Galway: Top 10 Rainy Day Places to go with kids

From a little drizzle to a full all out downpour, Galway is no stranger to rain. Don't let a damp forecast rain on your parade. Here are 10 different ideas to keep you and your kids happy regardless of the weather:

1. Trip to the Library

For families who love books head to the nearest Library, it's full of literary treasures for all age groups.

Libraries are also full of games, puzzles, and colouring material, perfect rainy-day distractions.

Admission is free.

Galway City Centre Library is on St. Augustine Street. Opening times and other branches: read more

2. Galway City Museum

Explore the Museum as a "Museum Detective", a great way to encourage learning through drawing, colouring and answering questions.

Head straight for the Spanish Arch, Galway City, ask at the counter for a "Museum Detective" sheet.
Free Entry.
Open Tuesday-Saturday.

3. Swim Time

Leisureland, with its pirate ship and waterslide and a good size separate kiddies pool, shallow at one end, and bubbles for the kiddies to play with, excellent for babies. Check for public times. When choosing a place to stay in Galway, Radisson BLU Hotel, Galway Bay Hotel,
Salthill Hotel, The Ardilaun Hotel, The Carlton Hotel in Galway City all have indoor heated swimming pools that cater for Children whilst in County Galway the Clifden Station House Hotel, the Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Athenry's Raheen Woods Hotel & Carlton Shearwater Hotel Ballinalsoe all have kiddies sections.

4. Indoor Play Centres

Galway City and County are full of indoor soft play areas for the kids to run around and have some fun.

Most have separate Toddler area (Free under 2's) with a Cafe area to grab a bite to eat and a cuppa Tea/Coffee for you.
5. Galway Atlantaquaria

Ever notice how a child's face lights up when you visit an aquarium? Irelands’ largest Splash tank, touch pools, ocean tank and more.

Under 3's Free, Family Tickets available.
Opened 7 days a week.

6. Athenry Heritage Centre

Weapons, Armour, Archery and Dress up in medieval costume at Athenry Heritage Centre. Visit the medieval dungeon, view inter-active exhibits and tours.

Family Medieval Experience €26-2 Adults x 3 Children
(other rates available)
Location: St. Marys, The Square, Athenry, Co. Galway
T:(091) 844 661

7. Cinema

Any Film Buff in the family? While away a few hours at the Eye Cinema, IMC Headford Road or Oranmore. Popcorn optional.

Eye Cinema:
IMC Cinema:

8. Coole Park Visitor Centre

Free and opened daily during the summer from 10-6pm Coole Nature Reserve, Gort, County Galway Visitors Centre contains an audio/visual presentation, "Lady Gregory of Coole", with interesting multi-media exhibitions on "Granddaughters of Lady Gregory" and "Coole Park through the eyes of 'Me and Nu'.

Stop by the adjoining Tearooms and afterwards take a walk in the woods, nicely sheltered from the rain.

9. Citylimits

Bowling, Laser Quest, Wall Climbing, pool tables, soft play area and adjoining Jungle Drums Restaurant all under one roof.

Station Road, Oranmore next to the IMC Cinema.

More info:

10. Embrace the Rain

Wellies and raingear a ready, with the right approach rainy days can be a lot of fun. Why not head to the park, playground or a walk along the beach, splashing in the puddles of water as you go...

You could always grab an umbrella and keep to your original plans!
“I know it is wet
And the sun is not sunny.
But we can have
Lots of good fun that is funny!”
– The Cat in the Hat


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