If you are searching for activities for kids on a rainy day, things to do to keep them entertained when it’s wet outside? Then we have lots of suggestions of things to do in Mayo to make your job a little easier!
Paint some Pottery
Commons Clay Cafe is great fun. You can paint your own mug, car, animal anything you can imagine really – the selection is great. You can paint on the day, each item is priced individually, and then pick up the item in about a weeks time when it has been fired. Things look great and the kids get a real kick out having painted something themselves!
Playcentres in Mayo
Why do kids always seem to have more energy when they can’t go outside?
A great idea to burn off the excess energy and keep them entertained is taking them to a Playcentre and there are some great ones all around Mayo!
Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park – The Pirates Den
At Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park, The Pirates Den is a great indoor play spot for the younger ones. They even have a play area for under 2’s. Also the parents can have a well-deserved tea or coffee while the little ones run around. There is also an indoor karting track
Mayo Leisure Point
Mayo Leisure Point is a great spot for the kids to be entertained on a rainy day! Nokey’s Adventureland is an indoor adventure play area for kids from 2 – 10 years. It’s built over 3 levels with 6 individual interactive sound effects. There is a Bouncy Nokey, Spiral Serpent Slide, 2 Ball Ponds and an under 4’s section with many more activities. There is a snack bar and also 8 bowing lanes to keep kids of all ages entertained!
Some More Ideas :
- Tumble Jungle in Ballina is Ireland’s largest indoor playcentre and a fun place with lots of bouncy castles, a climbing frame, jungle run and a toddler area.
- Pots of Fun in Claremorris is a fun spot for the kids to run around and the parents to relax with a tea or coffee.
- Funster Playcentre is a great venue with a huge climbing frame, tube slide, football area and toddler area.
- Gateway Leisureplex is a fully air conditioned complex with 10 pin bowling lanes, pool tables and air hockey tables, a playcentre, a restaurant, amusements and a coffee dock.
Museums in Mayo
National Museum of Ireland – Country Life
Another great rainy day activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family is a visit to the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life in Turlough House.
The museum houses the national collection of objects which represent the traditional way of life in Ireland since 1850. Take a tour of the museum or join one of their regular family friendly events and exhibitions. Stop for lunch at the café and if the rain stops you can enjoy the wonderful gardens of Turlough House.
The Michael Davitt Museum contains a large collection of documents, photos, letters and postcards and lots of other items connected with Davitts life. There is also a great audio-visual presentation which adds greatly to the physical exhibition.
Ceide Fields Visitor Centre
Visit the visitors centre, which has exhibitions, audio-visual show and tearooms. Discover a buried wall for yourself using a centuries old method of probing.
Clew Bay Heritage Centre
The Clew Bay Heritage Centre traces the history of Westport and the Clew Bay area from pre-Christian times to the present.
Jackie Clarke Collection
Located in Ballina, Co Mayo, the Jackie Clarke Collection showcases one of the world’s leading collections of historical Irish material. Discover 400 years of Irish history through the self-guiding family friendly interactive touch screens. In the memory pod you can record and share your stories and memories. Discover something new about your family history by searching the in-house census and eviction records. Admission is FREE and you can enjoy lunch in cafe after your visit.
Libraries in Mayo
All libraries in Mayo provide a dedicated children’s reading area catering for kids of all ages where they can get lost in the magic of books. Enjoy reading with them or browse for your own book to take home. See the Mayo County Library website for details on library events across the county.
When it’s raining how about getting wet? A trip to the swimming pool is a great way to burn of excess energy on a rainy day.There are plenty of public pools around Mayo and some great hotel ones – here’s a few :
- Ballina swimming pool is located on Cathedral Road in Ballina.
- Claremorris Leisure Centre has a 25 metre, 6 lane swimming pool. It is located on Dalton Street in Claremorris.
- The public pool in Castlebar is located on The Mall in Castlebar.
- The Westport leisureplex has a 25m pool and a children’s fun pool.
Catch a Movie
Related : Make Your Own Home Cinema
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.
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.