Spring is a time for longer days, warmer temperatures, and all of those April showers that bring May flowers. The first two changes that spring brings are pretty awesome, but not so much the third. But never fear! There are plenty of things to do to keep busy until sunny days return. We’re sharing some of our favorite ways to keep the rainy-day blues at bay.
10 Great Ways to Spend a Rainy Day
- Make it a movie day. A wet day is the perfect time to catch up on all of those recent movies you’ve missed. Rent or stream the latest titles, and sit back and relax with some favorite snacks. This is perfect for kids, adults, and/or the entire family.
- Bake up a storm. Take advantage of being indoors to cook up some tasty treats. It’s a great family activity, and kids love to get involved in the kitchen. Think comfort foods, or try out this fun Flowerpot Bread baked in mini clay pots. Or you could create a new family recipe.
- Build a fort. Kids love to hide out, and what better time than when it’s wet and icky outside? Help your little ones build an indoor fort in their bedroom or the living room using blankets and cardboard boxes. Don’t forget to get out the flashlights and snacks!
- Alleviate boredom with board games. You know all of those neglected board games in the back of the closet? Give the video games a rest, and bring out the board games instead. Whether chess, Monopoly, Jenga, or Battleship, the whole family can have fun together.
- Relax in a bubble bath. Why not enjoy this laid-back day by laying back in a bubble bath? Fill up your tub with bubbles galore, and soak your worries away. Give kids bath paint and/or toys to keep them busy while they enjoy the suds. Adults can put on some soothing music and fragrant candles.
- Do fondue. Kids love to dip their food, so a rainy day is the perfect time to try out fondue at home. If you have a fondue melting pot, you can use it, but you can also use a slow cooker. Make a cheese sauce to dip bread or meat into. Or cut up fruit, and dip into warm chocolate. Yum!
- Tea time, anyone? Keep warm on wet days with a spot of tea. Host your own tea party by setting the table, pulling out the good china, and brewing your favorite blend. Take it up a notch by having attendees dress in their Sunday best, complete with gloves and hats if you have them.
- Conduct a science experiment. Recently we shared some of our favorite at-home science experiments. What better time than a rainy day to gather the kids around and put some scientific principals into practice? Many of the experiments we recommended use household items you probably have tucked away somewhere, so no need to brave the elements to get supplies.
- Build memories while recording memories. You know that scrapbook you’ve been working on for years? A rainy day is an ideal time to make some progress. Get out your photos, scrapbook paper, stencils, and markers, and invite the entire family to get involved. Get ready for plenty of laughs and nostalgia.
- Gone fishing. It might be too wet for a day at the lake, but that doesn’t mean fishing is out of the question. Take the magnetic letters off the fridge, fill up the bathtub, and attach a magnet to a stick or fishing pole. If you can get a hold of some magnetic fish, even better!
With these entertaining activities, there’s no need to be bored on rainy days ever again!
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What’s your favorite rainy-day activity? How do you keep your kids dry and busy during spring’s abundant showers? Comment below with your suggestions for staying occupied when it’s wet outside. And don’t forget to share this post with your family and friends.