As parents we know how expensive it can be to entertain the kids, so we thought we would put together a list of things to do for free with the children, yes, the things that are completely free of charge. Here’s our suggestions for the best free things to do in Laois with kids :
Take a Walk at Emo Court
Emo Court, Park and Gardens, is a wonderful amenity, with over 100 acres of parkland and gardens. It is in Emo village which is about half way between Portlaoise and Portarlington. You can walk, bring the football, the kite and any other outdoor games and have a good time.
The park is open day light hours all year round. Free admission. There are picnic benches, public toilet facilities, and the CaToCa café at Emo Tea Rooms.
Related: Great Family Walks in Laois
Cycling in Offaly
Take out your bicycles and get active. There are cycle tracks on the main Abbeyleix/ Durrow road which is part of the South Laois cycle trail. Cycle down by the canal at Vicarstown. Cycle clubs are being established around the county such as Durrow High Nelly Club.
You can find other “off road” places to go on the Coillte Outdoors Website
Make The Most of Laois Libraries
Make sure to check out your local library and find out what classes and events that they run throughout the year. Your local library branch is a wonderful, free, resource for families.
All libraries host very popular, annual summer reading programmes while many of the branches run or host parent and toddler groups, storytelling sessions, arts and crafts classes, book clubs, games and activities sessions, exhibitions and so on.
Not to mention the fact that there is free computer access and the option to borrow books and DVDs! For a change of scenery, why not visit a different library to your local branch?
Related: Libraries in Laois
Visit Playgrounds in Laois
What better free activity, than visitng a playground. It is always a treat in our house.There are some great playgrounds throughout the county.
Why not print the list and aim to visit them all over time? Make sure to bring some snacks and drinks or a picnic lunch.
Heywood Gardens, Rock of Dunamase and Museums in Laois
Heywood Gardens in Ballinakill near Abbeyleix. Free admission and open all the year round. It is a heritage site with formal gardens, designed by Lutyens, an artificial lake and walks.
The Rock of Dunamase on the Portlaoise/ Stradbally Road is a historic site of a fortress ruin and there are wonderful views from the top.
Related: OPW Free Days
Keep an eye on our Events page for updated information on regular free events taking place in Laois.