School’s out for the summer, the days are loooooooonnnnnggggggg, and I’m sure many of you mamas and papas are in the same pickle as myself – what do we do with the kids??
Well, here is a little summer bucket list for you to complete in your own good time. Hopefully, it will come in handy.
On Sunny Days:
Check out your local park
Parks, like Cork’s Fitzgerald’s Park, often host many excellent events and have abundant activities during the summer months. Fitzgerald’s Park is hosting a series of events this year, called Summer in the Park.
There’s always something happening in Cork’s beloved parks, and I’m sure there’s plenty happening in a park near you.
Fota Wildlife Park is an ideal safari experience and is an amazing place to explore on a gloriously sunny day. Safe and contained for younger children, while exposing them to several species of wild animals. It’s sure to be a day to remember.
Head to the Beach
My two are just about able to paddle, so we pack togs and towels in the car and bring buckets and spades to explore the depths of the crab pools at Harbour View beach. This is the safest beach I have found in my area for my (almost) 3 year old and my (almost) 18 month old. There are lots of shallow pools for them to jump in.
For older children, I would recommend beaches like Inchydoney, which has its own surf school -how very Summer Bay?! Or you could always check out Funkytown Adventure Centre in Fountainstown, which offer an array of water sports for the brave amongst you.
Check out a Carnival or Fair
Or you could always head to a beach that has a park or funfair nearby. Kinsale has both a park and a Piper’s Funfair at the moment. Myrtleville also has a Piper’s Funfair.
Youghal is home to Perk’s Indoor Funfair and Entertainment Centre -this place is amazing!! It also has a play centre and laser tag area, as well as bowling alleys and a diner. This one is also a great way to spend a rainy day..
Hit the Playground
Credit where it’s due, playgrounds these days are a far cry from the tarnished metal swing sets and 10 foot metal slides, all complete with a slab of concrete to cushion your landing, that we grew up with in 1980/90s’ Ireland.
Make good use of the high tech zip wires, plastic slides, and astro turf landings, that the youth of today are blessed with.
Kevin’s Day is a cool fun day that’s happening in Douglas Playground, on Sunday the 26th of July, between 1 and 5 pm.
On Your Summer Break
Road Trip to Tayto Park
Tayto Park, in Ashbourne, Co. Meath, boasts a theme park, zoo, dinosaur park, playground and water park, 5D cinema, as well as some other great attractions.
This is deffo on our summer bucket list. Tickets are €14 for a child over 3.
Visit Some Famous Irish Landmarks
Check out Newgrange, the Burren, the Giant’s Causeway, Benbulben, and all those other places that you read about as a kid in your Geography book, but you’ve never been to. Educational, not only for your child, but for you too.
Obviously, if you’re going abroad or if you live in another beautiful country, check out the local landscape and find out about the heritage.
Trabolgan is an old Cork favourite and is amazing fun. The complex has everything on site and the evening entertainment is fun and cheesy, the kind you expect on your holidays.
Trabolgan now has Peppa Pig, and Ben and Holly on site, which is a definite advantage for those of you with preschoolers.
The cinema provides the perfect refuge from rainy Ireland, for you and your little ones. Minions is still showing on the big screen, and is on our summer bucket list.
Have a Disney Day
Watch Disney movies ALL DAY LONG. This is a great way to spend a rainy day. Make, or buy, some costumes, and let your kids dress up like their favourite Disney characters. Guaranteed to keep them happy.
I hope these ideas are of some help to those of you who are looking for a bit of inspiration.
Make it magic 😉 x