Things to do in Ireland over the Easter holidays

Things to do in Ireland over Easter
Things to do in Ireland over Easter

A selection of things to do in Ireland over Easter.

Epic, The Irish Emigration Museum, Dublin

Join in the arts and crafts sessions that take inspiration from the Creating & Design galleries at the museum. The fun workshops lasts for 1 hour and children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.  Bags of Creativity, for 9-13 year olds, replicates their designs onto tote bags that they’ll be able to bring home. Eggcellent Little Artists is where 4-8 year olds will design some Spring hanging decorations and colourful Easter cards.

Tickets for the workshops are valid for one child admission to our museum and take place on Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th, Thursday 5th and Friday 6th.

All family tickets over the Easter break also include entry to a fun scavenger hunt! Work together to follow the clues scattered around the museum’s vaults. At the end of the hunt, participants will receive a lovely Easter treat.

Big Family Picnic at An Creagán

To mark the beginning of Spring the annual event invites familes to enjoy a fun-filled day out in the great outdoors on Easter Monday from noon to 4.00pm.

National Museums of Ireland

The National Museums have lots of activities scheduled for the Easter holidays.

The ​Natural History Museum​ ​has Jamie's Eggcellent Birds on Wednesday 29th from 11am - 1pm. Touch real bird eggs and feathers during this drop-in session with bird expert, Jamie Durrant! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Not wheelchair accessible.

​On Easter Sunday, the National Museum of Country Life in Turlough Park​​​ wants to know 'Are you an April Fool?' Take the April Fool's challenge and explore the Museum's collection with our fun family trail. Can you figure out what is true and what is false?

On April 5th, you can explore two Museums in one day​ ​​in the Ancient Egyptian Animal Adventure​. ​​​​​Start at the Museum of Natural History on Merrion Street​ at 11am, and come face to face with the animals of Africa. ​Then head over to the Museum of Archaeology on Kildare Street​ and complete the trail with ancient Egyptian animal gods!

Wells House, Wexford

On Easter Saturday, there are Easter Puppet Shows by Red Moon Theatre! Take in the fresh air and enjoy some theatrical fun as our puppets go on an eggciting adventure!

Kids get egg-static for their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday while the parents enjoy live music & barbecue on the terrace.  On Easter Monday, Electric Zoo are back with some FREE furry fun and a yummy barbecue!

Easter at Croke Park

One of Dublin's most popular attractions, the Croke Park Stadium Tour, has an ‘egg’cellent twist for families over the Easter break!

The fantastic ‘eggs’perience will include an access-all-areas guided stadium tour, combined with an Easter Egg Hunt, all rounded off with a visit of the GAA Museum!

Aquazone at the National Aquatic Centre

Aquazone is open every day over the Easter Holidays. The National Sports Campus also run multi-sport camps over four days from March 26th to March 29th and April 3rd to April 6th. You might be training alongside an Irish Olympian!

Huckleberry's Den

There is an Easter Fun Day this Saturday with lots of activities including an Easter Egg Treasure Hunt (beginning at 10am sharp!), Lego Building, Arts & Crafts, Face Painting, Balloon Modelling, a Teddy Bear Picnic, a disco and lots more.

Funderland, Cork

The Easter tradition continues at Creamfields on the Tramore Road throughout the holidays with thrills and spills suitable for the whole family, regardless of your age or of leve of adventure.

Easter at Westport House, Mayo

Westport House re-open their doors this weekend for what is set to be two weeks of lots of family fun!

The Pirate Adventure Park will open from 11:00am to 18:00pm from the 24th of March to the 8th of April and the House is open every day too. They have also planned their annual egg hunt which promises lots of fun for all the family on Easter Sunday.

National Wax Museum Plus, Dublin

The National Wax Museum Plus is an exciting interactive visitor attraction located in the heart of Dublin's city centre in their new location on Westmoreland Street.

It offers a museum experience unlike any other, whether you are young or old, a culture vulture or fun seeker and, over the Easter weekend, children who find all the hidden Easter bunnies can collect a free egg!

Easter Camp at Fota Wildlife Park​, Cork

The ​popular ​camps run from 10 am - 3 pm daily ​from April 4th-6th ​with different activities daily ranging from Easter arts and crafts, exclusive guided tours and exploring the springtime woodlands.

Clonfert Pef Farm Easter Egg Hunt, Kildare

Clonfert Pet Farm will host their annual Easter egg hunt over the Easter Weekend with lots of fun with the Easter Bunny and all his friends. Normal admission applies with an extra €2 to participate in the hunt and win an egg!

Easter Bunny Trail @ Cork City Gaol

Visit Cork City Gaol between Monday, 2nd April and Friday, 6th April for some family fun. Children will be invited to find all the Easter Bunnies throughout the Gaol to win a small prize.

Visitors can continue to enjoy the self-guided tour – either by Guide Book or Audio-Guide.  Normal admission rates apply.

Tom Duffy's Circus​

​Following the success of last year's nerve-wracking show, Tom Duffy's circus return this month with shows in ​​Longford, Carrick-on-Shannon and Cavan over Easter.

