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A child wearing a harness completing the mini trek obstacle course.

Experience Ireland holidays for young families

Weekend and midweek breaks at Center Parcs are tailor-made for families with young children. Our woodland resort is full of outdoor play areas, and activities perfect for pre-school children aged 2 to 4 years. Whether you prefer to relax in your cosy lodge, wander through woodlands and spot wildlife, make sandcastles on the beach, splash in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, or enjoy dining in our family-friendly restaurants, there are endless opportunities to create cherished family memories.



Longford Forest

Nestled in 400 acres of beautiful historic forest just five kilometres from Ballymahon, Longford Forest is our first resort in Ireland. You’ll find plenty of activitiesrestaurants and accommodation options tucked away amongst the trees, offering everything you need for a perfect short break. 


Discover Longford forest

  • A dad carrying his daughter on his back whilst walking through the forest.
  • Toddler on the beach

What's included in your family break

  • Fully equipped family-friendly lodges
  • 400 acres of woodland to explore together, with pushchair-friendly pathways
  • Exciting outdoor adventure play areas for children of all ages, dotted around the village
  • Free entry to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise with children’s water play areas and rides and slides
  • Free Baby Dolphins session for infants under 3
  • Access to the sandy beach nestled within the forest
  • Complimentary Ella’s Kitchen baby food in selected restaurants
  • Free Leisure Bowl Mini Disco for little ones to dance and play

More about what's included

Activities for little ones

  • A lodge dining area showing a high chair
  • Living room of a lodge
  • Twin bed bedroom at Sherwood Forest.

Lodges for all the family to enjoy

Our lodges are thoughtfully designed for comfort and a relaxing family break. Each lodge features:

  • A cot (you’ll need to bring your own linen)
  • Twin beds (bed guards are available on request)
  • Toddler step in the bathroom
  • Chalkboard for creative minds
  • Highchair
  • Ample storage space for your pushchair or scooters
  • Spacious layout with separate lounge area for when little ones are napping
  • Stairgates in two-storey lodges
  • Woodland views for wildlife spotting

Please be aware that some lodges have steps to the entrance, so check this when booking.

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See what our guests are saying

Fabulous family holiday

@Brid M - January 2024, Longford Forest

We are just back from a 4 night stay in center parcs and it was absolutely amazing.
It is our 4th time there and we are already planning our next trip back.
The staff were all so friendly and helpful, especially Alvaro in the outdoor explorers and Tadgh in the mini trek, they were very accommodating and good with the kids.
It’s a real family friendly kind of holiday, all the amenities/ facilities onsite are aimed at making things easier and more enjoyable for families with young kids.

 Best family holiday  

@Richard M - July 2023, Longford Forest 

Without doubt the best holiday we ever had,from the moment you arrive you are greeted with friendly, helpful people.Our cabin was great quality and sparkling clean, facilities and activities on site for a young family are 2nd to none.Staff throughout are fantastic and a special mention goes to Tyrone at the Laser combat for making it the highlight of the week⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



  • Plates of Chinese food
  • A family sat around a table at a restaurant eating Indian food..
  • Soft play with a variety of soft toys
  • A family eating at the restaurant

Restaurants for all the family

From quick bites to leisurely dinners, relax and enjoy quality dining moments with your little ones at our family-friendly cafes and restaurants. Here's what you can expect:

  • Space for highchairs and pushchairs
  • Free Ella’s Kitchen baby food
  • Activity sheets and crayons
  • Children’s menus
  • Play areas (selected restaurants)
  • Facilities to warm milk or baby food
  • Allergen information is available 

Top tips:

  • Make your restaurant bookings in advance, especially for popular early evening slots
  • If little ones need an early bedtime after a busy day, don’t worry - order delicious food delivered to your door with Restaurant Runner

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  • A young girl wearing arm bands sat down in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise
  • Aerial image of Venture Bay outside the Subtropical Swimming Paradise.
  • Subtropical swimming paradise

Swim, play and splashing family fun

Discover water play areas for little ones, plus the famous Wild Water Rapids and rides and slides for older children and adults. You’ll find:

  • Splash pools and children’s water play areas
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Free use of swim jackets (these are swimming aids and not lifejackets)
  • Free, bookable Baby Dolphins play session for under 3s
  • Spacious family changing rooms, with baby changing, large lockers and buggy park
  • Refuel at Canopy Café with poolside snacks, meals and drinks
  • Play pens and highchairs in the pool area

Top tip: hire a Family Cabana for a cosy, peaceful retreat – perfect for a break between splashing adventures!

