Rain, rain go away all the children want to go play! Sound familiar? Are you looking for activities for a rainy day in Cork? Need some ideas for things to do to keep the kids occupied when it’s wet outside? Then we have lots of suggestions here to make your job a little easier!
Indoor Centres in Cork
Monkey Maze, Glanmire – a large indoor play area
Planet Leisure – take the whole family bowling. With cosmic lanes, pins and balls it will be a fun day out for all.
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. Located at GB Business Park, there’s 350m of indoor track, with each corner giving you a different challenge. Rock climbing at the Mardyke – Put your skill and technique to the test as you attempt to climb the walls. Challenging and fun from ages 5 and up. Lifetime Lab is a unique visitor attraction for all ages. Activities include interactive exhibits, steam centre, science camps, workshops, playground and gardens with picnic area and coffee dock for mums and dads to relax.
Museums, Galleries & Culture
Retrace the footsteps of the Queenstown passengers, at the Titanic Experience, Cobh. Situated in the original offices of The White Star Line, the location marks the departure point for the last 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage to America. The story is told using innovative audio visual technology bringing the characters to life through cinematic shows, scene sets, holographic imagery and touch screen technology. Cork Museum – Located on the Mardyke, the Museum at Fitzgerald Park houses a collection of some of the memories of Cork’s commercial, political, historical, ancient history, old glass, coins and general local memorabilia. Micheal Collins exhibition and items relating to Thomas MacCurtain and Terence McSweeney, two martyred Lord Mayors of Cork. Triskel Arts Center – An innovative forum for the arts including music, literature, visual art, education and theatre. Cork Butter Museum – Celebrating one of the great success stories of Ireland (the butter trade), the museum begins with the central role of the dairy culture, the Butter Exchange and the success of Dairygold. Crawford Municipal Arts Gallery– The art gallery comprises of over 2,000 works, ranging from eighteenth centuryIrish and European painting and sculpture, through to contemporary video installations. Admission is free.
Catch a Movie!
When outdoor activities just don’t appeal to you, let the cinema be your warm, comfy haven. The Omniplex Cork will have you spoilt for choice with 13 screens and a large variety of food to munch through the film.
Or why not let your livingroom become the cinema? Nominate someone to load the DVD or find a film on Netflix, 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!!!”
Reccomended Reading: Make Your Own Home Cinema
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. As Groucho Marx said “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend”.
Swimming Pools in Cork
I have yet to meet a kid who doesn’t love splashing in water so swimming pools are always a hit, whatever the weather!
Enjoy some family fun at Aura Leisure Centre, Youghal. In addition to their children and adult swimming classes, they offer family swim times and family fun time events, with water-based inflatable bouncy castles, treasure hunts and raft races for all the family to enjoy together.
At LeisureWorld Churchfield the pool is open for public swimming throughout the day in their 25 meter pool and also in the fun and Learner Pools. They also have a sauna and steam room to allow you to relax and unwind. LeisureWorld also provide Swimming Lessons.
You know the saying, if you can’t beat them, join them! So go grab those wellies and raincoats and head outside. Act your shoe size not your age and jump in those puddles! Kids love seeing their parents being careless and carefree. It’s nothing a hot shower and load of washing won’t sort out but the joy and laughter you all will share will be worth it! Have a game of catch or football. Slipping and sliding all over the place will just add to the fun. Or get a paper plate and sprinkle a few drops of different coloured food colouring on it. As you walk in the rain, swirls of fantastic colours will form. Lots more ideas in our Top 10 Things to do Outside in Rain . Create your own masterpiece on the footpath with chalk. Chalk looks more paintlike when wet so the colours will appear more vivid. Then later, as you sip your hot chocolates, watch it being washed away leaving you a blank canvas for the next wet day.