The 15 Best Indoor Activities to Do With Your Family on Rainy Days
It’s raining, it’s pouring, your kids say everything’s boring.
Ugh… the rain has made your favorite go-to spots off-limits. Cocomelon is starting to irritate even your kids, and you don’t have enough fun indoor activities to keep them happy and engaged all day long.
You’re tired of bringing out the same ol’ activity books and playdough they always get on rainy days. You want to do something more. But you don’t have the time to go down a rabbit hole of research. We understand, and we’re here to help!
Keep your stress low and your kids entertained on your next rainy day with these 15 energy-busting indoor activities.
15 Fun Rainy Day Activities for Your Family
The springtime welcomes many things: rainbows, flowers, gorgeous colors, and lots and lots of rain. The park is out of the question, but the fun doesn’t have to be. If the past couple of years has taught us anything, it's how to get creative indoors. ;)
Baking with your child is a great way to encourage your little one's creativity and problem-solving skills. It also builds their confidence while teaching them basic math lessons and how to follow directions. Try one of these creative, fun-sized treats with your kiddos the next time you can’t get outside.
2. Coloring Fun
Coloring is always a fun activity for the little ones. Whether you use paint, crayons, pencils, or markers, coloring improves their fine motor skills and hand strength while also encouraging focus and nurturing creativity.
Join in and color with your child for a relaxing and fun family activity. Unsure what to draw? Earth Day is just around the corner, so try celebrating by drawing and coloring their version of Mother Earth or their favorite springtime landscape.
3. Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are a perfect activity for the entire family. Kids are always excited to search and discover — and you don't even have to go out and shop for supplies!
Scavenger hunts boost observation and problem-solving skills for children of all ages. And it’s simple to create your own scavenger hunt with objects you already have at home.
If you want to keep the scavenger hunt in one room, print out a few of our Spring Nature Scavenger Hunt sheets. Your child can color in these signs of spring, and once they're done, cut out the squares. Then hide the springtime pictures throughout the room and begin the scavenger hunt!
4. Create Shrink Art
Creating art that shrinks and hardens takes crafting to the next level. This kit includes everything you need to decorate, color, and bake your family’s artwork into delightful charms they can wear or carry along with them. Creating shrink art is a calming activity that encourages creativity and imagination. Your kids will especially love watching as their art shrinks in the oven. Cool!
5. Make an Escape Room at Home
Escape rooms are fun and interactive activities for kids and adults. You can transform your living room into an exciting escape room with fun, life-size puzzles in only a few simple steps. Improve your little one’s problem-solving skills and create an escape room at home with these unique kits — making it easy to transform boring, rainy days into memorable indoor adventures.
6. Craft with Wax Sticks
Wax sticks are a great way to bring bright colors and creativity home. These fun, bendable, no-mess crafting sticks can enhance your kiddos' hand strength and fine motor skills. They’ll spend hours building 2D and 3D creations like cars, flowers, butterflies, and more. If you run out of ideas, no worries. Just grab our Wax Craft Sticks Idea Book, which doubles as an activity workbook for extra fun.
7. Tattoo Fun at Home
Temporary tattoos are an exciting way to kick your child's curiosity and love for stickers up a notch. These tattoos are easy to apply and, bonus — they don’t require a mess of glue, water, or stencils. This kit includes 175 awesome tattoo designs, two brushes, and nine sparkly glitter colors to keep your entire family entertained.
8. Color In Puzzles
Puzzles enhance your little one's finger strength, problem-solving skills, and hand-eye coordination. And they’re also a great way to pass the rainy time.
But what’s even better than a puzzle? A puzzle your child can color in before piecing together!
Our Color In Puzzles kit includes two puzzles, each with a unique design for double the fun. The kit also contains ten brightly colored markers and a bonus color in pencil case to encourage even more coloring fun. Piece this puzzle together with your child for a relaxing activity that promotes logical thinking while creating memories.
9. DIY Candles
Bring the outside in with this simple candle-making craft full of calming scents. This is a perfect hands-on activity, and bonus — you can enjoy the candles for months after creating them.
The kit includes everything you need to create six candles, including scents, colorful wax chips, and creatively designed tins to house your creations. You don't have to worry about safety as the wax chips are made of a renewable resource that burns much cleaner than other types of wax. This kit is a fun activity for teens and adults!
10. Grow Your Own Crystals
Your family will have a blast becoming scientists as you grow colorful crystals at home. These STEM kits come in various packages, each with two different colors — blue and yellow, green and red, and purple and orange. With this fascinating kit, you can encourage a love for science as your kiddos watch their colorful crystals form right in your kitchen.
11. Get Creative With Balloons
Balloons will always excite and bring joy to children. You can play a never-ending game of catch or keepy uppy. Or, if you have the space, try a game of balloon tennis (using pool noodles or other safe options for rackets). The list of fun balloon games is endless.
All out of pool noodles? Tape craft sticks together to form a handle and then secure it to a paper plate — now you've got yourself a paddle! Hit the balloon back and forth or create your own rules. No matter how you play, balloons are sure to create hours of giggle-inducing fun!
12. Living Room Dance Party
Bring fun dance party games home on your next rainy day. Turn on your family's favorite tunes and dance it out, or try a fun game like musical chairs or freeze-and-dance. Play the music and let everyone dance to the beat. Then pause, and whoever is still dancing is out of the game. It's fun, interactive, and a great way to improve your child's self-control.
13. Video Games for the Family
If you have a Wii, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, or any console with active games, now is the time to put them to use. The rain may have put park play on pause, but you can still have fun while keeping your heart rates up with interactive sports games at home.
14. Make Homemade Ice Cream
Who doesn't love ice cream? It's a perfect treat and even better if you create it yourself. With half-and-half, sugar, pure vanilla extract, ice, salt, Ziploc bags, and any toppings of your choice, your family can create your own ice cream in just 15 minutes!
15. Promote Imagination With Reading
Reading is one of the best ways to stimulate your kiddos' imaginations while developing their listening skills and language understanding. It also helps them better understand the world around them. Pick your child's favorite book and read together.
Turn Your Rainy Days Into Family Fun
The next time you’re stuck inside on a rainy day, try one of these exciting indoor activities with your family. You can create new memories and have a blast on an otherwise boring day. And that’s awesome for everyone!
Have you done any of these activities before? Do you have a favorite we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments or tag us on Instagram and Facebook @plbfun. We’d love to hear how you have fun with your families on rainy days!