Do you struggle to think of rainy day activities to do? I don’t know about you, but there are only so many arts and crafts, baking, games, and film watching we can do at home before we start getting cabin fever. There’s always the option of donning your wellies and waterproofs and heading to the park, but if you’re after some drier activities what options are there without spending a fortune on entry fees? Here are six rainy day activities to get you out of the house.
We recently joined our local library and it’s great! Charlie loves the fact he can rummage through the thousands of books and choose some to take home. The library has also got drawing and colouring materials, as well as some games. A lot of libraries host free story time sessions too, so check out what’s on at yours.
2: Museums or art galleries
There are loads of free museums and art galleries across the country – and most of them are geared up to help amuse and engage with kids. Last time I was on maternity leave, I meant to draw up a list of museums and galleries in the North West I wanted to visit but didn’t get round to it. It’s definitely something I’ll do this time round!
3: Baby, toddler and preschool groups
It’s worth finding out what local drop-in groups and sessions there are near you as many of them will be free or only charge a small fee. As well as community centres and church halls, there are some great ones at museums and art galleries. Some of our favourite free sessions include Baby Explorers and Magic Carpet at Manchester Museum, and the Toddler Art Club at the Whitworth Gallery (although you have to book these early on to secure your slot!).
OK, there is a small cost involved with going to a café – but if you’ve got a few pounds to spare why not go to one of your local coffee shops or tea rooms for a cuppa and a hot chocolate? Some are geared up for catering for children with books and games, and it can be a nice way to pass an hour or so while you wait for it to dry up.
Although you’ll have to pay to go swimming, it will be cheaper than some other indoor attractions and activities. Some public swimming pools even offer free swimming sessions for certain age groups.
6: Play dates
Share the pain of being stuck indoors with a fellow parent or carer and their kids. Let the kids run riot and wear each other out (it’s fine – you can tidy up later) and sit on the couch with a cuppa and have a chinwag.
Do you have any other suggestions of free or cheap activities to do with kids on a rainy day (which aren’t soft play!)? Tweet me!