Enjoy the October half-term with your little ones in Belfast and beyond. Think ahead of the game and have fun family activities marked in the calendar. We have plenty of ideas on how you can spend quality time together, making new memories and having fun!

Top Things to Do

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W5 is Belfast’s award-winning science and discovery centre and provides a unique experience as well as fantastic fun for visitors of all ages. W5 has exhibits and experiences covering everything from climate change and nature to film and TV production, optical illusions, built engineering, medical science and much, much more. Check out what exciting shows & events they have on this half-term!

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Colin Glen Forest Park

Adrenaline junkies can get excited over 200 acres of outdoor fun and a world-class selection of activities at Colin Glen Forest Park. This Autumn why not try Ireland’s longest zipline at the park. If you’d rather keep your feet firmly on the ground, you can play lazer tag and archery or enjoy the golf course and TopTracer driving range.

Colin Glen Forest Park is a beautiful glen located in the southwest of Belfast, in the heart of the Belfast Hills. Visitors can enjoy peaceful woodland walks and little ones can follow the Gruffalo Trail.

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Nature and Nurture

Nature and Nurture is an imaginative play centre just 15 minutes from the centre of Belfast in Lisburn Square. Does your little one want to be a doctor? Run a Café? Or perhaps work in a salon? They can explore the themed areas within the role play village which is sure to keep them entertained for the whole session!

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Scrapyard Golf

Scrapyard Golf proudly present probably the worlds craziest indoor golf adventure! This indoor family-run 21-hole golf course + a BONUS HOLE has been designed with only the golfer in mind. They want you to have an unbelievable experience while discovering each and every exciting hole that they have dreamt up. Golfers of all ages and sizes, regardless of talent, should feel like they can bring out their inner child and get that rivalry to an all-new high!

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High Rise

Make sure High Rise is top of your list for a day out with family or friends – with Clip ‘n Climb and soft play there’s something for all ages! High Rise is home to Northern Ireland’s largest Clip ‘n Climb indoor climbing arena with 24 exhilarating climbing challenges (for age 4 plus). High Rise has been designed to be inclusive and accessible to allow the whole family to enjoy outings together and includes a Changing Places accessible toilet, which is open to everyone.

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Xtreme Bowling at Dundonald Ice Bowl

Strike! For a great group day out or a day with the family, why not take to the lanes for an Xtreme Bowling session. Are you brave enough to play in the dark? Enjoy all the fun of tenpin bowling with glow balls, pins and ultra violet lights for the ultimate bowling experience. You can also party on down while you bowl with supported DJ entertainment, prize competitions, disco lighting and smoke effects.

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Splash Outdoor Waterpark

Want to fill your next day out with laughs and excitement? All that’s needed is a wetsuit and a buoyancy aid and you’re free to explore the bumps, bends, bridges, towers, slides and jumps that extend across the gigantic inflatable Aqua Park.


Go Quest Adventures

Explore the streets of Belfast’s city centre and unlock a hidden trail by finding clues, solving puzzles & completing challenges, earning points along the way all self-guided through the Go Quest Adventures app. See the area’s highlights, explore it’s hidden gems and learn some insider history and fun facts along the way!

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Andersonstown Indoor Aqua Park

Make a splash at Andersonstown Indoor Aqua Park. A family pass allows big kids to take the plunge on three exhilarating, high speed water slides, while the little ones enjoy the aqua adventure play area. Groups of up to 8 can hang ten at Surf Belfast, Northern Ireland’s only indoor surf simulator. Booking for each activity is available through the Better UK app.

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Prison Island

Ready for a family challenge? Take on Prison Island’s 31 prison-themed cells, inspired by the ‘Crystal Maze’. In teams of two to four people you are free to move around and try any cell, in any order, with a great mix of physical, tactical and skill-based games there’s something for everyone.

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There are plenty of entertaining attractions for the young (and the young at heart) around Belfast including W5, Ulster Museum and Belfast Zoo. Here’s our top 10 suggestions for family friendly attractions that promise a memorable day out this half term.

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Free Things to Do

Keep the costs down this half term with family friendly attractions and entertainment that are completely free of charge! From museums to parks, here’s a round-up of our top things to do in Belfast and beyond that won’t cost a single penny.


Family Fun – Belfast Plus

Discover family fun attractions in Lisburn and Castlereagh and Ards and North Down, just minutes from Belfast. See our top suggestions for a fun-filled day out, from exploring the depths of the oceans at Exploris Aquarium to taking to the ice at Dundonald Ice Bowl.

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Top things to in Belfast this Autumn

Fall is a great time of year to fall in love with the city of Belfast. The season of on-and-off-again layers of clothes, crunchy leaves, cosy coffee dates and seasonal activities. Discover unmissable things to do this Autumn in Belfast. Enjoy a relaxing walk, head to see a show or take a spooky tour around the city. Belfast has everything you need to have a prefect day out.

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Go for a Family Meal

With special menus and activities for little ones, Belfast has a great range of child-friendly restaurants and cafés. Read our guide to family friendly restaurants and pick the perfect place for an evening out together.

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