Rain rain, go away, come again another day! Are you feeling this a little extra hard today? I know I sure as hell am! It’s been raining and cloudy every day this month which means my adventurous kids have been going a little stir crazy. If you’ve ever experienced a rainy day with adventurous kids, you feel my pain. Whether you’re in the same boat or just want future rainy day ideas, check out these ideas on how to survive a rainy day with adventurous kids.
Whoever invented the first children’s museum gets the biggest gold star in my book. If you’ve never ventured to one before, let me paint a picture for you. What were some of your favorite activities as a child? Dress up? Pretend to be the captain of a boat? Digging in the dirt? Playing in the sand? Splashing around in water tables? Imagine all of those things under one roof and you have yourself a children’s museum.
These museums reach beyond the scope of just rainy day ideas, though. We go as often as possible, even if the weather is amazing. Why not!? Your kids will learn valuable information through hands on experiences. They will make new friends and connect with them through playing pretend. Some museums even offer the chance to plant seeds in the garden so every month your child can watch their plants grow.
Although they can be a tad pricey at times, it is well worth the money. Each time we go, we get no less than 4 hours of non-stop play. Yes, we. You better believe I get in there and play dress up too! If you aren’t sure where the closest children’s museum is to you, check out my Pinterest board!
Library Story Time
It took me a long time to discover that most public libraries offer story time once a week. Along with a free storytelling hour, your kids will get to do a craft project to take home afterward. Some branches even offer a singing and dancing portion before story time begins to help the kids get their energy out.
Story time at the library is one of my personal favorite rainy day ideas. Not only are the kids entertained, but it doubles as a free learning experience. Does it honestly get any better than free and educational?! If you aren’t ready for the fun to end, walk around the library afterward and let the kids pick out some books to read at home.
Check out your county’s library website to find out times and dates. Most of the time, different branches around the county will host story time on a different day of the week. When we lived in Charleston, we were lucky enough to hit three different libraries, three times a week.
It’s pretty surprising how many regular items around the house double as excellent craft projects. Got left over toilet paper rolls? Make a telescope! Got a few spare paper plates? Make some awesome masks.
If you aren’t sure whether you have enough supplies to make a cool project, I guarantee Pinterest will have your back. It’s genuinely impressive how creative parents are these days. I have seen some amazing things come together with a clothespin, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes.
I try to make crafts that will double as a fun toy for later in the day. A gift that keeps on giving if you will. If you choose to take my telescope idea from before, double it up as a prop for a pirate adventure later in the day. Those paper plate masks can be used for the kids to put on a fun play. Get creative and have fun with it. Not only will your kids have fun, but they will learn at the same time (a common theme for today).
Are we the only parents out there who still play board games? I feel like more and more parents are ditching the physical board games for tablet or computer games. Don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware of the lifesaving potential of those things. However, we try to limit the amount of screen time our kids see so we have to get creative.
Enter board games. Just like with a tablet, you will keep the kids entertained. Beyond that, it’s an experience you can share together. Kids board games aren’t all the boring roll and move style *ahem…Candyland* either. Some of the games out there these days are down right hysterical. I’m not kidding when I say sometimes we’ll bust out the kid games to play with our adult friends after the kids go to bed.
Our favorite rainy day game is Dr. Seuss I Can Do That. If you’ve never played it, be prepared to laugh your face off. Trust me, watching your child try to crawl under a stick with a toy man balanced on their head will put you in tears. If that game doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, some of our other favorites are Hullabaloo, Operation, and Memory Yoga.
Go Outside Anyway
Last, but certainly not least, there is always the option to say f$%@ it and go outside anyway. If your kids are anything like mine, 9 times out of 10 they’re mysteriously covered in sticky or muddy crap anyway. For real, WHERE DOES IT ALL COME FROM!? When you look at it that way, there is little to no harm in letting them splash around and maybe wash some of it off.
What Are Your Favorite Rainy Day Ideas?
This is my list on how to survive a rainy day with adventurous kids, but I would love to hear more rainy day ideas! What do you and the little’s do when the weather is less than ideal for outdoor adventures? Do you have any favorite places that are unique to your area?
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