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Indoor Family Activities

Indoor family activities

Lifetime Lab

Located in the Old Cork City Waterworks 5km from the city centre, Lifetime Lab provides a modern interactive exhibition with insights into the world of science and a host of other activities suitable for both children and adults. Overlooking the River Lee, the lab has a small café and a conference area for talks, and if you or your young children are interested in how things work, then this is the perfect place to spend a few hours during your family break to Cork!

In their beautifully restored buildings you can get an insight into the old steam works and see how water was pumped into Cork in times gone by.

CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

Open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm, Blackrock Castle Observatory showcases all things cosmos related.  They have ongoing exhibitions throughout the year. Located in the historic Blackrock castle the all ages exhibitions are an exciting place to learn about the universe.  The award winning exhibitions observatory and its self-guided tour is perfect for those curious about space and beyond.

With changing featured exhibits the laboratory brings science and astronomy from all over the world.  The castle is located in the suburbs of blackrock and can be reached by bus from the city centre (Service 202).


Time to put on your skates!  Located in Ballincollig (a short bus ride) Rollerjam is perfect for the roller skater in you.  Whether alone or with the family you can spend a few hours here whizzing around the custom made rink. If you don’t know how to roller skate, then now is the time to learn as lessons can be arranged with their instructors.

Monkey Maze

If the little feet in your group needs some distraction then Monkey Maze is the place to go.  Located in Glanmire, Monkey Maze can keep the smaller people in your family busy for hours in their indoor playground. Monkey Maze is Europe’s largest indoor activity centre and party venue for kids in Cork.

With its slides, tunnels, and ball cannons kids get both exercise and endless fun in a safe supervised environment away from the weather. All kids get security tags  so parents can relax with a coffee and something to eat while they have amazing fun. Open daily from 10am till 6.30pm it is located approximately 10km outside Cork, so your own transport is recommended.