Rainy Day Fun for Kids

By: Genuine Joy Kids Contributor Whitney Flickinger

Last week our family ventured out on a week long vacation to the ocean, which also happened to collide with the Polar Vortex.  To say the least, I was a little concerned that the week was going to be freezing!  All in all, we had amazing weather except for one rainy day.  That day we had planned on waking up early and riding bikes on the boardwalk, but the weather had another plan for us.  I decided to let the kids sleep which was good for them and for my sanity.  My six and eight year old kids love their i-pads.  I was determined that they were not going to spend the day with their noses stuck in the electronic devices.  

I will admit it, I love Google.  It helped me with my school work and I am pretty sure that I could find anything I ever needed to know by Googling it, so  I jumped online and did some research.  I found that there are a number of things that an ocean community offers for days like this.  

A girlfriend of mine was also at the beach with her daughter, so I shot her a text and coerced her to join me and the kids.  She was more than happy to oblige.  We found a place called Planet Maze that had an indoor climbing center, laser tag, arcade and mini golf.  The kids were ecstatic to run around and burn energy.  My girlfriend and I were equally excited to sit and catch up.

Midway through the morning the sun decided to poke through and we were able to go outside and partake in a mean game of putt putt golf.  At the end of the day, kids and moms were all happy.

No matter where you are, it is easy to find something to do when the weather is bad.  If you are away from home a quick Google search and you will find a number of ideas.   You will also find a number of local bloggers, specific to your area that have written about local "things to do."  One pointer I have is to read the reviews and try to find a coupon in the local paper or online.  I am always looking for a bargain!  Below are some other ideas to do, on a rainy day, no matter if you are home or away!

* Movie day/night - Pick an appropriate movie either from your home collection or a Red Box (they are everywhere).  Pop some popcorn and snuggle on the couch

* Rainy day picnic - This is a favorite in my house.  Lay a blanket on the floor, pack a cooler or basket, and sit, eat and catch up on what has been going on from the comforts of home!

* Play school - Have the kids get out their summer packets and have the take turns being the teacher.

*  Boardgames - my family loves UNO, Go-Fish,  or Scrabble (depending on the kids age)

*  Dinnertime - Prepare the meal with your kids helps, have them write out the "menu," place the food buffet style and have the kids serve you.  They love it!

There are endless possibilities, but I hope this gives you a few new ideas!