Places to visit with your children
There are lots of interesting places for you to visit with your children all over the Northern Ireland – some free of charge. Even museums and libraries these days provide interactive exhibitions and interesting things to do. Find out what’s on offer in your area.
There are a number of open farms spread across Northern Ireland. They offer a great chance for children to see - and often play with and feed - newborn animals like lambs or piglets. Children can also see tractors in action, and learn about how food is grown.
Find an open farm near you on the Discover Northern Ireland website.
Days out at the beach, in the country, or visiting heritage sites, can be affordable and enjoyable for both adults and children. Trips to amusement parks and adventure playgrounds are another option.
- Things to see & do in Northern Ireland - Discover Northern Ireland website
- National Trust Northern Ireland website
Libraries offer a huge range of mostly free services you probably wouldn't expect - from internet access to magazines, newspapers and even dvds. And of course you can still borrow books.
Internet access is available in every public library so children can get online whenever they like. And there's no need to worry about what sites they might be visiting as parental controls are in place. Find out more on the Libraries NI website.
Museums and galleries
From dinosaurs to space rockets, local history to modern art, there's something for everyone at the museums and galleries across the country.
In addition to their featured exhibitions, museums and galleries often hold special workshops, activities and events. These are often aimed at children and are usually arranged to coincide with the school holidays.
If you don't want to travel far, children can always take an online tour of a virtual exhibition. Details of these feature on the 'Show me' website - provided by the 24 Hour Museum.
For children aged 4 to 11, it is an exciting collection of games and interactive content, designed to encourage children to visit museums and galleries.
There is also a dedicated section for parents and carers, offering ideas to help you encourage your child's interest in the country's cultural heritage.
Many BBC TV and radio stations, especially regional ones, offer guided tours free of charge. The tour of BBC, Broadcasting House, will provide children with a unique opportunity to take a look "behind the scenes" at BBC Northern Ireland.
Childcare in the holidays
For working parents, childcare during the holidays can be a problem. Many families get a hand from grandparents and other relatives, while others arrange holiday childcare or book children in for summer activity programmes.