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

Festival of Kites on Sunday at Downhill and Mussenden Temple (national trust properties) in Co-Derry. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © by-line 4-8-13
Festival of Kites on Sunday at Downhill and Mussenden Temple (national trust properties) in Co-Derry. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © by-line 4-8-13

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

1. InterAct - Youth Arts Festival 2019

InteRact Youth Arts Festival

Millenium Forum, Derry

July 3-6

• Free

This four day festival really is something exciting for any young person aged 12-21 to get involved in. It offers free access to a range of workshops involving dance, music, gaming, costume design, art, writing and much more. Visit

2. Summer Movies for Kids

Waterside Theatre, Derry

Wednesdays in July

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• Admission £1.50

Throughout the summer, the Waterside Theatre will be showing kids' films on Wednesday afternoons. Movies include Wonder Park, Dumbo, A Wizard’s Tale and others. Find out more at

3. Sperrin Fun & Heritage Farm


Tuesdays-Sundays in Summer

• Admission: £5.50

Enjoy a fun-filled day for the whole family with indoor and outdoor play areas, bouncy castles, quad train rides, chicken runs, and lots of friendly farm animals. Find out more at

4. Carrowmena Summer Camp 2019

Carrowmena Activity Centre, Limavady

July 15-19, July 29-August 2 or August 12-16

• £90 for 3 days and £120 for 5 days

This year’s Carrowmena Summer Camp brings adventure and fun back to the North Coast. Divided into age groups, children aged 8-16 can experience the excitement and adrenaline that Carrowmena has to offer while making new friends and having new adventures. This camp offers both land and water activities such as archery, canoeing, abseiling and much more. Visit

5. Locknload Laser Tag Centre

Springtown Industrial Estate, Londonderry

Open every day

• Admission prices from £5

Come all guns blazing to Locknload in Londonderry. Let your mini-fighters take part in a shooting experience suitable for children and teenagers. Choose between Airsoft, Paintballing, Laser Tag or Nerf Wars and enter your game. Find out more at

6. Summer of Sport at Springhill


July and August

• £7 for adults, £3.50 for children

Experience the great outdoors, learn a new skill and take in that fresh air with an abundance of sporting activities throughout the school holidays. Challenge friends and family to a game of football, tennis or table tennis while little ones have their own tailor-made mini challenges in the Laundry Yard. Have a go at horseless showjumping – four-legged friends can try this one too! For more info visit

7. JumpLanes Trampoline Park

Glenaden Complex, Coleraine

Open every day

• Admission from £5

Bring your children (aged 5 or over) to JumpLanes for a fun workout they’ll love. It provides an alternative approach to having fun, keeping fit and playing with friends or family.  Take part in some of the games the staff organise or jump to your heart’s content. Find out more at

8. Under 5’s Bounce JumpLanes


Every Saturday morning

• Admission: Child £5, parents go free

Every Saturday at 10am, JumpLanes operate an under 5s trampoline class where children, along with their parents, can run, bounce or skip in the trampoline centre of slide down the sloped sides. Find out more at

9. Stendhal Festival

The scene at the Karma Valley stage at Stendhal 2017. Photography by Ciara McMullan.jpg
Stendhal Festival in 2017 / Credit: Ciara McMullan


August 15-17

• Tickets from £40

Stendhal Festival is a multi-award winning music and Arts Festival which takes place each year in the stunning, scenic surroundings of Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady. Stendhal is proud to be a family friendly festival that strives to introduce the arts to a new generation. Along with workshops, there’s  a fantastic line-up of family and children’s entertainment lined up to perform at the festival. For more visit

10. Family Fun Days

The Jungle NI, Magherafelt

Selected Mondays and Sundays until September

Similar to a fun-fair, The Jungle’s Family Fun Day is an open-park day and offers a range of outdoor activities such as archery, bungee trampolining, wall climbing, a crazy golf cart challenge, face-painting, an inflatable assault course, kids mini quad bikes, a paintball target range, pedal boat rides and much more. Visit

11. Kite Festival

Portstewart Strand and Downhill Demesne

July 29-4

• Included with admission (adult £6.85, child £3.45)

This high-flying spectacle returns as a week long festival on the North Coast, offering fun for all the family. Award winning kite displays, stunt kite performances and synchronised kite teams make this a festival not to be missed. For more visit

12. Forest Summer School Scheme

The Jungle NI, Magherafelt

July 23-25

• £36 for all 3 days

Children learn best when challenged and interested, their self-esteem grows and they interact better with others. The Jungle NI appreciate the impact being surrounded in nature can have on your health and well-being. Highly skilled and accredited Forest School leaders deliver specialised Forest School sessions, aiming to  provide a good foundation of knowledge on our physical and natural environment, bring awareness to the importance of being in nature and most of all to have fun while doing it. Visit

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