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My Holiday Wardrobe

So girls, were heading off in 2 weeks time, on a family holiday, myself, hubbie & our 22 month old (getting a holiday in quickly before he turns 2 and will cost full price). Were off to Benalmádena in the Costa del  Sol.

I always love to get new clothes for myself for going on holidays and in the run up I buy a couple of things each week. So I thought I would share with you, the outfits that I have purchased. I’ll probably add some more into the case, as I’m one of those girls who packs everything but the kitchen sink! However, I think these 12 pieces alone could constitute a ‘capsule’ wardrobe for holidays, by mixing and matching different tops with skirts, trousers and shorts.

So here’s what I bought:

1.Pink Mesh Overlay Body – €10.00 – Penneys – SHOP HERE

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2. White Mesh Stripe Midi Skater Skirt – €34.99 – New Look – SHOP HERE

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3. White Stripe Tie Back Jumpsuit – €44.99 – New Look – SHOP HERE

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4. Wedge Toe Post Bellissimo Sandals – €29.00 – SHOP NOW

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5.Black Fitted Cold Shoulder Top –€8.99 – New Look – SHOP HERE

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7.Yellow Lattice Back Vest- Jersey Tops – 2 FOR €15.00 – New Look- SHOP HERE

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8. Pleated culottes (Blue, Yellow or Black) – €12.99- Bershka – SHOP HERE

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9. White Lattice Back Vest Jersey Tops- 2 FOR €15.00- New Look – SHOP HERE

 

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10. Jersey Wow Shorts – €5.00 – Penney’s – NOT VIEWABLE ONLINE

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11. Womens Schuh white awesome snake flats – €31.00 -Schuh – SHOP HERE

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11.  Long strappy embroidered dress- €35.99 SHOP HERE

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That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed browsing my holiday wardrobe and pick up some ideas for your holidays too. I think you can’t go wrong with a neutral pair of sandals for night time, that are comfortable and go with everything. The Bellissimo sandals are super comfy, but have a wedge for height.

Also I love a plain white pair of runners, again with a bit of a wedge, to go with casual clothes like shorts – these ones from schuh are great value.

The black fitted cold shoulder top can be worn with the pink tie waisted cropped trousers but can also be worn with both the white mesh midi skirt and the blue pleated culottes.

Finally, the white stripe tie back jumpsuit can be worn for an evening look with some simple accessories and clutch and then can be worn dressed down on an alternative day with the snake flat runners.

There are various other swaps and matches in this 12 item holiday wardrobe – so goes to show you can look great for a full weeks holiday without breaking the bank or overloading your suitcase! (Note to self: take note of this advice!!)

 

Niamh

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*Prices correct at time of writing.

*No gratuity received for this blog post.

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10 Travel Essentials for Toddlers

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1.Lascal Buggy Board Mini – €43.96

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The BuggyBoard is great if you have a toddler and a younger baby. Instead of lugging two buggys or a double buggy abroad, the buggyboard is a great alternative. When your toddler gets too tired to walk on holidays the buggyboard is a fun, safe choice for travel.

Shop at Littledreamers.ie here – usual price €54.95 currently reduced to €43.96

2.Boots St John Ambulance Travel First Aid Kit – €16.99

This first aid kit is travel size and ideal for bringing on your travels. It has all the essentials needed incase of minor travel accidents and injuries such as insect relief, cuts, blisters, burns, splinters, sprains etc. It comes with a first aid guide also. The kit contains 5 sterile wipes, insect cooling spray, waterproof plasters, blister plasters, adhesive wound dressing, microporous tape, eye wash phial, burn gel sachets, emergency face shield, nitrile powder-free gloves and splinter remover – everything needed for those little holiday mishaps.

Shop at boots.ie here – priced €16.99

3.Trunki Yondi Neck Pillow Green – Dudley -€15.99

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Trunki, the well known kids travel essentials brand has designed this wonderful travel pillow that has hidden magnets to close under the child’s chin for comfort and support. These are great for early morning or late night flights, for sleeping in buggy’s on the go, as it stops your toddlers head from rolling forward and makes a more comfortable travel and sleep for your little one. Made from 100% polystyrene beads on the inside and velour and spandex on the outside. This is a must to keep your child comfortable while travelling.

Shop at boots.ie here – priced €15.99

 

4. Legionnaire Hat – €3.00 to €4.00

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Keep little ones protected during the sunshine with this legionnaire swim & sun hat These are perfect for holidays to keep your childs head and neck cool and protected from the sun, in and out of the water. The hat is cool and light so I find that my child doesn’t even know its on his head and so is less reluctant to pull it off than some other hats.

