Cool Kids Events-Final Updates!

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End of Summer updates: Well we are nearly at the end of the summer hols and we didn’t have the best of weather but we managed to almost complete our list! We are off to Messy Monkeys tomorrow and have one final update with a recent day in Bray! We hope to do Newbridge and Botanics in September and when the rain goes away head to Kilruddery before they close up for summer! You might fit in one or two before school is back next week! 

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Recently my pal asked me how I found out about some of the fun events we go to and it is probably a lot to do with my social media addiction and I know I have posted about things we have done in the past but here are some coming up in July and August that might keep your little ones entertained for a while and with the summer hols just started this may well be a perfectly timed post!

First 1000 Days, Pop Up Cafe-Airfield

We were really hoping to get a place on this but didn’t make the cut. 😩 I love the idea so keep your eyes peeled for the next one. I have written about the first 1000 days food method before and this combined in the beautiful surrounding of airfield it sounded like perfection. 

http://www.first1000days.ie/

Whilst on the subject of Airfield, we are recent new members and now that we are it’s great to be able to just pop up. The feeding/milking time for the chickens and cows is something I think Josh would love so like the rest of the activities below-it’s on the list! They also have a summer medley family event on 12th June which looks like great fun! 

  

http://www.airfield.ie/

{Review of June event}: I am really enjoying being a member of Airfield, it’s such a lovely spot to be able to nip up to as it’s pretty close to our house. Their Summer Medley was on Sunday and like everything they do, they did it well, with taste and kids considered in every element. There were lovely lawn games, bee keepers, seed sowing, flag making, classical kids music and all the usual animals to keep you entertained. They had a lovely BBQ on the go and their stables cafe running so plenty of refreshment options too. We didn’t get to face paint or cupcake decorate but you could have spent all day with all the planned activities but our boy was over due a nap so after a fun few hours we headed home. 

   
 

Teddy Bears Picnic 
Rathwood is known for all it’s seasonal events and when this one came up on Groupon we jumped at the chance and booked in a suitable day for early July. I think Josh is at about the right age and their other events get well received. I will post an update once we have been!

http://www.rathwood.com/events/teddy-bear-picnic/

{Review}: Josh was at the start of a gastro bug when we headed down here a couple of weeks ago but even still, he loved it! There have been a few things we have gone to, that I have wanted to experience with him before that I felt he was a little too young for but this was spot on. Older kids would enjoy it too but I would say about 4/5 would be the limit. The little train journey you take is perfectly timed and there is enough on and off the train without there being too much. You are kept well entertained throughout and it finishes with a picnic near the fairy house with the teddys before they head off for their next jaunt. I won’t spoil it too much but I would definitely put it on your toddler to do list. There is currently a groupon deal for this too. 

http://m.groupon.ie/deals/

   
 
 

We also stopped at Tinahely farm shop on the way home for some lunch and there is a big activity barn there that is rough and ready but looked lots of fun and for a full day out is really recommend this pit stop!

http://tinahelyfarmshop.com/
  

Kilruddery

It seems not a lot of people know about this spot just outside Bray. It’s a beautiful house, estate and farm with a weekly farmers market and great individual events throughout the year. A friend of mine is even heading to the family friendly groove festival this weekend which sounds like lots of fun!

http://www.killruddery.com/whats-on/

Sealife

On the subject of Bray, it is lovely on a sunny day-a real old school seaside town and with icecream parlours, fun rides and a fab pizza spot, platform pizza-we plan to make a day trip down here soon. I think Josh would be fancinated by all the big fish too. I have heard good things so I am looking forward to making the trip very soon. 

https://www.visitsealife.com/bray/

{Review}: We headed to Bray on a sunny Sunday. Having been out the night before the first stop was some grub and on the seafront if you want something more substantial than chips you can’t beat Platform Pizza. They have also opened a sister restaurant Box Burger that I can’t wait to try! We just happened to go on a day when a big fun fair was on and that certainly added to the fun. Josh just loved the rides and games! Not so much when we took him away..

