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Tayto Park Review: A Family Day Out to Remember

My kids are 4 and 6, and I wondered how much bang for our buck we’d get at Tayto Park.

The older child is very gentle and not very adventurous, and my 4 year old is extremely adventurous… so let’s just say I was sceptical as to the success of the trip. I imagined huge expense, queues for everything, my son wanting to go on all the big rides and not being allowed (due to height restrictions), and my daughter too scared to go on anything. First up – it’s pretty big... I think I was expecting a playground, but there is so much to do there, for all ages. You can easily spend a day there wandering around the different areas.

There are several playgrounds that cater to the different age groups, a ‘zoo’, zip wires, a 5D cinema, the Tayto factory (which I think is only open on weekdays). The tickets were really good value at €15 each to get in to the park; the main rides cost extra but with the height/weight restrictions we didn’t need to buy very many extra tokens. I imagine it gets more costly if you are buying tokens for rides (it’s €1 a token and a lot of the rides require 2 tokens per person)... the website offers an ‘all day wristband’ at an additional €15 per person, which would make it €30 per person all in.

Overall I was really impressed with Tayto Park. It is a full day out with lots to see and do.

With many adventure parks, the biggest complaint (apart from extortionate pricing) is generally about queues and I was expecting them everywhere... Perhaps Tayto Park, like all adventure parks suffers from queues on sunny days and in good weather, but the advantage of going in the depths of winter is that we wandered around at leisure. It does close for a couple of months but re-opens in March and the events schedule should be worth checking out.

So on to the main attractions – the rollercoaster was “too scary” for my daughter and too big for my son so we got to skip that without much drama or tantrums. My husband had a go and said it was “brilliant” followed by “never again”! We bought a fridge magnet as proof that he went on it! Given that the weather wasn’t great, we had a look at the Tayto factory, probably the least exciting part of the day, but something different nonetheless!

The Dino Park, with giant dinosaurs dotted around the place was a surprising hit with the kids and we actually had great fun there. The Haunted House is really well done and well worth visiting, especially to shelter from the rain! We nipped in to the restaurant to warm up and get some food and we were really impressed; usually kids’ menus in Ireland tend towards the chicken nuggets and chips variety – but the menu was wholesome with things like Lasagne and meatballs and a lovely carvery on offer. I noticed there are also plenty of areas around the park where you could picnic if you wanted to save some money and bring your own food.

The playgrounds are excellent; there’s lots of variety and not just the usually slide / swings combination. It’s great to visit a playground too that separates the big kids from the little ones, as they do here, less chance of accidents and the activities are all age appropriate. My kids spent almost an hour in one, playing some sort of super hero game and climbing, running, jumping, chasing – all the stuff you want them to do outside in the fresh air! My daughter also went on the climbing wall and the staff there were really helpful and friendly. Actually the staff all over the park were great and deserve a special mention – even on the cold drizzly day that it was, they were bright and cheery and always very helpful.

Overall I was really impressed with Tayto Park. It is a full day out with lots to see and do. I will definitely be back with my family, we thoroughly enjoyed it and both kids totally crashed out when they got home!

Tayto Park reopens on the 18th of March 2016.
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About the Author

I’m Olivia Mai, founder of The Stork Exchange and Mum to two small children. My third baby is the one I leave at home when I go on holidays, it’s called The Stork Exchange and it’s my little business. It is a children's equipment hire service that offers everything from child car seats, prams, buggies, cots and highchairs, to monitors, booster seats, buggy boards and pram bags. I started The Stork Exchange with my husband four years ago after a bad experience on holidays abroad with my kids. Fast forward four years and we now have two shops, one at Dublin Airport and one in Shannon. We work closely with a number of airlines and car rental companies and have spent three years developing our product range. That’s a lot of products to trail -- safety, durability and ease of use are top priorities. I constantly get asked questions by parents about travelling with kids -- what equipment to bring, what not to bring, what’s allowed by airlines, what’s not. Being at the airport day in day out means I am pretty close to it all and as a result have built up loads of knowledge, tips and nuggets of practical and useful info about the do’s and don’t of travelling with children. I also learn from the experience of other Mums and Dads. It’s great to be able to share this advice to help make the journey and holiday a bit smoother and easier for other parents. Want to get in touch? Email me at olivia@thestorkexchange.ie or call 087 255 8702 Check out my website and social channels at the icons above.

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