Imaginosity in Sandyford is Dublin’s Children’s Museum; a special place designed just for kids under nine years, where children and adults alike are invited to explore their world using their imagination, natural curiosity and innate creativity. A unique museum, Imaginosity Dublin is specially designed with input from children, parents and educators. It is a veritable wonderland of fun for kids and activity for children.Hosting 2.5 floors of exhibits which are educationally-designed to inspire life-long learning through play, celebrating children’s imaginations on the journey from curiosity to discovery; Imaginosity is a magical place for families.The staff at Imaginosity are all skilled in communication with children and are experts in inspiring enthusiasm in children of all ages.
Housed in Europe’s only purpose built eco friendly building for children, Imaginosity Dublin is a wildly colourful world of exploration. The building is built on elevated columns over a pool complete with fountains and lights adding a touch of magic to the Beacon South Quarter in Sandyford.
Alongside the exhibit areas, Imaginosity hosts a wide variety of daily workshops incorporating art, crafts, theatre, dance & music for all age groups under 9.
Imaginosity Workshops And Events
Familyfun Tip on Imaginosity
It is advisable to book in advance during holidays and weekends as they operate a ticketing system for their 2 hour visit.
Play acting and acting out is an important part of childhood. It is natural for children, particularly the under tens to invent stories and perform them, quite un-self consciously. So the Kids Stage at Imaginosity provides all that they need to make this acting out even more fun. There are a myriad of props to use. There are costumes to dress up in and make up to complete the ‘look’. Lighting and changing scenery give many children their first taste of ‘theatre’. There is the opportunity to experiment with both formally directed theatre and improvisation.
Be A Rock Star
Do your kids harbour dreams of being a rock star? You could start by taking them to visit the Music Corner at Imaginosity. Here children get the change to grab a guitar and watch themselves perform on the big screen. No inhibitions and no worry about the noise. Costumes, different backgrounds and virtual instruments allow kids to be part of a band or solo performers. There are no harsh judges either to comment on their efforts. Let Imaginosity help you find out if you have the X Factor at their Music Corner.
Budding reporters and weather presenters get the opportunity to experience how it feels to broadcast to the nation at Imaginosity’s News and Weather Station. With their special reporter’s jacket and microphones they can put together the latest news stories to be shown on the TV monitors.
Or for those who prefer to organise from behind the scenes, operate the camera and ensure you get the best from the presenters. Just like a real TV studio!
Children’s natural spirit of adventure and exploration is exercised at Imaginosity’s Climber. This play area spans two floors at the centre of the museum and is a colourful maze of worlds and activities. Crawling, climbing and stretching are all needed in the Climber.
The children can explore ‘Out of this World’ and blast off into space. They can go on the Ship and keep watch out through the porthole. The underwater world offers sea creatures to explore and a mermaid to find. On dry land, go into the woods and spot the woodland animals hidden in the undergrowth. Or imagine yourself in your favourite fairy take in the Castle Turret.
The Climber provides an ideal venue for climbing, planning and strategising and of course unlimited fun.
Imaginosity Construction Company
The Construction Company at Imaginosity is at the cutting edge of environmentally friendly building and design. So kids will learn important lessons about solar power and energy conservation while building and creating. From brick-laying to plumbing, junior builders will have a ball at the Construction Company.
But the more artistic are also catered for. Budding interior designers can paint the walls on one of three houses or put up some special magnetic wallpaper.
Tir na nOg and Little Me
Specially designed for the youngest visitors to Imaginosity, Tir na nOg allows children under 3 their own space in which they can explore their world. There is an apple tree from which to gather apples in your basket or pop into a special chute and make them disappear. There are farm animals to pet and hear what sounds they make.
The Little Me area is dedicated to the very youngest visitors, those who are not yet walking. They are invited to crawl over various soft surfaces, watch the changing lights in the light column or sit and watch the fish in the floor level aquarium.
Created to nurture and develop motor skills and confidence, this space allows the youngest kids the opportunity of sensory exploration and problem solving.
Imaginosity Dublin - Town Centre
Let your child experience all the elements that make up a typical Irish community. The market offers the chance to be a baker, butcher or check-out operator. And while they play they learn about the journey our food makes from farm to table.
The ‘An Post’ Post Office, allows children to understand the world of snail mail including weighing and distribution of parcels. There is even the opportunity to design their own stamp!
