Tuesday, May 8, 2018

When Mid-West is best…..


After a pretty miserable winter which seemed to run on forever we decided to look for a mini-break somewhere a little different but not too far from Dublin. The last time we were near Shannon was returning from Honeymoon and three children later we decided it was time for a return to the treaty city – how Ironic!



The 4****Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Limerick (Family Hotel of the Year’ at the Irish Hotel Awards 2018) – just off the N18 on the Clare/Limerick border seemed the perfect choice. Close to Limerick City – which has blossomed since our last visit and within 10 minutes of Bunratty Castle and a revisit to the famous Dirty Nellie’s’ Pub and Restaurant – it seemed like destiny was calling us – so, we listened.
Day 1: Arrival, Discovery and Bunraty Castle
Having stopped off in Moneygall along the way, and explaining all of the President Obama connections to Ireland, which was great to do by the way, we arrived at hotel 50 minutes later, still with plenty of energy to burn – and that was just the parents!
A nice long driveway with plenty of wide open space is the first thing you notice on arrival at the hotel, and that’s really welcoming. Immediately you feel the stress dissipate and the relaxation begins to creep in. Parking the car, each of us grabbed a bag from the boot. The kids all love having their own bags (even if Mom supervises the content) and it makes things easier for everyone – plus it’s only a weekend after all!
We were met by Luba in reception, with a lovely warm welcome which the boys really responded too. She took the time to outline to them specifically, what was on offer for them here at the hotel, gave them their gift bags and told them how to sign up for he Global Explorers Kids club – located in a dedicated, purpose built “Base Camp” behind the hotel. Other things on offer for the was Basketball and Tennis, Games Area (with PS4's) and of course the Swimming Pool – available from 8-11 and 2-7 for children swimming times. There is also a  playground and fairy garden for the younger children with is lovely and very welcome.
Luba  gave us all the information we required, outlining  the dining options – either in Porters Restaurant or Quench bar and told us about the buffet breakfast available (she didn’t tell us JUST how amazing that was). Clearly, as a parent of young children, having lots of things for them to do is essential – and with supervised kids club, a pool, tennis and basketball courts they were very well catered for but what about Mum and Dad. Not to worry. The Radisson Blu Hotel has the Rain Spa and Leisure Club so Mum was able to book some treatments while Dad and Chris (16)  could continue trying to burn of those Easter Eggs – a perfect combination for everyone.

