It’s easy to get bored on a rainy day. You can’t go outside, the kids are all stir-crazy, and you are unsure of what to do now. Just read this article because it has plenty of activities that you can do yourself or with the family. Make sure to share it with your family and friends so that they can entertain themselves and their families during inclement weather. Maybe, they’re in the same boat wondering what to do, and this list could be handy.
Things to Do on a Rainy Day
- Online museum. Many museums and historical sites now have websites. You can view all of the artifacts from your home, which means you don’t have to drive or walk in the rain.
- Online courses. Take an online class and learn to sew, cook, crochet, knit, or anything else. Many of these classes are quick, so you can do it on a rainy day.
- Take a bubble bath. Turn off your phone, put on some good-vibe music, and dim the lights. Consider using candles to create some ambiance. Have a good long soak, and let the bubbles gather up and pop all the stress in your life.
- Organize everything. Everyone’s got a closet or ‘catch-all’ space that needs a bit of TLC. Use the rainy day to get things in order.
- Read a book. It’s easy to forget boredom when you’re transported to a new world.
- Get the finances on track. It’s easy to lose track of time and realize you don’t know where your money’s going. Spend some time balancing the checkbook, making a budget, or planning for a vacation.
- Start a DIY project. There’s likely something your home needs that you could do yourself. Get creative and make a bird feeder, planter, salt-dough images, and whatever else.
- Pamper yourself. Instead of driving to the spa, consider filing your nails, painting them, and moisturizing. Also, you can take this time to deeply condition your hair in the shower.
- Write in a journal. It feels good to put your thoughts on paper, so take your time and write out the anguish or happiness you feel.
- Make some bubble bath or bath bombs. You can find kits at various craft stores or look up a recipe online.
Rainy Day Activities for Friends
- Karaoke. Whether you go to a local karaoke bar or invite people to your house, you can all take turns singing your favorite songs. Download an app or just sing along with the radio.
- Wine-tasting. What pairs better with rain than wine? Call up your friends and ask them to meet you at a local wine-tasting party. A quick search online can show you what’s out there. You can all sip local favorites and find a new wine that you all like.
- Play video games. Video games aren’t just for kids. Invite some friends over and host a video-game challenge. Two people pair up, and the winner takes on the next person until everyone has a chance to play.
- Night cinema festival. If you’ve got some classic movies, host a cinema festival. Let your friends bring their favorites and spend the day watching films. Make sure to have yummy snacks!
- Make alcoholic drinks. This can be a little expensive, but invite your friends over and ask each one to bring a bottle of alcohol. Add some spirits and other items, and take turns making alcoholic drinks. Alternatively, you can make what you know your friends like and spend an evening chatting and sipping.
- Catch up with a friend. Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. It could be someone who lives far away or who you’ve lost touch with.
- Have a murder-mystery party. This takes a lot of planning, but you can find murder-mystery kits to buy that help you create a fun-filled evening of doubt and fear.
What to Do on a Rainy Day with Family
- Bake a cake or any treat. Get the whole family involved. Everyone loves eating treats, but it means more when they’ve helped bake them. Try a cake, chocolate chip cookies, or whatever else the kids enjoy.
- Watch movies the whole family can enjoy. Pick a family-friendly movie and have everyone watch it. This is a way to bring everyone closer and teach young kids how to be respectful of others and stay quiet.
- Plan a dream vacation. Though you can be wild, it’s better to be realistic here. Ask the family where they want to go for summer vacation. Then, plan it all out and find out how much it is going to cost. Get the kids involved by showing them how to research things. They may even be willing to forego an allowance to help fund the vacation.
- Clean the house together. Though it might not be ‘fun,’ a clean home is imperative so that everyone feels comfortable and knows where things are. Get the whole household involved. Ask your kids to clean their rooms, and everyone pitches in for the living room and kitchen area.
- Start or organize a family album. You’ve probably got pictures all over the place. Sit down with the family and organize everything, putting them into albums.
- Create a family recipe book. If you’ve got children who enjoy cooking or helping to prepare meals, why not make a recipe book for the family. Use some unlined journal paper, various stickers and labels, recipe cards, and anything else. Then, you can use it each time you make a meal the family likes. Add to it as you get new recipes, too.
- Workout together (or alone). Choose a workout that the whole family can do inside. This depends on how much space you have, and you may need to rearrange the furniture a bit. There are plenty of free online videos, so pick something fun and start moving!
- Have a tea party. Consider using real tea, small finger sandwiches, and dressing up. Alternatively, you can make it a fake tea party and let the kids use their imaginations.
- Have a dance party. Put on some music and start dancing. Everyone can bust out their favorite moves or learn new ones. Try line-dancing or some kid-friendly dances and have a blast.
- Do a science experiment. You can find many easy science experiments online, and some of them use items you’ve already got around the house.
- Have an indoor treasure/scavenger hunt. Either hide specific things or just make a list of things that you know are around. The kids can mark the items off the list as they gather them or take pictures of them.
Rainy Day Activities for Kids
- Do puzzles. Pick a puzzle that’s suitable for your child’s age and help them work it. This uses their brain and keeps them busy for a while.
- Read a book. Have your child read a book. They can do it alone, read to you, or you two can take turns reading.
- Teach your child something. It can be small, such as teaching them to tie their shoes or how to make an omelet. For older children, they can learn how to sew and cook more elaborate dishes.
- Play games. Consider making up a new game or playing card and board games you’ve already got lying around the house.
- Have a mini-marshmallow popping contest. Grab a bag (or two) of mini marshmallows. Have the kids sit in the kitchen with their mouths open and try to get the marshmallows in their mouths. Each child can have a turn or just try to catch them in their own mouths.
- Invent a new game. Let the kids use their imagination and come up with a new game. It can have props and everything. Ask them to write out the rules and then play it with them.
- Camp inside. If your room is big enough, set up a tent. Otherwise, you can make a blanket fort and let the kids sleep in the living room in their sleeping bags.
- Make candles. You can find many DIY kits out there to make candles and so much more. Spend the day making homemade gifts for loved ones.
- Play outside anyway. It’s often safe for children to play outside during a drizzle. As long as there’s no lightning, let them get their rain gear on and still go out to play.
- Break out the craft supplies. If your kids like to paint, draw, color, or something else, bring out the supplies and let them use their imagination. You can also plan specific craft activities, such as making Popsicle picture frames, birdhouses, and so much more.
As you can see, there are plenty of things to do on a rainy day. You don’t have to be bored, and you can get the whole family in on the fun or do something for yourself. Have fun in all sorts of weather with this list. Make sure that you print it out and keep it close by. Whenever the clouds turn gray, whip it out and be the most fun person in the house. Don’t forget to share it so that your friends get ideas, too!