The spring mid-term is upon us and now is the time to plan those days out! We all know that kids tend to get bored very quickly at home, so why not get out of the house one of the days and bring them on a little adventure? If you are finding it difficult to think of some ideas, check out some our top choices the kids will love during their week off.
1. Chocolate Workshop
Located in Rath, Tullow, Co Carlow, the Chocolate Garden of Ireland is a venue like no other. Full of gorgeous and chocolaty treats including cakes, ice cream, chocolates and gift products.
The Chocolate Garden are holding a Chocolate Workshop for the little ones on Saturday February 20th. Why not take the little ones along and they can learn the wonders of chocolate making, with the opportunity to make and decorate their own tasty treats that they can take home. Tickets cost €12.50 and will be a wonderful experience for your child and the Family.
2. Free Family Fun Day At Liffey Valley
If your little munchkin is cycling around on their bicycle constantly, then they will simply love this year’s Family Fun Day at Liffey Valley on the 20th February from 12-3pm at the retail park. Admission is free.
This year, the day will consist of Bike Safety and skills for kids who are between 7 – 12 years with the Irish Centre for Cycling showing children cool little tricks and skills on a mapped out obstacle course.
Get your little one signed up for the demonstration classes with Halfords on Liffey Valleys Facebook page to be in with the chance for them to win a fabulous ‘Bike Accessories Kit’.
There is no need to bring bikes and helmets to the fun day, as they will be supplied on the day with some fantastic giveaways for all the lucky attendees. Check out Liffey Valley’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
3. BEES! A musical with Alfred Fred
Is your child a fan of singing and dancing? Bees, the musical will be fantastic treat for them during their mid-term from school. The musical will be on from the 13th February until 13th March in the Ark in Temple Bar with tickets costing €12.
The musical is for children over the age of 6 with songs, dancing and buzzing, while learning much about bees along the way and how important it is for us to create a world with bee friendly plants.
For more information on events happening at the Ark, check out their Facebook and Twitter accounts
4. Spring Activity Sheet
The Natural History Museum on Merrion Street is currently having a Spring Activity Sheet for the kids between the 2nd and 28th February. Bring along some pencils and collect the activity trail sheets on the stand in the Irish room.
Admission into the museum is free. For more information on the Natural History Museum, check out their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
5. Titanic Visitor Museum
Why not take the kids up to Belfast for one of the days during the mid-term and visit the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience. There is much to discover on the day with 9 interactive galleries to keep you and the little ones amused.
There is the Titanic experience, where you can explore the shipyard. the Discovery Tour is where the Titanic was first launched to creation, the Slipways and Plaza where the Titanic was build and constructed to name a few.
You can purchase a family ticket (2 adult and 2 children) into the museum for €54.27 or buy a single adult ticket for €21.96 and kids ticket for €9.36.
For more information, check out their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
6. Galway City Museum
If your thinking about taking a family holiday while the kids are off school, there is no place better than Galway. A popular and cultural city full of attractions.
If your along the Spanish Arch, then you must take a look at the Galway City Museum. Admission is completely free and the whole family can be inspired with their fabulous displays of heritage and history of Galway.
For more information on Galway City Museum, check out their Facebook and Twitter pages.
7. Visit Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle is situated in Blarney in Co. Cork and home to the famous Blarney Stone. If are currently living in Cork or our thinking about visiting this wonderful country during the school mid-term, then a day at Blarney Castle is a must.
Your kids will be fascinated to attend Blarney once you tell them the legend and stories surrounding the Blarney stone and if they kiss the stone, they will receive the ‘the gift of the gab’.
The scenery surrounding the castle is breath taking and a wonderful day out with the family. You can buy a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) for €32.00 or purchase single tickets. Adult tickets cost €12.50 and kids tickets cost €5.00.
For more information on Blarney Castle, check out their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
8. Oceanworld Aquarium
The Oceanworld Aquarium, located in Dingle Town, Co Kerry, is home to Ireland’s largest collection of sharks. If your child is a lover of all things and creatures of the sea, then they will simply love this Aquarium.
The Aquarium is home to some cute Gentoo penguins which are usually found in Antarctic Penninsula and offers kids some interesting details on the marine life such as turtles, starfish, clownfish, seahorses and many more.
You can purchase ticket online for the Aquarium with a 10% discount. The family ticket costs €36.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children) or you can purchase tickets separately with adult tickets costing €11.70 and kids tickets costing €5.00.
For more updates on Oceanworld Aquarium, have a look Facebook and Twitter pages.
9. Hill of Tara
This is one of our childhood favourites. If we will experience some good weather in the next week, then why not bring the family along to the ‘Hill of Tara’.
The ‘Hill of Tara’ is a famous historic site, located in the heart of the Boyne Valley in Co Meath. Not only will the kids will fascinated with the beautiful landscapes, but will also learn much about pre-historic Irish mythology. Admission into the site is completely free.
For more information on the Hill of Tara, check out their Facebook account.
10. Botantic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin
Has your child got the creative flaw for drawing or painting? Then why not bring them along to the ‘Children’s Art Workshop at the Botantic Gardens on the 13 February. The workshops are suitable for children between the ages of 4 and 7 years and inspire them to look closely at the natural world and make fun art-making activities.
We would recommend booking a your little a place in the workshop and places our limited. Tickets cost €10 each and the workshop will be on from 11:00am until 12:30pm.
For more information on the Botantic Gardens and up coming events, have a look at their Facebook page.
Have you got any other suggestions for mid-term activities? Let us know in the comments!