Rain can be a four letter (bad) word around our house (yes, I know it has 4 letters :). Whenever it’s pouring rain out it’s just a matter of time before we hear the dreaded “I’m bored…” Taking care of a 6 year old fireball on a rainy weekend is no easy task. Of course there are days where we watch a movie or a few tv shows, but that can get stale and boring quickly. With all the rain we’ve had lately, I’ve come up with a list of rainy day activities for kids. This manageable list of 9 fun rainy day children’s activities will help you keep the whole family happy on a drizzly day.
I’ve seen some lists on Pinterest that are huge – ranging from 25 to 100 activities. Since that’s just too much choice for me, I’ve only included our top 9 go-to rainy day games and activities.
Rainy Day Activities for Kids
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R loves a good board game. He started young with Sneaky Snacky Squirrel and now plays Monopoly Jr, Sorry, Chess, Connect Four, Checkers, Battleship, Jenga etc. He’s happy playing any game that involves strategy and he enjoys it even more if there’s a chance that he’ll beat E and I at the game.
Board games can make for a great afternoon of indoor fun for the entire family. However, if board games are a part of your rainy day arsenal, you need to be ready to play with your kids (depending on their age of course).
These days R can’t get enough of the card game Uno. Someone gave R a pack of Uno cards as a loot bag and now we play the game all.the.time. I had no idea how to play this game before R received the loot bag, but it’s actually pretty fun and moves pretty quickly. We also tend to bring the cards out to dinner so R doesn’t get fidgety at the table.
In addition to Uno, R likes playing regular card games – Go Fish, War etc. Since you don’t need to buy anything special, these games are perfect for those unexpected boring miserable weather days.
R’s Senior Kindergarten teacher introduced me to GoNoodle and it’s since become one of my favourite rainy day options. It’s an awesome website with videos that encourage kids to be active, mindful and move around. My son loves copying the dance moves, singing along to the songs he knows and “competing” in the various competition videos.
It’s also pretty entertaining to watch your kid try and beat the characters on the computer in a race or out shoot them in a soccer game. I love that this site gets R moving, thinking and having fun.
On our last rainy day R was going a bit stir crazy so I put on GoNoodle and we danced together for a while and had a great time.
R is super into science. He loves going to his inventor’s club after school program and often enjoys learning about a variety of science related topics.
Since science experiments can be fairly messy rainy day activities, we don’t do them too often. The most recent one we enjoyed involved baking soda, vinegar and food colouring. We created a classic baking soda volcano and watched it explode everywhere. Just head on to Pinterest and search for kids science experiments and you’ll find all kinds of easy and fun ideas.
Cooking and Baking
Ok, this might not be R’s favourite but it’s one of my most loved rainy day activities. I enjoy all aspects of baking (except for the clean up) and it’s so much fun when R decides to join in. Sure, it’s much messier and takes a lot longer but it’s worth it. Plus, who doesn’t love fresh baked cookies or healthy muffins?
Going to the Museum or Science Center
In Toronto we’re very lucky to have some amazing kids attractions close by. While they are often super busy on rainy days, it’s worth it to get everyone out of the house and for a change in atmosphere.
Our go to spots in Toronto are:
The Ontario Science Center is located in the east end of the city. It’s a great spot with lots of interesting exhibits for kids and adults. They have live demonstrations, a little kids exploration area and an IMAX movie theater where they showcase science related films.
Royal Ontario Museum
I’ve always loved visiting the ROM. There are so many cool exhibits, artifacts and galleries to explore. There are a couple of hands on kids areas where little ones can dig for dino bones, get dressed up in costume or watch bees in their hive.
R loves Ripley’s but it’s always very busy. They have a cool tunnel where you can walk through a massive tank filled with fish, sharks, stingrays and turtles. There is also a playground and area where you can touch stingrays and horseshoe crabs.
Other fun indoor options for a rainy day in Toronto include:
See what different interesting options are in your city and visit a new attraction that you wouldn’t otherwise go to.
Reading and Using Workbooks
Why not use bade weather to learn! When R was starting to learn his letters he really enjoyed using this book. It’s got familiar characters, which makes it more fun and includes games as well as skill building activities. There are books for each grade and for both math and science. I plan to pick up a few more of these the next time I see them.
We also enjoy reading together. This is especially true now that R is getting hooked on the Harry Potter series. E and I read them to him (he’s only 6 after all) and it’s a great way to instill a love of reading and learning.
This is probably one of the best rainy day activities for kids. Not only does R get to have fun with friends but we do too! It’s a win win for everyone. Either we have friends stop by to play at our house or we’ll head over to a friend’s place.
Making play date plans does take a bit of foresight but everyone with kids is looking for something to do with them on a yucky day so you’re bound to find someone close by looking to get together.
Puzzles are awesome. Lay out all the pieces on the floor and put the picture together. Simple, inexpensive and fun for everyone to do together.
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