Looking to keep the kids entertained this Bank Holiday weekend in Belfast? We have put together a guide to inspire a fun weekend, gadget-free whatever the weather.
Ice skating – £20 for a family of 4
Get their skates on and discover your own little Torvill and Dean at Dundonald Ice-bowl – home to Northern Ireland’s only Olympic sized ice rink. Penguin skating aids are available for smaller children. Bookings can be made online.
Ten-pin bowling – Approx £25 per hour
Due to coronavirus restrictions, alternative lanes will be in operation with a maximum of 6 family members per lane, or 4 non-family members socially. Visitors are advised to wear flat shoes or trainers as bowling shoes are not being issued at this time.
Indiana Land – £5.20 for ages 4-11, £4.20 for age 3 and under
Great news for your little adventurers, Indiana land has reopened its doors. Whilst it is tempting to turn up and let the kids loose, all sessions must be pre-booked and paid for online.
For more detailed information regarding the ice bowl activities, visit www.theicebowl.com
£32.50 for a family of 4
With the great weather forecast for the Bank Holiday Weekend, why not pull on the wellies and take the kids on a trip to Streamvale Farm in Dundonald? Priced at £32.50 for a family of four, there is plenty to keep the children entertained. From animal viewing and petting to tractor rides and live shows, Streamvale provides an opportunity to explore the outdoors and get hands-on with cute little rabbits, pups and baby chicks. Tickets must be booked in advance. Visit www.streamvale.com
We are Vertigo
Approx £11 per head
For the perfect energy-burning afternoon, book them in for an exhilarating experience at We are Vertigo. As Northern Ireland’s leading activities destination for all ages, We Are Vertigo offers two huge indoor inflatable parks, a ninja master course, adventure climbing and indoor skydiving! To find out more or pre-book your session, visit www.wearevertigo.com
Colin Glen Gruffalo Trail
Approx £10.50 per head
Embrace the outdoors at Colin Glen Gruffalo Trail. Located on the edge of the Belfast Hills, the Gruffalo themed Trail offers an opportunity to step inside the wonderful world of The Gruffalo. Explore the deep, dark woods and spot the clever little mouse, the fox, the owl and the snake. The magical experience is set against the backdrop of the stunning forest park and is the perfect day out for those seeking a bit of a digital detox day.
Family pass £40
Now reopened to the public, Belfast Zoo staff and animals are ready to welcome you back to explore the surroundings. Across the 55 acre site, you can learn more about amphibians, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates and birds, engage in animal experiences and adventure through the zoo’s play area.
If you visit this weekend, you will be one of the first to meet the newest member of the zoo family, ‘Ballysheen’, an endangered Rothchild’s giraffe who was born in Belfast Zoo on 13th May 2021.
Priced at £40 for a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children), tickets must be booked in advance. Visit www.belfastzoo.com for more info.
Botanic Gardens and the Ulster Museum
What better way is there to spend a Bank Holiday than relaxing on a picnic blanket in Botanic Gardens? Pack a picnic, don the sunglasses (or rain mac) and enjoy exploring the beauty and colour of the gardens. Marvel at the exotic trees and plants in the Palm House and Tropical Ravine and finish the day with a leisurely browse around the Ulster Museum.