Trinity College: Science Gallery – SEEING Exhibition

Yesterday the kids and I visited the Science Gallery at Trinity College.

As I am a follower of their Fcebook and get their newsletters, I knew about the SEEING – what are you looking at?  A free exhibition questioning how your eyes, brains and robots see things.  It is on until mid-September so decided to take them along.

They loved it – only Soren at 8, really wanted to try the virtual reality glasses, but due to potential damage, you must be 13 and over.

Now that they’ve been to this place, I’m sure we’ll be back for all the exhibitions.  The next one looks very cool – Humans Need Not Apply.

They also have a “MAKE SHOP” up the street where at times, they have kids items.

At 6 & 8, they are a bit young to fully get it, but even if they enjoy only one thing and learn one thing from the trips, it will be well worth it.

Before we made it to Trinity, we visited Merrian Square’s Giant’s Playground for a short trip – the cast has only been off for one day, we want to not re-injure it.

And after all this, the highlight of their day was the CityScape Hop/Off bus.  For only 10 per adult and FREE for kid (2 per adult, I couldn’t say no).  I think we’ll do it again and this time get off at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and a few other stops.  There are still so many things in Dublin I have not yet done yet and while living here, I want to do them.


Botanic Gardens, Dublin

This past Sunday, we wanted to get out of the house and do something outdoors yet didn’t want to travel too far from Dublin.  As we’ve never been, we decided to head over to Glasnevin to check out the Botanic Gardens.  While some of the flower beds had beautiful roses and such, many of the flower beds were not in full bloom as the peak was well over.

Overall though there was an overall sense of fall and the kids played in the leaves.   As you’ll see from the photo, the colours were lovely but as I didn’t bring my “real” camera as the battery was dead my Xperia does a good enough job not super.

When we arrived we picked up a small trial which the kids could follow around the gardens.   You can choose from a selection of free trails and embark on a self-guided discovery of plants and glasshuses on display in the gardens.  Trails like “Plant Partners” explore the interaction between plants and animals and “Sense-ation” encourages children t explore the gardens using their senses.   Providing clipboards would be helpful (even for a refundable donation upon bringing them back) as it was hard for the kids – who spent a lot of time on the ground.




One of our favorites were the cactus plants.




There were several glass house buildings with different themes.

In the “rain forest one” we found several interesting trees/plants and different sculptures inside and outside throughout the gardens.










As we were walking we came to a giant xylophone where the kids could make music.  Of course, both Maebh and another girl hurt their hands while using sticks – by getting them pinched, but despite that, they both liked this feature.




Then onto a retro living room set up outside – we all got a laugh out of this.




The rose garden was still in full bloom and with so many different versions.   The kids were running from one to the next smelling them and claiming each one as their favorite – all were pretty.









We didn’t even get to see all the various trees all around and the Giant Redwood was a favorite.


Not sure why it has taken us a year to get here, especially where Nils’ office is just a 5 minute walk, but glad we did go as it’s a lovely place and we’ll be back in the Spring.

If you want to visit:
You can find their address and contact information here:  Botanic Gardens Dublin

IMPORTANT:  Scooters are NOT allowed and be prepared to be stuck in a queue to get into the car
park . When it is full, you’re stuck and can’t get in until someone leaves the lot.  Try and find metered street parking.


Trinity College Dublin: Zoology Museum Visit

The kids and I checked out the Trinity College Dublin Zoology Museum.  The 250-year old collection houses 25,000 specimens, representing all of the animal phyla. While the main purpose of the museum is to provide undergraduate training in animal systematics, biodiversity and taxonomy.  The museum was open to the public during Heritage Week I think the price was about €7 for the three of us.  Visitors were given a guided introduction to the world of extinct creatures, exotic beasts and glass models of marine animals by the zoology students and staff.

Surprisingly Soren knew a lot about different species there – Wild Kratz?  All in all it was a nice collection.  The best part of the visit was that they were able to touch the bones, sculls, etc.  That is super cool to the under 8 crowd. Would we return – I’d say no probably not.

The grounds of TCU are lovely, so we stopped at a few sculptures.

And later, while walking down O’Connell Street, Soren gave a coin to a guy dressed up as a leprechaun in good fun.  I think if I bought a similar costume stood around for all the American tourists, I’d make a fortune!