Parents living in Ireland have to be particularly imaginative when it comes to thinking up fun activities on a rainy day – and lord knows that we get plenty of those, even at the height of a so-called Irish summer! Here are a few ideas for fun rainy day activities for kids in Meath.
Indoor Play Centres
The Award Winning Zone Extreme Activity Centre in Navan has 54,000sq feet of INDOOR Adrenalin Action Activities – so no need to worry about the weather! With Karting, Paintballing, Laser Tag Paintball, Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, Lazer Maze, Archery and Shooting Simulator, you and the kids will be well entertained. They can cater for large groups of up to 140 people and guarantee that when you go there once, you will definitely want to go back! Suitable from 8 years and over (Paintball 13years and over) you will be guaranteed a fun day out at The Zone!
At Funtasia, Bettystown, there’s plenty to entertain – explore the multi level jungle zone play area, or venture into the heart of the complex and go for a strike in their cosmic bowling alley? Take a journey in the 3d motion theatre or perhaps have a flutter in our state of the art Casino.
Puddenhill Activity Centre, Garristown, is a 4,500 square foot play centre with large and small activity areas, dedicated party rooms, toddlers’ area, football cage, climbing wall and parents’ coffee area.
At Jesters Play & Party Centre, Navan there are playframes for 3 ages groups, 9 hole crazy golf and a laser zone.
Best O’Matz is an indoor play centre with a climbing wall, two slides, air cannons, football pitch and much much more!
What better way to spend a wet day, than at Aura Leisure Centres in Navan, & Trim. At the Aura Swim Academy, children of all ages and levels are taught to swim and develop an understanding of the water. In addition to all their classes, they have Family Fun Time events with water based inflatable bouncy castles, treasure hunts and raft races for all the family to enjoy together – sounds like perfect fun for a rainy day!
There is also Kells Swimming Pool.
Catch a movie
Who doesn’t love popcorn and a good movie?
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!
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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.
A browse in a bookshop is always a lovely treat, particularly if your budget runs to treating them to a new book too. There are lovely children’s sections in Eason shops in Navan and Ashbourne, and they have regular children’s storytime at weekends too.
Visit the Theatre
Solstice Arts Centre in Navan brings a diverse programme of music, theatre, visual arts, cinema and dance from local and international artists and companies to their audience. They regularly run family workshops and events, and welcome audiences of all. Stop by and view their latest exhibition in the gallery, and afterwards enjoy refreshments in Traders Coffee House. Visit the website for a full programme of upcoming events.
Or see what’s on at The Venue Theatre in Ratoath to see if there are any family events taking place.
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. Balrath Wood, Mullaghmeen Forest Park, or Hungry Hall Park have plenty of places where you can shelter from showers. 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!
Do you have any other suggestions for Rainy Day Activities in Meath? Tell us in the comments below.