Did we say fun things to do in Ireland?

Summer is here and we are very excited about it, so let’s have a look at 20 fun things to do in Ireland with the kids this summer!

  1. Enjoy Free Museum Events in Dublin & Mayo

Check out the free family events at the National Museum of Ireland this summer.

  1. Take a Pony Ride at the Irish National Stud, Kildare

Complimentary pony rides and face painting every Wednesday and Sunday in July and August for all younger visitors!

  1. Tayto Park ‘Family Funfest 2019’

Tayto Park ‘Family Funfest 2019’ is on the 29th and 30th of June. With a Pirate themed big top tent with shows, entertainment, live acts, silent disco and much more.

  1. Go on a Family Quest at Birr Castle Gardens

Birr Castle is the place to be for a fun and educational Family Quest which will take young explorers on a journey of discovery, adventure, science and nature which takes place all summer.

  1. Bray Air Display 2019

Head to Bray this summer and catch some of the best display teams and vintage aircrafts in the world as they showcase their incredible aerobatic skills on Saturday, July 27th & Sunday, July 28th, 2019. This is certainly one of the best fun things to do in Ireland!

  1. Enjoy Outdoor Theater with a Picnic

Chapterhouse Theatre Company will be at some stunning venues in Ireland this summer as they present the classic tales for families to enjoy.

  • June 26th – A Midsummer Nights Dream presented by Chapterhouse Theatre Company takes place at Belevedere House & Gardens, Westmeath.
  • July 12th – Cranfordis presented by Chapterhouse Theatre Company at Fota House & Gardens, Cork.
  • July 26th you can enjoy The Secret Gardenwith Chapterhouse Theatre Company at Belvedere House & Gardens, Westmeath.
  • July 28th – Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company for an outdoor performance of the much loved classic Treasure Island. at Powerscourt Estate & Gardens, Wicklow
  • August 1st – Enjoy The Secret Gardenpresented by Chapterhouse Theatre Company at Fota House & Gardens, Cork.
  1. Bounce and Slide on Lough Ree

Bounce, slide, thrill, splash and repeat at Baysports, Hodson Bay. Ireland’s largest inflatable water park on Lough Ree on the River Shannon. Available all summer

  1. Find Fairies in Erica’s Fairy Forest, Cootehill

Erica’s Fairy Forest was created by her parents Natasha and Ciaran to honour Erica’s memory and her unshakable belief in fairies and magical kingdoms.  Come along and see how many fairies you can find happening all summer.

  1. View the Kerry Countryside from 20 Metres High!

Visit the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre and Nature Reserve and enjoy guided nature boat tours, bird hides, watersports and activities as well as scenic views from their 20 metre Viewing and Observation Tower.

  1. Help Save the Planet at Cool Planet Experience

When we talk about fun things to do in Ireland, we wouldn’t think straight away of this experience based in the picturesque Powerscourt Estate. The Cool Planet Experience is Ireland’s first interactive experience aimed at inspiring the next generation to take positive climate action.

  1. Have an Adventure at Castlecomer Discovery Park

Castlecomer Discovery Park is a multi-activity family friendly Park. There is a full day out of activity at Castlecomer Discovery Park, with activities for all ages from toddler playgrounds to Ireland’s longest zip wire. Go screen free for a day of outdoor activity that promises lots of smiles!

  1. Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular, Dublin & Cork

Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular is going to be even bigger, better and more spectacular than ever as it takes to Dublin’s Merrion Square & Cork’s Fitzgerald Park, Cork city this July.

Featuring some of the best street theatre performers around, and with a host of exciting events, fantastic exhibitions and absorbing interactive workshops, there will be plenty to entertain the whole family.

Dublin: July 12th – 14th; Cork: July 20th – 21st 2019

  1. Playstival Fest, Dublin

Playstival takes place at Airfield Estate and offers an unforgettable day of pure fun, with wooden play universes designed to foster the imagination such as; The Market for kids and an array of recreational activities such as sports and STEM workshops, real life arcade games, drama and dance, creative writing and storytelling, a live music stage and food village. Runs from the 10th-11th August 2019

  1. Go back in Time at Loughrea Medieval Festival, Galway

The 3 day Loughrea Medieval Festival runs from 23rd – 25th August during National Heritage Week, and comprises scenes of everyday life in Medieval Loughrea, as well as being jam-packed with fun events and performances that will entertain the whole family.

  1. Hunt for the Gruffalo

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Take the kids to follow The Gruffalo Trail at Colin Glen Forest. The Mouse took a stroll through the deep dark woods…. Follow in the Mouse’s footsteps and meet the silly old fox, owl and snake on the way to an amazing 8 foot tall Gruffalo, complete with knobbly knees, turned out toes and a poisonous wart on the end of his nose.

  1. Explore an Amazing Maze

Ireland has some fantastic mazes that you can visit and enjoy with the kids. Take your pick from our list of Amazing Mazes in Ireland which include:

  • a 2000m beech maze at Russborough House, Wicklow with a statue of Cupid in the middle of the maze
  • an indoor wooden maze with trapdoors and 10 different levels getting harder and harder at Nore Valley Parkin Kilkenny
  • or how about the unique indoor Swedish puzzle Boda Borgat Lough Key Forest & Activity Park, that needs teamwork to solve your way through the rooms.
  • And there’s even a maze in the shape of Ireland at Rathwood in Carlow!
  1. See a Leaning Tower in Galway

Did you know there’s a Leaning Tower of Galway? Saint Colman’s Tower at Kilmacduagh monastery, is notable not only as a good example of an Irish round tower but also because of its noticeable lean, over 2 feet from the vertical.

  1. Summer at Strokestown Park,House & Gardens and The National Famine Museum,

Strokestown Park, House & Gardens and the National Famine Museum are open to the public throughout the summer months. Enjoy a fun family day out and learn more about the history of Ireland. Look out for events taking place during June, July and August.

  1. Go on a Giant’s Walk in Mayo

When you take the Giant’s Walk around Clare Lake in Claremorris, County Mayo you will see a towering yellow door, a red chair that belongs in the world of Roald Dahl’s Big Friendly Giant and an enormous set of keys that can never be lost, dangling from a random tree.

  1. KALEIDOSCOPE

Kaledioscope is a new three-day camping festival that is exceptionally welcoming to kids of all ages. Taking place from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June 2019, the music and arts extravaganza will take place at the Russborough Estate in Blessington, Co. Wicklow.

Source: My Kids Time.com