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This is a fantastic way for children to get in touch with our ancient history in an extremely visceral way – they are encouraged to touch and feel and walk around the Crannogs to experience the way Irish people lived, long ago. Entry for two adults and two children costs €24.85. www.shannonheritage.com/ Craggaunowen
Fans of Tractor Ted will not want to miss a day trip to Tractor Ted’s Little Farm at Grenagh, County Cork. The farm is extremely well equipped for young children, with lots of play areas and a petting zoo where they can hold baby animals and learn how cows are milked.
The biggest attraction for all little visitors to this farm is the trip on Tractor Ted’s trailer as he meanders through the grounds where kids can see a real life farm in action. There is an excellent restaurant on site, so don’t worry about packing a picnic. www.visitthefarm.ie/about/ tractor-ted-little-farm
Take a step back in time by visiting St John’s Castle in Limerick. This medieval castle has recently received a huge refurbishment, resulting in a state of the art visitor centre that offers touch screen historical tours, 3D models and an Education and Activity room that is chock full of medieval activities to enliven young minds. www.shannonheritage.com/ KingJohnsCastle
Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Centre in Rosscarbery is great fun all year round, but comes into its own during the summer months when its corn maze grows long enough for hours of adventure.Year round, the adventure centre has a fantastic miniature golf course and a purpose built on-site wooden maze, as well as a family-friendly café on site. www.smugglerscove.ie