Here are just eleven great things to do with children in Mayo North that will stay long in the minds of adults and children long after you’ve left this beautiful area. And there are some great ideas for locals here too!
… with 7th Wave Surf School. This friendly, family-run school caters for all ages and abilities and lets children and adults alike enjoy a relaxed and fun atmosphere in a great learning location. All instructors are fully ISA qualified, full insurance is provided and all equipment is included.
More info: surfsligo.com
… Ireland’s largest indoor play centre. This 13,500sq ft. play centre was designed specifically with both children and parents in mind, and contains a heap of safe amusements for little ones. Parents can enjoy a relaxing cuppa in TJ’s Café overlooking the play area. Tumble Jungle is also an ideal and safe location for children with special needs, with its soft play areas and brightly coloured environment.
More info: TumbleJungle.ie
… one of the largest urban woodland areas in Europe. Belleek Woods is a children’s paradise with thousands of trees to climb, ducks to feed, trails to explore and rare red squirrels to spot.
Marvel at the ornate monuments and race up and down the hills, or cycle the track by the river and peek through the trees at the magnificent Belleek Castle – just like Hogwarts! And check out the oversized squirrel waiting to greet you at the duck pond.
… a ten target Archery Range operating from Belleek Park Caravan and Camping, Ballina. The bows used in Moy Archery are Olympic bows are especially designed for targets at a distance from 10-18 metres. Safety wear and equipment is provided and patrons are given full instruction. Safety measures are world-recognised.
Moy Archery caters from children from age seven to adults of all ages, so is a perfect family activity!
More info: facebook.com/moyarchery
… and see the world from a great height! Make memories on horseback and witness some of the most beautiful sights in the world. With some the best stables & equestrian centres located in Mayo North, you are spoilt for choice, and this is one of the most fun things to do with children in Mayo North!
More info: Horse-riding and pony trekking in Mayo North
Find your inner Harry Potter with falconry
… at Mount Falcon Country Estate Ballina. Children will love getting up close and personal with the magnificent birds of prey, with the help of the resident Falconers. Take a Hawk Walk through the magical woodlands Estate and see a Harris hawk in its natural environment.
More info: mountfalcon.com
… or view majestic Enniscrone by sea with Harbour Sup N Sail. Mikee and his team offer group or individual SUP sessions from Enniscrone Pier and the Quay Ballina, and can cater for groups of up to 24 in a single session. Beginners welcome! All instructors are ASI qualified and hold water rescue, first aid and child protection in sport certification. HSS is a fully insured accredited school.
More info: harboursupsail.com
… and go exploring! Mayo North is blessed with beautiful coastline and quiet roads, perfect for taking an adventure on two-wheels. Why not take in one of our cycling trails? Or cycle the scenic, off-road Monasteries of the Moy Greenway from Ballina to Killala. Guides available.
More info: Bike hire companies in Mayo North
… where the facilities include a 65-metre flume water slide and a children’s pool, all of which make it the ideal fun destination for adults and children alike on a rainy day.
More info: waterpoint.ie
… and enjoy the tranquil parkland overlooking the River Moy. This safe, award-winning playground, recently included as one of the best playgrounds in Ireland by the Irish Times is fully accessible for disabled or differently-abled children and has some great equipment to test their physical limits. There are tennis and basketball courts alongside, and plenty of of parking. The park is located on the Sligo Road, close to St. Muredach’s College.
… with David in Paddle and Pedal. Kayaking is a great, fun way of seeing the area and is suitable for children. With your experienced instructor and guide, you will be sure to have an amazing time on the water! Tours can be tailored to suit each group or individual as well as the weather and tides.
More info: PaddleandPedal.ie