The summer has arrived, which means keeping the kids entertained for a few months!
Luckily, there are a host of fun activities on offer around the country to make sure they stay active and engaged – even when the weather is a bit dreary outside!
Here are a few of our recommendations…
Head to Dublin Zoo
If you can get a dry day, then you can’t beat Dublin Zoo for a full day of fun. The 28-hectare park is home to over 400 animals and tickets are priced at €17 for adults and €12.20 for children, with special family offers also available.
Go to the movies
When the rain arrives, the cinema is always a reliable port of call and there are a number of family-friendly movies due out this summer including The Legend Of Tarzan, a live-action remake of Roald Dahl’s BFG and Finding Dory (all this July). Keep an eye on the weekly releases here.
Spark their imaginations at Dublin Children’s Museum
Imaginosity is located in Sandyford and all of the exhibits are educationally designed to inspire learning through play. This is really popular with kids so make sure to book your tickets (€8 each) in advance! Find out more here.
Rainforest Adventure Golf
Mini-golf is always great fun and this rainforest themed facility in Dundrum is open from 10am to 11pm, seven days a week, with courses from €8 a head.
Go wild at Fota Island
With a wide selection of animals and birds from all five continents, Fota is a great destination for families in the Cork/Kerry area (tickets are priced at €15.50 for adults and €10 for children). This is also a great choice if you’re looking to get away for a few days as the luxurious five-star Fota Island Resort is close by!
Bring your water babies to the National Aquatic Centre
Kids love water parks and the National Aquatic Centre will not disappoint with its Flow Rider, Master Blaster, Pirate Ship and Wave Pool. It’s priced at €15 for adults and €13 for children.
Test yourself at Pure Skill
If you’ve got a family of budding sports stars, then Galway’s PureSkill will keep them entertained for hours as they compete across challenges ranging from hurling to cricket! The facility offers special prices of €18 per adult and €15 for under 15s as part of their off-peak family package.
Keep the little ones busy at Funky Monkey
It can sometimes be tricky to keep the younger members of the family happy but this jungle kingdom at Dundrum Town Centre brings together climbing frames, ropes, slides and soft obstacles for kids up to the age of eight.