Given there are 5 of us now – ranging from 10 to 16 we chose 2 interconnecting family rooms – which allowed everyone that little bit of extra space. However the family rooms (there are 32 of them) are really spacious enough – especially if you plan to spend as little time as we did indoors then you will not be disappointed. For those with smaller children cots are available as is a baby sitting service - to truly maximise your break!
So – bags dropped, we took a quick tour, one of our traditions and headed for the car. The hotel is spread across 2 floors which means very few steps and so very buggy friendly! Next stop Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, somewhere we were so keen to show the boys – who are all crazy about castles. We could not have picked a better day to visit. The park, which we expected to be full of tourists, was actually relatively quiet for a Friday afternoon and in fact, with a couple of wedding parties taking photos our only companions. The castle is such a stunning sight and especially on a beautiful, cloudless spring day.
Within the folk park itself are several restored houses and outbuildings, with white washed walls and thatched roofs featuring prominently. Inside each house there are turf fires burning and you really get a sense of yesteryear – but the boys  just wanted to get to the castle and climb to the top – they were not disappointed.
Although used commercially for its famous medieval banquets each Saturday night – the castle has managed to maintain its charm and remain mystical and curious to the visitor. Lots of hidden chambers (and a dungeon), restored rooms and great halls , plus fantastic lookouts in the battlements make the most amazing imagination fodder. We took about two hours here before exiting via the surprisingly good value souvenir shop on the periphery of the park. The tour is in our view well priced for a larger family with a family ticket and you can even get preferential rates to top local attractions (Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Craggaunowen and King John’s Castle) from the Hotel reception. If  you get the weather and pack your bags with some snacks and a picnic you should really reap the rewards and spent a good half day there.
Ten minutes later we were back at the hotel. The boys were really looking forward to a swim but caught between a swim and registering for Global Explorers Kids Camp. They met the team at 5pm to registered and came with us for a swim. The pool is located In the Rain Spa and Leisure club and parents are allowed to sit on the edge and watch if the children are old enough, that’s very useful sometimes and as a result can mean the kids see more of the pool!
After the pool the boys headed off to the kids club. They could have remained with the rest of the group and the team meet them all a reception and they all eat together in the restaurant – a great way to interact with other young guests. Then they are taken to the purpose built “base” to continue the fun. Activities include arts and crafts, Movie and Treat nights, Pool, games (indoor and outdoors) with a fantastic team of staff all just wanting to have Fun!
Our dinner that night was booked in Porters Restaurant with the super-efficient Kasia. It’s important to note here that all kids under 12 eat for free though some T&C’s apply – and what a lovely menu it is, especially for the children. It’s really great to see healthy options like Fish and Salads on a kids menus – other Hotels and Restaurants take note! The food arrived promptly, we were served by Ailbhe and Jake and it was a really enjoyable experience I must say. Exhausted, we retired for the evening – 2½ exhausted kids ready for bed. This is when the interconnecting rooms come into their own and the adults are able to watch some TV and some catch up time while the children sleep in the adjacent room. Perfect.
Day 2 – The Milk Market and King Johns Castle
After a great sleep, a little bit more than usual, we wandered back down to Porters for breakfast. Wow! The choice of options was incredible. From the huge choice of Teas and Coffees, to the huge variety of breads and fruits and hot breakfast items – we were so spoiled for choice. The children were delighted with the fresh orange juice maker and the Belgian waffles they were able to order from the kitchen. Mum and Dad were particularly fond of the omelettes which chef prepared for us specially – fantastic. We really enjoyed the breakfast and the time together at the table – which is so hard (and rare) for busy working parents. Breakfast done – we were on the move again – but first – a quick wander around the hotel itself. Outside there are two tennis courts, a basketball court, an 800m nature trail, playground and fairy garden. Inside is the fantastic Rain Spa and Leisure Centre which ensures there is something for everyone.








We left the hotel and traveled toward Limerick City via the home of Munster Rugby, Thomond Park. The boys were impressed with the size of the stadium and wished there was a match on against Leinster – maybe next time! Our destination today was to visit the famous Milk Market and we just could not have wished for better weather to experience it. The market itself is a mix of indoor and outdoor and a huge variety of things were available. The aromas of Artisan cuisine from all corners of the globe, breads, cheeses and chocolates to try, books to browse and tools to buy – everything was there to experience and enjoy, and we really did.


We spend about two hours wandering around and even the younger ones enjoyed it. We wandered from there toward King Johns Castle next on our tightly packed agenda for the day.


The castle itself if located on King’s Island in the heart of Limerick City and a real hidden gem in our option. The stunning exhibition in this medieval castle really brought us back in time to 800 years ago and helped us “re-live” just what it would have been like back then. The tour is across many levels and is brought to life through CGI, Interactive displays and other technology. Lots of ghostly projections and characters punctuated along the tour – which took us almost two hours and was the highlight of the visit to the city.
We ate lunch in the famous gastro pub  The Locke Bar  – enjoying really great menu and lots of choice – totally recommend for a hungry family.
We left the city and made the short trip back to our hotel, mindful that we needed to sign up to fully supervised "Global Explorers Kids Club "Base Camp" at 5pm in reception. The boys were torn between the idea of spending time at the club or heading to the pool – so we compromised and did both. Claire, who leads the Global Explorers Rangers explained how they offer a range of seasonal activities to entertain and engage children of all ages with lots of season activities which could includ a Petting Zoo, Hoverball Archery, Arts & Crafts, Training Camp, Scavenger Hunt and lots more. At weekends - following the growth in popularity of Afternoon Tea - there is a kids version available at weekends, Midterms and School Holidays at just €12 per child, T&C’s apply and but must be booked in advance - fabulous treat idea!

