Torrential downpours of rain can turn an otherwise pleasant day off with the kids into a miserable experience as parents try to keep their children entertained.

Little ones can become easily bored, especially when they are cooped up in the house all day.

Luckily, there are a number of places for kids to go and have fun even when the weather isn't at its best.

The best things to do with the kids on a rainy day off in Ayrshire

Here are some of the best things to do with the kids on a rainy day off in Ayrshire:

The Dick Institute 

Location: Elmbank Ave, Kilmarnock KA1 3BT

Ratings: 4.7 out of 112 reviews

One visitor said: "Enjoyed our visit with my 3 young grandchildren. They especially enjoyed the animals and birds. Dinosaur was a big hit with the youngest."

Find out more on the East Ayrshire Leisure Trust website.

Pirate Pete's

Location: Ayr Pavilion, The Esplanade, Ayr KA7 1EQ

Ratings: 4.2 out of 202 reviews

One visitor said: "Fantastic place for kids, my 3-year-old loved it.
The food is great and the staff were so helpful with my allergies.
Will definitely be back."

Find out more on Pirate Pete's Facebook page.

LA Bowl

Location: 17 Miller Rd, Ayr KA7 2AX

Ratings: 4.3 out of 554 reviews

One visitor said: "Good day for kids and adults when it's a rainy day."

Find out more on the LA Bowl Facebook page.

Citadel Leisure Centre

Location: S Harbour St, Ayr KA7 1JB

Ratings: 4 out of 535 reviews

One visitor said: "Fantastic for leisure facilities and swimming, loads of classes to choose from."

Find out more on the South Ayrshire Council website.


Find out more on the Vikingar! website.

Location: 40 Greenock Rd, Largs KA30 8QL

Ratings: 4.3 out of 637 reviews

One visitor said: "Good way to spend an hour, especially on a wet day. Informative tour and film."