Things for Teenagers to do in the Midlands

Are you looking for activities for teenagers in Kildare, Westmeath, Longford, Laois or Offaly? Need some ideas for tweens in the Midlands? Here’s our Mykidstime Things for Teenagers to do in the Midlands, in no particular order!!

Animal Madness

If your teen likes animals, why not visit the National Stud in Kildare? You’ll find out about how a stud is run and about Irelands thoroughbreds plus you can visit the museum and Japanese gardens. There is a cafe, or picnic benches if the weather is nice.  Also in Kildare, Straffan Butterfly Farm takes a look at some of the smaller creatures that we share the world with.

Glendeer is a 12 acre open farm with over 50 species of domestic & exotic animals & birds.  Located near Athlone in Westmeath, it is open all year round with special events during school holidays.

Going greyhound racing is a great night out and your teen will love the excitement of having a little flutter on their favourite dog.  Mullingar Greyhound Stadium in Westmeath has meetings throughout the year and welcomes families.

Catch Some Culture

The Riverbank Arts Centre in Kildare runs events and workshops for young adults throughout the year so you can take in a play, watch some comedy or attend a class.

The Mullingar Arts Centre in Westmeath runs workshops, camps and classes throughout the year with the aim of promoting participation in the arts.

Become a Bookworm

Visit your local library.  The majority of the libraries in the Midlands have a well stocked teen section.  Great for a rainy afternoon, and sometimes there are free events and activities that take place. Check out library opening times before you make plans.

Or you can browse second hand book shops and charity shops to grab a book bargain before heading home to curl up in a corner and loose yourself.

Make History

In Westmeath, Belvedere House, Gardens and Park is set on an elevated site overlooking Lough Ennell with spectacular views of the 160 acre estate, complete with Victorian walled Garden, exotic trees and numerous follies including the infamous Jealous Wall. The House is fully restored and offers an interpretative ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ experience and an Owner’s Gallery

You could spend a day going back in time with a visit to Castletown House in Celbridge, Kildare.  With its beautiful house and 120 acres of parkland, you could pack a picnic (or better still, get your teen to pack it) and while the hours away imagining which Jane Austen character you would be…

The Ballinamuck visitor centre in Longford is located in an old barracks and there is an exhibition about a battle that took place in the area in 1798.  Afterwards you can visit the battle ground and take a walk locally.

On the banks of the river Shannon, Clonmacnoise in county Offaly is a beautifully preserved heritage site with round towers and high crosses.  There is a visitor centre and cafe and you can have a wander around the ruins.

Related: Heritage Ireland

Find a Forest

If your teen likes the outdoors, Donadea Forest Park is in Northwest Kildare and with 640 acres to explore, you won’t be short of things to do.  There are ruins and a lake, as well as walks. And when you’re finished, you can treat yourself in the cafe.

In Laois, Monicknew has woodlands and the famous Glen Bridge, built in the style of a Roman arch, is very impressive.

Related: Coillte Outdoors

Get Adventerous

If you have a mix of ages on your outing, Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park in Kildare caters for tots to teens with it’s play park, crazy golf, pet park and biodiversity trail, as well as reproduction historic buildings.

Not far away in county Roscommon is Lough Key Forest and Activity Park.  With its tree canopy walkway, Zipit and Boda Borg, it is particularly suited to teens.  You can even camp over night, for the total adventure experience!

Do something Different

Whatever the weather, you can visit the Arigna Mines in Westmeath.  Their underground tour gives you a feel for what life is like as a miner and there is a visitor centre and coffee shop.

In Birr, county Offaly, you can visit The Great Telescope.  Built in the 1840’s it was the largest telescope in the world at the time.  There is a science centre where you can find out all about a time when Birr was the centre for scientific discovery and innovation!

Take the family 10 Pin Bowling which can be enjoyed by everyone of all ages. Most places offer refreshments so get a competition going and let the fun begin.  Here’s a selection from the Midlands:

In Kildare, bowling is available at the K-Bowl Family Entertainment Centre at Nass.

Leisureworld Athlone offers Ten Pin Bowling, Quasar 2000, Tumble Towers & Tumble Tots kids soft play arena as well as Astro-Turf Soccer pitches, American Pool, Snooker, and the very latest in Video Game Simulators.

Rock ‘n’ Bowl in Mullingar has Ten Pin Bowling, Jungle Joes Kids Play Area, a Rock ‘n’ Bowl Café / Diner, Kids Go Karts and American Style Pool and Amusements

Roll n’Bowl Portlaoise has a Roller Disco, Indoor Soccer, Bowling, Laser Quest, and  if it’s not raining, there is crazy golf outside.

There is always something to do in Longford Megabowl, including 10 pin bowling, pool and video games.

Get wet

And no, we’re not just talking about the weather! Places like Baysports in Athlone do adventure water sports or you can head to your local pool.

Kildare – Go swimming at the public pools of K-Leisure in Naas, or Athy, where there are Kids Pools and family changing facilities, and coffee dock.

Westmeath – There is a public swimming pool in Mullingar with family changing facilities, a sauna and swimming lessons available while Athlone Regional Sports Centre offers a Superb Twenty-Five metre heated Swimming Pool which is open seven days a week.

Offaly – The Aura Leisure Centre in Tullamore, has public pool times. There is a 25m 6-lane pool, a 5m learner pool for adults and children, and a Kiddie’s Fun Pool.  Birr Leisure Centre, Edenderry Leisure Centre and Clara swimming pools are all also open to the public .

Laois – Go swimming at Portlaoise Leisure Centre where there is a 25m 6-lane pool, a 5m learner pool for adults and children, and a Kiddie’s Fun Pool.  There is “Inflatable Time” on Saturday 1 – 2pm & 5 – 6 pm, and Sunday 1 – 2 pm.  Portarlington also has a good Leisure Centre with a 25m pool, a 7m learner poor and a cafe.

Longford – Go swimming at Longford Sports & Leisure Centre, at The Mall in Longford.
There is a 25m pool and separate learner pool, sauna, steamroom, large gym and sports hall.

Have some Screen Time

Everyone loves the movies, especially on a rainy day! At most of these cinemas listed below, there is a kids’ club with discounted rates at on Saturdays and Sundays. This generally runs on the school holidays too.

Kildare – Take in a movie at the ODEON Cinema, Newbridge or Naas.

Westmeath – There are two IMC cinemas, one in Mullingar and one in Athlone.

Offaly – Watch the big screen at the Tullamore IMC located in the Bridge Centre, Tullamore.

Laois – Go to a movie at the ODEON Cinema, Portlaoise. There is a kids’ club with discounted rates at the weekends

Longford – Loose yourself in another world at the Omniplex in Bridge Street

Do you have a favourite place to go in Kildare, Westmeath, Longford, Laois or Offaly with teenagers and older kids? Share it in the comments below.

Looking for more ideas?  Check out our article with 50 Things for your Teen to do this Summer

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