You can’t always depend on the weather in Sligo, but you can depend on having a great time with the family no matter what. Packed with fun kids’ activities, visitor centres and more, Sligo is the place to be for some family bonding time. Here’s a list of the top things to do in Sligo with children when it’s raining:
Zero Gravity Skatepark
Located in the heart of Sligo, Zero Gravity was opened by local skater Neville Dunbar in 2015 and is the largest indoor skate centre in the north west of Ireland. Built with the finest timber and birch plywood, the centre is suitable for beginners, improvers and professionals of skateboarding, BMXing and rollerblading. You can rent all the gear you need at Zero Gravity and lessons are available on weekends.
Eagles Flying Centre
With a large indoor display area, Eagles Flying is a fun place to visit whatever the weather. Situated in Sligo’s hills, the centre is home to over 100 eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and vultures. There’s also a petting zoo where visitors will find guinea-pigs, rabbits, lambs, goats, donkeys and ferrets. Bird shows happen twice daily where the birds are presented in their natural habitat. Watch out, they sometimes like to get close to some lucky audience members!
Containing a state of the art climbing wall, a high ropes adventure course and a hurricane simulator, Vertigo Collooney is the perfect spot for thrill seeking families. Both children and adults can enjoy the activities thanks to the safety harness system in place. Who will make it to the top of the climbing wall first? Place your bets!
Waterpoint Aqua Park
Waterpoint Aqua Park is a one stop shop for a fun day in Sligo. There’s an indoor heated pool with a 65-metre flume water slide, a separate kiddie’s pool for babies and toddlers, an inflatable obstacle course, Funzone activity centre and a climbing wall. Waterpoint run ‘Fun Day Fridays’ where your child can access all of the above activities for just €12.
Happy Days Adventure Play Centre
Ideal for a rainy day, Happy Days Adventure Centre has two separate soft play areas: one for babies and toddlers and another for older children. Both areas have a variety of slides, ball pools and other fun activities. All the family are welcome at Happy Days, it’s great exercise for everyone. There’s a cafe for adults to relax in while keeping an eye on the little ones having fun in the play areas.
The Model Art Gallery
The Model is home to one of the most notable public art collections in Ireland: The Niland Collection. It features the largest public holdings of work by Jack Butler Yeats in existence and a broad range of both traditional and contemporary works of many other artists. Children are welcomed to The Model and the gallery often hosts events such as arts and crafts camps and workshops to get them inspired.
Surfing is a perfect rainy-day activity. It doesn’t matter if you get wet when it’s raining! The Strandhill Surf School in Sligo runs both adult and children’s surf lessons every day. Lessons last for 2.5 hours and all necessary gear is provided. If you’re staying in Sligo for more than a few days, why not enrol your children in surf camp – they’ll be standing on that board in no time!
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