10 Fun Things to do this Easter

Given all the hoopla that goes with Christmas, Easter has traditionally been a much more low profile holiday-time. But thankfully, in recent years, this has begun to change and Easter has now begun to find its mojo and become an egg-citing (argh, it’s just too hard to resist!) festival in its own right. The thing is, Easter just has so much going for it: the Spring weather, the beautiful bright colours, that feeling of regeneration and renewal, an abundance of bunny themed chocolate….lots of little things which help to banish any remaining Winter blues and help us think about Summer!

To help you get the most out of your Easter break, we’ve done some digging to bring you 10 of the best things to do in Ireland at Easter with kids. Now all you’ve got to do is get organised, pack a picnic, and have fun!

Northern Ireland

1. Rathlin Island Easter Egg Hunt

Everyone loves to explore an island don’t they? Ok, we live on one so technically it shouldn’t be but we’re talking tiny, remote islands that take us back in time, show us a whole new world in terms of culture, and fascinate young and old alike. So, instead of playing it safe this Easter, why not push the boat out (not literally, thankfully) and enjoy this

Easter egg hunt with a difference

. With Easter bunnies and clues hidden all around the island, what better way to explore this wonderful cultural treasure?

2. Titanic Belfast – something for everyone!

This year,

Titanic Belfast (which was recently voted the world’s best tourist attraction, we might add), is hosting an Easter festival of its own from 16th

– 18th April. With cute Easter mascots for the kids to enjoy,a special Easter explorer trail throughout the Titanic experience, and – most importantly – meal deals on offer at the Titanic’s Bistro 401 restaurant, get booking!

3. Cadbury Easter Egg hunt, Newcastle, Co. Down

Mmmm…Cadbury’s chocolate, that’s what we all associate Easter with since we were kids, right? It’s simply a custom to argue about which egg is the winner. Of course, we all know it’s the Mini Egg one but let’s just move on… Once again this year,

Cadbury Easter Egg hunts take place at national trust properties across the UK and Northern Ireland. We really like the sound of this Easter Egg Hunt which takes place at the beautiful Murlough National Nature Reserve from 14th – 17th

April: not only will you get a Cadbury’s Easter egg treat (if you find the clues, that is!), you’ll also get to enjoy the great outdoors.

Easter Fun in Cork

4. Leahy’s Open Farm, Cork

Now I know you’re probably already thinking that an open farm doesn’t have the wow factor to woo you over Easter but honestly,

Leahy’s open farm

is simply outstanding. It takes the pet farm experience to another level, not only because of its sheer size, but because it has an incredible array of animals, and a great range of activities for kids of all ages. But it’s not all about the kids, right? Well, fortunately, there is so much history and culture and heritage to be found here that Leahy’s offers a historical experience on a museum scale.

So with lots of

Easter activities

(including an egg throwing competition, where teams of 2 are challenged to throw a raw egg a far as possible), if you’re in Cork, this is one for the list.

Easter Fun in Dublin

5. Kimainham Gaol, Dublin

As the gaol where Ireland’s 1916 Easter rising leaders were held and shot,

Kilmainham Gaol

is an incredible museum experience that is simply a part of Ireland’s Easter heritage and tradition. Though this is a much more sombre Easter experience for kids, it is nonetheless one which is powerful and important. Bring the whole family (remember to book tickets as far in advance as you can!) and you can be sure that this museum will deliver an experience that families will remember for a long time.

6. Dublin Zoo

Still the 3

most popular tourist attraction in Dublin in 2016 (behind the Guinness Storehouse and the Cliffs of Moher experience, in case you’re wondering), Easter is the perfect time to take the kids to the zoo

and enjoy a great family day out. With lots of great Easter themed events taking place on both Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, including separate workshops for the younger kids (6-12) as well as for teenagers (13-16), and lots of other fun activities besides, what better way to spend your Easter holidays in Dublin?

7. Croke Park Easter Egg Hunt

The GAA museum at Croke Park is not a place you would normally associate with Easter activities but that makes this particular Easter Egg Hunt even more intriguing! There are a series of hunts taking place from Wednesday 12th to Monday 17th April, and this is the perfect family crowd pleaser that has something for everyone! With an Easter egg trail for the kids, the tour also offers adults the opportunity to visit the player’s lounge, dressing rooms etc. So say no more, what’s not to like about this one?

8. Farmleigh Estate Phoenix Park, Dublin

Farmleigh estate is the

official Irish state guest house which was purchased from the Guinness family back in 1999. Situated on a 78 acre site close to the Phoenix Park, Farmleigh has loads of fun activities for all the family to enjoy at it’s all day Easter Sunday extravaganza: with food markets, puppet shows, Easter egg hunts, music and lots more besides, this is your chance to finally pay a visit to this Stately residence!

Easter Activities in Mayo

9. Westport House, Mayo

Westport house and pirate adventure park

is one of the most popular and best known attractions in the West of Ireland, and they are promising a ‘Cracking Easter’, with an Easter egg hunt – as well as all the other fun activities that the site offers including a train ride around the grounds, pirate adventure park, and even a carnival on site!

Easter Family Fun in Meath

10. Tayto Park, Co. Meath

No list of fun places to go in Ireland would be complete without Tayto Park. If you haven’t already been (or at least, haven’t been in 2017!) this Easter is the perfect opportunity to visit! With a special Easter programme of activities, including an Easter egg scavenger hunt, face painting and of course a meeting with Mr Tayto himself, this is a guaranteed crowd pleaser for the whole family!

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