If you are planning a winter escape to Sligo with the family then read on! A vibrant city rich in history and culture you won’t have to look far for things to do.

This blog explores some of best ways to keep the kids busy on your visit to Sligo. From fun indoor play centres to getting in touch with wildlife and nature, we’ll take you through some top kid-friendly attractions to see in County Sligo.

Welcome to the house of fun!

Funny Bones is an activity and indoor play centre that is a fantastic place to visit on a cold wintery day. Home to some of the biggest climbing frames in Ireland, parents can enjoy a coffee and free Wi-Fi while the kids play to their hearts content.

Located in Colloney, just a short drive out of Sligo, Funny Bones is ideal for babies and children up to age 12. Prices start from €8 for children over two for a 90 minute standard session. An extra fee applies for activities such as the Vertigo Climbing Wall, Go Carts or Target Paintball. Get the kids moving this winter!

Experience birds of prey at Eagles Flying in Sligo

For a family day out with a difference, visit Ireland’s biggest sanctuary for owls and birds of prey in Ballymote, 20 minutes south of Sligo. Are you brave enough to hold an eagle? You can give it a try at this amazing centre which showcases some of the world’s biggest birds of prey, from hawks, vultures to falcons, you’ll see it all! Your kids will be blown away by the expert fantastic falconry shows.

Open all year round (there is an indoor display for rainy days) Eagles Flying is a fun and educational experience. Take a guided tour and get up close and personal with all kinds of furry friends in the Touch Zoo or see the daily bird show at 11 am or 3 pm, which lasts for an hour. Admission starts at €5.90 for children aged 3-16, with your admission going towards the sanctuaries important conservation work.

Gear up for an adventure at Lough Key Forest

For an action-packed family outing, near the town of Boyle is Lough Key Forest & Activity Park. Perfect to keep the kids happy on your Sligo winter break, choose from a huge array of indoor and outdoor activities for unique holiday fun. From the Adventure Kingdom Playground to the Lough Key Experience walking on Ireland’s only Tree Canopy Walk, create some great memories.

Check out Boda Borg for a puzzling holiday experience. For children over seven years and adults of all ages, this unique Swedish concept will have you intrigued. Enjoy 47 rooms of fun-filled mental and physical tasks to complete with no instructions (just think of Dad building a flat pack). Boda Borg is open all year (pre-booking is advised) and offers guaranteed giggles and family fun this winter.

Explore beautiful Lough Key Park & Estate

If you have any energy left, take time to walk one of the many parkland trails at Lough Key Park & Estate. You may even get lucky and spot amazing wildlife (red squirrels, rabbits and fallow deer to name but a few) plus the park has many attractions like an Ice House, Observation Tower and Fairy Bridge. After your woodland walk, relax at the Lakeside Café, with home-style food and a children’s menu on offer to keep everyone’s tummy content.

It is free to explore the park trails and estate at Lough Key. There is a charge for parking; however it’s worth noting that this is redeemed if you spend €20 on food, attractions or souvenirs at the Visitor Centre.

Book your family accommodation in Sligo

When planning your holiday to County Sligo you’ll want to stay somewhere stylish, comfortable yet within easy access to historical sites and fun activities. The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo ticks all the boxes, set in a peaceful countryside location at Rosses Point.

The children will love exploring the nearby beaches and back at the hotel the grownups can indulge in some R&R at the lavish spa or award-winning restaurant. With Sligo town centre just a short drive away, you’ll appreciate the convenience of activities on your doorstep when the kids ask “are we are there yet?”

Enjoy visiting Sligo with the family this winter.