Saturday 10 December 2016

One family day out over the easter could cost you a packet

Published 14/02/2016 | 02:30

A day-out with the family over the school holidays could easily set you back €50 — more if you have a large brood
A day-out with the family over the school holidays could easily set you back €50 — more if you have a large brood

A day-out with the family over the school holidays could easily set you back €50 - more if you have a large brood.

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A family ticket to Dublin Zoo for two adults and two children costs €47.50, while Fota Wildlife Park in Cork charges €46. There is no charge for children under the age of three at Dublin Zoo or Fota. You must pay €3 for parking in Fota, however. Those visiting Dublin Zoo can get free parking in the Phoenix Park. Cafes and restaurants work out pricey at the zoo - so bring a packed lunch.

It can cost as much as €60 for a family of four to visit Tayto Park, as entry to the theme park costs the same for a child as an adult - at €15 a pop without a concession. Children under three are free.

The cinema is a good option for a rainy day - though this, too, can cost you, unless your local cinema offers cheap screenings on particular days. Avoid weekends and peak times to keep the cost down.

"A trip to the cinema for a family of four with drinks, popcorn and sweets can set you back over €50," says Fiona Farrell, of schooldays.ie. "A trip to a waterpark can be expensive, but worth it if you set off early and spend the whole day. Be sure to take snacks with you though."

It costs €47 for a family of four to visit the National Aquatic Centre during the school holidays, for example.

Adventure centres, such as Leisureplex in Dublin, Rainforest Adventure Golf in Dundrum Town Centre, or Imaginosity Children's Museum in Sandyford, are other indoor options - though these trips can be pricey. It costs up to €8 per adult and €8 per child (over the age of three) to visit Imaginosity - and at busy times, your visit is restricted to two hours. A family ticket (two adults and two children) to Rainforest Adventure Centre costs up to €40.

"Family outings in adventure centres and day-trip venues tend to be quite expensive, especially when you take into account the entry fee, additional charges for attractions and rides, the cost of a family photograph and, of course, the added cost of food, drinks and snacks," says Laura Haugh, of mummypages.ie.

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