I’m not going to lie, I was dreading the summer. The thoughts of having to entertain a one, two, three and seven-year-old for two whole months gave me the sweats. In preparation, I put away a few pennies and organised a few things through my blog but there was still a million days left to entertain them. That’s why I set up the Adventures of Eire Facebook group, to get other parents recommendations and how we came across Clonfert Pet Farm.
Located in Maynooth, Co Kildare, Clonfert Pet Farm was voted my seven-year-olds #1 pet farm visited this summer. We explored Clonfert three times and here’s exactly why we’ll be back a fourth…
Clonfert Pet Farm has all the usual farm animals including more exotic animals like wallabies, alpaca, and llama. And unlike most pet farms we’ve visited over the years, you can actually pet and hold some of the animals. Each one as friendly as the next. Clonfert goes the extra mile by topping up barrels with hay and buckets with pellets so every child can experience feeding them throughout the day. There’s even a little box full of bread crumbs over by the pond so kids can feed the ducks too. Also, something I always look out for when visiting farm is a sign educating us about the animals and Clonfert didn’t disappoint. Each stable, pen and field had them with detailed descriptions.
And then there’s a host of activities for the kids. Clonfert Pet Farm has a zip wire, a football pitch, three playgrounds, a sheltered sand pit, a large bouncy castle, go karts and there’s also mini golf at an extra charge of €2 per person. Located right at the gate is a very reasonable cafe selling snacks, sandwiches, hot food and drink but if that doesn’t tickle you fancy Clonfert Pet Farm has loads of picnic benches around the farm. There’s a number of sheltered ones too just in case the weather is being all Irish.
Included in the admission is an indoor soft play area so whatever the weather there is something to do. Right in the back, there is a play kitchen along with toys for smaller kids, including a mini library. It’s not huge, but it’s perfect for kids aged 2-9.
Other things that stood out to me personally was how clean the farm is. The toilets are spotless, the staff is in and out on the hour checking on them. There are loads of hand sanitizers and reminders to wash your hands after petting the animals. During one of our visits, the owner was sweeping puddles away from the swings after a heavy shower, another girl wiped down the slides and bouncy castle and on a different occasion a staff member came over to us to tell us he was about to feed the animals so the kids could join in.
I have to agree with the Big Kid, it was my favourite farm experience too. A day out at Clonfert Pet Farm costs €5 p/p, under two’s go free or you can avail of the family ticket of two adults and four kids for €15 (and no, that’s not a misprint). Without a shadow of a doubt, we’ll be back time and time again. Both the Big Kid and I highly recommend Clonfert Pet Farm. For more information check out their Facebook page.
There is nothing to disclose. We paid for each visit to Clonfert Pet Farm this summer. I should also add the two really cute kids playing along with the Big Kid and the Boy on visit #2 are Laura’s from Love, Life, and Little Ones. For more reviews on days out in Ireland check out my Adventure of Eire series or follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat.