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Summer 2010


Competitions 4kids Awards Useful Directories New Voucher page Pull out treasure hunt

Welcome Hi, and welcome to the Summer edition of 4kids. We pride ourselves on offering a free guide available to everyone and are always delighted to hear from our readers. We have a selection of articles themed around getting the kids out in the garden. If you have never really tried or thought about gardening we hope we can persuade you as it is great fun and good exercise too!

4kids Galbally Co Limerick 061 748028 4kids team

We have included our Award winners for 2010. We have Top 10 Family Friendly Hotels in Ireland as voted for by our readers. There’s also the top attractions and this year we have two new categories: Best Open Farm and Favourite Family Supermarket. Also new to this edition is a party directory. There are lots of great ideas for parties of all sorts so take a look from page 22. Look at the end of the guide for vouchers to use in various locations for great money saving ideas. We have the usual selection of competitions so make sure you get your entries in, while you think of it, using the entry form on page 59. There is a great photography competition, take a picture of someone holding a copy of 4kids when you are out and about, we have great prizes up for grabs for the best photos sent in and the best will be printed in the Winter edition of 4kids. Those long summer holidays will be upon us before we know it and we have the Summer Camps directory to help you find at least one activity to keep them occupied for a few days (page 28). And for when you want to occupy them at home, due to popular demand, we have another pull out treasure hunt. Also check our website for other fun print outs and activities to do at home. Keep the letters coming in, and let’s all hope we have a long hot summer.

Maria Finnan Editor


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This issue we thank Malahide Castle for our front cover photo. Enter their competition for a chance of winning a family pass Further details 01 846 2184 Please note Before travelling long distances, phone ahead to check opening times. Parents and carers are reminded that they must satisfy themselves that any club or group their child joins meets child protection guidelines, and that their children have the appropriate adult supervision at all times. 4kids © 2010 are independent publications and 100% Irish owned.


Readers Letters Thank you to all of you who have been in contact with us via emails, entering competitions, suggestions and sending us letters - it is really fantastic to hear from you. Here is just a small selection of what some of you had to say. Our star letter this time receives a cap and a Dodo Acad-Pad diary, a diary for the academic year. For a chance of winning your own AcadPad see the competition on page 20. I really enjoy when 4kids comes out it is full of fantastic ideas to do and places to visit with the children, we keep it in the car and on a Sunday it always gives us great ideas where to bring the children for a treat. Well done, great idea. Dean O'Brien, Dublin I'm a nanny & have found 4kids very helpful for ideas and information. This is only the second issue I've seen but look forward to reading many more! Keep up the good work ladies!!

I would like to thank you and everybody from 4kids for giving me the opportunity of having great fun at 7 Up Christmas on Ice. And 4 kids have been great with me helping with all the indications of fun events for all the family. All the best for this new year! Kind Regards, Luciana Ferreira (pictured above enjoying their ice skating competition prize with Eric and dad)

Patricia Shanley, Co Dublin Aisha from Dublin won the Cool Cardz competition and she is pictured here on holiday in Canada with her brother Cree.

Look out for our next issue of 4kids coming Winter 2010 See page 58 to have it delivered straight to your door Don’t type in all the long web addresses listed in our guide, go to our website and find all the links there. There is a What’s on guide on our website, if you want to add a listing to it send us a mail Did you know? The names of all the continents end with the letter they start with.

Index of Articles 6 Are our children drinking enough water? 8 4kids top open farms 10 Cuidí Antenatal Classes 12 Lemon Cupcakes by Rachel Allen 14 Grow it yourself – Ireland 16 Grow a giant sunflower 18 Top Dublin Attractions 22 Modern day kids parties 24 Are you on the Big Toddle Team? 26 Get creative with finger prints 30 Should we give pocket money? 36 Family friendly hotels 38 Family friendly supermarket 40 Websites 4kids 42 Dublin on a budget 44 Cycling in Phoenix Park 46 Blue flag beaches

Party Directories

We have a new section dedicated to parties. Lots of inspiration page 22

Index of competitions To enter our competitions use the competition entry form on page 59, so all you need is one stamp! Or you can enter via our website and use no stamps!

15 Merci Mama 15 Glenroe Farm 18 Klutz Gardening Book 19 Personalised Chocolates 20 Dodo pad diary 22 Party Cake Photography 27 Causey Farm 27 Mystuff 35 Quality Resort Killarney 35 Location photography 37 Malahide Castle and the Fry Model Railway

The 4kids Directories

Our directories are together at the back of the guide. Look for the purple section page 47

Did you know? Your mouth produces 1 litre (1.8 pints) of saliva a day


Are our children drinking enough water? Water is a precious resource and we are fortunate to have drinking quality water available from our taps in Ireland but the majority of us take it for granted. 75% of the earth’s surface is covered by water yet only 1% is available for drinking. It is one of the most important nutrients for our children to have in their diet. Dehydration can cause a variety of symptoms and these may include: • Reduced ability to concentrate • Low energy levels and tiredness • Loss of appetite • Development of headaches • Increased irritability Once you have a feeling of thirst you are already dehydrated, so it is important to get into the habit of drinking water regularly before you actually start to feel thirsty. How much water should we drink and more importantly how Use a can we ensure our children are getting enough during the day water bottle especially when they are at school?

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One of the easiest ways to check if someone is getting enough water to drink is to check the colour of their urine! Urine which is pale straw colour and odourless is a sign that they are drinking enough. Dark yellow, cloudy and strong smell will indicate they are not drinking enough water.

It is a concern that in the UK almost every school child carries a water bottle to school and is generally encouraged to drink at their leisure and often have them on their desks while working. Why is this not the case in Ireland? We think all schools should encourage children to drink more and to promote visible water bottles in the classroom. Encourage your child to take with them a water bottle wherever they go, be it to school, Schools sports activities, day trips or just out should shopping. When on day trips always encourage the use ensure you have water at hand especially if of clear water bottles the weather is hot. Encourage the children so the contents are to carry their own water bottles in their own visible backpack otherwise you’ll end up carrying every ones as well as your own!


Did you know? Giraffes are unable to cough.

Did you know? 9pin bowling was made up in Germany during the Medieval ages


4kids Top Open Farms One of the new categories we introduced to our awards this year is the Open Farm award. We felt that it’s an activity you can always turn to when looking for inspiration for a day out - the only trouble is there are quite a lot of them and some are better than others.

Top 5 farms accessible from Dublin Newbridge Traditional Farm, Newbridge Demesne, Donabate, Co Dublin Newgrange Animal Farm, Slane, Co Meath Glenroe Farm, Kilcoole, Co Wicklow 01 2872288 Glenroe Glenroe Farm is one of Wicklow’s top tourist attractions.The farm is both educational and fun and here you can get up close to a wide variety of farm animals and pets, enjoy the great outdoors, relax in the peace and tranquillity of a Nature walk, have fun in the large outdoor playground overlooking the farm, try home cooking from the Coffee Shop or bring your own picnic.

Causey Farm, Girley, Fordstown, Navan, Co Meath 046 9434135 Causey has plenty to do and see all year round. From family fun days to Summer camps it has it all. Well worth a visit and is always a big hit with all the family whatever the weather!

Puddenhill Animal Farm, Garristown, Co Meath

Top attractions for Dublin on page 18. Top farms and attractions for the rest of the country see


Did you know? Grasshoppers sing by rubbing their hind legs against their front wings,

“A family run farm in the heart of the Wicklow countryside offering hours of fun and relaxation for all the family.” ¦ Farm animals ¦ Pets’ corner ¦ Nature trail with secret garden

and sensory garden ¦ Thatched cottage and farmhouse museum ¦ Outdoor playground ¦ Indoor/outdoor picnic areas ¦ Coffee shop/gift shop ¦ Free parking Birthday Parties, Schools, Creche and Group Outings

Open daily from May to the end of August 10am – 5pm weekdays (Mon – Fri) 10am – 6pm weekends (Sat/Sun) Weekends in March, April and Sept Last admissions 1 hour before closing Special events for Christmas and Easter

GLENROE FARM Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow 01 287 2288

M50/N11 south of Bray (exit 11 for Greystones/ Kilcoole)

crickets sing by rubbing their front wings together


Cuidiú Antenatal Classes Cuidiú is a parent-to-parent organisation that offers information and support for parenthood at all levels. Our aim is to provide information to parents that allow them to make informed choices about pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and beyond. Preparing for the birth of a child is one of the most important events in a woman’s life; and we offer professional, yet relaxed, antenatal classes to help in making informed decisions about labour. The ethos of Cuidiú is to teach in small groups to facilitate group discussions, activities, and to build friendships. Classes empower expectant parents for birth and for parenting in a relaxed setting with lots of laughter. Courses also cover what to expect in the early days of parenting, such as feeding and the emotional aspects of coping with a new baby. Cuidiú antenatal teachers have a Higher Diploma in Adult Education-Antenatal Education from the University of Bedfordshire and are licensed by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), Cuidiú’s sister organisation, which is run in the UK. Personal development is a large part of the course with students gaining a professional, recognised university diploma with an all-round view of the world of childbirth and early parenting. Cuidiú classes are small, usually 3-6 couples, and informal with lots of opportunity to participate and ask questions. Anyone who's done a hospital class knows that groups of more than 20 couples is common. Cuidiú classes are generally held at times and in locations that suit participants in their own locality. The classes aim to provide information on all aspects of pregnancy and birth to assist expectant parents in making their own informed choices, in most cases a labourward visit is included. Cuidiú antenatal teachers are not confined to imparting hospital policies and participants learn about the various policies in the local hospitals. Resources such as The Consumer Guide to Maternity Services in Ireland ( help build knowledge and in opening discussion with expectant mothers’ care providers. Article supplied by Cuidiú - Irish Childbirth Trust. To locate an antenatal teacher in your area, or to learn more about Cuidiú’s mother and baby events, please visit 10

