14 Fun Kids Activities for Rainy Days

It might be raining outside, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. In fact, there are plenty of activities that are perfect for rainy days. From arts and crafts to indoor games, there’s something on this list that every kid will enjoy at a safe kids camp or at home. So, the next time it rains, don’t let your kids be bored – try one of these activities instead.

1. Indoor Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is a great way to get kids up and moving, even if they’re stuck inside. Hide items around the house or office and give them a list of things to find. You can make it as easy or difficult as you want, depending on the age of the child.

How to get started: Simply make a list of items that can be found around the house or office. Then, hide them in different locations and let the kids start hunting. You can even give them clues if they get stuck.

2. Arts and Crafts

There’s no need to go to the store for arts and crafts supplies – you probably have everything you need right at home. From coloring to making homemade cards, there are plenty of activities that kids can do with just a few household items.

How to get started: Gather some supplies, such as crayons, markers, construction paper, glue, and scissors. Then, let the kids get creative and make whatever they want. One of the best pieces that you’ll likely see is a homemade card for mom or dad.

3. Indoor Camping

Just because you can’t go to a summer day camp doesn’t mean you can’t bring the fun indoors. Set up a tent in the living room and have a picnic lunch inside. You can even tell stories around the “campfire” before bedtime. If you don’t have a tent, no problem – just use some blankets to create one.

How to get started: Grab a few blankets and some pillows and build a fort in the living room. Then, pretend you’re camping outdoors and have fun with all the indoor camping activities.

4. Dance Party

A dance party is always a good time, no matter what the weather is like outside. Put on some music and let the kids boogie down. They’ll burn off some energy and have a blast at the same time.

How to get started: Turn on some upbeat music and start dancing. Encourage the kids to join in and let loose. You might even want to put on a silly costume to get them even more excited about dancing.

5. Baking

Baking is a great activity for rainy days, and it’s also a chance to teach kids about measuring and following directions. Plus, they’ll love eating their delicious creations when they’re done.

How to get started: Choose a simple recipe that you can make with the ingredients you have on hand. Then, follow the directions and let the kids help out. They’ll be so proud of their baked goods when they’re done.

6. Building a Pillow Fort

A pillow fort is a perfect place to relax and escape the rain. Plus, it’s a great way to encourage kids to use their imagination. They can build the fort any way they want and make it as big or small as they like.

How to get started: Grab some pillows, blankets, and chairs and let the kids start building. They’ll love having their own special place to relax and play.

7. Movie Marathon

Rainy days are the perfect opportunity to catch up on all those movies you’ve been meaning to watch. Pop some popcorn and snuggle up on the couch for a marathon of family-friendly films.

How to get started: Choose a few movies that everyone will enjoy and queue them up. Then, settle in for a relaxing day of watching movies. Don’t forget the popcorn!

8. Board Games

Board games are a great way to spend time together as a family. They’re also a chance to teach kids about taking turns, following rules, and being a good sport. Some of the best games for rainy days are classics, like Monopoly, Scrabble, and Clue.

How to get started: Choose a game that everyone will enjoy and set it up according to the instructions. Then, take turns playing and have fun!

9. Reading

Reading is a great activity for rainy days because it’s peaceful, calming, and can be done anywhere. Plus, it’s a chance for kids to use their imagination and escape into another world.

How to get started: Choose a book that everyone will enjoy and start reading. You can take turns reading aloud or have each person read to themselves. Either way, you’re sure to have a relaxing time.

10. Relax and Unwind

Sometimes the best thing to do on a rainy day is nothing at all. Curl up with a blanket and relax. It’s a chance to recharge and rejuvenate, and it’s something that everyone can enjoy.

How to get started: Find a comfortable spot and take some time to relax. You might want to read a book, listen to music, or just enjoy the peace and quiet.

11. Indoor Picnic

Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you can’t have a picnic. Move the furniture around, throw down a blanket, and enjoy a picnic right in your living room.

How to get started: Spread out a blanket and start setting up your indoor picnic. Make sure to include all your favorite picnic foods, like sandwiches, chips, and fruit. Then, enjoy your meal and have fun!

12. Indoor Obstacle Course

An indoor obstacle course is a great way to burn off some energy – and it can be set up in any size space. Use furniture, pillows, blankets, and whatever else you have on hand to create an obstacle course that’s perfect for your family.

How to get started: Start by brainstorming a few obstacles that can be done indoors. Then, put them all together and let the kids start racing through the course. They’ll have a blast, and you’ll wear them out in no time.

13. Try a Science Experiment

Science experiments are a great way to spend time at a safe kids camp or indoors on a rainy day. They’re educational, fun, and can be done with things you have around the house. Plus, kids will love seeing the different reactions that take place.

How to get started: Choose a simple experiment that you can do with the supplies you have on hand. Then, follow the instructions and have fun observing the results.

14. Write Letters to Friends or Family

Writing letters is a great way to stay connected with friends and family, especially if they live far away. It’s also a chance to practice writing skills and learn about different things.

How to get started: Choose someone to write to and grab some paper and pens. Then, start writing! You can talk about your day, tell a joke, or write about anything you want. Just have fun and enjoy the process.

No matter how much it rains, you know the sun will eventually come out. And when it does, Chartwell’s Happy Day Camp is the perfect place to spend the day. With plenty of activities to choose from, there’s something for everyone at Chartwell. From swimming, arts and crafts, and sports to science experiments, music, and more, there’s no shortage of fun to be had. So when the rain finally stops, contact Chartwell Family Oasis and Happy Day Camp via to make a reservation. We can’t wait to see you!