Play is essential to the development of a child’s physical, emotional and social skills. Encourage your child’s learning through play by stimulating their creativity.
Imaginosity is Dublin’s children’s museum – a creative, educational and interactive space for children and their families. Imaginosity runs workshops throughout the year which incorporate art, drama, music and dance.
A must-visit for any girl obsessed with their dolls, The Tara’s Palace Museum in Enniskerry, Wexford, allows visitors to step inside the miniature world of a doll’s life. The Museum is home to Ireland’s largest period doll house and offers all profits to Irish children’s charities. For an enjoyable day out, tour the gardens of Powerscourt House before visiting one of the most elegant dollhouses in the world.
Similarly, a visit to Prince August Toy Soldier Factory in Macroom, Cork promises a memorable day out for all the family. As Ireland’s only toy factory, and also one of the largest in the world, mini workshops are held daily during the week teaching painting and miniature model making.
Sometimes, simple really is best. On a sunny day, pack a picnic and head to any outdoor playground. Tayto Park in Ashbourne, County Meath, incorporates wildlife spotting, a petting zoo, climbing frames, a native American village and large scale playground and amusements in its grounds, offering something for everyone.