Did you know? Vanilla is the world’s most favourite Ice Cream flavour

Melodic Mayhem - broadening the senses, emotions and intellect of our children Calling all babies, kids and teenagers! Explore your creativity through any and every art form. Fancy learning the ukulele? Maybe capoeira or about finger painting?! It can all be done under the roof of Exchange Dublin, Temple Bar. Dublin has few creative groups for kids of all ages. None of which, until now, are free and encompass all the arts. Kids can explore, develop and enjoy themselves; through any art form they choose to pursue e.g. music, dance, painting, drama and much more. The ideas and interests of the children take priority. If they wish to learn the bongos, facilitators will be found to come and work with them on a voluntary basis. Our hope is that kids from all cultural backgrounds and areas of Dublin will come join in the Mayhem! This is a non-profit group; we rely on donations and help from a variety of artists. Should anyone be willing to pass on their talents, gain valuable work experience and empower the youth of Dublin, by volunteering to help, contact details are listed below. Exchange Dublin is kindly supported under the Arts Council Young Ensembles Scheme

Did you know? The largest British land mammal is the Red Deer


LEMON CUPCAKES A big thank you again to Rachel Allen for providing us with another recipe. This time for some yummy light lemon cupcakes which can be made quick and easy by weighing out all the ingredients and whizzing them all up in an electric mixer. Makes 12 cupcakes 125g (4½oz) butter softened 125g (4½oz) caster sugar ½ large lemon, finely grated zest only 2 eggs beaten 150g (5oz) plain flour ½ tsp baking powder For the Lemon butter icing: 75g (3oz) butter, softened 175g (6oz) icing sugar, sifted ½ large lemon, finely grated zest only 1-2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 12 crystallised flowers, (optional) 12-hole fairy cake tin 1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/ (350ºF) /gas mark 4. Line a 12-hole fairy cake tin with paper cases. 2. Cream the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add the sugar and grated lemon zest and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Gradually add the beaten eggs, then sift in the flour and baking powder and fold into the mixture. Alternatively, whiz all the ingredients together in an electric food mixer. 3. Divide the mixture between the paper cases and bake in the preheated oven for 7–10 minutes, until risen and golden. When cooked, the centre of each cake should be slightly springy to the touch. Remove the cakes from the tin and put on a wire rack to cool before you ice them. 4. For the lemon butter icing, cream the butter in a bowl with a wooden spoon or hand-held electric beater until very soft. Gradually add the icing sugar and beat into the butter, along with the lemon zest and enough lemon juice to soften the icing to a spreadable consistency. 5. When the cupcakes are cool, spread a generous heaped teaspoon of lemon butter icing over the top of each one. Decorate with the crystallised flowers (if using). From Rachel Allen’s ‘BAKE’ {Publisher’s – Collins} 12

Did you know? Some orchid seed-pods hold 3 million seeds.

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Nore Valley Park Activity Centre and Open Farm Bennettsbridge Co Kilkenny ( 056 7727229

Come and enjoy fun at the farm! Take time out and stroll around the farm, allow the children to play in an interactive and relaxing setting. A whole variety of animals and further attractions make it a Voucher great family day out

on page 62

Open 1 March - 31 Oct Closed Sundays Farm Entry €5.50 pp (under 2 yrs free) See & Feed Animals, Sandpit, Straw play, Swings & Slides Other activities extra charge *Crazy golf, Go-karts, Indoor Maze, Trailer Rides*

Did you know? The largest producer of gold is South Africa


Grow It Yourself - Ireland Anna Browne has been an enthusiastic (obsessive!) gardener since she was a teenager. She teaches gardening and self-sufficiency skills to students at Mullingar Educate Together NS and adult courses in Mullingar. She writes about this and her own gardening adventures at Maybe you’re itching to get back into the garden after the cold dark winter. And maybe the garden is your escape from the demands of being a parent. But don’t discount the potential craic of having your kids help you with the jobs. Most kids will express some dismay at being torn from the cosy womb of Nintendo and Playstation, but once you get them ready for the outdoors, they will lose no time in finding creative ways to play beside you. Kids are surprisingly useful in the garden – as long as you’re working alongside them. If you have a wormery, and you’re trying to rotate the trays, consider having your kids help you separate the worms from the castings. They are adept at spotting errant worms, and they will want to make sure that each and every one gets to their new home on level 2 of the wormery. When my youngest son was 3, he planted a couple of potatoes that sprouted in storage (NOT seed potatoes). He spent a lot of time watering them with worm tea, and earthing them up with worm castings. Any earthworms he (or his playmates) found in the garden were rehomed beside his spuds to help them grow. The resulting (amazingly large and healthy) potato plants resisted blight until September (and this was the rainy summer of 2008), and when harvested yielded the best of all my potato plants. Of course he was proud, and of course he is now the potato planting expert in his class at school. If you can get enough motivated kids, they can operate like a plague of locusts – and I mean that in a positive way. I teach gardening at my son’s school, and if the students can correctly identify a weed, you can clear a substantial area in record time. They are not so great at removing the tap roots of plants like docks, but with a bit of coaching, that can come too. Earlier this year, we planned to put in a pond so that we could attract frogs, and generally increase the biodiversity. Well, that’s what we told the teachers anyhow. It was a great opportunity to get covered in muck, much more fun than being stuck inside reading and writing. The school has been built recently, so the grounds consist of a small layer of grass on top of builders rubble. Not the ideal digging conditions. If it had been my job to dig this pond, I would have given up after 15 minutes – it was very tough going, and whatever we managed to dig filled up with water immediately. We divided the class into digging groups of 4. Most of them had wellies or old shoes and socks. I had brought a crowbar for loosening up the soil. The digging gangs dug out tiny amounts of shale, muck, and we had a baling crew to remove the water. The rest of the class sang songs to keep us entertained – the resemblance to a chain gang did not escape me. After a gloriously mucky hour, persistence paid off and the pond was big enough – about a meter deep and wide, and twice as long. And I know that I would never have accomplished that on my own. Think back to when you first discovered gardening – was it working side by side with a parent? Are those now treasured memories? Or were you jumping over the fence to work with a patient neighbour, and discovering a whole world you never dreamed of? So, get out there with your kids, or invite the neighbours kids around, if you don’t currently have any of your own. You will be passing on an awareness of nature that will give them pleasure for the rest of their lives, and skills that may help them to feed themselves. And you will have a great time in the process, and deepen your relationship with them. Article supplied by Grow It Yourself Ireland, see their website


Did you know? The longest earthworm is the African giant earthworm, which can grow up to

Competition Merci Mama Merci Maman offers a fantastic selection of gifts for mum and children. Their best seller product is the personalised charm bracelet (from ÂŁ30) which you can have engraved with the names of your loved ones. Visit the website for great luxurious gift ideas at or call Melanie on 00 44 754 015 7630 We have teamed up with Merci Mama to offer one lucky reader the chance of winning one of these charm bracelets or necklace with up to 3 engraved medals. To be in with a chance of winning this lovely prize just answer this simple question. What does Merci Mama translate to in English? Enter using the competition entry form on page 59 or via our website

Competition Glenroe Farm Glenroe Farm is located in the heart of the Wicklow countryside and less than 1 hour from Dublin City Centre. This family-run farm offers hours of fun and relaxation for the whole family. Here you will find a wide variety of farm animals and friendly pets. Young and curious visitors can get close to and even hold their favourite furry animal such as rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, etc in Pets' Corner. A nature trail takes you on an educational and fun journey through the working farm to the Wicklow coastline and marshes. Along the walk you will find a Secret Garden and a Sensory Garden and learn about the animals that live in the wild on the farm and their habitats. There is a large outdoor playground overlooking the farm. You can bring a picnic and enjoy eating outdoors or sample some home cooking in the Coffee Shop. The farm is ideally located just off the M50/N11 south of Bray (exit 11 for Greystones/Kilcoole). We have teamed up with Glenroe Farm to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a family pass to the farm. To be in with a chance of winning answer this simple question. On a walk at Glenroe Farm you come across two types of gardens, name one of them. Enter using the competition entry form on page 59 or via our website

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Grow a giant sunflower If you don’t fancy having a go at growing vegetables then why not grow some flowers to bring some colour to your outdoors. There are many pretty flowers you can grow from seed but nothing has quite the same impact as a giant sunflower. The kids will take great joy in watching it grow to their height, bigger than them and then bigger than dad! But they do tend to have that marmite feeling in that you either love them or hate them but generally, unlike marmite, all kids love them! Sunflower seeds come in many varieties producing varying heights, head size and a beautiful range of yellow, brown and red colours. For maximum impact use a variety such as Russian Giant, this should give sufficient height with impressive size heads.

Top tip: when your sunflower is well established they will benefit from some extra nutrients. They love liquid Tomato feed! Feed just once a week according to the instructions on the bottle.

They can be planted directly into the ground but do have a tendency to be munched up by slugs. As a backup, put a few into small pots and germinate on a window sill. When they are about 1015cm high, replant them outside in a huge pot full of general purpose compost. Keep all seeds/plants watered daily and once growth gets going there is a noticeable daily change in height. You may wish to place a stake in the pot/ground to support it as it grows, do this while it is small so as not to damage established roots. Also grow near a fence or wall so you can anchor it to stop it from being blown over in the wind! Gardening Competition on website To help you get started and to encourage the kids to get involved in the garden enter our gardening competition for a great kids gardening kit on our website


Did you know? Worms are brilliant at making compost

4kids Reader Offer How can you encourage the kids out into the garden to grow some veg, plant flowers or just to do some general weeding? We can’t think of a better way than getting them their own real garden tools, the same as yours except sized for them. We have two sets available to choose from below for you to order direct from us at 4kids.

Little Pals Garden Kit Cost €16.95

In the Little Pals Gardening kit is a robust canvas storage bag, watering can, trowel, fork and gardening gloves all themed in green and blue

Little Pals Junior Kit Cost €14.95

In the Little Pals Junior Kit is a gardening storage bag, metal bucket, trowel, fork, 2 plant markers and gardening gloves. Available in pink or blue.

