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Big moments for little ones

Toddler friendly holidays and breaks in the Ireland

Center Parcs Ireland is the perfect place to visit for family holidays with toddlers aged between 1 to 2 years. Discover acres of woodland for little feet to explore, hundreds of new and exciting indoor and outdoor activities for toddlers, and a wide variety of child-friendly restaurants and menus.

 

 

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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Activities for toddlers

  • A young girl sat on her father's shoulders
  • Toddler on the beach
  • Mum and toddler in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise pool.
  • Toddler in the adventure playground

What's included with your toddler break

  • Adventure playgrounds 
  • Free entry into the Subtropical Swimming Paradise 
  • Up to 400 acres of woodland to explore
  • Free baby dolphins session for under 3's
  • Sandy beach 
  • Free Ella’s Kitchen baby food in selected restaurants

More about what's included

  • A lodge dining area showing a high chair
  • A lodge living area showing a baby gate

Toddler friendly lodges

Our lodges are designed with families in mind and include everything you need for a relaxing break with a toddler. In our lodges you’ll find:

  • A cot (you’ll need to bring your own linen)
  • A highchair
  • A super-sized storage cupboard for your pushchair
  • A spacious layout, perfect for little explorers
  • Stair-gates (in two-storey lodges)
  • Forest views so little ones can spot wildlife

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See what our guests are saying

Exceeded expectations

@Richie - January 2022, Longford Forest

From start to finish the trip to Center Parcs was amazing.

Check in was smooth and the log cabins were modern, spacious and extremely clean.

The activities on offer were brilliant. Our family did bowling, Laser Combat (Karl & Julianne had everyone in stitches), Archery with Tyrone (amazing guy, so knowledgeable), Swimming, etc.

I have never experienced customer service of this high quality on any other holiday I’ve been on. Honestly the staff could not do enough, the restaurant staff assisting with our needs for a toddler, the swimming pool staff, faculties people, guest services all went over and above.

I would highly recommend center Parcs to anyone that wants an action packed but relaxed stay/vacation in Ireland. Even in January with the weather not so sunny everyday it didn’t dampen our break.

Already looking to rebook for later in the year

 Exceptional holiday  

@Tony C - September 2020, Longford Forest 

We took a 4 night break in Center Parcs 6 adults and 2 toddlers. From the time of booking the communications were excellent. Constant updates about Covid & the activities available. Check in on the monday was extremely efficient a little wait but not too bad and once we got to the Lodge - wow.

We had a 4 bedroomed each with ensuite, an excellently equipped kitchen and ding/sitting room and a games room with a monstrous TV and a pool table. We hired Bikes and used a number of the facilities. We ate in the Italian and The Indian restaurants on site and food was extremely good.

The sub tropical pool area was fantastic with pool and slides to suit all ages ensured we were all kept entertained. The cleanliness throughout the whole site was superb, and you felt safe.

Our stay was extremely enjoyable and a big part of were the staff. They are obviously very well trained and enjoy what they do. Nothing was a problem and they were all ever so helpful. The car free environment is a fantastic feature. We hired bikes for 2 toddlers and we were happy to let them pedal away , obviously supervised, but without the fear of a car suddenly appearing.

 

 

  • Soft play with a variety of soft toys
  • Plates of lots of different food on a table including pizza and curry and burgers

Eating out on holiday with a toddler

All of our restaurants are toddler-friendly. You'll find:

  • Plenty of space for highchairs and pushchairs
  • Facilities to warm milk or food you've brought
  • Plenty of space for highchairs and prams
  • Children’s menus offering healthy and tasty dishes
  • Activity packs to keep little ones entertained
  • Ella’s Kitchen baby food (subject to availability)
  • Play areas at some of our restaurants
  • Restaurant Runner service, for when you'd rather have a cosy night in

Be sure to pre-book your table as early evening times are popular

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Toddler breaks for every season

  • Subtropical swimming paradise

Take your toddler for a swim

Splash into the Subtropical Swimming Paradise on a toddler-friendly break

  • 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 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!

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.

Feel revitalised at Aqua Sana Spa

Need some time to recharge? 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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A toddler sat in a swing in an outdoor playground.

Top tips for the perfect break with your toddler

  • Book early arrival to beat the queues
  • Hire a pushchair and bike trailer from the Cycle Centre
  • Book your little ones into the creche for some relaxing me-time
  • Pre-order groceries before you arrive
  • ParcMarket stocks plenty of essentials including swim nappies
  • Visit Aquatique for any additional swimming gear
  • Discover our Adventure Playgrounds for all ages

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Frequently asked questions

There’s plenty of fun for toddlers at Center Parcs! Visit the Subtropical Swimming Paradise and explore exciting water play areas, spot wildlife in the forest and explore lots of fun activities that the whole family can enjoy together.

There are also lots of indoor and outdoor activities, from creative activities like Fun Pots for Tots, water activities like Mini Jet Skis and sporty activities like Football Fun Factory for Tots.

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, Trailers and Pushchairs from the Cycle Centre. There’s something for the whole family!

You can book the Crèche through the activities page, 12 weeks before your arrival. Just log into your Center Parcs account and add the Crèche session of your choice to your booking.

There are lots of places across our villages perfect for little ones to make new friends. Head to the beach and make sandcastles together, run wild in our children’s play areas, get creative in Mucky Pups or splash about in our children’s water play areas in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise! Under 3s will love singing songs and playing with inflatables in our free activity, Baby Dolphins

You may cancel your break at any time. However, the amount refunded to you will depend on whether you have Flex Your Stay Protection. Flex Your Stay allows you to cancel your break for any reason and receive a full refund up to 28 days before your arrival date. From 27 days up to 2 days before your stay you can still cancel your break and receive a reduced refund.

View Flex Your Stay terms and conditions.

Our First Aid Centre colleagues provide immediate first aid and emergency treatment only. They can also signpost you to local medical services, but these are most often accessed through NHS 111. The First Aid Centre is open daily 9am to 9pm. Please call the First Aid Centre for an appointment.

If your toddler requires immediate hospital assistance, dial 9 for an outside line from an internal telephone then dial 999 or 112. Alternatively, contact Guest Services to make the call on your behalf.

If you do not have a phone in your lodge (phones are in apartments only at Longford Forest) and mobile signal is limited, please use the emergency telephone boxes located around the village and highlighted on the map.

Please let us know if you dial 999 direct so we can ensure that the emergency services get to you as soon as possible. If you contact an emergency service yourself, please make us aware via the emergency number.

 

Picture-perfect moments with your toddler

 

 

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