10 Budget Busting Ideas to Entertain the Children on a Rainy Day

Ireland has seen it’s wettest (and coldest) summer in years. Entertaining the children in these conditions can be costly and challenging! So here are 10 Budget Busting Ideas to Entertain the Children on a Rainy Day.

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#1. Museums or Art Galleries

Natural History MuseumMany museums and Art Galleries are free of charge to visit and often have free activity sheets for children and families. They frequently run workshops and classes for children that are low cost or free so check out your local museum website.

We love the activities at the four National Museums of Ireland sites.

#2. Library

libraryVisit the local library and check out some new authors you may not have read. See if they have a storytelling, music or arts and crafts session.

Our local library has a fun summer reading program to encourage children to enjoy books during the summer months.

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home cinema#3. Cinema & Theatre

Most cinemas and theatres offer an early bird or kids session at a fraction of the full price cost. See if your local cinema or theatre has any deals.

Alternatively you could create your own home cinema with popcorn, tickets and comfortable seats. Or put on your own show for friends and family.

#4. Water Safety

surf offer WaterfordDuring the summer months, the Irish Water Safety Association run lifesaving courses throughout the country.

Children can go along and try it out for free. A full course is very in-expensive.

Does your local water safety association offer this? If so get the kids in their wetsuits and off they go.

#5. Arts and Crafts

Art and CraftsCover the kitchen table and get out the glue / paint / beads or stickers and have a fun afternoon crafting.

You might enjoy 50 Brilliant Ideas for Art & Crafts for Kids and we have hundreds of other crafty ideas on our Things to Do Section.

#6. Jumping in Muddy Puddles!

Rainy dayGet everyone into wet gear and head outdoors. Race through muddy puddles, take a walk in the forest, where the trees act as a natural umbrella or head to the beach where you will be getting wet anyway!

Or grab the bikes for a fun afternoon of cycling when there are less people out walking!

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#7. Water and Activity Parks

outdoor water gamesSee if your local water or activity park is less expensive in the afternoon or off peak times.

Many offer deals for visits after a certain time. Bring wetsuits or wet gear and the rain should not affect your fun.

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#8. Cooking with Kids

82 Story Lane Cooking FunCooking is a great and inexpensive way to pass the day. Children love to get involved in the kitchen.

Check out our food and recipes section for fun cooking and baking ideas for kids and toddlers.

Why not host your own junior masterchef competition?

Be inspired with 20 Easy Recipes for Kids to Make and 10 Easy Baking Recipes for Kids and 10 Pasta Dishes for Kids to Prepare in No Time!

#9. Deals and Offers

sizzling saversThere are a huge selection of websites with deals and offers. They are updated daily and often have savings for families and kids on activities and events. Visit our sizzling savers post which is updated weekly.

#10. Festivals

Kilkenny arts festivalFrom Sheep Racing to Arts and Music, local towns and villages have festivals running throughout the year. These are often free to visit and have events for families and children, some of them indoors.

For more inspiration, check out our Rainy Day Ideas Section

Have you got any fun ideas to entertain the kids cheaply? Please share them in the comments box below.

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Michelle is a Mum to 2 girls and co-founded Mykidstime.