Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, in partnership with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, recently launched the Kids ‘n’ Castles app.
This is an innovative IOS-based mobile application aimed at engaging young families with the rich heritage of two historic sites - Carrickfergus Town Walls, with reference to the iconic Carrickfergus Castle, and the atmospheric Antrim Castle Gardens.
To celebrate the launch of the app, there will be a free family fun day on Thursday 20 April at Carrickfergus Museum and Friday 21 April at Antrim Castle Gardens, both from 2-4pm.
Come along for face painting, sword making, crown modelling and try out this new exciting app.
The app’s challenges and rewards are curriculum-linked encouraging family learning for children aged seven and over.
“I’d encourage families to come along and try it out at one of the free fun days and enjoy an adventure in Carrickfergus and Antrim.”
Families are guided through the app by two specially devised and appealing characters, Andy, a groomsboy on the estate at Antrim Castle Gardens and Cara, a lady’s maid for Lady Chichester in Carrickfergus.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE, said: “Kids ‘n’ Castles is a fantastic new opportunity to encourage our young people to enjoy themselves exploring heritage sites across our Boroughs. “The feedback to date for the app has been extremely positive.
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott, added: “It is great to see the development of this digital app which I hope children and their families will engage with.
“This is a fun way of learning historic facts of two landmark attractions. I trust that the introduction of this new app will invite new visitors to both sites and encourage regular visitors to try something new.”