View Subtropical Swimming Paradise

  • Two women relaxing in a wooden Nordic sauna.
  • Outdoor pool at Aqua Sana Elveden.
  • A woman in a pool relaxing under a water jet.

Visit Aqua Sana Spa during your break

Indulge in some adult relaxation time at Aqua Sana Spa. Available to book as part of your break – and did you know you can visit Aqua Sana Spa on a Spa Day or Spa Break even when you’re not staying at Center Parcs? With up to 25 nature-inspired spa experiences to explore and a wide range of treatments, take some time out for you in a spa like no other.

Babies and toddlers from 3 to 23 months can be booked into the Center Parcs Crèche & Activity Den for up to 3 hours.

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A family on bicycles riding through the forest paths.

Top tips for your woodland adventure

  • Book early arrival to access your lodge from 2pm
  • Hire a pushchair, cycle, trike or trailer from the Cycle Centre
  • Treat yourself to some relaxing "adult-time" by booking your little ones into the creche (up to 23 months)
  • Pre-order groceries before you arrive
  • Don’t worry if you forget anything, ParcMarket is open daily for any essentials
  • Swimwear and accessories can be purchased at Aquatique
  • Book your child onto a 3-hour unaccompanied activity while you visit Aqua Sana Spa

Read top tips from our guests

Frequently asked questions

There’s plenty of fun things to do for younger children at Center Parcs! Explore exciting water play areas in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, spot wildlife in the forest and discover lots of indoor, outdoor and watersports activities, whatever the weather.

From creative activities like Fun Pots for Tots, nature activities like Baby Owls and sporty activities like Off Road Explorers, there’s so much fun for little ones!

Around each of our villages, there are a number of indoor and outdoor play areas for your little ones to explore. As well as outdoor adventure playgrounds, there are indoor play areas where you don't need to pay or book - just turn up and let your little one explore to their heart's content.

All of our restaurants are child friendly, with plenty of space for highchairs and pushchairs, children’s menus with healthy and tasty dishes, activity packs to keep them entertained and play areas in some of our restaurants where they can run around and play.

You can also hire a wide range of cycles, including Balance Bikes, Tag-a-longs, Children’s Bikes, Children’s Trailers and Pushchairs from the Cycle Centre. There’s something for the whole family!

Center Parcs is open all year round, so whatever the weather you can enjoy a spectacular seasonal break. See the forest in full bloom in springtime, soak up the sunshine in summer, see the vibrant colours of the autumn forest and discover magical Winter Wonderland and Winter Forest Lights breaks. With a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities, there’s lots to keep the whole family entertained, whatever the weather!

Yes, all of our Center Parcs villages welcome dogs! If you would like to bring a dog, you need to book a dog-friendly lodge, and please note that dogs are not permitted in certain restaurants or areas of the village. You can find out more on our dog-friendly breaks page.

Our lodges are all designed with babies and children in mind, with everything you need for a relaxing break with your little one. Whether you’re staying in a Woodland Lodge, a Treehouse or anything in between, you’ll find a cot (you’ll need to bring your own linen), highchair, toddler bathroom step, super-sized storage cupboard for your pushchair, forest views so little ones can spot wildlife. Please be aware that some lodges have steps to the entrance, so check this when booking. 

We run two separate Crèche Sessions, one for little ones aged 3 - 23 months old and one for toddlers aged 24 - 35 months old.

Our Crèche Session will keep your little ones entertained for 3 hours. Whilst they’re off having fun, why not enjoy some well-deserved relaxation at Aqua Sana, our spa in the heart of the forest. Or spend some quality time together nestled in nature in the comfort of your lodge, embrace your inner adventurer in one of our thrilling activities or enjoy a tranquil cycle ride through the forest.


Read more about visiting Center Parcs with a pre-school aged child


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