Summer holidays are here at last! The notion of long summer days stretching away ‘til September may make kids smile, but parents’ brows furrow as they struggle to come up with a plan to keep the kids busy, safe and happy. One easy way to do just that is to take advantage of the fantastic range of camps and activities available all summer at Fota Island Resort – you don’t need to be staying at Fota Island Hotel in Cork to benefit from all the fun!

With camps designed to entertain kids from 6 years of age, each club is packed full of specially selected elements for each age group. Supervised and organised, the camps ensure that kids come home at the end of every day full of chat and stories of great adventures, new skills learned and new friends made – just what summer holidays should be all about!

The Spider Monkeys Club runs from 11am until 2pm up to August 30th, daily from Monday to Thursday and on Saturdays, and caters for kids aged 6-8. A supervised club, the Spider Monkeys Club has a wide range of activities suitable for this age group including Golf Academy, nature trails, treasure hunts, drama, team puzzles, a swim club, fitness classes and trivia quizzes.

The Giraffe Club, as its name suggests, is geared towards those perhaps a little taller, but certainly a little older! Aimed at children aged 9-11, the club runs from 2.30pm to 5.30pm daily, from Monday to Thursday and on Saturdays up to August 30th. Incorporating many of the same activities as the Spider Monkeys Club, the approach at the Giraffe Club is designed to stretch the older children just that little bit more, with an emphasis on fitness and teambuilding, including orienteering and tennis. All kids camps cost just €25 per child per day.

Also for the older kids, particularly those who imagine themselves as a mini superhero, Fota Island Resort has exciting laser tag every Tuesday until August 10th, costing €20 per person per session, and laser clay shooting or archery at €25 per person per session every Thursday until August 12th. Stimulating, thrilling and a rush of adrenalin, these laser games are a chance to see whether they’d really make it as Harry Potter, Batman or Robin Hood when they grow up!

Of course, Fota Island Resort is also famous for golf in Cork, and for kids who are keen to spend time on the greens this summer, there is a whole schedule of golf-focused events at Fota’s world-class Golf Academy. Ireland’s most modern golf academy, this is the home of the Kids Golf Summer Camps, a structured programme designed to help children from 7 to 14 quickly develop golf skills, with fun step-by-step guides through all aspects of the game, taking place over two days from 9am to 1pm on 14th & 15th July and 11th & 12th August, costing €80 per child.

So from the swings (of the golf clubs) to the roundabouts (of the organised games) Fota Island Resort offers activities that will ensure kids make the absolute most of their precious time off, giving parents the chance to relax, unwind and enjoy the summer holidays too!