Quality Hotel, Youghal​, Cork

With a stunning ​beach, a ​swimming​ pool​ and​ ​leisure centre this is the perfect base to explore the area and tackle the activities on offer.

They are also running a kids camp all over Easter, with egg hunts, movies and discos.

Brigit's Garden Easter Egg Hunt​, Galway

Celebrate a fun-filled Easter at Brigit's Garden annual family Easter Hunt!

They ​have two types of hunt; a mini-hunt for the little ones around the four Celtic Gardens and a mighty-hunt for the older children around the nature trail.​ ​Meet the Easter bunny, enjoy games and crafts, and have fun exploring the Celtic Gardens. ​The Garden Café will be open all day serving lunch, cakes and drinks.

Children FREE at Airfield Estate, Dublin

To celebrate the arrival of the ​f​irst Irish ​s​trawberry, Keelings is inviting kids to Airfield Estate ​on Easter Sunday and Monday to plant their own strawberry in support of ISPCC Childline. ​There will also ​be a magician and face painter which will help make it fun for all the family.​ ​What's more, children are free with a paying adult.

Turoe Pet Farm, Galway

Turoe Pet Farm in Loughrea welcomes back the “Easter Bunny” regardless of the weather this Easter Saturday Sunday & Monday.

There will be lots to do including 'Inflatable City' & Jungle Town Indoors, feeding the animals, playing in outdoor playgrounds and astro turf pitch and the Easter Bunny will be bringing lots of Easter Eggs.

Caffrey's Chocolate Warehouse, Dublin

Fancy a real chocolate experience this Easter? 

Meet the Easter Bunny and enter his Easter hutch, make your own Easter bow, visit the mini chocolate factory and receive your own personalised egg.

Greenan Maze, Wicklow

The farm is open every day over the holidays but you can also hop along over the Easter weekend where the Easter Bunny will host lots of Easter egg hunts on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Crack the clues and solve the riddles to get to the middle of the maze, where you will find the Easter Bunny and claim your chocolate reward.

The children can run off some energy while adults find some peace and tranquillity at this pretty countryside farm in the Wicklow hills

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Dublin

Barnardos are delighted to once again partner with the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt bringing eggcitement and joy to children and families this Easter weekend.

Back for its fifth year the event will take place in Dublin’s Merrion Square on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March 2018. I hope you already have your tickets as this event books out very quickly.

Limerick's Easter Family Festival​

Taking place on Thursday and Friday evening in the Milk Market and Saturday morning in the Cor​canr​ee Business Park, e
ach day is a 3-hour event with live music, a great line up of entertainers, food trucks, a massive prize draw, Limerick's largest Easter Egg Hunt with over 10,000 eggs & an entertaining Easter show!

Pirates Adventure Tramore, Waterford

Set in the Picturesque town of Tramore, Co. Waterford, Pirate’s Adventure offers something for everyone, all under one roof.

There is a fun day on Easter Sunday from 2pm - 4pm with extra activities including Easter Egg Hunt, Face Painting, meet Else, Spiderman and the Minnions and more included in your admission price.

Midir and Etain in Wonderland, Longford

Creative Ardagh is​ ​the perfect venue for Arty Parties, Group Art & Crafts sessions for all from toddler to adult. They also run lots of seasonal events including a popular Easter egg hunt, Midir and Etain in Wonderland, on Easter Monday 2nd April at 3pm.

Booking is required and ​includes a ​workshop and egg hunt ​with free tea/coffee for accompanying adult​s.​

Drogheda Leisure Park, Louth

State of the art leisure complex comprising of bowling alley, indoor astro turf pitches, indoor soft play area and more. They are open every day over Easter with special daily deals including Fiver Friday and Family Fun Day​.

Easter Camp at The Dome, Carlow

​The ​DOME Family Entertainment Centre is Carlow's only bowling venue, children’s play centre, games arcade and kids party venue rolled into one​. They have arranged supervised fun including Arts & Crafts, Congo Quest and bowling on Thursday 29th & Friday 30th and Thursday 5th April & Friday 6th from 11am - 3pm.

They also have an Easter Egg hunts on Easter Sunday with games, balloon animals and face painting.

Luggwood Easter Egg Hunt, Dublin

Famous for it's magical Christmas journey, the Luggwoods Enchanted Forest is a family experience set in the ancient Lugg Forest at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains.

Take a trip on the Easter Bunny’s tractor-drawn carriage, 'The Luggwoods Express', for an interactive journey through the Enchanted Forest before meeting the Easter Bunny in the Big Red Barn for some stories, arts & crafts and chocolate eggs!

Easter Adventure at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Clare

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park promises to be a hive of activity and excitement on Bank Holiday Monday from 12-5pm.

With activities for all ages this year they have a fantastic line up of events including Hilarious Wobbly Circus Show, Mr. Boom and his Drum and Percussion Show, 52 foot Crocodile with obstacle course, magic shows, face painting, Disney and Fairytale characters, train rides on the Easter Express and lots more.

Mysterious Easter Hunt, Cork

The Easter bunnies have broken into their egg store and stolen the eggs at the Toy Soldier Factory in Macroom. They need help on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th to capture the culprits.

