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Rainy Day Activities (5 Ways to Keep Busy During the Rainy Season)

Rainy season is upon us friends, looking at the forecast I see nothing but rain.  Immediately, I think of my two rowdy boys and wonder, what rainy day activities can we do beyond a trip to the jumpy place .  My kids do not like crafts, coloring or any “quiet” time activities.  They like to be active, they like to do outdoorsy things, they like to be creative in an unconventional sense.




1.Build a fort (or not).  I thought it would be fun to build a fort out of PVC.  So, we packed up and headed to the Hardware store.  I had specific measurements and quantities and all that jazz  (I was using directions I found on Pinterest).  We bought the stuff, brought it home, built the fort and the boys had it in pieces within minutes.  BUT…. guess what… they continued to play with those PVC pieces for hours.  Building everything from motorcycles to machine guns.  They had a blast and played together using their imagination for hours.  Buy a bunch of PVC cut it into various sizes, get some random fittings and let them go to town , forget the fort. 


2. Balloons.  I went to the dollar store and bought a bag of balloons.  I blew them up.  The kids played with these balloons forever!  They squealed with delight and laughed and played.  We all played with them, actually: catch, faux golf, and baseball (we used pool noodles as our bats and clubs).  No one got hurt, no furniture got damaged, we were able to stay indoors and the kids had fun and got some energy out!


3. Bake something.  Rainy days calls for warm, delicious treats.  I mean, who doesn’t love hot cookies, fresh out of the oven?  Having two boys who love to help in the kitchen, I’ve found it helps to have all the ingredients already measured out and ready to pour in, before I invite them into the kitchen.  Then I let them take turns pouring and mixing.  Bake and eat.  Yum!




4. Movie time Along with the rainy days, the holidays are also upon us and that means it’s time to bust out all those fun holiday movies.  Spread a blanket on the living room floor and let the kids get in cozy jammies.  Pop some popcorn and serve up some of those warm treats you just baked, it should keep them occupied for at least a few minutes! 

Here are some of our favorite rainy day movies:

  • 1. Hotel Transylvania 2
  • 2. Toy Story
  • 3. Monsters, Inc.
  • 4. Alvin and the Chipmunks (Road Chip)
  • And now that holiday season is upon us… the kids have added their favorite into the mix,  How the Grinch Stole Christmas!






Last but not least


5. Jump in puddles.  Put those rain boots on and let them outside.  Whether you let them play in the backyard or take a walk to a nearby park, there’s no doubt puddles to be found!





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2 Responses to Rainy Day Activities (5 Ways to Keep Busy During the Rainy Season)

  1. El November 26, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    Hi there–where do you go to find other kids for pick-up play in gray weather? Visiting Petaluma for the holiday from seattle and finding the parks deserted = bummer. Are there free / not-too-expensive polices that kids gather for within 30 min drive of Petaluma?


    • Randi Cornwall
      Randi Cornwall November 27, 2016 at 9:46 pm #

      Hi El! We have a lot of great places near Petaluma (Epicenter is fantastic and it’s in Santa Rosa!). You can also look into Rebounderz and Funtopia (both in Rohnert Park). Good luck!