RAINY DAY FUN: 50 things to do with your kids on a rainy day or indoors

50 indoor things to doWhen rain or cold weather keeps kids inside, it does not have to be a chore to keep everyone entertained. Many cities offer plenty of amazing children’s museums and exhibits, indoor play spaces and classes and activities, but what if you don’t live in a town like that? Sometimes staying home can be just as much fun—if you know the right games. Consider doing one or all of these things with your kids to turn a rainy day into a memorable one.

DIY Playhouses: Remember turning your dining room into a fort? Remember how much fun it was to have sheets all over the place and the only way to get through the house was by crawling? Indoor playhouses can be incredibly expensive, with some costing several hundreds of dollars. With cardboard boxes, decorative paper, and some imagination, you and your kids can create cool indoor playhouses on the cheap! But if you don’t want to turn your living room into a cardboard factory, here’s a list of 50 things you can do indoors with your child.

Some moms may be tempted to use these games for their child to do alone, but don’t do it. Don’t miss this chance to bond with your child and reach your inner child at the same time.

  1. Create a Muffin Bar. This is simply making batter for muffins and let the kids put in their own toppings each muffin cup.
  2. Get crafty: Halloween finger puppets, anyone?Let the kids raid your closet and put on a fashion show.
  3. Cuddle up with a pile of books or better yet, ask each child to write their own. Video tape them reading the book aloud!
  4. Build, create and invent with STEM-inspired toys.
  5. Play “Simon Says” or “Follow the Leader.”
  6. Grab a deck of cards and teach your kids the simple joys of Rummy, Spit or Slapjack.
  7. Gather the family to enjoy a story podcast. Good stories for kids podcast and enjoy!
  8. Make your own instruments; like using  straw as a whistle or a pot for a drum then, lead a marching band parade through the living room.
  9. Get little ones psyched about their next museum outing with kids’ books about amazing museums.
  10. Pop some kernels and watch a classic movie.
  11. Get geeky with the New York Hall of Science’s awesome suite of STEM-inspired apps.
  12. Write letters (on actual paper with actual pens and pencils) to out-of-town relatives or friends.
  13. Check out an online camp—not just for summertime!
  14. Freeze Dance.
  15. Anything that involves bubble wrap.
  16. Make math fun with these amazing math apps.
  17. Blow up some balloons, toss ’em in the air and don’t let them touch the ground.
  18. Learn to computer code.
  19. Keep your heart rate up with Wii Fit or Xbox One games.
  20. Make a marshmallow catapult and see who can catch the most in their mouth.
  21. Play dominoes or line them up and let them fall—kids will love seeing the chain reaction.
  22. Have a tie-dye party, or opt for an easier tie-dye alternative (with built-in science lesson!).
  23. Make a watercolor masterpiece.
  24. Pull out the building blocks and Legos and create a mini city.
  25. Embrace your inner Einstein with cool science experiments.
  26. Play “I Spy” or “21 Questions.”
  27. Make paper-bag puppets and put on a show.
  28. Make the easiest bird feeder ever. YouTube has a great video for it.
  29. black mom with her childrenBecome an origami master.
  30. Grab some sheets and make a good old-fashioned fort. Perfect for playtime—and naptime!
  31. Make shaving cream sculptures in the sink.
  32. Snuggle up with a warm cup of cocoa or try a vanilla cinnamon steamer as an alternative.
  33. Tackle a challenging puzzle as a family.
  34. Play-Doh.
  35. Explore your city—in a book! Find books about your state in the library, online or Youtube
  36. Challenge your family to a game of charades.
  37. Then find your voices with a karaoke concert.
  38. Make your own granola bars.
  39. Use hallways for classic games like “Red Light, Green Light” and “Leap Frog.”
  40. Decorate pinecones, paint flower pots or make leaf art.
  41. Go bowling at home.
  42. Learn a few magic tricks to wow your friends.
  43. Pillow fight—’nuff said.
  44. Get all dressed up and host your own fancy tea party (be sure to invite the dolls and stuffed animals).
  45. Crack open those activity books you have piled up.
  46. Get everyone together for a family scavenger hunt.
  47. Create colorful salt paintings.
  48. Have an indoor “camp out” with sleeping bags, a tent, board games and s’mores.
  49. Cook dinner together.
  50. Take a family nap. Nothing bonds people like snoring together.



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