Shop at Dunnes Stores here – priced €3.00-4.00 (available in sizes 18-36 months and 3-6 years)

5.Pure Cotton Hooded Towel – €17.50-€20.00

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These hooded towels are great for your little ones after a dip in the pool on holidays, easy to keep on and keep them warm and dry after a splash about. The hood and poncho style keeps their little heads and shoulders protected from the sun too. Great for the beach too. This pure cotton, lobster print towel poncho is super comfortable and easy.

Shop at M&S here – priced €17.50-€20.00 (available in sizes 3-6 Months up to 6-7 Years)

6.Koo-di Pack-it Pushchair Sun & Sleep Shade

6079774_R_Z001This Sun & Sleep Shade is great for travel abroad with toddlers. It keeps the sun off your little one while strolling or snoozing in the sun and at night while out and about as a sleep shade. I got great use of this from the time my little guy was on his first sun holiday at 3 months old and have continued to use it on multiple sun holidays since. It packs up into a little pouch bag also, which can be neatly stored in your hand luggage or suitcase. It is easy to fit and adjusts to most buggy’s.

Shop at Boots.ie here – priced €21.99 (Dimensions: 84 x 80 x 0.2 cm)

7. Huggies Little Swimmers Size 5-6 (11 Piece)

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Another essential for holidays that involve swimming at the pool or in the sea. These nappies are super absorbent and don’t expand in the water like regular nappies but still do the job in the case of usual toilet accidents.

Shop at Supervalu here – priced just €3.66, was €7.25 (size 5-6 – 11 piece)

8. 2 Piece Slogan Swim Outfit (0-5 years)

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This 2 Piece Swim outfit is another holiday travel essential. Great for keeping your toddler safe from the sun while swimming or playing in the sun. The full lenght sleeves and legs, mean little sun factor is required and no need to worry about having to top it up as you can be sure your little one is fully covered in this swim 2 piece.

Shop at M&S here – priced €24.00 – available in sizes 0-3 months up to 4-5 years. 

9. Zoggy Trainer Seat Blue 3-12 months or 12-18 months -€22.00Zoggy Trainer Seat Blue TreasureTales.ieThe Zoggy Trainer Seat is ideal for your little one’s to help ease them into getting used to the water and to keep them safe and enjoy the experience. We had a similar one we brought on numerous holidays and has always been an essential for an enjoyable pool experience. This Zoggy trainer features a new Easy Inflate valve making it quicker and easier to be both inflated and deflated.
Shop at zoggs.ie here – priced €22.00 – available in 3-12 months or 12-18 months

10. LeapFrog Learn and Groove Scout Music Player -€13.99

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This has to be one of our best travel essentials yet! This music player has kept our little guy entertained on the go during flights, trains, buses, car journeys and at lunch & dinner at cafe’s and restaurants. This portable music player has 20 kids songs which help them learn about letters, numbers, movement, shapes and animals. Our little guy loves it.

Shop at argos.ie here – priced €13.99 (suitable for age 18  months & over)

 

I hope the above list of my top 10 travel essential items for toddlers will be of use to parents planning their next travel or adventure. This blog post has not been endorsed by any of the suppliers mentioned nor have I received any gratuity for this blog post. All opinions are my own.

 

Niamh

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*Prices correct at time of writing.

*No gratuity received for this blog post.

Family Travel & Adventure

A Family Day Trip at Rathbeggan Lakes

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The first weekend of May this year, promised to be a good one. With that in mind and with a 3 year old’s birthday on the agenda, a day trip to Rathbeggan Lakes was decided on.

Rathbeggan lakes is located near to us –  it is just off the M3 before Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath. Easy to find. It hadn’t been my first time at Rathbeggan lakes, in fact I had visited some two years previously, before I had my little boy, for a day out with sister and my niece. It had, however, been a number of years since the other half had been. It was a regular spot for him, not for family days out, but as a young fella on a fishing trip with his pals. Rathbeggan lakes has only just become a family activity & adventure centre in the past number of years – continuously improving on its range of offerings for families. According to its website, new activities added this year include jacob’s ladder, all aboard, crate stack, postman’s walk & the nerve wracking leap of faith!

We met up with our extended family there to celebrate our nephews 3rd birthday party. Admission to the park is  €3 per person and under two’s go free. Admission includes family adventure walk, picnic areas, pet farm, playground & fairy garden. All other activities at the lakes are an additional cost through the use of tokens. 1 token is €1 and prices/number of tokens for each activity varies.

