55 Things To Do This Summer

Did you know there are 55 days left until September? (not that I’m counting!!)

We’re one week into the summer holidays and how many of you are already dealing with fed-up and bored children?

If you’re tearing out your hair trying to think of things to keep your precious little people entertained, Mumbreakable has put together a list of 55 different activities that will hopefully get you, and your children, through the rest of the summer with your sanity intact.

LIGHTWORK NI, located in Antrim, provides Light Up Kids workshops which have been created by an educational psychologist, child trauma specialist, teacher and children’s group facilitator.

They are running a number of summer camps throughout August, which include a daily emotional resilience workshop, playtime, and taster sessions in mindfulness, drama, arts and crafts, music and singing, cookery and creative writing.

The workshops give children an opportunity to learn to understand and manage big emotions like anxiety and worry, fear and sadness.

For more information, log on to www.lightworkni.org.

SI SI SPANISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL is running a summer scheme programme at a number of locations.

It is the ultimate experience in language learning and cultural awareness for fun-loving children.

It is best suited to little linguists who enjoy learning Spanish in a structured, interactive, play-based environment with fun activities to suit everyone.

Classes are available to children from three to 10-years-old and take place in Lisburn, Bangor and east Belfast, and classes are indoors and outdoors at all locations.

For more information, log on to www.sisispanish.co.uk.

KELLYS ROLLER SKATING is hosting a number of fabulous roller-skating sessions at locations around Northern Ireland this summer.

Dancing, skating and laughing are all part of the events and there are a number of open sessions throughout July and August.

They are the perfect way to get your little ones to burn off some of those beans, while having fun at the same time.

For more information, and to find out where they are appearing in the coming months, log on to www.kellysrollerskating.co.uk.

EASTSIDE ARTS FESTIVAL in east Belfast is hosting plenty of family friendly activities.

Travel to Narnia with Mr Tumnus and Translink, listen to three beardy men play music just for babies in Baby Daddy, meet books and bears at Connswater Shopping Centre, join in all things creative at the FunKademy or check out Drag Queen Story Time at Holywood Arches Library.

For more information and the festival schedule, log on to www.eastsidepartnership.com.

ROE VALLEY NATURE KIDS, situated in Limavady, is running a summer children’s programme.

If you struggle to get your children away from the iPad, then this might be the perfect solution.

Classes take place outdoors and will help build observation skills, problem solving and confidence through activities like building dens and following nature trails for children in primary four to seven.

For more information, visit the Roe Valley Nature Kids Facebook page.

FAMILY COOKERY SESSION at Belfast Cookery School is running a class for adults to attend with a child, over the age of 12.

Start your family culinary experience by preparing together a plum and roast red pepper soup which you will serve and enjoy with a light a fresh garlic bruschetta.

Continue this relaxed and informative session by learning how to make a family favourite from scratch to a restaurant standard.

Have fun creating a marvellous and wholesome tagliatelle made with wild mushrooms and chicken, served in a beautifully balanced rich parmesan sauce.

Finish off your day with a special treat which you can have fun creating and indulging with at home – a gooey chocolate fondant served with vanilla ice cream.

Log on to www.belfastcookeryschool.com for more information.

BUTTERFLY SAFARIS will take place at Portstewart Strand on July 20.

There will be fun for the whole family as the rangers take participants on the hunt to catch and identify the dunes’ fluttering residents.

Nets are provided and the event costs £2 for adults and £1 for children.

Booking is essential by ringing 028 7083 6396.

QUALITY TIME in Banbridge is a unique facility that caters for children from 12-months to eight-years-old.

It is not a soft play centre, but instead it provides themed resources for imaginative, educational and sensory play.

Booking is advised as places per session are limited.

More information is available by logging on to www.qualitytimeni.com.

DALRIADA FESTIVAL is one of Northern Ireland’s biggest family festivals of music and food, taking place at Glenarm Castle on July 13 and 14.

The festival has something for everyone and encompasses a varied programme of action-packed events to include numerous music and dance stages, fine food, drink and chef demonstrations, craft and trade stalls, performing arts, and children’s entertainment, featuring the official stars of children’s television.

Paw Patrol’s Chase and Marshall, Sam and Mark, and Tractor Ted are all part of the line-up.

Log on to www.dalriadafestival.co.uk.

BEBABADOO is one of Northern Ireland’s newest indoor play centres.

