Inside the kid-friendly Irish festival – where toddlers let off steam to rave music and parents do yoga


CHILDREN swing on their parents’ shoulders to dance to music before retiring to tents.

Known as Glastonbury to children – it’s Kaleidoscope at Russborough House, Co Wicklow.


A huge bouncy castle has proven itself with children
The Kennedy family enjoy the festivities at the Wicklow site


The Kennedy family enjoy the festivities at the Wicklow site
Jennifer Zamparelli called the event a


Jennifer Zamparelli called the event “epic”

The event kicked off in style on Friday as families arrived at campsites to prepare for a weekend of fun.

Wonderland, located in the beautiful walled gardens of Russborough House, is home to four stages with over 60 different activities.

Kaleidoscope attractions for children included the world’s largest bouncy castle, a funfair and sports activities, not to mention a baby rave. Yes, you read that right.

And with the event returning to full capacity after a two-year hiatus, revelers were treated to Friday night performances from The Pale, singer-songwriter Ryan McMullan and Camille O’Sullivan.

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In true Kaleidoscope style, DJ Dec Pierce brought soil fillers to the fields of Russborough with his Block Rockin’ Beats.

One participant said: “It’s unlike anything I’ve seen before. The kids are standing on their parents’ shoulders and listening to hardcore dance music.

“There are also events for children, but the music appeals to all ages.”

The event offered free passes to grandparents who wished to attend the event with their little ones.

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Jennifer Zamparelli was at the event with her children Florence and Enzo and husband Lau.

She said: “Epic weekend at @kaleidoscopeireland.. FINALLY a festival I’m happy to take my kids to. Lots to do for everyone. We’ll be back for sure.”

On Saturday evening, James Morrison and Feeder will perform to sold-out audiences as the sun sets on another successful day at Russborough House.

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On Sunday night, The Divine Comedy will headline the three-day festival.

Highlights include the Ferris wheel from the movie Grease, yoga, a chill-out area, and daily groceries.

James Morrison performed at the family festival


James Morrison performed at the family festival

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