25 of the Most Fun Things to Do with Kids on Rainy Days


March 9, 2019

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Finding it difficult to keep the kids entertained with this never-ending rain? We recently polled our parents to ask them what they love doing with their kids when it’s wet outside. So here are 25 Of The Most Fun Things to Do with Kids on Rainy Days (all from parents!), many of which are FREE and cost nothing but time.

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When it’s a rainy day it sometimes feels like you are all stuck indoors with no options, but there are plenty of things to do. Here are 25 ideas to inspire you!

Fun Things To Do With Kids On Rainy Days

#1. Get Outdoors

kids wellie boots in puddles

As my Mum always says, “everything can go in the wash” and you seem to agree, as the number one thing to do with kids on rainy days, is to don your wellies and rain gear and head outside for a walk. Splashing in puddles is obligatory of course! And hot drinks once you get back indoors with hot buttered toast with jam.

#2. Watch A Movie

A close second is to curl up on the sofa with the kids and watch a family movie. Popcorn and hot chocolate are an added bonus for everyone.

You could add some extra fun, and make your own home cinema.

#3. Arts & Crafts

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#4. Make a Fort

Kids love making forts – even older kids will enjoy. Anna tells us that she makes a fort in the living room and she and the kids go on ‘adventures far and wide’.

#5. Baking

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Baking is high on the list too of your favourite things to do on rainy days, with everything from cookies to s’mores on the menu. Here are Easy Cookie Recipes for Kids,

#6. Indoor Picnic

And once you have baked all those goodies you like nothing better than to have an indoor picnic. In your fort, if you’ve made one!

#7. Curl Up With A Book

things to do with kids on a rainy day

Whether your children are still young enough to cuddle up with you for a story, or old enough to read themselves, you love nothing better than a literary afternoon on rainy days. You could even turn this activity into a fun readathon, and see how many books/chapters everyone can read.

#8. Go Visiting

So one parent admitted “he sends the kids off to their Grandparents on rainy days”, there was a “ha ha ha” after the post so I do think he was jesting!  But many of you head off to visit friends and family to while away the time on a rainy day.

#9. Have a PJ / Duvet Day

Things to do with kids on a rainy day

Sometimes a rainy day is the ideal opportunity to have no agenda and just see where the day takes you.

#10. Junky Bedroom Wars!

This one from Melissa is ingenious. Junky bedroom wars is played when Mum or Dad thinks up an object that the kids can make, using the junk in their bedroom e.g. a boat or a plane.

Once built you race them against each other! Or head outside to a puddle to see who has built the one that will stay afloat the longest!

#11. Play Board Games

We all have plenty of them in our presses, but how often do we get the board games out and have a couple of hours trying to amass our Monopoly fortune or figure out ‘who was the murderer’? Here are the 20 Best Board Games for Families.

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#12. Colouring

things to do with kids on a rainy day colouring

From printable colouring pages to freehand drawing, colouring was high on the list of things to do with kids on a rainy day. You could dedicate a wall in the playroom to all their masterpieces.

#13. Tidy Up

Ok this one is probably not going to be popular with the kids but check out Our 10 Quick Ways to Tidy Up the Playroom for inspiration on how to get them cleaning without even realising they are helping! And, better yet, they will most likely discover toys they had forgotten, as they tidy, leading to a whole new way to pass some more time.

#14. Go Fishing

Things to do with kids on a rainy day fishing

One parent suggested a day of fishing. As you are probably going to get wet anyway, a rainy day is the ideal opportunity to catch some fish.

#15. Play Dough Day

Cover the table and let the kids get creative with their play dough for the day. Watch how to make your own play dough.

#16. Go Swimming

Things to do with kIds on a rainy day swimming

On colder days you like to go to the local leisure centre for a dip, but once the weather heats up, our parents said don’t let a few drops of rain put you off heading to the beach! Bring waterproof bags for the clothes and have hot drinks at the ready for when you get home.

#17. Cinema

Many of you suggested curling up on the sofa to watch a film. But it can be a nice treat to get out and see the latest blockbuster at the cinema.

#18. Head To The Library

Boy library reading

Many local libraries will have a story hour or game and colouring sheets for younger kids. And older ones can check out what is available from their favourite author.

#19. Visit A Museum

Many museums are free to visit and have an array of activities to keep kids amused. From interactive displays to replica things to touch to activity sheets that they can complete as they go.

#20. Dress Up

kids clothing

Whether you have a box full of dress up costumes or a wardrobe full of clothes, kids love to dress up and put on a show for adults. Pick a theme to help get the ball rolling and then sit back and enjoy the show.

 #21. Indoor Disco

Close the curtains and get the disco lights going along some great tunes and while away a few hours dancing about and having fun.

#22. Puppet Show

A rainy day is the ideal time to have your very own puppet show. Puppets can be anything from a favourite teddy to socks with googly eyes added! And to make it extra special, why not help the kids to write their own script?

#23. Treasure Hunt

Set up an indoor treasure hunt. This could also be an ideal way to get the kids cleaning! When you hide objects in the mess of toys around the house and they have to clear them up to find the prizes!

#24. Indoor Obstacle Course

obstacle course indoors

Set up an indoor obstacle course using cushions and rugs and see who can get around the room quickest!

#25. Outdoor Games

Apart from jumping in puddles there are loads of games that can be played outside on a rainy day. Be inspired with our 12 Kids Rainy Day Games for Outdoor Fun.

Over to you now. What are your favourite things to do with kids on a rainy day? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

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Published On: March 9th, 2019 / Categories: Things To Do / Last Updated: April 1st, 2021 / Tags: , , /

About the Author: Michelle

Michelle is a Mum to 2 girls and co-founded Mykidstime.

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