What do families do for rainy day activities? A rainy day conjures up an image of a warm drink and a conversation with a friend, a good book in front of the fire. A lazy day inside catching up on all your shows.
Unless you are a parent.
Rainy days are not necessarily romantic, peaceful or perfect.
They can be dreadful, fear-inducing and to put it simply–downright disliked. I don’t think I even need to explain why. (But I will)
Uncivilized crazies bounce off the walls, tedious groans of boredom echo through the house. Whiny pleas for “more screen tiiiiiiiiiimmmmmmme!”
It’s unbearable. It’s unendurable.
We can’t take another minute.
Mom. Dad. We gotcha covered.
The Family Fun Twin Cities Rainy Day Activities Guide is the playbook you need to get through a chunk of your day when you are stuck inside. These ideas will spark imagination: whether the imagination is yours or belongs to your kiddos. And sometimes all it takes is a little bit of effort and intention to make the day a success for everyone. This article contains some Amazon affiliate links and FFTC receives a small commission on purchases made through these links.
Rainy Day Activities at Home
Easy Crafts for a Rainy Day
Rainy Day Games for Kids
Fun Books to Read When Its Raining Outside
We are all about reading good books here at FFTC and a rainy day gives you the perfect opportunity to read. Possibly to have a conversation as well.
Here are some great books we love by some of our favorite local authors.
- It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle, Illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
- Moo! by David LaRochelle, Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
- How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans by David LaRochelle, Illustrated by Mark Fearing
- Wake Up, Island by Mary Casanova, Illustrated by Nick Wroblewski
- Ella and Penguin Stick Together by Megan Maynor, Illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
- Monster & Son by David LaRochelle, Illustrated by Joey Chou
Need some instant gratification? These are our favorite places to find Free Books Online: 7 Places to Find Books Without Leaving Your Home.
Rainy Day Outings in the Twin Cities
Hey – this is Minnesota – we know how to get active indoors. We also have some quieter options.
Active Indoor Fun
Quiet Indoor Outings
Rainy Day Shopping With Kids
Sometimes the mall, especially the ones with play areas, are just the place to go. If that’s too much stimulation, a cozy bookstore or a quaint toy store could help you while away some time.
Embrace the Rain
Originally Published in April of 2016
Updated as needed.