 The building is fantastically equipped and fitted out with a huge array of games, arts and crafts, pool table and PS4 – so something for everyone. As the boys had eaten late – they didn’t join the other Children and Paula for dinner and went along with one of the other team members to get a head start. They had an amazing time and went from there directly to the pool.
Needless to say – all this activity had the family exhausted so by 10pm we were all asleep!
Day 3: The Extra Miles
We had agreed the night before that we would go play basketball and Tennis and duly borrowed the equipment from the Rain Spa Reception (thanks Orla). The  courts at are the edge of the hotel near the nature trail so an opportunity for Dad and eldest son to enjoy the lovely nature trail while Mum competed with the under 12s. When Mum was truly amazed by the comprehensive  lesson in Tennis by the boys, we all went in for breakfast and yet another wonderful surprise.
The morning before Kyle had mentioned to Kasia, the manager of the Restaurant , his favourite breakfast cereal was Cheerios but there were none left in the hotel. Well, as we gave our room number to Kasia, she produced a box of Cheerios just for Kyle. What an amazing and classy gesture that was – he is still talking about it – could this hotel put a foot wrong – apparently not!
Following another sumptuous breakfast – we asked the hotel receptionist where there nearest playground was – as we figured one last run around was required. We were directed to the village of Cratloe, Clare, about 10 minutes away – a lovely playground created for and dedicated to, the Cratloe community.

Noon arrived and it was time to say goodbye to our dear friends at The Radisson Blu Limerick and it really felt that way. The boys made sure to get a card and “something nice” for the staff just to say thanks – as we always say – it’s the little things…..
We can’t recommend this hotel enough – it’s conveniently located, had plenty of space, a pool, an amazing kids club, playground, tennis courts, a phenomenal breakfast,  the friendliest staff, I could go on and on but seeing is believing! Just Go..

Summer Packages: Stay July & August with Bed & Breakfast rates from €185 per room
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Links

·    Rain Spa & Leisure Facilitieshttp://rainspawellness.ie/
Radisson Blu Limerick Family  https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-limerick/family

King Johns Castle https://www.shannonheritage.com/KingJohnsCastle 
Bunratty Castle https://www.shannonheritage.com/BunrattyCastleAndFolkParkThe Locke Bar https://lockebar.com/ 

Fun.ie visited Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa Limerick as guests of the Hotel





Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Wax Museum Plus - Dublin

We stopped by the @national… today – we hadn’t visited since they relocated the museum around the corner to Westmorland Street. The new location is much better, lovely bright and airy and the welcome we received from Imelda and team was lovely.
The museum has really evolved since the move – and lots more focus has been placed on the younger kids (which is hard to believe as it was always so kid friendly). You start to the left of main reception and kids can go via a secret tunnel to the first floor – while the adults have to
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We encounter what the kids called the “science area” (Science and Discovery) where they can find out about Irish inventors and engineers from times past. We opted to go and visit the Mirror Maze
– another new and exciting addition which made for some hilarious wrong turns! We met some very interesting sports characters from the past and indeed present – some really good likeness. An old favourite of Dads, Fr. Ted Crilly
is another new and very good addition. We met some Superheroes and Cartoon figures and even got to take a ride on a Harry Potter broom.

Down several flights of stairs – passing hundreds of different types of clocks (which was somewhat unnerving in an Alice in Wonderland type of way). Here we travelled back in time – and the audio visual effects mean you get the chance to experience and immerse yourself in the particular era of the exhibit you are visiting. We saw the signatories of the good Friday agreement, many past and present leaders of Ireland and there is even a brand new area dedicated to Irish Mythology! A fantastic new addition.


However top of the kids favourites was the fantastic Chamber of Horrors! Wow – without giving too much away this contains to very realistic and scary exhibit but you don’t have to do it – you can bypass it if you have very young kids or are a big scaredy!

 
We emerged in the wonderful new gift shop after what felt like a few minutes – which in fact was nearly 2 hours. It’s a wonderful way to spend a few hours. Our top tip would be to try and slow it down and try (It’s hard) to get the kids to take it in a bit. It’s a really good, fun and even educational day out – highly recommended.


Admission charges are as follows: Adult €15/Child (Under 12) €10/Student/ Teenager €13/Senior/ Concession €13/Family Ticket (2 Adults 2 Children under 12) €39


Note – Fun.ie visited The Wax Museum Plus as guests.






















Sunday, February 12, 2017

School Tours 2017


DUBLIN


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Zipit Forest Adventures
Tibradden Wood, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
18th February, 2017
€15 - €30
7yr – 15yr+
Climb high into the treetops, swing into cargo nets, fly down one of our many zip lines.  With 5 circuits ranging from 1-20 metres high, Zipit offers up to 4 hours of fun for all ages and abilities – from beginners to adrenaline junkies. 


