Half-Term Rainy Day Ideas

Zip World underground crazy golf

Rain, rain go awa- … Actually, hold that thought. Who needs to wait for the rain to disappear in order to have fun? NOT US! If you’re enjoying your school holidays then don’t let the rain dampen your mood. There are so many fantastic activities for kids at top UK attractions and in the realms of your own home! So, we have picked out some of the best Half-Term Rainy Day Ideas for you to check out from Upside Down Houses and underground crazy golf courses to TikTok choreography and pillow forts.

Half-Term Rainy Day Ideas: Best Indoor Attractions

Child climbing at Rock Up

Rock Up, Birmingham

Climb the highest heights this half-term at Rock Up Birmingham! This indoor climbing centre has 26 multicoloured and themed climbs towering over 25 feet and more than 70 challenges suitable for all abilities.

Feeling brave? Take on the Twister, brave the Skyscraper or attempt the 18-feet-high Leap of Faith (min. Height 1.2 m). Coming with kids under 5? Don’t worry, the tiny climbers haven’t been forgotten! Toddler Climb and Play lets your little ones explore and climb, so everyone can have a great day out.

Each session also includes a pass to the soft play that has obstacles to climb under, over and through, as well as slides, ball pits, swings and even a dedicated area for the under-2s.

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Broadway Plaza, 220 Ladywood Middleway,
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
B16 8LP,
England

Opening Times

Open every day from 09:30-18:30

Pricing

Please see website for pricing.

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immersive gamebox

Immersive Gambox, Manchester

Are you ready to experience gaming like no other? Immersive Gamebox Manchester is the place to be! This immersive and interactive digital experience is designed for the whole family to enjoy.

The high-tech, digital room is full of interactive games for children and adults which creates excitement for everyone. Whack on your sensor headbands, load up the drinks shelf and get ready to take on Angry Birds or the super-tense Squid Game. You can see our very own experience at Immersive Gamebox on one of our latest TikToks here.

This unique activity is such a blast and boy do you work up a sweat! The out-of-box experience is created using projection mapping, touch screen and surround sound for optimal entertainment. All gamers will be fully immersed in a thrilling adventure!

Join Shaun the Sheep, play Aliens In Space, rescue the Royal Family and discover so much more on this exciting family day out.

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Manchester Arndale, Unit R3 Halle Place, Market St,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
M4 3AQ,
England

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday 11:00 - 19:00
Friday 11:00 - 20:00
Saturday 10:00 - 20:00
Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

Pricing

Kids from £5.00
Adults from £10.00

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kids playing illusion room

Camera Obscura And World of Illusions, Edinburgh

Visit Camera Obscura and World of Illusions where seeing is not believing! Britain’s most fun attraction and fun for all ages. With five floors and over 100 interactive, hands-on exhibits, there is something to entertain all ages.

Tour Edinburgh’s streets without moving. Test your brain against mind-bending illusions. Take spectacular cityscape photographs from our Rooftop Terrace. It’s all part of the Camera Obscura & World of Illusions experience. There are so many magnificent views to capture.

You’ll need at least two hours to discover it all! A swirling light vortex; a maze of mirrors; a chance to swap noses with a friend; see yourself grow, shrink and stretch; play eye-spy with our city view cams; and mess with your mind with brilliant visual effects.

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Castlehill, 549 Royal Mile,
Edinburgh,
Edinburgh and Lothian,
EH1 2ND,
Scotland

Opening Times

Wednesday - Friday 9am - 9pm

Saturday - Tuesday 9am - 10pm

Pricing

Adults: £15.50
Kids (5-15): £11.50
Concessions: £13.50
Under 5's: Free

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Upside down House Brighton

Upside Down House Brighton

Enter a world of topsy-turvy fun at The Upside Down House in Brighton, a house that is literally, upside down!

