7 amazing places to take the kids for a day
The summer holidays are almost here, which means it’s time to plan some exciting trips and make some family memories.
There are lots of places for you to visit around Ireland this summer that are both fun and educational. From huge whale skeletons to robots who talk, giant cliffs to Viking ships – this list will help you plan some of your best family days out this year.
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Here are seven amazing places to check out this summer that the whole family will enjoy.
1. Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare
Voted Ireland’s favourite visitor attraction in 2019 by Irish Independent readers, a family day trip to the Cliffs of Moher is the perfect summer adventure. Kids under 16 can visit free of charge and with buggy-friendly paths, all ages can enjoy these spectacular sites.
As well as the beautiful views, animal lovers may be in for a treat if they are lucky. Home to puffins, goats, badgers and foxes, the cliffs are alive with wildlife.
While you’re there, tuck into a yummy meal in either the Puffin’s Nest Café or the Cliffs View Café, both of whom cater for children. Or, why not bring a packed lunch and enjoy a picnic at one of the picnic tables in front of the visitor centre.
2. W5, Co Antrim
Take a trip to outer space, learn how to build a robot or walk with dinosaurs at the W5 science and discovery centre in Belfast.
There are over 250 interactive exhibits spread out across the six themed exhibitions here. Start your adventure on the ground floor and meet Robothespian the ‘life sized, humanoid, interactive robot who can move, speak, educate, interact and entertain!’ The centre also has a daily program of live science demonstrations and shows for you to choose from.
With several multi-sensory activity zones throughout the building, it is the perfect place for kids to burn some energy, have fun and learn.
There are also lots of opportunities for young scientists and engineers to get stuck in to different projects. From building a K’nex car in the Go area to getting creative in The Construction Zone, there is something for everyone.
3. Clara Lara Fun Park, Co Wicklow
Sunny days are one of the best things about summer and what better way to spend them than to put the screens down and enjoy the outdoors. Take the family to Co Wicklow for a water park adventure that will make you feel like you are really escaping into the wilderness.
Test your bravery on the Aqua Shuttle, the park’s largest water slide. Or, from something a little more leisurely, why not take a row boat around the lake?
The park also has some great dry activities that the kiddies will love, such as go karting, ziplining and climbing. Be sure to find the tree house that has its very own tube slide.
The park even allows for families to have their own BBQs, so make sure you fill the cool box and get ready for those hungry mouths after all the fun and exercise. It’s worth investing in a good freeze box for day trips like this one, it means you could even pack some homemade sugar free MiWadi ice pops and really treat the family. Check out these simple ice pop recipes.
4. National Aquatic Centre, Dublin 15
For those days that aren’t so BBQ friendly, head to Aqua Zone in the National Aquatic Centre where you will find lots of indoor water slides. Enjoy the twists and turns of the ‘Green Giant’ or get the adrenaline pumping in the ‘Dark Hole’. The centre has a total of eight rides as well as lots of paddling areas, there is something there for all ages to enjoy.
The centre also has an international competition pool, where the depth and length of the pool is adjusted. This is perfect for those teens who want to get some practice in during the summer holidays and try out an Olympic style pool.
5. Natural History Museum, Dublin 2
Another place that is guaranteed to offer a great day out, is the Natural History Museum. Located in the heart of Dublin’s city centre, it is a magical experience that’s just waiting to be discovered.
Stand beneath giant deer skeletons and marvel at the sheer size of the creatures who used to roam this very land. View over 10,000 exhibits, from tiny birds to a 20m long whale skeleton.
This cabinet-style museum has a historical feel and it has attracted generation after generation of families ever since it opened its doors in 1857.
6. Pirate Adventure Park, Co Mayo
Take a trip to Westport this summer and discover a world of pirates, treasure and adventure. The Pirate Adventure Park has a range of rides that are sure to excite the kids - Cannonball Run slide, Pirate Queen Swinging Ship and Pirate’s Plunge Flume Ride. For smaller children, check out the indoor soft play area, the Pirate’s Den.
The site also has a real-life dungeon you can explore as well as lots of other fun activities such as a mini ferris wheel. Test your balance in the Vortex Tunnel or hop on the Westport House Express and enjoy a ride around the miniature railway.
7. The Irish National Heritage Park, Co Wexford
To truly get to know Ireland’s Ancient East, you have to visit the country’s largest outdoor museum, The Irish National Heritage Park. An adventure from start to finish, this beautifully made museum will take any kid (young or old!) on the trip of a lifetime, back in time.
Arrive at a Mesolithic campsite and see exactly how the first people who came to Ireland lived, over 9000 years ago. Explore an early medieval ringfort, take a journey to a Crannog and climb abroad a Viking ship.
Give yourself at least two hours to wander around the museum and its surrounding woodlands, you won’t want to miss anything this place has to offer.
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