When my family and I decided to move from Paris to Bordeaux, practically everyone guaranteed that the hot weather is the real bonus of moving to the South of France. “No more rainy days being stuck at home with the kids” I thought to myself. Boy, was I wrong!
Although there are a lot of sunny and hot days in Bordeaux, not many people know that on average it’s raining here 170 days a year.
Almost every weekend I see people on social media asking: what do I do with the kids when it’s pouring rain outside and you can’t go to the park? Apparently a lot!!! You just have to know about it.
So I’ve made a list of all the fun indoor things you can do with your kids when it is raining in Bordeaux:
If you want a fun activity which is also educative then Cap Sciences is the place for you. It is located on Quai de Bacalan, in a beautiful spot with a view on the Jacques Chaban-Delmas bridge. The museum proposes interactive exhibitions and activities all dedicated to different aspects of science. Another interesting feature of the museum are the workshops that are dedicated to kids of different age groups (3-6, 6-12 and 8-14 years old) among them you can find photography, molecular k kitchen, eco-citizens and more. And while your kids are busy exploring the wonders of the universe, you can enjoy the amazing view of the Garonne river from the terraces of the “Cafe des sciences”.
The museum is open Tue- Fri from 14-18 and from 14 to 19 on weekends. The prices varies according to the exhibition and a 50% is given to holders of the Carte Jeunes.
Address: Cap Sciences – Hangar 20 – Quai de Bacalan – 33300 Bordeaux
Natural History Museum
After years of renovations the museum of natural history of Bordeaux has finally opened its doors on March 2019. Created in 1971, the museum has one of the biggest collections in France with more than a million specimens. Besides the new design and the incredible collection, one of the new features in the renovated museum is the “Early Years Museum” for kids under 6 years old.
Where: 5 Place Bardineau, 33000 Bordeaux
Skating in darwin
Darwin eco-system is where the cool kids go :). An ancient military base, located in the Bastide neighborhood on the right side of the river, that has been turned into a place full of innovation and surprises for both parents and kids. And although it seems like a perfect spot for a sunny weather it has a lot to offer indoors as well, notably the skating park. As part of its environmental friendly agenda, the skate house is made of recycled materials and has a special cultural landscape of street art and electronic music. Your kids will love it!
In order to skate in the hangar you would have to pay a member fee of €5 and then €3 for the whole day every time you come. Open everyday except Monday.
Address: 87 Quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux
Ice skating in La Patinoire de Mériadeck
For even colder days, you can get into the winter spirit with ice skating. La Patinoire de Mériadeck is a sports complex in Bordeaux center that hosts hockey games as well as many different concerts. However, several days a week the place is open to the public and you can come with your family and enjoy ice skating in this huge arena. The Patinoire is open on Wednesday afternoon, Thursday, and Friday evening and from the morning on Saturday and Sunday (with a lunch break). The prices range between € 5.70 to € 8,30 (depending on your age and if you need skates or not) and free for kids under 5.
As the Patinoire hosts many different events during the year, its opening hours might change from time to time, so before heading there with your kids, check out the schedule.
Address: 95 cours du Maréchal Juin 33000 Bordeaux
Royal Kids in Pessac
There are some days when you just have to get your little ones out of the house to release all their energy, so if it’s raining non-stop and you can’t take them to the park, take them to Royal Kids in Pessac. Royal Kids is an indoor soft play with different structures adopted for kids from 0 to 12 years old. The place is open on Tue, Wed, Fri , Sat and Sun and every day during school break. The prices varies according to the age and number of kids in the family (between €4.5 and €9) and the entrance is free for kids under 1 years old and over 13 years old.
Address: 6 Rue Henri de Châtelier, 33600 Pessac
Karting and Bowling
If your kids are a bit older (over 11 years old) and you need an activity with more action, karting is always a good idea. There are two karting facilities in Bordeaux, one in Bordeaux-Lac (indoor) and the other one in Merignac (outdoor), both belong to Kart System.
However, Kart system is not only a karting place, you can easily make a family fun day out of it. In Bordeaux- lac, additionally to the huge karting indoor space there is a bowling alley with 20 lanes as well as 13 billiard tables with a bar. Kart-System in Bordeaux-Lac is open 7 days a week from 14:00.
