If you're looking for a family fun day out, I can highly recommend Brigit's Garden, winner of the Georgina Campbell Family Friendly Destination of the Year Award 2017
. Brigit's Garden is a Garden & Celtic Heritage Center on the doorstep of Connemara, just a 20 minute drive north of Galway city. They have 4 main gardens (representing the Celtic fire festivals), in
addition to native woodland paths, a lake, gardens, meadow, fairy fort, swings and play area. Let the kids run around in this natural playground, and they can explore the woodland trail, duck into a stone chamber, or look for underwater life on the lake dock. There's also opportunities to learn about science, history, and nature while completing their Discovery Trail game throughout the gardens.
Their Garden café serves up freshly prepared food by their chef, using local produce with salads and herbs from the gardens. They have an 'Elves & Fairies menu' with items like homemade bread and homemade baked beans, as well as sweeter options like peanut butter & jam rollups and fresh fruit with yogurt or chocolate buttons. They have a great selection of big bites including a daily quiche or tart and falafel flatbread; as well as more unusual options like sweet potato bake. At the weekend they serve brunch and of course sweet treats are available all day in their light-filled dining area overlooking the gardens or you can dine al fresco on the patio.
Finally they host birthday parties, summer camps (eg 'Survival Skills' for those aged 8-12 & 'Fun with Nature' for those aged 5 –7) and special events that celebrate the cycles of the year including 'Hallowe'en Bonfire & Storytelling'. There's an upcoming Teddy Bear's Picnic on Sunday July 15th 2018 with lots of teddy bear fun including a treasure hunt, disco, arts & crafts, musical stories and a Teddy Bears Hospital (see http://www.brigitsgarden.ie/calendar/80/701-Teddy-Bears-Picnic
Brigit's Garden is open 10am – 5.30pm daily from March to October and 10am to 5.00pm from November to February.
They're located in Roscahill in County Galway, between Moycullen and Oughterard.
Admission includes all day access to the gardens or you can just stop by the gift shop or cafe itself, for lunch, weekend brunch or a coffee and cake.
Please note that I did not receive any gain from Brigit's Garden for writing this.