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Adventures for little ones

Holidays and breaks with pre-school children

When you have young children, finding the perfect holiday destination is absolutely key. Everything at Center Parcs is made for families, and little ones aged 2-4 years old can discover new adventures and activities around every corner. Book your holiday or weekend break and get ready to explore acres of woodland, spot wildlife, splash in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise and get cosy in your family accommodation nestled amongst the trees.


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. 


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  • Living room of a lodge
  • Twin bed bedroom at Sherwood Forest.

Child-friendly lodges

Our lodges are designed with families in mind and include:

  • A highchair
  • A cot
  • A super-sized storage cupboard for your pushchair
  • A chalkboard for creative little minds
  • Bed rails on request
  • A spacious layout perfect for little explorers
  • Stair-gates (in two-storey lodges)
  • Forest views so little ones can spot wildlife

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



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  • Toddler on the beach

What's included with your break

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Activities for little ones

You’ll find plenty of fun activities and adventures for pre-school aged children. They can try something different with Mini Trek or Roller Tots, or learn new skills with Chocolate Chefs Academy or Football Fun Factory.

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  • Aerial image of Venture Bay outside the Subtropical Swimming Paradise.
  • Subtropical swimming paradise

Make a splash in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise

  • Heated to 29.5c all year round
  • Children’s water play areas, pools and mini slides
  • Sensory water play areas
  • Sing and splash in our free Baby Dolphins for play session
  • Family changing rooms, large lockers and buggy park
  • Canopy Café serving poolside food and drink

Top tip: hire a Family Cabana for a cosy, peaceful retreat – perfect for naptime!

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  • 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

Eating out with 2-4 year olds

All of our restaurants are child-friendly. You’ll find plenty of space for multiple highchairs and pushchairs, children’s menus offering healthy and tasty dishes, and activity packs to keep little ones entertained. You’ll also find indoor or outdoor play areas at some of our restaurants. Be sure to pre-book your table as early evening times are popular.

If you’d prefer a relaxing evening in, order restaurant food to be delivered to your lodge.

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  • Outdoor pool at Aqua Sana Elveden.
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Feel revitalised at Aqua Sana Spa

Need some time to re-energise after a day of activities? Why not visit Aqua Sana and enjoy a relaxing spa day.

Nestled in the trees of our Center Parcs villages, each of our spas have up to 25 different spa experiences, from wet, to dry, to herbal or meditative, you'll find everything you need to leave feeling relaxed and revitalised.

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Making the most of your break with your little one

Here are our top tips on having a fun and relaxing Center Parcs break with your pre-school child:

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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


Make unforgettable memories at Center Parcs with your pre-school aged children

Other child-friendly breaks

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