Family News and Events

Family News and Events An aerial view of Rathbeggan Adventure Park
Treasure trove of family fun

“An old legend says there is a treasure hidden in Rathbeggan Adventure Park waiting to be found…” organisers of a Meath-based treasure hunt say. “We are excited to announce a Masters of Calm Treasure Hunt family fun day, filled with family games and a chance to win two family tickets to MOC Summer Festival 2019 and more.”

The event will take place on Sunday May 12 from 12-4pm at Rathbeggan Lakes Adventure Park, Rathbeggan, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath.

It is said to be an engaging adventure, where families can spend their time playing games and travel through the adventure park to collect clues which must be solved in order to collect the following clue to find a hidden treasure, which guarantees a fun experience for everyone involved.

Food: Picnic (pack your own) with a marquee area booked to facilitate around 40 people, also hot food is available to buy from Rathbeggan Adventure Park kitchen. Price: €5, book tickets in advance through Eventbrite.


Be a champ, go to camp

Kids Guide Dublin has announced the Fourth Annual Kids Guide Summer Camp Fair in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. The event is free and the entire family can go and discover great summer camps available for kids in the South County Dublin metro area and beyond. Organisers say: “Join us for a great day for parents and kids alike, and discover some new, tried, and children’s activities and services to delight your kids this summer and year-round! You’re sure to find something just right for each of your kids.”

It’s recommended that tickets are pre-booked, as last year’s event sold out. Pre-register with your email at, or on their Facebook event page.

It takes place on Sunday, May 12 from 10.30am-4.30pm at the Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dun Laoighre. Camps are for children aged 4-14.


Teaching teens to banish terrible treats

Teens need a junk food intervention. Now new research provides some ideas on how to do it.

Feeding young people facts about how some food companies manipulate them into eating unhealthy and addictive processed foods and sugary drinks could make them less likely to buy them, a study from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business published in the Nature Human Behaviour journal found.

Part of the research separated 536 teenagers aged 13-14 at a Texas middle school into two groups between 2014 and 2016. The first group read a fact-based exposé-style article on big food companies. It framed them as manipulative marketers trying to lure in young people to buy their junk food and get them hooked. The second group read about the benefits of healthy eating.

The students who read about food companies targeting them chose fewer junk food snacks and picked water instead of soda the next day, the study found.