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Feb 23

56 Things to Do on a Rainy Day

by Family Attractions Card in Family Fun category

Rain boots and umbrella

We love getting cozy with a good book and hot tea on rainy days, but when you add restless children and a hyperactive dog to the mix, it’s time to go into mom survival mode and find some fun, affordable ways to keep everyone entertained.

That’s why St. Louis Family Attractions Card is sharing 56 ways to keep the whole family entertained on a rainy day. Our list includes some suggestions that will get you out of the house, but if you prefer to stay in your PJs, we have plenty of ideas for indoor fun too!

56 Things To Do While Staying Indoors

  1. Get comfy and read a family-friendly book that has a movie version. Watch the movie version afterwards and ask them which they liked better. Our picks: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Lorax, The Princess Bride, Where the Wild Things Are, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlotte’s Web, The Jungle Book, Harry Potter or any book from the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series.
  2. Get curb-side pickup at a local St. Louis restaurant – nothing like supporting local businesses!
  3. Go through all of those pictures you’ve been meaning to organize on your computer and revisit all of those fun family moments. Kids LOVE looking at themselves, especially when it they can see what they looked like when they were younger. Bonus idea: order prints of yours and the kids favorite photos and put together a photo album.
  4. Write letters (on actual paper with actual pens and pencils) to out-of-town relatives or friends.
  5. Grab some candles and tell some spooky stories.
  6. Take a walk, bike ride, or drive around the neighborhood.
  7. Create decorations for an upcoming holiday with some seasonal arts & crafts projects. Decorate pinecones, paint flower pots, or make leaf art. Get started with these creative ideas.
  8. Throw an impromptu Talent Show to discover your family’s hidden talents. If you have track lighting in your house, turn the lights to make the performers shine in the limelight!
  9. Create a time capsule with handwritten notes, drawings and various items to be opened on a future day years from now.
  10. Take a nap with your kids. Snuggle time = time well spent.
  11. Start an epic game of hide and seek in the house – last one found gets a prize.
  12. Channel your inner pastry chef and bake a cake, cookies, or cupcakes. Be sure to taste the finished products. You know, for “quality control”.
  13. Get every blanket, sheet, and pillow in your entire house and build a blanket fort so big, it will rival anything in Game of Thrones.
  14. Pass the day with some fun games like Jenga, Candy Land, and Monopoly. Mix in some action games like Charades or Pictionary to keep everyone on their toes.
  15. Update your wardrobe by gathering some old clothes and drawing on them with magic markers or sharpies. Have a fashion show afterwards to show off the new designs.
  16. Vote on what’s for dinner and then have everyone play a role in preparing it together.
  17. Take a virtual trip to a museum or art exhibit! Have each family member find their favorite piece and tell you what they like about it.
  18. Teach your old dog a new trick.
  19. Dig out that puzzle you’ve been saving and work together to complete it.
  20. Find a video game that everyone enjoys and take turns playing together.
  21. Two Words: Dance. Party.
  22. These are the times when Play-Doh is a play-duh! Don’t have any? Make your own.
  23. Find some old socks and buttons and make your own sock puppets – when everyone is finished, it’s time to put on a show. Finger puppets and paper bag puppets also work great!
  24. Work together to write a story – start with “Once upon a time…” and switch writers for each paragraph to see where the story takes you. Your kids’ wild imaginations may surprise you.
  25. Organize top-to-bottom! Overhaul the house with the whole family!
  26. Create an indoor obstacle course with challenges along the way and see who gets through it the fastest.
  27. Put on a play. Use old makeup and clothing to play dress up and act out scenes from the kids’ favorite books or movies.
  28. Take a series of fun, creative selfies with the whole family throughout the day and turn it into a “Our Time Indoors” photo album.
  29. Cuddle up with a pile of books.
  30. Learn, create, and inspire with fun learning apps for your tablet.
  31. Play “Simon Says” or “Follow the Leader.”
  32. Make your own instruments then, lead a marching band parade through the living room.
  33. See the largest mosaic collection in the world through the photo galleries from the historic Cathedral Basilica.
  34. Check out an online camp (They’re not just for summertime)!
  35. Anything that involves bubble wrap.
  36. Make math fun with Hooda Math.
  37. Play Keep it Up. Blow up some balloons, toss ’em in the air and don’t let them touch the ground.
  38. Learn to code.
  39. Play Chubby Bunny to see who can fit the most marshmallows in their mouth.
  40. Have domino races. Set them up and let them fall—kids will love seeing the chain reaction. Make it twice as fun by ordering the national pizza chain to deliver lunch!
  41. Try your hand at colorful salt painting.
  42. Organize an indoor scavenger hunt.
  43. Pull out the building blocks and Legos and create a mini city.
  44. Build an Arch replica, make believe you’re going to outer space, or even go on an imaginary safari!
  45. Embrace your inner Einstein with cool science experiments.
  46. Play “I Spy” or “20 Questions.”
  47. Make a bird feeder.
  48. Become an origami master.
  49. Make shaving cream sculptures (in the sink of course).
  50. Make your own granola bars.
  51. Use hallways for classic games like “Red Light, Green Light” and “Leap Frog.”
  52. Bowl at home using water bottles as pins. Go “Cosmic” bowling by dropping a glowstick in the bottle and play in a dark hallway.
  53. Learn a few magic tricks.
  54. Pillow fight!
  55. Get all dressed up and host your own fancy tea party (be sure to invite the dolls and stuffed animals).
  56. Have an indoor “camp out” with sleeping bags, a tent, board games and s’mores.

Say goodbye to boredom when you grab a handful of these fun activities on a wet, rainy day.

Spending time with the family is what it’s all about so cut loose, have fun, and make a mess if you have to. After all, rainy day activity #57 can always be to clean up after yourself!

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