The school holidays are here, so it’s time to get out of the house to beat the cabin fever. If you’ve not got kids in Easter Camps, it may be nice to have some activities to look forward to as the week goes on. Here’s a look at what Cork has to offer in the way of fun for kids and grownups alike over this Easter Holiday season. Hopefully these Easter Activities will help keep your kids occupied and stave off the holiday rage!
Cork City Gaol
In Cork City Gaol, they’re hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Monday 17th April from 9.30 until 17.00.
Find all the hidden eggs in the Gaol to win a prize. Regular admission rates apply (€5 per child, €8 per adult and €7 per student with ID).
Fota House & Gardens
Head over to Fota House & Gardens with the family this April 14th/15th for the 11th Annual Easter Trail! In the magnificent gardens, they will host an Easter trail that will bring the beauty of nature alive for everyone. Amongst the trees and wildlife, discover clues that will lead you to your very own chocolate egg!
Tickets €7 per child, adults go free. Each ticket provides access to one child to the Easter egg trail and includes one chocolate Easter egg.
Fota Wildlife Park
Fota Wildlife Park is always great fun (see how we got on lately here). This Easter Weekend they’ve got lots planned to keep little ones entertained. The weekend runs from Saturday 15th until Monday 17th April. So, what have they got going on this Easter?
Every half hour in the Education Department there will be a Magic Show – 12 noon to 3.30 pm (15 minutes in duration, suitable for children aged 4 to 12 years).
The Education Department will also be home to Giant Games – come and try your hand at Giant Jenga, Connect Four or the Buzzer Game – 12 noon to 4.00 pm (suitable for children aged 4 to 12 years).
For longer than just the Easter weekend, there are further activities planned.
Activities Marquee – daily during the Easter holiday period 8th – 23rd April. From 11 am to 2 pm there will be Arts and Crafts, also from 3 pm-5 pm there will be Face painting.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Fota Wildlife Park without Wildlife Talks and Feeding Times – taking place daily during the Easter holiday period 8th – 23rd April – check out the schedule here.
Leahys Open Farm
Leahy’s Open Farm open for the Easter Holidays and the Easter Weekend kicks off their Monster Easter Egg Hunt which runs continuously throughout the weekend, it’s a fun weekend for young and old. Over the 3 days (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) the Easter Bunny drops eggs continuously throughout the farm, so no matter what time you start your hunt there will be eggs everywhere……
On arrival every child will get a questionnaire and a map of the farm. Everybody who completes the questionnaire will be entered into a draw for a FREE return trip to Leahy’s Open Farm. There will also be Egg & Spoon races for Mammy and Daddy – so get practicing!
For those feeling more competitive, there will also be an Egg Throwing Competition.
Teams of 2 will be challenged to throw a raw egg as far as they can between them. The team with the greatest distance will win a prize. Each egg will cost €1.
Head over to the Leahy’s Open Farm website for more information.
Lifetime Lab in association with Bishopstown and District Lions Club have a great day full of Easter activities organised to get the Easter weekend started ! On Good Friday 14th April a host of activities including face painting, make and do, balloon making, falconry and magic shows are on offer all centered around an “eggciting” Easter Egg Challenge. All completed Easter egg quiz cards will receive a prize and proceeds from the event will be distributed to local primary schools in the Bishopstown area.
Tickets are €5 per child with adults free. Make sure to book your tickets online to avoid disappointment, there is no guarantee of availability on the day. For more information, head over to their website here.
Those are just a sample of the activities aimed at families and kids this Easter break in Cork. Hopefully there will be something there that piques your interest – let me know what your plans are this holiday break! What Easter Activities have you got planned, or is it simply survival of the fittest? Let me know in the comments, or come on over to Facebook or Twitter and give me a shout!