Kids Summer Kitchen Activities

Are your kids finished with school for the summer? Do you need activities to help keep them entertained throughout the day? The summer months are a great opportunity to spend quality time with your children, get them helping out around the house, and teaching them about food and cooking. Whatever age your kids are, there is something they can do to help put the meals on the table, and lots they can learn about good homemade food.Kids summer kitchen activities

Supervision is needed in the kitchen at all times, especially with younger children, and any danger points should be noted and and avoided. Pot handles, hot surfaces, sharp implements should all be kept a safe distance away from toddlers and young children, however as they grow, they can take on more responsibility

Very young children from 2 – 3 years old may be limited in what they can do in the kitchen, but this is a great stage to get them interested in fresh food and new tastes, as well as helping with vocabulary. Toddlers can help out by:

  • washing fruit and veg
  • sprinkling surfaces with flour or helping with icing sugar
  • stirring dry ingredients with help

Young children
As well as the above tasks, young children from 3 – 5 years can take on slightly more complicated responsibilities, again with supervision.

  • Weighing ingredients by pouring or spooning ingredients into scales
  • Using a plastic knives to cut soft ingredients – mushrooms, strawberries etc
  • Tearing lettuce leaves for salads
  • Rolling, shaping and cutting dough with plastic cutters and kid sized utensils
  • Spreading ingredients like butter, jam etc
  • Helping to set the table – make sure that cupboards and utensils are safe to reach
  • Wiping down surfaces
  • Washing small dishes and cups in warm water

Children from 5 – 7
As your kids get older they can get more involved with making meals and preparation. Along with all the tasks listed above, 5 – 7 year olds can start with knife skills and the clean up.

  • Cutting using a small knife or scissors can be taught at this age, just make sure you show them how to use a small knife carefully, keeping fingertips tucked away. They can also use small kid sized scissors to cut portions of herbs. Remember to show kids how to cut on a flat surface, and always use the flattest side of whatever ingredients they are cutting.
  • Grating vegetables and cheese – graters with built in containers are great for kids and help reduce mess.
  • As kids learn basic maths, measuring ingredients is a great way to keep these skills up during the summer months
  • Greasing and lining cake tins and trays
  • Helping to load and unload dishwashers with supervision – beware hot surfaces

Children from 8 – 11
At this stage, children can take a more active role in meal preparation and planning and should have basic knowledge of food preparation.

  • Opening cans
  • Making salads
  • Using a peeler to prepare fruit and vegetables
  • Choosing and helping to plan meals
  • Following a simple recipe
  • Finding ingredients in cupboards, and putting away groceries
  • Using heat on a hob, oven and microwave with supervision

Children 11 +
Children at this age, while taking on the above tasks can become more independent in the kitchen. From 11 years on, kids can plan and follow recipes and with minimal supervision cook meals for themselves and the family.


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Local Summer Festivals

It’s summer and the sun is definitely shining! Are your kids free from school, or are you looking for something fun this summer? Look no further – Davis’ Restaurant @ Yeats Tavern have put together a list of fun music and family festivals and events happening over the next few months! 

Sligo Loves Live Music festival is a free outdoor music festival to be held across Sligo Town on Saturday 21st JuneBilled as a celebration of Sligo music, this one day festival brings together the efforts of Music Generation Sligo, Sligo Arts Service, Sligo Live, Sligo Music, The Italian Quarter, Cairde Arts Festival, Furey’s Bar, Chapters and Ocean FM. Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann  will launch their programme with a big concert in the Sligo Park Hotel featuring several all-Ireland winning Céílí Bands.Furey’s Bar feature a full night of music commencing with their weekly 8pm early evening session. Love:Live Music Busking event will also take place from 2-5pm on Rockwood Parade and JFK Parade on Sat, June 21st and welcomes acts from across the country.

In Humbert’s Footsteps, Ballina 2014 In Humbert’s Footsteps is an historical re-enactment of the opening events of French General Jean Joseph Amable Humbert’s military campaign in Mayo, in August, 1798, the year since known as Bliain na bhFrancach –‘The Year of the French”. Events will take place Wednesday 25th June to Sunday 29th June 2014. The festival will see some great events such as Torchlight arrival of General Humbert’s army in Ballina by Bóthar na Sop and a chance to Meet the British Redcoats, the Irish Rebel Pikemen and General Humbert’s Blue-Clad French  and experience what life was like for a soldier in 1798.

