Rainy day activities, a "just in case" option!
Rainy day activities an "in the event that" you find yourself in the Vendée on a rainy day, don’t panic! Bad weather won’t spoil your holiday. During these rare days, the Vendée has its share of indoor activities, games and kids museums to keep the little ones occupied... so look no further!
On days when the weather is a bit temperamental, rainy-day activities are not lacking in the Vendee. Many tourist sites offer fun indoor games and educational visits for kids of all ages. So, let’s set off to discover these fascinating places!
Welcome c’est Beau Ici : The following sites guarantee a warm welcome and visits in English, suitable for a family visit!
Rainy day activity for the entire family
Musée du chocolat – a delicious kids museum
Chocolate-makers since 1956, the Maison Gelencser takes you on a chocolate-flavoured journey back in time through the history of cocoa. Tempted? It is a yummy experience!
Hospital Bunker museum a fascinating rainy-day activity for kids
This 350 m² museum, is a great way for the family to learn about the Second World War in the Vendée. Following a sea and air battle off the coast at Les Sables d’Olonne, you find yourself plunged into an operating theatre in August 1944. Numerous life-size reconstructions and over 45 mannequins in authentic uniforms enable you to imagine life during this time. In addition, various illustrated information boards and a captivating film provide further interesting details.
A free kids’ treasure hunt lets little ones play the hero, as they search for the mystery person in the labyrinth of rooms. A real adventure game that adds action and fun to the tour, and everyone who solves the 8 riddles receives a certificate.
Château de Tiffauges a medieval kids museum
Relive the history of the largest medieval fortress in western France. Providing live shows, a 3D film and a demonstration shooting of a real-life crossbow. The fortress also boast’s, the biggest collection of war machines in the world!
Daviaud – rainy day activities, discovering a way of life
Discover a poetic and untouched site of the Daviaud. With 800 m2 of indoor exhibitions and an outdoor circuit of 1km, you will learn all you have ever wanted to know about the Vendean Marais Breton!
Biotopia with indoor games for exploring nature
Situated in Notre Dame de Monts, Biotopia is a unique place that educates the young and old on environmental issues in an amazing way. This nature discovery Centre offers lively forest walks, an environmental exhibition, and activities all year round.
Swimsuits at the ready! A wet rainy-day activity
Even if it is raining, swimming is always a good way to have fun and get some exercise. So, you will be able to make your choice from among more than 30 pools in Vendée. With a bit of luck, you will find a wellness area too.
Let’s visit the aquariums and the little butterflies
Sealand Aquarium at Noirmoutier en l'île
A submerging rainy-day activity for the kids. Whether it is cold or tropical seas, marine life will have no more secrets for you after this 1h30 visit. Observe more than 200 species and 1,000 animals.
Little bonuses: The sea lion performance, amazing acrobats, and the real stars of the show!
L'Aquarium de Vendée at Talmont Saint Hilaire
Aquarium de Vendée offers an interesting rainy-day activity to discover more than 500 species and 5,000 animals during a visit in 3 different universes! It has 12 giant aquariums as well as a 360° panoramic view where you can observe the great barrier reef. Take part in various experiences and animations, from close encounters to the feeding times of different species. The Aquarium de Vendée is open to the public all year round.
Little bonuses: a circuit reserved especially for children. Thanks to our mascot and their booklets, children can discover the seabed while having fun.
L’Ile aux Papillons in La Guérinière on Noirmoutier island, the largest butterfly house in France
L’Ile aux Papillons, or "butterfly island" situated at La Guérinière, is an intriguing tropical greenhouse whose temperature is maintained at 26°C. Here you can discover hundreds of tropical butterflies, delicate and totally mesmerising as they fly in this jungle-like environment. An interesting rainy-day activity for the entire family.
No matter what the weather is! Just pull on your trainers
Funshine at La Ferrière - energetic rainy-day activities
At Funshine, there are more than 30 activities on offer, something to suit all ages and tastes. From an Escape game, large man size bubbles, giant wooden games, field hockey, children’s games and indoor football. The list is long!
The best part: during school holidays, you drop your children off at 2pm and pick them up at 6pm. Funshine lets them discover several activities during the afternoon!
Rainy-day activities - Laser Games one of the most popular
Here is a rainy day activity which is completely “waterproof”. Fully equipped and armed with your laser gun, all you need to do is aim at your opponents' targets!
- Laser Game Evolution in La Roche sur Yon,
- Fun laser 85 in Les Herbiers,
- 201 Forest Avenue in Saint Hilaire de Riez,
- Bowling, Laser Game Le Regency in Les Sables d'Olonne,
Indoor games: letting off steam at a leisure complex
Royal Kids in La Roche sur Yon – lots of indoor games
The biggest indoor playground in the Vendée with an incredible 1400 m2 adventure area! A gigantic castle maze awaits children from 3 to 12 years old! Open all year round.
L'île aux jeux at Challans – fun packed indoor activities
Nearly 700 m² of inflatable games, trampolines, tricycles... to let off steam. Open all year round.
Striking rainy day activities at City Zèbres in La Roche sur Yon
This amusement park has an African Savannah theme. There are many indoor games for children from 0 to 12 years old. Children can meet our two mascots Zouzou and Zébulon! Open all year round.
Ludi Planet at Boufféré – ideal rainy-day activities for kids
This family leisure park is ideal for spending a fun packed afternoon where the children can let off steam. Divided into 6 play areas, children from 0 to 12 years old will have fun in structures adapted to their age and in complete safety. Open all year round.
Playbox at Mouilleron le Captif – indoor games that will blow you away!
Your children will have a blast at Playbox, which offers 4 worlds of activities and family fun.
A journey to the heart of a miniature village
Vendée miniature near Brétignolles sur Mer – time travelling, an unusual rainy day activity
Vendée Miniature is a unique experience where you travel back through time via miniature reconstruction of the Vendée’s villages and the villager’s daily lives. There are more than 30 reconstructed trades and businesses.
The best part: one of the most beautiful miniature villages in France!
La Féerie des Santons at Beaulieu sous la Roche
The Féerie des Santons has more than 600 Santons (ornamental figure as at a Christmas crib) in 8 miniature villages. Each village comes to life and tells its very own story. A magical show for young and old alike. A rainy-day activity in a miniature world. A superb Playmobil exhibition is exposed on more than 300 m² and creates a unique universe for these famous figurines.
The best part : a one-hour scenographic (sound and light) show.