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EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
The chq Building, Custom Hse., Quay, Dublin 1
Mon – Sunday 10 am – last entry 5 pm
Child 0-5 (free) Child 6-15 (€7) primary school groups (€6)
All           
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum will inspire and guide you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day.


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Aviva Stadium Tours
Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
All All Year
Primary Students €4.50 / Secondary Students €6.30 / Teachers go FREE.
From 4 years of age to adults
Guided tours of Aviva Stadium with tour guides. 60 minutes. Suitable for any age.


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The Do Dublin City Tour
59 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
All Year
Adult tickets from €19 / 2 Kids under 14yr go FREE with every fare paying Adult.
All Ages
The Do Dublin City Tour caters for kids of all ages and is perfect for a family day out in Dublin. Don’t Just Sight see, Explore! Soak up the culture at Dublin’s historic sites on the authentic and best Dublin city tour.


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Pine Forest Art Centre
Glencullen, Kilternan, Dublin 18
1st March 2017 
€12 per Child
5yrs - 18yrs+          
The day comprises of Art and Craft activities adapted to suit the children’s age and abilities. There is also a Nature Walk, weather permitting.  The children bring home their three finished pieces. Accompanying teachers are welcome to join in.


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Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School
West Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
€19pp including wetsuit hire
4yrs+
Various options including Sailing, Kayaking, Paddle boarding, Raft Building, Rock-pooling, American Style Waterpark.


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The Chocolate Warehouse
Mulcahy Kean Ind. Est., Greenhills Road, Walkinstown, D12.
1st May 2017
€12.50 per student.
One student FREE with 30 students
Two students free with 60. Teacher FREE of charge.
6yrs and older        
Have a fun and educational school tour. Learn the story of chocolate - how chocolate is made from bean to bar. All participants get to decorate and pack chocolates to take home.


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Airfield Estate
Overend way, Dundrum, Dublin 14
September to July 2017
€12 per child with teachers FREE in a ratio of 1
10 children for primary (SNA's are also FREE).
Primary School
School tours run from 1000 - 1400 daily meaning the children will be hands-on in the gardens, house, farm and in nature. They will get to experience the milking of our cows, meet all the animals on the farm, go on bug hunts, do some pond dipping and plant their own seeds to take home with them - plus much more


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Fort Lucan Adventureland
Westmanstown, Lucan, Co. Dublin
Easter Holidays, Weekends during term time and From Mid-May for School Tours   
€11.50 per child.  
2 years-12 years
Kids discover Secret Slides, High Towers Trampolines, zip lines, the maze, assault courses and High Walkways as they create their own adventures within this fully supervised outdoor playground.


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GoQuest Indoor Challenge Zone
Exit 5, M50, North Pk Business Pk, Dublin 11
Tues - Fri / 2.30pm - 7pm (7.45pm for Lg. groups)
Bank Holidays 12pm-6pm
School Group rates from €14.50 per person
12+, teenagers and adults     
Do you have what it takes to complete the quest before time runs out? With 27 unique challenge rooms spread across 4 themed zones, GoQuest will get your heart pumping and your mind racing!

Dublinia
St Michael's Hill Christ Church, Dublin 8
All Year
€5 per pupil
Primary/Secondary
Costumed guided tours for primary and secondary schools







NATIONWIDE


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Anyone 4 Science
Colourful Chemistry Easter Camp
Ashford, Castleknock, Midleton, Letterkenny, Navan, Terenure, Lifetime LAb Cork, Donnycarney, Carlow, Limerick, Drogheda, Mount Merrion, Rathgar, Dundalk, Leixlip, Mallow, Rathmichael, Carrick-on-Shannon, CIT Cork, Tallaght, Naas, Athlone, Portmarnock
March 2017
€65 for the 2 days at our early bird rate then
€72 on our full rate.
5 - 12 year olds
At this two day camp the children will have fun doing age appropriate colourful chemistry experiments and learn all atoms, molecules and crystals.


