Summer Holidays is around the corner, in fact, some teens have finished already. My daughter is looking forward to a long summer. But I know as a parent the biggest fear after a week of entertaining the kids those fateful words will happen. You know the annual cry of “I’m Bored!” So I have compiled two lists of ideas for your kids – today I am covering the younger ones. Next weekend I cover the difficult teenagers who take “I am Bored!” to a whole new level. So what are these 15 kids activities in Summer in Ireland ?
I have a printable list which includes lots more KIDS SUMMER ACTIVITES which you can download for free here
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Here are 15 Kids Activities in Summer in Ireland
There are loads of ideas around the web but most of these are cheap and cheerful so you can have a big blowout event during the summer!
Kids Club Movies are on in lots of cinemas around the country. Check out your local cinema for listings. They offer kids movies at discount prices for those days when the weather is awful.
Can’t afford the Movies? Why not collect some kids movie DVDs? Pop some popcorn and have a movie night at home. I used to let the kids put cushions on the floor and bring them popcorn with Malteasers and pop on an old favourite like The Lion King or Finding Nemo to pass the time on a rainy afternoon
2. Try camping. In the back garden.
Our Mum used to do this with us. And I did it with my kids. Mum would give us old sheet and blankets and let us build tents and forts, it would keep us busy for hours.We used a clothes line and pegs to hold it up.
Tip – place a plastic back picnic mat on the floor if the ground is rough or damp and to prevent grass stains
3. Head to the Beach or the Lake
The great thing about where we live in Ireland is the Beaches and the Lakes and beauty spots. Pack up a bag and head off for the day.
- Bug repellent
- A little first aid kit with plasters, Waspeze, tweezers, our Zap it
- picnic blanket
- plastic plates and cups
- a couple of waterproof ponchos, just in case, it is Ireland after all!
- rubbish bag. I am a big fan of nappy bags, not just for nappies they are great for storing wet socks and clothes, sick bags and they smell nice.
- Organic reusable wipes and beach towels
- And a Frisbee or a Blow-up ball.
Fill it with snacks and drinks a change of socks and pants for the little ones and you are ready for the off
4. Go on a Fairy Hunt
This one is a bit special as it is a local place to us, but I had to mention it a lovely place for kids.
Erica’s Fairy Forest in Cootehill, Cavan is a must for Fairy lovers. It is dedicated to a beautiful little girl called Erica that sadly lost her battle with childhood cancer in 2016.
This Fairy Forest was created, by her parents, to honour Erica’s memory and her unshakeable belief in fairies and magical kingdoms
5. Go for a Nature walk
How about a ramble in the woods with the Summer Nature scavenger hunt printable I have created.
6. Find out more about history.
Ireland has a rich and diverse history and you can find out more about it at the My Museum program of events is designed to encourage families to work together, in an alternative and fun way, to learn more about the National Museum of Ireland’s collections. Every two to three weeks, a different part of the Museum’s collections is explored either through an art, drama or storytelling workshop; or through a demonstration or special guided tour. Visit a free museum event.
7. Why not teach kids old Games from your childhood.
Games like Hopscotch, Skipping games, Elastics and Kick the Can. I know from Brownies and Scouts ( I was a leader in Both ) that not only are these games still popular but is amazing how they are not being passed down as the likes of Fidget Spinners take over.
8. Get sunflowers and have a growing competition.
It is a bit late to start them from seed but you can but them in pots now – we used to do this every summer with the girls and they loved taking care off their plants. One year they grew strawberries they loved that and another year they each had a pumpkin to grow . You can read how to How to Grow your own Pumpkin for next Halloween.
9. Have a water fight
Nothing better on a hot sunny day than a good old water fight .You can go from playing with the hose to water play in a basin with a toddler. Or you can get a load of water balloons and let the kids go crazy, just remember to clean up after
10. Go Whale watching
The Irish government declared our waters a whale and dolphin sanctuary in 1991 and, although it’s taken a while, whale-watching is becoming more and more popular.
Before you do anything, you going to need to know where to go – to the sea, of course.
The easiest way to see some whales and dolphins is by boat – you can find operators in most coastal towns offering whale watching tours.
While there is no definitive list of all the companies, you can find the names and contact details of some operators on the Irish Dolphin and Whale Group’s (IWDG)website, Planet Whale’s website or on Discover Ireland.
You can also just go along to the Free whale surveys all you will need is binoculars and snacks and a blanket to sit on and a flask of tea 🙂
11. Make the Best Bubble Mix
I learnt this method years ago and it is a great bubble mix and cheaper than buying bubbles all summer
Homemade Bubble Mix
To make the perfect bubble mix, simply mix the following ingredients together.
• 95% water
• 3% washing up liquid
• 2% glycerine
You can get glycerine in the shops in the baking section. We used cheap bubble wands or even plastic cookie cutters to blow through or make a bubble wand from a wire.
To make a bubble wand you need some wire, and beads, wire snips, and small pliers
12 . Teach Kids how to make their own Ice-lollies.
This is a handy one as you won’t be nagged for Ice-cream all summer. Teach them a few simple Ice-lolly Recipes like my Homemade Yoghurt Ice Pops or how to Make them out of Juice and fruit and they will have a supply of cheap ice-lollies all summer. All you need is an Ice Lolly Mould and their favourite juice to get started. For older kids why not check out my Pinterest board for tons of recipes, you could try a new one each week.
13 . Go to your local Open Farm
There lots of Open Farms around the country including Waterfall Farm my Cousin Hannah and Her husband Micheal’s Farm down in Enniskerry. Spend a day learning about the cows and the sheep and the chickens.
14. Have a Cupcake Decorating Competition
Get or make plain cupcakes and have a decorating contest – sprinkles everywhere!
Plain Cupcake Recipe
- unsalted butter -250g (8oz) , softened
- caster sugar-250g (8oz)
- self-raising flour – 250g (8oz)
- Pinch of salt
- 4 medium eggs
- 4 tablespoons milk
- Ice-cream scoop (optional)
- 2 x 12-hole muffin tins, lined with paper cases
The how to Bit
- Set the oven to 190°C, 360°F gas 5.
- Tip the butter into a bowl and beat it until softened. Add the sugar, flour, salt, eggs, and milk and whisk until the mixture is smooth.
- Use a traditional-style ice-cream scoop, or spoon, to divide the mixture between all the paper cases.
- Place both muffin tins in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, then swap over the position of the tins over and bake for a further 5 minutes, until both trays of cupcakes are a light golden colour.
- Remove the tins from the oven. Leave the cupcakes to cool in the tins for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool.
Freezing: The cakes are best eaten on the day that they’re baked, but if necessary, once cooled, they can be wrapped in freezer bags and frozen for up to 1 month. They will defrost in about 1 hour.
Flavour variations: To give these plain cupcakes a little extra flavour, try one these ideas:
Lemon: Add finely zested rind of 2 lemons to the mixture, and use 4 tablespoons of lemon juice in place of the milk.
Chocolate: Use 2 level tablespoons less flour, and add 2 level tablespoons cocoa powder.Make homemade bubble mixture and use old cookie cutters to use as blowers
15.Visit an amusement park or water park or zoo
All the other activities in this list are Free or are cheap as chips as my Nan would say. But this is the big ticket event one you save for. Whether you head to Tayto Park, in Meath or Funtasia in Drogheda or A day at Dublin Zoo. This will need planning and saving for, start a credit union account for it or a big jar fund. Save your money by Meal Planning in Summer on a Budget. And make it something the kids can look forward to.
I hope you have an amazing and fun summer come back next week for Teenager ideas and if you enjoyed this post and found it useful please share with others.