Here’s loads of stuff to do with the kids this summer for FREE

Here’s loads of stuff to do with the kids this summer for FREE

With the good weather continuing (for the most part), it can be hard to find activities to do with the kids over the summer holidays that won’t break the bank.

At, we thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of some of the best free activities for families that won’t cost a penny (once you get there).

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Firstly, the best place to start when seeking local activities that are light on the pocket is your local library.

From story-time for the little ones to Minecraft coding workshops, the activities on offer are always interesting and fun-filled. You can check out more from the SDCC libraries HERE.

Many of you will know about the scheme launched last month allowing children under 12 to visit many buildings run by the Office of Public Work for free.

These include, the Casino in Marino, the Glendalough Visitor Centre, Clonmacnoise, the JFK Arboretum, Newgrange and many more.

For anyone with children over the age of 12, there is free access to most OPW buildings on the first Wednesday of every month – check out the full list HERE.

If you want to head to the Phoenix Park for some chill out time with the kids, then why not go on a Saturday and you can visit the home of the President of Ireland for free.

Open almost every Saturday to the public, tickets are issued on a first-come-first-served basis. Occasionally, due to state business, Áras an Uachtaráin may be closed, so plan ahead.

If you want to further inject some culture into the kids then the National Gallery is a great place to start.

They run free workshops and children’s audio guided tours at different times most days, and of course you get to check out some amazing art too.

Probably one of the most popular free attractions in the country has to be the National Museum of Ireland.

Spread across four locations (three in Dublin and one in Mayo), you will be hard pressed not to find something interesting.

Included are the National History Museum on Merrion Square, the National Archaeology Museum on Kildare Street, the Decorative Arts and History Museum in Collins Barracks and the Country Life Museum in County Mayol.

All are free, and you can check out the times and days they open HERE.

Another great place to go with the kids is the Irish Museum of Modern Art in the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham.

There is a huge amount of free family workshops run throughout the summer, while talks and lectures and exhibitions are ongoing all year round. Check out more HERE.

The Hugh Lane Gallery is another great choice, and, as like the rest, is free to the public, although some workshops do require payment of a fee.

If all that was not enough, you could always head to the National Gallery of Photography, which is also free, and there are ongoing exhibitions there all year round.

Away from the galleries, there is something of a new phenomenon sweeping the tourist trails around Dublin, and guess what? It’s free!

Self-guided tours of our city are increasing in popularity all the time, and all you need is your smart phone. This 1916 Rising one is particularly good.

You simply download the audio tour and away you go – just make sure you wear comfortable shoes. The Fitzwilliam Hotel have put together a very good free walking tour podcast that can be found HERE.

Moving a little closer to home, the fabulous new Clondalkin Round Tower Heritage Centre is now open, and the tour is pretty impressive, and of course is free.

If you’re in Clondalkin then making your way to Corkagh Park after the Round Tower is a great option, or visit any of the local parks which all offer great amenities for free.

Alongside Corkagh Park, there is Sean Walsh, Dodder Valley Linear, Griffeen Valley, Rathcoole and Tymon Parks on your doorstep.

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