Are you looking for activities for a rainy day in Sligo? 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!
Funny Bones House of Fun
Funny Bones House of Fun is a Children’s Activity and Play Centre based in Collooney, just outside Sligo town. Kids can have hours of fun between the soft play area, go karts and laser zone. They also have Vertigo, a climbing wall and rope course for older kids.
Babies and toddlers can play safely in there own dedicated play area. There is a coffee shop on site and they run special toddler mornings with a range of activities for little ones.
Boda Borg @ Lough Key Forest & Activity Park
Though not Sligo, Lough Key Forest & Activity Park in Boyle, Co. Roscommon is set in the grounds of the old King-Harman Estate on the shores of island studded Lough Key, and is well worth a detour. You can spend fun filled hours experiencing the quests in Boda Borg, a totally unique activity to Ireland, suitable for adults and children over 7 years and it’s completely weather independent!
The Boda Borg is divided into 15 Quests which contain up to 47 individual challenges. To survive the Quests you will need to employ many different skills you may not even be aware you have – teamwork, ingenuity and trial and error! Solving one challenge opens the door to the next, and another blast of curiosity, laughter and excitement. The only requirement is a minimum of 3 people per team & maximum 5. Pre-Booking recommended!!
Happy Days Adventure Play Centre
Happy Days Adventure Play Centre at Cleveragh Business Park in Sligo is an ideal location for a rainy day for all the family within a safe environment. They have 2 separate soft play areas for babies and toddlers, slides, ball pools, cars and dance mats with thousands of different song and dance combinations. Their electronic climbing wall with over 1.3 million different climb combinations, means you are guaranteed a different climb every visit. With hand and feet grips and a soft fall area, it is suitable and safe for ages 5 and over.
Arts and Crafts for Kids
Sligo has a rich artistic and literary tradition, so why not play your part in continuing that tradition by engaging the children in creative activities.
Hullabaloo on the Pearse Road is an exciting and fun place to socialise and get creative with your friends and family and paint your very own pottery. You can paint anything from a dinosaur to a dinner plate, from a fire engine to a fairy. Painting pottery is fun for anyone of any ages and you don’t need to be an artist!
The Model Sligo, home of The Niland Collection, is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres. It is a bright open airy space, very welcoming to children. Its toddler programme, The Big Draw, and Art Trap programme for older children always book up quickly. They also show family films and have activity sheets to help younger visitors get the most from their visit. Bring your own crayons and paper to let children interpret the art works they have seen as they enjoy home baked treats and hot chocolate in the coffee shop at the end of their visit.
Sligo County Museum & Library
There’s nothing nicer than curling up with a nice book on a miserable day! Most of the libraries in Sligo have an extensive range of children’s materials and many have inviting children areas with sofas a desks, and many often offer story-telling sessions, arts and craft groups and other special events on for children too.
Sligo County library is also home to the Sligo County Museum which runs exhibitions throughout the year.
Waterpoint in Enniscrone has an an indoor heated pool, a 65-metre flume waterslide, a separate children’s pool, a health suite comprising of a Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room as well as a fully equipped gym and café. Outdoors there are 3 Astroturf pitches and a playground, so if the weather does brighten up they can have a run about outside before the journey home.
Take a Splash at Sligo Regional Sports Centre in the 25m heated indoor swimming pool and the little ones will have a ball in the children’s pool which is just 18 inches deep and ideal for confidence building and fun.
Head to the Beach
Or go surfing at Strandhill or Enniscrone, you are going to get wet anyway so you won’t notice the rain! Both villages have a range choice of surf schools which provide wetsuits, boards and lessons to get you riding the waves in no time.
And afterwards you can enjoy hot chocolate, pancakes and other yummy treats in the great selection of coffee shops and restaurants in both villages.
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!
Do you have any other suggestions for parents for Rainy Day Activities in Sligo? Tell us in the comments below.