Located in Magherafelt, the 10,000 sqft facility includes a large play frame and a baby and toddler section.

For more information, log on to www.bebabadoo.com.

C AND J’S ANIMAL PARK, just outside Portadown, is a great place to take the kids to meet a wide variety of animals, from farm animals to reptiles, and aviary birds to arachnids.

The park is easy to get around, with customised paths and easy access to the aviaries, animal pens, and the ever-popular reptile house.

Fluffy friends for the kids to meet include rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs, chipmunks, wallabies, emus, skunks, and parrots.

There are also some really cute micro pigs, and some not so cute reptiles such as snakes, lizards and even crocodiles.

For more information, log on to cjsopenfarm.com.

BEAR ESSENTIAL is holding a summer Build Your Bear workshop in Enniskillen on August 2.

The workshop is for children and adults and participants will stuff and customise their own teddy bear that can be taken afterwards to a teddy bears’ picnic.

It is suitable for children three-years-old and above.

For more information, log on to www.fermanaghlakelands.com.

BELFAST MELA is the city’s annual celebration of global cultures, transforming Botanic Gardens into a whirl of sights, sounds and aromas of nations right around the world.

Music, dance, arts and culture come together on August 25 to create a wonderful event for the whole family.

Further information is available from www.belfastmela.org.uk.

SECRET AGENT TRAINING CAMP at Carnfunnock Country Park is ideal for naturally curious children.

They will receive some essential pre-training to fulfil a special mission, including getting a special secret agent name and secret coding.

The event, on August 10, is suitable for children over the age of six and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Booking is essential.

For more information, ring Carnfunnock Country Park on 028 2826 2471.

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS is coming to the Marketplace Theatre in Armagh on July 20.

The much-loved fairy-tale comes to the stage in an unforgettable live production of song and laughter.

Goldilocks and the three bears, Ruff the dog, and Mr Bunny, perform live in this exciting and fun-filled musical production. The popular tale takes a few twists and turns along

Throughout the show there are interactive moments that children and parents alike can enjoy.

For more information, log on to www.visitarmagh.com.

FUNTASTIC INDOOR PLAY CENTRE in Carryduff can offer children of endless soft play fun.

Four to 11-year-olds can jump into a huge four floors of play frame, including a four-lane astra slide, air cannon arena, ball pool, spider web tower, mini basketball court and a seven-metre tube slide.

There is also a toddler area for children under three.

Log on to www.funtastic-play.com for further information.

WONDERLAND WOOD TRAIL offers families the chance to experience the magic of Antrim Castle Gardens.

Suitable for all ages, from newborn to 90, this enchanting trail will take participants on an adventure around the gardens to less well-known paths and places.

Available every day throughout the summer, booking is essential and tickets are available from the gift shop at Clotworthy House or online.

For more information, log on to www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk.

KIDS SUMMER FOREST CAMP, being hosted by An Creagan in Omagh, will gives kids the opportunity to build dens, hunt for bugs, make potions, and play outdoor games.

It is open from six to 11-year-olds and runs between July 15 and 19, and August 12 and 16.

To book or find out more information, contact Martin on 028 8076 1112 or email arts@ancreagan.com.

JULIA’S CERAMICS is perfect if you have a slime fanatic or a budding artist in the house.

It is a paint your own pottery and slime studio where you can come along and create a masterpiece or learn to make slime.

Located in Lisburn, check out the Julia’s Ceramics Facebook page for more information.

WILDCAT AEROBICS at Airwaves Portrush on August 31 and September 1 is the perfect family day out.

The airshow takes place on the eastern side of the resort against the spectacular backdrop of the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle.

For more information, log on to www.airwavesportrush.co.uk.

PIRATE TAKE OVER is happening throughout July and August at HMS Caroline in Belfast.

Step on board and test your sea legs as you experience life at sea over 100 years ago, explore the ship with the Pirate Treasure Trail and see if you can find all the clues hidden throughout HMS Caroline, you can even find out if you are destined to become a sailor or a pirate.

Make sure to drop into the learning room where you can walk the plank and get creative with a range of family craft activities.

A variety of extra family activities are scheduled throughout the summer, including rope making demonstrations, pirate ship building and pirate Lego trail.

For more information, log on to www.nmrn.org.uk.

LAZY SUNDAYS at The Argory in Dungannon are the perfect family day out this summer.

You can listen to the laid-back tunes as you relax in the courtyard every Sunday throughout July and August.

