Project Parenthood means pouring every particle of ourselves into transforming these small humans into functioning bigger ones. Photograph: E+/iStock/Getty

I have just passed my favourite sight in the whole of Ireland when my son calls to ask me to pick up ketchup. My favourite sight on the island – bette(...)

Children from St Mary’s National School, Stepaside and Stepaside Educate Together who played a part in the design process to create a new play space at Fernhill Park and Gardens. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ask a child about their perfect playground and their answers may surprise you. Swings and roundabouts and slides are not as important as freedom: to e(...)

Hisotical Kardamyli village in Messenia, Greece

All summer, The Irish Times will offer tips, advice and information for parents on how to help their children thrive during the holiday mont(...)

School sports days are for all, including those children for whom sports are a challenge and always will be. Photograph: iStock

“I don’t think the dads are as bothered to be honest, now that it’s not competitive,” a parent said to me recently, responding to apparent absence of (...)

Johan Wellton at the Street Performance World Championship, during the Cork Midsummer Festival in 2018. File photograph: Clare Keogh/Provision

Cork Midsummer Festival Cork City, June 13th-23rd; The Rebel County's family-friendly festival takes place in venues all o(...)

Róisín, Joya and Priya ready for a bumpy  excursion on a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat).

We’re less than 20km outside Killarney, when I realise with a mortified jolt what a travesty it is that as a family – my partner, our two 10-year-old (...)

Barceló Teguise Beach in Lanzarote is an adult-only hotel.

  We all love our children and relish spending family time together, but there is something so deliciously relaxing about a few days away sans l(...)

Sophie tries to visit the fairies in Erica’s Fairy Forest.

This is a walk made for people with small feet and big imaginations. For those of us with bigger feet and perhaps smaller imaginations, Erica’s Fairy (...)

Castlecomer Discovery Park, in Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

GET BACK TO NATURE Dublin City Farm St Anne’s Park, Raheny; free; Dublin County Council’s first urban farm has only been open(...)

For many parents, choosing a summer camp, or two – or perhaps as many as eight – is an annual and often expensive task. All summer long, The (...)

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