Categories: Family Fun

Kids just want to have fun. Sometimes that can send shivers down a parent’s spine all the way to their back pocket. In Belfast a bit of fun doesn’t have to cost the earth and we can guarantee, you’ll get your money’s worth.

Working up that appetite for adventure

Spend a morning or afternoon at Shaw's Bridge in South Belfast where Mobile Team Adventure offer family-friendly open canoeing sessions on Saturdays at 9am. There’s no need to pre-book, they’ll give you all the equipment you need and no experience is necessary. The team at Mobile Adventure are top-notch, confident and friendly so it's guaranteed to be a hassle-free adventure for both you and the kids.

Once you’ve got your crew back on dry land you can swap paddling for pedalling on the free to use Barnett Demesne Mountain Bike Trails. Wind your way through paths and over gentle inclines or take your time along the flat towpath beside the River Lagan which is perfect for the novice cyclist.

Having worked up your appetite, grab a slice of pizza from the classic Citroen van of Piccolo Mondo, and climb the steps to the Giant's Ring and enjoy the pizza with a view.

Say hello to The Gruffalo

For something a little bit different, why not try a literary adventure? At Colin Glen you can let the kids take on the role of Julia Donaldson’s smallest hero, mouse, and experience the forest as he would, meeting the silly old fox, the owl, the snake and, of course, the amazing eight foot tall Gruffalo.

See how it all works at W5

Curious minds and lovers of learning won’t feel the time at W5. This top-class discovery centre at The SSE Arena hosts interactive exhibitions and live science demonstrations throughout the day. It’s a great way to let your kids get stuck into science.

There’s going to be a candy crush at this one!

You’ll have no trouble ‘dragging’ them along to Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory. Find out all about Gobstoppers, Yellow Man, raspberry ruffles, Belfast lollies and brandy drops and how the willy wonkas of Belfast put them all together in this hands-on tour. You’ll even get to taste what you made. As we said already, you’ll have little trouble getting them there but you might have trouble dragging them away.

Meet the kids’ other mummy at the Ulster Museum

No family trip to Belfast would be complete without meeting the mummy at the Ulster Museum.

You’ll also come face to face with dinosaurs, polar bears and a curious Irish Wolfhound named Patrick. You can even play a game of spot the picture while you wander round the gallery and appreciate the masterworks of some of Northern Ireland’s greatest painters.

Hear the roars at Belfast Zoo

Discover more about the 140 species of animal - many of which are in danger in their natural habitat - at Belfast Zoo.  From Asian elephants, giraffes, sea lions and penguins, to the ring-tailed lemurs, Malayan tapirs and Sumatran tigers, the zoo promises to be a great day out for all the family.

High fives all round at We Are Vertigo

If the monkeys in the zoo have inspired them then how about taking them jumping about at We Are Vertigo. This spot on the outskirts of Belfast has trampolines, an alpine-themed adventure park and ski centre and a whole host of great activities that won’t break the bank.

Lots of craic and plenty of adventure doesn’t have to cost the earth. So make a bee line or indeed a zip line for Belfast and have some family fun.