Rainy day activities are a must! Don’t let a rainy day be a bummer for your family. You don’t have to sit the kids in front of the TV for the afternoon. There are plenty of activities the whole family can enjoy, both at home and out of the house. Here are nine ideas for rainy day fun.
1. Go to a Museum
Some museums are designed especially for kids, while others are meant for all ages to enjoy. Museums with a focus on natural history, funky modern art, science, and food can appeal to adults and kids alike and keep everyone engaged for an entire afternoon. Think about your children’s interests and look for museums in your area that will spark their curiosity. Most museums offer reduced rates for kids and some even have free admission days.
2. Cook or Bake Together
Although about 78% of campers cook outdoors while camping, you can have just as much fun with the whole family by cooking together at home. If the weather is especially nasty, it may be a good idea to keep everyone occupied at home by making a dish or dessert the family loves.
Giving assignments to each child will keep them focused on the task and make cooking or baking seem like a game. With supervision, younger kids can mix the ingredients you measure out or decorate cookies once they’ve cooled from the oven. Kids who are old enough to observe kitchen safety and pay attention to details can help chop veggies, measure spices, and stir pots on the stovetop. Cooking will help them feel grown-up and they’ll be proud of what they make. A bonus for you is that you’ll end up with at least one entree or dessert made for the week ahead.
3. Go to an Escape Room
Escape room games have rapidly become more popular over the past five years or so. If you have kids over age 10, playing an escape room game is a great opportunity for challenging fun. Over the course of an hour, your family will be in a locked room (although you can always leave if anyone gets scared) and will look for clues, solve riddles, and locate the key to escape.
An escape room game isn’t physically taxing. The challenge comes with puzzle and riddle-solving that requires creativity and quick thinking. It might not be appropriate for younger kids, who can have trouble understanding the instructions and then become restless or bored. But for families with kids over 10, it’s a great way to learn about group communication and cooperation, making it a fun bonding experience.
4. Have a Family Board Game Night
Old-fashioned board games like Monopoly, Clue, or Candyland are great alternatives to video games and can provide a means for bringing the family together, as the pace is slower and the competition less intense. Board games teach kids how to take turns, make tough decisions, and accept consequences. These games can also help them develop math skills by adding up scores or pips on dice, promote mental agility, and allow them to work collaboratively toward a shared goal.
5. Visit a Trampoline Park
Most kids love to literally bounce off the walls, so a trampoline park is a fun option for a rainy day. They can play trampoline basketball and perform their own gymnastics routines on foam pits. While the kids are occupied, parents can take advantage of adult fitness classes offered by many parks. Everybody can enjoy some extra exercise, which will help cut down on any bad-weather restlessness.
6. Create an At-Home Spa Day
Over 1 million chiropractic adjustments are performed globally each day, but you can have create a day of relaxation for yourself and your kids right in your own home. Lay out a pretty beach towel for each person and place umbrellas next to the towels to create the illusion that you’re at the ocean or an outdoor spa. Give each child a choice of nail polish for fingernails and toes, including some of your own colors in the mix and letting them choose freely. Mix up a facial mask of simple ingredients like oatmeal, honey, and avocado. Play soothing music like new age songs or classical works for kids. Give them manicures and pedicures and play a movie while the polish dries. Don’t forget to pamper yourself with a hair mask or a relaxing soak in the bath.
7. Go to a Kid-Friendly Movie
What kid doesn’t love going to the movies? You probably have plenty to watch at home, but going out to the theater and indulging in popcorn will make the day special. Decide on a movie everyone can enjoy, put on rain gear, and you’ll be ready for a fun-filled afternoon. You can even bring some of your own snacks to save a little money at the concessions stand.
8. Have a Living Room Picnic
Picnics don’t have to be outside. Spread a blanket on the living room floor, pack a basket with sandwiches and fruit and have a feast without battling the elements. It’s fun for kids to sometimes use familiar rooms at home for unusual activities. Just make sure they know this is a special occasion for a rainy day so that they won’t ask to dine on the living room floor every night.
9. Go Bowling
Bowling provides exercise and encourages team building. Best of all, it’s an activity that’s fully set up for you. All you have to do is get out the umbrellas and head to the nearest bowling alley. Make sure to bring cash for snacks if you’re planning on being there for several hours, since kids are likely to work up an appetite. Some bowling alleys have themed nights or offer discounts at specific times, too.
These are just some of the fun and memorable activities you and your family can enjoy together on bad-weather days. Use your imagination and find your own adventures, whether at home or out of the house.