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We brought along a BBQ but had already been aware of the €6 charge for use of a BBQ on site, having done our research on their website in advance. BBQ areas and picnic benches are widely available throughout the lakes and small disposable BBQ’s are available to purchase on site for €6 each. We were advised on the day that this charge was soon to increase to €10 – a bit steep if you ask me, but I do enjoy a nice BBQ’d burger or steak!

There’s plenty to do at the lakes nowadays. There is a soft play area ‘ Fun Valley’ with bouncy castles, trampolines, giant inflatable slide and a bouncy maze. There is however an additional cost into this area of €5 per child per day, they have their hand stamped and can come and go throughout the day as they wish.

There are very cool swan paddle boats available to hire for 5 tokens (boat carries 4 persons). Worth a ride. The water rollers on the lake too are ideal for kids approx age 5 and up.

There are nice walks around by the fairy garden and heritage park. Face painting is available onsite for 3 tokens each and from time to time during peak season there is art workshops on site. The train ride was not yet in operation on the day we visited, nevertheless we spent sometime in the playground and pet farm. There is also the option to take a pony ride.

There is plenty to do at the lakes for both young and old. The daddy’s joined in the fun on the day by having a go on the zip line which zooms across the lake. Other activities for the older kids and adults include the climbing wall & abseiling wall. There is a  minimum height restriction of 120cm for these activities.

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The kids had a great day and overall it is definitely a place that is worth a trip – especially if the weather is by any means good over a weekend during the summer. It is a place ideal for a family of all ages – with activities for both toddlers, young and older kids and teens and mammies and daddies can join in the fun too! I love the outdoor aspect of Rathbeggan lakes. It’s also the type of place that you can spend a full day at rather than just a couple of hours. If you don’t bring a BBQ or a packed lunch, there are services onsite selling hot snacks and teas/coffees. My only criticism, is probably the price of entry, the charge for BBQ and the price of each of the individual tokens – this adds up to an expensive day out – especially with a larger family.

 

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Rathbeggan lakes are even hosting their old Children’s festival this year – on August 19th & 20th.The two day festival promises to be fully programmed especially for children and families with overnight camping on Saturday, music, fun, shows and more on both days. However, a weekend family for 2 adults and 2 children (including 10 tokens) costs a steep €179.00. Sounds like a fantastic weekend however! For further information on the Sunnydaze Children’s festival click here.

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Rathbeggan lakes are open every day from 9 am to 7 pm  with extra activities on weekends only off peak and daily in peak season.  For more information you can visit their website here.

Family Travel & Adventure

What’s on this weekend in Dublin – Family Friendly activities

1.Battle for the Bay 2017 – Dollymount Beach, Clontarf, Co. Dublin

When: Saturday 20th-Sunday 21st May, 10:00am-6:00pm

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One of the biggest water sport & beach festivals in the world! Watersports, Kitesurfing, Stand UP Paddle Boarding, Beach Volley, Land Yaughting, Live Music Stages, Fun for the Kids, Food Village, Beach Market, Biodiversity Village, FlyeFit Fitness Village and so much more.

Cost: Free Admission

Facebook Event: Click here.

More Info: Click here.

 

2.Dockland’s Summer Festival, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 4

When: Saturday 20th-Sunday 21st May, 11:00am-6:00pm

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An exciting outdoor, high energy, positive lifestyle event for all the family the Festival showcases Dublin’s regenerated Docklands. Utilising the unique urban setting of Grand Canal Dock the 2017 Festival will be held on the 20th & 21st May. With everything from open air DJ’s, Come Try it Sessions, Wake Boarding demonstrations to international food markets, the Docklands   Summer Festival promises an entertaining and fun filled weekend for all.

Cost: Free Admission

Facebook Event: Click here.

More Info: Click here.

 

3.Family Fun Weekend – Dublin Zoo – Phoenix Park,  Dublin 8

When: Saturday 20th-Sunday 21st May, 11am-4pm

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Dublin Zoo will celebrate the 1st birthdays of its rhino calf, gorilla baby and painted dog pups with a joint birthday bash on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May! To mark this special occasion, there will be a whole host of fun-filled activities for visitors including must-see magic and ventrioloquist shows, interactive puppet shows, exciting arts and crafts and informative keeper talks. Children can enjoy getting their faces painted to look like their favourite  zoo animals with the help of Dublin Zoo’s talented face painters!

 

(Open to both annual and non-annual pass  holders).

