FES­TI­VAL FUN

There’s abun­dant en­ter­tain­ment for chil­dren na­tion­wide, writes so to avoid the in­evitable cries of ‘I’m bored’ read on...

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - FAMILY FUN -

SET UP CAMP GO­ING UN­DER­GROUND

÷ Guided tours of Mitchel­stown Caves, Co Tip­per­ary, bring vis­i­tors young and old through some of the most im­pres­sive lime­stone caves in ex­is­tence. Chil­dren’s tick­ets are €3 and are bought from the fam­ily home of Michael Con­don, who found the caves by ac­ci­dent in the mid-1800s. mitchel­so­town­cave.com

WINGED WON­DER

÷ Find your glit­ter at sum­mer’s end at the Sen­sa­tional Kids En­chanted Fairy and Elf Fes­ti­val in the Rath­wood Cen­tre, Tul­low, Co Car­low. With dress­ing up, dec­o­rat­ing a fairy house, rid­ing the fairy train and games. There are ded­i­cated times with lower num­bers and a qui­eter vibe for kids with ad­di­tional needs. Ad­mis­sion €13. sen­sa­tion­alkids.ie

÷ If Elec­tric Pic­nic with the kids is too aw­ful to con­tem­plate, but you still fancy a fes­ti­val, check out the Sun­rise Chil­dren’s Fes­ti­val out­side Gal­way, July 29-30. Come for the day or set up camp in the wood­lands around Brigit’s Garden, and en­joy arts and crafts, the­atre, com­edy, pup­pet shows and archery tag. Week­end fam­ily tick­ets from €169, in­clud­ing free Satur­day night camp­ing.

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CHILL CHIL­DREN

÷ The Body & Soul Fes­ti­val in West­meath, which fin­ishes to­day, has a fam­ily camp­ing zone that isn’t just quiet, but also of­fers morn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties like yoga for the early ris­ers and story time in the evening for the sleep-re­sis­tant. Day­time kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude cir­cus, den-build­ing and lots of arty stuff. bodyand­soul.ie

JUST FOR LAUGHS

÷ Fam­ily com­edy — is there any other kind? Farm­leigh be­comes a funny farm from July 1-2, with stand-up from the likes of Joe Rooney and Paul Ty­lak, rib-tick­ling sto­ry­telling and com­edy work­shops for the kids. Yes, you will be their ma­te­rial. But at least there will be no charge for the hu­mil­i­a­tion, as it’s a free event. farm­leigh.ie

GUILTY AS CHARGED

÷ Let them take out their bored frus­tra­tion on you in the Kids’ Court at the Laya Health­care City Spec­tac­u­lar. You’ll be tried and, inevitably, found guilty, just so they can throw a bucket of iced wa­ter or cus­tard pie in your face. There are food stalls, en­ter­tain­ment and mu­sic, too. In Dublin and Cork, over the week­end of July 7. Ad­mis­sion free. cityspec­tac­u­lar.com

EAT ENNISCORTHY

÷ Dur­ing the Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day in Enniscorthy, Co Wex­ford, dis­cover the Rockin’ Food Fes­ti­val with Punch and Judy shows, a Mad Hat­ter’s Tea Party and a Ju­nior 1798 re-en­act­ment. Food stalls, out­door film screen­ings and a bungee tram­po­line too. rock­in­food­fes­ti­val.com

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