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Get down to Dublin with the kids this spring

With the school holidays making an appearance in April it’s always a good idea to have plenty of entertainment pre-planned to keep the kids happy (or at least out of your hair for some of the time). Here at the Sandymount Hotel we’ve been doing some research into events that are coming up in Dublin. So, if you’re visiting the city for a short spring-time break with the little ones, here are a few events to consider as all are sure to keep them amused and a smile on their darling little faces (even if it’s just having something to bribe them with): Potted Potter This international and smash hit comedy parody of Harry Potter is set to hit Dublin city for one week only on April 14 to 20 before moving on to its next global venue. Winner of the Best Entertainment & Family Show Olivier Award Nominee, it has impressive credentials. Although the show only lasts for just over one hour, it still manages to get all seven Harry Potter books into the sketch (including game of Quidditch – what do you mean you can’t play it?!). Organisers of the show reckon it will appeal to children as young as six right up to age 60. Tickets are available here The Battle of Clontarf Festival Little soldiers will love this event on April 19 and 20 and which is set to be the largest Viking village and living history battle re-enactment anywhere in Ireland. There is sure to be plenty of atmosphere as well as interactive and static displays of what Viking life was like in years of yore. A number of Viking occupations will be showcased including coin striking, leather working and storytelling. Alongside this will be archery demonstrations, falconry shows and some tips on mastering Viking chess. Then, of course, there is the Viking Long Boat to explore. Peppa Pig's Big Splash Well, if anyone was going to be making a splash of any size, it was always going to be Peppa wasn’t it? This time Peppa and pals discover that their nursery roof is leaking water. And, as usual, in order to save up money to pay for the repair work they’ll need some sing-a-long audience help to keep their spirits up. The cast, at the Olympia Theatre, includes George, Mummy and Daddy Pig. Then there is Danny Dog, Pedro Pony and Suzy Sheep. One of the best bits of the show, we think, is the Champion Puddle Jumping competition. This involves lots of water, a pair of missing Golden Boots and some strict adjudicated from Mr Potato. On May 10 and 11 this misses out our April dates but we thought it was such a scream that there was no way we could miss it out. Buy your tickets here peppa-pigs-big-splash-event image via The National Wax Museum The museum has been completely re-imagined and designed focusing on a fun and interactive visitor experience. While remaining true to the ethos of a wax museum, The National Wax Museum Plus Dublin presents a snap shot of Irish cultural heritage but with a very modern twist! Visitors are taken on a journey through Irish history, a Kids discovery zone, A Green screen video room, a recording studio and all the exceptional life-like wax work characters you can expect at the national museum. These interactive activities are popular with kids and adults alike. For more information visit here

The Zoo Sometimes the classics are the best - Located in Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo has recently undergone a revamp. It was voted 2011 most popular attraction in Ireland, with one million visitors last year, and with good reason. It's one of the world's oldest zoos - it takes up 28 hectares of the park and is home to 600 animals including a number of new arrivals during the last year including a baby giraffe and gorilla. It also had 3 very famous visitors recently, none other than Beyoncé, Jay-Z and little Blue Ivy. For more information visit dublin-zoo-tour Image via   If you’re staying over in Dublin for any of the events/attractions why not consider booking a room with us here at the Sandymount Hotel?

We offer 3 family rooms on offer which include one double and two single beds. All family guest rooms feature Luxury beds with designer bed throws, En-suite bathroom with bath and shower, Plasma TV, Tea/coffee facilities, FREE high speed WIFI, and FREE parking available for all guests. Sandymount Hotel is the perfect location for all family activities -  the DART Station is just a few minutes walk from the hotel and the city centre is only two stops away. We’re easily accessible to Bray aquarium, Dublin Zoo, The O2, The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and the Dublin/Wicklow coastal route. Hope to see you and your family soon!                

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Susan is super passionate about hotels and in a past life was a travel writer and hotel critic. As a Dublin native she also loves everything about the city and wants to share her knowledge on all the best bits.