From cruising through the air on Ireland's longest zip line, to sharing exciting moments at Camp Freddo, here are the most adventurous ways to ensure an unforgettable summer with your family!
Psychotherapist John Sharry says that prioritising one-to-one time with family and finding time to enjoy each other’s company is vital for our wellbeing.
As busy parents, all we can hope for this summer is to have enough free time to have adventures with our children.
Unfortunately, time is the one thing we seem to have less and less of. However, the reality is that you don’t need too much of it to share some fun and adventure.
Ireland is a fantastic place to raise a family or bring children on holidays, thanks to the fact that there is always something to do. The island is a giant playground with plenty of opportunities to make most of life with your family.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of things that you and your family should definitely find the time to enjoy this summer.
1. Family adventure at Camp Freddo in Blessington, Co Wicklow
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Cadbury is a long-standing advocate of the importance of spending family time together. So when it comes to making memories, what’s better than going on a family adventure?
Cadbury’s beloved Freddo is always ready for his next big adventure, and this summer, Cadbury Ireland is following his example and throwing open the gates of Camp Freddo.
This summer, Freddo wants to promote and encourage families to get outdoors and make the most of life. From July 31 – to August 4 a number of lucky Irish families will have the chance to spend the ultimate family day out in the wild surroundings of Blessington Lake, Co Wicklow
Over the course of a day of activities, you can try your hand at zip lining, raft building, archery, canoeing, arts and crafts - and lots more. The camp also includes a picnic-style BBQ, so you can keep making memories and enjoy a well-earned feast of hamburgers and hotdogs after working up an appetite.
Family tickets are priced at €20 with 100% of all proceeds being donated to Barnardos. Check out the Cadbury Ireland Facebook page for details.
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2. Surfing the Wild Atlantic Way
It may be one of Ireland’s best marketing campaigns but it’s also a truly spectacular experience to share, especially for families. The rugged beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way provides a stunning backdrop to a host of adventures that are sure bring your family even closer.
One of the most popular activities is surfing, and while the world’s top surfers enjoy the wilds of winter, the summer waves are perfect for even the smallest beginners. Find a beach and you’ll find a surf school where you can learn the ropes.
The memories of an afternoon spent trying to coast waves, dusting sand from your hair and hearing your children belly-laugh as they watch you fall off - or most likely fail to get on – the board will stay with you, and them, forever.
3. Climb a tree in Meath
We all remember climbing trees as a youngster, and it’s something we might want to pass onto our own kids. Unfortunately, it’s something that children today don’t do enough of.
Maybe the local trees are not big enough to climb, or possibly parents have become too afraid to let them try when they think back to their own scrapes and bruises!
Either way, Rock Farm in Slane has the solution, where experienced instructors show you the ropes and take you to the top of their stunning mature oak tree. The fun two-hour adventure is the perfect introduction to the magical thrill of tree climbing, and a memorable experience for the whole family.
4. Indoor water slides in Dublin
Let’s be honest, the Irish weather means that we often have to take fun activities indoors for a while. So, on a hot day, there’s no better place to bring the kids than Aquazone at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin’s Blanchardstown.
The indoor, heated waterpark has pools and slides to suit all ages and swimming abilities (although under-8’s must have an adult in the water with them). There is a relaxing pool with a shallow beach entry, a pirate ship for the smaller children, big water slides, a wave pool, lazy river and even a surfing machine.
You’ll have so much fun, there’s every chance you’ll forget about the weather…and the time.
5. Ireland’s longest zip line in Kilkenny
Castlecomer Discovery Park began as a community project to rejuvenate the town of Castlecomer following the closure of the coal mines in 1969. Almost 50 years later, it now offers a wide range of activities, alongside the Coal Mining Exhibition and Visitor Centre.
A big attraction is Ireland’s longest zip line, a thrilling route stretching 300 metres over trees, two lakes and a bridge. Better suited for older families, for an exhilarating activity like this, you must be over 12, as well as the Octagon High Ropes Course, a challenging series of ropes, nets and wooden bridges. But don’t worry - the park also has lots of other adventure activities to suit different ages and bravery levels.
6. Kayaking in Louth
A favourite spot for many families across the country, the Carlingford Adventure Centre offers a large range of outdoor adventure activities for your family to try this summer, including stand-up paddle boarding, sailing and rock climbing.
One way to explore the beautiful Carlingford Lough is with a double sit-on-top Kayak from Carlingford Adventure Centre where you can show your children an arresting view of the Mourne and Cooley mountains from the sea.