One thing we know for sure we can’t rely on in this country is the weather, so we started thinking about all the things you can do with the kids in Berkshire on those wet and miserable days in the gales and the downpours. And the good news is, there’s a lot. Here are our top picks if you’re feeling trapped in the house and looking for inspiration.
Get down the bowling alley
I love taking the kiddies bowling, it’s a fantastic thing to do when it’s wet outside. They love the music, lights and excitement of the bowling alley, and if I’m honest I like it a bit too much too! Make sure you book before you go as they tend to get busy on wet days. We have loads of options in Berkshire and the surrounding area, here’s the lowdown… Hollywood Bowl Bracknell, Hollywood Bowl High Wycombe, Wokingham Superbowl, MFA Bowl Thatcham, Tenpin Camberley.
Catch a children’s movie
There’s not much that beats the cinema with the little ones on a wet day. And you get to sit in a dark room with ice cream and your feet up, perfect! Lots of cinemas run kids clubs on weekend mornings where you can grab cheap tickets, and you’ll even find some that offer special mid week mum and baby screenings. We’ve done a post on this and you can find out more here. If you’re looking for a cinema near you why not check out one of these in Berkshire and the surrounding areas; Empire Slough, Odeon Maidenhead, Bracknell Odeon, Vue Reading, Showcase de Lux Winnersh, Vue Newbury, Vue Staines, Vue Camberley, Cineworld High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe.
Armbands at the ready…
If the rain is coming down outside you may as well embrace the elements and go for a dip. We’re spoilt for choice in Berkshire with loads of great pools most with slides, children’s areas, and some with waves and more. Here are our recommendations for the local area; Windsor Leisure Centre, Montem Leisure Centre Slough, Magnet Leisure Centre Maidenhead, Coral Reef Waterworld Bracknell, Northcroft Leisure Centre and Lido Newbury, Central Pool Reading, Basingstoke Aquadrome,
A soft play kinda day
Great for getting little ones to let off some steam, and usually enable you to grab a coffee and cake at the same time, soft plays are a godsend for parents, especially on wet days. Here are our top picks in Berkshire; The Jelly Lounge Windsor, Cheeky Charlie’s Maidenhead, Andrea’s Café and Soft Play Maidenhead, Junglemania Woodley, Jakes Indoor Soft Play & Mini Farm Sandhurst, Wyevale Garden Centres at Binfield, Wokingham, Windsor & Hare Hatch, Bouncy Baileys Hare Hatch, MFA Bowl Soft Play Thatcham, Active Tots Reading, Krazy Playdays Reading, The Mad House Soft Play & Party World Reading, Whoosh Play Centre Bracknell, Cobs Play Barn Hungerford, Eddie Katz Play Centre Newbury and Lakeside Softplay Datchet.
Get creative at a pottery barn
All of the fun and mess, with none of the tidying up! Children will love expressing themselves in a pottery session and getting to take home their creation at the end. Here are some options in Berkshire; The Ugly Duckling Pottery Painting & Coffee House Newbury, Hands On Art Adventures Old Windsor, Lili Pottery Hawthorn Hill, HaaHoos Ceramics Twyford, Mad Hatters Pottery Painting Café Sandhurst and Tilehurst, Leapfrog Ceramics Thatcham and Arborfield, Pottery Pals Wokingham.
Take to the trampolines
A great workout for the little ones, and you, we have some fantastic trampoline centres locally which cater for all ages and are a perfect retreat on a rainy day. Here are some options we thought you might like; Jump In Slough, Red Kangaroo Reading, Bracknell Trampoline Centre, Gravity Force Camberley.
For the Adrenaline Junkies
If you have a mini explorer or speed demon on your hands, then why not try one of these fun and adventurous activities for children in Berkshire; Absolutely Karting Maidenhead, TeamSport Indoor Karting Reading, Bracknell Ski Slope & Ice Rink, Reading Climbing Centre.
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
A real favourite with local families, Norden Farm has loads going on for children and families including; story time, music classes, cinema film showings, music concerts for children, mindfulness, yoga and arts & crafts sessions. To have a look and see what’s going on at Norden Farm, click here.
Situated in the centre of Reading and with free admission, Reading Museum is a great option for a rainy day. There are events for all ages, and you’ll find things like story time sessions, workshops, arts and crafts and role play experiences. Have a look on the site to see what’s coming up.
The Lookout Discovery Centre, Bracknell
Nestled in Swinley Forest Bracknell, The Lookout Discover Centre is a hands on science experience which children of all ages will love. There’s loads to do, see and try which will have them learning and having fun at the same time. Some of the things we really love are; playing with boats and water on the indoor stream, the construction area with diggers, dumper trucks and blocks, the light and colour zone where they can see and touch a mini tornado and play a tune with laser beams! For more information click here.
A great option if you’re looking to avoid the rain, and children will love the excitement of Windsor Castle. Don’t miss the fantastic audio tour guides included in your entrance with a settling for children. To read our review and find out more, click here.
If all else fails, pop on your wellies, grab a brolly and go play in the rain. There are loads of amazing places to walk in Berkshire and hey, a little rain never hurt anyone <shudder>. Here are our favourite places to go for a family walk in Berkshire.
We hope you found this post useful. For other ideas on days out in Berkshire and the surrounding area, click here.
If you’d like to see recommended child friendly restaurants in Berkshire, have a look here.