  
We then headed to Sealife, we had a Dunnes receipt discount code so it was €17 euro in for the three of us (Josh was free). The square footage is small and certainly stuck in the 80s but Josh loved it. Most of the  viewing points are at toddler level and for older kids there are good information sessions. The highlight is the big shark tank at the end. A crepe was bought nearby to end a lovely family Sunday! 

  

Newbridge Farm

I have heard great reports about this North Co Dublin spot so this is on the list too. It is also half way to one of our fav eating spots, eastern seaboard and brown hound so double reason to put it high up on our ever growing list!

www.newbridgehouseandfarm.com/joomla

Skerries/Ardgillan

A great summer day out. A drive to this lovely seaside town, some lunch in a skerries spot and an icecream treat for afters from the lovely storm in a tea cup. Just 5 minutes drive away then is Ardgillian playground. It is a little walk from the car park but with it has fab views and a good selection of age appropriate play equipment so some Sunday this is definitely on our list to revisit. 

  

http://www.ardgillancastle.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=70&Itemid=68

National Gallery Workshops 

We have gone to these since Josh was small and their new brochure has just been released. There is so much passion from the organisers and a lot of thought goes into each one, it is almost infectious. They are well worth a visit but with some booking is essential and all ages are covered. 

http://www.nationalgallery.ie/Learning/Families_and_Young_People.aspx

Powerscourt Gardens

We had been to the Avoca a number of times but this was Josh’s first visit to the magnificent gardens. He was free in and on a lovely sunny day the house and setting shone at it’s best. Josh loved counting the many steps, the bridges in the Japenese Garden and running in the grass to his hearts content while we lapped up the surrounds. There are also seasonal events that happen in the house so it is well worth keeping an eye.

  

http://powerscourt.com/events

Glenroe Farm

We revisited Glenroe farm recently too and Josh loved getting up close with the animals. It is a simple set up but there are lovely picnic tables and a great playground for a sunny day!

 

http://www.glenroefarm.com/

Messy Monkeys

Finally I just got notified this week that Messy Monkeys is returning for 2 dates this summer and we will be sure to be booking one of those!
   

    

http://messy-monkeys.ie/dublin-south

There are other places on my list that are new and I want Josh to experience like the botanic gardens and places I want us to revisit like brittas bay. Keep banking happy summer memories for our wonderful little boy! 

We got to Brittas too which you may have seen and as a sunny day out it really is a super spot.

  
Happy summer exploring..

Recent activities 

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I cherish my Mondays and weekends  with Josh and I always make sure we do something fun. We revisit places we loved when on leave but have also visited new places and here is a run down of some of our recent spots:

{DLR Library}

First up a few months ago we took a trip to the controversial library building overlooking Dun Laoghaire Harbour. A great kids section with lots of space but with the need to use a couple of lifts it is a little trickier to reach than perhaps it should be. That is explained when you see the fab view however and the bright space where it is situated. We picked up a book Josh was drawn to as dropped it back to any dlr library which was very handy. Open Monday-Sat from 9.30am and they also have workshops etc too.

  
{Fraggles}

Next up we met a pal at this play centre spot in Rathfarnham. A really cute set up but again access wasn’t great as you have to go up a flight of stairs and for my friend with her twins that was a little tricky. The toy section is small but well set up and the highlight was a toddler disco at 3 which featured Peppa Pig-Josh wasn’t as big a fan at this stage and has a slight fear of large animated animals but hope to return some Monday soon to join in the fun again! 

  

Fraggles

{Leisure Plex-Toddler Mornings}

I met my mama mates one miserable Sunday morning in our local lesuireplex for a toddler hook up. I was a bit dubious, remembering my days of quasar in my teens but it was actually great. There was a super selection of toys and early on it was practically empty. It’s 5 euro in with a free tea/coffee-great for all ages but they key is to go early as it did get very busy!

