Things to do in Northern Ireland
with the kids. Part 1
Whether it’s their birthday party, a family occasion or it’s just a free weekend, it’s not always obvious what to do in Northern Ireland with the kids.
Admittedly this is not the snappiest title for a blog post but it is an amalgamation of the most searched for terms by parents in Northern Ireland, which I think indicates that a) There’s not enough out there for children to do or b) There’s too much or c) Parents have bad memories and/or a lack of imagination. I fall into the c. category as I’m often too burnt out to focus on what to do with my own children when I have any time to do it.
Anyway, it occurred to me that I probably get around child-centric activities and venues more often than the average parent and it is with this in mind that I thought I would share my experiences, both good and bad, in an effort to help those of us enslaved to the whims of our tiny overlords to make better informed decisions.
It’s important for kids to get outside and make contact with nature.
Now, being where Northern Ireland is situated, under a large grey cloud more often than not and often covered in wet stuff falling from said cloud, things to do can sometimes be limited. Now if we all lived active lifestyles and slept in the open air we’d be glad to get inside for a bit but often the opposite is true and the objective is frequently to GET OUT and GET SOME EXERCISE. I typed that in bold to reflect the emphasis that our consciousness places on this and that we are haunted by it on a daily basis, especially at the dead of night when Bad Parent Anxiety creeps in.
Next is the issue of budget. Of course, if money was no object we could send the kids into hyperspace for the afternoon while we sat in the cafe and read the news on our smart phones but that could get pricey, especially if they want to do it twice, they’ve brought their mates along or they’ve bust something in the space shuttle en route. I’m going to assume you still want to keep your shirt on and still have change for a cup of tea at work come Monday.
So, where can you go where you can stay dry(ish), not spend a small fortune and everyone is at least fleetingly happy? Is there such a place? Yes! Yes, there is and I will reveal all in part 2 of this post. But before I get into the nitty gritty and start naming names, I am in no way affiliated with any business mentioned and all opinions are my own, which are directly informed by the opinions of my partner and our children. In fact, I no longer have any of my own opinions. OK, let’s kick things off…