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100 brilliant ideas to keep kids happy this summer - Co Armagh

Armagh Planetarium
Armagh Planetarium

Here's our pick of the most exciting things happening in Co Armagh:

1. Heroes and Legends

Armagh Planetarium

July 6-7

• £5.50 admission

Marking a special return to kick off this year’s exciting summer programme, Heroes & Legends takes place every day between 10am-4.30pm and promises to take your space enthusiasts on an experiential journey of discovery. Come along and meet iconic costumed characters including Harry Potter, Spiderman, Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Star Wars and many more. Bring your camera to make those memories last.

2. Teddy Trails

Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon

August 6-10

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• Child £3

A week dedicated to encouraging young ones to learn and appreciate the world around them in the beautiful surroundings of Oxford Island. Activities will include woodland walks, minibeast hunts, bird watching and arts and crafts. Who knows, if you are lucky enough you may even meet a Gruffalo on your walk! Visit

3. The Gathering: Stories Through Fire

Navan Centre & Fort, Armagh

August 3

• Adult £15.25, child £10.00, under 4s go free

The Navan Centre & Fort celebrate their annual Celtic festival of Lughnasa, marking the beginning of the harvest season.Enjoy a fun-filled evening of musical entertainment, dancing, spectacular fire performances, face painting and a dedicated children’s area- guaranteed fun for all the family.

4. Lazy Sundays

The Argory

The Argory, Dungannon

Every Sunday, July and August

• Included with admission (adult £7, child £3.50)

Packed with activities for all the family, with everything from kids’ entertainment, BBQ and laid-back tunes, you can relax and enjoy your ‘Lazy Sunday’.

5. Superdrive Karting



• Price varies

Superdrive Karting is home to some of the fastest, most exciting outdoor karting and rally tracks in Northern Ireland. Your little Revheads can get their whoosh on with super charged 160cc and 270cc karts! The star attraction is the additional Junior Rally Experience: it includes full equipment, training and briefing, concluding with a heart thumping high speed demonstration by current rally drivers, with you in the literal passenger seat! Not something they’re going to forget in a hurry! Visit

6. C&J’s Animal Park


Open Tuesday-Sunday

• Adults £6, children £5, under 3s go free

C&J’s Animal Park is a great place to take the kids to meet a wide variety of animals and is easy to get around, with customised paths, and easy access to the aviaries, animal pens, and the ever popular reptile house. Fluffy friends for the kids to meet include rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs, and chipmunks, plus they have a number of animals from other continents such as wallabies, emus, skunks, and parrots! They also have some really cute micro pigs, and some not so cute reptiles such as snakes, lizards and even crocodiles! Visit

7. Waves Leisure Complex


Open Monday-Saturday

• Admission: Adult £5, children £4

Waves Leisure Complex offers an action-packed day to suit all ages. With 25m of deep blue water, there’s plenty of space for the kids to show off their swimming skills. And there’s an infant pool for the little ones who just want to paddle.  Outdoor fun can be had too with the vast array of watersport activities on offer. Be daredevils and try your hand at the exhilarating banana boating, or climb aboard the new aqua park and challenge yourselves. Visit

8. The Science of Dragons

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

August 16-17

• £5.50 per person

Join Scientific Sue on this most historical and creative journey of scientific discovery. The live science show is based on the book written by Cressida Cowell: How to Train Your Dragon. Find out if Cressida is a Scientific genius or just a fantastic story-teller. Scientific Sue will need lots of brave volunteers to help her investigate and explore the science of how dragons fly. Then, using some of the science behind different ‘fire types’ (steam, ice fog, explosive gases, burning rocks, flammable gases and of course smoke and flames) she will create her own dragon.

9. Space Quest Laser Tag

Sheepbridge Family Entertainment Centre, Newry

Flexible opening times

• £10 for two games

Space Quest is one of the largest laser adventure arenas in Northern Ireland, holding up to 20 players at one time. This super modern combination of hide and seek and laser rifles is an epic war game without the war wounds: no bruises, no mess, just harmless lasers and loads of fun! Visit

10. Loughgall Country Park

Loughgall, County Armagh

Open every day

• Free admission, car park charge £2.20

Loughgall Country Park offers peace for parents and fun for the children. The exciting adventure play area and Junior Adventure Trail are styled like a mini assault course with swinging steps, Burma Bridge and Tram Tracks for kids to burn off some energy and get some exercise. Similar but physically larger Trim Trails around the park offer random opportunities to get in even more clambering about, with things like the Pole Climb, Balance Beams and Ladder Walk. Visit

11. Go Batty

Ardress House, Portadown

August 2

• Included with admission (adult £6, child £3)

Did you know there are over 1,200 different species of bats? Go and find out about the resident bat population at Ardress House. Help identify all eight of Northern Ireland’s bat species that live at Ardress and make some batty crafts to take home. Visit

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