Rainy day activities in Ipswich for all ages

When the day seems too gloomy to be outside, check out these indoor activities.
13 Jun 2023
Ashleigh Howarth, Freelance writer

Here in Queensland we are blessed with more sunny days than anywhere else in the country, but occasionally, Ipswich’s glorious sunny weather can be interrupted by the rain.

Instead of letting a little drizzle dampen your sense of adventure, here are 10 awesome indoor activities to bring joy to you and your family when the weather is a little gloomy.

Explore Queensland Museum Rail Workshops

Whether you’re a train enthusiast or have a curious mind, Queensland Museum Rail Workshops is a great place to spend a few hours. Featuring more than 15 larger-than-life exhibits, you can climb aboard a recreated Tilt Train, jump inside a life-size locomotive, admire Queensland’s largest model railway, browse lots of train memorabilia, and test your brain while solving the puzzles at the Sciencentre.

Even if you have been before, there is always something new and exciting to explore because the Workshops regularly host travelling exhibitions. Depending on what day you visit, your kids could also participate in the Little Nippers program, where they will learn about a special object found in the museum. When it’s time to refuel, drop by the Trackside Cafe, and don’t forget to stop by the Museum Shop to grab a souvenir to remember your day.

Catch a movie at Limelight

limelight pizza

When its wet outside, grab your family or friends and head to Limelight Cinemas at Riverlink to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster on the big screen. With state-of-the-art digital projection and sound equipment in all eight cinemas, plus affordable prices and movies to suit every age and interest, the only decision you will have to make is whether to order popcorn or a choc top.  

Unleash your inner child at iPlay

Another fun way to beat the rainy-day blues is to unleash your inner child at iPlay Ipswich. This popular entertainment hub features eight bowling lanes and more than 50 arcade games! There’s lots of super fun retro games like Daytona, motorbike racing, claw machines, air hockey, pinball and basketball hoops so you can challenge your family and friends to a little friendly competition. 

Find your way out of an escape room

Seraphim Escape

If you’re looking to escape the rain for an hour or two, why not also escape into a different world? Seraphim Escape Rooms is an excellent boredom buster and puts your brain to the test. Working as a team, you and your group must put your heads together to find and solve all the clues within an hour timeframe to unlock the door and regain your freedom.

But don’t worry if you get stuck because there’s always someone on hand to give you a hint. There are three different escape rooms to choose from, ranging from easy to difficult. 

Wander through the Ipswich Art Gallery

If the day is looking pretty dreary and you fancy spending a few hours indoors, head to the Ipswich Art Gallery. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10am-5pm, is free to enter (unless otherwise stated), and features a number of exquisite pieces by renowned artists and talented locals. There is always a number of new exhibits to browse, plus a dedicated kid’s section featuring hands-on activities. 

Visit the library


Update your reading list with a quick visit to the Ipswich library. The shelves at all Ipswich Libraries are filled with a myriad of titles, from romance novels to true crime, history, fiction, autobiographies and more. Ipswich Libraries also host a number of author talks, guest speakers, workshops, plus reading and gaming programs for kids and teenagers.

Get crafty at a Sip ‘n’ Dip workshop

Sip 'n' Dip, Ipswich

With dozens of workshops held across Ipswich each month, there is a good chance that next time the clouds roll in there will be a Sip ‘n’ Dip workshop happening near you. Under the guidance of an experienced instructor, you will learn how to create your own masterpiece to take home with you. Here you can learn how to pour resin, paint a spectacular picture and make your own jewellery.

Head to the shops for a spending spree

If you just feel like getting out of the house, escaping to your local shopping precinct is a popular choice. Ipswich has a number of great shopping centres to visit including Orion Springfield Central, Ripley Town Centre, Riverlink Shopping Centre, Yamanto Central and Redbank Plaza. And for something a bit different head to the Top of Town for boutique shops selling art, handmade items, fashion and homewares. Take your time wandering through the shops, try on some new outfits, book a beauty treatment, or grab a coffee with friends.

Wine and dine your way through Ipswich


Speaking of catching up with friends, organise to meet the gang at a local café or restaurant. Cold, windy and rainy days call for comfort food, so this is your opportunity to treat yourself to your favourite meal and not feel guilty about it. There’s so many great places to choose from like the PA Hotel, Racehorse Hotel, Yamanto Tavern, Jets Leagues Club, Pumpyard Bar and Brewery, Brothers Leagues Club, CSI Club Services Ipswich, Ipswich Sports Club, Springlake Hotel, Bakehouse Steakhouse, Fourthchild, Moselles Café and Restaurant, UB’s Milk Bar, Indian Mehfil, Heisenberg Haus, Ruby Chews, Rafter and Rose, The Retro Diner, The Rusty Nail and Queens Park Cafe, just to name a few. 

Take in a show at one of Ipswich’s entertainment hotspots

If you love live entertainment, there are multiple venues across the city where you can sing at the top of your lungs, dance in the aisles, laugh till you cry and sit on the edge of your seat in suspense. There is always lots of great shows happening at the Ipswich Civic Centre, Studio 188, Banshees Bar and Art Space, The Soul Nook Collective and the Incinerator Theatre.   

Ashleigh Howarth Freelance writer
Ashleigh Howarth is a journalist with more than 12 years experience in the media industry. Her passions include travelling, dessert bars, cocktails and attending music concerts. She aims to inspire others to unlock their own sense of wanderlust to explore this beautiful big world, whether that be on a local or more global scale. You can keep up to date with her stories by following @journo_ash_ on Instagram.

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