TOP 20 RAINY DAY AC­TIV­I­TIES

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Skip the driz­zle for weather-proof fun and games this win­ter. Jil­lian Bol­ger saves the best vis­i­tor at­trac­tions for a rainy day...

Where: Cool­russ, Ti­na­hely, Co Wick­low

Why: Can’t go to the beach in the rain? Well, there’s al­ways Wick­low’s in­door beach! The Ac­tiv­ity Barn at Ti­na­hely Farm also of­fers pedal car tracks, tra­di­tional games, ping­pong, foos­ball and an an­i­mal walk­way­with don­keys, ponies, pot-bel­lied pigs and goats to pet and feed. With tea­rooms and a farm shop for stock­ing up on ar­ti­san treats, there’s much to en­gage par­ents too.

De­tails: tina­he­ly­farm.ie, €5 per child.

If you like that, try this: En­gage cu­ri­ous minds with a trip to Mayo’s ex­cep­tional Mu­seum of Coun­try Life. The free pro­gramme in­cludes ac­tiv­ity sheets, games, a dress-up sta­tion and cool han­dling ta­ble. mu­seum.ie/Coun­try-Life

Where: Doagh Is­land, Inishowen, Co Donegal

Why: On the north­ern tip of the Wild At­lantic Way, Doagh Famine Vil­lage re­veals the his­tory of a Donegal com­mu­nity sur­viv­ing through Famine times right up to the present. Orig­i­nal thatched dwellings, still in­hab­ited 20 years ago, stand along­side a Pres­by­te­rian Meet­ing House, Hedge School and Repub­li­can Safe House, de­pict­ing the di­verse his­tory and cul­ture of this cor­ner of the Inishowen penin­sula. Guides will keep chil­dren en­gaged as they learn the links from past to present.

De­tails: doagh­faminevil­lage.com, adults €9.50; chil­dren €4. If you like that, try this: Telling the story of Ir­ish emi­gra­tion and Cork’s mar­itime his­tory, this Cobh Her­itage Cen­tre cel­e­brates Queen­stown’s spe­cial place in Ir­ish his­tory. cob­h­her­itage.com nald’s Tower and the Bishop’s Palace. wa­ter­fordtrea­sures.com

Where: Loughrea, Co Gal­way

Why: A farm visit mightn’t seem ideal on a damp day, but Turoe Pet Farm’s 14 acres are well set up for the rain. Cue the in­door In­flat­able City and Jun­gle Town, a large café as well as an all-weather walk­way that’s both wheel­chair and buggy-friendly. Once the weather clears, there’s an out­door play­ground, plus res­i­dent pigs, ponies, shaggy High­land cows, lla­mas and don­keys.

De­tails: tur­oepet­farm.com, €40 for a fam­ily of four.

If you like that, try this: Rep­tiles your thing? Kilkenny is home to The Na­tional Rep­tile Zoo. With over 50 ex­hibits, you can han­dle snakes and meet ev­ery­one from crocodiles to chameleons. na­tion­al­rep­tile­zoo.ie

Where: Trin­ity Col­lege, Dublin

Why: Dublin’s Sci­ence Gallery opens a dif­fer­ent ex­hi­bi­tion ev­ery few months, on ev­ery­thing from fake news to the end of the world to the fu­ture of hu­mans. With a tar­get au­di­ence of ages 15–25, it’s not fory­ounger kids, but per­fect for bored teenagers stuck in­doors on a wet day. Imag­i­na­tive ex­hibits mix art, de­sign, tech­nol­ogy and sci­ence in novel and ac­ces­si­ble ways — and there’s a tasty café on­site too. Unusu­ally, they don’t have a per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, which

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