Cost: Standard entry rates apply – click here for prices.

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4.National Drawing Day -National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square W, Dublin 2

When: Saturday 20th May, 11:30am-5pm

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National Drawing Day began at the National Gallery of Ireland, and now takes place in museums, galleries, libraries and cultural centres across Ireland. It’s the ideal opportunity to try your hand at sketching, and to pick up some valuable hints and tips. The National Gallery of Ireland  have a day of fun planned, with activities for all ages and abilities.

Cost: Schedule of events all free.

Facebook Event: Click here.

More Info including a full schedule of events: Click here.

 

5.Africa Day Dublin 2017 – Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Castleknock, Dublin 15

When: Sunday 21st May, 11:00am-6:00pm

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Africa Day’s Dublin flagship event is back! This year’s Irish Aid hosted event will be taking place on Sunday, 21st May in Farmleigh Estate, the Phoenix Park from 11am-6pm.
The event will see three stages of live music featuring well-known African and Irish musicians such as Kíla, K.O.G and the Zongo Brigade, Discovery Gospel Choir, AikJ and BARQ. There will also be children’s entertainment; traditional African drumming and dance workshops; African arts and crafts and much more.
Cost: Free of charge.

Facebook Event: Click here.

More Info including event listing: Click here.

6.Moveable Feast Free Outdoor Family Event, Merrion Square Park, Dublin 2

When: Sunday 21st May, 12:00pm-3:00pm

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A fun family feast of dance and entertainment in the park!

Hosted by Dublin Dance Festival –   celebrating all the seasons at this year’s Moveable Feast. Pack a picnic and gather family and friends for an afternoon of fun dance experiences for all ages in Merrion Square park.

Getting off to a gentle start with family yoga, we’ve got a ‘Bubble Baby Boogie’, tea and cakes and a ‘Dress-up Selfie Station’ by Dance World. Swing, roll and spin your way through ‘Funky Feet’ and ‘Bollyrobics’ workshops and enjoy pop-up performances by CoisCéim BROADREACH’s The Dance Ensemble 50+ and Dublin Youth Dance Company. Explore the biodiversity of the park and learn a simple dance about the changing seasons for the biggest NELKEN-Line in Ireland at 2pm. Remember to dress comfortably for all weathers.
Cost: Free of charge.

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7.Jack & The Giant Beanstock, Lamber Puppet Theatre, 5 Clifton Lane, Monkstown, Co. Dublin

When: Saturday 20th May at 3:00pm & Sunday 21st May at 3:00pm

Follow the adventures of Jack as he sells his cow for magic beans and scales the giant     beanstalk, where he finds his fortune and faces the giant.

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Cost: €11.00-€13.00 / All Ages

Facebook Event: Click here.

More Info & Ticket Booking: Click here.

 

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10 Ideas for Family Day Trips In Leinster This Weekend……………..

10 Ideas for family day trips in leinster this weekend

1. Powerscourt Waterfall, Powerscourt, Co.Wicklow

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Powerscourt is a great day out for all the family. Located in Enniskerry, Co.Wicklow, just 45 minutes drive from Dublin, this is an ideal place to visit for a day adventure. The Waterfall is the main attraction, but you will not be disappointed, it is awesome to watch. The kids will get their kicks from the noise of the waterfall and climbing the rocks below. There are plenty of picnic benches dotted around the estate and the capability to have a BBQ. Dogs are welcome once they are on a lead. The estate hosts a good children’s playground and there is a kiosk on site that serves hot snacks and ice-creams. Well worth a visit for a lovely day out if the weather is on your side, at just €6 per adult and €3 for under 12 (under 2’s go free), Opening hours are 09.30am until 7.00pm during the summer months.

2. Funtasia & Bettystown Beach, Bettystown, Co. Meath

Funtasia fairground in Bettystown, Co.Meath is an ideal spot for those thrill-seeking kids. The indoor fairground is ideal for a visit during a spot of rain and there are plenty of rides & attractions to keep the kids amused. The fair uses a token system, which can be bought in machines on site. Tokens are €2 each and in general each ride is 3 tokens.There are 3 floors with various rides for toddlers to teens, such as the Ferris wheel, train ride and bumper cars there is something for everyone to enjoy. Restaurant facilities are on site and kiosks selling the usual fairground candyfloss and popcorn. Tickets and online packages can be bought via their website in advance for reduced rates, at http://www.funtasia.ie/buy-tickets/. Good day out for kids of various ages.

