Hi guys so seen as the summer is in full swing and if you are like me your scrambling the internet for ideas of fun things to do with kids. I’ve decided to start sharing some day out ideas again these aren’t generally just specific to kids. Living in Ireland with the summer weather being so unpredictable and the winter being generally miserable and wet its so important for us as a family to get out and about as much as we can during the year even if the day is less than perfect.

I really don’t like spending my weekends indoors summer or winter if i can avoid it. We visited Lough Gur in April. The day was a bit cold and windy but we enjoyed it regardless.Its completely free of charge to visit and walk around unless you want to opt for an audio tour which we did. Lough Gur website and price details here.

There is plenty of picnic pots around the lake. It was too cold the day we visited for a picnic but we will be back with a picnic over the summer.

Its a short walk from the car park to the visitor centre. Which has a small meusuem with interactive displays if you opt for the audio tour access to the museum is included.

Any excuse for a bit of fancy dress !

There is a small museum on site with interactive displays.

Who said ice creams were just for sunny days!

We done the self guided tour. You can walk around free of charge if your not interested in the tour.

The Fairy Village was a big hit with Harlow, who happens to be a huge fairy fan.

The tour and fairy trail is not accessible with buggies as its a small climb and rocky in places.

Love A

Xxx

Ps: I update my Instagram page regularly with data out videos and pictures. Link for my Instagram page here.

Hi guys as you can see from the picture above we love Castlecomer Discovery Park we first visited two years ago returned again last year for another visit.

On our first visit we spent the day walking around the woods, swinging from trees and exploring the woods.

We visited some fairy homes in the fairy and elf village They didn’t seem to be home which was lucky really seen as they may not have been best pleased we were standing on their roof.

We don’t usually spend our days hugging trees however we thought we heard some fairies scurrying around inside!

Both the kids done the junior woodland course Harlow was two at the time and she loved it with a little helping hand ago the way.  Details and prices here.

Next stop was Timber Tumbles Playground.

The Playground is situated at the entrance to the park. The playground is made from wooden and other natural materials to fit with the natural wooded setting. The kids loved the coal-mining theme. It has a mini zip-wire, climbing wall, swings and slide.

From the playground you can watch people completing the tree top adventure walk and climbing wall details and prices here. Which brings me to our next visit. On the fist visit my son wasn’t comfortable with signing up to to the tree top walk however having watched other people completing it he pledged to come back and do it. Seen as Reece has dyspraxia and heights have never really been in his favour I wasn’t sure would he follow through.

on discussion about where to spend Mothers Day last we decided Castlecomer was a perfect fit. Reece asked could he do the tree top walk so I booked it in advance which you HAVE to do, I had seen loads of disappointed people being turned away because they hadn’t pre booked and its so busy.

So he done it and we couldn’t believe it!!! The staff were amazing so professional the safety standards were excellent they knew Reece was a little nervous and they made sure to keep things casual and calm as not to alarm him in any way.

Castlecomer will always be one of the places this guy chased away one of his fears seeing him up in the trees couldn’t have made us prouder although Harlows face doesn’t quite display that I think she was smiling on the inside!! He felt like a champ for the whole day.

We also done the paddle boats around the lake narrowly avoiding some angry swans hence the lack of pictures! It was great fun though, in general there is plenty to do and see at Castlecomer Discovery Park, They have fantastic website with all the details and booking facilities here. There is a coffee shop on site also and plenty of spots to stop and have a picnic.The park itself is free to visit, the parking is free for a limited time then a charge applies prices and details of amenities are listed on the website.

Love A

Xxx

Ps: we will be returning this year to do the zipline which happens to be Irelands longest zipline

Hi guys seen as Easter school holidays are fast approaching, I thought I would share some kids day out ideas the next few weeks.

We visited King Johns Castle in Limerick a couple of weeks ago the castle itself is a ruin, however we had lots of fun with the interactive displays on exhibition.

Our favourite part of the day was filling out the activity map that we were given on entry to the castle. Following the clues and filling in the answers makes the most of the exhibitions.

