10 Family Activities in Galway for when the sun forgets to shine!
Poster: Ciara Geraghty
You have the bags packed and in the boot, the GPS is in action and you’ve only been asked “Are we there yet?” six times so far, but then the curse of having such a beautiful green country strikes again… The Rain!
How are you going to entertain your little minions while you are away from home?
We have come up with 10 family activities in Galway for when the sun forgets to shine:
I don’t think you can say you grew up in Galway unless you’ve experienced Leisureland’s 65 metre giant water slide. For the little ones it has a kiddies pool with interactive features and they also now have a brand new giant inflatable obstacle course at the weekends on selected sessions.
Leisureland, The Promenade, Salthill, Galway. www.leisureland.ie
2. Corrib Princess
Relax on-board the all-weather passenger boat for a luxurious cruise along the Corrib. There are castles, islands, and wildlife to keep the kids happy and for the adults, Manager Roisin Sweeney is an All-Ireland Coffee Making Champion so the parents are just going to have to try one (it’s only customary…). The Corrib Princess runs from May – September.
Corrib Princess departs from Woodquay, Galway City. www.corribprincess.ie
3. Galway Atlantaquaria
Galway’s aquarium is Ireland’s largest and is located along Salthill’s Promenade.
Set the kids the task of ‘Finding Nemo’ and they’ll be captivated by the fish tanks trying to find him. Look out for the splash pool – don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Galway Atlantaquaria, The Promenade, Salthill, Galway. www.nationalaquarium.ie
4. City Limits Entertainment or The Planet Galway
Bowling… It’s the go-to rainy day activity but it never fails to entertain. Both venues also have soft play areas for the smaller kids.
City Limits, Oranmore, Galway. www.citylimits.ie
The Planet, Galway Shopping Centre, Headford Road, Galway. www.planetgalway.ie
5. Pure Skill
This one is for the big kids – from age 8 years plus the adults… Compete against the family in tennis, basketball, hurling and more. If it’s good enough for Gary Neville and Ronan O’Gara to go there then it’s bound to be a hit with the boys of the family.
Pure Skill, Knocknacarra, Galway. http://pureskill.ie
6. Galway Tourist Train
The only sightseeing tour that is able to guide you through Galway’s winding medieval streets as well as taking in the beautiful Galway Bay coastline. You can also hop off at any stage just in case the sun makes an appearance.
Galway Tourist Train departs from Spanish Arch in Galway City and outside the Atlantaquarium in Salthill. www.galwaytouristtrain.com
7. Monkey Business, Busy Bees and Kidsplace
I don’t think you really lose the urge to jump into a giant ball pit at any age. It’s just great fun for kids of all ages. If they had an adult’s adventure centre, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t have trouble finding customers… We’re all big kids at heart!
Kidsplace, Briarhill Shopping Centre, Galway. (091) 773 633
Busy Bees, Oranmore Business Park, Oranmore. http://busybeesgalway.com/
Monkey Business, Knocknacarra, Galway. (091) 580 956
8. The Cinema
It’s self-explanatory really isn’t it?
The Eye Cinema runs a special screening called EYE Scream where parents can enjoy a film without worrying about disturbing anyone because everyone’s in the same boat there!
Eye Cinema, Wellpark Retail Park, Wellpark ,Galway. http://www.eyecinema.ie/
IMC Cinema, Galway Retail Park, Headford Road, Galway. www.imccinemas.ie
9. Galway City Karting
Go Karting always brings out your competitive streak no matter what age you are. The kids will love it and so will you… unless you get beaten in position by one of your kids – they will never let you forget it!
Liosbaun Industrial Estate, Tuam Road, Galway City. http://www.galwaycitykarting.ie/
10. The Great Escape Rooms or Asyl Rooms
Galway’s newest attractions! Let your inner Magnum P.I. out to help your family escape the room. You have 60 minutes to solve the clues to get you out of there. The Great Escape Rooms has a minimum age of 12 years and the Asyl Room has a minimum age of 14 years so this one is really for the teenagers.
Great Escape Rooms, Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway. http://greatescaperooms.ie/
Asyl Rooms, 60 Dominick Street, Galway. http://www.asylroom.com/
Ciara Geraghty is a Sales & Marketing Executive at Galway Bay Hotel.