The weather can be unpredictable, but the fun doesn’t need to stop just because it’s raining outside. Whether you’d prefer to get out of the house or you’re entertaining kids, keep these rainy day activity ideas handy for the next time you’re in need of some inspiration.
What to do on a rainy day outside your house
Museums: Venture out of the house and immerse yourself in a museum or an art gallery in your town. There’s probably at least one you’ve always been meaning to visit – and some free time when it’s wet outside is the perfect opportunity. Remember to wear your mask indoors and stay socially distanced while you admire the exhibits.
See a show: Take advantage of last-minute booking websites and get tickets to see a show. Check what’s on in your local area; maybe a film, a musical, the theatre or even some comedy. Make sure to check the theatre’s requirements on entry as some may require a lateral flow test or proof of vaccination to enter.
Dine out: Try booking a table at that restaurant you’ve been meaning to try, there’s a chance they have some last-minute cancellations.
Crazy golf or bowling: Get together safely with friends or family and have some fun playing indoor crazy golf or show off your best strike at a bowling alley. Attach Curve Smart GPS Tracker to your bag, so you can relax knowing that you’re able to easily locate it if it’s misplaced while you’re out.
Local markets: If you’re not phased by the rain, grab your waterproof gear and head out to explore out in the fresh air your local markets. You could even buy yourself a sweet treat to enjoy later as you head off home with your favourite brew.
Some helpful tips to staying safe when outside the home:
- Wear a mask
- Practice social distancing
- Avoid crowds and poorly-ventilated spaces
- Test yourself prior to setting out to prevent spreading to others
- Wash & sanitise your hands often
- Cover coughs & sneezes (if not wearing a mask).
Rainy day activities at home
Read: Pour yourself a cuppa, curl up on your favourite chair and start that book you’ve been wanting to read. If you’re looking for a new book, download an audiobook or ebook straight to your phone or tablet.
Drawing: If you enjoy tapping into your creative side, try your hand at drawing someone you know, or still life inspired by objects at home. You could even join a virtual drawing class and get some tips from a professional.
Games: If safe to do so, bring your friends or family together and get stuck in with your favourite board games and puzzles. Loser has to get the next round of tea and biscuits.
Learn a new language: There are lots of benefits of learning a new language. Engage your brain and boost your skills through bite-sized lessons.
Spa day: Recreate a spa day at home and cocoon yourself away in your own ‘treatment room’. Light some candles, put on calming music and enjoy a facial or a foot massage.
Rainy days out with the kids
Soft play: Get the kids out of the house and let them burn off energy at a soft play or an indoor trampoline centre. You can take a break with a coffee while you watch your little ones having fun.
Children’s museum or the aquarium: Kid-friendly museums are interactive and let them be more hands-on with the exhibitions, or head out to the aquarium and show your kids the marine creatures. They’ll love seeing all the different colours, shapes and sizes of the fish and learn more about our oceans. Check the museum’s website ahead of time for information on whether hands-on exhibits are open to the public and any other safety measures they have in place.
Local library: Take a trip to your nearest library or bookstore and encourage the kids to browse through the shelves. They’re sure to find at least one book they’ll love to read and get carried away on an adventure.
Pottery painting: Make lasting memories with your children at a pottery painting workshop. They can decorate cups, bowls and other pieces that they can take home to keep or give to someone as a gift.
Laser tag: For an action adventure, take the kids to play laser tag. They can play in groups with their bubble of friends or family and they’ll love the thrill of a gaming experience. Let the battle commence. They can even keep track of their step count using their Neo, the smart kids watch.
Indoor activities for kids on a rainy day
Treasure hunt: Turn your home into a pirate island and make a treasure hunt. Start by creating a clue that leads them to a location in the house, where another clue will be waiting for them until they reach the spot the treasure is hidden. They can use Neo, the smart kids watch, to see their step count and take photos of their adventure as they go.
Science experiment: Budding scientists will enjoy doing these simple science experiments at home, and you’ll love seeing the wonder on their faces as they learn.
Movie day: Snuggle up on the sofa with a big bowl of homemade popcorn and line up a couple of their favourite movies or tackle an entire film series in one go.
Bake: Pop on your aprons and bake something delicious together. Cupcakes and cookies are fun to decorate – and even more, fun to eat.
Build a fort: Create a fort using kitchen chairs, blankets, and even leftover cardboard boxes. Tell the kids to grab all the pillows and cushions they can find and supply them with fairy lights or flashlights. It’s the ultimate indoor hideout.
Some helpful tips to staying safe when mixing with others at home:
- You and everyone should take a lateral flow test before the visit
- Limit the number of people you have in your home
- Limit the amount of time you spend with them
- Try to maintain social distancing in your home
- Pop open a few windows to let fresh air in
- If anyone sneezes or coughs, remember to catch it, bin it, kill it and wash your hands right away.
Whether it’s a rainy day today, tomorrow or beyond, we hope this inspires you with things to do at home or out of the house while still staying safe.