Family Bank Holiday Activities, Whatever the Weather

Don't be stuck for something to do with the kids this bank holiday weekend. Check out our great list of activities and games that are sure to keep your little ones entertained, no matter what the weather brings.

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Outdoor Activities & Games 

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Frisbee Rounders

No need for a bat and ball – play rounders with a frisbee instead. The ‘batter’ throws the frisbee as far as they can before running around the bases, while the fielding team aims to retrieve it and stump the player out before they can make a home run.

Treasure Hunt

Print out nature hunt sheets containing pictures of common outdoor objects like leaves and feathers and pebbles. You can even print out sheets, which detail the sounds you hear in nature.

The hunters simply have to track down all the items on their list. The first one to gather everything and return them to base wins!

Blanket Volleyball

Turn those picnic blankets into a fun game. Divide into two teams and use two blankets to launch a ball from one team to the other, just like volleyball.

Dublin Zoo

For Irish adults, Dublin Zoo is undoubtedly the source of many happy memories, so this August bank holiday why not inspire another generation and enjoy a day out at the zoo with the family.

Your little ones can visit and see their favourite animals like monkeys, lions and elephants and even pay a visit to the Reptile House, where they can be mesmerised by the giant python and Nile crocodile. Using your Clubcard, you can redeem €4 worth of vouchers for one adult entry token to Dublin Zoo.

Spraoi International Street Arts Festival, Waterford

Since it’s inception back in 1993, Spraoi International Street Arts Festival has grown from a one-day event to a three-day theatrical extravaganza, hosting some of the world’s top performers.

Over the course of the bank holiday weekend, more than 100,000 people will descend on the streets of Waterford, where there’ll be treated to performances by both Irish and International street artists. Full of fun and entertainment, kids will love watching these street entertainers.

The highlight of the festival is undoubtedly the Spraoi Parade. The nighttime extravaganza always boasts an array of floats and performances, that are sure to impress. Leaving Johnstown Industrial Estate at 21.30, the parade will pass through the town before the festivities culminate in a fireworks display.

Indoor Activities & Games 

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Indoor Bowling

Recreate a bowling alley in the hallway at home. Use six or more plastic bottles as pins and a small bouncy ball as the bowling ball. Use masking tape to mark the starting line and keep track of the scores for the real bowling experience.

Waste Paper Basketball

Scrunch up old newspaper into balls before aiming and throwing into a line-up of different sized bins. Each bin has a different number of points. Whoever collects the most points, wins.

Indoor Picnic

Create an indoor picnic with healthy snacks and treats as a fun way for the kids to get their five a day. Try making easy-to-assemble foods like sandwiches, and these vegetable crisps.

Arena 7, Letterkenny, Donegal

If the weather turns sour why not head to Arena 7, which has something to keep children of all ages happy and occupied over the bank holiday weekend. Whether your little ones are fans of go-karting, laser quest or even just playing arcade games, Arena 7 has everything and more. 

Open seven-days-a-week from 10am to late, 6 players can enjoy 30 minutes of bowling for just €16 and a game of laser tag is just €7 per person.

JumpLanes, Galway

What better way to keep you children entertained on rainy days than with a visit to an indoor trampoline centre. JumpLanes in Oranmore is located just 10 minutes outside the city centre and boasts a trampoline arena and ice skating rink.

The centre is also equipped with two super-sized pool tables, where players use their feet to pot the balls into the corner pockets – a great, fun activity for all the family.