A barbecue is also provided.

For more information, log on to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-argory.

KITE FESTIVAL, hosted by the National Trust at Downhill Demesne and Mussendun Temple, is a high-flying spectacle which offers fun for all the family.

It will include award-winning kite displays, stunt kite performances and synchronised kite teams, as well as quad pod rides, kite-making, a specialty food market and helicopter rides.

No booking is required and the festival takes place between noon and 5pm every day from July 29 to August 4.

More information is available from www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

POP UP CAMPING on the front lawn at Florence Court is the perfect event for a family looking to enjoy a night below the stars.

There will be a camp fire with entertainment, barbecue and an estate walk is included.

Check-in time for the event, on July 21, is 6pm.

Log on to www.nationaltrust.org.uk for more information.

CHILDREN’S ART FESTIVAL 2019 at Island Arts Centre in Lisburn is suitable for 13 to 18-year-olds.

Delivered by Young at Art, the annual festival returns with sculpture, street art, costume design, jewellery making, photography & much more

In an exciting addition to week three of the annual month-long festival, participants will learn about graffiti, tagging and street art.

Alongside the renowned specialist, participants will conduct a street art tour of a number of areas close to Lisburn city centre and choose which one to regenerate.

Practice will be undertaken with the expert and the day will finish with painting a coat of primer on the chosen area and spray-painting designs.

For more information, log on to www.youngatart.co.uk.

JUMPLANES TRAMPOLINE PARK in Coleraine is the perfect workout for your little ones.

They can burn off energy, keep fit, make friends and take part in games as well.

The centre is open to children aged five and over.

For more information, log on to www.coleraine.jumplanes.com.

FORT EVERGREEN FAMILY PLAYPARK in Warrenpoint is more than a fun-filled, stimulating day out for all the family.

It is also a place to learn about small animals, with opportunities to hand feed sheep and goats, groom ponies and stroke rabbits and guinea pigs.

For more information, log on to www.fortevergreen.co.uk.

CARROWMENA ACTIVITY CENTRE – if you love action, gather the family for a day of adrenaline-pumping activities and daring challenges at Carrowmena Activity Centre.

There are activities for all ages, abilities and tastes, including zip lining, wall and mountain climbing, kayaking, archery, canoeing and surfing.

Family-friendly campfires and orienteering sessions are also available.

For more information, log on to www.carrowmena.co.uk.

KIDS KITCHEN COOKERY SCHOOL in Newry runs classes for budding chefs.

A four-week Saturday Traybake Workshop starts on July 13 and children will weigh and measure the ingredients, bake independently and take home their own show stopper.

Classes are run by an experienced home economics teacher.

For more information about the classes available, log on to the Kids Kitchen Cookery School Facebook page.

DRAW YOUR OWN COMIC is back by popular demand at Waterstones in Belfast city centre at 2pm on July 24.

Kids can write and draw their own comic – they will get a few helpful tips and hints along the way and enough comic strip templates to let their imagination run wild.

It is suitable for all ages and abilities.

The class is part of a programme of events at the store this summer.

Log on to www.waterstones.com/events/search/shop/belfast-fountain-str for more information.

WALLED GARDEN SUMMER THEATRE brings David Walliam’s Gangsta Granny to Bangor.

Meet Ben, an 11-year-old want-to-be plumber, fed up with spending his Friday nights at granny’s.

All she wants to do is play scrabble and eat cabbage – not exactly his idea of fun.

Watch as the story, performed by Heartbreak Productions, unfolds at Bangor Castle Walled Garden.

The recommended age is for seven-years-old and above, and booking is essential.

Further information is available from www.ardsarts.com.

BIG SPLASH FESTIVAL is a family fun packed week long series of events in Portglenone.

There are a host of activities, including a family camp night on July 24 and teddy bear’s picnic on July 28, both at Portglenone Marina, during the festival.

For more information, check out the Big Splash Festival Facebook page.

STICKY FINGERS SUMMER CAMPS are all about painting, exploring, creating, building, modelling, singing, dancing, enjoying stories and being creative.

Camps for three to six-year-olds run from August 5 to 9, between 10am and 1pm, and classes for seven to 12-year-olds run between July 22 and 26 and August 12 to 16, also between 10am and 1pm.

The courses run at the Imaginarium Arts Centre in Newry.

For more information, log on to www.stickyfingersarts.co.uk.