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Top Dublin Attractions Here are the results of our reader awards for 2010 for Dublin. Thank you to all of you who responded to our questionnaire and shared your preferences with us. Going to any of the places on our list will ensure you have a great day out with your family. Top 5 Attractions for Dublin Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park, Dublin, Airfield, Upper Kilmacud Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14 Imaginosity, The Plaza, Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford, Dublin 18 Phoenix Park, Dublin Dublin SPCA, Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

Competition Gardening Book In Good Growing, kids can find out everything to do with gardening, from how to start a garden, to how to grow vegetables and flowers, from how to garden organically to composting. Offering advice and tips on seasonal planting. This guide will give children green fingers whether they're gardening in a window box or on a farm with Year-round activities for both indoor and outdoor projects. The book comes with a selection of ready-toplant seeds and two custom-designed Super Sprouters, engineered to get those seeds growing within days. Recommended ages 8 12 years. Klutz produce a whole range of doing books which make great gifts for children of all ages and are available in all good book shops. We have teamed up with Klutz to offer 5 readers the chance of winning one of these great books. To be in with a chance of winning just answer this simple question. How many custom-designed Super Sprouters come with the book? Enter using the competition entry form on page 59 or via our website 18

Did you know? When a frog closes its eyes it is the eyes that actually move. They are

Mullingar, Co Westmeath ( (044) 9349060

Just 1 hour from Dublin

Midsummer Night’s Dream Matinee Sunday 11th July at 3pm Fancy Dress for Children. Chapter House Productions presentation of Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Belvedere House Lawn.

Pride & Prejudice Matinee Sun 25th July at 4pm

Year round fun for all the family just one hour from Dublin For Full Calendar of Events check out For tickets and more information ( (044) 9349060

Win some chocolate! 4kids have teamed up with the Personalised Chocolate Bar Company to offer a reader a box of 24 mini bars. They are a great present to give for communion, confirmation or birthdays. To be in with a chance to win these answer the following question: What Dublin attraction is featured on the front page of this edition of 4kids? Answer using entry form on page 59 or via our website Further details Personalised Chocolate Bar Company or phone 061 748449

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Puppets As Gaeilge! The Kids Party Club are probably best know for being Irelands only nationwide provider of childrens party entertainment but they also have an educational side to their business. They regularly perform educational puppet shows in schools and libraries up and down the country. The topics covered range from conflict resolution to healthy eating and literacy promotion. This year they have introduced a number of their shows "as gaeilge". Founder, Mike Kearney, explains. "Last year we attended the IPPN and the INTO teachers conferences and the feedback we got from the gaelscoileanna was basically; nobody does anything specifically for us, so do it in Irish and we'll have you. We took them at their word and produced two fantastic shows in Irish. What really surprised me, was how lovely they sound in Irish. Very lyrical. We have already begun performing the shows and they are being very well received indeed." They haven't stopped there either! They have just produced an interactive bedtime story application for the iPhone, the first company in the world to do so and they have launched their first franchisee in the UK. Kearney says, "It has been an extremely busy first half 2010 for us. The App is quite a cool thing to be involved in producing but is realtively easy to produce compared to launching in the UK and all that entails, such as re-recording all our shows with UK accents. One of the interesting aspects of that is the fact that we use a lady called Emma Clarke to do a number of voices for us. Anyone who has ever been on the London Underground will know the phrase, "Mind The Gap" and that person is Emma - she's real! Visit for further details or Locall 1890 252 382

Competition Dodo Acad Book Be a teacher’s pet with a Dodo Acad-Pad academic diary. Dodo-Pad has teamed up with 4kids to offer 3 lucky winners a Dodo Acad-Pad! Loved by students, scholars, families, and indeed anybody whose life revolves around the gruelling academic calendar, the Acad-Pad is here to help you organise your lesson-crammed, event-jammed, homework-packed lifestyle. The divas at the Dodo Pad put their foot down at changing things that work, which is why the ACAD-PAD follows the usual Dodo Pad formula, with just a few added extras for the academic year. With the addition of two more practical versions – the MINI ACAD-PAD (from - great for mums to pop in their bags or kids to pop in their satchels!) and the A-grade WALL ACAD-PAD CALENDAR (from - perfect for those who live their lives by the academic calendar!) becoming increasingly popular, there’s something suitable for every scatty scholar or on-the-go parent! The MINI ACAD-PAD and WALL ACAD-PAD and are also available from, or the mail order hotline 0044 845 634 6272, or from all good academic bookstores. To be in with a chance of winning one of the 3 Dodo Acad-Pads just answer this simple question. How many flowers appear in the top banner on the website? Enter using the competition entry form on page 59 or via our website


Did you know? Caterpillars shed their skin 4 or 5 times before they turn into chrysalises

Singing and Ballet with Miss Eileene Every Saturday at Phibsboro Gym come and join in a delightful singing and ballet class with Miss Eileene. A fun and expressive experience for the girls to learn French Ballet terms and technique with singing added in. Other types of dance also introduced. Parents can stay & watch while having a cup of coffee.

Drop in classes just turn up

Every Saturday, Phibsboro Gym, Dublin 7 12 noon ages 3 - 5 years 1pm ages 6 - 12 years Enquires to (01) 8301849

Family Fun Breaks 2 nights B&B, 1 Dinner, FREE €35 voucher for the Dome Family Activity Centre, Carlow Midweek from €259 per Family (2 adults, 2kids) Weekends from €279 per Family

? Talbot Tigers Supervised Kids Club ? Leisure Club & Pool ? Live Entertainment every Weekend ? Located beside DOME Family Activity Centre T 059 915 3000 E

Flamingos are pink because of their staple meal - carotene-rich brine shrimp


Modern day Kids parties In days gone by a child’s birthday party was a more simple affair – mum would bake a cake and maybe you would have a few friends over to play party games and enjoy some jelly and ice cream. Today it is an event anticipated for the whole year – talked about much in the playground concerning the activities and guest list! Of course, as parents, we aim to do the right thing by our children and give them a party they will be proud of. There is such a wide choice of activities and venues and if you are stuck we hope we can inspire you with our directory on page 24 to help you capture the essence of the party spirit. A few party tips 1. Keep it in proportion – don’t try and do too much


2. Let your child be involved in the decision making of where you go or what you do and also the food which you will be serving. 3. Help your child be democratic with the guest list – if inviting most of the girls/boys in the class don’t let him/her leave out just one of them.

CONSIDER HALVING YOUR COSTS BY HAVING A JOINT 4. If you are organising the party yourself ensure you have PARTY! a timetable of activities so you pace yourselves and don’t miss out anything that you really wanted to do. 5. Don’t forget your camera. Try and get a group photo of the party boy/girl with all the guests – a lovely thing to send out with thank you cards.

Party Cakes Competition In our next issue we will have a feature on Birthday Cakes. Have you made a birthday cake for your child that you are really proud of? Have you got a simple idea that looks great? Share your ideas by sending us a photo and we will print them in the next issue and have some prizes for the best ones printed. Send to or to the usual postal address. 22

Did you know? Broccoli and cauliflower are vegetables, but they're also actually flowers!

PARTY DIRECTORY Causey Farm 046 9434135 Girley, Fordstown, Co Meath

The Crafty Alley Shop 6B Scotts Street, East Avenue Road, Killarney Co Kerry 064 6630800

Pinatas Pinatas 086 3118052

Glendeer Pet Farm 0906 437147 Drum, Athlone, Co Westmeath

Glenroe Open Farm 01 2872288 Kilcoole, Wicklow

Mellowes 046 9433921 Moygrehan, Athboy, Co Meath

Viking Splash Tours 01 707 6000

Personalised Chocolate Bar Company 061 748449

Kids Party Club Locall 1890 252 382 Nationwide

Treats 087 6262034 or 085 7174210 Treats is a catering company specially designed for children's parties. All food is tasty, fun, homemade and delivered straight to your door.

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Are You on the Big Toddle Team? Calling all Big Toddlers. Toddle time is approaching again so get ready to take part in the year’s fun toddle and help bring smiles to vulnerable children all over Ireland. Toddlers from schools, crèches, Montessori’s and families across the country are signing up to the DANONE BIG TODDLE FOR BARNARDOS this May and June. Over the past six years the DANONE BIG Irish Champion boxer, Katie Taylor, helps TODDLE FOR BARNARDOS has seen over toddlers get ready for their Big Toddle! 90,000 children taking part in the toddle and together they have raised an amazing €1.8 million! Thanks to the sponsorship of Danone all funds raised go directly to Barnardos. So register now by logging on to our Toddle website or by phoning 1850 222 300. The Toddle team will post you your FREE, fun pack that includes everything that you need to organise your toddle! Your help can really make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children in Ireland.

What's this toddling all about? 1. A toddle is a fun sponsored walk for under 5’s 2. Join in the toddle fun and register today 3. Once you register you will be sent your FREE toddle pack in the post containing all you need for a fun day of toddling! 4. Organise your toddle - pick any date and find a suitable venue for your toddle either on your own premises, school yard, garden or somewhere like a park. 5. Each child receives a sponsor envelope or parents can choose to log on to and select ‘Sponsor a toddle group' 6. On the day, mark out the route carefully, have enough marshalls to ensure the event runs smoothly and get ready, steady - toddle

Toddle Time – May & June 2010


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Get creative with finger prints All it takes is an inkpad, a sheet of paper and some fingers! Really simple techniques can give some really effective results. If you don't have an ink pad in the house get one in so you can produce it on a wet summer afternoon and let them get busy. We have some suggestions here but hopefully these will inspire them to create their own designs. Decorate large sheets of paper to make wrapping paper and they look really good when used to make greeting cards.

