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Best activities for kids on rainy days in Swindon

Battling boredom and excessive screen time can be a daunting task when the weather outside is less than ideal. As a parent, juggling the daily to-do list can feel overwhelming, especially when faced with rainy days that seem to stretch on endlessly. 

For this reason, we have compiled a list of engaging activities that will keep your little ones entertained and off their electronic devices, even on the gloomiest of days in Swindon. Who knows, you might even find yourself having as much fun as your kids!


Jolly Roger Adventure

Jolly Roger Adventure is a haven of fun for children of all ages, featuring bouncy castles, a captivating soft adventure play area, and even a deep ball pool to dive into. Those seeking an adrenaline rush can fearlessly take a plunge down 'The Drop' slide, stretching an exhilarating 31 feet. And for those who crave an extra dose of excitement, Jolly Roger Adventure has recently unveiled one of the largest indoor astra-slides in the country, promising an exhilarating ride that will leave you breathless. With endless possibilities for fun, Jolly Roger Adventure is the perfect destination for families looking for an unforgettable experience.

  • Free parking available
  • Free Wifi
  • Free for adults
  • All day play - no time restrictions

Visit: Jolly Roger Adventure, Greenbridge Rd, Swindon, SN3 3JE
Tel: 01793 522 044
Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 9:30am - 6:00pm
Website: Jolly Roger Adventure


The Link Centre

The Link Centre is a well-equipped gym located in Swindon, Wiltshire. Better, Link Centre offer over 40 fitness classes a week, outdoor football, swimming, ice skating and trampolining in our Better Trampoline Park. Perfect to keep your little ones busy on rainy days.

The Pool offers a variety of sessions from early morning club swimming, casual lanes, school and swim school lessons.
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 6:00am - 10:00pm, Sat: 6:00am - 7:00pm, Sun: 6:30am - 8:00pm

The Trampoline Park offers a variety of sessions such as Toddler Jump, General Jump or Inclusive Bounce.
Opening hours: Mon: 10:00am - 11:00am, Tue: 10:00am - 1:30pm, Wed: 0:00am - 11:00am, Thur:1:00pm - 2:00pm, Fri: 10am - 6:00pm, Sat-Sun: 9:00am - 5:00pm

The Ice Rink
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 6:00am - 10:00pm, Sat-Sun: 6:00am - 6:00pm

Soft Play
Opening hours: Mon-Thu: 9:30am - 5:00pm, Fri: 10:00am - 6:00pm, Sat-Sun: 9:00am - 5:00pm

The centre is cashless and they will only accept payment by card. 

Free parking available.

Visit: Whitehill Way, Westlea, Swindon,SN5 7DL
Tel: 01793 877323
Website: The Link Centre


Active Reality

Active Reality specialises in group Virtual Reality. Their state-of-the-art VR technology allows groups of friends, families, and colleagues to fully immerse themselves into virtual worlds using free roam VR (no wires or cables).  You can have up to parties of 12 people with 6 playing at any one time. They use advanced technology and sensors in an arena that allows you to move around as you would in real life. All experiences are multiplayer, so you and friends are in the same physical and virtual worlds. You are able to see your friends' avatars. You can all run, walk, jump and even high five all in the virtual world. You become fully immersed and totally forget about the outside world, it is truly mind blowing! 

Suitable for children 9 years old or over. 

Visit: Whitehill Way, Westlea, Swindon SN5 7DL, United Kingdom
Tel: 0333 339 1881
Opening hours: Mon - Fr: 7:00am - 8:00pm, Sat - Sun: 7:00am - 6:00pm
Website: Active Reality


Rockstar Climbing

Rockstar Climbing is an exhilarating indoor climbing haven, catering to climbers of all ages and experience levels. Whether you're a seasoned climber or a complete novice, Rockstar Climbing provides a supportive and engaging environment to experience the thrill of climbing.

For those seeking a gentle introduction to the world of climbing, Rockstar Climbing offers Taster Sessions, a perfect starting point for climbers aged 5 and above. Parents can either relax and watch their little ones conquer new heights from the comfortable café or join in for a shared adventure.

For aspiring climbers between the ages of 5 and 10, Rockstar Climbing hosts regular children's climbing clubs, providing a safe and encouraging platform to hone their skills and develop their confidence.

Toddlers and preschoolers can also enjoy the thrill of climbing in a dedicated, supervised area designed specifically for their age group.

Parking is available onsite.

Visit: Unit 3 IO Centre, Hobley Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 4NS
Tel: 01793 824 177
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10:00am -10:00pm, Sat - Sun: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Website: Rockstar Climbing


Tenpin Swindon

The ultimate family fun destination! Unleash your competitive spirit and let loose on one of the 32 state-of-the-art bowling lanes. Whether you're a seasoned bowler or a complete novice, Tenpin Swindon provides a fun and vibrant atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. After you've bowled your socks off, immerse yourselves in the electrifying world of Cosmic Bowling, where the lights dim, the music intensifies, and glow-in-the-dark pins beckon you to unleash your inner disco diva. For those seeking a challenge beyond the lanes, Tenpin Swindon also boasts an exhilarating arcade centre, where you can test your skills and reflexes on a variety of thrilling games. Enjoy mouthwatering culinary creations from the Lanes' menu, ensuring you're well-nourished to conquer every challenge that Tenpin Swindon throws your way. And for the little ones, Tenpin Swindon hosts a dedicated play area where they can unleash their boundless energy and engage in imaginative play.

Free parking is available onsite.

Visit: Shaw Ridge Leisure Park, Whitehill Way, Swindon, SN5 7DN
Tel: 0333 034 6100
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10:00am -12:00am, Fri: 10:00am - 1:00am, Sat: 9:00am - 1:00am, Sun: 9:00am - 12:00am
Website: Tenpin Swindon


Hopefully you've enjoyed our guide on the best activities for kids on rainy days in Swindon. If you are looking for more fun family and toddler activities, then browse Swindon Rocks. You will find a host of events, groups & classes, places to visit as well as parks & walks.

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