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