It seems like it was just last week when we were packing the kids off for the first day of school, but here we are, and the mid-term break is upon us once again.
In a city full of hidden gems and exciting attractions, this is the perfect excuse to get the little ones out and about, and soaking up the delights of Dublin. If you are living on or near a Luas line, there is a whole range of fun things to do, and all at a hop, skip and a jump away.
Here are our top 10 Luas
magical mid-term fun activities for the kids this Halloween break.
A great day out for families, kids can come face-to-face with the Vikings themselves and learn all about life in Medieval Dublin. Located at Christ Church, one of our most famous historical sites, the Dublinia tour offers one history lesson that will have the kids on the edge of their seats. Dublinia is just a short walk from the Four Courts Luas stop on the red line.
2. Airfield Farm
Located close by to Balally Luas stop on the green line, Airfield Farm is a 38-acre haven of nature that the whole family will enjoy. The kids will love smelling the flowers in the stunning gardens, taking scenic walks through the colourful woodlands, and getting active on the zip-wire and climbing walls in the play areas.
3. The National Wax Museum
Nestled within Temple Bar, the National Wax Museum is a captivating spot that is sure to delight kids young and old. Kids can have their picture taken with Jedward in the Hall of Fame, put their musical talents to the test in the WaxFactor room, and visit Harry Potter and Spongebob Squarepants at the Cartoon Heroes display. St. Stephen’s Green and Abbey Street Luas stops on the green line are the closest Luas access points.
4. Dublin Zoo
With a whole host of cute, furry and four-legged friends just waiting to make their acquaintance, the kids will thoroughly enjoy a day at Dublin Zoo. With fun, informative daily activities and talks about the animals and their habitats, along with the popular Meerkat Restaurant, Dublin Zoo offers up the perfect family day out. Dublin Zoo is accessible from Heuston Luas stop on the red line.
The building alone will be enough to whet your little ones’ appetites, and that’s even before they go inside and experience the range of games, play areas and activities on offer. Aside from capturing your children’s imaginations, the best thing about Imaginosity is that there is something for kids of all ages. Imaginosity is located within Beacon South Quarter, a short walk from Stillorgan Luas stop on the green line.
6. St. Stephen’s Green
A trip to the end of the Luas green line will bring you to the lush greenery of the beautiful St. Stephen’s Green. Parents can kick back on a bench while the little ones feed the ducks and get active among the picturesque surroundings.
7. Rainforest Adventure Golf
The perfect rainy-day activity, Rainforest Adventure Golf is conveniently located within Dundrum Town Centre, at the Dundrum Luas stop on the green line. With two 18-hole golf courses to get through, this will keep the kids occupied and entertained all day – and Mum and Dad might be tempted into a round, too!
8. Odeon Cinema
While it’s great to get the kids active, rainy days sometimes call for a trip to the cinema to see the latest box-office hit. Grab some popcorn and make it a family day at the Odeon Cinema at The Point Village, close to The Point Luas stop on the red line.
This is the perfect choice for when the little ones are just buzzing with energy this mid-term. Jump Zone is an indoor trampolining park that caters to children aged five and over. You can get to the park easily, via Stillorgan Luas stop on the green line.
10. Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
Accessible from Heuston Luas stop on the red line, the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre ensures a great day out for families – and admission is free, which is an added bonus. From history and wildlife exhibitions to arts and crafts workshops, the Centre offers a broad range of fun activities for the kids to enjoy.