel O’Connell’s Celtic Romantic designed Crypt and iconic tower, the tallest in Ireland, forms part of the tour.
22. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
When it’s available from: Mon – Sunday 10 am – last entry 5 pm
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is a state-of-the-art interactive experience located in the beautiful vaults of the 1820 Custom House Quarter building in Dublin’s Docklands, the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants. It will inspire and guide you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day.
What it costs (from): child 0-5 (free) child 6-15 (€7) primary school groups (€6)
23. The Writer’s Museum
At the Writers Museum, Dublin’s literary celebrities from the past three hundred years are brought to life through their books, letters, portraits and personal items.
Whatever you think you know about Irish literature, you’re sure to find something to astound and delight you at the Dublin Writers Museum. Did you know, for example, that Oscar Wilde was a promising pugilist during his days at Trinity College, and that Samuel Beckett, had he not turned out to be one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, would also have made a name for himself in the TCD cricket first eleven?
The building, a restored Georgian mansion on Parnell Square, is a treasure in itself. The sumptuous plasterwork in the first floor Gallery of Writers is worth a visit alone.
Temporary exhibitions, lunchtime theatre, and a specialist bookshop make this compact and informative Museum all the more appealing to anyone interested in discovering more about Dublin’s immense literary heritage.
24. Jump Zone, Sandyford and Santry
Jump Zone is the first of its kind sports and entertainment facility offering a number of trampoline activities such as trampoline Dodgeball and trampoline Aerobics on its wall to wall trampolines. Come on your own or with one, two or a group of your friends and you will be sure to have a great time.
Jump Zone is suitable for people of all ages, from children over 5 years (16+ years after 6.30pm) to adults of 55+ years, who have the opportunity to exercise and enjoy themselves in a family friendly environment. Jump Zone is the ideal venue for childrens birthday parties, corporate events, group outings, family get togethers and fundraisers. We have three specially designed party rooms that can cater for any number from 10 to 100 people. 
25. Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship Museum
The ship is an authentic replica, built in Tralee, Co. Kerry. It has sailed to North America and to various ports in Europe.
Our expert guides bring history to life in a fascinating 50 minute tour of this beautiful ship. It is one of Dublin’s most popular attractions.
Family admission (2 adults and 2 children) €25
26. Malahide Castle and Gardens
The modern and welcoming visitor centre lies within the old courtyard at Malahide Castle. Here you will be welcomed by our friendly admission staff where visitors can collect tickets before their guided tour of the castle. The visitor centre is buzzing with visitors and locals enjoying all there is to offer with the Museum Shop, Avoca Retail & Cafe , The Malahide Outdoor Store and The Irish Centre for Cycling – where visitors can hire bikes to simply just tour the grounds or for the more active, there are a selection of beautiful routes that can be explored around the beautiful coastline and country side of North Co. Dublin and Fingal.
Within the Visitor Centre you will find the our interactive Garden Exhibition area which details the story of Lord Milo Talbot and his sister Rose’s botanical walled garden. This beautiful garden is tucked away like a hidden gem behind the visitor centre and can be accessed through the exhibition area located beside the admission desk.
Our Museum Shop is a treasure trove of gifts to ensure your memories last of your visit. From Irish coffee table books on the history of Malahide Castle to Irish crafted jewellery, souvenirs and locally produced art, there is something for everyone small and big and all budgets.
Ticket prices: Adult €12.50 ,Child €6.50
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