Rainy Day Activities in Galway

Are you looking for activities for a rainy day in Galway? 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!

See the Fish!

galway-atlantaquariaThe first time you venture through the entrance to Galway Atlantaquaria, Ireland’s largest aquarium, we guarantee you’ll jump! That’s because their first exhibit is Ireland’s largest “Splash” tank! You’ll also enjoy the ray pool, ocean tank, fin whale skeleton, touch pools and heaps of activities and fun things to do while you visit such as feeding the fish and touching starfish and crabs. Afterwards head next door for refreshements in Arabica.

Indoor Play

kardio_kidsKardio Kids, at Tranquillity Leisure & Spa, Athenry has been created to provide kids with the ultimate exercise and play experience. Entry is only €7  and play as long as you like! In addition to the play area they run classes for kids in Dance, Swimming, Art and Crafts, Gymnastics, Irish Dancing, Ballet, Martial Arts and host baby massage and parent and toddler mornings. During holidays times they run camps for mid-term and Summer.

Other Play Centres include:

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When the rain has you cooped up indoors, head for a splash to the 20m indoor pool and kids pool at Active Fitness at The Connacht Hotel, Galway.

Other options include Leisureland swimming pool which has 25m pool, kiddie pool, pirate boat, and 65m water slide, and the Kingfisher Club (at NUIG & Renmore).

Head to Sweetie Pies

sweetie pies interiorWhen it’s wet outside, head to Sweetie Pies Cake Café, Galway –  a truly family friendly cafe, bakery and party venue which enthusiastically welcome families with children of all ages. They have a kids menu with half portions of all that’s on the adult menu, and a popular option for kids to decorate their own cupcake too! You can relax while your kids play in the dedicated play area, or enjoy one of the many books supplied by Charlie Byrnes Bookshop.

Go Shopping

Park the car at the Galway Shopping Centre on Headford Road; let them ride the carousels if younger, visit Poundstretchers for cheap treats, then stop by Supermacs for a special treat.Finish up at the soft play at Leisureworld.

Park on the 4th level of the Merchants Road parking garage and ride the elevators into the Eyre Square Shopping Centre (Baby changing facilities). Go for a jaunt on the walkalator in Dunnes, then stop for icecream or refreshments at the bottom of the Centre. Take a trip into the Early Learning Centre; visit It’s Magic for jokes, tricks and toys; grab a bargain in Pennys; get yourself some rainy day goodies at the Art and Hobby shop; or call into the ABC bookshop. Treat yourself to a Burger King and then take a look at the old city wall which is built in to the structure of the centre.

Catch a Movie!

Who doesn’t love popcorn and a good movie?

On weekend mornings, the local cinemas host kids clubs with reduced prices for entry into popular kids movies. On weekdays, take in a Matinee at the Eye Cinema or IMC in Galway and Oranmore. For parents with babies, the Eye Cinema hosts Eye Scream on Wednesday morning where you can bring your baby along with you.

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

Galway City Museums

The Galway City Museum houses three floors of exhibits and information panels, relating the story of Galway from medieval times to the modern day, and entry is free. The ground floor tells the story of contemporary Galway, the first floor brings medieval Galway to life in a very contemporary way, while the second floor houses an exhibition on the Claddagh village, from post famine times to the early part of the last century. Be sure to try out the Kids Museum Detective sheet, created by two local children!

Stop by the Zoology and Marine Biology Museum in NUIG where you’ll see all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures (weekdays only).

Get Reading!

books2While away some time at the Library – with local libraries all over the city and county, you’ll never be short of a book to read.

Visit Charlie Byrne’s book shop on Middle Street for their top-notch kids books section, With it’s labyrinthine layout, it’s a treasure trove of kids favourites.

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. 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!

Head for Salthill – put on wellies and raincoats for brisk walk on promenade or follow one of our Salthill walking trails, followed by lunch in the Gourmet Tart company, brunch in Lohan’s or pizza or pasta at Da Roberta’s. See if you can spot people swimming in the sea – even in the worst weather there’ll be some mad person in there! You can get the bus there and back to give your tired legs a rest.

Related 50 Fun Rainy Day Activities for Kids & What to Do on a Rainy Day & Activities for a Rainy Day

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.