Just across the way from the fairground is Bettystown Beach, which is a fine sandy beach, ideal for family activities such as kicking a ball or badminton. The beach stretches out so you can also enjoy a nice leisurely walk.

3. Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Farmleigh House located inside the Phoenix Park, host a beautiful historical house, extended gardens and walkways with some interesting sites along the way including a clock tower, walled gardens and various horses and donkeys. The estate is host to various events throughout the year, including a regular food market. The boathouse is a cozy and classic boathouse restaurant offering tea, coffee, scones & pastries and sandwiches and hot food. Or if you decide to bring a picnic, there are some picnic benches and plenty of grass in front of the house, if you managed to remember to bring along the picnic blanket. Nice relaxing, simple and free day out for all the family.


4. Ardgillan Castle, Ardgillan, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

Ardgillan Castle has lots to offer. The spacious estate and magnificent sea views alone are worth going for. There are plenty of woodland walks and cycle paths, so no problem if you want to take along those bicycles. There is a fantastic playground for the kids, a dog friendly cafe and plenty of space to have a picnic. There is a fairy tree tail for the little fairy obsessed kids and plenty of events take place here throughout the year. For a full list of events click here.

5. Malahide Castle & Demesne

Malahide Castle is one of my favourite spots to visit on a Sunday afternoon. The playground is one of the best around, with a long zipline and huge slide to sandpit diggers, this playground has it all. The walkways are simple and the Castle tour is good. The visitor centre is impressive, with souvenir shop and an AVOCA giftstore, foodstore & cafe. Cafe is not the cheapest so an alternative is to bring along a family picnic and enjoy at one of the many picnic benches. Otherwise the garden centre across the way has a more reasonable priced and tasty menu at the gardenhouse cafe.

6. Newbridge House & Farm, Donabate, Co. Dublin

Newbridge House offers a truly unique farm experience. There are plenty of animals all within reaching distance and some unusual creatures and birds such as peacocks roaming the farm and gardens of Newbridge House. The kids will love it here. Adults are €5.00 into the farm and children under 12 are €4.00, children under 2 go free. There is a coffee shop on site selling hot food and snack however the picnic areas are extensive with onsite BBQ facilities. There is also a large children’s playground. This is the type of place you could easily spend a full day at, especially if on the rare occasion the sun is shining.

7. Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Dublin Zoo is one of the most visited attractions in the whole of Ireland and I’m not suprised. The zoo has come on leaps and bounds over the years and constant upgrading of animal enclosures and onsite facilities makes it a perfect day out. Lots of amazing animals and if your lucky you get to see the latest cubs and calves which can make it such a magical experience to watch them in their daily activities. The zoo offers plenty of onsite restaurants and places to eat if you bring your own packed lunch. Adults are €17.50 and kids 3-16 years are €13.00. Kids under 3 go free ! Family tickets can also be purchased. For further details click here. Opening hours are 09.30-6.00pm daily during the summer months.

8. St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5

Located along the coast of north Dublin, not far from the famous dollymount strand beach, St. Anne’s Park is one of the most adventurous parks in Dublin. Walking and perhaps some running around the woodland areas is the most exciting thing for kids to do here. With lots of follies to discover along the way. The park offers a good playground and the recent refurbishment of the red stables which is now home to Olives Rooms, a new sophisticated cafe.

9. Phoenix Park Visitors Centre.

This Visitors Centre is located just off the entrance to Aras An Uachtarain the centre of the park. The visitor centre offers a free indoor exhibition on the history of the park and its wildlife. There is large gardens and a tower-house on the grounds. There is a walled garden and playground onsite and picnic benches. There is an onsite cafe with an extensive outdoor courtyard area to enjoy some lunch or tea if the weather is fine. On Sunday mornings from 11.00am – 12.00pm there is free children’s workshops on nature awareness, history and heritage and arts and crafts, suitable for ages 6-12 years. Materials are provided, adult supervision necessary. Great free day out for all the family.

10. Bray Seafront & StarLeisure Amusement Centre

An oldie but a goodie. A daytrip to Bray is just as good, if not better than ever before. There is lots for the family to do here. From a climb to the top of Bray Head to a simple leisurely walk along the long promenade with an ice-cream from the classic Teddy’s kiosk, the simple pleasures of this seaside town make you feel like you are on your holidays. The outdoor funzone carnival has plenty of rides for the younger kids to enjoy. If the weather doesn’t hold up, fear not, there is plenty of attractions at the indoor StarLeisure Amusement Centre, from game machines to kiddie rides, at just €1, you can curtail the spending.  For more information click here.

