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20 Great Things To Do In Dublin With Kids

Dublin offers many wonderful—and affordable–experiences for children and parents to share. From sports and art to history, from playtime to stretching little minds and imaginations, Dublin is the place to be! Here are 20 of our top favourites. Find more details on Hello Dublin's Things To Do page:

  • Butler's Chocolate Experience – The ultimate chocolate discovery tour for chocolate lovers and budding chocolatiers. (Clonshaugh Business Park Butler's location). €7.50-13.50
  • Dublinia – Experience Viking and medieval Dublin! Connected to Christ Church Cathedral by a medieval footbridge. Family ticket €20
  • Dublin Zoo – Cats, primates, the Arctic, city farm, keeper talks and the Nakuru Safari. Tickets €11.50-16.50
  • Go Kids Go! Play and Party Centre – Challenge and exercise your children with 3 lane astra slide, giant balls and ball cannon (while you relax in their cafe). Also features go karts, indoor soccer, disco and arts and crafts. €5.00-8.50
  • Hop On Hop Off Dublin Bus Tour – Open-top bus to stops like the National Gallery for kids art workshops, playground and ducks at St. Stephen's Green, and the Dublin Zoo. 2 kids ride free with one paying adult (€18). 2nd day free!
  • Imaginosity – Child-centered interactive exhibits to inspire life-long learning through play. €8
  • Irish Dance Theatre & Museum – Enjoy Live Irish Dancing Show and, alternatively, Hop up and learn to dance! Tickets from €12
  • Irish National Sailing School – Classes and sailing camps from a beach. Maybe see the seals in Dun Laoghaire Harbour or the dolphins in Dublin Bay! €131-152 per week.
  • National Museum of Ireland – Home to the greatest collections of Irish material heritage, culture and natural history in the world. Free admission!
  • Pirates Village – Themed, custom-made inflatables, ages 1-10. Pop-up playground, €5
  • Rainforest Adventure Golf – Golf skills and an adventure combined! Family ticket €28
  • The Little Museum of Dublin – The story of Dublin city from 1900 up to 2000, showcasing the remarkable transformation that the city went through in the last century. €4-6
  • The National Leprechaun Museum – Discover what really lies behind tales of the leprechauns in Celtic culture. €8-12 (291)
  • The National Wax Museum Plus – Pure magic for both children and adults! Family package €35
  • Viking Splash Tours ˜ These people do what no one else can do by showing you the sights of Dublin from land to water and back again! €12-20
  • Xtreme Family Adventure – Family fun for 7+ yrs. Archery, zip lining, aerial trekking adventure, ropes and climbing wall. Single activities and weekly camps from €8-95

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Tips on Increasing Your Business through the Internet

Small businesses don't have the resources to pay professionals to keep them in the top ten business listings of searches. Here are some tips on how to increase your internet exposure.

1. List your business in good online directories. Look at the directory and browse around it to see:

  • If you were a customer, would you come back to this site for information?
  • As a customer, is it easy to find the information you would want?
  • Is information current, or are there ads or articles that are out of date?
  • Is it professional? Would you be proud to be listed on this site?
  • Are there any annoying ads that are irrelevant to what you searched for?
  • Are there any objectionable or inappropriate pictures or text?
  • Is it appropriate for your business? Would your customers come to this site?
  • Do listed businesses show up in searches? Does the site do any promotion or search optimisation?
  • Are the charges appropriate and affordable for your business?
  • If your business serves only local clientele, list it in at least one local directory. If you aim to attract business from outside the area, make sure that the directory has outside exposure. Local domain extensions (like .fr .de .in) are shown only in those countries. When you are satisfied that a directory is good for your business,
  • Always make sure your contact information, including email and links (website, facebook, etc.), are correct.
  • If you can, post a good picture that expresses in a glance what your have that your customers want. Pictures communicate volumes, in an instant.
  • Visit the site every month, browse around, and make sure your listing shows up.

2. On your website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and directory pages:

  • Pictures One picture says a thousand words. Make sure your pictures say the things about your business that you want customers to know. Photos taken in good lighting with a phone, cropped appropriately with free software (like GIMP), can be just as effective as professional ones. It is worth it to spend some time to get a few good pictures.
  • Be brief The descriptions of your business/products/services should be brief and to the point. Customers are accustomed to getting information at the speed of light. Most of them won't read lengthy paragraphs, no matter how well written. Remember that the purpose is to get your point across--quickly. Ask yourself if each sentence or phrase is really necessary.
  • Space Make sure that your eye is attracted to the most important points. For example, leave empty space around what you want your potential customers to notice.
  • Benefits Write your description by asking yourself what benefits your customer gets--not what features you offer! This is the most common mistake of business owners. We are so knowledgeable about our product or service that it is difficult to change shoes and describe to a customer how he or she will benefit. We know the answers--we just need to step back and change hats.
  • SEO keywords Your pages should contain many words that your customers would search for when they look for what you offer. If you sell auto parts, write them out like this: "Wiper blades, fuses, fan belts, floor mats, car batteries, hoses, ..." and the same for restaurants, hair salons, carpenters, and all other businesses. If you were a customer searching for a product or service you offer, what would you type into a search bar? Put those words on your page, as text. Keep your tone professional and natural; don't over-use your keywords.
  • Customer reasons Ask yourself the 3-4 main reasons a customer would buy from you rather than someone else. Make sure to include these points prominently on your page. Even if you have fifty unique features a customer will benefit from, in the decision-making process most of them will be seen as add-ons. Put yourself in your customer's shoes and list what is most important to them.
  • Emotion Remember that buying decisions are primarily emotional, rather than logical. Present the reasons for buying your product in an attractive, appealing way. Use positive wording, like "feels good" rather than "prevents pain."

3. Use social media. It can be more effective than spending millions on advertising campaigns. People trust words of their peers more readily than company commercials (even if they've never met their "peer"). Social media allows you to easily reach many customers in the demographic group that buys your product or service--quickly. Here are points to remember:

  • It takes time! 2-10 hours/week, depending on the size and type of your business. Since most business owners don't have time, it's important to have an employee who does, every day. It's still cheaper and more effective than professional advertising.
  • Do it daily Inquiries must be responded to immediately, not after a week.
  • Track results Some people have a knack and love for doing social media, and others don't. Track your results--how many followers, how many tweets, how many friends, how many inquiries.
  • Articles If you can, have a blog with informative articles on your industry. If every article promotes your own business you'll lose credibility, but if your articles are generally informative you gain exposure. Include links to other reputable sources of information.

Websites that use unethical SEO techniques are eventually downgraded. Make sure you don't try to fool Google or other search engines by buying links to your website or other tricks. The best strategy is to have high-quality content that is up-to-date and of genuine interest to customers.


For more information on increasing your internet business, check out search optimisation professional advice. First, though, think through your market strategy. SEO professionals can work from anywhere in the world, but you need to consider who you're trying to reach, where they are, and what they search for.

Google advice on choosing SEO.
AdRank in U.K., free ad until your business gets to the first page on Google.
Sites Rising in Ireland and U.S.A., Google ad campaign, free consultation.
Premium SEO in Australia, free website evaulation.

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