Children’s Afternoon Tea for a Special Celebration

Children’s Afternoon Tea Cork

My first baby turned 12 last weekend and we wanted to mark this special occasion with a few close friends so we were delighted to take Vienna Woods up on their offer of their Children’s Afternoon Tea. Twelve is a difficult age to find an activity that they will enjoy with a group and it was only while there that I realised how perfect this activity was for both Saoirse and I. So we got all dressed up in our glad rags and headed off to Vienna Woods on Saturday evening to enjoy this much raved about Children’s Afternoon Tea in Cork. We were pleasantly surprised to enter our own little private area dressed beautifully for afternoon tea with balloons and all. We were greeted by a most enthusiastic and friendly waiter who could not do enough for us. He had great banter with the children so much his character added to the whole experience.

Children's Afternoon Tea Cork

The hot chocolate was served in beautiful china to the children’s delight and when their afternoon tea platters were served they were too excited to know where to start. The wonderful thing about afternoon tea is you have plenty of time to eat, chat, take a break and eat again. While the ham sandwiches were lovely it was the nutella sandwiches that went down a treat as this is something they never get a home. For Saoirse and I, as coeliac, we were really spoilt for choice with gorgeous sandwiches on fresh bread, scones and plenty of sweet treats (not just your usual brownie selection….)

It was a wonderful opportunity just to relax, chill out and enjoy the chat around the table. We left or little threenager at home and had a real girlie evening (bar Thomas, who by the way enjoyed it as much as the girls) with some friends. As Saoirse moves into a new chapter in her life it made me realise that this is not a time for mourning my little baby but a new and exciting era where we can both enjoy such evenings together as opposed to me watching her from the table of a jungle gym or standing under a tree as she climbs.

afternoon tea in cork

The only phone in the room was mine and it quickly disappeared so I could join in the giggles and sample all the delicious treats. Now that is saying alot for an activity for this age. We all had such fun and after I explained the history of afternoon tea in the luxurious surroundings they felt very grand indeed! I had mentioned afternoon tea to Saoirse before and she was not too bother but now she wants to know when we can go again.

Afternoon Tea is really more an experience than just a meal and Vienna Woods have all the ingredients for a really sumptuous and special day out and I would say tops my list for Children’s Afternoon Tea in Cork.

Children’s Afternoon Tea in Cork

Price (at the time of writing):

Afternoon Tea: €28 per person

Afternoon Tea including Prosecco: €32 per person

Afternoon Tea for Kids: €12 per person

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Indoor Treasure Hunt Ideas

Indoor Treasure Hunt Ideas

When looking for inspiration for Indoor Treasure Hunt Ideas you simply make clues about ordinary indoor objects. Since your home may have more than one of some of these objects, the kids may have to check out more than one location before they find the next clue. That makes the game last longer, gives them more exercise and adds to the fun. We have prepared some ready made clues for you or use as inspiration to create your own.

