Rainy Day Activities for Kids in Donegal

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Another day has come, pouring since morning, getting bored at home? Looking for things to do on rainy Days? Here are some great ideas for rainy day activities for kids in Donegal.

Indoor Play Centres

Make your way to one of Donegal indoor play centres where you can enjoy a coffee while the kids let off some steam.

At Dizzys Den in Bundoran, they have fantastic facilities to entertain kids on a rainy day! There is a 3 Lane Astro Slide, Rope Bridges & Labyrinth climbs. They also have a football & basketball area along with a seperate area for the Under 4s.

Wayne’s World at Arena 7 has a Tiny Tots area with Soft Ball Pool and for big kids slides, obstacle course and more. For older kids there’s bowling at Arena 7 as well.

More bowling available at Glowbowl in Bundoran.

Or what about a round of indoor crazy golf at Donegal Airsoft?  Their Airsoft and the Archery Range are both wheelchair accessible.

Go Swimming!

Enjoy some family fun at Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny. 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.

Go swimming at Bundoran Waterworld which has a Wave Pool, Slide Pool, Whizzer Slide (“the Fastest Indoor Waterslide in Ireland”) as well as Splash Features for Toddlers and small water slides.

Ballyshannon Leisure Centre, Buncrana Leisure Centre  all have public swim times.

Catch a movie

Who doesn’t love popcorn and a good movie?

Take in a movie at the Cinema with lots of popcorn and ice creams at Century Cinema Letterkenny or Bundoran Cineplex or Eclipse Lifford.

Alternatively, why not enjoy all the fun of the cinema, without ever leaving home, by creating your own home cinema experience! Get the kids involved in setting up the cinema, arranging seating, making tickets etc. then sit back and relax!

Related : Make Your Own Home Cinema

Visit Tropical World @ Alcorn’s

Tropical World is Donegal’s very own family friendly mini zoo! As well as an already impressive array of tropical Butterflies, Reptiles and Birds, new additions this year include Cotton Top Monkeys, Lemars and Meerkats. Three forty-year old Sociata Tortoises and ‘Gordon’, a Great Grey Owl have also joined the collection of pampered animals in Tropical World, so plenty to see and do while you are there.

Enjoy some Heritage

donegal castleDonegal Castle, Donegal Town, was built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century, beside the River Eske has recently been renovated, and is open daily from Easter to mid-September, and Thursday to Monday for rest of year. Guided tours available.

Donegal County Museum houses a massive range of artefacts covering all aspects of life in Donegal from the Stone Age to the 20th Century. Children’s Activity Trails are available on the first floor gallery of the Museum. These act as a fun guide to the Museum for children and are free of charge.

Get Reading

Visit your local library. All libraries in the county have a junior section.  Great for a rainy afternoon – go and read with the children or take part in many of the free events and activities that take place.  Check out library opening times before you make plans.

Or why not visit your local bookstore and treat the kids to a new book.  Spend time browsing for that special book and go home and read it together.

Enjoy some Heritage

Donegal Castle, Donegal Town, was built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century, beside the River Eske has recently been renovated, and is open daily from Easter to mid-September, and Thursday to Monday for rest of year. Guided tours available.

Donegal County Museum houses a massive range of artefacts covering all aspects of life in Donegal from the Stone Age to the 20th Century. Children’s Activity Trails are available on the first floor gallery of the Museum. These act as a fun guide to the Museum for children and are free of charge.

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. See our Top 10 Things to do Outside in Rain for inspiration!

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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