Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day—like when the kids are at school. However, that’s almost never the case. It rains or snows when the kids are home on break or on the weekend. So, what are the best activities for those days?
Have no fear, our inclement weather activity experts (aka our Dad Community) have shared their favorite indoor activities:
- Get outside. Okay, we know we said indoor activities. BUT, half of the dads said to throw jackets and boots on and head outside to jump in the puddles. You can even find bugs or collect rain to use later (like to water indoor plants).
- The library. According to most of the dads, they rely heavily on their local library. Check out the library’s website or stop by to see what they have to offer. They all have group activities, but some have cool things like 3-D printers – or even a coffee stand for you! One dad mentioned his local library offers a pass that gets you free tickets to nearby museums.
- Volunteer. Head to your local soup kitchen, food bank, or animal shelter and volunteer some of your time. It’s a great way to spend time together and provide service to others.
- Thrift Shop. One of our dads shared a rainy day story where he took his daughter to the local thrift shop. He gave her $10, a quick economics 101 class in the car, and proceeded to spend 2 hours there with her. It was a day full of wandering, learning, and time spent together.
By now you’re thinking, okay but what activities can I do inside my own home now that we’re on the 7th day of rain. We’ve got you covered there too:
- Fort building
- Tidy room competition
- Floor is lava while keeping a balloon in the air
- Board games
- Paper airplane competition
- Each kid invents a game and you take turns playing it
- Cook/bake together
- Taste test a bunch of foods and rate them
- Marble run
- Hide and seek
- Scavenger hunts
- Each child teaches you about a subject that interests him or her (best one gets to pick dinner)
- Egg parachute competition
- Learn a new skill
- Build something – anything, really!
- Help fix something around the house
- Fashion show
- Home DIY projects (i.e. painting a room, maybe even their room)
We know it can be hard on those bad weather days to come up with things to do to keep your kids busy. We hope this list of activities will be helpful the next time you’re stuck on ideas!
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