Fota Wildlife Park are celebrating over 35 years of connecting families like yours with wildlife and conservation. As well as a huge variety of exciting species and incredible flora, the park is also running some amazing events this summer which are not to be missed.
From June until mid-August the Park will be host to the Music in Community’s Summer Concert Series, and the orchestra and vocalists will be bringing a whole new world of music to the park’s already amazing ambiance. July 14th to 15th is Mad Scientist Weekend, where all budding scientists can come together with some amazing local organisations and institutes will allow kids to unleash their inner Einstein! Inspiring the Creators of Tomorrow, the Tyndall Institute and Learn it LEGO Education Workshops will be among the experts on hand to give your little ones some fun and informative hand-on experiences.
On selected dates, the Blue Imagination Playground will be available on Cypress Lawn for little ones to run amuck on. This concept designed play-space aims to encourage child-directed play through its big blue foam shapes and structures, and is sure to provide hours of entertainment for your little ones. Ideal for anyone aged two to 12 years, be sure to track it down between 11am and 5pm on June 16th and 17th, July 21st and 22nd and August 18th and 19th.
Native Species Weekend 2019 runs on July 28th and 29th and is a must for any tiny tots interested in learning more about Ireland’s own amazing creatures. From terrestrial to aquatic creatures, this hugely popular event is sure to help your kids learn about some of Fota’s most interesting animals in an exciting and engaging way. International Tiger Day is on July 29th and Fota are organizing a huge range of exciting exhibitions and activities to mark the occasion. Feedings, talks, educational stands, tiger themed arts and crafts and an activities tent can all be expected, so be sure to pop by and pay tribute to the park’s striped residents.
Due to its incredible popularity, Bug Bonanza Day at Fota Wildlife Park has now become Bug Bonanza Weekend! On August 11th and 12th visitors can get up close and personal with some of Fota’s creepy crawlies and learn all about them in a unique and enjoyable way. Visual Artist John Flynn will be visiting the park on numerous dates throughout the summer season to host a series of animal and bird themed art workshops for children aged five to 12. The cost of these workshops is included in admission but booking is essential. All materials will be provided and there will be two workshops on each day, at noon and at 2pm. The workshop dates are June 24th, July 25th and August 22nd and you can register your family over on the park’s website.
Fota Wildlife also have some incredible events running into the Autumn season. International Red Panda Day is being celebrated with amazing activities such as feeding viewings, educational talks, red panda themed arts and crafts and face painting and so much more, all running on September 15th and 16th. World Rhino Weekend runs on September 22nd and 23rd, which is also set to be a brilliant family weekend. For more information on these events, or any mentioned above, see fotawildlife.ie/events.
As well as all these incredible events, Fota Wildlife will be open all Summer long to entertain families just like yours. Fota Wildlife Park is the perfect spot to observe your children’s favourite animals in their natural habitats and learn a bit more about how they live. Education and entertainment come hand in hand here, as the park always aims to teach younger generations about the importance of conservation, animal life and nature in an exciting and unforgettable way. Fotawildlife.ie