DUBLIN When the young eyes are smil­ing, sure ev­ery­one's happy

Herald on Sunday - - TRAVEL LIGHT -

1 Vik­ing Splash Tour

Kids get to don Vik­ing hats and prac­tice their best roars at passersby on both land and wa­ter on this unique jour­ney. This thrilling tour takes place on the am­phibi­ous World War II ve­hi­cles known as “Ducks” and ex­plores the his­tory of Vik­ing Dublin, as well as other high­lights of the city. Vik­ing guides pro­vide an in­for­ma­tive and en­ter­tain­ing com­men­tary as you travel through the ages. vikingsplash.com

2 Ark Chil­dren’s Cul­tural Cen­tre

Aimed at kids be­tween the ages of 3 and 14, this cul­tural cen­tre in the heart of Dublin’s Tem­ple Bar is a great place to in­tro­duce young­sters to the joys of the arts. They’ll ex­plore ev­ery­thing from the­atre, mu­sic and dance, to paint­ing, sculp­ture and lit­er­a­ture. The Ark works with a di­verse range of Ir­ish and in­ter­na­tional artists to en­rich young imag­i­na­tions. Pro­grammes change reg­u­larly and in­clude plays, ex­hi­bi­tions, work­shops, fes­ti­vals, con­certs, read­ings, opera and much more. ark.ie 3 Parks When they’re ready to run wild and free, Dublin has plenty of green spa­ces for the kids to burn off en­ergy. St Stephen’s Green has a chil­dren’s play­ground and is also a pop­u­lar lo­ca­tion for foot­ball and Fris­bee games, while Herbert Park of­fers ten­nis courts, vast green lawns, ponds and flower beds. There’s lots of see in Phoenix Park — one of the world’s largest city parks — with a sport­ing oval, a herd of 300 deer, cricket and polo grounds and a mo­tor-rac­ing track. You’ll also find some fine 18th cen­tury houses, in­clud­ing the homes of the Ir­ish pres­i­dent and the US am­bas­sador. vis­it­dublin.com

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