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9 things for kids to do in Northern Ireland this half term


Exploris Aquarium.

Half term is upon us and once again we may be trying to come up with things for the little ones to enjoy during their break.

While there's plenty of Halloween activities on offer, here are a few ideas to keep the kids entertained - and the adults might just enjoy themselves too!

1. Pet animals at Streamvale Open Farm


Located in Dundonald, Streamvale Open Farm provides children with the opportunity to see a range of animals in ‘Pets’ Corner’, cuddle the pups, baby rabbits and chicks and bottle feed the goats and lambs.

If you want to spend a night nearby, the family-friendly 4* La Mon Hotel & Country Club is situated just a ten-minute drive away.

2. Follow fairies and dragons at The Giant’s Lair, Slieve Gullion


The Giant’s Lair is a woodland walk featuring a trail of intertwined fairy houses and arts features creating a childhood land with dragons, giants and fairies.

The Adventure Playpark is located nearby and includes a specially designed toddler’s area as well as adventure and play equipment.

3. Monkey around at Jungle NI


Nestled in enchanting woodland among the rolling Sperrin Mountains, Jungle NI offers a range of adventures for children and adults alike.

Younger children can enjoy the Gruffalo trail while children over one metre can be harnessed and monkey around in safety on the playground high ropes.

Jungle NI also offers the opportunity to nestle from the wilds and camp in style by staying in funky glamping pods.

4. Have a ‘Zooper’ day out at Belfast Zoo


As one of NI’s oldest and most popular attractions the zoo provides a fun day out for all.

Your monkeys can swing by the new reptile and amphibian house, waddle over to the penguins and other favourites at feeding time and pick up a special ‘zoovenir’.

5. Get a diver’s view of marine life at Exploris Aquarium

Exploris Aquarium.

Entertain and educate your children at the same time with a trip to Portaferry’s Exploris Aquarium.

Here they can learn about many species via the unique touch-tank talks and create new memories at the seaside rock pools in the Kids Zone.

After a fun-filled aquatic day, why not take the Strangford ferry and spend a night glamping at Castle Ward in one of the family pods which accommodates two adults and three children.

6. Glide along an underground river at The Marble Arch Caves

Marble Arch Caves

The Marble Arch Caves in Enniskillen are one of Europe’s finest showcaves, offering the chance to see fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, winding passages and lofty chambers.

The tours are suitable for people of all ages and children in particular love gliding along an underground river in the electrically powered boats.

7. Climb trees at Gortin Glen Forest Park


The Gortin Glen Forest Park in County Tyrone lies six miles north of Omagh, and is a gateway to the wild Sperrin Mountains to the east

The Gortin Glen Forest Park in County Tyrone lies six miles north of Omagh, and is a gateway to the wild Sperrin Mountains to the east

Northern Ireland Tourist Board

The Gortin Glen Forest Park in County Tyrone lies six miles north of Omagh, and is a gateway to the wild Sperrin Mountains to the east

Gortin Glen Forest Park is located six miles outside of Omagh and offers the opportunity climb a variety of trees, mountain bike and canoe on the lakes.

You can pack a picnic or make use of the barbecuing facilities on site to fuel your next adventure in the brand new play sculpture.

For those who wish to explore the local area over a couple of days you can pack a tent and set up camp in the park.

8. Create masterful sandcastles at East Strand Beach, Portrush


The East Strand beach is around 2.5 miles long so there is plenty of sand available to create everything from masterful sandcastles to exquisite sand sculptures.

Your littles ones can have a blast splashing in the water and you can join them (if you’re brave enough!).

After a fun day of frolicking on the beach, you can take a 5 minute drive to Morelli’s which offers some delicious Italian ice cream.

9. Visit Belfast's Central Fire Station's 999 Open Day

Central Fire Station in Belfast is hosting a 999 Emergency Services Open Day on Saturday, October 28 from 12.30 - 4pm.

Fire & Rescue Service, Police Service, Ambulance Service, Coastguard Agency and the British Red Cross will all be there, with their different appliances and specialist equipment, to demonstrate what the emergency services do on a daily basis across Northern Ireland.

They will also include a series of demonstrations and displays.

  • For more ideas for a fun family break in Northern Ireland visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com

Belfast Telegraph