Things to Do with Kids at Fota House
Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens in Cork is operated by Irish Heritage Trust, an independent charity. In addition to the fun things listed below, they run regular events for families to enjoy including outdoor theatre shows, markets, workshops and tours so check before what’s on before you visit.
#1. Go Digging For History
Take a trip to the Victorian walled garden and go Digging for History! Your history lesson begins with a tour around the award winning Victorian working garden.
Next venture into the glass house where kids will learn fun nature and history facts. And finish off with the opportunity to pot their own plant to take home and look after or take away a packet of seeds to plant later.
#2. Have A Honey Bee Adventure
Queen Maeve’s Honey Bee Adventure at Fota Gardens is the perfect introduction to bees with an activity based talk which will have children buzzing around the farmyard doing their waggle dance and discovering how the hive works.
#3. Take A Fun Nature Trail
Pick up garden guides when you arrive, they help younger visitors to learn and have fun as they explore the gardens and grounds.
The Little Explorer’s Tree Trail at Fota Gardens stimulates children’s interest in nature and their skills in making sense of the environment. It’s perfect for young explorers under six!
Fota’s Junior Plant Hunter Trail encourages young visitors of seven years and over to hunt for trees in the arboretum, mark their location on the map, and note their country of origin on the atlas.
#4. Help Find Mrs Kevin’s Cat
Where is Mrs Kevin’s Cat? Mrs Kevin, the housekeeper at Fota House has lost her cat! Can you help solve the mystery and find where the cat has gone?