THE BIG FUNdraise & TRAIN RIDES AT LURGAN PARK is hoping to raise some much-needed funds for a children’s home in India, called Bethel Agricultural Fellowship.

Taking place between noon and 5pm on July 15, Paw Patrol characters, LOL dolls and the minions will be there.

There will also be facepainting, bouncy castles, pillow bash, balloon modelling, giant games and train rides.

For more information, log on to the The Big FUNdraise & Train Rides at Lurgan Park Facebook page.

WAKE THE GIANT is back in Warrenpoint on August 24 and 25 and is the last of this year’s Giant Adventure festivals.

Visitors will be treated to a new twist in the tale to wake the impressive 32-foot giant, Finn, assisted by a merry band of acrobats, drummers, sprites and fairies. 
Now in its fourth year, Wake The Giant has established itself on the district’s events calendar as a must-see spectacle of colour and wonder on the shores of Carlingford Lough.

Log on to www.visitmournemountains.co.uk for more information.

WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT at the Lyric Theatre in south Belfast from July 17 to 21 will bring intrepid adventurers together for a host of family fun.

Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes, plenty of adventure and a few surprises along the way.

Based on the much-loved picture book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, this mischievous celebration of play is the perfect treat for families with children aged three and up.

For more information, log on to www.lyrictheatre.co.uk.

PETER PAN JR WORKSHOP – if your kids have a passion for dance, drama and singing and would like to learn from some of the best in the business in a professional theatre, this could be the perfect course.

Running between July 15 and 19 at the Theatre at the Mill in Newtownabbey, it provides students with the opportunity to learn from the best in the business, mastering the dance routines, perfecting lines, and putting on a show for family and friends in just one week.

It is open to children between seven and 18-years-old.

For more information, log on to antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk.

ULSTER MUSEUM in south Belfast is running a series of events throughout the summer months.

These include Storytelling Sessions and Movies at the Museum.

National Museums NI, in partnership with Cinemagic, will be screening classic movies and family favourites at the Ulster Museum on the last Saturday of the month.

The films will be screened in the Ulster Museum Lecture Theatre.

For more information, visit www.nmni.com/whats-on.

BUBBLY COLOUR RUN DOWNPATRICK is the ultimate colour run – combined with summer music and all new this year – the foam party.
Laugh as you walk, crawl or run your way around the route, and enjoy the foam party at the start and finish line.

It promises to be the ultimate summer day out for all ages and abilities, taking place at Downpatrick Racecourse on July 21.

For more information, log on to the Bubbly Colour Run Downpatrick Facebook page.

JUMP JIGGLE JIVE LISBURN runs interactive dance sessions for children from 12-months-old.

They are hosting a session at Maghaberry Community Centre on July 10, starting at 11am.

The event is open for children up to eight-years-old and booking is advised.

Log on to the Jump Jiggle Jive Lisburn Facebook page for more details.

BRING YOUR GRANDPARENTS TO THE PARK and visit the solar system, jungle and under the sea themed areas at Botanic Gardens in south Belfast.

Take a ride in space on the simulator, make jellyfish from slime, see the mermaid show and take a ride on the safari train.

The event is on between 11.30am and 2.30pm on August 21.

For more information, log on to www.belfastcitycouncil.gov.uk.

MUD MONKEYS at Cloughmor Extreme in Hilltown runs every Saturday between 2pm and 3.30pm.

The kids come along to practise and learn new skills and is 100% about mountain biking.

It gives them the opportunity to meet their friends each week and develop their ability on the trails, all while being led by fully qualified staff.

It costs £6 per child and they work with children aged six and above.

For more information, log on to www.cloughmoreextreme.com.

SUMMERS COOL ART SCHOOL at Millennium Court Arts Centre in Portadown is running a number of classes that will capture the imagination of your little ones, no matter their age.

Among the classes on offer are Manga Illustration for children aged between 12 and 16 from August 5 to 9, where participants will learn the art of Japanese Manga illustration, comic book design and drawing skills and techniques.

Mini Masters, running the same week, is aimed at children between six and 10-years-old and they will master the essentials of painting, learning colour mixing and experiment with mark making to create abstract art, self-portraits and work towards a final piece.

Messy Mitts, for children between four and eight-years-old, runs between August 12 to 16 and is a week-long extravaganza of art experimentation and creative fun.

Other courses on offer include Fairies and Goblin Shelters and Lego Animation iPad.

For more information, log on to www.millenniumcourt.org.

