10 great family days out this Easter
Published 22/03/2016 | 14:46
You’ve probably been tearing your hair out trying to think of things to do with the kids over Easter. We’ve teamed up with TASSIMO, who invite their customers to ‘Discover a World of Variety’ to bring you some inspiration and ideas on fun things to do with the family while school’s out.
Galway Food Festival, 24th – 28th March
Galway celebrates 100 years of Irish culinary history with the Galway Food Festival. The Wild Atlantic Way was recently named Best Dublin Culinary Road Trip by New York based food and wine magazine Saveur in their Good Taste Awards of 2015, so there’s a buzz about this year’s festival.
This year's festival will see the return of all the above, along with lots of new and exciting additions. Plans for 2015 include an extended food trail, a food-truck village in the West End, a new location for the ever popular cooking demonstrations and an expansion of the eclectic programme of Food Tours (this year includes trips to the Aran Islands, trips to the Burren and visits to farms, producers and craft brewers). A Seaside Foraging trip will be included for those interested in 'digging for their dinner', and would be just perfect for the whole family.
Easter Trail Airfield Park, open daily
Get the kids’ hands dirty at Airfield Park farm. Start the day with lawn games, then collect the eggs. There will be Easter egg adventure trails available from the ticket desk and the kids will have the chance to hunt for a veritable chocolate feast. Follow with a family house tour, a personal meeting with the farmer himself and a tour of Airfield House. The best bit is kept for last though as the kids can feed the animals before you head home.
Dublin Walking Festival, 25th – 27th March
This Easter, get out into the wilderness and take part in the Dublin Walking Festival. Running for three days, this festival will take you to stunning places that you never knew existed in Dublin. There are trails to suit all levels of walking ability and plenty for the families - even the little ones in buggies. From a full moon walk overlooking the lights of Dublin city, to plenty of scenic walks which take in the beauty of our countryside; bring the whole family out on an adventure on Easter Weekend and book the activities you want to take on at the Dublin Walking Festival.
Chocolate Garden of Carlow, open daily
Secure a golden ticket for a chocolate workshop in the Chocolate Garden in Carlow. Learn all about chocolate making, cocoa growing, and how Easter eggs are made. Better still, the kids can have a go at making and decorating their own Easter egg. Take home the mould along with your own handmade creation. You’ll also get to taste different grades of premium chocolate!
The Ark Easter workshops for children, 19th March – 3rd April
As Ireland looks back at its first 100 years as a nation, The Ark - a unique, purpose-built cultural centre in the heart of Dublin's Temple Bar - is inviting children aged 2-12 to explore theatre, music, literature, art, film, dance and more. Children are invited to create a portrait of themselves using photography, drawing and writing.
The Westport House Easter Egg Hunt, 27th March
Pinkie, the Easter Bunny – and one of Westport House’s oldest residents – will hop out to welcome all the boys and girls who visit her home and she will lead the much-anticipated Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday. The Easter Egg hunt will take place through the stunning and freshly blooming parkland grounds with waterfalls, lakes, rolling lawns and scenic backdrop of the beautiful Clew Bay and magnificent Croagh Patrick.
Family Fun at Rathbeggan Lakes, 27th March
Rathbeggan Lakes really has something for everyone in the family this Easter and they are opened daily throughout the Easter Holidays for lakeside walks, fishing and picnics. The Heritage Park, Fairy Garden and Playground are also available, as is the Pet Farm with some super cute new bunnies who arrived just in time for Easter. Rathbeggan Lakes will have all other activities up and running from Good Friday onward (weather permitting) and are really looking forward to the Easter Bumble Egg hunt on Easter Sunday.
REWILD in Merrion Square, 28th March
Families are invited to join in a day of fun and games in the beautiful surroundings of Merrion Square Park. Upon A Tree are hosting REWILD an event that encourages children to get down and dirty in nature again. Get ready for some Giant Nest building, Bug GPO constructing, Square scavenging and more!
Children will also get the chance to try the games that children played in Dublin’s streets in 1916 including children’s street rhymes and games, including skipping, marbles, penalty shoot-outs, relays and obstacle courses. The event will also tap into children’s imagination with creative messy play, art, dress up and den building.
Saturday Family Workshop at the National Gallery, 26th March
The free Saturday Family Workshops 'Saints and Sinners', with Louise McGrath, encourages families to enjoy creating and learning together as they explore the collection and exhibitions through drawing, crafts, and storytelling. All materials are provided. The workshops are most suitable for families with children aged 4-10. Places are limited, so come early to avoid disappointment.
Bushcraft for Kids at the Slieve Aughty Centre, 31st and 26th March
Slieve Aughty Centre is a family owned resort where memories are made and smiles are found. Their mission is to create a place where you can connect with nature and the seasons. For the outdoor adventurer in every child, join professional guide Gary Byrne, CELT tutor, and learn essential survival skills, including how to safely use knives, start and maintain fire, build an outdoor shelter, make tools, forage for wild food, and more. It includes an introduction to archery and longbow making. It is based on the popular 2 day course offered twice a year as part of Weekend in the Hills.
Once you’ve run the kids ragged and they’re good and tired, it’s time for you to put your feet up and relax with your choice of hot beverage from TASSIMO.
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