Playful Culture Trail

Discover, explore and play in Cork City…

Are you looking for interactive, educational, and playful things to do with your kids this summer?

Museums, galleries, and attractions in Cork City have come together to create a Playful Culture Trail, featuring 30 fun and playful places where kids can explore the city’s culture, heritage and green spaces through play.

Each attraction on the trail will have a unique activity pack for kids on arrival with numerous challenges to complete from scavenger hunts, to sketching tasks, crosswords and investigation work.

Families participating in the trail will have the opportunity to hop through labyrinths at St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, design costumes for superheroes at Crawford Art Gallery, find their Bog Age at the Cork Butter Museum, trace tombstones at St Peter’s Church, make daisy chains at Nano Nagle Place, enjoy the playground at the Old Cork Waterworks, and lots more.

Make sure to keep a beady eye out for ‘Blaithín’ on your adventures – a cute and cuddly lizard who is the play trail mascot and will be playing hide and seek in lots of attractions.

The full trail is highlighted on a colourful and child friendly map that can be picked up along with a unique tote bag, colouring pencils, a Pure Cork pencil, and a bookmark, from attractions and hotels in the city.

One of the first adventurers on the Cork City Playful Culture Trail was Olivia Phillips, aged 6 from Youghal, who has already explored the labyrinth at St Fin Barre’s.  She said “I love my play trail kit and can’t wait to search for Bláithín the lizard with my little brother and sister in other places. I love art so the next time I want to do some sketches in Crawford, and science is my favourite subject so star-gazing and learning about space at the Observatory sounds so cool!”

Get ready by picking up your free canvas goodie bag or download the virtual map at, Get set by choosing where you want to visit, and go, go, go before the summer is out!

This project is part of an overall mission to make Cork a playful, child friendly, active city  and was developed in collaboration with all of the participating museums, galleries and attractions in Cork, in partnership with Playful Paradigm, Cork City Council, Cork Local Sports Partnership, Pure Cork, and Bus Eireann.

Some venues are free and others offer family rates.  For more see


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