A rainy day in Ireland with a child

A rainy day in Ireland with a child

What do you do on a rainy Ireland day?  We all know Ireland has many of these, so if you are planning some days in Ireland, you might enjoy reading about our day.

Our hosts seem to know all the answers to this.

One thing we discovered is that some of the gorgeous garden centers now mix with homewares and a restaurant area, so it was a lovely surprise to start the day with a bit of Thrift store shopping for a few more winter warmers, and then to be taken to a lowly Garden Centre for lunch.  Soup with Irish brown bread warmed us up, and then I headed across the way to the Children’s Adventure Centre & Cafe.

Here it seemed a mix of hundreds of parents, children, grandparents, and friends mixed with clanging coffee cups, screaming kiddies, and cream cakes.  It was a large warehouse, filled with fun.

The first hit was the giant slides and climbing area. Every 2nd child seemed to be in green and I kept thinking I had spotted him, and he was gone – well he wasn’t, because it wasn’t my son!

Next was the zip lining area. Harnessed and supervised the kids loved this, and he did have several turns.

Next came the bumper cars.  At one Euro this was good value for this area, and the kids could ride alone, or with an adult.

What could be nicer though than a patch of blue sky? So we arrive at our host’s country home and I am offered a bit of peace and quiet “me” time in the garden jacuzzi hot tub. It had stopped raining, though I would have sat there in the rain anyway I think, and it was ‘my time’.

I think these silent minutes in the Irish countryside were gold to me.

Not to plan. Not to worry. To have time to not have to think or do, but to sit and let the bubbles massage all the tension out of my back.  It was divine!

Meanwhile, my son sat and enjoyed time with one of the lovely cats they had.

‘Gina’ the cat was his favorite, and he sat there on this Sunday afternoon, like an old man just missing his slippers, in front of the warmth of the open wood fire.

No Wi-fi, just a good time with an animal was therapy for this kid.

There is always YouTube, Games, and TV for kids, but it is nice to play a board game or get out a pack of cards.

Or, you could be really old-fashioned, and sit and TALK!!!!


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4 thoughts on “A rainy day in Ireland with a child

  1. I always feel that how a child relates to animals is a good indication of how they will act as adults. If that bit of completely anecdotal observation holds true, it looks like Explorason is well on his way to be being a kind person when he grows up.

    PS: After a few hour at the Children’s Adventure Centre & Cafe, I think I also would have found a quiet, hot tub jacuzzi to be heaven on earth.

    • That is a lovely thing to say. Yes he is gentle and loves animals of all kinds. So far he wants a kitten, a budgie, a lamb, a calf and a pony, not to mention ducks, chickens – might have to get a farm!

  2. I have a 9 year old grandson and the Children’s Adventure Centre & Cafe looks like a place he’d love! The garden jacuzzi hot tub would be where I’d head too after a busy day. The friendly cats are a bonus.

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