Free Things to Do in Laois with Kids


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:

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Take a Walk at Emo Court

Emo Court Spring walks for families in IrelandEmo Court, Park and Gardens, is a wonderful amenity, with over 100 acres of parkland and gardens. It is in Emo village which is about halfway 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 daylight hours all year round.

Free admission. There are picnic benches, public toilet facilities, and a 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 visiting a playground. It is always a treat in our house.There are some great playgrounds throughout the county. Make sure to bring some snacks and drinks or a picnic lunch.

Related: Playgrounds in Laois

Heywood Gardens

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

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.

While it is not suitable for buggies, children love checking out the views through the various parts of the ruin. Be warned, the children will want to run up and you might be slightly out of breath as a result!

Museums in Laois

There is also the Stradbally Steam Museum and the Donaghmore Workhouse Museum.

You might also enjoy reading about OPW Free Days

Keep an eye on our Events page for updated information on regular free events taking place in Laois.

Do you have a favourite spot to take the kids in Laois that is free? Share it in the comments below

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