Stuck for things to do with the kids over Easter? Here are some ideas
Plenty of family fun to look forward to this Easter.
With children all around the country getting off on their Easter holidays today, it is time to start planning activities for over the Easter break.
Rather than the kids just sitting 'round the house filling up on Easter eggs and playing video games, why not take advantage of the holidays with a fun family day out?
From the reopening of Tayto Park in Meath to the first annual Cruinniú na Casca, there is so much to do this Easter.
Here are the best things to do with your family, time to get egg-cited!
1. Tayto Park
Summer officially starts at Tayto Park on April 7 for the season. With so many great attractions and events planned for Easter weekend, there is something to keep the whole family entertained. The exhilarating Cú Chulainn Coaster is back for 2017, this wooden thrill-ride is the ultimate attraction for all thrill seekerss. As if that wasn’t enough, Tayto Park also has loads of other hair-raising rides like Power Surge, Rotator and Endeavour. You can also try your hand at rock climbing and sky walking.
Mr Tayto calls Tayto Park his home but I don’t know if you have heard, he has some wild neighbours! Tayto Park has its very own zoo with lots of big cats like the Amur Tiger and Leopard as well the Eurasian Lynx. Bring your very own cheeky monkeys to see meerkats, otters and even a wallaby! Some baby spring lambs will be visiting the petting zoo over Easter weekend, perfect for younger children.
To top it all off, Tayto Park is hosting an Easter egg hunt with a difference on April 16: a mystery for all your little detectives to solve. Mr Tayto is looking for help from some egg-cellent detective’s this Easter to help him solve the mystery of ‘Who stole the egg'? He knows it was one of the animals in the zoo - but he doesn't know which one!
Kids can visit the crime scene to collect clues to unlock the mystery of the disappearing egg! All participants will receive a delicious chocolate egg at the end of their visit.
There's plenty to choose from when feeding the family at Tayto Park too. Get a 16" pizza and 4 drinks for only €20 and there's a brand new Argentinian Grill, not forgetting the ever popular Lodge restaurant.
This June, Tayto park will welcome a host of new attractions to the park including ‘The Viking Voyage at the Park’, a one of a kind, Viking-themed flume ride.
Want a real treat this Easter? Tayto Park is offering a discount on park tickets if you prebook online here.
2. Galway Food Festival
Named as European Capital of Culture for 2020, there has never been a better time to visit Galway. The annual Galway Food Festival takes place over Easter week from the 13 to 17 of April. The festival, now in its 6th year, features talks, tours, demonstrations, tastings and workshops from over 100 of the county’s restaurants, food outlets and producers.
The star attraction at the festival has to be the Halla Bia, held in the old Connaught Tribune Printworks, where you can sample delicious food from producers from all along the Wild Atlantic Way. The masterclasses aren’t just for the grown-ups! Tom Sheridan teaches a kids workshop on how to make your own pizza but make sure to book, it is one of the most popular events at the festival!
On Easter Sunday, there are classes available for your little chefs in both Italian cooking and baking cupcakes. Would any Easter event be complete without an Easter egg hunt? Mr Waffle just beside NUI Galway is hosting their annual hunt on Easter Sunday at 3pm with proceeds going to charity.
After a weekend filled with food and fun, you might find it very difficult to leave! For more information on the full festival programme and to book masterclasses, click here.
3. Airfield Estate
The magic of Lewis Carroll is being brought to life down in Airfield Estate in Dundrum over the Easter break. Kids are invited to join Alice on her enchanted woodland trail and help her find her way out of the forest. The trail is on everyday from April 8 to 23 and it is most suitable for younger kids.
For older children, Airfield is running two week-long Easter camps: Forest Camp for your very own little Bear Grylls to learn wilderness survival skills and Airfield Camp for budding farmers and gardeners. They also offer short specialised morning courses on cooking and baking as well as farming.
On Easter Monday, Airfield's donkeys Conal and Carroll are welcoming two of their Cork cousins from the Cork Donkey Sanctuary. Families are invited along to pet the donkeys and learn all about caring for them.
For more information about the full schedule of events over the Easter break or to book the Easter camps, search airfield.ie.
4. Greenane Maze
With tickets selling out for both Easter Sunday and Monday last year, one thing’s for sure: down at Greenan Maze, they know how to throw an Easter egg-stravaganza. The Co Wicklow farm is home to a half acre Celtic maze, the perfect place to hide some Easter eggs! There is a hunt starting every half hour from 12-5 on the 16 and 17 of April.
Kids have to solve clues to work their way around the 7ft-high maze to find the Easter Bunny hiding in the middle. The Easter Bunny has even invited his friends, the Cheeky Chicks, along to the party. For little ones, there is a fairy tree trail and face painting. As the maze is part of a working farm, guests get the chance to feed and pet the farm animals at around 2pm each day over the weekend. The farm is home to lots of cute Easter animals like baby chicks and little lambs.
The beautiful gardens would make a lovely location for a family picnic. Found in a traditional Irish cottage on the grounds are the Greenan Tea Rooms for an afternoon snack and a cup of tea.
Click here to find out more about all the attractions at Greenan Maze and to book your tickets for the Easter egg hunts.
5. Cruinniú na Casca
Try not to put yourself in an Easter egg food coma on Easter Sunday because the first nationwide Cruinniú na Casca event launches on Easter Monday. With hundreds of events scheduled for Dublin and many more taking place in towns all around Ireland.
Imaginosity are hosting storytelling in St Stephen’s Green for families where children are encouraged to join in with props and puppets to put their own spin on the story. Do you have the next Mark Zuckerberg at home? Coder Dojo have several events on in Dublin Castle for junior techies and kid coders.
Also in Dublin Castle is a mini Craft Village, make sure to check out all the wares of local craftspeople. A fun open-air ceili is happening in Custom House Square in both the morning and afternoon accompanied by live traditional music.
Further afield, the Glebe Gallery in Donegal is hosting an egg painting afternoon with an Easter trail for little egg-splorers while Triskel Christchurch in Cork city have a screening of Irish animated film Song of the Sea at 2pm.
For more information on the full programme and to find an event near you, log on to cruinniu.rte.ie.
Easter Activities this year in Tayto Park include;
Sunday, 16th April – Who stole the egg? http://www.taytopark.ie/events/who-stole-the-egg
Meet Mr. Tayto, who will be making guest appearances every day
Fun activities will include complimentary face painting everyday throughout the Mid-Term break
Lambs in our petting zoo
Arts & Crafts - Easter themed arts and crafts. Suitable for children under 6 years of age
Educational animal feeding talks each day
Tayto Park is now open for the season with special events scheduled for Easter weekend including the “Who Stole the Egg?” mystery trail on Easter Sunday. Tayto Park are offering a special discount of €2 off park tickets if you book online. Find out more about Tayto Park and buy discounted tickets here.