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place 2 circles from a hole punch on the paper before you print to create 2 white eye

animal faces

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Competition Causey Farm Causey Farm offers guaranteed entertainment for the whole family - whatever the weather. There's a unique opportunity to get close to our many farm animals and take the tractor and trailer to the bog. You can even jump in the bog if you wish very very muddy but great great fun (don't forget to wear old clothes and bring a complete change). The hands-on workshops in giant bubble-blowing, playing the bodhrán and milking a cow combine fun and laughter with learning new skills. On July 9th and August 13th there will be live traditional music evenings in the old stone barn - you can sit back and be entertained or participate at your leisure. In August they hold amazing hands-on Summer Camps that people travel from all over the world to come to. Simple fun based on the farm, forest and bog - trailblazing, raft-building, cookery, survival day, dam-building, team challenges and music are among the many activities. You need to ring to book a place - 046 9434135 or check it out on We have teamed up with Causey Farm to offer you the chance of winning 1 of 2 family tickets for their family days which take place every Tuesday and Friday in July and August. The price for these days is €14 per person (under 3s free) or €50 for a family of 4. To be in with winning this great family day out answer this simple question. In which county is Causey Farm? Enter using our competition entry form on page 59 or via our website

Competition My Stuff Value Pack Last year MyStuff the children’s label company, introduced labels in all 32 county colours for sporty kids and these proved very popular. MyStuff stick-on labels are available in eleven lovely colours (not including the full range of county colours). MyStuff iron-on labels are available with the MyStuff groovy images too! MyStuff, are over the moon with the feedback they have received. All MyStuff products are produced to order from Kilkenny with free delivery within 3-5 business days. To order call (056) 7793231 or visit and “label your stuff with MyStuff”. 4Kids have teamed up with MyStuff to offer one lucky reader from Leinster, Munster and Dublin the opportunity to win a MyStuff MEGA Value pack. The pack retails at €33.95 and is crammed full of product so you can have all your child's stuff labelled well in time for 'back to school'. The labels come in a great choice of colours with optional MyStuff images to select from. To be in with a chance of winning one of these packs answer this simple question: In which county are MyStuff based? Enter using the competition entry form on page 59 or via our website humans alive on the planet


Summer Camps

Summer camps are great for the kids. It gives them a chance to make new friends, meet up with old ones, be active, be creative and most importantly of all have fun. Here are a selection of places across Dublin and surrounding counties offering camps this summer.

National An Post FAI Summer Soccer Schools 1890 653653 Ballet Ireland 046 9557585 Gael-Linn Summer Irish Schools 1890 675675 Gymboree 01 4938829 Horizon Adventure & Education Centres 098 35844 Mullingar, Co Westmeath, Jackie Skelly 046 9091999 Lets Go Multi Sports Camp 021 4877111 National Basketball Arena 01 4590211 Tymon Park, Tallaght, Ă“gras 01 4751487 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, Samba Soccer 1890 762237 Starcamp 021 4287490 Tennis Ireland 01 8844010 Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, VHI Cul Camps 086-2752511 Whizzkids 061 339178 2 Old Schoolhouse Road, Castletroy, Limerick,

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Art Zone13B Cashel Business Centre Astropark All star Camps 01 4990614 Cashel Road, Dublin 12 01 8060088 Astropark All star Camps Coolock Lane, Coolock, Dublin 17 DCU Sports Club 01 4599822 01 700 5797 Greenhills Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24 DCU Sports Complex, Dublin 9 Carrickmines Pony Camps Fingal Sailing School 01 2955990 01 8451979 Carrickmines Equestrian Centre, Upper Strand, Malahide, Co Dublin Carrickmines, Dublin Regency Leisure Club Dublin School of Music 01 8522222 01 4929998 Swords Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9 56 Glenbrook Park, Rathfarnham, Children's Summer Series at the Dublin 14 National Concert Hall Irish Academy of Dramatic Arts 01 4086789 01 2302691 Dublin City Council Santa Barbra, 24 Temple Park 01 2222163 Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin Sports Section, Civic Offices, Wood Junior Chef Cookery School Quay, Dublin 8 Dublin Zoo 01 2780382 Charleville, 131 Newtownpark 01 4749832 Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin Phoenix Park, Dublin Kellystown Equestrian Centre Food Active 01 4954004 086 8068111 Kellystown Road, Sandyford, Dublin 95 Marlborough Road, Donnybrook, 18 Dublin 4 Linguaplay French Summer Camp 087 7808000 01 6761732 15 Sycamore Lawn, The Park, Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, Cabinteely, Dublin 18 Dublin Newpark School Sports Centre Jackie Skelly Fitness 01 2883720 01 6770040 Newtown park Avenue, Blackrock, Co 41/42 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2 Dublin Multi Sports Camp Pine Forest Art Centre 01 2189608 David Lloyd, Riverview, Clonskeagh, 01 2941220 Dublin Glencullen, Kilternan, Dublin 18 UCD Sports Centre Summer Camps Stagecoach Theatre Arts School 01 7162142 01 2043814 Belfield, Dublin 4 St Philip & St James Parish Centre, Whizzkids Cross Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin Taste 061 339178 2 Old Schoolhouse Road, Castletroy, 086 8571017 Limerick Rathdown School, Glenageary, Dun Airfield Laoghaire, Co Dublin The Ark Cultural Centre for 01 2984301 Upper Kilmacud Road, Children Dundrum, Dublin 14


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02 6707788 11a Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 24 Westwood Club 01 2893208 3 locations: Clontarf/Leopardstown/Sandymount, Leopardstown, Dublin 18

Co Kildare Art Zone 01 4990614 13B Cashel Business Centre, Cashel Road, Dublin 12 Bog of Allens Go Wild with Nature 046 860133 Irish Peatland Conservation Council, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co Kildare Excel Gymnastics Camp 087 9798095 Unit 6, Celbridge Industrial Estate, Kildare Gymboree 01 6274573 Throughout Kildare, Kildare Kilcock Canoe Polo Club 087 6450544 Kilcock, Maynooth, Co Kildare Kill International Equestrian Centre 045 877333 Kill, Naas, Co Kildare Little Oak Equestrian Centre 085 2733424 Prosperous, Co Kildare Maynooth Equestrian Centre 01 6287691 Clonfert, Maynooth, Co Kildare Naas Sports Centre 045 896166 Caragh Road, Naas, Co Kildare Summer Music Camp 045 898795 Naas School of Music, Main Street, Naas, Kildare Talented Kids 045 485464 Performing Arts School & Agency, 23 Burrow Manor, Calverstown, Kilculllen, Co Kildare

Co Meath Aura 046 9079950 Windtown Road, Navan, Co Meath Aura

046 9438730 Newhaggard Road, Trim, Co Meath Causey Farm 046 9434135 Girley, Fordstown, Co Meath Fairyhouse Cookery School 01 6896476 Fairyhouse Road, Ratoath, Co Meath Moy Riding School 046 9557575 Summerhill, Co Meath, Co Meath Pelletstown Riding Centre 01 8259435 Pelletstown House, Drumree, Co Meath

Wicklow Information Network 0404 29960 Railway Business Park, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow Wicklow School of Music & Drama 0404 42244 c/o East Glendalough School, Station Road, Wicklow


Co Wicklow Anyone 4 Science 0404 40563 Christine Campbell, Ashford, Co Wicklow Ballyknocken Cookery School 0404 44627 Glenealy, Ashford, Co Wicklow Baltinglass OEC 059 6481002 Weaver Square, Baltinglass, Wicklow Brendan McDaid Golf Academy 045 403316 Rathsallagh Golf Club, Co Wicklow Brennanstown Equestrian Centre 01 2863778 Hollybrook, Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow Eco Adventure Ireland 01 2767988 Knockree Hostel, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow Fabric Gallery 01 2860979 4 Village Gate Arcade, Main Street, Bray, Co Wicklow Festina Lente Foundation 01 2720704 Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow Glendalough Equestrian & Adventure Centre 0404 45569 Glendalough Estate, Annamoe, Wicklow Kippure Estate 01 4582889 Manor Kilbride, Blessington, Co Wicklow

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Should we give Pocket Money? Parents are the main educators of their children. Teaching them how to save, budget and manage money is a skill they will use for the rest of their lives. Giving children money whenever they ask may warp their attitude towards money in later life. If kids don't get experience with money from you, they could leave home without a clue and end up in a financial mess down the line. When your children are old enough (usually 5 or 6 years old), take advantage of the opportunity to teach them. It's difficult to learn to manage money if you don't get a regular allowance. There are differing opinions on whether an allowance should be tied to doing chores at home. But if teaching your children how to handle money is your goal, then give them a small, set amount each week regardless. In addition to that, create a job board with opportunities for them to earn extra money, or a reward chart for helping out. Various surveys over the last 3 years show that children in primary school receive between €6€12 per week, while children in secondary school receive between €10-€20 per week. Some experts recommend giving €1 for each year of their age, up to the age of 12, then assessing their expenses and adjust accordingly. Whichever way you decide to do it, keep it simple. Some parents may want to encourage their children to save some of their money, or give a portion to a charity. Consider letting your child open his or her own bank account and let them keep track of their savings and statements.

Giving children responsibility for their own money provides valuable lessons and allows them to: ? Buy things and manage the money they get ? Get used to handling and being responsible with money ? Pay attention to what things cost, what is good value and learn to shop around ? See the benefits of saving (earning interest or buying something special) ? Learn that if you spend your money, or make bad choices, there is no more money until next week. Lastly, if your family is on a limited budget, take the money you're already spending on them for food, clothes, hair cuts, etc. and let them handle the money for these items. If we want our children to be good with money, we have to teach them by using it on a regular basis. Written by Lisa O Duinn, Author of Toddler Reward Charts, Available at 30

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Treasure Hunt 5 Children love treasure hunts. Pull out these middle pages, cut out clues, fill in their names and fold them in half. Use the text on the back to put them in their hiding places. Hand them the first clue or give them a verbal clue to where you have placed it. They will need a mirror and a ruler - you can place some ‘treasure’ with the last clue. Keep hold of them and use again when some friends come to visit. This hunt will take them outside - adjust clues if weather too wet/cold.