Step inside this crazy optical illusion packed full of fun and prepare yourself for a totally out-of-this-world experience. Make your way across the floor, or ceiling, of this fantastic house, balance on top of kitchen cupboards, and discover the fantastic inverted house!

The amount of crazy photos you can capture here is endless, and you’ll definitely never have a family photo quite like this one!

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42-43 Kings Road Arches,
Brighton,
East Sussex,
BN1 2LN,
England

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 21:00
Saturdays & Bank Holidays 10:00 - 20:00

Pricing

All ages: £5.95
Kids under 3: Free
Fast track ticket: £9.95

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Zip World underground crazy golf

Zip World Slate Caverns, Gwynedd

This subterranean playground offers plenty of activities from the heights of Snowdonia and beneath ground level…

This slate mine has been unused for the last 200 years and provides a safe space to feel all the epic thrills you’d find high in the treetops on the underground cave high ropes activity – and there are zip lines too! It is by far one of the most unique attractions in the UK with a feast of exciting activities to enjoy.

If you’ve got 1.25 hours to spare why not jump aboard the Deep Mine Tour? Transport yourselves back to the 19th century, 500ft down in Llechwedd’s fascinating past. This mine tour is the steepest of its kind making it another bucket list experience! The tour is also available in English and in Welsh.

And hey, if the rain clears up there’s always Zip World Titan to try out, outside – that’s the largest zip zone in Europe with a 4-person zip line! 

Shape Location Get directions

Llechwedd Slate Caverns,
Blaenau Ffestiniog,
Gwynedd,
LL41 3NB,
Wales

Opening Times

Winter: Friday to Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Summer: Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Extended opening hours in school holidays

Pricing

Deep mine tour:
from £20.00 from (up to 4 people) £60.00 from (up to 6 people) £80.00

Big Red
from £10.00

Titan 2
from £60.00

Bounce Below
from £25.00

Caverns
from £65.00

Underground Golf
from £20.00

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Hollywood Bowl mother and daughter

Hollywood Bowl, Cribbs Causeway

Take on your siblings on one of 26 state-of-the-art bowling lanes at Hollywood Bowl Cribbs Causeway. Move beyond the lanes and into the amusement area. Play VR games, have a go on classics like Penny Falls or explore other industry-leading games with your friends and family.

And when your energy is beginning to dwindle refuel in a charming American-style diner munching away on hearty hamburgers, tasty hot dogs and thick shakes (served in milk bottles).

There’s a reason why families all over the UK love Hollywood Bowl and it’s because it ticks all the boxes! It’s the perfect rainy day activity with hours and hours of fun and dining experiences laid out for you.

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The Venue, Merlin Road,
Bristol,
Somerset and Bristol,
BS10 7SR,
England

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday 11:00 - 23:00
Friday & Saturday 11:00 - 00:00
Sunday 10:00 - 22:00

Pricing

Under 16s from £6.05 per game*

Adults from £7.05 per game*

Families from £24.89 per game*

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girl climbing ropes at ninja warrior uk gloucester

Ninja Warrior Adventure UK, Gloucester

Never be deterred by the rain, especially when you have epic indoor activity centres like Ninja Warrior Gloucester on offer!

Inspired by ITV’s hit programme, Ninja Warrior Adventure UK Gloucester offers you the chance to channel your inner ninja champion! You can climb, balance, jump into foam pits and swing across different obstacles using and developing your Ninja skills. Don’t forget the famous Warped Wall! It’s the ultimate indoor adventure park.

Toddlers will never have to miss out on all the fun at Ninja Warrior UK as there is a Mini Ninjas area suitable for kids under 3. They can enjoy ninja soft play in a safe environment.

And what’s more? There are Ninja Warrior UK centres across the whole of the UK! Find your nearest one on our main DOWTK page.

