Let’s face it, not every summer day is going to be bright and sunny, and other days we just don’t have the energy to get the whole family out on the town. For those occasions, there are plenty of inexpensive, fun, creative ways to bring the family closer without dancing in the rain. Let’s take a look at some of the best.
Check Out the Local Museums
Whether you visit a museum that caters explicitly to children, like a science center or children’s museum, or you take a road trip to visit a history museum, the wonders of our world are always on display. If you don’t have any worthwhile museums nearby, you’ve seen them all, they’re currently closed, or you don’t want to spend any extra money, you can take a virtual museum tour. Take a look at Google Arts and Culture’s virtual museum tours for a fantastic selection.
Solve an Escape Room
If your kids are old enough, there’s no doubt they’ll enjoy an escape room. Nothing gets the adrenaline pumping on a rainy day, like attempting to solve a puzzle and beat the buzzer. The problem solving, coordination, and communication required to make it a fantastic way to strengthen bonds and foster teamwork within your family.
Make a Blanket Fort
The quintessential kid’s activity hasn’t aged a bit. No matter what walk of life you’re in, you’ve likely thrown up a blanket between a few chairs and hunkered down in the living room for a few hours. The best blanket forts are adequately stocked with plenty of toys, pillows, and snacks. For a little extra fun, throw up a few more blankets and take over the whole living room!
Drop Everything and Read
The weather outside is frightening, so why not grab a pillow, warm blanket, and your favorite books? If your child isn’t old enough to read on their own, spend a couple of hours letting them pick books for you to read to them. Giving them a choice in book selection makes the experience much more enjoyable and helps them feel important.
Make a Sensory Bin
If your toddler has never had the pleasure of sticking their hand into a container to feel uncooked rice or pasta, rocks, sand, beans, water beads, or dough, then they’re missing out. All of these options are easy to store and reuse.
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