Sea Sessions is back in Bundoran this year, with a great line up from the 27th – 29th June. The strictly over 18’s music festival features teen heart-throbs The Strypes, beat boxing powerhouse Beardyman and hugely popular Sligo acoustic bluegrass and folk band, Rackhouse Pilfer, among many many others.

Ballintogher Gooseberry Fair Day has a range of events and exhibitions to appeal to all the family. With mechanical exhibitions such as Vintage Cars, Vintage Farm Machinery, Honda 50′s, Fire engine from past days,  and workshops like Spud Picking, Turf Footing, Butter making, How to make Poxty, the 12th July in Ballintogher is set to entertain everyone. Other events on the day include Gooseberry Sheep Derby, Sheep Shearing (no electrics here), Zorro balls and a Rodeo Bull, Gladiator games and specially for the kids will be a Teddy bear picnic and pet farm. Stalls from local producers will be  selling a wide range of products and of course Live Music on the featuring The Quakers, Leo Taffe, Con Kelly, jesse Conlon, Kayleigh Gallagher, Niamh Clance, Aontas and more.

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Our Favourite Summer Barbeque Foods

Summer is officially here – we’ve got the sunshine and blue skies! But it’s still Ireland, so we better make the most of the summer weather while we have it. At Yeats Tavern restaurant, we’ve got the best recipes to share with you, for your perfect barbeque party.

Our recipes are quick and easy to make on your barbeque at home, and more importantly, they taste great, will help add to a great summer and make the most of our unpredictable weather!

Hawaiian Beef Burgers

Beef sliders are great fun to make and eat!

Select fresh lean burgers from your butchers, and place on a heated and prepared barbeque grill. Cook for about 5 mins on each side. About halfway through cooking time, grill a pineapple slice per burger, and turn regularly. Add bread baps to the grill to toast.

Once everything is cooked and toasted, place burgers in the baps, and top with the pineapples and slice of cheddar cheese.

Lime Chicken Curry kebabs

Try these kebabs for a zingy and delicious treat that’s easy to make.

Chop chicken breasts into bite sized pieces, then make a marinade using a mix of a handful of fresh mint and coriander, 2 red chilies, 2 garlic cloves and lime juice mixed in a food processor,then mix in a little olive oil to loosen. Cover the chicken with the marinade and let rest for 1 hour.

Chop a selection of vegetables – courgette stips, peppers and onions. Skewer the chicken with the vegetables. (Remember to soak your wooden skewers in water for 20 minutes before using to avoid splinters!)

Place skewers on a hot grill, and barbeque for 5 – 7 mins turning regularly, or until chicken is cooked through.

Salmon Salad with Wedges and Green Pesto

This is a nice, light alternative to traditional barbeque foods.

To make the pesto, pulse 3 handfuls of basil, a half clove of garlic, 1 handful of toasted pine nuts in a food processor, until thoroughly mixed. Then place in a bowl, and add grated Parmesan and olive until you are happy with the flavour.

For the potato wedges, cut 2-3 potatoes into wedge shapes, spray with an olive oil and sprinkle with dried chili flakes and rosemary. Place in the oven on a medium to high heat for about 45 mins.

For the salad, layer baby salad leaves, sun-dried tomatoes, sunflower seeds, smoked salmon, and the potato wedges. Serve pesto to the side and enjoy!


Yeats Day Events June 13th, Sligo

William Butler Yeats is an name of international renown and this year, on June 13th, the poet’s birthday, events are happening all over the world including Tokyo, Sacramento, Taipei to London.

Here in Sligo, one of Yeat’s favourite places in the world,  his ‘Land of Heart’s Desire’ we’re celebrating his birthday in style!

A whole host of events and competitions will span the day across Sligo this Friday all organised by the Sligo Yeats Society and we’ve got them all here for you to check out!

