So odds on, at some point during the summer school holidays, its going to rain. But there’s no need to pull your hair out, as there are plenty of amazing places to visit with the kids that will see you through those miserable rainy days.
Here’s our list of our favourite things to do with the kids when its raining in South Wales, in Bridgend and theVale, Swansea and Cardiff.
Bridgend and the Vale
1. Its All about the Money, Money, Money at the Royal Mint Experience
The Royal Mint in Llantrisant is a fascinating and educational experience for all ages. It showcases the production of money and the journey of a coin right through to you stamping your own one pound coin to take home.
If you’re little ones love money, this is the place to visit. It may help them realise that money doesn’t grow on trees after all!
For more information visit: www.royalmintmuseum.com
2. Jump Up, Jump Up and Jump Around at Jump Jam Trampoline Park
Let them burn off some energy at the Jump Jam Trampoline Park in Bridgend. There’s a nice cafe area with an excellent viewpoint of the park for you to relax in while they jump like crazy. Or of course you could always go on with them and burn off some calories too.
For more information visit: www.jumpjam.co.uk
3. Have lots of fun at the farm – Wiggleys Fun Farm
Wiggleys has a fantastic indoor wooden adventure play area and a mini racetrack which will keep them busy for hours. In between showers you can also pay some farm animals a visit, feed the ducks and have a play in the outside park area. There is a cafe area and plenty of picnic tables both inside and outside.
For more information visit: www.wiggleysfunfarm.co.uk
4. Go climbing, go for a swim and read a book at Bridgend Leisure Centre
Bridgend Leisure centre has an indoor soft play area for little ones and it also has a in-door climbing wall for those aged 7 and over. There are over 20 routes to choose from so each climb can be different from the last.
The swimming pool has a lovely shallow end for little ones to paddle and there is a water slide too.
The library has a fantastic kids zone, with plenty of story and fact books to choose from and chill out reading zones.
For more information visit: www.haloleisure.org.uk
5. Have a splashtastic time at the LC2
The LC2 is home to the biggest indoor water park in Wales, and for those liking to make a splash, it really has it all. Three brilliant water slides (the Masterblaster is our favourite), waves, lazy river and a whirlpool.
There are also areas for little ones, with an interactive pool with a mini slide and tipping buckets and the Volcano bay, which has a slide and snakes jetting out water. The entry fee is for two hours, and the time flies by as it is so much fun.
For more information visit: www.thelcswansea.com
6. Walk like a Dinosaur at the National Showcase of Wales
The National Showcaves Centre is home to one of the world’s largest collections of life sized dinosaur models. With over 130 to see ranging from the terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex to the loveable Diplodocus. Even the keenest budding paleontologist will be tested on their knowledge of dinosaurs with some of the lesser known ones on show.
When it’s raining take shelter in the underground caves. There are three caves to explore; the Dan-yr-Ogof, the Cathedral Cave and the Bone Cave each with a different experience with winding passage ways and underground waterfalls.
There are also two covered play areas and a farm area to explore too.
For more information visit: www.showcaves.co.uk
7. Have a Tropical Adventure at Plantasia
Plantasia might look relatively small from the outside, but on the inside it is jam packed with interesting stuff for kids including aquariums, insects and reptiles. Expect to see bearded dragons, pythons and even the endangered species of the Tamarind monkeys.
The rainforest comes to life with the sounds of the forest and a waterfall at it’s centre with huge giant plants.
You could also combine it with a trip to the tenpin bowling alley which is also in Parc Tawe to make it a full day out.
8. Learn all about our Past at the National Waterfront Museum
Learn all about the story and history of industry and innovation in Wales at the National Waterfront Museum. Have a go at the latest sensory technology that responds to hand gestures or learn about the power of the sea with a video showing the history of Wales maritime tradition.
See what products were and are still being made in Wales, dating back to 1930, with the Made in Wales exhibition.
The museum also puts on regular workshops, themed days, film screenings and arts and crafts to keep the kiddies entertained. The exhibits let you choose how deeply you delve into them too.
For more information visit: www.museum.wales
9. Become a Mad Scientist at Techniquest
Techniquest is the UKs longest established science centre, with over 100 interactive exhibits over two floors making science fun for both children and adults. There is so much to explore that you could come here time and time again without getting bored.
Every day they put on interesting talks and shows covering subjects such as the power of flight to space travel. There is something there for kids of all ages.
For more information visit: www.techniquest.org
10. Visit the Doctor Who Experience before its lost in time
With the Tardis closing its doors on the 9th September be sure to visit before its too late. Join the Doctor in your own mini adventure as you help him destroy a brand new monster. Journeying through the Gallifrey Museum to the heart of the Tardis.
The Doctor Who Experience is also home to worlds biggest collection of Doctor Who sets and costumes which any Doctor Who fans will love exploring.
For more information visit: www.doctorwho.tv
11. Find out about our origins at Cardiff Museum
Find out about the evolution of Wales from the beginning of time with the big bang right through to the present day. Kids will love learning about volcanoes, getting up close to woolly mammoths, seeing dinosaur bones and discovering about sea life.
As well as the exhibitions, throughout the holidays there are plenty of events on for children. This summer sees the exhibition of dinosaur babies, with dinosaur eggs and embryos. Little ones can be a palaeontologist for the day and have a go in the big dig pit.
Entry to the museum is free but there is an additional charge for the dinosaur babies.
For more information visit: www.museum.wales
12. Practice your Putting at Tree Top Adventure Golf
In the heart of St Davids shopping centre, hidden away above the shops, is the Tree Top Adventure Golf with its two 18 hole mini golf courses.
You can opt for the Tropical Trail with frogs, toucans and towering trees or the Ancient Explorer with ancient spirits and mystic rivers. Or why not try both?
Play the nineteenth hole where a hole in one will earn you a free round.
For more information visit: www.adventuregolf.com
13. Go Rafting at Cardiff International White Water
As you’re going to get wet anyway, why not go rafting? The centre runs family sessions where the water level is reduced making it a calmer (but still full of fun) experience of riding the rapids for all the family.
Or you could have a go at catching the waves on a bodyboard at the indoor wave machine. The double lane design means that siblings or friends can bodyboard together.
For more information visit: www.ciww.com