There’s now a “grand stretch” in the evening and as we have recovered from the clocks going forward recently, we can start to enjoy the longer days with family and friends over mid-term and Easter break.
Met Éireann has issued a reasonably optimistic forecast over the next few weeks and there are plenty of events and activities to do with the little ones on their school holidays.
Here we take a look at some of the outdoorsy events to get everyone unplugged from screens, as well as some free admission options or in aid of charity.
Easter Egg Hunt- Nore Valley Park
This is one of their longest-running annual events – and definitely the most popular. You can hunt far and wide around the farm for hidden eggs, then claim your sweets and chocolates as a reward.
There’s a lot to do here between cuddling a baby rabbit, bottle feeding a goat or lamb. For the more high-octane activities, check out the go-karting, crazy golf and trailer rides.
Saturday 1st and Sunday 9th April 2023 from 10am – 4pm. Prices depend on package and are available on website.
Easter Treasure Trail and Family Weekend- Killruddery House (In aid of the DSPCA)
Killruddery House invite you to don your Easter bonnet and join them at Killruddery this easter weekend for two days of family fun in partnership with the DSPA.
Throughout the weekend there is an opportunity for children and adults alike to explore the beautiful grounds and enjoy an Easter themed treasure trail.
Sunday, 9th April & Monday, 10th April. Children -€13.50 and Adults €8.
Malahide Castle & Fairy Trail
Malahide Castle’s popular Fairy Trail has been transformed into an Easter Trail. Children will be given a special sheet where Easterella, the Easter fairy, will help them find and match pieces on the puzzle egg.
Entries can then be popped into the special Easter Bunny post box for a chance to win a giant chocolate egg.
Runs 1- 10 April, Tickets available on website.
National Botanic Gardens
The National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin will see return of children’s activities over the Easter holidays.
Each week, there will be a different activity in the Children’s Erasmus Education Garden, from sowing your own vegetables and flower seeds to reusing everyday items to create pieces of eco-art.
All events are free and suitable for children over the age of four, who must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity times on Easter Sunday are 11am, 11.30am, 3.30pm and 4pm.
The Christmas train in Rathwood has become a hot ticket in recent years and hot in its heels is the Easter train.
Younger children will love this express ride to the Rathwood ‘Big Top’ where they will enjoy a musical show culminating in an appearance from the easter bunny for an action-packed egg hunt in the ‘Maze of Ireland’.
Running April 1st – April 10th. Tickets from €13.95 on website.