There are plenty of family-friendly attractions and activities on hand.   For a fun outing, visit the Belfast Zoo , home to a variety of exotic and endangered animals, and  the popular Odyssey Arena , a huge entertainment complex featuring an IMAX theater and an exciting interactive learning centre at W5.  

The Titanic Experience is great visit for kids of all ages, to learn and experience all about the Titanic.

 For ice-skating fans, the Dundonald International Ice Bowl is a popular choice for children of all ages. In addition to ice-skating, the family can also enjoy computerized tenpin bowling and the Indiana Jones-themed indoor adventure playground.  

Another family favorite is the Exploris Aquarium located in the Strangford area of Belfast.  A large variety of fish, large and small, plus feeding demonstrations and a “touch tank” make this a popular outing for all ages.  Located in the South Down district is Seaforde Gardens and Tropical Butterfly House with its many large and beautiful butterflies, landscaped gardens and a fun maze the whole family will enjoy. 

Get up-close-and-personal with nature at the Ark Open Farm , which features a wide variety of animals, nature walks, petting area and pony rides for all ages. Another pleasant escape to the countryside is an outing to Streamvale Open Dairy Farm where the little ones can feed the animals and even witness live births (if the timing is right)!   

Combine family fun with a little bit of history with a visit to the 19th-century Belfast Castle , which features a small heritage museum, spectacular grounds and a playground for children. 

Ulster Museum offers a wide range of history and cultural experience, as well as art and craft areas for all age ranges. 

Enjoy some healthy outdoor activity with the kids at the Cave Hill Adventurous Playground, which offers steep slides, high walkways, climbing equipment and a soft playground ideally suited for younger children.  Especially popular is a climb up the space net and a hurtling ride down the aerial runway.  Don’t forget a trip to Pickie Family Fun Park , part of the Bangor Marina with fun activities for all ages including a paddling pool, miniature railway and a chance to “ride a white swan” in the park’s lagoon. 

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