Rainy season is fast approaching here in Phuket, or at least I am hoping so. The crazy, hot heat is even too much for me! I dream of more rain. Yep, you read that right, I am ready for cooler weather. In my defense, this is the hottest time of the year on the island and I think everyone here is slowly sweating into human-size puddles. I am not looking for a huge snowfall, I just want it a little bit cooler. As I wish for the weather to cool, I figured writing about kid-friendly things to do on Phuket on rainy days would keep me patient while I wait for them to start happening.
There are quite a few fun things that we have found to do on Phuket when the weather makes it uncomfortable to be outdoors. These places are wonderful for wearing your child(ren) out and staving off the stir-craziness that could happen if you are stuck in a hotel room (or home) together ALL DAY. I hope these help you as much as they have helped and entertained us.
- Phuket Aquarium: This is my go to place for a rainy day with Z. It is not a huge aquarium, but cool and a great learning opportunity for you and your kids. If the rain lets up, there is a little nature walk along the beach that leads to a sea turtle recovery center that is a great way to show kids how not taking care of the earth can affect sea creatures. And even better, it’s fairly priced at 100 baht adults, and 50 baht per child (locals get in half-price). Hours: Open every day from 8 am – 6 pm Location: 51 Sakdidet.,Wichit, Mueang, Phuket 83000 Website: http://phuketaquarium.org/en/ Admission: 100 baht adult, 50 baht child
- Kids Club: This indoor play area in Patong filled with climbing tubes, slides, trampolines, and helpful nannies is a great place to spend an afternoon, or even a full day! There is a café that offers delicious baked goods, coffees, homemade ice-cream, sandwiches, and pasta. If you parents want to do some solo shopping, the nannies are able to watch your children for a period of time as well (I have never done this, but it could be a good opportunity to grab a drink or do some souvenir shopping). Hours: 10am to 9pm – seven days a week Location: Patong Promenade, 2nd Floor 70/1 Bangla Rd., Patong Kathu, Phuket 83150 THAILAND Admission: 200-350 baht per child per day Website: http://www.thekidsclubphuket.com
- Kidzoona: This is the other option for an indoor play area located in Patong. Housed in Junceylon Mall, this is a great place to let your child try out different career paths at the their “Paper Village”, play on bouncy castles, bouncy slides, and a huge ball pit with jungle gym. There needs to be at least one parent in with the child and the last few times we were there was little a/c so make sure to dress in cool clothing (not that you would ever wear winter clothing here anyways). Hours: 11 am- 9 pm Location: Rat-u-thit 200 Pee Road, Tabol Patong, Amphur Kratu, Phuket 83150 Thailand Admission: 60-90 baht adult, 150-360 baht per child Website: http://www.aeonfantasy.co.th/index.php/kidzooona
- Go to the Mall: There are two malls that are easily available to tourists and locals alike, Central Festival Mall in Phuket City and Junceylon in Patong. I prefer Central Festival as it is closer to my house and a little less touristy and busy than Jngeceylon. Regardless either one of them are great places to let your little ones run around a little bit, have a good meal, and do some shopping when it’s yucky outside. Both malls offer tourist privilege cards so make sure to check with the information counter at either establishment for discounts. Central Festival Mall Hours: 10:30am-10:00 pm Location: 74-75 Wichitsongkran Road, Phuket City, 83000 Thailand Website: http://www.centralfestivalphuket.com Jungceylon Mall Hours: Every day 11 am – ? (website doesn’t have a closing time) Location: Website: www.jungceylon.com/
- Museums Galore: I admit I have not had a chance to check out the numerous museums in the area, but they are on the short list for us to start checking out. If you are interested in museums, check out The Phuket Mining Museum, Phuket Trick Eye Museum, Thai Hua Museum, The Phuket Seashell Museum, and if you are really into postal stuff, the Phuket Philatelic Museum.
- Go to a movie:Depending on the age of your child, there is often a movie that you could see. There are a range of different types of seats (including first class seats that are sofas!) and all the prices are pretty fair (in comparison to the prices in America). Often times movies will open in Asia first, so you may get the chance to see a movie before it premiers in America! There are numerous movie theaters around the island, so I would suggest just googling “movies in Phuket” and finding the one nearest you.
My hope is that your time in Phuket is filled with sunny days and outdoor fun, but if it rains I hope this list helps you keep your family happy on this amazing island!
Now it’s your turn! Which would you chose to do if it was rainy in Phuket? What do you do for fun when it rains where you live? Leave a comment and join in the conversation!