bloom, Ireland’s annual garden festival which takes place at the Phoenix Park is one of the top family friendly events in Ireland, with kids going free, and plenty of activities, food and garden fun for all ages. It takes place 31st May – 4th June 2018, it’s the 12th year of the popular festival and promises to be even bigger and better. Here are 5 Ways to Make Your Visit to bloom with Kids Super Easy and ensure you have as much fun on the day as we did!
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#1. Plan Ahead
Before you leave home visit the bloom website for detailed information. There are super travel tips whether you are arriving by car or public transport, and you can download a site map to plot your route around bloom.
We also checked out the event schedule to find out what was on and at what time, to make sure we didn’t miss any of the demonstrations we wanted to see.
#2. Create a family to do list
We each selected two ‘must see’ things we wanted to visit, and planned our route around the bloom site to make sure everybody got to enjoy their chosen stand or event.
Last year we alternated between adult and kid attractions as much as possible, so for example, we moved from Budding Bloomers to the Show Gardens, then went for a picnic at the Entertainment Stage, before continuing on with our visit.
#3. Your Older Kids Can Explore
We were quite happy to let our teens explore on their own for a while. They enjoyed the music at the Entertainment Stage, did a bit of celebrity spotting at the Chef’s Food Stage and at Banter at Bloom, taking selfies with the stars when they could!
We arranged to meet them regularly at agreed meeting points and we could keep in touch by phone if needed.
#4. Set a budget
A family day out can end up costing lots, especially as bloom has so many tempting things on offer. We agreed a budget with each child and gave them the money on arrival, the older two also brought some of their own pocket money. We were clear they could spend the money on whatever they wanted, but once spent, there would be no top up!
#5. Don’t Forget Essentials
Here’s my checklist of what to bring
- Sunscreen & hats
- Wear trainers or comfortable shoes
- Bring drinks, you can refill at the water stations
- Bring fully charged phones, you will find Wifi hotspots throughout the site
- Label coats and backpacks with your mobile number in case they get lost
- Attach your name and mobile number to smaller children, just in case!
Family Highlights at bloom 2018
Here’s a small selection of what’s on for Families at bloom 2018:
- Physics Busking
- Budding Bloomers
- Away with the Fairies
- Book Clinic
- Scientific Sue
- Billy Bubbles
- Little Gardeners Planting Plot
- Margaret’s Fun on the Farm
- Craft Demos & Workshops
- Picnic Area
- Conservation Zone
- Birdwatch Ireland
- Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Association
- Irish Wildlife Trust
- Oxfam Ireland
- The Native Woodland Trust
- Irish Coast Guard
- Amnesty International
- GIY at Bloom in the Park
Over to you now. If you are visiting bloom 2018 with the kids we hope you have a great time and do tell us in the comments how you got on with your visit!