Last years summer bucket list was one of my most popular posts and still to this day brings in huge amounts of traffic to my blog. I’ve been inundated with requests to do an Easter ‘bucket list’ for all the family so here’s my top 5 things to do this midterm and Easter holidays around Ireland.
Stradbally Woodland Railway
One not to be missed this midterm is the Stradbally Woodland Railway, in Co. Laois. The oldest established Heritage Railway in Ireland with steam trains operating since 1969.
If you have kids that are choo-choo mad hop aboard a vintage train this Easter Sunday and Monday between 12.30-4pm. Adults fares are €7 and children’s tickets are priced at €3. This is without a doubt on our Easter bucket list. Check out their website for more information.
Tayto Park Theme Park & Zoo
Tayto Park will reopen it’s doors on the 18th of March just in time for the Easter holidays. There line up of exhilarating attractions is sure to send heart rates and excitement levels through the roof this year!
Featuring the ‘Ice Valley Experience’ where kids can get to grips with what the earth was like over 1 million years ago in the Ice Valley with mighty megafauna coming to life before your eyes. Trek through the life like glaciers surrounded by snow to meet Tayto Park’s resident mammoths, cave bears, saber toothed cats and giant Irish deer.
On Saturday, 19th March and Sunday, 20th March 2016 Tayto Park will welcome experienced Dinosaur Experts to Ashbourne with educational talks taking place throughout the day. Get to grips with the megafauna in the new ‘Ice Valley’ as well as a host of Ice Age creatures like cave bears, glyptodont, saber-toothed cats and giant ground sloths.
New attractions for 2016 include the brand new ‘Ferris Wheel’, giving visitors a chance to take in the sights and sounds of Tayto Park from an eagle’s viewpoint. On the brand new ‘Rockin’ Tug’, you will experience the motions of being in the deep blue sea from the very different surroundings of Ashbourne, Co. Meath. After your trip to the Ice Age, don’t forget to pop into the 5D cinema where ‘Angry Birds’ will be screening five-minute movies so you can keep up the pace in the park and not miss too much action! Also new to the park this year is the beautiful vintage style carousel, bringing back those memories of childhood carnival experiences! Not forgetting Ireland’s first rollercoaster, the Cu Chulainn Coaster.
Additional Easter Activities in Tayto Park include an Easter Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, 27th of March 2016. Meet Mr. Tayto, who will be making guest appearances every day. Fun activities will include complimentary face painting everyday throughout the Mid-Term break. Arts & Crafts – Easter themed arts and crafts every day daily. Suitable for children under six. And educational animal feeding talks each day.
A day out at Tayto Park will set you back if you have a larger family but if you prebook online you can get €1 off admission at €14 per person, children under 3 are free too. All day wristbands (additional to admission) is €15 p/p. Check out their website for more information.
Kia Ora Mini Farm
Open every day from the 17th of March Kia Ora Mini Farm have a host of activities to keep the little ones entertained over the Easter break.
With no hidden extra’s once inside at €7 per person you can’t go wrong. With a host of attractions as long as my arm, Kia Ora Mini Farm is not to be missed this midterm. Activities include their mini farm of course, petting area, a maze, real working diggers, go karts, sand pits, a fire engine, rough-rider track and ride on tractors and cars. Check out their website for more information.
Cadbury Easter Hunt
The Cadbury Easter Hunt for Barnardos will take place again this year in Dublin’s Merrion Square. Due to the phenomenal success of last year’s event they will be bringing the Easter fun to you over two days.
Bring your little eggsplorers to this most eggscellent Cadbury Easter Egg Trail, where everyone is a winner and enjoys a Cadbury Easter Eggs on completion of the trail. There is a host of activities and entertainment on the day too.
There are four Easter egg hunts this midterm. Friday 25th March: 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4.30pm. Saturday 26th March: 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4.30pm. Costing €20 per family of four and ALL proceeds go to Barnardos. Additional tickets cost €5 p/p.
You can book tickets on their website. They sold out last year!
The Kildare Maze
Reopening Friday the 18th of March until Sunday 3rd of April. Over the Easter weekend, Fri 25th – Mon 28th – they’re running Easter Egg hunts (no extra charge).
Adult admission is priced at €8 while children, seniors and students are €6. Or avail of their family tickets, 2 adults and 2 children is €25 and a family of 2 adults and 3 children is €29. Children aged two and under are free. Check out our Kildare Maze review HERE.
Hopefully some of these will tickle your fancy. I hope you all have a fabulous Paddy’s and Easter. I have the coffee brewing. It’s gonna be a long one…