5 Ways to Make Your Visit to bloom with Kids Super Easy


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. This year it takes place 1st – 5th June, it’s the 11th 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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Here are some of the highlights this year for kids at bloom 2016:

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  • Kids entertainers at the dedicated Children’s Stage, including magician Billy Bubbles, Scientific Sue, and Irish Dancing displays.
  • The Food Dudes stand features a mix of interactive activities encouraging children to get their five a day.
  • The Little Planters Plot lets children can experience planting and caring for flowers themselves. Budding Bloomers can learn to decorate their own plant pot, plant a flower and take it home.
  • Kids can enjoy their trip around Bloom with their very own passport! Collect your passport at the entrance to Bloom. Use this to travel around Bloom, getting as many stamps as possible. Fill in your name and parent’s phone number when you’re done and hand it in at any of the stamp points
  • Have a chat with the Book Doctors, who can give expert advice on inspiring reading choices for children at The Book Clinic run by Children’s Books Ireland
  • Watch the Doodle Doctor who has all sorts of fun drawing projects for children
  • Children will also just love the opportunity to plant their own strawberries in the Keelings “Love to Grow” area. Taste strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries, peppers, lettuces and then enjoy a smoothie at the Create a Smoothie Bar, with Keelings & Glenisk.
  • At O’Egg Fun on the Farm in the Children’s Zone, children get the chance to have hands-on fun playing with immersive farm toys.
  • There’s also a kids playground right beside the show gardens and visitor centre.

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So enjoy and do tell us in the comments how you got on with your visit!