Rainy Day Activities for Kids in Kerry


October 20, 2019

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Looking for some fun ideas for kids on a rainy day in Kerry? Here’s the Mykidstime list of Rainy Activities for Kids in Kerry.

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Indoor Centres

Bowling Buddies

Bowling Buddies in Tralee is Kerry’s only indoor bowling complex. The venue boasts state-of-the-art facilities complete with 10 bowling lanes with automatic scoring, a comfortable and relaxing retro diner, video arcade, and friendly staff for all your needs.

The Playdium

The Playdium in Tralee, Kerry’s largest indoor play centre for children under twelve, has a range of facilities including a large soft play area, climbing frames, ball pools, indoor slides, kids go-karting and the Tiny Tots Play Area. There is a café for parents to have a tea or coffee while the kids play.


Kerry County Museum

Kerry County Museum is located in the Ashe Memorial Hall in Tralee. The building is named after Thomas Ashe, a Kerryman who was a member of the Irish Volunteers and who died on hunger strike while imprisoned in Mountjoy in 1917. Explore the main gallery, the special exhibition gallery and visit the audio visual room. They have a Tom Crean room, an Archaeology Hall and the fascinating Medieval Experience, where you can stroll through the streets of 1450 Tralee. There is an interactive trail throughout the museum for kids to follow and they run regular activities and events for kids.

Muckross House

In the National Park in Dromyrourk, Killarney, is the nineteenth century furnished Victorian mansion, Muckross House. Tour the house and experience its fascinating history, including a visit from Queen Victoria. There is also a beautiful walled garden, restaurant, and craft shop on the grounds.

Celtic Prehistoric Museum

The Celtic Prehistoric Museum in Dingle is a unique museum with a large archaeological collection of fascinating artefacts from the Jurassic, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Celtic and Viking eras. You can see Ireland’s only intact Woolly Mammoth skull with its tusks still attached, the complete baby dinosaur skeleton, a large nest of dinosaur eggs, a Cave Bear skeleton, as well as tools, weapons and jewellery.

Catch a Movie

When outdoor activities just don’t appeal to you, let the cinema be your warm, comfy haven.

  • The Omniplex, Tralee and Killarney  will have you spoilt for choice with multiple screens and a large variety of food to munch through the film.
  • Cinema Killarney has family ticket deals and a Kids Club.

Or why not let your living room become the cinema? Nominate someone to load the DVD, to collect the tickets and to be a food vendor. Then once you have been directed to your couch, sit back and enjoy the show! But don’t forget the all important “shush!!!”

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See the Sharks & Penguins

Dingle Ocean World Aquarium is a brilliant idea for a day out with the kids. Situated in Dingle town, it is Ireland’s largest aquarium. They are host to Ireland’s largest collection of sharks. View the Polar Penguin Display featuring Gentoo Penguins. Then venture over to see the Sandtiger Sharks and the amazing Amazonian Displays. With a Touch Tank, a 9m Underwater Tunnel and much more, your family will love their visit to Ocean World Aquarium! They have a coffee shop overlooking Dingle Harbour and a Kids Zone during high season with regular activities such as face painting and arts and craft.

Get Reading

When spending a day in the rain just does not appeal to you, another option is to head to your local library. Children are full of questions and  the library is the one place they are guaranteed to find those answers- in a book!

All libraries now cater for young children as well as school age. With a vast array of books of books to choose from, let your child lose themselves in the joy of choosing their own book.

Many libraries offer free events or activities such as storytime and run bookclubs.

Go Swimming!

I have yet to meet a kid who doesn’t love splashing in water so swimming pools are always a hit!

With a child’s swim costing around a fiver it is an inexpensive way to spend an afternoon yet provides a fun activity that promotes good health and social development skills.

The Aquadome in Tralee is one of Ireland’s largest indoor waterworlds. The Aqua Dome offers tropical temperatures all year round and is a great day out for all the family whatever the weather! It is brimming with exciting features that captures the imagination of both child and adult alike. The Aqua Dome is fun for swimmers & non-swimmers.

Get Outside

Sometimes, you have just got to get out and get wet!

Put on the raingear and wellies and go for a walk in the rain.  Most kids love splashing in puddles, and sometimes it’s a great way to release pent-up energy from being cooped up inside. Here’s our Top 10 Things to do Outside in Rain for some ideas!

Warm up afterwards with a hot bath/shower, dry clothes and hot chocolate. Then, why not pull out a board-game or snuggle up on the couch with a movie – a perfect end to a wet day!

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