The June bank holiday can be a mixed bag for some families.
Some homes will have high anxiety levels with teenagers doing the last bit of cramming ahead of exams. Others will see it as the last bank holiday before schools are out for the summer, but all will see it as a chance to down tools and have a bit of relaxation and family time.
What to do is up to you, but we’ve come up with a few ideas to enjoy Kildare – as a family.
Be it gaming, ball pools or just coffee, Fun Factory must be on your list for the long weekend. Based in Naas, Fun Factory is a 10,000 sq.ft state of the art play facility for babies up to 10 years of age. From cup and saucer rides and basketball hoops to penalty shoot outs and a gaming room to die for – it’s all here folks. Plus it has some of the best coffee in town for parents to put their feet up and enjoy.
Be the captain of your own destiny for the day and get your family to take a barge trip down the Grand Canal. Travel through 250 years of history, through locks and bridges and stories of times past.
Beginning in Sallins, Barge.ie offers four of the best trip options of various lengths through the beautiful Kildare countryside.
You can also hire a private group charter complete with high tea. Now there’s an idea for a Bank Holiday!
Do what you’ve always wanted – and tell everyone to get lost! In a maze, we mean of course! And where better but Leinster’s largest hedge maze just outside Prosperous.
Opened in 2000, but underwent a huge redevelopment in 2012, the Kildare Maze – designed in the shape of a St Brigid’s Cross – is a real family fun day out for all ages. Other activities include a wooden maze, assault course, crazy golf, zip wire and even a picnic area to take a breather and enjoy a sandwich or seven.
Put the boots on, the screen away and get out in the fresh air. There’s no better way to bond than out walking! Kildare is rich in many trails, short or lengthy all around the county.
However, we are mentioning the Royal Canal trail which is a total of 144kms in length. Now, we’re not trying to suggest you do it in one day – it’s about bonding, not causing rows!
You can start anywhere along the route, which mostly carries a good transport service as it meanders along mostly flat ground from the first lock through Leixlip, Maynooth and Kilcock in Kildare. See Irishtrails.ie for further information.
This is a real family challenge! Sporty? You’d want to be here with an array of games to choose from including airsoft combat games, Splatmaster junior paintball, archery tag and an assault course.
The venue, not far from Kildare town, is also hoping to offer archery, orienteering and tomahawk throwing in the not-to-distant future.
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Take a part of the day to stroll around Crookstown Craft Village, near Ballitore and appreciate the outstanding talents of local craftspeople.
The village was specially created to showcase the best of local talent in the one space and these include potters, artists, knitters, felters, jewellery makers and pop-up craftspeople who work in a cluster of unforgettable studios.
Regular classes in sewing, card making, knitting, painting and pop-up flowers are also held here.
Get a real taste of outdoor living at Abbeyfield Farm Country Pursuits, just outside Clane. With quiet country lanes and a full-cross country course over 240 acres, the only puzzle is what to do first.
Will it be clay pigeon shooting, horse trekking, archery or air rifle shooting? You may need another bank holiday to fit it all in!
This place is for little explorers and big adventurers alike. It’s a day out that everyone will enjoy.
Search for Wallabies, owls and emus among the nature trails and woodland walks or enjoy the animals in the interactive petting area – all before having your cake and eating it at the coffee shop.