The Connacht Hotel


Mid-Term Family Activities

If you're looking for a safe, fun place for wound-up children to get out of the house and burn off some energy, this midterm then we have the answer for you. Join us in The Connacht Hotel one of Galway’s most loved family friendly hotels. We have everything that you need for a family break away here in the hotel and Galway has lost to see and do this midterm where kids can belt around to their heart's content without breaking anything, and come home wiped out. If it's a soft day and you're looking for somewhere to shelter indoors with the kids, check this list of rainy day play options in Galway. Not all activities are suitable for all ages, so be sure to request something that fits your family when booking.

Set upon 20 acres of mature woodland in Moycullen, Co Galway it is one of the countries leading adventure offerings, with exciting activities for customers of all ages. The show piece outdoor activity is the zip 'n' trek course and tower, which the owners say was constructed last year by Swiss-based world leaders in the design of high line zip courses, Altus. "The finished product is up there with the best zip lining and aerial trekking courses in Ireland, standing 14 metres high with 10 zip lines and four circuits of varying levels of difficultly.
"A stand alone zip ‘n’ trek junior course for the mini Tarzan and Janes is sure to be a hit, along with the eye-catching fun walls indoor climbing arena, which, built by the renowned manufacturer Walltopia, is a first of its kind in the west."

The Enchanted Forest is set in the Kylebrack Woods, near the Slieve Aughty Centre in Loughrea. It's a magical place in a fairy forest, with hidden groves of native trees, a flowing stream, and lots of secrets to be discovered! Find fairy doors, gnome-homes, and maybe discover some of the animals that live there too.

On visiting, each child receives an Enchanted Forest Pack which includes a forest map, wishing tree hanger and fairy dust. For children ages 5 and up, you can book a pony ride to the gates for an added €10 per child. Afterward, it's just a short stroll to the Three Towers and Eco Kitchen at the Slieve Aughty Centre for food and re-fueling before heading home.

The Burren Nature Sanctuary in Kinvara is an interactive centre where you can explore the natural history and beauty of the Burren. Take on the Burren Challenge zip-line, or monkey around on the adventure playground. Afterwards, take the 1K Nature Trail, a gentle loop walk where you can feed the sheep, goats and Emilia the mini-pig! Their Botany Bubble also offers a fun and educational opportunity to learn about the Burren's unique flora. When everyone is tuckered out, the Sanctuary Café offers delicious, wholesome food.

The award-winning Celtic gardens in Roscahill encourage visitors to get outside, learn, and explore the natural magic of the place. Each garden is themed around the seasonal Celtic festivals, surrounded by eleven acres of native woodland and wildflower meadows. Explore nature trails, ogham trees and a children's discovery trail, including a live willow play area, an ancient ring fort, medieval roundhouse, and Ireland's largest calendar sundial. Afterward, head to the Garden Café for tea and treats!

Lots of hands-on fun awaits at Turoe Pet Farm in Loughrea. They have a huge inflatable city to play on, a soft play area for climbing, bouncing, and jumping. Of course, the main attractions are outdoors, where families can explore the pet farm! Feed and pet the goats, llamas and other farmyard friends, and snuggle the local bunny rabbits. Have a picnic at the outdoor picnic area, or take a stroll on the fully-accessible nature trail.

For slightly older kids, Pallas Karting in Tynagh, Galway between Loughrea and Portumna promises a fun afternoon of competition and adrenaline! Children ten and up can hit the 500m outdoor track, and anyone over 16 is welcome to the enormous 1500m track. They also offer paintball for adults and splatball, which is a slightly less intense option perfect for those ages ten and up.

Soft play centres are always a great option to while away a couple of hours, and a handy way of getting the kids to tire themselves out at the same time! Kidsplace is one of our favourites. Located in Briarhill, with loads of parking and great coffee, they have a 500m2 indoor play centre which will provide hours of entertainment for your little ones and hopefully give you a break for a short while.

Eile Mental Activity Park in Furbo is Ireland’s newest activity park, with offers of Archery, Disc Golf, Zorbing and Paintballing. It’s the perfect spot to get the kids using up all that excess energy and having huge amounts of craic all at the same time. Great as something different for your kid’s birthday party as well!!

Loughwell Farm Park, Moycullen has long been a favourite with families in Galway. Great whatever the weather it’s packed full of fantastic activities for children. With a huge 12,000 square feet of indoor entertainment including a mega indoor play structure, skittle lanes, an indoor construction area and an indoor didi car track (our personal favourite)! There is loads of outdoor fun to be had as well; kids can play in the huge timber covered sand pit, take a ride on the pony and trap, score goals in the fantastic new penalty shoot out area and go for a spin around the farm on the very cool barrel train!!

If you're into planning ahead, book the family in for a morning or afternoon activity in Connemara! Killary Adventure Co. offer mud-running, mini waterparks, archery, laser combat and lots of outdoor fun.

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