Address: KART System INDOOR – Rue du grand Barail – 33300 Bordeaux Lac
Jump in the Trampoline park
Another great place for the whole family is the Let’s Jump Trampoline Park which is also located next to Bordeaux Lac. The Trampoline park has a 500m² of trampolines where besides jumping you can play dodgeball, trampoline basketball or (trying to) walk on a tightrope. Kids over 3 years old are welcomed to the park and the prices are €8 for 5-6 years old and €12 for the rest (there’s also a discount with a student cart) for one hour, it’s recommended to reserve a spot in advance.
Address: 49 Rue Pierre Baour, 33300 Bordeaux
Enjoy lunch while your kids playing in Kidooland
In this soft play wonderland you can enjoy a lunch while someone is watching your little kids enjoying 1000m² of soft playground. The Kidooland facility includes many inflatable installation for kids whose height is under 140cm, with the goal to make it a safe space for little kids. Apart from the soft-play space the place organizes artistic workshops: comics, painting, photography, theater and more.
Kiddoland is closed on on Mon and Thur and the price is €9 for half a day and free for the parents.
Address: 280 Boulevard Alfred Daney – 33300 Bordeaux
Climb on Blocks in Block’Out
If your family needs more action try climbing on blocs! Block’Out Bordeaux is the first climbing center dedicated to bloc climbing to open in Bordeaux, with a huge selection of structures and more than 1,100 m² of climbing surface.
The place is equipped with 45 blocs and 7 different levels so that both beginners and professionals can enjoy this activity.
Block’Out runs climbing courses for both adults and kids (7 years old and up) and it’s open every day of the week.
Address: 3 Rue Georges Barres, 33300 Bordeaux
When the weather is bad many kids are stuck in front of the screen. This could be a good opportunity to discover if they like to create their own video games or to learn coding in general.
To help them discover the digital world take them to an atelier at Magic Makers in Chartrons. Every Saturday at 13:30 Magic Makers invites children and teenagers between the ages of 6 and 15 to learn programming like adults and to enjoy themselves with other potential coding geeks 🙂
The price is €15 for every atelier.
Address: 60 Cours de la Martinique 33000 BORDEAUX
This activity for rainy days is fun, educative and totally free! If your kids are interested in books, the Bibliothèque in Mériadeck has a library for kids between 0 and 13 years old. The place includes novels, comics, manga, music, movies and even a coloring space for younger kids. Apart from books the Meriadeck library also hosts different events such as little shows for kids, story time and video games in groups.
Address: 85 cours du Maréchal Juin 33000 Bordeaux
La Parentèle for babies and toddlers
Last but not least, if your kids are too young for most of these activities, don’t be discouraged! La parentele hosts families with little kids every day except Sunday and it’s free. The Parentele is an indoor space for babies and toddlers where you will find a play area for different ages, a lot of toys, books, colors and a large space with coffee for parents to have a chat (while watching their kids of course). As the Parentele is open for all, it is limited for one hour and a half, but I guess for a toddler it is more than enough.
Address: 2 rue Courpon – 33000 Bordeaux
So next time you see clouds approaching, don’t panic! Bordeaux offers great indoor activities to keep you and your kids occupied.
If you know of any other places to escape the rain with the kids, please let us know in the comments below.
Thank you for reading 🙂
This is my first time visit at here and i am actually pleassant to read
everthing at alone place.
thanks for info…
Totally agree with Gina . Ludotheques are fabulous! Have been taking my kids ever since my first born was 5 months old .
The ludotheque is like the bibliotheque, but with games and toys rather than books. There is an annual membership fee (40 euros, I think) and then you can visit freely during public hours and borrow toys for up to 3 weeks for a small fee (1.50 euros). We frequently visit the Bastide location (rain or shine) and really enjoy the space and the company. Plus, I met a fellow ‘Mum’ there (yay for Meghan!). There are also locations in Chartrons and Bordeaux-lac, though I’ve yet to check them out. http://www.ludotheque-interlude.fr/index-page-Localisation.html
Hi Giana, Thanks!!! That looks like a perfect place for the little ones! Have you visited the other ones as well? Are they as good as the Bastide one (unfortunately this one is a bit far for me)?
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to visit the other locations yet. Chartrons seems smaller and the hours are more limited. Bordeaux-lac looks interesting, but that one is pretty far for us. Anyone else out there who has visited one of these ludotheques?