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About: Farmer Palmer's Farm Park in Poole is an incredibly family friendly animal park. If you're looking for things to do with the kids in Poole, Farmer Palmer's Farm Park is the perfect choice for a family day out come rain or shine!
One of Dorset's most popular animal parks that has been designed to keep your little ones entertained. Farmer Palmer's farm park features indoor and outdoor play areas, offering kids plenty of entertainment to keep them happy throughout your stay even if the weather isn't quite on our side.
Opening Times/Prices: Please check their website for opening times and prices as these vary throughout the year.
Location: Wareham Rd, Organford, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6EU
Telephone Number: 01202 622022
About: When the weather isn't playing ball it doesn't mean you have to sit inside all day. We know a fair few ways on how to cure boredom when it's raining but this might just be our favourite.
Head on down to one of Poole's delicious restaurants where you can indulge in mouth-watering dishes and forget about the awful weather.
About: When the weather isn't playing ball, head on down to Studio Poole! Poole plays host to a large selection of things to do that no matter the weather can still go ahead and are fun for everyone.
Poole is home to the largest pottery outlets in the world, Studio Poole, who have an in house working pottery studio that allows you to create momento baby/toddler footprints and handprint impressions and the chance to paint animals and fantasy creatures.
Opening Times: Their 'Have a Go' is open 7 days a week from 10.00am until 3.00pm and last entry is 2.00pm.
Location: Unit D2 to D5, Dolphin quays, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HU
Telephone Number: 01202497492
About: Poole Museum is a fascinating museum for all ages to explore, with fun trails for the children to get involved with and artefacts and collections for the adults to read about. They even have a dedicated area of arts and craft activities for younger visitors on the third floor, so there’s plenty of ways to keep the little ones occupied. It’s also free to enter, so what’s not to love?!
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 12pm – 4pm.
Location: 4 High St, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1BW
Telephone Number: 01202 262 600
About: You can’t beat a trip to the cinema to see a new film, and it certainly keeps you busy whilst those dark grey skies are looming! With a whopping 16 different screens, Tower Park Cineworld in Poole always shows a range of new releases including family films, action films, rom-coms and plenty more genres to suit everyone’s tastes!
Location: Tower Park, Poole BH12 4NY
Telephone Number: 0330 333 4444
About: Swimming is not only great fun on a rainy day, but it’s a great way to keep fit too! On a day where it’s simply too cold and wet to swim in the sea, there are plenty of indoor swimming pools at the local leisure centres you can get your exercise in at for a small fee! Many of the leisure centres also hold sessions for children, so you can bring the whole family along!
Please see individual leisure centres for more details.
About: Parents – this one is for you if the kids are driving you mad on a rainy day! Soft Play is the ideal way to allow the little ones burn off their endless amounts of energy whilst keeping out the rain, all whilst having lots of fun.
We highly recommend Kidz Kingdom at The Junction Broadstone. It's a great space for your little ones to run around and let off some steam.
Location: The Junction Sports & Leisure Centre, Station Approach, Broadstone, Dorset, BH18 8AX
Telephone: 01202 777766
About: There's no better way to cheer yourself up on a rainy day than with a touch of retail therapy! Whether you love to shop for fashion, homeware, or something completely different - our shopping centres here in Poole have it all. Why not enjoy a day out shopping with your friends? It keeps you out of the rain and gives you the opportunity to have a good catch-up too!
Locations: Poole has a range of shopping centres full of fashion, homeware and essential stores. Check out our Shopping guide for a full list of all the retail parks and shopping areas and see which takes your fancy!