Five active family days out
With longer evenings here and the weather being a little warmer ,it's time to finally get the kids away from the X-box, Nintendo or family computer and get them doing something a bit more active. Ever keen to get the your little darlings from under your feet, we at Independent.ie have scoured the nation in hot pursuit of the best outdoor activities. Here's a selection that might just whet their appetites;
Co Kilkenny: Kiltorcan Raceway Kart Circuit
Get their adrenaline pumping with a turn behind the wheel of a go-kart at Kiltorcan Raceway Kart Circuit in County Kilkenny.
Saturday mornings at the track are given over to kids over 10 years old and just so they don't have to wait any longer than is absolutely necessary the karts are available on an arrive-and-drive basis. The Saturday sessions cater for new drivers and experienced racers.
Sessions cost €16 for 15 minutes or €28 for 30 minutes - you never know, your budding Lewis Hamilton may even provide you with a comfortable retirement!
For more information telephone 056-7768914
Co Galway: Delphi Adventure Centre
Set in the wilds of Connemara, the Delphi Adventure Centre caters for all the family and offers a wide range of adventure activities.
With parents and children encouraged to take part and qualified instructors available the outdoor centre offers everything from surfing to Canadian canoeing via archery and rock climbing.
Most activities are suitable for children of 6 years and older and anyone feeling the need to float away from it all will love the Delphi Adventure raft building classes.
Half-Day Adventure programmes are priced at €25 per child and €45 per adult.
For more information telephone 095-42208
Nationwide: Xtreme.ie Activity Centres
Adventure-hungry nippers in need of a thrill may find more then they bargained for at Xtreme.ie.
With activity centres based nationwide, the outdoor parks offer a range of activities to entertain adults and children alike.
Paint balling, clay pigeon shooting and aerial trekking are a few of the events on offer and anyone looking to go off the beaten track will love the off-road driving course.
Different activities suit different age groups but the centre is open for kids aged 7 and upwards and prices start from €15.
For more information visit http://www.xtreme.ie
Co Cork: Fota Wildlife Park
Families after a less energetic day out may enjoy a stroll around the 70 acres of Corks Fota wildlife park.
Set in the heart of Cork Harbour, at Fota you can come face to face with the parks resident animals and watch kangaroos feed alongside giraffes and monkeys swing near exotic birds!
There are also play areas, daily talks, animal feeding sessions and a weekend safari with a cheetah run.
When it comes to resting your legs and feeding your own little animals, there's always some room at the Savannah Cafe.
Prices start at €14 per adult and €9 per child with free admission for under 2's.
For more information telephone 021-4812678
South County Dublin: Fort Lucan
Tweens and tots keen for some adventure will enjoy the secret slides, 40foot towers and high walkways of Fort Lucan.
Set in South County Dublin the popular activity centre is home to a Raging River boat ride, a waterfall slide and some high energy Go-Karts.
Suitable for children up to 14 years old, smaller kids are particularly well catered for in the under 5's play area. As if the idea of tiring them out wasn't good enough, it gets better when you discover that most of Fort Lucan's activities are for kids only.
Should watching the fun get the better of you, then we are reliably informed that adults can partake in some Viking Themed Crazy Golf!
Fort Lucan admission is €9.50 per child and €3.50 per adult with free admission for under 2's.
For more information telephone 01-6280166