Indoor Treasure Hunt Ideas

  1. I have four legs, but I don’t have feet.
    I come in handy when it’s time to eat. – Kitchen or dining table
  2. My job is to put an end to sleep,
    Which I do with music, a buzz or a beep. – Alarm clock
  3. For fast heating or cooking, I am tops.
    And, oh, that good smell when my popcorn pops! – Microwave
  4. Flour and sugar and coffee and tea,
    I keep these handy but hard to see. – Kitchen canisters
  5. I can take you to places you’ve never seen,
    But first type your password in on my screen. – Computer
  6. I’m loaded and unloaded, but I’m not a truck.
    Having a helper like me is a great piece of luck. – Dishwasher
  7. I rain on you when you need a scrub.
    I’m very much like my friend the tub. – Shower
  8. I make it possible to have fresh food.
    Everyone agrees, I’m one cool dude. – Fridge
  9. Watching your favorites is lots of fun.
    But don’t watch too much! Kids need to run. – TV
  10. I never get angry but I do get hot.
    I’m the perfect place for a pan or a pot. – Cooker
  11. It’s my job to give all your clothes a tumble,
    Which I do while making a bit of a rumble. – Tumble Dryer
  12. I have a handle and also a lock.
    Visitors and delivery men may give me a knock. – Front Door
  13. I’m one part chair and one part bed.
    Up with your feet and down with your head. – Recliner
  14. I take your clothes for quite a spin.
    But first they get wet. That’s how I begin. – Washing Machine
  15. I’m filled with feathers or other soft fluff.
    To sleep without me can be quite tough. – Pillow
  16. Turn me on and I’ll give you a light.
    I’m used some in the daytime but mostly at night. – Light Switch
  17. A story, they say, can take you away,
    But a book still needs a place to stay. – Book Shelf
  18. I have drawers and also a nice flat top.
    For homework I’m helpful — Keep working. Don’t stop! – Desk
  19. I’m hungry! I’m hungry! Please feed me a slice.
    I’ll spit it back out all brown and nice. – Toaster
  20. I’m not a selfie, but I do show faces.
    Find me in bathrooms and a few other places. – Mirror
  21. Adults like it when they first wake
    And at other times when they need a break.  – kettle/Coffee Machine
  22. Most every day, you step on me.
    All I require is a bend of your knee. – Stairs
  23. I’m paper, but I’m not used for writing a letter.
    The spot by your potty suits me much better!  – Toilet Paper
  24. I have hands but no arms and also a face.
    And my hands always move at the same steady pace. – Clock
  25. The more I dry, the wetter I get.
    A little one can be used for soaking up sweat. – Towel
  26. I’m never wicked, but I do have a wick.
    I come in all sizes, from skinny to thick. – Candle

Indoor Treasure Hunt Ideas

Make one set of clues for every player, each clue leading to the next one and, finally, to the treasure. Seal them in envelopes marked with a clue number (i.e., 2/7, or “two of seven”); this will help the treasure hunters keep track. Whoever solves the clues first and finds the treasure is the winner. You don’t have to go mad with a prize, simply an IOU for a movie(another of the rainy day activities for kids), maybe a cache of coins (regular or chocolate) or my favourite, no chores today/free pass for dishwasher duties are all cause for more fun in your home. You could also have your kids play as a team to solve the clues—and uncover the treasure—together. This works better when you have younger ones or if they have been fighting earlier…..


Indoor Treasure Hunt Ideas for Younger Kids

If you kids are too young to read you can create another type of treasure hunt by taking pictures of odd nooks and crannies or objects as above in your home. Print out the pictures and place them as you would any other clues.

Exhilarating Adventures at Castlecomer

Our latest adventures took us at last to the renowned Castlecomer Discovery Park in Kilkenny which is set in the former grounds of the Wandesforde Estate, comprising of 80 acres of stunning natural woodland and lakes and among the top 5 attractions in Kilkenny listed on Trip Advisor.

CourtyardWhile many visit the park to stroll along the many walking trails throughout, play in the playground or enjoy the beauty we tried our hand at some of their key attractions such as a Tree Top adventure walk, a climbing wall, pedal boats and canadian canoes on the upper lake, woodland play area (Junior Woodland Adventure Course, hand-crafted Bluebell Playhouse and Elf & Fairy Village), the longest over-water zipline in Ireland (300m long and 35m at its highest point),  Advanced High Ropes Course and finally archery.

Treetop SaoirseWhen we arrived we were delighted that we booked our activities in advance as the crowds were building as early as 9.30am. However, we soon discovered that many were just going for a stroll. The tree top adventure walk was our first activity of the day and suited for children aged 7 years plus. Saoirse was our only brave solider to complete the course with confidence and I for one was delighted that I was the one left holding the camera.


Treetop SeanSean was able to take Shanea through most of the obstacles which was great for any small ones with a fear of heights and she was more than thrilled that she had completed such a challenge when she was done.