To be part of this forensic team you must first Make & Paint your own bunny so they can join you in solving the case. Find the thief and win an egg.

Secret Garden Trail, Roscommon

Celebrate Easter with us in the idyllic setting of​ ​Strokestown Park House​ ​walled gardens at 1pm on Easter Sunday, 1st April.​ ​Families will search through the clues in the nooks and crannies of the garden to receive the chocolate egg treasure.

There is also a Custard Pie Puppet Show and a visit the spring lambs before catching the parade ​the​ ​v​illage at 3pm.

Kia Ora Farm Mini Farm, Wexford

The popular farm outside Gorey is open every day over the holidays but will ​has some Easter Madness ​planned for the weekend.

Meet the Easter Bunny, Fireman Sam and the Minion; join in the Wacky Races such as sack races, bean bag, backward races and even ​f​eed the lambs. There will also be Balloon Blaster, free glitter tattoos​ and​ a colouring competition.

All the extra activities are included in the admission price.

Easter Family Fun Weekend​, Meath

A weekend of fun returns to​ ​the Irish Military War Museum with Superbounce​ ​from Friday 30th of March - Monday 2nd of April

Each three-hour long session includes a treasure hunt, Easter Egg for every child, admission to Bouncy Castle Park (which has the largest obstacle course in the country), admission into the Play & Create Room with LEGO BRICKX, Arts & Crafts and lots more. Booking in advance is required for children but adults go free.

Imaginosity, Harry Potter Easter Camp​, Dublin

Imaginosity​, Dublin's Children's Museum also run Easter camps​ for 4-6 and 7-9 year olds​. The second week camp from April 2nd to 6th will be especially popular with Harry Potter, Hermione and Ron Weasley's ​fans as it's a ​Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry Camp. 

This magical wizarding week will be jam packed with Harry Potter themed games, challenges, arts & crafts, wand making and potion classes​​.​

Dusty’s Giant Easter Duck Hunt at Castle Espie Wetland Centre

A number of GIANT yellow ducks have gone missing from Castle Espie Wetland Centre and they need children and their families to help Dusty Duck find them over the Easter holidays as part of Dusty’s GIANT Easter Duck Hunt, taking place from Friday 30 March – Tuesday 3 April.

Dublin Bay Cruises | Kids Go Free​

​T​o celebrate the Easter ​school ​holidays, ​Dublin Bay Cruises have an offer not to be missed​ - all children travel free ​until April 2nd​ when booked online.​​ ​Why not plan a for a fun​-​filled day on Dublin Bay​ over Easter?​

Glasnevin Cemetery Mid-Term Tales​, Dublin

​Visit Glasnevin Cemetery this Easter to enjoy new tours specially designed for families. Discover tales from a 1916 diary, hear about how many times Cathal Brugha was shot, and learn just what happened to William Fogarty’s pesky parrot​s.​

The tours will run at 1.15pm from Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April.

Tír Na nÓg Children's Festival, Kerry

The annual Eastertime festival ​in Tralee ​offers family friendly events including fancy dress run, egg hunts, puppet shows, tea parties and more.​ All proceeds from this years Tea Party will go to The Cashel Children’s Ward at University Hospital Kerry.

Rathwood Easter Train, Wicklow

The Chocolate Egg making machine has broken down and the Easter Bunny needs the help of all the boys and girls to get it working again.

Hop on board the Rathwood Express for an EGGciting adventure taking you deep into the woods to find everything the Easter Bunny needs to save Easter and will also include an EGGceptional, egg hunt.

Playcentre Kingscourt Fundraiser, Cavan

The popular Playcentre in Kingscourt, Cavan is hosting a family fun day fundraiser in memory of Niamh Crosby on Saturday. There will be balloons, face painting, meet the Easter Bunny and an Easter raffle with great prizes donated by local businesses. All money raised will help fund a family comfort room in St. James's Hospital.

Wild West Indoor Play Village, Mayo

The Wild West indoor play village in Mayo open everyday over Easter with full cafe facilities and the return of their "​Free ​activity with​ ​regular admission promotion' including arts & crafts, disco dance party, story telling, meet and greet Peppa Pig and more.

Lough Gur Easter Selfie Treasure Hunt, Limerick

​Lough Gur in Limerick are hosting a Selfie Treasure Hunt on Easter Sunday.

Solve a selection of riddles to guide you to sites at Lough Gur and take a selfie. Show your answer sheet and selfies and the Heritage Centre to collect your easter egg. be on hand on the day. €5 per child but advance booking essential.

Wooly Farm Easter Egg​stravaganza, Dublin

​Running over the Easter weekend, the annual Easter Eggstravaganza returns to Wooly Farm. Activities include Easter Egg Hunt, Live Lambing, Animal Maternity Ward, Bouncy Castles, Thomas the Tank Engine, Animal Petting, Arts & Crafts and an Easter Show.

The Kildare Maze Activity Park

Open all over the holidays, the Easter Egg hunt will be on from Friday 30th March to Monday the 2nd of April with all activities included in admission price.

 

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