In Life at Home, Tips & Advice

Is inclement weather putting a damper on your day? Does the forecast have you and the kids feeling restless while stuck indoors? Don’t let the rainy day blues set in. Embrace the day as an opportunity to slow down and recharge or reconnect with your loved ones.

Here are 10 ideas for rainy day fun for the whole family.

Host a playdate. Call up a local friend or two and invite them over for a day of indoor fun. Gather items from around the house for an arts and crafts project, play games or simply watch a movie. Rainy days are always better spent with friends. And remember, even if you don’t have kids, you’re never too old to invite friends over for a playdate!

Bake. Have a recipe you’ve been wanting to try? Nothing quite cures the rainy day blues like the smell of a freshly baked batch of cookies or banana bread wafting through the house. Browse Pinterest for a recipe that teases your taste buds, gather the ingredients and get baking. Need a little inspiration for recipes you can bake with the kids? Here’s a list of 10 kid-friendly cooking ideas for a rainy day.

Tackle a project. Maybe doing a project around the house doesn’t sound like much fun, but it always feels good to accomplish something you’ve been putting off for a while. So, get after it and check that item off your to-do list. Whether it’s organizing your office, decluttering the playroom or finally taking care of needed home repairs (the DIY kind, of course), make the most of your rainy day with some productivity around the house.

Head to a local museum. Stay dry and learn a little about art, history and culture at a local museum. Be sure to check the website or social media pages before you head out as many museums offer daily specials and discounts. If your kids will be tagging along, check out a children’s museum with more hands-on activities to keep them busy and engaged.

Go bowling. Load up and head to the alley to practice your skills. Bowling is great fun for everyone, order some snacks and show the kids how to bowl a strike. As with other local attractions and entertainment options, you may find a discount on your bowling alley’s website or Facebook page.

Give back. Take advantage of the time to get involved in your community and spend a few hours volunteering at a local organization. Play with animals at a local shelter, stop by a retirement home to visit with residents or pack and serve meals at a local food bank.

Host a tea party. Set the table with your good china, dress up and bring your formal manners to a tea party in your own home. Let your little ones help set the menu with tea party specials, such as tea (or coffee) for you and juice, milk or cocoa for the kids, finger sandwiches, cookies and fresh fruit.

Release your inner artist. Bust the boredom and try out a new craft with your kids that you wouldn’t normally have time for. Keep yourself and the kids entertained all day with this list of 119 indoor activities for a rainy day, including arts, crafts, recipes and games.

Plan your next vacation. When a rainy day slows you down from the hustle and bustle of life, there’s no better time to start planning your next vacation. Research potential destinations and be sure to look at lodging options and what to do in the area. If you already know where you want to go and just haven’t had the time to get it set, jump online and book your plane tickets, make hotel reservations (or try Airbnb), and plan out your activities for the trip.

Give yourself a spa day. If you’ve been feeling the need for some “me time,” take this rainy day to pamper yourself in the comfort of your own home. If you don’t have a store-bought facial at hand, make your own with ingredients you probably have in your kitchen! If a facial isn’t your thing, grab a good book, light a candle and slip into a relaxing bubble bath.

It’s easy to want to stay in bed on a rainy day, but why not use the day to make memories with your kids, pamper yourself or try something new? With these ideas, you’re all set for when the next rainy day hits!


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