Rain, rain go away! Come again another day! It’s raining, it’s pouring, staying inside is getting boring! Rainy days offer just another challenge in the life of a parent. Cabin fever can set in fast and before you know, it the kids are bouncing off the walls and complaining that they are bored. With a little help from this list of things to do with kids on a rainy day, boring rainy days will be a thing of the past!
25 Things to Do with Kids on a Rainy Day in the Southwest Suburbs
- Jump over to one of the many bounce houses, open gyms, or trampoline parks in the area. It’s a great way for kids to burn off that excess energy and get some exercise.
- Visit the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum, the Frankfort Children’s Museum, or make it an adventure and travel out to one of the further children’s museums.
- Bake a sweet treat while getting some assistance from your children.
- Free indoor play areas are scattered all over the suburbs. Take a quick trip to the mall, library, McDonald’s or Chick-fil-A and let the kids play!
- Let the kids go through your closet and put on a fashion show!
- Play a board game! Some good, competitive fun between family members never hurt anyone, and the laughs are endless.
- Explore a nature center. Most nature centers offer a good dose of free fun in any type of weather.
- Entertain the kids by playing a game of “Freeze Dance”, “Simon Says”, or “Musical Chairs.”
- Indoor miniature golf is a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening with the kids while getting in some physical activity.
- Drop-in at one of the local art studios and paint a project with your children.
- Sort through the endless amount of arts and crafts ideas on Pinterest and choose an activity to do with your children.
- Build a blanket fort.
- Pop some popcorn, turn off the lights, and turn on a movie to simulate a movie theatre experience.
- Grab a blanket, make lunch or some snacks and have a picnic! Indoors in the family room, or outside in the backyard, something about eating on a blanket is always fun for the kids.
- Use old socks or paper bags to make puppets, and then put on a show!
- Take a trip to a bookstore or toy store. Barnes & Noble and Lakeshore Learning are great stores for kids to explore and play. Try not to leave with too much merchandise!
- Read some classic books or check out some new ones together! Cuddle up under the covers and start a new chapter book, reading a chapter or two at a time. If your kids are young, pick out a few board books they enjoy.
- Find items in your home that can be used as musical instruments, and lead the kids around the house in a parade!
- Ask the kids “21 Questions” or play “I Spy.”
- Write some good-old fashioned hand-written letter to family members.
- Go ice skating! The suburbs have indoor ice rinks with free skate times almost every day of the week.
- Put together an indoor scavenger hunt and have the kids hunting for objects all over the house!
- Yoga for kids. Do a quick search on the internet or your cable provider’s site and you should be a able to find quick videos.
- Construct an indoor obstacle course using unbreakable objects.
- Go outside anyways and splash in some puddles!
Our indoor activities page is a great resource for even more rainy-day fun.