Rainy Day Activities for Families
We need the rain to fill our rivers, for the falls to flow and help the wildflowers grow.
It is a blessing but sometimes it is difficult to plan your day when one minute the sun is shining, cloudy and raining the next and then it goes back to sunshine.
Thankfully there a lots of fun family friendly places you can visit in Your Margaret River Region no matter what the weather is like. Here are just 10 ideas worth considering – keep them handy for the school holidays coming up!
1. 3 Oceans Winery, Metricup
*Note: 3 Oceans Cafe is no longer operating daily business hours. They do, however, take bookings for parties, weddings and tour groups. The cellar door is still open 7 days a week from 10AM – 5PM.
3 Oceans Winery has a huge café with a dedicated indoor games room for kids. It has video games, ride on toys, books, colouring in, couches and more. There are chairs and tables situated right next to the games room so you can sit and enjoy a long leisurely lunch while your kids play.
Outside they have more tables and seating, lots of room to run around, sporting equipment and you can even bring your dog. There is space to manoeuvre a big pram or wheelchair and they have a kids menu, high chairs and baby change facilities.
Right next door to the winery is Taunton Farm which a great family friendly place to stay. You will often see people walking over from Taunton Farm to 3 Oceans for some wine tasting, lunch or a coffee.
2. Candy Cow, Cowaramup
Located in the heart of Cowaramup aka “Cow Town” the famous Candy Cow is a must visit for those with a sweet tooth.
They are well known for their delicious handmade Honeycrunch & Fudge, which you can taste test and their vast array of candies, chocolate and French nougat.
My boys were in seventh heaven at the Candy Cow and loved Norm’s Honeycrunch demonstration; they crowned him “King Candy”.
3. Country Life Farm, Dunsborough
There is so much to do at Country Life Farm in Dunsborough you could easily spend the whole day there. They have the biggest and the best indoor play centre in Your Margaret River Region with toys for babies and toddlers, play equipment for big kids, a TV, seating and complimentary tea and coffee for mum and dad. To use the play centre your kids must wear socks, if you forgot to bring some you can buy some cheap ones from the front counter.
There is also an indoor playroom with seating and toys. You can purchase drinks and ice creams while enjoy a cuppa while the kids play with the toys.
There are a few attractions at Country Life Farm that are also undercover like the Dodgem Cars, Giant Bouncy Castle and Guinea Pig, Chicken and Rabbit petting shed.
Outside there many farm animals waiting to be pat and fed. On arrival you will receive a bucket of carrots and you can walk around at your own pace feeding Alpaca’s, Ponies, Goats, Sheep, Donkeys, Llama and more.
There are Kangaroos bouncing around in the bush (behind a fence) and ducks and geese walking around freely.
When visiting Country Life Farm it’s a good idea to dress like you are going to a farm, with flat enclosed shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting a bit dirty.
My boys loved riding the vintage carousel and playing with the many outdoor toys in the picnic area. There are also boat rides and a BBQ area.
4. Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough
Situated the heart of Dunsborough; the Dunsborough Tavern is a popular place for families to enjoy lunch or dinner. It features a large modern indoor playground, a kids menu, high chairs, baby change facilities and kids eat free nights.
On rainy days this is our go-to restaurant. My boys have lots of energy and it’s such a relief to have somewhere family friendly and indoors where I can sit and enjoy a meal while watching my kid’s burn off some of their energy on the playground.
5. Naturaliste Reptile Park, Busselton
If you are looking to do something fun, interactive and educational with the kids bring them to Naturaliste Reptile Park in Busselton. They have snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, goannas, a crocodile and more.
My sons loved carrying the mobile lizard cages outside so they could get some sun and were in awe of their placid nature and textured skin.
6. Margaret River Chocolate Factory, Margaret River
The Margaret River Chocolate Factory is one of the most famous and sought after attractions in Your Margaret River Region. It is a chocolate lover’s paradise!
When you first walk in the tantalising smell of chocolate wafts into your nose and your eyes will widen at the sight of three large bowls full of white, milk and dark chocolate that are there for you to taste test.
There are tables and shelves stacked high of every type of chocolate product you could imagine and a chocolate truffle cabinet.
At the back of the building there is a viewing room where you can watch delicious sweet treats being hand made by the chocolate artisans.
The Margaret River Chocolate Factory has an amazing café featuring chocolate fondue, mousse and other treats made with their luxurious chocolate.
Their legendary hot chocolates and baby chinos are made with chocolate drops that you stir into the warm milk. The café has meal deals for kids, high chairs and baby change facilities. Outside there is grass, room to run around and a small nature based playground.
7. Orana Cinemas, Busselton
Our family loves going to the movies and it’s one of our favourite past times, especially on rainy days. The Orana Cinemas in Busselton is very family friendly and features movies for all ages, a full candy bar, a Mums & Bubs discounted ticket on certain days, an elevator and baby change facilities.
8. Other Side of the Moon, Bunker Bay
Bunker Bay is one of the most stunning jewels in You Margaret River Regions crown. It is a pristine paradise with a long stretch of pearly white sand and crystal clear turquoise water.
It is home to the luxury Pullman Resort Bunker Bay which features The Other Side of the Moon Restaurant. The views from the restaurant are simply breathtaking; the endless blue waters of Bunker Bay on the horizon and the resorts sparkling pool and immaculate grounds below.
Inside the restaurant has a dedicated kid’s activity room with a TV, toys, books and ocean views. They also have a kids menu, high chairs, baby change facilities and activity packs.
9. Yallingup Maze, Yallingup
The Yallingup Maze is a great place to visit no matter what the weather is like.
Outside there is a large ever changing maze, nature based playground, traditional playground, bouncy castle, sporting equipment, a few unique smaller mazes and lots of room to run around.
Inside there is a heated Puzzle Café Restaurant featuring lots of fun and educational puzzles and games for people aged 0 – 100. These games and puzzles are unique and have been handpicked by the family that runs the Yallingup Maze. They come with instructional booklets and the friendly staff is happy to help.
Where to stay: Taunton Farm, Cowaramup
Taunton Farm in Cowaramup is a fantastic place to stay while you are visiting Your Margaret River Region. They have accommodation options ranging from camping & caravan sites to fully self-contained family sized chalets.
We stayed in a chalet and I couldn’t fault it; it had everything we needed and was one of the immaculate and clean places I have ever stayed.
The park facilities are excellent, my boys had the best time playing on the playground & jumping on the massive bouncy pillow. We also really enjoyed the daily farm animal feeding and roasting marshmallows over the camp fire.
One of the big benefits of staying at Taunton Farm is that you are so close to many local attractions.
On the left you can walk next door to the Margaret River Dairy Company for some cheese tasting and on the right you can have lunch at the family friendly 3 Oceans Winery.
The Margaret River Chocolate Factory is just down the road and Margaret River Town is only a 12 minute drive away.