Five Ways To Entertain The Kids Around Tralee This Summer

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THE holidays are here!

Yes, school’s out for summer with all primaries finishing up by today, so what in the name of God are you going to do with the kids for the next two months?

With most youngsters possessing the energy of the Duracell Bunny after necking Ecstasy with a litre of coke, it can be tough finding things to do to keep them entertained

Dermot Crean has a few suggestions…

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The Tralee Wetlands is a great place to take the kids.

1. Take them to the WetlandsLet them run around, look at the ducks and swans, take a pedalo out and if they start fighting with each other jut threaten to throw them into the lake. Kidding

It’s a great facility and t’s right here in the town. Click here for more.

2. Run/swim them ragged at The Playdium/Bowling Buddies/Aqua Dome

These places are a godsend, especially on a rainy day which happens a bit during our summers in case you haven’t noticed.

Yes, you have to pay to get in but it’s worth it to let them off on the many slides, mini go-carts (Playdium only), climbing areas and bowling alleys (Bowling Buddies only) for a few hours. You can sit down and relax too with a coffee to re-energise yourself. For info click here for The Playdium  here for Bowling Buddies and here for the Aqua Dome.

3. Summer Camps

Right, there’s loads of them going on in July. The GAA clubs run Cúl Camps, soccer clubs also have special schools going on while sports centres, music schools, stage schools, pre-schools, just about everywhere has a week-long event.

Why not take them somewhere different every week? You’ll have an all-singing, all-dancing Messi/Gooch by the start of August.

Suits_select_ad 24. Festival hopping

No, we’re not talking about taking them to Glastonbury, Longitude or Electric Picnic.

There’s a summer festival going on in every town and village in Kerry over the next two months. They all cater for families and some go on during the week as well as weekends.

There’s the Kilflynn Enchanted Fairy Festival this weekend while the Ballyheigue Summer Festival starts on Sunday July 6 and it’s on for a week! That’s just two and there’s loads more until the big one in mid-August…and I’m not talking about Puck!

5. Sample the fresh air.

If it’s dry that means you can go outside. It doesn’t have to be sunny to go to the beach, on a hike, to the Town Park, for a cycle, anywhere.

The summers define our childhoods and wouldn’t it be great that their lasting memories of 2014 were of fun times spent outside with their beloved family.

Anyway, the fresh air tires the little monsters out, they’ll get to sleep quicker and you can have a well-earned glass of wine/beer. Simples…

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