Keeping little ones entertained and engaged in inclement weather can sometimes be a task. When bad weather keeps your family indoors, make the most of it by spending quality time together and creating fun, rainy-day memories your kids will retain as they grow up. Remember, kids have a lot of energy to burn, so make sure to incorporate indoor physical activity until they can get back outside. From creating indoor forts, obstacle courses and treasure hunts – with a little advanced planning, you can turn a blah day into a wow day in no time.
Include Physical Play
Just because it’s raining out and you have to stay inside doesn’t mean your kids don’t want or need to play. Line up some plastic bottles and grab a tennis ball and you’ve got yourself an indoor bowling alley. Set up floor targets and toss homemade bean bags to see who can come closest. Grab a hula hoop and let the kids work off some energy – just make sure the furniture and any breakables are pushed out of the way first! Paper plates and balloons make for a great indoor badminton game.
Let the kids build their own forts in their rooms. Employ blankets, pillows, and discarded (and saved for a rainy day) carboard boxes. Have some colorful light sets on hand to lend a decorative element to their structures. Set up a battery-powered lantern so they can read and nap inside their fort. Let them do a craft inside their fort or simply color with crayons and markers.
Don’t Let a Little Rain Spoil Your Vacation
You’ve saved all year to take your family to the perfect sun, sand and water spot and it’s raining! Disaster can be averted with some creativity and some pre-destination research. Find out what type of museums are in the area. From history, to space, to specific places for kids – there is usually something nearby. What about indoor play areas that offer a slew of games and recreation for several ages? When is the last time you went to a real movie on the big screen as a family? Now is your chance! Don’t forget about libraries. Many libraries have motivated staff members who schedule great kid’s events that are free and open to all.
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