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Win a Fab Family Break in Killarney Quality Resort Killarney’s brand new website is dedicated to providing their customers with excellent value for money, including a mix of wonderful deals; early bird benefits, use of promo codes, and even exclusivity. All you have to do is sign up! To celebrate the launch, the Quality Resort Killarney is offering One Lucky Family a Fabulous Weekend Break with 2 Nights B&B. It’s the perfect family getaway - with Kids & Teens Entertainment Clubs throughout the Easter & summer break, Club Vitae Leisure Centre for Dad and Wellness Therapy Suites for Mum, and lots of all weather activities and fun for everyone. The family will also go on a fabulous Walking tour through Killarney National Park, one of Killarney’s most historic and beautiful locations. The excellent hotel team provides the standard of service you can expect from one of Irelands leading family resorts in a fun and friendly atmosphere. For further information call (064) 6626200 or visit The Prize Includes: 2 Nights B&B in a Superior Family Suite at the Quality Resort Killarney for 2 adults and 2 kids (18th & 19th June 2010) PLUS Guided walk through Killarney National Park (19th June 2010) For your chance to WIN, simply answer the following question: Quality Resort Killarney is located in which county? Enter using our entry form on page 59 or via our website. Usual 4kids competition rules apply plus the following: Hotel accommodation for 18 and 19 June 2010 and guided walk on 19 June 2010 only. No cash alternative. Not transferable. Why not taken advantage of these great offers from Quality Resort: ? Family rooms from €89 per night B&B for up to 2 adults and 2 children, €10 per

night weekend supplement. ? Family Suites from €119 per night B&B for up to 2 adults and 2 children, €10 per night weekend supplement. ? 2 Bed Apartments - 2 nights from €230. ? Available 26th March – 31st May 2010 (excl.

Bank holiday weekends).

Location Photography Competition Following the great success of our photography competition last year we have decided to run another one this year. We want you to send pictures of yourselves (just one person or the whole family) taken at your favourite location. Can be anywhere you choose e.g. beach, play centre, forest, at home in the garden, your favourite attraction. It can be anywhere you’re having fun – but the important part is that you include/or are holding your copy of 4kids! We have some great photography prizes including a Kodak Digital Photo Frame and Digital Camera, as well as lots of runners up prizes for each age category, under 10 and over 10. Send your printed prints to the usual 4kids postal address 4kids Location Photo Competition, 4kids, Galbally, Co Limerick. Why not enclose your picture when you send in your competition entry form on page 59 or email them to This is a national competition run across all 3 editions of 4kids (Dublin, Leinster and Munster) and on our website Normal 4kids competitions rules apply see page 57. Did you know? Glass can be recycled virtually forever. It never wears out.


Family Friendly Hotels 2010 Thanks again to our readers for telling us about hotels that they have experienced and would recommend to other families. We had praise from many of last years hotel winners because of the publicity they received after the awards were announced and we look forward to promoting this year’s list also. All the hotels have their unique features be it value for money, convenient location or entertainment for the family. Having been voted for by 4kids readers would mean they would fall into one or all of these categories as a family friendly hotel. All these hotels go that extra step to ensuring their younger guests are entertained by means of activities or kids clubs and we all know that if the kids are happy mum and dad will be happy too! Contact the individual hotels to find out what they have to offer and remember to tell them you saw them featured in the 4kids Hotel Awards.

The Gleneagle Hotel

Kelly's Resort Hotel & Spa

Killarney, Co Kerry 064 66 36000

Rosslare, Co Wexford

Hodson Bay Hotel Athlone, Co Westmeath

Breaffy House Hotel Quality Resort Killarney

Castlebar, Co Mayo 094 9044108

Killarney, Co Kerry 064 6626200

Quality Hotel & Leisure Clonakilty Clonakilty, Co Cork 023 88 36400

Bewley’s Hotel Newlands Cross Dublin

Falls Hotel Ennistymon, Co Clare 065 7071004

Dingle Skellig Hotel Dingle, Co Kerry 066 915 0200

Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort Co Kerry 064 6679300


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Malahide Castle & Fry Model Railway Malahide Castle has many delights – impressive architecture, fine art treasures, priceless antiques, daily tours, a Great Hall and Minstrels Gallery, a shop, a restaurant & café and a few ghosts! The Castle has a very fine collection of Irish 18th century period furniture and house part of the portrait collection from the National Gallery of Ireland. Located in the beautiful setting of 250 acres of parkland and also home to Children’s playground, Talbot Botanic Gardens and Tara’s Palace and Museum of Childhood. Adjacent to the Castle is the Fry Model Railway, this delightful collection is a treat for railway enthusiasts, children and adults alike. It is one of the world’s largest model railways. The exhibition is unique in that it is a working railway covering an area of 2,500 sq. ft. The beautifully engineered models are from a collection originally built up from the 1930s by Cyril Fry, a railway engineer and draughtsman, with each piece assembled with the finest attention to detail. 4kids has teamed up with them to give away a family ticket for Malahide Castle and the Fry Model Railway to one lucky winner. The Fry Model Railway is open April to September but the Castle is open daily. To be in with a chance of winning this great day out answer this simple question. How many acres of parkland surrounds Malahide Castle? For further details Malahide Castle Demesne, Malahide, Co Dublin, 01 8462184 and

Viking Splash Tours is a great way to see the sights of Dublin - both on land and water! Travelling on board our Amphibious World War II vehicles (DUKWs) you are taken on a spellbinding tour of Dublin. Tour lasts 75 minutes Frequent departures throughout the year.

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Viking Splash Tours, 18 Mill Street, Dublin 8 ( (01) 707 6000 The fun way to experience Dublin by land and on water!

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Supermarket Shopping In the last few years supermarket shopping in Ireland has been transformed by more competition. As families stuck in this ongoing recession all we want is good quality food at good prices. On the opposite page we have 10 top tips to help you get the most from your money while doing you weekly shop.

Family Friendly Supermarket In our awards survey this year we asked you what your favourite supermarket was. We were delighted with the response and here are the findings. Supermarket shopping has become a commercial battle in recent years with the arrival of low cost alternatives and the introduction of a new era of undercutting their rivals. This is all well and good as long as it means for Irish families good service, good quality, ethically sound, environmentally friendly and above all cheaper shopping experience. While all of the major food supermarkets featured in the 4kids reader’s nominations, it was Tesco Ireland who secured the most votes. Many readers commented on their shopping habits, notably those who shopped local and viewed their shopping as an essential social event where they are able to hear all the local news. We are always grateful to our readers for sharing their information and don’t forget to complete our Santa Survey which you can send back when entering our competitions on the entry form on page 59.


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Top 10 Shopping tips

1. Don’t be a loyal shopper – shop around. It is not really feasible to go to multiple supermarkets in one week but it is possible to alternate which one you go to each week and if you see a special offer of something you usually buy go there for that week and somewhere else the next. 2. Take advantage of offers - make the most of all the buy one get one free, 3 for 2, etc. Especially make use of these on non perishables. If it’s buy one get one free and you have no use for the second – do get it but don’t let it end up in the bin at home – give it to a friend who will make use of it or freeze it. 3. Buy in season – many fruit and veg travel more miles than most of us do on our annual holidays. We hear so much about food miles and are encouraged to buy locally grown food which is in season, hence will give you better value for money. This will also decrease your carbon food print with reduced air miles for your strawberries etc. 4. Try own brand - buy generic or no name brands where possible especially for staples such as flour, salt, etc. 5. Loyalty bonus – have a good look at customer loyalty bonus and see if they are really worthwhile and ensure you use them to your best advantage. For example Tesco Club Card points – don’t use them in store to buy your shopping, save them up and use them to exchange for days out vouchers where they are worth 4 times their face value. 6. Buy joints or whole birds - they are much better value and if the meat is fresh and has not been previously frozen you can freeze leftovers. 7. Look in your cupboard, fridge, freezer. If there is any food to use up there are a number of very good web sites to give you great ideas of how to use them. For example, if you list say three items that need using up they will provide you with a recipe e.g. 8. Remember homemade is often cheaper than convenience foods. You can always fall back on your frozen leftovers when you need to save time, for those moments when your children let slip that they need a costume for tomorrow. 9. Make a weekly meal planner then a shopping list, it stops you over buying. 10. The time you shop can make a big difference. Find out when your local shop starts marking goods down to get bargains and don’t shop when you are hungry.

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Websites 4kids Join Dennis & Gnasher and all the other characters from Beanotown. Lots of fun activities including a cool app to make your own Dennis & Gnasher comic strip ( If you have a webcam have a look at this site which is basically a car advert with some extra technology thrown in for good measures. The technology is called Augmented Reality and is becoming more popular in various forms including Top Trumps 3D cards. You will need to download the program and then print out 2 pictures to use, which works best if printed onto thin card ( Do your paper airplanes ever fly? Check out this site for a whole host of different shapes and sizes of paper airplanes. Give them the required paper size and it should keep them busy for a few hours! ( Read some books online with the collection of Aesop’s Fables. There are traditional and modern versions and some of them are made a bit more exciting by being animated. ( The biggest, the smallest, the fastest, the slowest The Guinness World Records website has them all for you to marvel over ( For the modern child colouring doesn't always involve a piece of paper. This is a nice site for some interactive online colouring as well as lots of other creative ideas and challenges ( And the last one for the kids is from Dr Seuss. Join the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2 in the Seussville Playground for some interactive fun centred around their wonderful timeless classics (

