Are you looking for rainy day activities for kids in Wexford? 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!
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Rainy Day Activities For Kids in Wexford
Indoor Play Centres in Wexford
Ross Adventure Play Barn
This is a great indoor play area for children. They have a range of fun activities and facilities, including a soft play area, bouncy castles, slides and multi activity structures. They also have a coffee shop, free wifi and baby changing facilities. Time will fly by while they play in here! They hold Parent and Toddler Mornings weekly too.
Kidzone is an indoor play centre located in Gorey Business Park. They have soft play areas divided into age appropriate sections, with many facilities including an amazing three tier climbing frame, a triple slide, ballpool areas, a football area, a spooky room and much more! They also have a cafe and free wifi for parents.
Pirate’s Cove in Courtown has an 18-hole adventure mini golf course with tropical gardens, caves, a waterfall and shipwreck.
They have a ‘Funcaves’ soft play area and bubble rollers where you can walk on water, as well as a range of other activities such as 10 pin bowling, go-karts, and a games arcade.
Leisure Max in Wexford Town has many amazing indoor activities, including ten pin bowling, archery, zorbing, ziplining, an indoor adventure playground and much more. Grab something to eat afterwards in their restaurant.
Museums, Galleries & Culture to Enjoy in Wexford
Duncannon Fort Visitor Centre
For a day out with a difference, visit Duncannon Fort to experience the fascinating history of the area. It has one of the oldest lighthouses of its kind in Ireland, a moat and the famous ‘Croppy Boy Cell’ which played a part in the 1798 rebellion.
Make sure to check out the Maritime and Military Museum. The Museum charts the maritime history of one of the most dangerous coastlines in Ireland, the Wexford coast.
Irish Agricultural Museum
The Irish Agricultural Museum has one of the most comprehensive displays of farming and rural life in the country, and Johnstown Castle Gardens make a wonderful day out for all the family – whatever the weather.
View their dairy equipment, see recreated workshops of traditional trades including blacksmith, cooper and wheelwright. Learn about ‘The Great Famine’ through an exhibition which vividly reveals what life was like before, during and after the famine. Compare farmhouse kitchens through the ages and take part in quizzes and trails (suitable for children).
For older kids, take a haunted family tour and experience some history at Ireland’s most haunted house, Loftus Hall in Hook Head – the place which is said to be the origin of the phrase “by hook or by crook”. Open from March, prepare to be spooked! And afterwards, enjoy a well-deserved cuppa in the café. Site entry costs €4 for adults and children are free.
This 13th-century castle has played a vital part in Wexford’s history, and has been home to Norman knights, English armies and Irish rebels.
You can visit their dungeon to see rare medieval wall art and view the ‘Enniscorthy Industries’ exhibition for a fascinating history of Enniscorthy from the early 1600s onwards. The castle also has a craft and gift shop and a baby changing area.
Catch a Movie – Cinemas in Wexford
- Omniplex Cinema Wexford in Drinagh
- The Arc Cinema
- Movies @ Gorey
Or why not let your living room become the cinema? Nominate someone to load the DVD, 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!!!”
Related: 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”.
I have yet to meet a kid who doesn’t love splashing in water so swimming pools are always a hit!
With a child’s swim costing about €4 it is an inexpensive way to spend an afternoon yet provides a fun activity that promotes good health and social development skills.
The Waterfront Pool and Leisure boasts a main deck level 25m pool with a deep end of 1.95m. It has a separate shallow learner pool with steps for easy access. There is a sauna and Steam Room (over 16′s only). It also has disability access to the main pool and a comprehensive swimming lesson program.
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.