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25th Mar 2018

11 cool Easter events to bring the kids along to next week

Have you been to any of these before?

Trine Jensen-Burke

The Easter break is upon us, mamas.

Two full weeks to fill – and by the looks of it, the weather isn’t really about to play ball either, with forecasters even warning of yet anohter possible snowfall sometime next week.


But no need to panic, guys – we got you. Here are ten cool places, activities and events happening next week that we bet will get a huge thumbs-up from the kids:

1. Kildare Village

Hop along to Kildare Village this Easter and enjoy a fun-filled day out with the whole family. Having partnered with Imaginosity and Sensational Kids, Kildare Village are offering a host of children’s activities this Easter – Saturday, 24 March to Sunday, 08 April.

The Imaginosity workshops will take place from 11 am to 5 pm from Thursday, 29 March to Saturday, 07 April, and children get to make their own sock bunnies, as well as ‘Plant your own grass head’ workshops.

Sensational Kids will host a ‘Quiet Hour’ and interactive workshops in the Guest Lounge in the Village, where guests will also be able to try out and purchase a wide array of educational and sensory toys designed specifically for children with additional needs.

Quiet Hour every day from 10am – 11am and interactive workshops from 2pm – 5pm.

At Lily O’Brien’s, the luxury Irish chocolatier is giving guests the opportunity to get their Easter egg personalised. The egg decorating will take place in store from Saturday, 24 March to Sunday, 1 April.

At Dunne & Crescenzi, L’Officina, kids will get to design and create their very own aprons, all in the hope of sparking an interest in baking or design – and to discover if you have an aspiring chef or creative on your hands.
The Dunne & Crescenzi, L’Officina Apron Decorating Workshops will take place in the restaurant on Monday, 26 March to Wednesday, 28, March and Monday, 2 April – Wednesday, 4 April.

The Children’s Workshops at Le Pain Quotidien, where kids will have the opportunity to decorate delicious cookies with a variety of toppings, will take place from 5 pm to 6 pm Tuesday, 03 and Wednesday, 04 April.

2. Ikea, Dublin

Not just affordable furniture, guys! At Ikea this Easter, you can get creative with your little ones this  and decorate your very own Easter Egg to take home. Taking place in store from Monday, March 26th until Friday March 30th, make sure you reserve a spot, as spaces are limited.

Click here to book your slot.

3. Nore Valley Park Farm, Kilkenny

Kids will no doubt enjoying hunting far and wide around the farm for hidden eggs, and claim their sweets and chocolates as a reward once they are done.

The Easter Egg Hunt will take place between Saturday 24th and Friday 30th March 2018, 10am to 4pm (except for Sunday 25th when the farm is closed).

For more information and to book, click here.

4. Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre, Offaly

If you happen to be in Offaly over Easter, head to Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre for their “Easter Family Quest” which will take the young and maybe not so young explorers on a journey through time, from great engineering feats to wildlife discoveries, and many more highlights in between. Once the young explorers complete the quest they return to the playground kiosk and choose from a sweet or fruit treat.

For more information and to book, click here.

5. The Irish National Stud and Gardens, Kildare

Baby foals, fairy trails and pony rides and a petting zoo? Sounds good? Well, then head on down to Kildare and the Irish National Stud and Gardens this Easter for a fun family day out.

Pony rides and face-painting will take place from 11am-12.30pm and re-commence at 2pm-3.30pm.

Family tickets cost just €29.50 for 2 adults and up to 4 children, which includes our Easter events and a guided tour of the stud and gardens.

6. Westport House and Gardens, Mayo

This Easter Sunday, from 11am to 6pm, you really should bring the kids along to Westport House and Gardens in Mayo, where they will look high and low for eggs, meet Pinkie Rabbit and enjoy some yummy treats too.

Once you have paid into the Pirate Adventure Park, there is no added costs to enter the Easter egg hunt.

For more information, click here.

7. The Pavilion, Stormont Estate, Belfast

This Easter Saturday, head along and enjoy a fun-filled day out for the whole family at The Pavilion on the Stormont Estate in Belfast. Enjoy a craft fair, petting zoo, bouncy castle, face painting, balloon modelling, arts and crafts, Easter egg hunt, prizes to be won and lots more.

For more information and tickets (childre are £4, adults free), click here.

8. Croke Park Easter Egg Hunt, Dublin

One of Dublin’s most popular attractions, the Croke Park Stadium Tour, has an ‘egg’cellent twist for families over the Easter break!

The fantastic ‘eggs’perience will include an access-all-areas guided stadium tour, combined with an Easter Egg Hunt, all rounded off with a visit of the GAA Museum!

Tours are running at selected days and times from March 26th to March 29th:

For more information and to book, click here.

9. Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park, Kildare

Join the Easter Bunny for an “eggstra” special event at Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park, where you have to find all the clues, solve Easter Bunny’s puzzle and collect your egg.

For more information and to book, click here.

10. Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Clare

At Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, it looks like it is going to be a hive of activity and excitement this Easter Bank Holiday Monday, April 2nd from 1-5pm. There will be activities for all ages and a fantastic line up of events including the Wobbly Circus Show, Train Rides on the Easter Express, Mr Boom and his Drum & Percussion Show, magic shows, air juggler shooting alley and much more.

For more information and to book, click here.

11. Airfield Estate, Dublin

Enjoy a egg-celent time at Airfield Estate this Easter! The woodland walkway will be decorated with all things egg-straordinary, and visitors can enjoy a self guided trail amongst the natural woodland environment.

Taking place from Saturday 24th March – Sunday 8th April the Airfield woodlands will come to life with an installation with a series of oversized decorative eggs giving you lots of information and lots of eggsquisite uses and facts. On Easter Sunday, there will be a trail fact sheet to fill in on your route through the egg tour.

For more information and to book, click here.