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Dublin on a budget Dublin is a lively city and you don't need to take out a bank loan to find things to entertain the kids during the long school summer holidays. We have here some ideas when you are lacking inspiration that won't break the bank and some are even actually free. Loose all those preconceptions of boring museums you may have since you were a child and check out the fab activities that some of Dublin's museums have - And it's all for free!! The National Museum run regular children's workshops and tours of the museum. Some need to be prebooked and some are turn up and join in. Also the National Gallery run a family programme with many free workshops and events. Get some culture into their lives while alleviating those boredom days! Dublin has some of the best services in the world when it comes to libraries - they are there for you to use, you have paid for them via your taxes etc so make use of them. And they are fab. Many libraries will be running reading schemes over the long holidays which will encourage the children to read a book and to revist the library a few times over the holiday. They are generally rewarded with certificates or stickers. There are also many regular craft session, story time and book clubs. Why not have a tour of our government buildings? Free tours take place every Saturday morning. Free tickets can be collected on the day from the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, from 10.00am. Tours take place every Saturday at 10.30, 11.30, 12.30 and 13.30 lasting approx 40 mins. Address: Governments Buildings, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2 Contact 01 645 8813 or 01 619 4116. The Botanic Gardens Glasnevin are located 3.5km north from the centre of Dublin, off Botanic Road. Go anlong for a stroll around the beautiful gardens or even a free Free Guided Tours for individuals which runs every Sunday at 12.00 pm and 2.30 pm. (Pre-booked Guided Tours available for groups. Cost: €2 per person.) The gardens are open during the Summer daily 9 am - 6 pm, A free film is also available for viewing anytime. National Botanic Gardens' Kilmacurragh Arboretum, in Kilbride, Co. Wicklow. Kilmacurragh Arboretum is located 3km from the N11 road south from Dublin, they also offer Daily guided tours, Meet in Car Park at noon or 3 pm. Take along a sketch book and get the kids to draw some of the fantastic flowers and plants in the gardens. Dublin SPCA in Mountfarnham is free. See their website for further details If the weather is good (or bad – just wrap up in the waterproofs and go for it) check out all the parks and gardens. Within the responsibility of just Dublin City Council are 41 Free recreational areas of varying sizes most suitable for a family stroll and 20 equipped with children playgrounds. One of these parks is the amazing Fr Collins park. Opened in 2009 the park is a modern spin on open ground with facilities for all ages of the family on the back drop of 4 wind turbines each of which towers over the 4 playing fields in the park – it's a park for the 21st century. Have you heard of Melodic Mayhem? If not see page 11 for details, it’s free. And finally, Phoenix Park, one of the worlds largest parks. A great place to go for a stroll or a bike ride – see the map on the following page for cycle routes. If you have any better ideas let us know by sending us an email 42

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Blue Flag Beaches Ireland is graced with some beautiful coastline and offers a choice of some of the finest unspoilt beaches in Europe. When travelling to the coast to spend a day on the beach with the family it is a good idea to head for a beach which has been certified with a blue flag. To obtain a Blue Flag status the beach has to have satisfied a number of stringent criteria. These include many things other than just clean bathing water. Each year the beach has to reapply for its flag and the lists are published in June. The following are beaches in Leinster which received a Blue Flag status in 2009.

Co Louth Port Lurganboy 4 miles north of the fishing village of Clogherhead Shellinghill/Templetown é From Dundalk you head north towards the Ballymascanlon roundabout – take the exit for Carlingford and Greenore Dublin Dollymount é Located north of the river Liffey and you can drive north out of the city up the coast road heading for Clontarf Co Wicklow Brittas Bay North Beach é & Brittas Bay South Beach were both independently given blue flag Status. Brittas Bay can be accessed by travelling north on the N11 from Arklow and taking the right hand turn at Jack White's Cross Roads Greystones This beach is a mix of pebble and sand and is located at the southern end of the town of Greystones. Co Wexford Courtown 6km south east of Gorey Curracloe é approximately 10km north east of Wexford Town Morriscastle 4 miles South of Cahore Point. It is claimed to be the longest beach in Ireland and is known locally as the ‘Golden Mile’. Rosslare Strand 12km from Wexford town

To find exact locations of the beaches see our website for a link to Marine Irish Digital Atlas (MIDA) with instructions on using their online Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI) maps and overlays For more information on blue flag beaches see


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Dublin Artzone 01 4990614 13B Cashel Business Centre, Cashel Road, Dublin 12 Fitzone 01 2893208 Westwood Gym, Leoparstown, Dublin 18 Fort Lucan Outdoor Adventureland 01 6280166 Westmanstown, Lucan, Co. Dublin Fun Galaxy 01 8401002 Airside Business Park, Swords, Co Dublin Giraffe's Play Centre 01 820 5526 Unit 212, Coolmine Industrial Estate, Consilla, Dublin 15 Hurly Burly 01 8645780 Unit 6 North Park, North Road, Finglas, Dublin 11 PJs Playcentre 01 8417767 Balbriggan, Co Dublin Rathcoole ENRG Playcentre 01 4019033 Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin Rattle & Roll Club 01 2842982 The Bodega Club, The Pavillion, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Tallaght Adventure World 01 4528460


Whitestown Business Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Co Kildare Little Joeys 045 856666 1st Floor, Naas Town Centre, Naas, Co Kildare The Fun Factory 045 988122 M7 Business Park, Newhall, Naas, Co Kildare The Playbarn 045 882670 Johnstown, Naas, Co Kildare Tricky Tricksters Magic Castle 045 409192 W11 Toughers Business Park, Newhall, Naas, Co Kildare

Co Meath Dino's Den 046 9093744 Unit 17, Mullaghboy Industrial Park, Athboy Road, Navan Jesters Play & Party 046 9075599 Navan Shopping Centre, Navan, Co Meath Puddenhill Activity Centre 01 8354444 Moorepark, Garristown, Co Meath

Co Wicklow Activity Alley 045 857700 Unit 1K, Blessington Business Park, Blessington, Co Wicklow Jungle Mania 01 2017730 Unit 18, Whitethorn Centre, Kilcoole, Co Wicklow Zoom Adventure Play 01 2016600 Charlesland Leisure & Recreation Park, Kilcoole Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow

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Dublin Dublin Butterfly House 01 8401285 Harap Farm, Magillstown, Swords, Dublin Dublin Zoo 01 4748900 Phoenix Park, Dublin 8 Newbridge House & Farm 01 8436534 Donabate, Co Dublin

Co Kildare Larchhill Garden & Rare Breeds Farm 01 6284580 Larchill, Kilcock, Co Kildare Straffan Butterfly Farm 01 6271109 Straffan, Co Kildare

Co Meath Causey Farm 046 9434135 Girley, Fordstown, Co Meath Causey Farm comes alive with a festive atmosphere - as we celebrate Christmas with all the traditional charm and magic you'd expect. The farm animals are in for the winter and the baby lambs will soon be born. We hear laughter and "wows" across the old farmyard - the time has come to celebrate and we do it in style here at Causey Farm. All the sheds have different Christmas-themed events and everyone moves from place to place to sample each new experience.

Red Mountain Open Farm 041 9823221 Corballis, Donore, Drogheda

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Woodfield Open Farm 049 8541270 Rahard, Carnaross, Co Meath

Chimney Viewing Tower Smithfield Village, Dublin 7 Clondalkin Round Tower Clondalkin, Dublin 22 Croke Park Experience Co Wicklow Glenroe Open Farm 01 8192300 Croke Park Stadium, Dublin 3 01 2872288 Custom House Kilcoole, Co Wicklow Custom House Quay, Dublin 1 Haydens Farm Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre 0404 34940 Killaveney, Tinaheley, Co 01 2858366 Wicklow Castle Street, Dalkey, Co. Dublin Tick Tock Activity Farm Dalkey Island 0402 33624 Dalkey, Co Dublin Thomastown, Arklow, Co Drimnagh Castle Wicklow Long Mile Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12 Attractions Dublin Castle テ(teanna Suimiテコil 01 6458813 Palace Street, Off Dame Street, Dublin 2 Dublin Dublin Ghostbus Airfield Trust 01 7033028 59 Upper O'Connell Street, 01 2984301 Dublin 2 Upper Kilmacud Road, Dundrum, Dublin S.P.C.A Education Dublin 14 Service Aras An Uachtarain Mouth Venus Road, 01 6171000 Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 Phoenix Park, Dublin 8 Dublin Sea Tours Artworks Cafテゥ 01 4925919 01 8284000 Poolbeg Marina, Dublin 2 The Stables, Strand Road, Dublin Sea Tours Portmarnock, Co. Dublin Bram Stoker Dracula 01 4925919 Experience Dun Laoghaire East Pier, South www.bramstokerdraculaexperien Co Dublin Dublin Zoo 01 8057824 Bar Code, Westwood Club, 01 4748900 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3 Phoenix Park, Dublin 8 Broadstone Studios XL Dublinia & the Medieval Viking World 01 8301428 Hendron Building, 36-40 Upper 01 6794611 Dominick Street, Dublin 7 St Michaels Hil, Christchurch, Bull Island Dublin 8 01 8338341 General Post Office(GPO) North Bull Wall, Dublin 3 O'Connell Street, Dublin 1 Chester Beatty Library Government Buildings Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2 01 4070750 Guinness Storehouse Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

the Pacific Ocean.

01 4084800 St James's Gate, Dublin 8 Howth Harbour Harbour Road, Howth, Dublin 13 Imaginosity 01 217 6130 The Plaza, Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford, Dublin 18 Ireland's Eye 01 8734222 Co. Dublin Irish Famine Memorial Dublin City Centre, Dublin Lusk Heritage Centre 01 8437683 Lusk, Co Dublin National Botanic Gardens 01 8040300 Glasnevin, Dublin 9 Newbridge House & Farm 01 8436534 Donabate, Co Dublin North Bull Island Bull island, Dollymount, Dubin 5 Old Jameson Distillery 01 8072355 Bow Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7 Pearse Museum & St Enda's Park 01 4934208 St Enda's Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 Phoenix Park Visitor Centre 01 6770095 Phoenix Park, Co Dublin RDS 01 6680866 Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 Skerries Mills 01 8495208 Skerries, Co Dublin St Audoen's Church 01 677088 Cornmarket High Street, Dublin 8 St Mary's Abbey 01 8721290 Mary's Abbey St, Meetinghouse Lane, Dublin 1 St Stephens Green Dublin Tailors Hall 01 4541786 Back Lane, Dublin 8


The Ark 01 6707788 11a Eustece Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 The Chocolate Warehouse 01 450 0080 Greenhills, Walkinstown, Co Dublin The Dolls Store Hospital and Teddy Bear Repair Clinic 62 South Great George's Street, Dublin The Irish House Party 01 6643625 Lansdowne Hotel, 27 Pembroke Rd, Ballsbridge, Co Dublin Trinity College Dublin 01 8961000 College Green, Dublin 2 Trinity College Library 01 896 1661 College Street, Dublin 2 Wicklow Mountains National Park 0404 45800 National Parks & Wildlife Service, 7 Ely Place, Dublin 2

