week two of Easter Holidays and novelty may be waning – there’s only a limited amount of Lego a child can build. And as you will know if you’ve tried to book a place, the demand for Easter camps is huge.
e’ve all spent the last two Easters in a national state of angst, but this year isn’t just about rebirth, it’s also about visiting places we haven’t seen in a while, rediscovering our spirit of adventure and a sense of confidence after covid.
So if you’re short of ideas for something to do with the family, here’s a selection of what’s on offer nationwide.
Egg hunt is on
It’s not too late to join an Easter egg hunt today or tomorrow — in fact, you’ll have more trouble dodging an egg hunt than finding one this year. Carefully planned trails dot the land with clues and chocolate treats, all offering a chance to get outside, see a little of the area, and work up the diabetes. The following are just a few.
Lullymore Heritage ParkCo Kildare (lullymoreheritagepark.com) One hunt is included in the price of admission all week long, with a puzzle to solve, an egg at the end and further entertainment through the animal farm, indoor play area and walk-in bogs.
In Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Open Blackwater Farm (blackwateropenfarm.ie) has hourly hunts today and tomorrow from 12pm to 3pm with face painting and all the fun of the farm; Booking recommended.
That aquadome in Tralee (aquadome.ie) four hunts will be carried out today and tomorrow, with one hunt included in the entrance fee.
That Rathwood Easter trainin Co Carlow (rathwood.com) offers a train ride through the magical forest, a music show and an egg hunt in their labyrinth of Ireland. There are bunny ears and a chocolate egg at the end, as well as a chance to meet some lambs.
For the next three days The jungle in Derry (to book in advance see thejungleni.com) has an adventurous 60-minute hike through his enchanted forest, following clues to eggs at the end. Savory treats are also included: adults £8; Children £12 including activity ticket.
Your fill of chill
Treat the kids to a post-chocolate refreshment tomorrow, Easter Monday, at Village Yoga, Ballyneety, Co Limerick. Aimed at kids ages six to 12, the day-long event combines games, arts and crafts with multiple age-appropriate yoga sessions to relax their sugar-drenched minds and bodies.
Throughout next week, Dublin’s Airfield Estate will offer 16 family farm activities, like collecting eggs and milking their beautiful herd of Jersey cows, as well as a Junior National Treasures Trail that will take you on a route through the flora and fauna, while the focus is on bird life. On Thursday, artist Niki Collier is hosting a felting workshop for children, the fruit of which will be a felted stained-glass bird. Tickets for the workshop must be booked in advance.
No advance booking is required for the farmers market or to visit the estate; airfield.ie
life at the lake
No wetsuit or previous experience is required at Mallow Easter Camp in Ballyhass Lakes, Co Cork. Open to ages eight to 16, it runs from 9:30am to 4:00pm and includes activities on land, sea and at height. With an emphasis on being outdoors in all weathers, it’s best to bring warm clothing, old shoes, a raincoat, and sunscreen. The outdoor element will delight parents’ hearts, while children will be happy to hear that it aims to keep groups of participating friends together. There is also a separate one day camp option from 10am to 3pm if you can’t commit to the week.
Monday-Friday 9.30am-4pm, online price €150; ballyhass.ie
The return of the squirrel
It had to close last year due to not being able to get insurance but the hugely popular Squirrel’s Scramble in Killruddery, Co Wicklow reopened last month. Proactive Kids Easter Camp is sold out — and you can put yourself on a summer camp cancellation list — but some spots still need to be booked in advance so adults and kids can enjoy climbing and whizzing through the treetops.
Tickets from €19; squirrelsscramble.ie
Today and every Sunday, the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin is offering free family-friendly tours. Guides adapt the image selection for young minds, revealing stories and details to spark their imaginations.
12.30-1.15pm, National Gallery of Ireland, D2; nationalgallery.ie
The School of Irish Archeology is running several camps at locations across Dublin this Easter holiday. Children aged 7 to 12 residing in Harold’s Cross, Malahide and Stepaside are immersed in a hands-on Indiana Jones approach that involves being outdoors as much as possible, treasure hunts and excavating a Viking home participate and making old shoes and clay pots.
Tuesday-Friday 10am-3pm, €130; sia.ie
Come on sisters
Running across Ireland, the Aviva FAI Soccer Sisters’ three-day camps aim to get girls excited about the sport, whatever their ability or experience. Girls aged six to 14 are welcome and the camps are fully inclusive and can provide additional support to girls with a disability if needed. Each player gets a soccer ball and a half-zip top at the end.
Tuesday-Thursday 10am-1pm, €30. soccersisters.fai.ie
At Epic, Dublin’s Irish Immigration Museum, Easter events revolve around Púca, the ancient mythical shapeshifter. Children have nothing to fear from him, however, as they follow a seasonal trail of eggs – and mischievous bunnies – that may or may not lead them to his lair. The trail is included in the entrance fee. Epic also hosts interactive storytelling sessions for the under 6s, €15; and a three-day Irish Explorers camp for children aged six to twelve.
Both run in the morning, Tuesday to Friday. epichq.com
In the dock
Surfdock at Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2, runs excellent week-long water-based camps – all booked up for Easter, so book now for the summer – but they also run windsurfing courses for adults and children. The lessons have a maximum of four people, which also makes it possible for parents and children to learn together. They provide all equipment including wetsuits for winter use.
Adults €65, under 18s €35 for a two and a half hour session; surfdock.com
Through the closet
Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor, believed by some to be the inspiration for Narnia in the writings of Belfast-born CS Lewis, has a beautiful walking trail inspired by these still popular children’s books. The Narnia Trail starts near the main building – where you’ll find a nice cafe – and of course it all starts when you go through the back of the closet. Discover the tree people, the beaver house, Aslan and more.
Free; Visit mournemountains.co.uk
Surfing is hip
Strandhill Surf School, Co Sligo offers beginner and intermediate surfing courses on a beach that draws people from all over the world to ride the wondrous waves. They also offer group bookings for families and even multi-generational families in case the grandparents want to jump on a board. Ride the surf, then reward yourself with a bite to eat at the lively Shells Cafe on the beach.
Different prices; strandhillsurfschool.com
If you want to be one of those parents who lets their kids get creative in the kitchen but just can’t stand the mess, Cakeface Cookery School in Kilkenny City has the answer. Her day-long Cakeface Kids and Their Grown-Ups session next Thursday morning brings the five- to 10-year-olds into the kitchen, with their parents in tow. Basic baking skills are on the menu, along with lots of sprinkles and glitter that you’re not allowed to use at home.
Thursday 9.30am-11.30am, €70; cakeface.ie
Galway Pizza Party
The Slieve Aughty Center in Loughrea offers horseback riding lessons for children aged five to 95 – their age group, not mine – on beautiful trails and in the enchanted forest. And starting earlier this month, the Friday Pizza Parties are back, where you can bake your own organic pizzas in their handmade outdoor clay oven and enjoy them with organic wines and beers and all the family. Groups of more than 20 people can also book their own pizza party any night of the week.
Fridays from 7 p.m., adults €12.50, children €7.50; slieveaughtycentre.com
Treats from the Geopark
Opened in 2014, Cavan Burren Park is part of the 20,000 hectare Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark and features beautiful prehistoric limestone scenery. There is an Easter treasure hunt on Wednesday afternoons – free entry, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Get your map at the Interpretation Center, which will guide you along a 1.3 km path on easy terrain, follow the clues and get a treasure reward at the end.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., no registration required; cavanburrenpark.ie
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