Tayto Park Adventures - The Smallie Edition

Have you heard of Taytos? As Ireland's number one crisp manufacturer (I'm assuming), as a child, I thought all crisps were called Taytos. Even know, years later, I'll often say I'm grabbing a "bag of Taytos" when I mean a completely different crisp.
Tayto Park logo
Tangent aside, back in 2012 Ireland's first theme park, Tayto Park, opened. My parents brought my youngest brother there just after they opened, and were impressed. So impressed, that with a couple of days off work, it was their first port of call. Naturally, I asked if Caelen and I could tag along.
Set in the grounds next to the Tayto factory in Ashbourne, Co. Meath, Tayto Park is a sprawling wonderland. With an emphasis on Irish culture, with some Native American influences, and Mr. Tayto of course, there's something for everyone. I was wary that there wouldn't be enough to keep Caelen entertained all day, but I shouldn't have been so worried.
Tayto Park

With playgrounds and rides specifically for the smallies in your life, mazes, a large selection of animals in the park zoo, face painting, bright colours and music pumped throughout the park, this little boy was delighted to spend the day in Tayto Park. 

Tayto Park tiger face paint

The meercats, in particular, were a hit. I mean, it is pretty hard not to find them ridiculously cute. Caelen was amazed to see them standing up on hind legs, and laughed when they poked their little noses out through the holes in the cardboard box they were hiding in. I found it hard to tear myself away from their enclosure too, though.

Tayto Park meerkats

Another hit on the day was the Pony Rail. Having already been on something similar during last years Rose of Tralee festival, Caelen was only raring to jump on a horse and play cowboy. Tip - if your smallie wants more than one ride, it might be a good idea to get one of the wristbands. In Caelen's case, it was €15 well spent!

Tayto Park Pony Rail ride

Unfortunately, I didn't get many more photos of the day. I had lugged my camera along with me, with the intention of taking a million and one snaps, but at the end of the day, I was more interested in spending the time as a family, rather than behind the lens.

All in all, it was a fantastic day out for everyone. If you're wondering about whether to bring your small kids or not, I'd say go for it! Under 2's have free entry, and if it's a fine day, there's plenty of space for a picnic lunch.

Have you been to Tayto Park? Did you enjoy it?


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