Co Kildare Ardkill Farm and Bog 0405 403009 Ardkill Farm, Carbury, Co Kildare Athy Heritage Centre 059 8633075 Emily Square, Athy, Co Kildare Ballindoolin House & Gardens 046 9731430 Carbury, Co Kildare Crookstown Mill & Heritage Centre 059 8623248 Ballytore, Co Kildare Donadea Forest Park 045 869151 Donadea, Co Kildare Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens 045 521617


Tully, Kildare Kildare Historic Town Guided Walking Tour 045 530672 Tourist Office, Market Town, Kidlare Kildare Town Heritage Centre 045 530672 Market House, Market Town, Kildare Kilteel Castle 045 521240 Kilteel, Naas, Co Kildare Lodge Park Walled Gardens 01 6273155 Straffan, Co Kildare Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park 045 870238 Lullymore, Rathangan, Co Kildare Maynooth Castle 01 6286744 Maynooth, Co Kildare Morell Farm 01 6288636 Turnings, Straffan, Co Kildare Peatland World Museum 045 860193 Lullymore, Rathangan, Co Kildare Riverbank Arts Centre 045 448333 Main Street, Newbridge, Co Kildare Saoirse ar an Uisce 045 529410 Main Street, Monasterevin, Co Kildare St Fiachras Garden 045 532627 Tully, Kildare, Co Kildare The Maze in the Maize 01 6287354 Larchill, Kilcock, Maynooth, Co Kildare

Co Meath Athlumney Castle 041 9880305 Kentstown Road, Athlumney, Co Meath Battle of the Boyne 041 9809950 Oldbridge, Drogheda, Co Meath Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre 041 9880300 Donore, Co Meath Donaghmore Round Tower 041 9880305 Newgrange Tourist Office, Bru na Boine, Co Meath Dowth 041 9880305 Donore, Co Meath Dunsaney Castle 046 9026202 Dunsany, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath Glebelands & Glebewood Gardens 01 8256015 Ratoath, Co Meath Hill of Tara 046 9025903 Navan, Co Meath Kells High Crosses 041 9880305 Kells, Co Meath Lloyd Park & Tower 046 9240064 Kells, Co Meath Newgrange National Monument 041 9884026 Newgrange, Co Meath Saint Patricks Cathedral 046 9436698 Ioman Street, Trim, Meath Sonairte The National Ecology Centre 041 9827572 The Ninch, Laytown, Co Meath Trim Visitor Centre 046 9437227 Castle Street, Trim, Co Meath

Co Wicklow Bray Heritage Centre 01 2867128 Main Street, Bray, Co Wicklow Glendalough Visitor Centre 0404 45352

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Glendalough, Co Wicklow Glendruid 0404 45616 Annamore, Co Wicklow Greenan Farm, Museum & Maze 0404 46000 Ballinanty, Greenan, Co Wicklow Joyces House Bray 01 2868407 1 Martello Terrace, Bray, Co Wicklow Kilmacurragh 0404 48844 Kilbride, Co Wicklow Mermaid Arts Centre 01 27240303 Main Street, Bray National Sealife Centre 01 2866939 Strand Road, Bray, Co Wicklow Parnell National Memorial Park 0404 46262 Rathdrum, Co Wicklow Powerscourt 01 2046000 Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow The Mottee Stone 0404 69117 Avoca, Co Wicklow Wicklow Mountains National Park 0404 45656 The Education Centre, Glendalough, Co Wicklow Wicklows Historical Gael 0404 61599 Kilmantan Hill, Wicklow

Bowling Bollaí Dublin ALSAA Bowling 01 8863900 Dublin Airport, Co. Dublin Leisureplex 01 8485722 Malahide Road, Coolock, Co. Dublin

Leisureplex 01 8223030 Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 Leisureplex 01 2881656 81 Lower Kilmacud Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Leisureplex 01 4599411 Village Green Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24 Palmerstown SC 01 6260700 Palmerstown, Dublin 20

Co Wicklow Bray Leisure Bowl 01 2864455 Quinnsboro Road, Bray, Co Wicklow Diamond bowl & Kidzone 0404 65222 Dublin Road, Wicklow

Cinema Eolaire Pictiúrlann

Ormonde Cinemas 01 7074100 Stillorgan, Co. Dublin Savoy Cinema 0818 776776 O'Connell Street, Dublin 2 Screen Cinema 01 6725500 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2 Ster Century Multiplex 01 6055700 Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Dublin 22 U.C.I. 01 84585133 Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin 17 U.C.I. 01 8128383 Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin U.C.I. 01 4598400 Tallaght, Co. Dublin UGC Cinemas 01 8728444 Parnell Street, Dublin 1 United Cinemas International 01 4522611 Level 3, The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Co Kildare Storm Cinema 045 874653 Dublin Road, Naas, Co Kildare

Dublin Cineworld Cinema 0818 304204 Parnell Street, Dublin 1 IMC Dun Laoghaire 01 2301399 Lr Georges Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Movies@Dundrum 01 2916802 Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Co. Dublin Movies@Swords 1520 880333 Pavillion Shopping Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin Omniplex Santry 0818 719719 Old Airport Road, Santry, Co. Dublin

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Co Meath Diamond Cinema 046 9074755 The Shopping Centre, Navan, Co Meath Omniplex 0818 719719 Drogheda, Co Meath

Co Wicklow Gaiety Cinema 0402 41016 Bridgewater Shopping Centre, North Quay, Arklow, Co Wicklow Remember to tell them you saw them in the 4kids guide


Inchicore Road, Dublin 8 Leinster House Músaem agus Gailearaí ealaíne 01 6183000 Kidlare Street, Dublin 2 Leprechaun Museum Twilfit House, 1 Jervis Street, Dublin Malahide Castle 01 846 2184 Dublin Malahide, Co Dublin National History Museum Bewleys Museum Merrion Square West, Dublin 2 78/79 grafton Street, Dublin 2 National Gallery Dublin City Gallery 01 6615133 01 222 5550 Merrion Square West, Dublin 2 The Hugh Lane, Charlemont National Library of Ireland House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1 01 6030200 Dublin City Hall Kildare Street, Dublin 2 The Story of the Capital Exhibition, Dame Street, Dublin 2 National Maritime Museum 01 2800969 Dublin Writer's Museum The Mariners Church, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire 01 8722077 National Museum of Ireland 18 Parnell Square Nth, Dublin 1 Dunsink Observatory 01 6777444 01 8387959 Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, School of Cosmin Physics, Dunsink Lane, Castleknock, Co. Dublin 7 National Print Museum Dublin 01 6603770 Four Courts Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush 01 8725555 Barracks, Haddington Road, Arran Quay, Dublin 1 Dublin 4 Fry Model Railway National Transport Museum 01 8463779 01 8320427 Malahide Castle Demense, Howth Castle Demense, Howth, Malahide, Co. Dublin Co. Dublin GAA Museum - Croke Park National Wax Museum 01 8726340 01 8363222 Smithfield Village, Dublin 7 Croke Park, Dublin 3 Number Twenty Nine Howth Castle Howth, Dublin 13 01 702 6165 Irish Museum of Modern Art 29 Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2 01 6129900 Powerscourt Townhouse Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Centre Dublin 8 James Joyce Museum South William Street, Dublin 2 Railway Preservation Society 01 2809265 of Ireland Joyce Tower, Sandycove, Co. Dublin 01 280 9147 Kilmainham Gaol c/o Ashgrove House, Kill Avenue, 01 4535984

Museum and Art Galleries


Dun Laoghaire Rathfarnham Castle 01 4939462 Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 Shaw Birthplace 01 4750854 33 Synge Street, Dublin 8 St Michan's Church 01 8724154 Church Street, Dublin 8 St Patricks Cathedral 01 475 4817 St Patricks Close, Dublin 8 Ye Olde Hurdy-Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio 086 8154189 Martello Tower, Howth, Dublin North, Co. Dublin

Co Kildare Straffan Steam Museum 01 6273155 Straffan, Co Kildare

Co Meath Francis Ledwidge Museum 041 9824544 Janeville, Slane, Co Meath Solstice Arts Centre 046 9092300 Railway Street, Navan, Co Meath

Co Wicklow Agricultural Heritage Display Centre 01 2862423 Coolakay House, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow Altidore Castle 01 2819186 Kilpedder, Greystones, Co Wicklow Arklow Maritime Museum 0402 32868 St Marys Road, Arklow, Co Wicklow Dwyer McAllister Cottage 0404 45325 Dunlarin, Co Wicklow Knockananna Museum

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059 6471546 Knockananna, Arklow, Co Wicklow Russborough House 045 865239 Blessington, Co Wicklow

Outdoor Activities Gníomhaíochtai faoin aer

Dublin Corkagh Park Fishery 01 4592622 Camac Valley, Naas Road, Clondalking, Dublin 22 Dublin 086 8259835 Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Fingal Sailing School 01 8451979 Malahide, Dublin Group B Karting 01 8354444 Garristown, Co. Dublin Irish National Sailing School 01 2844195 West Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Kart City Ltd 01 8426322 Old Airport Road, Dublin 9 kick Ass Karts Ltd 01 2069039 Stepaside Park, Dublin 18 Kylemore Karting 01 6261444 Kileen Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 Phoenix Park Bike Hire 086 2656258 Gate Lodge, Chesterfield Avenue, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8 We offer a very simple but professional bike hire & rental service. We have a range from kiddies bikes to ladies mountain bikes, hybrids, tag-alongs, baby seat, baby carriers, all the way to carbon fibre racing bikes (for the more hard care of you out there). A great way to see Dublin or to spend that day around Phoenix Park.

