Rainy season activities

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Picture this: it’s a gorgeous, blue-skied Saturday in Bangkok. Your kids are antsy after being cooped up in school all week and you’re ready to head over to Lumphini park for a relaxing family outing in the sun. Just as you’re leaving home, you see dark storm clouds on the horizon and hear the rumble of thunder. Five minutes later, you’re sprinting for shelter as rain comes pelting down. Within seconds, you’re completely soaked, running through ankle-deep water and beating a full retreat for home sweet home. All of a sudden, your plans for the afternoon are scrapped and you have kids with way too much energy trapped indoors.

Sound familiar?

rainy season activities

Rainy season in Bangkok is no picnic, we all know that. And it’s all the worse when you have young ones to entertain. Here are a few activities to keep them busy until the sun comes out again.

Ice Skating

To the uninitiated, the concept of winter sports in a tropical climate might seem a bit odd. There’s something fantastic about stepping out of Thailand’s perpetual muggy heat and gliding into a frozen wonderland though. You’ll see everyone from Thai couples to competitive skaters to wobbly first-timers on the ice rink. Kids will love the activity, and it will give them a much-needed chance to burn off some steam. Central World Ice Rink, CentralWorld, Ratchadamri and Rama 1 Rd.; Bt250 for 90 minutes.

Bowling

Like many things, Thailand takes bowling to a new level. In lieu of the slightly musty alleys one typically finds in Western countries, Bangkok’s lanes feature nightclub-esque decor and a pounding soundtrack to match. Is it cheesy? Well, yes. But it’s also solid family fun that doesn’t require the cooperation of the weather. So gather up the little ones and get ready to throw some strikes. Blu-O Paragon, 5F Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Rd.; games from Bt100 and up.

Madame Tussauds and Siam Ocean World

Both are Bangkok classics, and with good reason. Though the concept of Madame Tussauds (life-like wax sculptures of celebrities) may have lost a bit of its original shine over the years, kids still get a kick out of posing for Facebook photos with Lady Gaga and Jackie Chan. In the same complex is the perpetually popular Siam Ocean World, one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia. You can purchase tickets to either attraction separately, but a combined one will save you a few extra baht. Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Rd.; madametussauds.com/Bangkok/en; combination tickets from Bt1,360 for adults and Bt1,040 for children.

Movies

Nobody, and we mean nobody, does a day at the movies like Thailand. Even the more minimalistic cinemas sport plush chairs with loads of space. The more opulent theaters though are the perfect splurge for a foul-weathered afternoon. There are quite a few options throughout the city, but the Nokia Ultra Screen in the Paragon Cineplex is a classic. In addition to some seriously comfy chairs, guests at the three VIP theaters can enjoy a snack and beverage in the lounge. Nokia Ultra Screen, 991 5F Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Rd.; majorcineplex.com/en/cinema/paragon-cineplex; showtimes 10:30am to 12am; tickets Bt700 to Bt800.

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