The team were very friendly and encouraged them to figure out each part from the ground and up in the towers which was a great support. By the time we had finished it the queue was quit long so I would recommend you book this in advance and get there early. This activity alone is enough to travel to Castlecomer for as the children were so excited by it and it was a great boost to their confidence.


IMG_5345The climbing wall is also in this area and once the children had finished their tree-top walk they tried the three different levels of the climbing wall and we were delighted to see how far they each got. Again, the team members here helped them figure out the best moves and encouraged them all the way.

Elf Village 1We barely had time to catch our breaths before we were racing after Saoirse and Shanea in search of The Elf and Fairy Village. It was not hard to find and only a short distance into the woodland.

It was the first time we came across a fairy village of this size and it was gorgeous to walk around and see the children play their games among the fairies and around their village. The Canopy Cafe is now open here so this is the perfect spot for a cuppa, chat and some general R&R time in picturesque surroundings.

IMG_5312With our tummies rumbling after all the fresh air and fun we strolled back down to the entrance to find a spot of lunch and in the charmingly restored farm buildings is a splendid restaurant serving most sumptuous food. We did not expect a restaurant with such creative and tasty gourmet. The Jarrow Cafe offers plenty of choice for both parents and children and at very reasonable prices.

Courtyard 2IMG_5311Give yourself a little time to digest the food before heading out for more adventures with a wander in the craftyard or even take in The Coal Museum at next to The Jarrow Cafe.We had a busy day ahead though so we headed straight back out into the woodlands and discovered some delightful little animals along the way. Sean and Adam bravely had a go on the Zipwire which is the longest over-water zipline in Ireland! It is 300 metres long and 35 Zipwire Landmetres over the ground at its highest point. This took some time as it was no easy task and they had to find the courage to take the jump but once done they said it was amazing. I was only glad that someone had to hold the camera again but my pictures do not do justice to the scale of the wire.

The advanced high ropes are also located up with the zipwire but my two boys were still shaking after the zipwire so asking them to try out these could have been pushing it and made a plan to try these on our next visit.

TreetopOur last activity for the day was the pedal boats which were  great craic after all the early exhilarating challenges. This is such a relaxed activity and all the family had great fun. The boys were on one boat and the girls another so there was nothing for it but a half an hour of boys against the girls as we raced up and down the lake.

You can also canoe on this lake but we had already tried to fit in too much into our day.

BoatingThe children had to be coaxed back to the car on our backs and with alot of pleading. All in all we had an amazing day and we could return time and Animalstime again with so much to keep us occupied as we get braver and braver!! We did not even try out all the activities available or strolled through the woods on the many walkways as we had so much to do. The only fault I had was that there is no Caravan and campsite at the edge of the park as you could have days and days of fun here which is why it deserves to be among the top 5 attractions in Kilkenny. There is nothing for it but Castlecomer we will be back to sample the rest of what you have in store. To find out more about prices and opening times for Castlecomer Discovery Park click here or for more info on our top 5 attractions in Kilkenny click here!

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Top 5 Toddler Travel Tips


Whether you’re camping or staying in hotels, it pays to book ahead. Trying to retain the spontaneity of travel BC (Before Children) doesn’t pay off if you arrive at your destination to find you can’t bag a bed or pitch and have to hit the road again with tired, hungry toddlers melting down in the backseat.


It’s simple advice, but children dressed comfortably for the weather and terrain will be happier in a new environment.


Most toddlers love the novelty of travelling by train, bus and boat, so ditch the hire car and use public transport where possible


If you’re heading out on a long journey have a collection of toys to be handed out once an hour. Handheld puzzles, tiny colouring books, stickers, wordsearches and even tiny packs of Plasticine will pass the time on a long flight or car journey.


Even if all your children are long out of nappies, don’t forget the baby wipes. They’re useful for washing hands, cleaning toilet seats, and wiping down restaurant tables. In the same spirit, little bottles of hand cleanser can be a lifesaver in some countries, but check the travel regulations for liquids well in advance.

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