Rainy Day Summer Activities
Is there anything worse than being cooped up in the house with the kids on rainy days in the middle of summer break?
It doesn’t matter if you’re staying at home or you’re on vacation somewhere. If you’re dealt several days of non-stop rain, it’s time to come up with some creative indoor rainy day summer activities.
A Few Rainy Days At Home
A few rainy days here and there is nothing to panic about. Just simply use those occasionals rainy days to relax and recharge.
- snuggle up on the couch,
- watch a movie,
- catch up on your favorite TV show
- or play some board games.
- give yourself permission to just rest and relax.
- take a nap.
Several Days Cooped Up At Home
That’s all good and well, but once you’re stuck in the house for several days, it’s time to get a little more creative. This is particularly important when you have small kids at home. They go stir-crazy pretty quickly, resulting in your stress and frustration levels increasing also.
Here are some simple, yet creative ways to bring some fun into your home:
- build a fort out of blankets, pillows, and chairs,
- get out the art supplies,
- run a movie marathon,
- create an obstacle course through the house,
- make homemade pizza together,
- bake some cookies,
- or encourage the kids to put on a play.
- finding a theme for the day (i.e. William Shakespeare Day where you encourage your older kids to read one of his plays, fix English food, and end the day watching Romeo and Juliet), and make the entire day about that theme.
- if you have tiled floors, like many in subsidized housing units do, clear a large area on the living room floor. Bring out the sidewalk chalk and have the kids decorate the floor.I did this for a rained out birthday party once. The result was one lad drawing a 6 foot transport truck and trailer the full length of my couch. I left it there for a whole week before I washed the floor. It really was quite impressive.
Yes, You Can Still Get Out And About
Just because it’s pouring down rain, doesn’t mean you can’t head out and have some fun. Depending on your financial resources, some of these may or may not work for you. But look around, some activities are free.
How about going to a local museum? Many have special exhibits and activities designed for children during the summer months. Spend a rainy afternoon exploring art or local history and end it with lunch or early dinner at a favorite restaurant.
Our kids found it very fun when we took them to a museum that happened to be having a display on “The History Of The Toilet”. It even included the debate on how to hang the roll of toilet paper. Do you hang it to roll over the top or from the back? You will be surprised to find out how much fun you can have discovering your own community.
Don’t forget about your local library. Many free activities can be found here. Spending the day browsing and reading can be a pleasant way to stay busy. Give them a call or look online to see if there are special events and activities set up for the kids that day. You can even meet up with friends and hang out talking quietly and checking out books. Some libraries also have gaming rooms where kids and adults alike can play board and video games.
Exercise Off The Energy
If you and your kids need to burn off some excess energy, head to the local indoor pool. In our community we have a YMCA facility. What do you have in your community?
Visiting an indoor playground such as the Play Pit is another great option. You might even decide to take a trip to the mall.
Last but not least, don’t forget to check local movie theaters and regular theaters to see what performances and shows they offer.
With a little creative thinking, even a few rainy days can become enjoyable summer experiences. And don’t forget trying some frugal dinner conversation ideas too.