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6 active weekend events to get the whole family moving - from ziplining to wildlife-watching

Rain or shine, wrap up and head outside with the kids this weekend.

Hanging out at Castlecomer Discovery Park
Hanging out at Castlecomer Discovery Park
Image: Dylan Vaughan/Castlecomer Discovery Park


Castlecomer Discovery Park: Walk on the treetops, or across an octagon or even zip wire over water – Castlecomer Discovery Park has been created with families and varying abilities in mind. This is a fully functional discovery park – pack a cool box and expect to spend the day in its myriad play and discover areas.

Suits: The whole family. Time: All week. Tickets: Park entry is free, varying costs attached to activities. Find out more here


St Anne’s Junior Park Run: Every Sunday, St Anne’s Park hosts a 2k Junior Park Run. It’s totally free and a fantastic way to introduce the whole family to running.

Suits: 4-14. Time: 9.30am. Tickets: Free, but register your first run in advance via the website. Find out more here

Phoenix Park Kids Cycle Trail: Get Out Find Out have created a brilliant map that takes families on a super safe and easy cycle trail throughout the Phoenix Park. While a map is not totally necessary, this one is worth it because it will point out the wildlife you might see along the way.

Suits: The whole family. Time: All week long. Tickets: Buy the map online for €2.90. Find out more here.


Cavan Burren Park: Lots of people call this the Little Burren, and they’re right – this forest park has acres upon acres of amazing prehistoric tombs and sinkholes and all kinds of cool relics from prehistoric times. Also, it has a brilliant playground and picnic facilities.

Suits: The whole family. Time: All week long. Tickets: Free entry. Find out more here.


Fota Wildlife Park: With lots to see and do, the best thing about Fota Wildlife Park in Cork is that it is an easy looped walk that is accessible for buggies and small children throughout. Expect to nudge flamingos and rabbits and all kinds of wildlife across the road, and bring a picnic – the outdoor eating areas are great and so are the playgrounds.

Suits: The whole family. Time: Mon-Sun. Tickets: €11 (children), €16.50 (adults). Find out more here.


Glendalough Walks: One of the most family-friendly trails in Wicklow, pack some grub and take the kids for a hike that they will likely complain about, but definitely be able for. I recommend dangling the carrot of a ’99 at the end – it always worked for me as a kiddo.

Suits: All ages, but for babies/toddlers you’ll need a strap-on carrier. Tickets: Free parking on weekdays. Find out more here.

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