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10 ways to hide from the rain in North Wales

The clouds are grey and the sky is soggy. That can only mean one thing, I need to take my boys somewhere to be entertained before chaos ensues.

We love going for walks and exploring all of the beautiful nature North Wales has to offer. On a rainy day in North Wales these hidden gems will keep you and your kids happy.

November 6, 2022


Xplore Science and Discovery Centre Wrexham

Discover a perfect way to escape a rainy day in North Wales. The interactive displays will keep kids of any age fueled with inspiration and boggle their brains with the curiosities of science.

They regularly run themed events and their toddler days are fab. It wont break the bank either, at £7.50 to enter Xplore Science and Discovery Centre Wrexham we had a fun filled day and escaped the North Wales rain.

Danger Point

Danger Point is an all weather attraction in North Wales. It is just near Talacre beach so if the rain does subside a beach walk and a tootle round the arcade could make this your best day out yet.

Danger point is a fun filled day out that is educational. I loved that Danger Point helps kids understand road safety, bullying, online safety and household dangers in a safe environment. There are lots of interactive life skill experiences that immerse children in real life situations. My boys loved the danger detective quest and all of the real life play areas. They especially loved an actual bus that they could play on.

Open during half terms and summer holidays £20 per family. Until Christmas 22′ they are running after school Christmas craft sessions at £10 per child. Booking advised.

King Arthurs Labryinth

It was the drizzliest of days when we escaped the rain to King Arthurs Labyrinth. It is located at Corris Craft Centre and there is so much more to do than just the Labyrinth. We loved exploring the craft village and get stuck in to all of the fun activities. One of the many craft activities is candle dipping but we all loved chocolate making and the best part was definitely tasting it at the end.

Once our bellies were full from the tasty treats we found in the cafe. We wandered down to explore King Arthur’s Labyrinth. I wont spoil the mystical secrets of the Labyrinth but I know you wont leave disappointed. It is truly a unique experience. I cant wait to visit on a sunny day and take advantage of the Legends of the Stone Circle storytelling maze and the lovely playground.

Prices are £14.95 for adults and £8.95 for children.

Llangollen Railway

If you have kids that are train obsessed, Llangollen Heritage Railway is the day out for you. Get out of the North Wales rain and journey through beautiful Welsh scenery on a heritage carriage.

The railway is steam hauled for 10 miles along the Dee river. It is stunning. I don’t know about you but the sight and smell of a steam train is truly nostalgic. Make sure you check out their events and the Santa special at Christmas is a special family friendly event.

£48 for a return journey for a family of 4.

Soft Play

Sometimes you just can’t beat a soft play. It can be a welcome bit of relief from the rain. The kids can go nuts for a few hours and I can sit back and enjoy a brew and a slice of cake in peace.

There are loads of soft plays in North Wales. Here is a list of a few of our favorites –

1. Banana Bens – Wrexham
2. Whizz Kidz – Saltney & Queensferry
3. Infunity – Mold
4. Children’s Farm Park – Harlech
5. Adventure Parc Snowdonia
6. Pili Palas Nature World – Anglesey
7. SC2 Adventure Play – Rhyl
8. GreenWood Family Park

Which one is your favorite? Let me know if I have missed one off.

Jade Jones Pavillion

The Jade Jones Pavillion in Flint has got lots to offer on a rainy day in North Wales. There is a swimming pool, soft play and a cafe. You could spend the whole day here however the main reason I am mentioning the Jade Jones Pavilion is its brilliant bowling alley. Only the locals seem to know about this hidden gem.

The perfect rainy day activity to keep the whole family entertained for an hour or two whilst the rain clouds pass. It has a licensed bar inside and it is £20 for an hour for up to 6 people.

There are eight lanes and shoe hire is free. My boys love spending time down here on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Plas Madoc Leisure Centre - Wrexham

If you want to catch a wave without braving the North Wales beaches. Plas Madoc Leisure Centre’s swimming pool is perfect. It has a cheaper price tag than some of the larger leisure centres and is just as much fun.

They have a variety of slides to keep kids of all ages entertained. From a small elephant slide, waterfall and a huge spiral water slide. Its beach side tropical lagoon ramps up the waves twice an hour. The steeped entry to the pool means the bigger kids can dive in the big waves and the little ones can splash at the waters edge.

Spavens, Mold

If you love a crafternoon and lets face it who doesnt! Spavens in Mold is the place to escape the North Wales rain. From the outside it draws your eye with it’s dotty exterior and you walk through the door to an aroma of sweets. What’s not to love? It’s a kids heaven.

They regularly run an offer for the kids to paint a pot, have a pancake and fill the pot with sweets from the sweetie shop all for around £10. The coffee is lovely too.

There are plenty of other ceramics you can paint here and while away a whole afternoon painting to your hearts content. It does get busy though so book in advance if you can.

It's a small world - Blaenau Ffestiniog

I got mega mum points for discovering ‘It’s a small world’ on a very rainy weekend in North Wales and now we can’t go past without going in.

There is so much to do here, you could tie it in with a trip on the heritage steam railway opposite but we always make a special visit.

There is a six lane scalextric track that dominates half the place and there are loads of coin operated mini tracks, model trains and even a mini boating lake. The around the world crazy golf is so quirky and built lovingly by it’s owner Mike. It is an absolute boys toy heaven.

It is around the corner from a lovely little cafe too, that sells yummy ice cream.

Prices range from £1 upwards and it is cash only. There is a cash machine around the corner at the Co-op.

Get your wellies on and splash in some puddles at Cadw sites

If you can’t beat it join them! Why not pop your wellies and raincoat on and embrace the North Wales rain. It does that rather a lot here. I once sat in my caravan in the rain for a good few hours to venture out and realized it hadn’t even rained in the next village along.

There are so many beautiful historical sites you can visit in North Wales with Cadw. From Criccieth Castle to Conwy town walls. There are plenty of fantastic sites to visit. So put your wellies on and let the kids splash in those puddles.

We were pleasantly surprised when we visited Criccieth Castle – there is an indoor interactive exhibit for the children next to the gift shop and the views from the top of the castle are stunning.

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November 6, 2022