THE JUNGLE NI is hosting a number of family fun days throughout the summer months.

Wedged between Cookstown and Magherafelt, it offers a variety of activities for children of all ages.

These include archery, body zorbing, Gruffalo trail, mini quad bikes and craft art corner.

For more information of all the activities and events this summer, log on to www.thejungleni.com.

GALGORM CASTLE FAIRY TRAIL at Galgorm Castle is open every day and takes you on an enchanted route through the woods where every detail has been lovingly handcrafted to complement the local flora and fauna.

You’ll even be able to pay a visit to the tooth fairy.

Little believers can knock on her door, drop off their teeth and await a special surprise in the morning.

Visit www.galgormcastlefairytrail.co.uk for more details.

NEWCASTLE SUMMER STREET ENTERTAINMENT will transform the streets of the town throughout the summer.

Suitable for all ages, this free annual family event features exciting circus shows, which incorporate a mix of slapstick comedy and circus skills including juggling, stilt walking and fire breathing.

Log on to www.visitmournemountains.co.uk for the full schedule.

CARRICKFERGUS TREASURE HUNT TRAIL is something fun for kids and parents to enjoy together.

Explore Carrickfergus on this self-guided treasure hunt-themed treasure trail.

It starts at the tourist information centre on Antrim Street and participants will explore the train station, town hall and harbour.

The trail is suitable for all ages and can be sent out in the post or downloaded to allow immediate access to the fun.

The treasure hunts take place at different locations around Northern Ireland.

For information, log on to www.treasuretrails.co.uk.

GIRLS ROCK SCHOOL NI at the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast city centre runs between August 19 and 23.

Form a band, learn an instrument, write songs and perform live on stage.

For more information on this free course, log on to www.ohyeahbelfast.com.

TROGGS SURF CAMP in Portrush is running a series of course over the summer months, which are a fun way for kids to learn how to surf and to meet new friends.

They’ll cover all the basic elements on surfing, safety and ocean awareness.

Find out more at www.troggssurfschool.com

LITTLE WINGERS PIZZA WORKSHOPS at Little Wing pizzerias around Northern Ireland.

During the workshop, kids will be kitted out in chef attire and taught about the origins of pizza.

Once the basic training is complete, they will get the opportunity to make a pizza from scratch, from rolling out the dough to adding the toppings.

Fresh dough sticks and homemade garlic butter will be at the ready while the creations cook in the oven.

Find out more at www.littlewingpizzeria.com.

HORRIBLE HISTORIES LIVE ON STAGE at Hillsborough Castle runs from August 10 to 14.

Join in the Hanover Handover and meet all the King Georges.

Help cure the Mad King and watch the Duke of Wellington try to give someone the boot.

And explore the gruesome hospital conditions with Florence Nightingale.

Learn the horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in.

Visit www.hrp.org.uk/hillsborough-castle/whats-on for more information.

DONKEY WEEKEND at the Ulster Folk Museum is on August 3 and 4.

Fancy cheering on your favourite donkey as they take part in a fancy-dress competition?

The annual Donkey Championship will see a host of these adorable animals and their handlers taking part in competitions, alongside egg and spoon races, sack races, food sampling and music.

Entry to this event is included in a general admission ticket to the Ulster Folk Museum.

For more information, visit www.nmni.com/whats-on.

FOYLEHOV ACTIVITY CENTRE outside Limavady is the only hovercraft experience in Northern Ireland.

Hovercraft flying is a thrilling, adrenaline rushing activity and the experience can be tailored depending on the age of the participants. 

​You can pilot a hovercraft over land and water on a cushion of air at up to 40mph, on purpose-built grass tracks with water hazards and tricky hairpins and bends.  

A number of other activities, including archery, laser clay shooting and Powerturn buggies.

For more information, log on to www.foylehov.com.

FAMILY BIKE AND BBQ at Mount Stewart is on July 27.

Ever wanted to cycle the trails at Mount Stewart?

Now you can – in conjunction with Cycling Ireland, the grounds of Mount Stewart will open for families to enjoy an evening of cycling, barbecue, free bike maintenance and bike marking.

Visit www.nationaltrust.org for more information.

SUMMER MOVIES FOR KIDS at the Waterside Theatre in Derry is on every Wednesday throughout July.

Movies include Wonder Park, Dumbo, A Wizard’s Tale and others.

Find out more at www.watersidetheatre.com.

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