Outstanding outdoor adventures
Relaxing forest walks
Explore wonderful walks in gorgeous settings during the mid term break. Discover the rolling hills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Offaly and Laois, admire panoramic views, and visit Kinnitty Castle afterwards where you can reward the whole family with hot chocolates.
The walking trails in Longford's Newcastle Woods are great with some longer treks to tire out the most energetic of kids. Art lovers in Sligo should head to the Hazelwood Sculpture Trail at Half Moon Bay on the shores of Lough Gill. The trail is dotted with magnificent wooden sculptures and carvings, guaranteed to delight your children.
Family friendly activities
Kayak across tranquil water, bike around epic headlands and paddle through the capital with a fun family friendly activity this mid term. Rent a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) from Surfdock in Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock and explore the heart of the city.
Have an unforgettable day out on the Brian Ború Experience kayaking tour with the team from My Next Adventure. Journey through 1,000 years of history as you paddle along the picturesque town of Killaloe, Clare. Or bring the family on an exciting day out with an e-bike tour along the West Cork coastline in Kinsale. The team at Wild Atlantic Sports have a great selection of bikes, self-guided tours and routes.
By the water
Feel the breeze blow through your hair and watch birds dive for fish on a visit to the shore with the kids. Rent a bike from On Yer Bike in Carlingford or lace up your walking shoes and set off on the Carlingford Greenway in Louth. The greenway runs for 7km along the edge of Carlingford Lough to the picturesque village of Omeath.
Head to the banks of the River Boyne in Meath for a family glamping trip at Rock Farm Slane. Waking up in a yurt with views of Slane Castle is a magical experience and the kids are sure to love zipping around on the electric bikes and learning how to kayak.
Head for the hills
Thrillseekers flock to the forests of Ballyhoura for amazing outdoors pursuits guaranteed to tire out the most energetic of children. Rent a mountain bike from Trailriders and take on the five rewarding looped trails, or if it’s your first time mountain biking, go for a spin along the forest trails.
Delicious local food
Treat the little ones to delicious desserts this mid term break. Travel to Skelligs Chocolate outside Ballinskelligs in Kerry and watch your kids squealing with delight as the talented chocolatiers whip up delicious creations.
Take a trip back in time at the retro inspired Fantastic Flavours Ice Cream Parlour in Youghal. The brightly coloured décor compliments fun creations like Cinderella Stracciatella and Oreo Schmoreo, and the best part is that they’re all made on site by hand.
Take a visit to Wicklow to enjoy the beautiful walking trails and exciting bike trails. Stop off at Belmont Demesne in Greystones for a tasty treat at Bak’d. The woodfired pizza and toasties are a hit with even the fussiest of eaters.
Show the little ones where their favourite food comes from on a visit to Grow HQ in Waterford. Not only will you have an amazing choice of delicious, seasonal food, but the passionate owners also run nature walks and garden tours, educating children about healthy food and ecology.
Unique mid term break experiences
See incredible animals up close
There’s something special about watching one of your kids see an exotic animal for the very first time. Stonehall Visitor Farm in Limerick has lots of fluffy and unique animals to delight your little ones. Llamas, alpacas, emus, and ostriches roam the land here and love to meet visitors. Once you’ve seen the fauna, check out the local flora with a walk on the nature trails.
The iconic Dublin Zoo in Phoenix Park is a must for any family in the county during the break. From gigantic elephants and towering giraffes to tiny chipmunks and cute monkeys, there’s an endless amount to see here. Get them excited in advance of your trip by streaming one of the live shows of the elephants and penguins.
On Cork’s Fota Island is the wild and entertaining Fota Wildlife Park. Kids love watching the cheetahs, zebras and eagles and they can also learn all about the park’s conservation efforts.
Don't forget to pre-book your family’s slot at these popular spots during busy times.
Hotel breaks and city tours
The modern Hotel Westport has a range of family friendly activities guaranteed to be a hit with the kids. Book in for Make-Your-Own-Pizza night and get ready for the tableside magic show.
Take a morning stroll around the historic grounds of Westport House and later, soak up the sights on an afternoon kayak tour around Mayo’s Clew Bay.
Plan a break to vibrant Galway City and stay in a family room at the Connacht Hotel. Parents love the kitchen in the room and great location, while little ones adore the kid’s pool and colourful bunk beds. Have a family day out on the Galway Tourist Train and see all the sights in a fun and unique way.
Discover a different side of Dublin on a Hop On Hop Off Tour around the capital. Take in the sights and buzzing atmosphere from an open top bus, admiring places you’ve never been before. With over 30 stops at Dublin's most loved and unique places, enjoy a scenic spin and hear stories of the city’s colourful history along the way.
Let your family’s imagination run wild this mid term on spooky and enchanting tours across the country. Check out the walking tours at Uisneach and hear stories of legendary kings, queens, and mythical figures on a stroll along the 3km trail through the Westmeath countryside. Soak up sweeping views of the nearby countryside as you stand on top of the hill that’s played a key role in Ireland’s cultural, political, and mythological history.
The striking Birr Castle in Offaly has a whole host of fun activities. Smaller kids love exploring the grounds and discovering wildlife on The Quest, while older kids are fans of the Treehouse Adventure Playground. Again, pre-booking is advised.
Rainy day family fun
Don’t let the rain ruin your mid term plans, there’s lots of indoor fun in every county in Ireland. Pay a visit to The National Wax Museum in Dublin and get your picture taken with a host of famous faces like Liam Neeson and Elvis. Kids love exploring the fantastical Wax World where their imaginations can run wild as they hang out with Harry Potter, Peppa Pig and Santa.
Escape the rain and head underground in Roscommon at the Arigna Mining Experience. Learn about the geology of the area and get an insight into the lives of the coal miners by taking a guided tour.
Test your logic and communication skills with a visit to an escape room. Galway’s Asylroom is known to be one of the best and is a great bonding experience for the whole family. Learn how to paint a frightening WereBat figurine this Halloween at the Toy Soldier Factory in Cork.
Marvel at majestic animals or explore Ireland by bike, this year’s mid term break is bound to be the best one yet. Find more ideas for great things to do with the kids over on our Family Fun page.