By Siobhan O’Neill White
Finally, restrictions have been eased and we can get out of the house after being cooped up for so long. Here are some suggestions for family friendly places to visit this summer.
First off, Leisureplex. With all the rain lately, this is ideal indoor family fun. Their 6 locations have re-opened in accordance with Covid safety guidelines including hand sanitisers, social distance floorgraphics, “lane closed” bowling cones, safe-queuing floor graphics and safety shields at food diners.
For days out, Irish National Stud Kildare is fantastic. Explore the beautiful gardens, follow the fairy trails, see the horses and lunch at the café. The children should sleep soundly after a day here!
Dublinia is a fascinating place to learn about Vikings and medieval Dublin. Our teenagers loved this especially discovering the weapons. Interesting for all ages.
All through lockdown, Droichead Arts Centre hosted virtual events to keep people connected. Now reopened, check their website to see what’s coming up https://www.droichead.com/
A summer camp we really like is Bricks4kidz Lego camps. They focus on learning through Lego.Without knowing it, the children are learning STEM. Very clever and fun. For bookings, contact Steve email@example.com.
At Newgrange Farm, see the baby chicks, milk a cow, visit the outdoor café or enjoy a picnic in the spacious grounds. We loved seeing the animals – even the farm dogs are super friendly and happy to play with the children.
For a perfect staycation, we love Fota Island Resort Cork. The hotel and lodges are now available tobook and their swimming pool is open too! For safety reasons, swim sessions must be pre-booked.This is one of our favourite hotels in all of Ireland. It is close to Cobh, Kinsale, Cork City and right next door to Fota Wildlife Park, so there is plenty to do!
For a break on the east coast, The Village Hotel Bettystown is located just a few minutes’ walk from the beach. With ice-cream shops and beach cafes, Bettystown is a lovely seaside village.
The bustling town of Drogheda is just 4 miles away and The Arc Cinema there has re-opened too, if you fancy a family trip to the movies!
For more summer day out ideas, as well as competitions and reviews on places to go, visit www.mams.ie parenting website.