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Unit 2 Metz Way,
Gloucester,
Gloucestershire,
GL4 3DB,
England

Opening Times

Monday 12:00 –20:00
Tuesday 12:00 –20:00
Wednesday 11:00 – 20:00
Thursday 12:00 –20:00
Friday 11:00 – 20:00
Saturday 9:00 - 20:00
Sunday 9:00– 20:00

Pricing

One-hour session: £13 per person.
Two hour session: from £18
Under 5 sessions: £7
Tiny Ninjas (under 2): £2.20
Supervising adult: FREE

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Kids tubing at Chill factore Manchester

Chill Factore, Manchester

If there’s a world I want to live in, it’s always going to be the one with snow all year round! This epic indoor ski and snowboard resort will make you feel like you’re in the Alpine Mountains.

Ski down the UK’s longest ski slope or learn how to do freestyle snowboard tricks. You’ll get to practice on a variety of obstacles including rails, boxes, and a jump, as well as a dedicated area for snowboarders. Agile skiers or beginners can perfect their snow plough and learn a few tricks with expert ski instructors.

You’ll be busy for hours learning loads of new skills and having a laugh at Chill Factore! And it’s one of the most unique Half-Term Rainy Day Ideas on this list…

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Trafford Quays Leisure Village,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
M41 7JA,
England

Opening Times

Main Slope
Monday 10:00 – 22:00
Tuesday 10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday 07:30-22:00
Thursday to Friday 10:00 – 22:00
Saturday to Sunday 08:00 – 22:00

Pricing

Lift Passes:

Adults from £27.00

Juniors from 22.50

Group Ski/Snowboard Lessons:

Adults from £49.00

Juniors from £39.00

Snow Park Passes:

From £20.00 per person

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small cat reaching out at kitty cafe nottingham

Kitty Cafe, Nottingham

Raise your hands if you’re a cat person… As you’ve probably already guessed from the name, Kitty Cafe is a hive for cats of all sizes, breeds and ages. While you dry off from the rain you’ll get to make friends with intelligent felines or watch them climb up cat trees above you. Just remember to keep an eye on your food because cats like coffee and biscuits too – even if it’s bad for them!
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31-37 Friar Lane,
Nottingham,
Nottinghamshire,
NG1 6DD,
England

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 20:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

Pricing

Adults: £6.00
Kids: £4.00

Food and drinks costs are separate.

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Titanic Belfast museum

Titanic Belfast

Filled with history and wonder, The Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic attraction host an array of fantastical activities perfect for rain-dodging days. From an award-winning walking tour, interactive exhibits and Hamilton Dock, there are lots of great activities for families to explore.

This immersive experience includes special effects, dark rides, 9 interactive exhibits and impressive galleries and full-scale reconstructions! Tick off your boat-bucket list and check out historic ships like the world’s last remaining White Star Vessel and RMS Titanic’s original tender ship, the SS Nomadic.

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Queens Road, Titanic Quarter,
Belfast,
County Antrim,
BT3 9EP,
Northern Ireland

Opening Times

March
Monday to Sunday
Titanic Belfast 10:00 - 17:00 | SS Nomadic 11:30 - 15:30

April - May
Monday to Sunday
Titanic Belfast 09:00 - 18:00 | SS Nomadic 10:00 - 17:00

June - August
Monday to Sunday
Titanic Belfast 09:00 - 19:00 | SS Nomadic 10:00 - 18:00

September
Monday - Sunday
Titanic Belfast 09:00 - 18:00 | SS Nomadic 10:00 - 17:00
October - December
Monday - Sunday
Titanic Belfast 10:00 - 17:00 | SS Nomadic 11:00 - 16:00
24th - 26th December Closed

January - March 2023
Monday - Sunday
Titanic Belfast 10:00 - 17:00 | SS Nomadic 11:00 - 16:00

Pricing

Adult £21.50
Child (5-15)* £10.00
Child (under 5) Free
Family Pass (2 adults, 2 children) £53.00
Essential Carer Free*
Student/Unemployed `{`Mon-Fri Only`}` £17.00
Senior (60+) `{`Mon-Fri Only`}` £17.00