The exhibitions encourage children to get involved opposed to just listening to a tour guide.

Outside in the courtyard you can climb to several lookout points that have fabulous views of the river Shannon and Limerick city.

Several of the displays have interactive displays as pictured above that tell a particular story.

In general we loved it and enjoyed it much more than expected as we had been planning on visiting elsewhere that happened to be still currently closed.

Love A

Xxx

Ps: if you do plan on visiting the castle I would advise buying tickets online here as it’s much cheaper a family of four is €23.00 online and it costs €35.00 at the site.

Hi guys so I travelled to Belgium in October last year for a weekend break. I had forgotten to write a post about our trip probably because I was still recovering from the affects of Belgian beer a week later. Nonetheless it was such a good weekend I thought I would share some highlights seen as most people make their travel plans early on in the year for the year ahead and I think both Brussels and Bruges are well worth a trip.

I wasn’t sure what to expect if I am honest it wasn’t one on my bucket list but I can honestly say it didn’t disappoint. We flew with Ryanair out of Dublin into Brussels Airport be aware there’s two Airports in Brussels and Brussels Charleroi is quite a distance outside the city. The flights were less than €100.00 for two people.

We stayed in Brussels for one night we arrived early on the Friday morning, I have a friend living in Brussels, so we were collected from the airport with no sleep the night before this was a total lifesaver.

The early flight out of Dublin means you get that extra time but you are very tired on arrival. Although we were tired we wanted to make the most of our time so my friend was so good and became our tour guide for the day. She showed us around the city and it was very different to what we had expected. There is plenty to do and see in Brussels with lots of cool buildings, bars and restaurants. The vibe of the city is busy and vibrant without feeling overcrowded.

We went for a fabulous dinner here that night and plenty of Belgian beer!

First stop Brussels

Next stop Bruges

Next Stop Bruges

We travelled from Brussels to Bruges by train, the train system is quite confusing at first but on the return journey it was a lot easier for us to figure out. The initial confusion was perhaps due to our sensitive condition from the night before in Brussels.



In general Bruges is very touristy in the sense there is a lot of tourists, however it’s not over commercial and we just found ourselves strolling around stopping in shops and bars opposed to doing specific tours.

We did however do a canal tour and the tour of the bell tower which were both well worth it.

The view from the Bell tower

Food in the restaurants was really tasty, however Belgians are fond of raw meat so if that’s not your thing then specify well well done!

The weekend was really relaxing and very enjoyable we will definitely be back!

Love A

Xxx

PS: Belgian beer like filet américain is not for the faint hearted or weak stomached I learned the hard way!

 

I brought my children on the tour of Spike Island during the summer and they loved it. The same day I had done a frantic google search for something to do because the weather was really nice and I didn’t want to waste it. I didn’t really know would the kids enjoy it because the people I knew who had visited had gone without children but I took the risk because we love Cobh so I knew we could just spend the day there if the island was a disaster.

 

We got tickets from a little office which is located where you board the boat to the island. It’s well sign posted and easy to find. It’s in close proximity to the Titanic Experience which we have also visited and loved. We set off on a boat to the island around midday. My kids loved the novelty of the boat trip.

  

We docked on the island and we were met with a tour guide who informed us we could take a guided or self-guided tour of the island. We chose guided as my son loves history. We were brought on the tour of he prison and around the buildings we were permitted to visit some have been destroyed by fire and are non-accessible.

 

We were given the full history of the island and its inhabitants. My son loved it hes still talking about it. We brought a picnic, there is a café on site also with outside picnic tables. My daughter insisted on us sitting on the grass she’s a stickler for authenticity! We spent around four hours on the island and nearly missed our boat back we were so busy exploring.

  

It’s a slow-paced day but the time went very fast. The tour sizes are small and there was no queuing for anything.

 

 

Love A

Xxx

PS: I would advise bringing a buggy and a picnic if visiting with small children the island itself is quite large and if you do self-guided you might want to stop for lunch on the opposite end of island to where the café is situated.