CLARE


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Deerpark Outdoor Centre
Cullane, Kilmurry, Co. Clare
Daily, based on bookings
€25/person
minimum age of 10 years
Clare Paintball is an outdoor/adventure centre. At Deerpark Outdoor Centre we provide paintball, splat ball and airsoft activities. Located half way between Ennis and Limerick City, in an area with spectacular views across the road from Craggaunowen Castle in Co. Clare.


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Cork City Gaol
Convent Avenue, Sunday’s Well, Cork
€5 Children, €7 students over 18yrs
All Ages
A visit to Cork City Gaol provides students with valuable sources for projects, with emphasis on social history & culture, 19th Century crime, punishment & social history.


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Monkey Maze 
Glanmire Business Park, Glanmire, Co. Cork
10am any date
€5 per child (2hr play)
4 years of age to 11 years.
Other packages also available based around food etc.
Indoor play area for children from 1 years to 11 years.


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Ballyhass lakes
Mallow, Co. Cork
€15 - €40 per person
8yrs & up
Offering over 15 different outdoor adventure activities including the longest zip lines in Munster, kayaking, natural cliff climbing and Europe’s fastest growing water sport wakeboarding. The guaranteed mix of land, water and height activities on the same site is really what sets Ballyhass apart.             


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Rumley's Open Farm
Liberty Hill, Waterfall, Co. Cork
March – November 2017
€8 per student with adults going FREE (T&C’s apply)
Suitable for Junior Infants to Secondary Level
A great mix of activities for the children to take part in with a guided animal tour where children get up close with some of our smaller animals and learn lots of interesting facts about them.


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Zipit Forest Adventures
Farran Wood, Ovens, Co Cork
18th of February 2017
€15 - €30
7yr – 15yr+
Climb high into the treetops, swing into cargo nets, fly down one of our many zip lines.  With 5 circuits ranging from 1-20 metres high, Zipit offers up to 4 hours of fun for all ages and abilities – from beginners to adrenaline junkies


GALWAY


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Corrib Princess
Woodquay, Galway
April - October 2017
€5 per child
School children
Scenic Cruise of the Corrib River and Lake, live commentary available in Irish or English. Worksheets available on request.


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Slieve Aughty Centre
Kylebrack West, Loughrea, Co. Galway
All year
 €9
Junior infants to 6th Class
We offer several Eco-friendly, educational and fun school tours for children of all ages. Each package is unique to us and include Farm Friends, Natural Wonders, Pony Rides and more all set in rural east Galway.


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Delphi Resort
Leenane, Connemara, Co. Galway
Day trips from €36 per child, 24 hour stays from €74 per child
Suitable for All ages.
Choose from over 20 adventure activities, with land and water options, including kayaking, raft-building, climbing and the Bog Obstacle Challenge.


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Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium
The Wood, Dingle Town, Co Kerry
All year
€6.50
All ages
School Tours, guided tour of aquarium through Irish or English.  Discovery Primary Science and Maths Explorers session is also available to primary school groups which consists of guided tour as well as classroom session which includes exciting interactive experiments.           


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Art & Mór
Kenmare S.C., Railway Road, Kenmare, Kerry
www.fun.ie/art-and-mor
All Year
From €12
(price excludes education discount available to school groups)
All ages!
Have fun painting pottery or doing a step-by-step canvas painting. Pottery can be glazed and fired to make it food and drink safe, so why not have everyone paint a mug or plate to take home?


KILKENNY


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Castlecomer Discovery Park
The Estate Yard, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny
www.fun.ie/castlecomer-discovery-park
September – June 2017
From €3+ per child
All Primary Level classes
Schools can choose from Water Ecology, Woodland Invertebrate Collection, Nature Trail with Scavenger Hunt, Footprints in Coal Museum, Maths Trail (Sept-Apr.), Discover Primary Science & Maths Day (Sept-Apr), Orienteering, Junior Woodland Adventure Course, Pedal Boating, Tree-Top Adventure Walk, Climbing Wall, Leap of Faith, Team Challenge Games and Timber Tumbles Playground.


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The National Reptile Zoo
Demesne Road, Gowran, Co. Kilkenny
Groups of 10 or more Under 18’s €6.75 pp
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A fully guided tour of our indoor zoo with the opportunity to touch and hold some of the world’s most fascinating creatures from giant pythons to tarantulas. Tours are tailored to suit the age group.


Kilkenny Cycling Tours
The Glass House, Sullivans Micro Brewery, John Street, Kilkenny City
Adults €25 / Under 16’s €10
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The best way to…EXPLORE KILKENNY
Enjoy a fun and easy paced two hour Guided Cycling Tour visiting historical and cultural sites around Kilkenny including Kilkenny Castle, The Kilkenny Design Centre, Shee Alms House, The Tholsel, St. Mary’s Church, Rothe House & Gardens, The Courthouse (Grace’s Castle), St. Francis’ Abbey and many more. 
We have bikes suitable for all ages and we use riverbank paths and backstreets to stay away from heavy traffic.
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LOUTH


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Carlingford Adventure Centre
Tholsel Street, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Open All Year   
Day Visit from €37, Overnights €75
8yr+        
Over 20 outdoor activities based on Land, Sea & Sky, Laser Combat, Pier Jumping, Zip Lines and NEW Stand Up Paddleboards.  Accommodation for up to 200 you can bring the whole Year Group!


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Tayto Park      
Kilbrew, Ashbourne, Co. Meath
22nd May - 30th June 2017 (Mon-Fri)
€14 per pupil
Primary School Students - Junior infants to 6th class.
Our NEW School Tour package at Tayto Park include a full day admission, a guided tour of the zoo area, unlimited access to ALL attractions in the Adventure Zone, activity worksheets before your visit to Tayto Park and a bag of Tayto crisps. *T&C’s apply.


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Puddenhill Activity Centre
Garristown, Co. Meath
All year
From €8
3yrs - Teens
A fantastic NEW Indoor & Outdoor Activity Centre. This venue has such a diverse range of ever – expanding activities and facilities suitable for all ages! Animal Farm, Soft Play Area, Electric Karting, Arts & Crafts, Petrol Karting, Airsoft, Archery, Shooting Simulator & Xbox Room!... School Tour packages


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The Zone Extreme Activity Centre
Mullaghboy Industrial Estate Navan Co. Meath.
All year
School Tour packages from €5
Bowling 5yrs+, Karting 7yrs+
At ‘The Zone’, we have a wide range of activities for all ages to get involved in – NEW BOWLING Alley, Karting, Archery, Lazer Maze, Shooting Simulator, Airsoft and Laser Tag Paintball.


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Huckleberrys Den
Mullaghboy Industrial Estate Navan Co. Meath.
All year
From €7pp
3yrs+      
An Indoor Soft Play Centre suitable for kids from toddlers up to 9 years of age. Children are sure to have lots of fun crawling, climbing and exploring our fully padded structures. We have a large 3 tier structure for 5 years and over, a smaller structure for 3-5 years and a toddler area for up to 3 years.


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Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Pk
Rathangan, Co. Kildare      
Year Round, peak season is May & June 
€12.00 per pupil / €10.00 (pre-schools) 
All ages
The average school visit to the Park will last 3 – 4 hours, and during this time the range of activities can include. Guided Tour (Nature/History/Folklore – Pet Farm)
Adventure outdoor Playground & Crazy Golf, “Funky Forest” Indoor Play Centre, Road Train Trip


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Arigna Mining Experience
Arigna, Co. Roscommon
Open 7 days all year
Family Rates and Groups rates available
All ages
An Underground Tour in the Arigna Mining Experience in Co. Roscommon will certainly appeal to those looking for a day out with a difference and allows visitors an insight into coal mining life as it was in the Arigna Valley for centuries.


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Glendeer Pet Farm
Drum, Athlone, Co. Roscommon
March 17th to End of Sept
 €7 per person with teachers free
All Ages  
A visit to Glendeer is not only educational but also very interactive and fun. The kids will get a guided tour which takes an hour, they will get to feed, pet and even hold some of the animals. Then they can play in the indoor or outdoor play area, they can bring along a packed lunch to enjoy at the farm.


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Zipit Forest Adventures
Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co Roscommon
From 18th of February 2017
€15 - €30
7yr – 15yr+
Climb high into the treetops, swing into cargo nets, fly down one of our many zip lines.  With 5 circuits ranging from 1-20 metres high, Zipit offers up to 4 hours of fun for all ages and abilities – from beginners to adrenaline junkies. 


