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Make the most of the time off this Easter. There’s something for everyone with lots of great events taking place around Ireland.
- Easter egg hunts
You won’t have to travel far to find an Easter egg hunt in Ireland! Events are taking place in parks and attractions all over the country. Here’s some of our favourites.
Croke Park – Includes a tour of the stadium – Dublin, April 12th-17th
Killruddery Easter Egg Hunt – Crafts, challenges and Easter egg hunting – Co. Wicklow, Sunday 16th April
Westport House – Rides, attractions and competitions – Co. Mayo, Sunday 16th April
Huntington Castle – Meet lambs and enjoy the adventure playground, Co. Carlow 15th – 17th April
Lullymore Heritage Park – Easter games every afternoon & visits from the Easter Bunny, Co. Kildare 15th – 21st April.
- Visit a farm
Spring is the perfect time to take a family trip to the local open farm to see all the baby animals. Lots of farms around the country are holding special Easter events for families and most will let you have a go at feeding the animals.
Find a petting farm near you – http://www.familyfun.ie/pet-farms/
- Indulge at the Galway Food Festival
Foodies unite for the Galway Annual Food Festival from Thursday the 13th to Monday the 17th of April. The festival includes walking tours, workshops, afternoon teas and live cooking shows. You’ll take home lots of new recipe ideas and cooking hacks you can use to impress the family. There’s plenty for kids to do with a silent disco, pizza making and cupcake decorating.
- Make your own Easter Egg
Visit the Chocolate Garden of Ireland in Carlow and learn about the making of chocolate, mould your own, decorate it and receive a budding chocolatiers certificate. Chocolate workshops take place every afternoon from the 10th– 21st of April. This is one the adults will love too, suitable for ages 6 right up to 96!
- Take a trip to Tayto Park
Tayto Park is re-opening on Friday the 7th of April, right in time for Easter! Enjoy the thrills of the theme park and marvel at Big Cats at the Zoo. On Easter Sunday, there will also be face painting, arts & crafts, and a special crime scene investigators event where budding detectives collect clues to solve a mystery at Tayto Park.
- Bake some treats
While we are praying for good weather this Easter it’s not always guaranteed. However there are lots of ways to have a great family day at home. You can try something simple like decorating eggs with icing and sweets or test your baking skills by making Easter cupcakes as a family and enjoying the finished results.
- Join the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Deerpark in Dublin is transforming into Wonderland on Sunday the 16th of April. Young and old are invited to dress up, wear their maddest hat and take to the “Hat Walk” to show off their costumes. The White Rabbit, Alice and the Mad Hatter will be there to greet guests and host children’s activities. The kids will be kept busy with giant chess, a tea cup ride, egg hunt, crafts and storytelling. Find out more.
- Take a family hike
With the weather starting to pick up Easter is the perfect time to get outdoors with the family and explore the many scenic hills, forests, cliffs and beaches the country has to offer. Everyone can get involved, bring the dogs along and pick a walk to suit your family’s ability level.
- Challenge yourself at Loughcrew Adventure Centre
At Loughcrew Adventure Centre you can choose from a range of exhilarating activities including ziplining, archery and an assault course. The adventure centre is surrounded by beautiful gardens where you can spend the rest of your time exploring forests, rockeries and a fairy ring. The gardens feature Alice in Wonderland sculptures which add a magical feel to the area.
- Enjoy a day at the races.
The Fairyhouse Racecourse Easter Festival takes place from the 16th – 18th of April, finishing with an Easter Family Day on Easter Tuesday. There will be plenty of entertainment for everyone with races, games, bouncy castles, face painting and balloon modelling.
- Experience Easter at Dublin Zoo
A trip to the Zoo is a family favourite all year round, but Dublin Zoo has even more to offer at Easter, hosting Easter events including children’s camps and a fairy adventure. The Irish Fairy Door Company is taking children on an imaginative journey around the Zoo with storytelling, games and face painting.
- Enjoy some retail therapy
The kids won’t complain about this shopping trip with an array of Easter themed activities taking place at the Quayside shopping centre in Sligo. The Easter bunny will make an appearance and there will be plenty of entertainment, arts & crafts workshops, face painting and an egg hunt. The best part is you get to do all your shopping, in fact, you have an excuse to!
- Celebrate at the Easter Monday Parade in Carndonagh
The Carndonagh Easter Parade will take place on Easter Monday 17th April. Come down and enjoy a great family day out. There will be competitions for the best Easter bonnet, best fancy dress and best floats. Watch the parade including vintage cars and tractors and enjoy live music in the Diamond.
- Watch a show at the theatre
From the 12th – 26th of April at the Ark in Dublin, Unicorn, the UK’s leading professional theatre for young audiences are preforming their show “Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore”. The heart-warming show offers a child’s eye view of the world which adults will also find entertaining.
- Get lost in Greenane Maze
If you haven’t been to Greenane Maze yet Easter is the perfect time for your first visit. Hidden in the half acre Celtic maze you’ll find chocolate eggs, fairy tree trails, face painting and animal feeding. Plus, the beautiful grounds make the ideal location for a family picnic when you’re done exploring.
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