With the half-way point of the school holidays behind us, the Family Travel Pro takes a look at some of the best events across Northern Ireland (NI) for kids in August, as the school holidays move towards a close.
As details of events can change, please check details directly with the organisers before you travel and remember to book tickets in advance where required.
Early Riser Tickets at Titanic Belfast
Families can enjoy discounted rates for tickets to Titanic Belfast, if you visit during the first hour of opening Monday-Friday. This 9-gallery interactive experience is one the whole family will enjoy and entrance also includes SS Nomadic, the Titanic’s tender ship.
Tickets must be prebooked online via the link here and are subject to availability.
Steam Saturdays at Whitehead Railway Museum
Continuing with the transport theme, why not head to Whitehead Railway Museum for Steam Saturdays, on every Saturday from 10th August to 31st August? Visitors will be able to experience the sights and sounds of a real steam train and can also visit the Edwardian Tea Rooms and the Whitehead Railway Museum.
Booking is not required. Train rides are £2.50 for adults and £2.00 for children. You can find more information over on the Steam Saturdays webpage.
Carnfunnock Children’s Carnival and Jump in Muddy Puddles days
Carnfunnock Country Park has loads of events and activities on but two really stood out to us as when looking at what’s on for kids in Northern Ireland in August and late summer.
Saturday 24th August, between 12-2pm, is the Carnfunnock Children’s Carnival, with balloon modelling, hoopla and circus skills. Booking is essential and spaces are limited.
Sunday 1st of September is Peppa Pig’s favourite day – Jump in Muddy Puddles Day! From 2-5pm you’ll be able to jump in muddy puddles and make mud pies during this free event.
Larchfield Estate Hamper Sunday
The stunning Larchfield Estate, near Lisburn, is not usually open to the public except for events and weddings. However, on 18th August 2019 you can visit for a family picnic. You will be treated to an afternoon of music, food and games in the Larchfield Estate gardens and barn.
The artisanal picnics are provided as part of the entry fee; just bring a picnic blanket with you! Booking required.
To book, and for more information, just click here.
Air Waves Portrush
The Air Waves festival returns to Portrush on 31st August-1st September. This free event will delight families who will be able to see air displays and enjoy a massive range of ground attractions too.
A food market, model aircraft display, STEM village, and displays from the Ulster Aviation Society and Armed Forces are amongst the numerous family-friendly activities available. We are sure Air Waves Portrush will be a great day out for all the family.
Share Discovery Village
Share Discovery Village is an outdoor activity centre based on Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh. They have activities on for the public every day throughout August, including paddle boarding, archery, kayaking and windsurfing.
You’ll be sure to find great things for the kids to do during the last days of the summer holidays here. Check out their full events programme here.
Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre
Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre has a programme of children’s workshops running this August that will delight your kids. From circus skills, to making your own puppet, to lego film animation workshops, there’s something for everyone on this fantastic programme of events.
Summer of Science at W5
Based by the SSE Arena in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, W5 is a fantastic kids’ science museum. The have a jam-packed daily programme of family science activities throughout August as part of their Summer of Science programme.
Kids can undertake activities like building rockets, creating cars and designing and building windmills, as well as learning about space, dinosaurs and electricity.
You will also enjoy over 250 kids’ exhibits and Spacebase, the great indoor adventure playground at W5.
Looking for more ideas?
If you’re still looking for ideas of things to do with kids in NI, why not check out our A-Z of family activities in Northern Ireland?