© Caroline Norris
Enjoy a great day out for all the family at the Irish National Stud & Gardens – they have some of the most magnificent horses and beautiful gardens to be found anywhere in the world, including the Japanese Gardens and St Fiachra’s Garden. There’s a new interactive Horse Racing Experience (suitable for ages 8+), while smallies will enjoy exploring the magical fairy trail in the woodland area or letting off some steam at the kids’ playground. There’s also a fabulous café with indoor and outdoor seating, as well as picnic benches in the car park.
The Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge has a regular great line up of children’s events, workshops and movies. There is also a Children’s Gallery space beside the cafe, with books, drawing materials, bean bags, and regular children’s exhibitions.
You will enjoy spending a fun-packed day at Lullymore Heritage Park, with no restrictions on length of stay. Activities at the Park include indoor and outdoor playgrounds, pet farm, woodland walks, fairy bower, crazy golf, train rides out to the bog, tea rooms and picnic area. They also run events around school holidays and seasonal times.
Have fun navigating the Kildare Maze at Prosperous, near Naas – Leinster’s largest hedge maze! It has a choice of maze experiences, a hedge maze and a wooden maze. At the centre of the hedge maze, there is a viewing tower so you can plan your exit route! Other on-site activities for families include crazy golf, assault course, zip wires, picnic benches and play units suitable for younger children. Open daily from June-August.
Clonfert Pet Farm offers a fun-filled and good value day out for you and your family. There is a great variety of animals, from the usual farmyard favourites – cows, ponies, donkey, pigs, goats and sheep – to more exotic species including African Eagle spotted owls, Common Marmosets, Blue & Gold Macaw, and Ring Tailed Lemurs. As well as all the animals, there are two outdoor playground areas and plenty of picnic areas, and lots more to keep your family entertained.