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Things To Do With The Kids Over The Summer Holidays

Keeping the kiddies entertained this summer

The summer holidays are finally here!  But if, like us, you’ve already run out of ideas on how to keep the little ones entertained, we feel you!  So we’ve done some research and found some super fun family activities to enjoy across Ireland this summer.

See Exotic Animals at Wallaby Woods

Located in Donadea in Co Kildare, Wallaby Woods is a family-run open farm, which hosts over 35 species of animals.  Explore their nature trails, while learning about all of the exotic animals that call Wallaby Woods “home”.

Wallaby Woods is €6 on entry, while under 2s go free.  However, they offer plenty of family and group packages.  For more info, check out their website,

Enjoy Street Performers at City Spectacular

This completely free event is running from the 6th to the 8th of July in Dublin’s Merrion Square, and from the 14th to the 15th in FitzGerald Park in Cork.  The festival will showcase spectacular street performances, music, dance and laughter yoga, cookery demos and dog training to name but a few!

Visit Elf and Fairy HQ

Discover the magic of the elf and fairy village at Castlecomer Discovery Park in Co Mayo.  Entry to the village is free, so while you’re there, pop into the cute yellow sweet shop, cafe, and visit elf and fairy HQ!  For the older ones, there’s a huge range of activities on offer at Castlecomer Discovery Park, such as zip-lining, boating and canoeing, and archery as well as many many more super fun activities!

Find A Gruffalo

Located in Colin Glen Forest Park, Belfast, this free attraction is home to Northern Ireland’s only official Gruffalo trail.  The trail itself takes around 20 minutes to complete, depending of course, on how long you stop for photos!  For the full experience, you can book a guided tour which includes story telling, arts and crafts and a certificate that says ‘I met the Gruffalo’.

Get Curios at Dublin’s Festival of Curiosity

Experience a cultural feast at Dublin’s international festival of science, art, design and technology, in a playful, immersive way.  The festival runs from the 19th to the 22nd of July, and will be comprised of performance, visual art, theatre, pop-up playgrounds, secret tours, nighttime cycles and urban escapes.  For more, visit 

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Fiona Hyland

Fiona loves nothing more than discovering new cities, brunch on Sundays, and a good documentary. If you don't find her cooking up a storm in the kitchen, you'll find her in an interiors store, feeding her very real blanket addiction.

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