Welcome to parents of toddlers! Whether you live in Meath or are just visiting, we have put together some suggestions of Things To Do With Preschoolers in Meath to get you started.
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Spending time with your preschooler is precious as before you know it they will be in school. And the nice thing about when you have a toddler and are not tied to school times is you have a bit more flexibility to visit places during the day and at less busy times. If you’re looking for ideas for things to do with preschoolers in Meath, we’ve got a few suggestions for you:
Things To Do With Preschoolers In Meath
Soft Play Centres in Meath
If the weather is too miserable to venture outdoors to play, then why not visit your local Play Centre? All the play centres have the added benefit of having a café area so you can have a coffee or lunch while you’re there. Many of them also run special Baby/Toddler mornings – again, it’s an ideal opportunity to meet other parents of young kids.
- The Ark Play Centre at Puddenhill has an indoor soft play area, outdoor playground, petting farm and runs Parent and Toddler groups.
- Huckleberry’s Den in Navan has a toddler & baby area for up to 3 years and they runParent & Toddler mornings with fun activities such as art & craft.
- The Playcentre in Trim has toddler and baby areas
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Storytime in Meath Libraries
The junior section of the Library is also a fun way to spend an hour or two reading and choosing books. If your preschooler joins the library they will be proud as punch choosing their own books to borrow.
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Parent Toddler Swimming in Meath
Swimming is another fun activity and some pools offer special sessions or classes aimed specifically at parents and toddlers.
- Aura Leisure in Trim and Navan both have kiddies pools
- Kells Swimming Pool has a learner pool
- Gymplus in Ashbourne has Toddler swim lessons from age 3+
- Turtle Tots run baby swimming classes in Ashbourne
- Waterbabies have baby swim classes in several locations in Meath
Music and Other Fun Classes
Sign up for a class. Music, movement, dance, drama, play labs, swimming or football! Check out preschool classes, it’s a great way to meet people and make friends too.
Gymboree run music and play classes for preschoolers in several locations across Meath.
Playgrounds in Meath
Playgrounds are always a big hit with toddlers and most playgrounds around Meath have a separate area for toddlers, which include swings and slides and play frames.
It’s also a great way to get out for some fresh air and exercise and there’s always the chance of meeting other parents with young children.
Another big benefit is that all the running around will tire them out, so they’ll be ready for a nap when you get home!
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Parent and Toddler Groups
Join a local Parent and Toddler Group, it’s a great way for young children to mix with children their own age and for parents to meet other local parents. There are many local groups throughout Meath that meet weekly.
Attractions in Meath
If you have a free day mid week a big advantage with getting out and about with preschoolers is that you can visit places at “off peak” times when older children are at school and popular places aren’t as busy!
Some places to visit in Meath with preschoolers:
- Climb the Hill of Tara, the famous ancient ceremonial and burial site near Skryne and pretend that you are an ancient King or Queen of The Royal County! The Hill has a public car parking area as well as toilets that are close to the site. There’s also a coffee shop on site for refreshments afterwards.
- The beaches at Bettystown, Laytown and Mornington are sandy and have safe, shallow water. You don’t have to wait for the sun to come out. Head to the beach with coats, hats and wellies, if needs be, and take a walk on the shore. Bring fishing nets and explore rock pools.
- Sonairte (The National Ecology Centre) in Laytown has an interactive visitor centre promoting ecological awareness. It’s open weekends and Bank Holidays and you can enjoy the Nature Trail & River Walk as well as organic gardens and cafe.
- Causey Farm at Fordstown, Navan is a traditional farm with more! Meet the animals, learn how to Bog Jump, make a rope and even milk a cow! The Farm runs family events throughout the year so check what’s on before you visit.
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Events for Preschoolers in Meath
Keep an eye on our events pages as there are regular workshops and events for younger children across the county.
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Go For A Walk (Or A Toddle!)
Going for a walk (or a toddle) to parklands or woods or the beach is a great opportunity for preschoolers to run, collect leaves, stones, etc. and play hide and seek. A wooded walk that we enjoy is Balrath Wood, near Kentstown, which has a picnic area and playgrounds. Check out our Family Walks in Meath and Picnic Spots in Meath for more inspiration.
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If you have other suggestions for fun things to do with preschoolers in Meath, please let us know in the comments box below.