With another bank holiday on the horizon, we have hauled in our experts to share their top tips with you on how to keep the kids entertained with more limited options that you would normally have! We’re looking forward to the days when we are welcoming guests back through our doors for long weekends, whether they are flying out through Cork Airport, or enjoying a staycation for a Wild Atlantic Way adventure. See you all soon!
Top tips written by Emma Moriarty, Conference and Banqueting Coordinator and mum to Kevin & Jennifer:
1. Movie Night
We’ve had so many messages from families who are missing our family date night dinner and movie in our Cinema Room combo, so why not recreate it at- home this Friday? Create a fun family sharing dinner (try our amazing homemade burger recipe from Chef Martin here) and pick a new movie you haven’t seen before. We started this with “Trolls World Tour” movie when it was released and it was a hit! We got our duvets, pillows and lots of popcorn and treats it made for a fabulous memory and great excitement!
Some favourites for my kids are:
- The Good Dinosaur
- Frozen (who doesn’t love to hear “Let It Go” 500 times a day!)
Trolls World Tour
- Peter Rabbit
2. Local Attractions
Lot’s of our favourite attractions in Cork are now starting to re-open, so you will have more options this bank holiday that last. We’re especially loving that Fota Wildlife has re-opened, just make sure to book your slot in advance on their site as they are staging arrival times to facilitate social distancing. Remember that wherever you choose to go, that you adhere to the guidelines, wash your hands and maintain your social distancing.
Namaste – Weather you’re new to yoga or mastering your skills for years, this is a great way to get the kids engaged and practice breathing and stretching from a young age – while also making it fun. There are some great online tutorials to follow specifically designed for kids:
My son loves baking – my daughter likes to eat whatever has been baked, so it’s a win-win all around. Easy recipes like scones, cupcakes and biscuits are great for time spent in the kitchen. Cupcakes or buns in particular can then be decorated with sprinkles. We also have plenty recipes on our Hotel At Home Hub here to get you started. If (like me) baking is not your forte, Betty Crocker have a range of fool proof pre-made mixtures which are very easy to follow. Everything in this range from pre-made frosting to brownies, cookies and cupcakes can be found on the baking aisle of any big grocery outlet.
5. Water Water Everywhere…
I’ve never appreciated Water as much as I do at the moment – and thank goodness for the fine weather! There are so many different water play games and activities that can be really entertaining and engaging for smaller kids.
Get their wet gear on and give them jobs like, clean the car, “painting” pallets (a little food colouring can be added for the effect of paint – not recommended for smaller children), making mud pies or creating muddy puddles to jump in.
6. Keep them Positive
It’s important for me to remind my kids in these uncertain times that they are safe and loved, and their friends & family are also at home missing them. I recently printed out photos of them on trips and with their friends & family from the past year, and we made photo collages out of their chosen pictures and put them up where they could be seen by the kids to remind them this is not forever and playdates, day trips & visitors will return in due course.