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Half-Term Rainy Day Ideas: At Home

kids doing easter scavenger inside

Scavenger Hunts

Print off an online scavenger hunt at home and leave clues all around the house for the kids to follow. Leave a small present at the end of the trail like a bag of chocolate buttons or an inexpensive treat your kids will eat or play with. This idea is great for all the seasons too whether it’s Christmas break, the Summer holidays, Halloween or Easter. Tailor your trail to whatever season you’re experiencing. You can get some cracking ideas off Pinterest too if ever you want to create your own props and clues.

teens doing tiktok dance

TikTok Dance Routines

TikTok is like marmite these days, people either love it or hate it and at DOWTK you know we just love it!!! It’s a great source for inspiration all across the board with recipes, crafts, and of course dance routines. If you used TikTok in lockdown you’ll know how big dance crazes got and they have continued to be a popular feature on Tiktok. So, why not bust some moves and learn the TikTok style and dance together? You’ll be laughing your little socks off in no time. There’s nothing better than a challenge when you’re bored at home. 
mother and daughter watching film in a blanket fort

Pillow Forts, Cinema & Chill

Parents, I know your thought train has instantly choo-choo’d all the way to ‘omg what about the mess?!’. However, you’ll get to build your own pillow and blanket forts together and then spend the afternoon watching all your favourite flicks. Don’t you ever just want to chill out with your youngsters? It’s a creative way to jazz up watching the telly if you feel like having a lazy day.

When you’ve finished constructing your fort, grab your bed socks, load up on snacks, cosy up and hit play on the remote. Your kids will enjoy seeing you so relaxed too. Whether it’s the weekend or you’re enjoying your half-term holiday, it’s a cheap way to have lots of fun using objects you already have at home.

kids baking

Bake The Day Away

If you are in search of Half-Term Rainy Day Ideas that incorporate creativity then why not spend the day baking lots of goodies with your kids?

Brownies, fairy cakes, rice crispy cakes, cookies, bread, pies, cheesecakes, banana bread – the list goes on! Have a ‘Great British Bake Off’ moment and go ham in the kitchen. Buy sprinkles, food colouring, and coloured icing and get experimental. Revel in the mess and the creative process and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Whether it’s fruit salads in the form of faces, creamy butterfly fairy cakes or a straight-forward packet mix, you can have a lot of fun in the kitchen together.

boy jumping in puddles

Embrace The Outdoor Weather

If you are lucky enough to have a garden then I just have 2 words for you… MUD PIES! Rain + Dirt are the only two ingredients you need for a batch of sludgy mud pies. Get some buckets, spades, glasses, bowls, cookie cutters, plastic knives and forks, some pebbles and make some quirky concoctions in the back garden.

If getting muddy isn’t your thing then how about getting absolutely drenched instead?! I’m talking about having an absolute splash-fest!!! Throw on your best wellies and waterproof coats and go splashing all over the shop! Jump like Peppa and George in the biggest puddles and have a whale of a time.

Just remember to wrap up very warm while you play outside in the rain, as you don’t want your little ones catching a cold.

Found some cool Half-Term Rainy Day Ideas? Whether it’s crazy golf in an underground cave or top visitor attractions with historical treasures, there are lots of things to do and see during rainy days in the half term. There are lots of great attractions that we haven’t mentioned too like the Harry Potter Studio Tour, Jump Inc Leeds, Bradford Industrial Museum (perfect for lovers of industrial heritage) and so much more.

For more half-term inspo why not check out our latest blogs? We’ve got everything from Kids Eat Free February Half Term to Free Half Term Activities 2023. If it’s money-saving attractions you’re looking to fill your half term with then check out our Free Things To Do In Edinburgh, Free Things To Do In London & Free Things To Do In Manchester.

Whatever you decide to do during the stormy weather we’re sure you’ll have loads of fun with your little ones. Happy Half-term!

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