Our weather may not rival the South of France, but an Irish summer can still be the time to make brilliant family memories - all it takes is a little bit of preparation.
Luas wants this summer to be one of the best ever for families in Dublin, which is why they've put together a list of activities that are fun for all the family and easily accessible by tram. With a different theme every week, you'll be sure to find something that suits you and your little ones.
This week, we'll be looking at all the fun things you and your family can do outdoors during the summer months.
may be a lunchtime favourite for local city workers, but it’s also a great place for families to spend time. As well as being beautiful to walk around in – and maybe even have a picnic – the city park also regularly hosts fun events for people to enjoy. Visit City Spectacular
(Fri 10th - Sun 12th July), which is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Irish summer.
It’s a colourful, fun and free family festival, featuring street performers, live music and a food village. The kids will absolutely love it as it also has science shows, a petting zoo, Trampoline Mission, Fit Kidz classes, children's workshops and Kid's Court where parents get pied and super-soaked by their children!
Hidden beside the National Concert Hall, the Iveagh Gardens
is one of Dublin’s best kept secrets. With unique features like a waterfall, fountain centre pieces, a maze, rosarium and archery grounds, you and the kids will feel like you’ve found The Secret Garden.
As well as being a stunning walk, the Iveagh Gardens also hosts concerts and big summer events like Taste of Dublin – something that’s a great day out for the family. Running from the 11th
June, this is heaven for any who loves cooking or simply likes to eat. There are also great deals on family tickets
Always good for a family day out, the Phoenix Park
is a must when planning activities this summer and conveniently close to the Heuston Luas Stop. Walk around, go for a picnic, visit Farmleigh or try to spot some deer. The Phoenix Park
Choo can bring you around the park and this 40 minute tour is sure to delight the kids.
You can also celebrate National Bike Week (13th-21st June 2015) by renting some bikes and taking a cycle around the park.
Also located in the Phoenix Park is Dublin Zoo
. 2015 has already been a big year for the venue after they welcomed baby red ruffed lemurs, a Goeldi’s monkey baby, a critically endangered bongo calf and a green tree python. The brand new Sea Lion Cove & Flamingo Lagoon project is scheduled to be completed in early summer and will let families view the California sea lions swimming underwater.
You and your family can take the Red Line to the Jeanie Johnston
where you can enjoy a fun tour on board this replica wooden tall ship. Visitors are transported back in time to join Irish emigrants in the 1850s when they boarded the ship with big hopes for the ‘New World’.
Venture under deck to see how they travelled and hear inspiring stories about real passengers, like 15-year-old Margaret Conway. Up on deck, you’ll be able to examine all the work that has gone into recreating the replica tall ship and the kids can even indulge in some pirate play – arrrrrgh!
Keep an eye on the Luas Facebook page and Luas.ie for more events and great competitions!