Happy summer holidays to all our customers out there! While we are sure you are delighted to have the children home to spend more time with them, we at Child Paths understand the struggle it is at times to keep them entertained. That is why we have done our research, and we have picked out 10 amazing places you can bring the children this summer to keep them entertained, but most importantly, create those special summer memories with them. These destinations numbered 1 to 10 are in no way a ranking order; they are all equally worthwhile!
1. Castlecomer Discovery Park, Co. Kilkenny
Did someone say educational and fun? That is exactly what Castlecomer Discovery park has to offer. This fun activity park sits on the site of what was once known as the Wandesford Estate and a coal mine that lasted over 300 years. Bring the kids to see what was once coal mines as an educational element, then allow them to have endless fun on all the outdoor activities the park has to offer such as the Octagon and Zip Wire! Do not forget it is home to Ireland’s longest zip line. It is 300 metres long and 35 metres over the ground at its highest point. Visitors can zip over the stunning woodland, two lakes, and 17th-century hand-restored bridge (how cool!). The majority of the park is dog friendly, so don’t forget to bring the pooch for a dip in the lake! For more information, please visit their website: https://www.discoverypark.ie/
We are delighted to be teaming up with Castlecomer Discovery Park in Co. Kilkenny as part of Top 10 Places to Visit in Ireland this Summer. They have kindly offered all our customers 10% off when booking the Octagon & Zipwire package, normally €27 – suitable for 12+ The code is ChildPaths10 and can be used only for online booking – www.discoverypark.ie/bookinig Running for a limited time only! From today to the 7th of July 2021. (T&C’s apply)
2. Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.
Wicklow is indeed not called the Garden County for nothing! Glendalough is arguable one of the most picturesque places in the world, let alone Ireland. Set in the tranquil Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough caters to all ages and walking abilities. There is also a beautiful lake where you can bring the children to dip their feet into for a splash to cool down after visiting the famous Round Tower on the way. While there is a food truck near the lake, we recommend you bring a picnic to avoid the long queues and to take in the beautiful surroundings!
3. Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare
A must-see with the children this summer! Suitable for all ages and walking abilities. Children will love seeing all the different birds flying in and out of the cliffs, and of course, the parents will love the magnificent views. A perfect place to take the annual family picture! Please be aware, to get the full views of the cliffs; there is quite a steep hill that may be difficult to get up with a buggy. However, you will be sure to see some incredible views without going up the steep hill. What makes this place so special is the traditional Irish buskers that often play their instruments; it really makes you feel that Irish pride!
4. Moher Hill Farm, Co. Clare
We just had to include this gem of a place, especially if you have the children with you. Only a stone’s throw from the Cliffs of Moher, we are convinced your children will love this place. Children can feed and pet many of their favorite animals. However, there is so much more to do here to keep the children entertained for hours, such as; ball pool, all-weather outdoor play area, miniature golf course, and of course, the all-important bouncing castle! For more information, please visit their website: www .moherfarm.com
5. Trabolgan Holiday Village, Co. Cork
This place is a kid’s heaven. Suitable for all ages, and there is sure to be something here for everyone to enjoy, from toddler to Nana. Trabolgan is set in a tranquil wood in East Cork. It has many activities and outdoor adventures for the children to explore. This is the perfect place for walks, looking at nature, or even building a sandcastle with their newly opened beach! For more information, please click on the link: https://trabolgan.com/
6. Tayto Park, Co. Meath
What is better than Tayto Crisp? A Tayto fun park! You will have to check out this incredible fun park in Ashburn this summer that is sure to give Disneyland a run for its money. With a Theme Park and a Zoo on site, it is sure to be a big hit with the family this summer. For more information and how to book tickets, please click on the link: https://taytopark.ie/
7. Rathwood, Co. Carlow
This place has it all and something for everyone in the family. First of all, it has a fantastic award-winning garden centre where you could spend hours if you were not with the children of course. However, you may find it hard to even get a look into the garden centre once the children see the fantastic amenities outside for them. From a maze in the shape of Ireland, to a Deer Park and their famous woodland train, you could spend hours of fun here. There is a beautiful on-site restaurant to make sure everyone is all fed and happy heading home. For more information, please click on the link below: https://www.baby-and-child.com/woodlands-train
8. Funtasia Theme Parks, Co. Louth
If you are looking for somewhere where the children can play for hours on end, Funtasia is the solution for you. This place has endless facilities to enjoy, from the impressive waterpark, fully equipped with fun water slides, bowling, zip lines, Eureka Flying Cars, Arcade, and much more. We can assure you that the only hard thing will be to get the children back in the car to go home. For more information and to book tickets, please click on the link: https://www.funtasia.ie/
9. The National Reptile Zoo, Co. Kilkenny
Are any of your children Dinosaur enthusiasts or have a great love for animals? If so, you have to bring them to Irelands only reptile zoo in county Kilkenny. If you or the children are feeling brave, you will even be allowed to touch or hold some of their scaly friends. It is definitely a once in a lifetime experience, and the children will be sure to talk about it for days after. For more information, please click on the link below: https://www.nationalreptilezoo.ie
10. Hunt for the Grufflo, Co. Donegal
If you are up in the beautiful Donegal, a visit to Colin Glen Forest to The Gruffalo Trail for a bit of family fun is highly recommended. The children can follow in the Mouse’s footsteps throughout the forest and be greeted with a silly old fox, owl, and snake while they are on the way. This park is free so a great fun adventure to do if it’s a holiday on a budget.
We would love to see some of the summer adventures you go on over the summer with
our Top 10 Lists. Be sure to tag us so we can see your holiday snaps!
Remember, with Aistear, it is all about Practitioners understanding more about the child outside of the setting. These day trips are an excellent way to share some of those photos to create important conversations.
We wish you all a safe and happy summer. Bring on the sunshine and popsicles!