Fun Ideas for Kids on a Rainy Day in Ireland

Jennifer Buttner


February 28, 2014

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Are you looking for things to do with the kids when it’s raining? We’ve got it covered, with the Mykidstime Guide to Fun Ideas for Kids on a Rainy Day in Ireland.

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Housing an extensive collection of Irish and International art, the National Gallery is dedicated to family friendly education and fun. The 3 National Museums in Dublin are also free to visit and have some fabulous family events throughout the year. For some indoor good fun, visit a Leisureplex Centre with bowling, quasar, soft play and more or Jump Zone an indoor trampoline park, in Stillorgan & Santry, where activities including open jumping, Trampoline Dodgeball, and trampoline Aerobics on wall to wall trampolines…..Read More

wicklowLet the kids run off some steam, while you relax and enjoy a cuppa at Fun Works in Arklow, or Zoom Adventure Play in Greystones. Explore the magical house and gardens at Powerscourt House & Gardens, which is perfect for all ages or visit the Cool Planet Experience and see how you can help save the planet. Take a tour of Wicklow’s Historic Gaol and learn about some of the notorious characters to have walked the floors of this dramatic building. See the sharks at the National Sea Life Centre Bray, which takes you on a journey of the deep…without getting wet! Feeding times take place throughout the day.  ..Read more


In Kildare, pass a wet morning/afternoon at the Riverbank Theatre, Newbridge, and choose from their family friendly workshop/films, or just view their latest exhibition in the dedicated children’s space. In Laois, head to Roll ‘n Bowl, Portlaoise for Bowling, Laser Quest, Soft Play centre, & Roller Skating disco. In Offaly, The Science Museum at Birr Castle, housed in the restored stables, is well worth a visit, or have some family splash time at Aura Leisure, Tullamore. In Westmeath – take the family bowling at Leisureworld, Athlone. In Longford, the Longford Megabowl has plenty to amuse the family on a wet day, with a kids play area and family bowling.

More Ideas – Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Longford


northeastIn Meath, The Zone Extreme Activity Centre, Navan has lots of indoor activities, including  Karting, Paintballing, Laser Tag Paintball, Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, Lazer Maze, Archery and Shooting Simulator. Or enjoy the family fun time at Aura Leisure Centres, Meath & Louth, where there’s water-based inflatables during family fun time. Also in Louth, Funtasia Waterpark remains a firm favourite with the kids, with Sky Climb, roller-disco, the indoor waterpark and lots more! In Monaghan, enjoy some soft play, bowling or karts at GR8 Entertainment, Castleblaney. In Cavan, take the family bowling at the Astra Bowl, Cavan Town  .

More IdeasMeath, LouthMonaghanCavan


northwestIn Mayo, visit the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life and see the national collection of objects which represent the traditional way of life in Ireland since 1850. In Roscommon, don’t miss Boda Borg at  Lough Key Forest and Activity Park, where you can spend fun filled hours experiencing the quests. In Sligo, there’s plenty to occupy the kids  at Funny Bones including soft play, go-karts, laser zone, and their climbing wall and rope course. In Leitrim, and Donegal, enjoy family fun time and go swimming at Aura Leisure Centres. Also in Donegal, let them run off some steam at Dizzys Den indoor playcentre.

More Ideas:   MayoRoscommon, SligoLeitrimDonegal

galwayThere’s lots to see at Galway Atlantaquaria, Ireland’s largest aquarium, including splash tank, ray pool, ocean tank, fin whale skeleton, touch pools and heaps of activities. Give the kids the ultimate exercise and play experience at Kardio Kids, Athenry – entry is only €7 to play as long as you like! When it’s wet outside, head to ToodleLou Creative Lab in Oranmore where kids can enjoy art and STEM activitiesOr if it’s some indoor activity you’re in need of, head for a splash to the 20m indoor pool and kids pool at Active Fitness at The Connacht Hotel, Galway.  …Read more


southwestIn Kerry, visit the Kerry Country Museum in Tralee. In Clare, at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, everywhere is open for you to explore – wander through the castle built in 1425 or visit the farm houses and cottages. See what’s on at glor, Ennis, which is the perfect retreat whatever the weather, or let the kids run off some steam at Dennis’ Den Funworld soft play centre. In TipperaryThe Source Arts Centre, Thurles, is the perfect venue for a wet day. They run regular family/children events and workshops, or learn a new skill while having lots of fun by climbing at Upper Limits Climbing Wall, Upperchurch.

More Ideas : KerryClareTipperary


For some indoor activities bring the family swimming at Aura Leisure, Limerick, or why not try your skills at Nevsail’s Indoor Rock Climbing in Limerick City? How about a round of golf indoors? Head to Jurassic Par – a unique experience for all the family. The tourist attraction at King John’s Castle, delivers a modern visitor experience with a dramatic history of over 800 years of stories, all brought to life in a stunning new exhibition, and is definitely worth a visit, whatever the weather! Take the kids to The Hunt Museum, and view one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of Art and Antiquities, or get involved in their frequent kids workshops or camps. …Read more


You won’t need to worry about the weather at KARTMANIA, Cork, where you can experience the thrills of championship on an adrenaline filled indoor kart track. Put your skill and technique to test, as you try some rock-climbing at the Mardyke. See the interactive exhibits & steam centre at Lifetime Lab, or take part in one of their many popular science camps and workshops. Retrace the footsteps of the Queenstown passengers, at the Titanic Experience, Cobh. Or enjoy the family fun time at Aura Leisure Centre, Youghal where there’s water-based inflatables and lots of more fun…..Read more


southeastIn Wexford, visit the Irish Agricultural Museum at Johnstown Castle or for something a bit different, take the haunted family tour at Loftus HallIn Waterford, explore your heritage at Waterford Treasures museum, or let the kids play some glow in the dark mini-golf at Pirate’s AdventureIn Carlow, for some great family fun head to Dome Family Entertainment Centre for bowling and indoor play, or visit the Carlow County Military Museum. In Kilkenny, go bowling at K-Bowl Family Entertainment Centre, or check out what’s currently showing at The Watergate. See cool snakes, lizards and lots more at The Reptile Village, Gowran.

More Ideas : Wexford, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny


W5, Belfast is Ireland’s award winning science and discovery centre  – with over 250 interactive exhibits and a changing programme of events, shows and exhibitions, it’s a great value day out for all the family! At Titanic Belfast, explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began. Join a children’s or family workshop to create your own artwork at Jumping Clay. Visit the Lagan Valley Leisureplex for some of the fastest, longest and wettest water rides in Ireland! Learn some astronomy, view some of the exhibits or catch one of the family shows at the Armagh Planetarium ..Read more

Related : 50 Fun Rainy Day Activities for Kids  and 50 Indoor Activities for Kids

Over to you now. Any other suggestions for things to do on a rainy day with kids? Tell us in the comments below. 

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