Weekend Trips

Family Trip to Belfast & W5 Centre

So we took a trip, myself, my other half (Andy) our little guy Cillian (17 months) and last minute my niece Sadhbh (6) came along with us to Belfast for New Years Eve weekend. It had been on my wish list for some time now to go visit the Titanic Museum there. Although I was warned to plan the visit to Titanic accordingly during Cillian’s nap time, as with a lot of historical museums, there is a lot of data and information to read along the way.  I had booked 2 nights in the Park Inn Radisson in Belfast, based on its proximity to the City Centre.

The journey took 1 hour 50 from out north Dublin home and I was glad that Sadhbh had come along to keep Cillian occupied by singing songs along the way. We checked into the hotel, having pre-booked a double room with a cot. To our delight there was no extras’ to pay for Sadhbh. We went straight to restaurant ‘rgb’ in the hotel, as the pangs of hunger started to kick in.

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We had a lovely bite to eat! The food was good quality and they had a good choice for both adults and kids, with a choice of a 3 courses for kids to enjoy. Pasta bolognaise was the order of the day for Cillian and Sadhbh indulged in the typical chicken goujons and chips. Two extra sides each were given for the kids, corn on the cob and garlic bread for Sadhbh and mash and veg for Cillian! More than enough. Mam and Dad (me and the oh) went for the peanut butter chicken wraps! Delicious. Fanta for Sadhbh, water for Cillian, glass of wine for mam and pint of beer for dad, all for just £22.00 pound. We couldn’t believe it. When I looked at the waitress curiously, she simply informed me that kids eat as well as stay free! It was superb value for all that food. What a great hotel! I hadn’t realized Park Inn Radisson offer kids stay and eat free. I know what hotel we’ll be staying in, in future!
( Click here for more details )

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We enjoyed a lovely leisurely walk around Belfast city that evening, which was literally a  5 minute walk from our hotel! Belfast city hall, was beautifully lit up with Christmas lights. We stumbled across an ‘American Candy Store’ that sold every american ‘candy’ you can think of, from Twinkies, Hershey’s, Lucky Charm cereal to all flavors of drinks.
We bought some mixed candy bags. Pricey but yum. We strolled around the busy shops for the evening before returning to the hotel, where all 4 of us were literally out for the count for the New Years Eve countdown. Oh how things have changed for mom and dad. Gone be the days we were only getting started midnight!

Next day bright and early we headed off for the Titanic museum. Well worth a visit! A little boring at parts for the little one’s as I had been advised, but it did work out well as Cillian napped most of the way through. There was however some, interactive parts along the way to keep the kids entertained, if you flew through all the reading bits. The best being the cable carts. They were slow enough for the kids, but an enjoyable ride none the less, learning all about the tough work of the men who built the Titanic in Belfast.

​After the Titanic museum, the W5 centre was next on the agenda! Having looking up stuff to do for families in Belfast for New Years, I came across the W5 who had a Christmas train running until mid January. Having visited I was delighted I had looked into it! It was fantastic! W5 is an ‘Interactive Discovery Centre’ and is so educational and fun for kids.

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It’s massive with 5 different floor levels and everything from science and educational activities and tools, to a mini supermarket and play centre and a theatre that hosts regular shows and sessions for kids. It is suitable for all ages in my opinion, from toddler right to teens. We literally spent the entire day here and had so much fun. The winterland express train was brief but enjoyable. Check it out here. I would highly recommend a trip to Belfast for those of you with toddlers and/or older kids. You won’t be disappointed!

PS: In case your wondering….W5 stands for Who, What, Why, When & Where……….. of course.

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Family Travel & Adventure · How Treasure Tales Has Come About

How Treasure Tales Has Come About……..

So this year, 2017, my new years resolution was to go away at least once per month, whether it be within Ireland or abroad or whether it be a family holiday, a romantic break or girly trip. ​This was one of the reasons for my inspiration to write a Family Travel & Adventure Blog. I will update this blog post as the months pass outlining a list of where I’ve been and a review of each place. Hopefully some of you will get some ideas, suggestions, tips and advice on where to go, home or away.

​Here goes so far………….

January 2017- Radisson Park Inn, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Click here to read review.

February 2017- Lough Eske Castle, Donegal. Review coming soon.

March 2017 – Carrigaline Court Hotel, Carrigaline, Co. Cork. Review coming soon.

April 2017 – Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Cork. Review coming soon.

April 2017 – La Bahia Playa, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote. Review coming soon.

To be continued…………………………………………….