A freelance writer living in Perth, WA. My blog is coming soon. Watch this space!
Published May 11th 2012
Finding things to do on a rainy day is never easy, especially if you have kids. It gets boring fast. So here are a few suggestions to help you while-away the hours on a rainy day and best of all - they're free.
Read a good Book. Catch up on your reading or read that book you've been promising yourself you would read but never seem to have the time. If you have kids read to them or help them to read to you.
2. Play Games.
Get down on the floor with the kids and play cars or dolls, build something with blocks or do some colouring in – it's fun and the kids will love it.
3. Play Board Games.
Play those old board games or card games that you haven't played for ages. You might be surprised at how much fun they are. For a bit of something different let the kids make up their own games. You can play with your kids, the whole family or your friends
Try your hand at a craft project and get creative. Have a go at scrap booking, painting, knitting, sewing, jewellery making and so much more.
Let the kids get crafty – most kids love to paint or draw and make things - you can get lots of stuff from your local craft shop or just use whatever you have lying around the house - a bit of glitter and glue and your all set.
Give yourself a manicure or pedicure, try a facial or a face mask. Take a long bubble bath and soak your troubles away. You could invite a couple of friends around and make it a pamper day. It's fun and you will feel relaxed and de-stressed even if it is raining.
6. Cooking & Baking
Bake some goodies or make your favourite dish. Try those recipes you've always wanted to try. Try making something new or gourmet.
Make something together with the kids or let the kids have a go on their own. Whip up something easy like cupcakes and decorate them with sprinkles. Maybe make some mini pizzas and the kids can add their own toppings.
7. Write a letter
Letters are not written like they used to be in days gone by so write a letter to a friend or relative that you don't see much.
Get the kids to write a letter. Perhaps write to Grandma or Grandpa or an aunty or cousin that would love to receive a letter from your kids. Who knows, they could even become pen pals.
8. Have a Tea Party
Invite a couple of friends around for a tea party. Get together and have some fun over coffee and cake and have a good old natter.
Let the kids invite a couple of friends around and have a tea party or an indoor picnic. It doesn't need to be fancy just a few cakes or some finger foods and soft drinks. The kids will have a ball.
9. Movie Marathon.
Have a movie day or night. Watch some of those DVD's you've been wanting to see. Pop some popcorn, snuggle up on the couch and lose yourself in a good movie. Invite some friends around and make it a 'party'.
If you have kids watch some good old Disney movies. There are loads around and some of them have been re-released recently. They are all still good to watch and so much fun. The kids will love it.
Catch up with some friends or family, either on the phone or in person, that you haven't seen for a while. A good chat is a great way to spend some time on a rainy day.
Catch up with some cleaning up that you have been putting off. Clear out some old clutter in the wardrobes or cupboards and get rid of some old junk. It's surprising how good it feels when you finish and you feel that you have finally accomplished that dreaded task.
There are many more activities you can organise for yourself or your kids, use your imagination, the options are endless. Most important, remember to have a little fun on a rainy day.
Go to a live music venue and support your local live muso's. Many venues have free live music or just a cheap cover charge and it will make the muso's day to have a good crowd! You get to sit in the warm, listen to music, maybe have a drink/meal and catch up with friends, what a great day out.