Last week we continued our Adventures of Eire and visited The Kildare Maze just outside Prosperous in the North Kildare countryside for the third time. The Kildare Maze is Leinster’s largest hedge maze with a host of other activities including a wooden maze, zip wire, crazy golf, pet corner, adventure trail and a huge sandpit.
I originally wrote a review back in July 2014 and today I’m editing to share our experience as a family of six. The last couple of times we explored Kildare Maze I was third trimester pregnant so I couldn’t really relax. So I think that reflected in my previous reviews of Kildare Maze. I’ve decided to keep photo’s from my previous reviews purely because it’s a well-kept park and it’s still relevant except the fact my Big Kid is a millimeter taller. Everyone keeps saying she’s taken a stretch but honestly I don’t see it, I’m convinced it’s the dryer shrinking her clothes.
There’s a host of activities for the kids from an assault course, mini-golf, a climbing frame, a zip wire at Kildare Maze and everything is included in the admission. So no hidden charges, something I always lookout for when bringing the babogs on mini adventures.
As always our favorite activity of the day is The Wooden Maze. When you pay your admission each person is given a little challenge card to complete in The Wooden Maze. It’s a race against time to find eight hidden control points. We found ourselves at one zone six times, its great craic. The kids do think it’s hilarious running around every time we ended up at a dead-end but in all, it kept the maze alive having the little puzzle to solve.
My top tip for The Wooden Maze: Adults don’t complete your cards. When the kids have had a little play around the rest of the activities give them your blank cards to go and complete The Wooden Maze again, it’s easily twenty minutes to have a coffee in peace. There is only one entrance/exit so they can’t go far.
For toddlers, there isn’t really too much for them if I’m honest. I do feel it’s missing the playground factor. I think it needs some swings, more slides, more ‘climby things’ but it does have a MASSIVE sandpit complete with unlimited buckets and spades. I’d say my three rascals spent the guts of an hour playing there. They really enjoyed it.
The main attraction. The hedge maze. It HUGE. I don’t think anyone realizes how big it is until you get to the top tower in the middle. Now, I’m going to be completely straight here. I have never actually done the whole maze. I’ve cheated every single time. While my kids have done it, I snuck up to the viewer tower by taking the exit rather than the entrance. It leaves you right to the stairs of the tower. Each time we’ve been to The Kildare Maze I’ve been solo parenting and the fear of losing a small child in there is real. Anyone I spoke to who completed it on each of our days spent there it can take anything up to forty minutes to complete. It took my Big Kid and her Pal twenty minutes but I believe they crawled under the hedges because I was timing them from the sandpit.
There is crazy golf on site too and it goes up and around the hedge maze too. You could get easily another hour here.
Each time we’ve been to The Kildare Maze we’ve spent 3-4 hours there and we would have stayed longer but I can only do so much solo parenting adventure days out. I’d highly recommend bringing a picnic as they have huge indoor and outdoor area’s to enjoy. They do have a small shop there selling pizza (it’s okay like, I’ve had worse!), ice-creams, sweet treats, minerals, and hot drinks. And like each time we’ve visited it was a brilliant day out. All the kids had an absolute ball and we’ll definitely be back but I’ll make sure I’ve got an extra pair of hands to help out with the babogs. A family ticket for two adults and two kids is €25 and under two’s go free.
For more information on The Kildare Maze check out their website.
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