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What To Do On A Rainy Day: A Few Handy Hints

Updated on August 10, 2012
Rainy Day Getting Your Down?
Rainy Day Getting Your Down?

What To Do On A Rainy Day

I live in England, and I’ve seen my fair share of rainy days! Living in a country where the weather doesn’t know what season it’s supposed to be from one day to the next has led me to learn a lot about what to do on a rainy day. Here you will find a few useful ideas of games to play and activities to do when it’s raining.

Bored of Board Games?

Board games are the first thing anybody suggests when the rain starts to fall – and it is usually met with groans and complaints. After all, who wants to sit around the table rolling dice and moving counters?

Don’t disregard them just yet though – board games can be a lot of fun, and are perfect indoor activities for when it’s raining. Board games allow you to:

· Bond with friends and family

· Take your mind off the weather outside

· Create a bit of friendly competition

But if you really are sick to the back teeth of watching your ambitious brother beat you at monopoly (again!), then you can try these links on alternative rules to add to the games to make them a little bit more interesting:

Alternative rules for Monopoly

Alternative rules for Risk

Alternative rules for Chess

Get Out The House

The trouble with rainy days is that any outdoor activity you’ve had planned – whether that’s a day at the park or just a picnic in the garden – is suddenly made impossible.

Luckily, there are plenty of places to go that offer activities under shelter:

  • Take a trip to the local museum. The museum is often seen as ‘boring’, but can be a really fun place to visit. Museums encourage culture and learning – and many of them provide interactivity which is particularly useful for keeping the kids entertained
  • Do your shopping. You might not like the idea of getting your weekly shop done, but a rainy day is perfect for it – who knows, the weather might be better tomorrow, and you’ll be glad you got it out of the way
  • Go for a drive. You don’t have to get out of the car – you can drive around places of interest and look out of the window from the comfy confines of your car seat. Just because it’s raining doesn't mean you shouldn’t go outside

There are plenty of other places to visit when it’s raining, such as the cinema, the bowling alley or even just a friend’s house.

Rainy Day? Embrace The Water!

Nope, I don’t mean go swimming in the puddles – but rain tends to set a very wet mood, so why not go swimming at your local pool? Swimming is one of the best activities to do when it’s raining, as the very fact that you’re splashing about in water can help you forget how miserable water is making you feel.

Other Things To Do When It's Raining

When a rainy day hits, don’t despair – use the time you have to do things you probably wouldn’t on a sunny day:

  • That book you've always wanted to start writing could begin its literary journey
  • The journal you've been meaning to write in suddenly offers you its blank pages
  • Christmas round the corner? Write out your cards; wrap up your presents…

The opportunities are endless – don’t let rain stop you from having fun!


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