Things to Do on Rainy Days in the Summer

Ah the good old British summer!  We look forward to six weeks of sunshine, and then get - rain.  Is there anything worse than being cooped up at home on rainy days in the middle of summer? It doesn't matter if you’re staying at home or you’re on holiday somewhere, if you’re dealt several days of non-stop rain, it’s time to come up with some fun rainy day summer activities.

At Home

Use the occasional rainy day at home during summer to relax and recharge. Snuggle up on the couch, read, watch a movie, catch up on your favorite TV show or play some board games. Give yourself - and the kids - permission to just rest and relax. Take a nap.

That’s all well and good, but once you’re stuck in the house for several days, it’s time to get a little more creative. This is particularly important when you have small kids at home. They go stir-crazy pretty quickly!

Build a fort, get out the art supplies, run a movie marathon, create an obstacle course through the house, make homemade pizza together, bake some cookies, or encourage the kids to put on a play. Come up with a theme for the day and make the entire day about that theme, e.g. William Shakespeare Day where you encourage your older kids to read one of his plays, find out about the history, and end the day watching Romeo and Juliet.

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Out And About

Just because it’s pouring with rain doesn’t mean you can’t head out and have some fun. Pull on the wellies and waterproofs and get out there.  Summer rain can actually be great fun.

Or find some indoor activities that you can easily drive to. Museums are great for rainy days and many have special exhibitions or child-friendly activities on during the summer months. Spend a rainy afternoon exploring art or local history and end it with early dinner at a favourite restaurant.

Don’t forget about your local library. Spending the day browsing and reading can be a pleasant way to stay busy. Give them a call or look online to see if there are special events and activities set up for kids that day.

If you and your kids need to burn off some excess energy, head to your local indoor pool. Visiting an soft play centre is another great option. Last but not least, don’t forget to check your local cinemas and theatres to see what performances and deals they are offering.

With a little creative thinking, even a few rainy days can become enjoyable summer experiences.

More ideas for fun summer activities:

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The Perfect Prescription for Happier Kids: Get Outside
7 Best Outdoor Play Areas at English Heritage Sites

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