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8 multi-day activity camps to keep the kids entertained during the Easter break

Cookery camp, swim school, story-writing workshops and more.

WHILE YOU MAY be really looking forward to collecting your little one from the school gates or creche door ahead of the Easter break, give it until the end of the weekend and you’ll be inevitably hearing that dreaded refrain – “I’m bored”.

So, what can we do to keep them happy, interested and most importantly, too busy to complain or fight with their siblings? Immerse them in a jam-packed daily schedule of fun tasks, that’s what.

There’s a wide range of kids’ camps scheduled for the Easter holidays, for every age and interest. Here’s our selection of camps around the country to keep your little ones entertained (and away from the chocolate stash…)

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CORK

Easter Cooking Camp at Douglas Cookery Cottage: Using local produce and recipes designed especially to suit each age group, Douglas Cookery Cottage offers classes for everyone from mothers and toddlers to teenagers. This Easter, they have two multi-day cooking camps for budding chefs of all ages.

Where: Cookery Cottage, Douglas, Co Cork. Suits: 5-8s and 9-13s. Cost: €79 (April 15th-19th) or €99 (April 23rd-26th). Find more information here.

Holiday Swim School at Leisure World Cork: If your little one loves water more than land, LeisureWorld in Bishopstown and Churchfied have activity camps and swim school on the schedule over Easter. The timetables include arts and crafts, bingo, face painting, a treasure hunt, a disco, ‘splash time’, water polo and an inflatable session in the pool.

Where: Bishopstown and Churchfield, Co Cork. Suits: 5-11s. Cost: €120 (April 15th-19th) or €100 (April 23rd-26th). Find more information here.

DUBLIN

Easter Camps at Ski Centre Dublin: Hoping to hit the slopes as a family one day – or just want your little one to gain confidence with a new skill? This camp will teach kids how to ski in a safe and fun environment (away from jagged rocks or the possibility of sunburn…). All equipment is provided – just get them into comfy sports clothes and a pair of ski socks.   

Where: 26 Rowan Avenue, Stillorgan Industrial Park, Co Dublin. Suits: 8-13s. Cost: €99 (April 15th-19th, April 22nd-26th). Find more information here.

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Creative Wellbeing Camp at Healing Yoga Dublin: Is your child full of energy but not so full of focus? Tailored to cater for children’s attention spans, this Easter camp is a mix of yoga, meditation, theatre games, dance and life coaching to support ambition and promote mental wellbeing.    

Where: Parish Hall, Sandymount Village, Dublin 4. Suits: 4-6, 7-12 (April 23rd – 26th). Cost: €120. Find more information here.

Easter Camps at Artzone Studios: Got a budding Da Vinci under your roof? Artzone is hosting a variety of art camps in everything from fashion to comic books to drawing across Dublin – everywhere from Dundrum to Lucan to Malahide. Your kids can try painting, drawing, mixed media collage and clay construction to express themselves.

Where: Various locations, DublinSuits: 5-16 (April 15th – 26th). Cost: €120 – €130. Find more information here.

Creative Writing Easter Camp with Megan Wynne: Does your child love a good story? Is bedtime always a battle of getting them to turn off the light and stop reading? This camp, led by experienced workshop facilitator Megan Wynne, will help kids to grow their story-writing and idea-generation skills, including the creation of characters, building stories, how to hook readers around a plot and important aspects like endings and editing.

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Where: Malahide and Blackrock, Co Dublin. Suits: 8-12 (April 15th – 26th). Cost: €155. Find more information here.

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GALWAY

Lego Easter Camps by Bricks 4 Kidz: If your floor usually has at least one abandoned piece of Lego on it and you’re often shown a proud creation, this one could be for your kids. Bricks 4 Kidz is inviting boys and girls to build a range of motorised Lego brick and technic models from a variety of pop culture themes, including the Lego Movie.

Where: Various venues across GalwaySuits: 5-12 (April 15th – 26th). Cost: €50-€100. Find more information here.

KILKENNY

Multi-Activity Camps at the Watershed: One for the mini adrenaline-lover in your home, this camp is a mix of exciting indoor and outdoor activities including daily swimming, basketball, badminton, soccer, junior aerobics, dance, a bouncy castle and a giant inflatable obstacle course.

Where: The Watershed, Bohernatounish Road, Kilkenny. Suits: 4-13s (April 15th – 26th). Cost: €40-€90. Find more information here.

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