Here’s Just a selection of events happening on Friday 13th:

Family Events:

10.30am The World Wishes Yeats Happy Birthday-  Yeats Day Mail Art Project:An exhibition of small art works of birthday wishes from around the world, at City Hall, Quay St.

11am Mad Hatters Happy Birthday with the Yeats Society – Family fun, drama and poetry.Yeats Memorial Building, Hyde Bridge

2.30pm – 6.00pm Happy Birthday Mr Yeats – Birthday cake, music and butterflies join the SÓ Sligo Food Festival Food Village in Stephen’s Street Car Park for birthday celebrations. Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann young musicians will join the festivities.


8am Breakfast on Lough Gill –  A boat trip across Lough Gill to the Lake Isle of Inisfree casts off Yeats Day with music, poetry and breakfast on board.Meet at Doorly Park Pier.Tickets €25. Booking essential.Email: Tel: 087 2598869

5pm Hazeleood Poetry Walk – Join Hazelwood Heritage Society for a guided walk with stories and Yeats’ poetry. Meet at Hazelwood Car Park

5.30pm LillyLolly Carft Fest Opening –  LilyLolly Craftfest opening by Mayor Marcella McGarry andMary Whelan, DCCOI at Hyde Bridge Gallery,Yeats Memorial Building, Hyde, Bridge


12.30pm Yeats Choral at the Library –  Children from Eily Kilgannon School of Drama and AnneCarton Creche perform Yeats’ poetry at the County Library’s garden stage, Stephen St.

7.30pm Blue Raincoat Theatre Company and Hawkswell Theatre –  Sandra O’Malley and Niall Henry read Yeats poetry and prose, accompanied by music.Hawk’s Well Theatre,Temple St. Tickets at door €5

9.00pm Magic Music at Dusk – Musicians Felip Carbonell, Ian Bordley and Ray Coen will mark the end of Yeats Day in the beautiful 13th centuryDominican Friary, Sligo Abbey,Abbey Street.

For more information on all events on Friday 13th and through the weekend, see the programme here: and visit

Try our new ‘secret’ Cocktail!

That’s right folks, summer is here! The sun may not always be shining, but at Yeats Tavern @ Davis’s Restaurant, we’re here to get you that summer feeling. 

We’ve got outside seating for those moments of glorious sunshine and heat, a range of seasonal salads and changing lunch specials everyday and the newest addition to our drinks menu!

Try our ‘Flamingo’ Cocktail – named by one of our Facebook followers! It’s the perfect cocktail for summer, and was created specially by our expert bar staff. With years of experience in cocktail making, our bar staff know a thing or two about blending flavours and serving up the most delicious drinks! Check out their Cosmopolitan Cocktail tutorial here!

You can order our special Flamingo cocktail in our bar and restaurant all this month! Just let us know how you found it, as we won’t be featuring this on our menus – it’s a special offer for our digital followers!

Sligo’s Summer Events

Só Sligo Kid's Workshops

There’s a whole lot going on this summer in Sligo. From events to festivals, we’ve got all the details. There’s so much happening in Sligo for families, kids, teens and grownups all summer long, that we thought we’d give you a taster of some of our favourite events.

Só Sligo is a great annual foodie and family festival running from 11th – 15thJune, with kids and adults food workshops, talks, demonstrations, a Food Village and Street Fest. For more information go to for details.

Yeats Day celebrates Sligo’s most famous poet’s birthday in style, with a host of events for children and families all around SLigo Town on the 13th June this year. See here for updated details, coming soon

The Mullaghmore Triathlon takes places on the 14th June and there’s still time to sign up! This promises to be a great day out for particiapnts, supporters and families. Check here for all the details

Saturday 13th July is Family Day at the Sligo Races, with Ladies Day on the 7th of August.

Rosses Point Sea Shanty Festival promotes the musical heritage of the sea and aims to showcase the work of the RNLI. This festival runs from the 11th – 13th June. See for more details

Sea Sessions Festival in Bundoran from kicking off on the 27th June boasts great live acts from The Dandy Warhols and Kelis for a music filled weekend. More details here

Sligo Cairde Festival kicks off in July from the 8th to the 13th with music, theatre and craic. See here for more details


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