Despite best efforts, due to regulatory and insurance restrictions on the provision of childcare facilities in Ireland, it is unfortunately not possible for INTERSPEECH 2023 to provide temporary childcare facilities at the Convention Centre Dublin. However, to provide support for parents who want to participate in the conference scientific program, while still bringing their children to Dublin, we have listed some suggestions below.
Trinity College Dublin Bravehearts Summer Camp – Bookings NOW OPEN!
Trinity College Dublin Bravehearts Summer Camp will run from the 21st August – 25th August from 9am – 16:00 each day, and also offer pre- and post-care from 08:00 – 09:00 and 16.00-17.00 on request.
Each day of camp provides children with the opportunity to learn new skills and have fun in a safe and warm environment right in the heart of Dublin City Centre! Suitable for children aged 4 – 14 years. Click here for prices and details on how to reserve a place. Early booking is highly recommended.
Surfdock Dublin Water Sports Summer Camp
The sheltered surroundings of the Grand Canal Dock, located across the river from the Convention Centre Dublin are the perfect playground for beginner water sports. Your kids and teens will love our summer camp trying out paddleboarding, kayaking and sailing. Suitable for Children and teenagers aged 8 to 16 years. For more details and to reserve a place in a camp, please click here.
Further suggested activities of interest for families are:
EPIC Museum – discounted rates for INTERSPEECH 2023 delegates
Winner of Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards 2019, 2020 and 2022
An experience like no other
Forget dusty archives and ancient artefacts. EPIC is unlike any museum you have ever experienced before – it is a fully interactive experience. You will uncover the dramatic and inspiring stories of the Irish people who travelled the world, reliving some of their greatest achievements in music, literature, sport, politics, fashion, science and more.
From the celebrated to the unsung, these stories speak of a shared character; of creativity and strength, audacity and ingenuity, resilience and brilliance offering a unique lens through which this nation can be fully understood.
Get under the skin of what it really means to be Irish
Our language, our literature, our art, our music, our dancing, our sense of humour, our compassion, our politics – what makes us Irish? Explore Irish culture through the lens of emigration and discover what it really means to be Irish.
Discounted rates for those attending INTERSPEECH 2023
EPIC are delighted to welcome INTERSPEECH delegates from around the world to visit our museum. We are happy to offer a 15% discounted rate of only €16.15 per person to visit the museum, discounted from €19.00 per person
How to book
- Visit the EPIC Museum website and choose Book Tickets https://tickets.epicchq.com
- Book tickets at the General Admission Level
- Once you have selected ‘Date and Time’ please click on ‘Continue’
- On the check-out page, input your discount code INTERSPEECH to avail of the 15% discounted ticket price of only €16.15 – then click ‘Check’. This will apply the discount to your booking. Offer is valid for booking between 12th – 27th August 2023.
Viking Splash Tour
Roar your way through Dublin City in a unique Land and Water experience provided by one of Ireland’s most unique sightseeing experiences. Let Viking Splash Tours take you around Dublin on one of our WW2 amphibious DUKWs. Our guides provide a fun, informative and unforgettable experience for all ages and groups taking in our cathedrals, Georgian Dublin and much more before splashing into the Grand Canal basin for a short cruise by the iconic U2 studios.
Please note children under 3 years old are not permitted on the tour. Click here for details.
Dublin Zoo, is located in Phoenix Park, Dublin and one of Dublin’s most popular attractions. Established and designed in 1830 by Decimus Burton, it opened the following year. Today it focuses on conservation projects, breeding programmes, and growing awareness for animal welfare– Click here for details.
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
For over 100 years Kilmainham Gaol held thousands of men, women and children for crimes that ranged from minor offences to being involved in some of the most momentous events in Irish history
A visit to Kilmainham Gaol will take you on a journey through Irish history. You will discover the stories of people held here as ordinary criminals alongside those who fought for Irish independence. From the 1798 rebellion, to the 1916 Easter Rising, the Anglo-Irish War (1919-21), to the devastation of the Irish Civil War (1922-23) all these important events have a chapter in the story of Kilmainham Gaol. Click here for details.
Travel back to Viking and Medieval times at Dublinia, in the heart of the old city at Christchurch. See what life was like onboard a Viking warship, see the weaponry and learn the skills of being a Viking warrior. Try on Viking clothes, become a slave and stroll down a noisy street. Visit a smoky and cramped Viking house and learn about the myths and mysteries surrounding the Vikings and their legacy.
Then witness the sights, sounds and smells of Medieval Dublin and learn about crime and punishment, death and disease and even toothache remedies of 700 years ago. Enjoy the spicy aromas and so much more in the medieval fair, learn to play medieval games, visit a rich merchant’s kitchen and walk along a bustling Medieval street.
National Museum of Ireland- Natural History
On your visit to the Natural History Museum, you’ll be able to see the Irish Animals, including the iconic Giant Irish Deer, a selection of Blaschka glass models and the Wonder Cabinet, with its hands-on display for inquisitive young minds.
Most of the displays are very fragile and should not be touched, but the Wonder Cabinet has some specially selected objects that you can touch, from the softest fur to a piece of Giant Deer fossil over 10,000 years old.
Entrance to the museum is free, your visit should take approximately 45 minutes and entry is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Merrion Square Park and Playground
Merrion Square Park sits at the centre of one of Dublin city’s most beautiful Georgian squares. Merrion Square soon became a fashionable address for the aristocracy and the professional classes. Oscar Wilde, WB Yeats, George Russell and Daniel O’Connell all called the square home at one point.
The park has been restored to its historical layout. It also has a playground and sculpture trail. The Houses of the Oireachtas (the Irish Government), the Natural History Museum and the National Gallery of Ireland sit along the west of the square.
Additional playground option
Childcare facilities that can be secured in the Dublin area bookable on an hourly or daily basis.
Most hotels will also offer babysitting services, please contact your selected hotel directly for details.
A nursing room will be available in the Convention Centre Dublin. Please visit the registration desk onsite for more details.
Please note that childcare is contracted between the delegate and the childcare agent directly and is not the responsibility of Keynote PCO or INTERSPEECH 2023. The organisations have no affiliation to the above organisations and the above details are for information purposes only.
Eating out with Children in Dublin
The vast majority of restaurants in Dublin, and indeed Ireland, are welcoming of families with children before 9pm. Most restaurants will provide highchairs, have a special children’s menu or occasionally offer half portions of a main meal, and some even provide crayons and colouring to keep little ones amused. Restaurants with space to accommodate a pushchair can sometimes be problematic in the City Centre, so it is always advisable to ring a restaurant and check beforehand. Reservations are recommended to avoid a wait.
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