I’ve only just recently overcome the fear of bringing my wee family places by myself. All too often I have recruited family and friends with the inner feeling that I just couldn’t cope alone. Well this day I decided I was bringing my brood up to the big smoke to Imaginosity, the children’s museum in The Plaza, Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford, Dublin 18.

I will confess I was meeting a friend up there but that was more for a catch up then the support that I had grown to crave.

Preparations always begin the night before you are going anywhere. I had gathered the clothes that I wanted them to wear and placed them in neat piles on the table. I packed a change of clothes for each child, a few snacks in the bag and I was ready to rock.

Up and at it early, I put on the face while the lads ate their breakfast. We all bustled into the dinky and hit the minty highway. I was driving like the Stig in a dress and totally loving life. I somehow managed to overestimate how long it takes to get to Dublin from Kilkenny these days. We were booked into Imaginosity for 11:30 and I’m sat in the car park at 10:10.

Never fear! Nothing a bag of jellies and Justin Bieber on the radio couldn’t solve.

We scrambled out of the car and made our way to reception where we signed in and got our stamp on our hands. The place was choc-a-block full of small children who didn’t really know what was going on. The staff made an announcement of all the little rules and no one listened. And no I’m not talking about just the children. No one listened.

Our session began and we made our way up the stairs and a world of chaos unfolded in front of my eyes. I hadn’t even put Macy down when the boys were gone. No where to be seen. Every corner had something to discover and explore. From a supermarket and post office to a diner and a bed to play doctors and nurses. Another floor filled with a mock news room and stage equipped with costumes and lights. Science mixed with play mixed with education.

Although the session was sold out I can’t say that it felt packed.

There was so much to see and do that children moved on regularly to allow the next child their turn. The wonderful part was seeing parents playing with their kids in the supermarket and a Dad operating the lights on the stage for his daughters production. It brought out the child in the adults too.

The experience lasted two hours and mine were just about getting hungry and looking to go as it drew to an end. This was of course after my son went down the stairs and helped himself to a toy out of the toy shop. I said to him,

You cannot steal a toy! You have a brother and sister…you have to steal three!!!!!

What actually happened was a very sheepish apology to a staff member who was very understanding, thank the Lord.

I really enjoyed the day. There was no fighting, no tears and it all went smoothly. I think the big bonus of Imaginosity was how safe it felt. Bringing three anywhere is daunting but it felt very secure. I do think I would have benefited from having another adult with me because some of the activities might require assistance for the kids to see them in their entirety.

For a family of four I found the price point so reasonable. There are so many activities that would require remortgaging but this was fantastic value for money. We loved our day in the capital and I feel brave now to do other activities with my brood.

Pricing:

Adults €8.00
Children (3 years +) €8.00
Concession(OAPs & Students – bring valid ID card) €7.00
Toddlers (1-2 years) €6.00
Babies (6-12 mths) €2.00

(correct at time of publish)

Imaginosity also provide Membership packages. See their website for further details.