SLIGO


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7th Wave Surf School
Enniscrone, Co. Sligo
€20 p.p. includes all equipment/tuition
8 - 18 years      
Two-hour Surf Session


WATERFORD


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Waterford & Suir Valley Railway
Kilmeadan Station, Co Waterford
April to June 2017 daily
Child group rate €4.00 per child,
1 Teacher/Adult FREE travelling with every 10 children,
Pre-Schools/1 adult FREE with every 5 children
Pre and Primary School Children set off on an exciting journey through the countryside, past the ruins of Kilmeadan Castle and beside the magnificent River Suir.  Make a wish you see the Fairies in the Magic Wood, view four good examples of lime kilns, spot the wildlife along the track and even choose a fun character to meet you at Kilmeadan Station.


WESTMEATH


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Historical High Jinks
Clonard, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
All Year
€15 per student
Junior Infants to 6th class
Children dress up as both servants and Lords and Ladies and enjoy a wonderful programme of activities from times gone by ... washing with a washboard (splashing has never lost its appeal to children!), feeding the hens, making butter, dancing in the drawing room, a treasure hunt, some very old parlour games, a chamber pot race and much more


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Kingdom of Sports
Canal Avenue, Mullingar, Co Westmeath
Available All Year.
Basic price of €10 per child, more options available.
6 years and up, although we have taken all school grades.
A fun sport based activity for all that requires little or no sports experience. Complete your individual scorecard by shooting at ten different sport targets in an organised circuit including Tennis, Soccer, Gaelic, Hurling Baseball, Basketball and Golf. Fully organised by staff, large numbers accommodated, full and half day options available.


WEXFORD


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Kia Ora Mini Farm
Courteencurragh, Gorey, Co. Wexford
Any date from now on
€6.50 per child
All ages  
Kia Ora Mini Farm is a safe, educational and fun choice for school tours. Children can safely learn the animals, milk a milking cow, ride a real fire engine, operate a real digger, play in sandpits, ride go-karts etc. There is no coin operated or video games in sight, just good old fashioned fun.


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Secret Valley Wildlife Park
Clonroche Enniscorthy Co Wexford
All Year
From €8.50
Junior to sixth class
Children get to be hands on by feeding our baby goats and meeting some of our smaller furrier animals. The round their day off the children have playtime.


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Pirates Cove
Courtown Harbour, Gorey, Co. Wexford
All Year for school tours & group bookings
From €5pp per activity
All ages  
Pirate’s Cove has been catering for School Tours in the South East for the last 25 years, offering superb value, quality and hassle free tours. With our huge selection of rides, games, and entertainment for all ages, and budgets, we have something for absolutely everyone. 18 Hole Adventure Golf Course, Six Lane Ten Pin Bowling Alley, Fun Caves (soft play area) and much more


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Bray Adventures
Bray, Co. Wicklow
From April to November
€20pp
8+
We are offering schools a choice of kayaking, raft building, paddle boarding, hillwalking or Surfing for €20pp based on a 2hr session from April to November. We supply equipment, wet suits, buoyancy aids, helmets and instructors, easily accessible by bus or dart.


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Tick-Tock Farm
Thomastown Arklow, Co. Wicklow
April- June 2017
€6.00 per child
2-8yrs
Bright and colourful kids can interact with both big and small farmyard animals, bottle feed the goats and lambs, take the bunnies for a walk in their trollies, have fun on the activity bus as well as the playground and football pitch.

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Wicklow’s Historic Goal
Kilmantin Hill, Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow
All Year
From €4.75 per person
All ages
Take an interactive multimedia journey through Wicklow’s Historic Gaol. Designed to engage all the senses, visitors will step back in time. Holographic projections of cruel prison guards, the sound of the defiant cries from the 1798 rebels and the transformation of three prison floors visually recreates over 200 years of Irish history through the eyes of the inmates.


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Star Leisure
Strand Road, Seafront, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Admission Price is Free, Video & Redemption Games are priced at €1 per go.
All ages
A world of entertainment all under one roof.  Activities include Simulator & Games, Kiddies rides, Casino, etc. Large selection of kiddie rides for the younger child, all only €1 per go.


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Kippure & Education
Kippure Est., Manor Kilbride, Blessington, Wicklow
10-14 April 2017
€175 for 5 days
8-12 years
Give the children a wonderful wilderness experience through bush craft adventure, nature games and exploring the woods.