This Spring has been pretty rainy around here. I don’t mind the rain and I know we need it. Sometimes, though, it does start to wear on me and I just want to do something other than be stuck inside.
The other weekend it was just one of those times when we all needed to get out of the house. It seemed like we didn’t have many choices of where to go and what to do. We spent quite some time brainstorming, which added to our frustration.
I have compiled a list here of some rainy day ideas when you just want to get out of the house.
Library – Our library usually has events or programs going on during the weekend. If there isn’t anything of interest, hanging out in the children’s section playing and picking out books is always great for a change of scenery.
Book Store – So, I love books and I love perusing used book stores. I think my children do too, well, it’s a bonus for them if they get to pick out something to buy.
Mall/ Shopping – This doesn’t have to cost anything, browsing can be fun just to see what’s out there. I used to work in a casual dining restaurant located in a mall until my son was born, so when my daughter was little the mall was a fun place to just walk around. I also attempted early money lessons with her and her favorite store. Nowadays the mall certainly isn’t the first place I’d choose to go on a rainy afternoon but every once in a while I will brave the crowds for that nostalgic stroll.
Indoor mini golf – We love mini golf and it’s a great family activity, for all ages. Check to see if there’s an indoor place near you.
Bowling – Another great family activity for all ages. I love that bowling is conducive to conversations. You don’t have to focus too much on the game, it’s more about being together. This could actually be really awesome if you have another family join you.
Roller Skating – I like this idea for families who have all school aged children. Send them out there to work up a sweat and move their bodies, it’s all good. I personally used to love roller skating and even had a birthday party at a rink when I was younger (and actually, now that I think about it, yes, I did celebrate my 30th at a roller rink, go ahead and chuckle, it was fun and silly, but kinda cool) so I’d go out there with the kids and work up a sweat too.
Trampoline Park – Want to go somewhere to move and get out energy but a place that isn’t so… um retro? Then take the kids to a trampoline park (or bounce/ inflatable place for youngers) and jump with the kids. So much fun! We went as a family in the winter and had a blast being kids with our kids.
Scenic Drive – If it isn’t a torrential down pour outside (like it is in the forecast tomorrow) then a scenic drive could be the change of scenery you need on a rainy but don’t want to be stuck inside kind of a day. Get lost, teach the kids to use a good old fashioned map and let them navigate you back home.
Ice Cream – This would be the perfect pit stop. We love the frozen yogurt places where you choose your flavors and fill your cups yourselves… just have to keep our eyes on the kids, they tend to have eyes that are bigger than their stomachs.
Movies – Our family doesn’t really go out to the movies but once every other year or so. My tech husband has a great set up for us to watch movies at home, so it’s difficult to justify spending the money on the movie theater. Anyway, I still think it’s a great choice for a rainy day when you just don’t want to be home. And if you have a dollar theater near you, even better!
Planetarium – This is a great place to keep in the back of my mind for yucky rainy days. It’s educational and it’s just a little bit different, something to satisfy that feeling of needing to do that isn’t the same old, same old.
Pottery Place – If you’re looking for something a bit more creative, going to a place where you paint your own pottery might be a good choice for a rainy day. These places do tend to be a little on the pricey side, but if you are looking to make something specific (like a gift) then it could be worth it. I would also suggest this for older kids and kids who love art.
Science Center or Museum – Always fun places to take the kids for some hands on activities. Bonus if you have a membership to any of these institutions. Our membership to the nearby science center was gifted to our family and has been such an amazing blessing for us. During the winter we spent quite some time there, just to get out of the house and have a change of pace.
And this is exactly where I took the kids the other weekend when it was raining and we just HAD to get out. It was a great reset for us, okay, it was a great reset for me. I know I sometimes get easily upset and irritated and it’s just not nice when I end up taking my moodiness out on my family. I took a breath, said let’s go, and really tried to enjoy my children. I had to remember that I had the choice to feel miserable or the choice to feel content. Ultimately I let go of those frustrations and chose to be present with my kiddos and we had a really great time together.
Nature Center/ Conservancy – Check around your area, most of the nature centers are free of charge. They will always have some kind hands on displays for kids and some animals. I’ve been to really small nature centers and really large ones. Bring a sketch pad and make the most of your visit. Talk to the staff and encourage the kids to ask them questions, they usually love to talk about the local wildlife.
This list was made with a rainy weekend in mind, though if you just have to get out of the house and take a break from the homeschool routine many of these ideas would make great impromptu field trips.
Please add in the comments any places you like to go on a rainy day, when staying home just isn’t going to cut it.