Shearwater Sea Kayaking 086 8368736 13 Shenick Grove, Skerries, Co. Dublin Surfdock Watersports 01 6683945 Sth Dock Road, Ringsend, Dublin 4 The Paddocks 01 2954278 Woodside Road, Stepaside, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Co Kildare Abbeyfield Equestrian & Outdoor Activity Centre 045 868188 Richardstown, Clane, Co Kildare Abbeyfield Equestrian Centre 045 868188 Richardstown, Abbeyfield, Co Kildare Coilog Eventing 045 860842 Coilog House, Crosspatrick, Kilmeague, Naas Hazelbrook Equestrian Centre Ballinagappa Road, Athy, Co Kildare Kill International Equestrian Centre 045 877333 Kill, Co Kildare

Co Meath Broadmeadow Equestrian Centre 01 8351633 Bullstown, Ashbourne, Co Meath Kells Equestrian Centre 046 9246998 Normanstown, Carlonstown, Kells, Co Meath Moy Riding Centre 095 57575 Summerhill, Co Meath Puddenhill Activity Centre 01 8354444 Moorepark, Garristown, Co

Meath Royal Meath Equestrian Centre 046 9061555 Smithstown House, Drumree, Co Meath

Co Wicklow Avondale House & Forest Park 0404 46111 Rathdrum, Co Wicklow Blessington Lakes 0404 69117 Blessington, Co Wicklow National Garden Exhibition Centre 01 2819890 Kilquade, Co Wicklow Sally Gap 0404 69117 Co Wicklow Victorias Way 01 2818505 Roundwood, Co Wicklow Wicklow Mountains National Park 0404 45425 Upper Lane, Glendalough, Co Wicklow

Sports Centres Ionad Spórt Dublin ALSAA Bowling 01 8863900 Dublin Airport, Co. Dublin Astropark Coolock 01 8060088 Coolock Lane, Coolock, Dublin 17 Astropark Tallaght 01 4599822 Greenhills Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24 Ballymun Leisure Centre inc swimming 01 862 3510 Ballymun Leisure Centre, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 11 Cabra Parkside no swimming 01 222 7551

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Community Sports Centre, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7 Clondalkin Sports and Leisure Centre 01 4574858 Nangor Rd., Clondalkin, Co. Dublin Coolock Swimming Pool 01 8477743 Northside Shopping Centre, Coolock, Dublin 17 Crumlin Swimming Pool 01 4555792 Pearse Park, Windmill Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12 Donora Avenue Youth & Community Centre no swimming 01 222 7862 Donore Avenue, Dublin 8 Dundrum Family Recreation Centre no swimming 01 298 4654 Meadowbrook, Dundrum, Dublin 16 Finglas Leisure Centre inc swimming 01 864 2584 Mellowes Rd, Finglas, Dublin 11 Fun Fitness 01 2998080 Blackglen Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18 Glenalbyn Swimming Pool only swimming 01 288 1678 Glenalbyn, Stillorgan, Dublin Irish town Stadium no swimming 01 6697211 Irishtown, Dublin 4 Leisureplex 01 2881656 81 Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan Road, Dublin Loughlinstown Leisure Centre 01 282 3344 Loughlinstown Drive, Dun Laoghaire LQX Laserdome 01 8550908 North Strand, Dublin 3 Markievicz Swimming Pool inc swimming 01 6729121 Townsend Street, Dublin 2


Monkstown Pool & Fitness Centre 01 230 1458 Monkstown Avenue, Monkstown, Co. Dublin National Aquatic Centre 01 6464300 Snugborough Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 Sean MacDermott Street Swimming Pool 01 872 0752 Sean Macdermott St, Dublin 1 St Catherine's Community Sports Centre no swimming 01 2227541 Marrowbone Lane, Dublin 8 Superdome 01 6260700 Kennelsfort Road, Palmerstown, Dublin 20 Westwood Club 01 8530353 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3 Westwood Club 01 2695764 1a St Johns Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4 Westwood Club 01 2893208 Leopardstown Race Course, Dublin 18

Co Kildare Athy Swimming Pool 059 8631524 Athy, Co Kildare Mini Golf 045 409998 Unit W9G, Tougher Business Park, Naas, Co Kildare Naas Swimming Pool 045 876119 Naas, Co Kildare Newbridge Sports Centre 045 434097 Newbridge, Co Kildare

Co Meath Adventure Diving Ltd 041 9887900 Bettystown Hse, Bettystown, Co Meath

Aura Leisure Link 046 9079950 Windtown Road, Navan, Co Meath Kells Swimming Pool 046 9240551 Navan Road, Kells, Co Meath Trim Swimming Pool 046 9431140 Watergate Street, Trim, Co Meath

Co Wicklow Annamoe Trout Farm & Leisure Park 0404 45470 Annamoew, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow Blessington Adventure Centre 045 900670 Burgage, Blessington, Co Wicklow Bray Leisure Bowl 01 2864455 Quinnsboro Road, Bray, Co Wicklow Charlesland Sport & Recreation Centre 01 2016145 Greystones, Co Wicklow Coral Leisure Arklow 0402 31046 Seaview Avenue, Ferrybank, Arklow, Co Wicklow Coral Swimming Pool & Leisure Centre 0404 66631 Station Road, Wicklow Diamond bowl & Kidzone 0404 65222 Dublin Road, Wicklow Kippure Adventure & Education Centre 01 4582889 Manor Kilbridge, Blessington, Co Wicklow Lough Dan Adventure Centre 01 2818137 Lough Dan, Roundwood, Bray, Co Wicklow Star Leisure 01 3863540 Seafront, Bray, Co Wicklow

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Theatres Iamharclann

Dublin Abbey Theatre 01 8787222 26 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1 Ambassador Theatre 01 6486060 165 Parnell Street, Dublin 1 Bewleys CafĂŠ Theatre 086 8784001 78/79 grafton Street, Dublin 2 Civic Theatre 01 4627477 Tallaght, Dublin 24 Draoicht 01 8852610 The Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 Gaiety Theatre 01 679 5622 South King Street, (Off top Grafton Street), Dublin 2 Grand Canal Theatre Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2 Helix 01 7007000 DCU, Collins Avnue, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 Lambert Puppet Theatre 01 2800974 Clifton Lane, Monkstown, Co Dublin National Concert Hall 01 417 0777 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

are sold each second.

Olympia Theatre 01 6793323 72 Dame Street, Dublin 2 The Independent Theatre Workshop 01 4968808 Ranelagh, Dublin 6 The New Theatre 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Co Kildare Riverbank Arts Studio 045 448333 Newbridge, Co Kildare

Co Wicklow Mermaid Arts Centre 01 2724301 Main Street, Bray, Co Wicklow

Transport Iompar

Dublin City Sightseeing 01 605 7705 Dublin Tourism Centre, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 City Tour Hop on Hop off 01 7033028 59 Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1 Gray Line Tours 01 6057705 Desk 1, Dublin Tourism Centre, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 Irish Cycling Safaris 01 260 0749

Belfield Bike Shop, University College Dublin, Dublin 4 Liffey River Cruises 01 4734082 The Boardwalk, Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1 North Coast Castle Tour Dublin Bus, 59 Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1 Phoenix Park Bike Hire 086 2656258 Gate Lodge, Chesterfield Avenue, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8 We offer a very simple but professional bike hire & rental service. We have a range from kiddies bikes to ladies mountain bikes, hybrids, tag-alongs, baby seat, baby carriers, all the way to carbon fibre racing bikes (for the more hard care of you out there). A great way to see Dublin or to spend that day around Phoenix Park. Royal Breffini Activity Tours Ltd 01 8372159 215 Swords Road, Dublin 9 Sea Safari 01 8061626 Malahide Marina, Malahide, Co. Dublin South Coast & Garden Tours 01 8734222 Dublin Bus, 59 upper O'Connell St, Dublin 2 Viking Splash tours 01 707 6000 64-65 Patrick Street, Dublin 8

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Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 (01) 222 2222 Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin (01) 2054700 Fingal County Council County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co Dublin (01) 8905000 South Dublin County Council County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (01) 4149000

Hospitals Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24 Beaumont Hospital, PO Box 1297, Beaumont Road, Dublin 9 Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 Coombe Women’s Hospital, Dolphin’s Barn, Dublin 8 Crumlin Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Eccles Street, Dublin 7 National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin 2 Rotunda Hospital, Parnell Street, Dublin 1 Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Adelaide Road, Dublin 2 St. Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown, Co Dublin St. James’s Hospital, James’s Street, Dublin 8 St. Michael’s Hospital, Lower George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire St. Vincents University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4 The Friends of St. Luke’s Hospital, Highfield Rd, Rathgar Naas General Hospital, Naas, Co Kildare Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan, Co Meath


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Fry Model Railway VOUCHER

Nore Valley Park VOUCHER

Malahide Castle VOUCHER


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2 for 1

Fry Model Railway Malahide Castle, Demesne, Malahide, Co Dublin 01 8463779 Email Please check in advance for opening hours

This VOUCHER entitles 4kids readers to 2 for 1 on admission Fry Model Railway Terms & Conditions: Each customer allowed to use voucher once only. Photocopies not accepted. This voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Fry Model Railway reserves the right to refuse admission. Expires 30 September 2010. Offer code: 4kidsS10D

1 free entry for every 3 paying guests

Nore Valley Park Activity Centre and Open Farm Bennettsbridge Co Kilkenny ( 056 7727229 Open 1st March to 31st October, Closed Sundays

This VOUCHER entitles 4kids readers to 1 person FREE entry for every 3 paying visitors Terms & Conditions: Each customer allowed to use voucher once only. Photocopies not accepted. This voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Nore Valley Park reserves the right to refuse admission. Expires October 2010. Offer code: 4kidsS10D

2 for 1

Malahide Castle Malahide, Co Dublin 01 846 2184

This VOUCHER entitles 4kids readers to 2 for 1 on admission to Malahide Castle Terms & Conditions: one voucher per family. Photocopies not accepted. This voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Malahide Castle reserves the right to refuse admission. Expires 30 September 2010. Offer code: 4kidsS10D

€10 off


0877 765700 Direct delivery from our warehouse in Limerick

This VOUCHER entitles 4kids readers to €10 off the price of a Treepee Terms & Conditions: Each customer allowed to use voucher once only. Photocopies not accepted. This voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Expires October 2010. Subject to stock and colour availability. Offer code: 4kidsS10D

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4kids Dublin Summer 2010  

A free guide for families, which a directory of places to go and things to do.Includes articles, vouchers, walks and much more.

4kids Dublin Summer 2010  

A free guide for families, which a directory of places to go and things to do.Includes articles, vouchers, walks and much more.