  
{Messy Monkeys}

We have attended Messy Monkeys a couple of times now and just love it. Lucy puts a lot of thought into her sessions, themed depending on the time of year or certain occasions. Our most recent one was for Easter and along with a couple of Josh’s baby pals we had a fabulously fun as messy time. It’s a great chance for kids to let loose and you don’t have to clean the mess. It seems first visitors are a little wary at first but once they warm up they love it. Booking is a must but it is well worth a visit!

  
Messy Monkeys

{National Gallery-Tiny Tots}

Myself and Josh had attended a few of the baby workshops and loved them so we were looking forward to get if a spot on their toddler workshops. Luckily we did and it was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon. It was circus themed and there is always such a lovely atmosphere, Josh lapped it up! It is a tricky one to get a place on. You have to email the Tuesday before the Friday/Saturday session and if early enough you might be lucky! 

  

{Skerries-Ardgillan}

We took a Sunday trip out to Skerries last week to visit an old work colleague of mines little shop. I had been before but in the depths of winter so this time we enjoyed it in all it’s glory. A great family day trip, with lovely walks and a treat at the end in the form of storm in a tea cup (a must visit). En route home we stopped by Ardgillan castle as I had heard the playground was great and it is-a little jaunt through the gardens down to a lovely age friendly playground with a fab view too! 

 

{Cork Trip}-

We headed to Cork for Paddys weekend so I thought I would include our activities in this post. 

We stayed one night in Kinsale and 2 in Fota making a pizza pit stop to Ballymaloe. 

Ballymaloe was our first stop for their Saturday pizzas-I just love this place and hope to bring Josh down many a time over the years. They were so helpful and friendly and Josh loved the delicious pizza options and then a post feed look at all the farm life was his highlight-mine was definitely the food, just delish! 

Then to Kinsale, we stayed in the Carlton which we have a few times before but it has become a little run down so may look elsewhere for our next trip. We visited the village and went of dinner in the Bulman-my goodness they could not have been more accommodating if they tried and it was busy too. Food was ace, great value and we will most certainly be returning!

The next day was Mothers Day, we went for Mothers Day lunch in the newly revamped Fishy Fishy. They have done a great job and again so friendly but we both walked away thinking it was probably a little overpriced but good all the same.

We booked into the fab Fota Resort Hotel for the next 2 nights and with the exception of some bad bar food service the stay was fantastic, really child friendly but a little bit of luxury at the same time. 

Nearby Fota Park was on the list and Josh really loved it-looking at all the animals and having taken his first steps a few days previously he could wobble around to his heart content!

I think next time I would stay in one of Fota island lodges for 3 nights-take a day trip to Kinsale and nip down to Ballymaloe but enjoy the luxury of the hotel nearby! A great family trip.

  

{Easter Weekend}-

Easter was a busy occasion too, we must have been at every hunt going 😉. First up was the Easter Train in Avondale, we had attended the Christmas one too. This one was still nice but I didn’t think as good and probably a bit too old for Josh. A lovely lunch in Tinakilly afterward though it was a nice day all round. Next up was Cadbury’s Easter Hunt in Merrion Square in aid of Banardos. It was brilliantly organised and lots of fun things to do and treats along the way. Again Josh was probably a little young but he loved the bubble tent and the hula hoop disco and we would most certainly return next year to get involved in all the activities available! Finally it was a local park Easter Fair in Deerpark-the Mad Hatters Tea Party and this was super. There were lots of great things to do for all ages, nice food stalls, face painting, craft areas, rides and all free-I am going to try organise to meet a few local friends with kids up there next year because it’s a really fun day out to start off Easter Sunday! Having said that I think his favourite hunt was the simple one I set up in the garden!!

  

  

Summer is coming and I’m excited for all the fun things that will bring, I will update you as we go! Have fun visiting some of the places above-we did 😃