Exploring Dublin

Top 5 things to do with the kids in Dublin this month

by stephaniehiggins
29 December 2017 · 2 min read
Dublin Zoo

Winter may still be in the air, but January brings with it a whole host of new possibilities for things to do and see as a family as well as some old favourites destined to create great days out. Here’s our top picks for getting 2018 off to a fantastic start on your family trip to Dublin:

1. Take them to a Panto

Pantomime season is almost over, but January sees the continued run of a few great pantos in Dublin which will be sure to keep the kids’ attention for an evening. The Helix Theatre’s adaptation of Beauty and the Beast continues until 21st January, and has already been called the ‘best panto in Dublin’. Devised by TheatreworX Productions, Beauty and the Beast looks set to be another success for this thriving venue, starring Orla Jennings as Beauty and Chris Corron as the Beast.

2. Visit an Ice Rink

This wintriest of pursuits is here in Dublin until the 14th January. Dundrums on Ice is Dublin’s most impressive ice rink, made of authentic ice to provide a magnificent ice skating experience. Depending on the age of your younger visitors, this could be a perfect way to spend a few hours while staying at O’Callaghan Mont Clare Hotel Dublin. If you don’t feel like skating, you can still enjoy the atmosphere from the viewing deck, making a trip to Dundrums on Ice accessible to all.

3. Meet the Wildlife at Dublin Zoo

Enclosed within the enormous Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo is one of the city’s most popular attractions, great for all ages. With new arrivals including a baby rhinoceros and events including the chance to get up close and personal with some truly spectacular wildlife, this historic zoo, opened in 1831, encompasses 28 hectares of park and gardens as well as magnificent natural habitats for its 400 animal inhabitants from all around the world. For nature loving, curious children, there is no better day out in Dublin. Great for families taking advantage of our special offers at Dublin hotels this January.

4. Play a Round of Adventure Golf

Rainforest Adventure Golf is a purpose-built, state of the art indoor mini golf complex in south Dublin, and the only themed indoor mini-golf venue of its kind in all of Ireland. Ideal for families visiting the O Callaghan Mont Clare Hotel Dublin to relax and unwind in each other’s company, playing a few rounds of mini golf offers good fun for all ages and abilities. The site is Wifi-enabled and has an attached café suited to birthday parties. In addition, Rainforest Adventure Golf is a supporter of the Rainforest Alliance, promoting causes around environmental and economic sustainability.

5. Visit Dublin’s ‘Imaginosity’

This unique children’s museum is completely child-oriented, sure to delight kids with opportunities for creative play in inspiring surroundings. Each session lasts two hours and booking in advance is encouraged to avoid missing out.