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So we are officially into the summer months which means… it’s time to make plans for you and the family.

Whether your plans consist of wanting to explore the outdoors, learn how to make chocolate. or bringing the family to the zoo, we’ve got it all in one place for you. Let us help you find the perfect family activities to fill your summer days.

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Delta Sensory Gardens

Delta Gardens

If you’re looking for a relaxing family outing this summer, the Delta Sensory Gardens is the place for you and your family. Located in Carlow, these gardens cover a spacious 2.5 acres and feature a series of connected gardens filled with colour and vibrant trees and plants.

Within the gardens, you’ll find a sensory theatre building. It has a reception area, bathrooms, a fun indoor musical fountain, and a room with activities to enjoy. Right next door to the theatre is Cafe Thyme, where you and the family can enjoy delicious food during your trip. And don’t forget, there is also a small garden connected to the cafe, so while you’re there, be sure to check it out.

Escape to Carlow’s calm landscape and immerse yourself in the beauty of these gardens. Take a trip over and see for yourself, you won’t regret it!

The Big Blue Barn

The Big Blue Barn facilities located just outside Carlow town

Get ready for an unforgettable day of family fun at The Big Blue Barn. Located just outside Carlow town, it has four floors of excitement, so this place is a paradise for kids. Your little ones will be thrilled by the 7-meter high spiral slide and the lightening fast 4-lane astra slide. 

But the fun doesn’t stop there. The Big Blue Barn has a play area to suit children of all ages. Toddlers can explore a soft play area and enjoy specially designed slides just for them. The under 2’s have their own separate area as well, letting them put their imagination to use. And for those who enjoy art, arts and crafts projects will keep them happily entertained.

While the kids are off having fun, parents can take a well deserved break. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, savour a delicious breakfast or lunch, or treat yourself to a tasty snack. The Big Blue Barn caters for all.

So gather the family and make your way to the Big Blue Barn for a day filled with laughter, excitement, and memories.

The Chocolate Garden Of Ireland

A box of Irish Handmade Chocolates from the Chocolate Garden

Welcome to Carlow’s chocolate wonderland, The Chocolate Garden! Indulge in a mouthwatering array of handmade chocolates, cakes, and ice cream while unleashing your inner chocolatier in their workshops. It’s a recipe for a fun-filled day for kids and adults alike!

Craft your own chocolate figure, witness the joy on your little one’s face as they create their sweet masterpiece, and savour the anticipation as your creations set. Meanwhile, treat yourself to The Chocolate Garden’s award-winning chocolates and heavenly coffee. They’ve even got a play area to keep the little ones happily entertained. It’s a win-win for everyone. Don’t miss this brilliant escape in County Carlow, where you can become an artist with chocolate.

This is considered a fan favourite among family activities, so get ready for a taste sensation that’ll make you say, “Carlow, here we come!”


Yellow Train at Rathwood

Experience the ultimate family fun at Rathwood in County Carlow! From top-notch home and garden furniture to thrilling kids’ events, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Get lost in the exciting maze, encounter deer in the park, and set out on a delightful train ride through the woodlands, where you might even make friends with the local wildlife. Prepare for laughter, adventure, and a touch of magic!

After all the excitement, refuel with a delicious lunch and enjoy creating treasured memories with your loved ones. Whether you’re treating yourself to a day of pampering or seeking unforgettable family adventures, Rathwood is your go-to destination. Get ready to embrace the thrill and laughter that awaits you at Rathwood.

National Reptile Zoo

An image of the National Reptile Zoo's workshop space

Get ready for a wild adventure in the National Reptile Zoo, the ultimate day out for adventurous kids (and let’s not forget the adults who refuse to grow up!). Brace yourselves for the animal encounters that will make your heart race. At this place, they truly believe that the best way to appreciate their magnificent creatures is by getting up close and personal!

Prepare to meet the friendliest creepy crawlers you’ll ever encounter. These little critters are surprisingly cuddly and will surely give you a case of the giggles. But wait, there’s more! Get ready to slither into a world of reptiles, where you’ll meet snakes of all shapes and sizes. You’ll be sure to learn a lot, while having fun at this reptile zoo. Who knew learning could be this much fun?

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to meet these magnificent creatures firsthand. Get ready to laugh, learn, and discover a wild world you never knew existed.

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