The Dublin Diner is a must for a quick bite. Or play the part of a celebrity chef preparing the food.
The fun just does not stop – the Town Centre also has a library corner for some quiet down time or a special garage where children can put a car through its NCT or take a spin in the fabulous Audi A1.
Imaginosity School Tours
Primary School, Montessori School, Creche and Playgroup Visits
At Imaginosity, they welcome and encourage visits from primary schools, Montessori schools, playgroups and creches, all year round. They offer different rates and packages for self-guided visits throughout the 2.5 floors of exhibits which are educationally designed to inspire life-long learning through play, igniting imaginations on the journey from curiosity to discovery.
As children play, they learn. Imaginosity has carefully designed environments that inspire children’s learning. The three principles governing their education and design philosophy are; an appreciation of children’s play behaviuor, a knowledge of how an environment can influence play and learnimg , and an understanding of children’s developmental milestones.
Afternoon visit times may be available upon request. Tuesday – Friday: 9.30 am-11.30 am or 11.30 am – 1.30 pm. They also do lunch options for your school trip.
Booking is essential and to find out more information just call them Tel. (01) 217 6130 / 33
Birthday Parties At Imaginosity
A birthday celebration at Imaginosity is a great way to have fun with your young guests. They have 14 interactive exhibit galleries over 2.5 floors that are packed with lots of hands on adventures. Each themed party offers time on the museum floor for your child and their guests; to explore the 2.5 floors of exhibits and activities, followed by an interactive, engaging art or art/drama workshop activity, specifically designed for each birthday party age group. All themed parties are followed by party food in our Party Room, where tea and coffee is available for the accompanying adults. What Happens at an Imaginosity Party
- The host and guests are greeted by our party animator – they are your main contact for the visit to help explain how things work in the museum
- The children play throughout the museum for over an hour
- Guests are then brought into private room to play traditional party games with music
- In the party room, the party food is served: sandwich, fresh fruit, rice-crispie bun, jelly, popcorn and sweets with a choice of fruit cordials to drink
- The Birthday Child is given an Imaginosity gift on departure
- Themed activities include “Pretty Princess”, “Dinosaur Adventure” and “Pirate Party”.
- Party Bags available from €1.50 each
- You must bring a ratio of 1 supervising adult to every 5 children, with one adult required for every 3 children under 3 years old.
- Invitations Available
- All you need to bring is the birthday cake!
Price for parties:
- €20 per child at Weekend and Bank Holidays
- €15 per child Monday – Thursday.
To Book a party you can call them on (01) 2176130/33 Please mention Familyfun.ie when BookingParty times – Monday – Friday
- 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm
- 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm
Party times – Saturday – Sunday
- 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
- 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm
- 2.30 pm -4.30 pm
Imaginosity Admission Charges
- Adult: €8.00
- Children(over 3) €8.00
- Toddlers 1-2 years €6.00
- Baby 6-12 month €2
- Babies under 6 months free
- Concession (student with ID and OAP) €7.00
Booking Online – You can book on line here through our booking link directly to the Imaginosity ticket sales.
Imaginosity Opening Times
- Monday 1.30 pm – 5.30 pm,
- Tuesday – Friday 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
- Saturday and Sunday 10 am-6 pm
- Bank Holiday Monday 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
Amenities at Imaginosity
- Baby Carriers
For health and safety reasons your buggies have to be left in the reception area and they will provide you with baby carriers upon request. Buggies are left in the reception lobby at owners own risk.
- Cafe Kiddiccino
The cafe offers fresh sandwiches, delicious pasta dishes and hot food, a great selection of children’s meals as well as cakes and pastries baked on the premises! During busy periods the café must be used within your two hour time slot.
Directions to Imaginosity
LUAS They are only a short 5 mins walk away from the Stillorgan LUAS stop
The 114, 75, 46 B and the 11 A all stop on Blackthorn Road, which is just around the corner from Imaginosity.
Imaginosity can be reached by the M 50 and N 11. Use the Google map at the top of this page for help
There is parking is available in the car park shared with Dunnes Stores and the other retail shops. Paying for parking is – 0 – 2 hours is Free of charge, increases by €2 per every 2 hours thereafter. Meter parking is also available on-street in Sandyford