I have been really enjoying my days out with the 4 kids recently and as this is my first summer at home with them I have decided to embrace it hugely ! The kids love going places and are now looking for new places every week , they will be in for some shock once school starts ! I have put together our little guide for families with small kids , some free , some not so !
Curraghchase Forest Park
Entry – €5 ( Coins only )
Baby changing in main park toilet
There are lovely walks with ducks , swans and hidden pathways , which my kids LOVE !! What we like the most is that there are two playgrounds in the main park and 1 in the caravan park , where you will also find a fairy trail and coffee shop ( which does GOOD coffee , though I may be slightly biased as my BIL runs the caravan park 😉 ) I would advise bring a picnic as there are so many lovely benches to sit on , you could easily spend 3-4 hours there .
Stonehall Wildlife Park
Entry – €9 for adults and kids – Seasonal opening hours so please check online before you go !
Buggy friendly with a few STEEP pathways but totally manageable , I pushed the twin buggy up a few and worked a few extra muscles ha ha
Baby changing in the coffee shop toilets
The kids were wild for here and it is a good addition to your day out in Curraghchase or if your are camping in the park ! They have loads of lovely little animals , including pigs , Llamas , horses , a wallaby and a talking parrot ( which to be honest was all our favourite 😉 ) There are picnic benches scattered throughout so bring food and also be prepared to not see your kids for a bit in the bouncing castle , go kart area !!
Flying Boat Museum Foynes
Entry – €12 per adult €6 per child ( Under 5’s free )
Most parts are buggy friendly
Baby changing in the museum
This has been highly recommended by friends and is on our must do before the summer is over and again is a nice trip if you are staying in Curraghchase camping ( I swear I am not paid by them ! Just handy to have a few options close by if you want entertain kids ! )It is a maritime and a flying boat with a B314 flight simulator that kids can also try out , I mean what kid big or small would not want to do that !
Terra Nova Fairy Garden
Entry €6 per adult and €4 per child ( Includes juice and a biscuit for the kids and Tea / coffee for the adults ! )
Buggies can access the first part of the garden however the majority wouldn’t be the most buggy friendly but good for kids who can walk ( or a small single buggy ! )
Toilets on site
My little girls is Fairy crazy right now and was the most excited I had seen her in a while when she saw the fairy lane at the start of our visit , they have so much detail with things in the trees , in the grass , slightly hidden away for kids to find ! The flowers are amazing and you can see the care taken , we spent about an hour here , so it would only be for a short visit and there are no picnic facilities available so maybe plan your visit between food breaks 😉
Mungret Inclusion Park
Toilets are available (.50c charge )
This is a fab playground and park in Mungret and what is even better is that its a fully inclusive playground so that all children and all families can play together . It is huge , sometimes almost too big as it gets mega busy but if you go early morning it is usually quite ! You can go for a run , walk or just lie on the grass in the fab park that surrounds the playground . I would say its not a place to go if your child is a runner !!!
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Entry – €15.25 per Adult ( This is the discounted price – You get 10% discount if booked online ! ) €11.50 per child ( Under 3s free )
Buggy Friendly for the most part – The castle would not be but you could wear baby in a carrier
Toilets and baby changing are located throughout the park
We have been going here since we are kids and I still love it – We visit every summer and I find that it has improved every year . There is a fab fairy trail and pet farm( Open 10.30am – 3.30PM ) now open which is fantastic , also the playground is fab , my kids love the little sand diggers !! There is a lot of walking and you will spend a good 4-5 hours , I always. bring a picnic but there are food options available and my dad reckons you can get the best apple tart and cream here 😉
Croom Park & Playground
This is a fab place to go on a summers day , there is a fab playground , great walks and a fab restaurant that does a really nice breakfast 😉 ( This is closed on Mondays ) .
Another great free playground for kids and is also an inclusive playground which is fantastic ! There are playing pitches , walking track and loads of parking , plus , you can go for a walk a and a bite to eat in Adare after ( which is the prettiest town ever ! )