Rainy Day Activities in Phuket

Rainy Day Activities in Phuket

Rainy day family fun in Phuket can be found visiting a museum, watching the underwater world at the Aquarium or booking a seat at one of the world’s only first-class cinemas. Older kids may also enjoy a spot of bowling and the whole family will surely be entertained by a trip to Phuket Fantasea.

Phuket Aquarium

It is certainly not on the same level as Siam Paragon’s ocean world; nevertheless it’s a nice way to spend a morning or an afternoon. Sharks and manta rays are the main stars but do look out for the grouper fish located in the last tank.

There is an underwater walkway which is best visited at feeding time where divers, rays, big fish and sharks meet in the tunnel. It starts each Saturday and Sunday at 11 am. There are a large variety of colourful fish on display which younger children are sure to find interesting and all descriptions are in English.

Location: Panwa Bay
Age: Suitable for all ages
Car Park: Yes
Refreshments: Yes (limited)
Souvenirs: Yes
Pram Access: Yes
Toilets: Yes but no nappy changing facilities
Hours: 8:30am-4pm
Price: Adult 100 THB
Child 50 THB
Child (less than 108cm) Free
(Local rate available if you show work permit / Thai driving licence)
Info: www.phuketaquarium.org
Tip: Eating facilities are limited
Phuket Fantasea

An all singing all dancing celebration of Thai myth and magic with a theme park and grand buffet adding to the excitement. The main event is the cabaret show featuring elephants, acrobats and lots of special effects. Be sure to arrive early and make time to enjoy the pre-show extras including a fairground. You can also pay extra and dine at the extravagant international buffet which is on par with ones usually found in Las Vegas.

Location: Kamala
Age: Best for the over 3’s
Car Park: Yes
Refreshments: Yes (restaurant)
Souvenirs: Yes
Pram Access: Yes outside but not in theatre
Toilets: Yes and nappy changing facilities
Hours: 5:30pm – 11:30pm daily, except Thursdays.
Info: www.phuket-fantasea.com
Tip: The show is loud so you may want to bring protection for smaller kids ears
Phuket Sea Shell Museum

Discover rare and valuable Asian shells on display including the world’s largest and rarest 140 karat golden pearl. Older kids will love the prehistoric fossils from shells to turtles, some dating back over 350 million years.

Location: Rawai
Age: Possibly more interesting for older kids
Car Park: Yes
Refreshments: No
Souvenirs: Yes
Pram Access: Yes
Toilets: Yes but no nappy changing facilities
Hours: 8:30am-4pm
Tip: Take a trip to Rawai seafront afterwards for a delicious lunch
Thalang Museum

Educate the whole family on the history of Phuket and how she was saved by two brave heroines. Packed with information from Phuket geology to tin mining and sea gypsies. The museum gardens boast replicas of sea gypsy houses and boats.

Location: Facing north on Thepkassatri road, turn right at Heroines monument. Follow the signs on the right to the museum.
Age: 5 up
Hours: 9am – 4:30pm. Closed on public holidays
Car Park: Yes
Refreshments: No
Souvenirs: No
Pram Access: Yes
Toilets: Yes but no nappy changing facilities
Tip: The museum will not take long to stroll through – 30 minutes at the most
Bowling

There are bowling alleys at both the Big C shopping centre (upstairs) and at Jung Ceylon shopping mall in Patong. The one in Big C ‘CS Bowl Centre’ is fine but a little old and is bowling in the dark. Both are probably best suited for teenagers since there is little else to do there except bowl and enjoy snacks.
Kids Zones

Downstairs at the Big C shopping centre and upstairs at Tesco Lotus are kids zones. Big C seems to have the edge with an enclosed soft play area, arcades, amusements and an arts and crafts section where children can create their own Thai batik designs.

The areas are not always supervised so best to keep smaller kids out of the soft play arenas or visit at quieter times. There is a small fee of around 20 THB to enter the soft ball play pens and most of the other amusements are 10 THB a go. Both are located next to the food courts where decent local food and fresh fruit shakes are available for when the kids (or parents) need a break.
Cinemas

Central Festival and Jung Ceylon both have cinemas. The one complaint is that there are rarely kids films showing. However parents and older kids might enjoy a visit and Monday- Wednesday are usually cheaper seats. If you want to watch in style then the first-class seats at the Central Festival ‘SFX’ cinema is definitely the way to go.

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