10 Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day with the Family

Rainy days can sometimes feel never ending especially when you’re stuck indoors with kids. Despite the approaching summer season the rain continues to persist in the UK. However with a bit of imagination you can transform a day into one filled with happiness and giggles. Below are ten ideas to make the most of a day spent with your loved ones.

1. Indoor Treasure Hunt

One way to keep kids entertained on a rainy day is an indoor treasure hunt. I remember when my kids were little, I’d hide small toys, treats, or even handwritten clues around the house. The excitement on their faces as they solved each clue and found each treasure was priceless. You can create simple maps or use riddles to lead them from one spot to another. It’s a great way to keep their minds sharp and their spirits high, even if it’s pouring outside.

2. Bake Some Treats

Nothing warms up a home like the smell of freshly baked goodies. On rainy days, baking becomes our go-to activity. My kids love to help with measuring the ingredients, mixing the batter and licking the spoon of course. Whether it’s cookies, cupcakes, or a simple loaf of banana bread, baking together is not only fun but also a wonderful way to teach kids basic cooking skills. Plus, there’s the added bonus of enjoying delicious treats when you’re done. Last week, we tried a new recipe for chocolate chip cookies and they disappeared in no time!

3. Build a Blanket Fort

There is something magical about building a fort out of blankets and pillows. When I was a kid, my siblings and I would transform the living room into a fortress of coziness every rainy day. We’d gather every blanket and pillow we could find, draping blankets over chairs and couches to create secret hideaways.

Now, my kids love doing the same. We drape blankets over chairs and couches, pile up pillows inside and, voila! Instant fun. Once the fort is built, it becomes the perfect spot for reading stories, playing games, or even having a picnic. The laughter and imagination that fill the space make it feel like a whole new world. It’s amazing how a few household items can create such a memorable experience, turning a rainy day into an adventure.

4. Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts are a fantastic way to keep little hands busy and minds creative. Gather all your craft supplies, markers, paints, glue, glitter, you name it and let the kids’ imaginations run wild. One rainy afternoon, we made homemade slime and the kids played with it for hours. Another time, we created a family mural on a large piece of paper, each contributing our own drawings and ideas. Not only does crafting foster creativity, but it also provides a sense of accomplishment when the project is complete.

5. Movie Marathon

Who doesn’t love a good movie marathon on a rainy day? Turn your living room into a cozy cinema. Pick a theme, like Disney classics or superhero adventures and settle in for hours of entertainment. Don’t forget the popcorn! We like to make a big bowl and snuggle under blankets while watching our favorite movies. It is a great way to relax and spend quality time together. Last time we rewatched all the Toy Story movies and it was like rediscovering them all over again. It was so much fun!

6. Play Board Games

Board games are a timeless way to bring the family together. Whether it is a strategic game like Settlers of Catan or a quick-paced one like Candy Land, there’s something for everyone.

My kids especially love Uno, Skip-Bo and Hearts. The competitive spirit that comes out is both hilarious and heartwarming. Board games teach valuable lessons about teamwork, strategy and sportsmanship. Plus, they offer a break from screens and a chance to engage in some good old-fashioned fun. These moments of laughter and bonding create cherished family memories.

7. Have a Dance Party

When the rain doesn’t stop, why not burn off some energy with a dance party? We crank up our favorite tunes and let loose in the living room. It’s a simple activity, but it always brings smiles and laughter.

Sometimes we even have dance off to see who has the best moves. Dancing is a fantastic way to stay active on a dreary day. Plus, it is a wonderful opportunity for kids to express themselves through movement and music. These spontaneous dance sessions often become the highlight of our rainy days.

8. Indoor Camping

Set up a tent or simply lay out the sleeping bags in the living room for an indoor camping adventure. We love to pretend we’re in the great outdoors, complete with flashlights and stories around an imaginary campfire. You can even make s’mores in the oven to add to the camping experience. It’s a fun way to break the routine and bring a bit of adventure indoors. The kids always get excited about our indoor camping nights and it’s a great way to create lasting memories.

9 Puzzle Time

Puzzles are a great way to spend a rainy day indoors. We have a collection of puzzles of varying difficulty, so there’s always something for everyone. Working together to complete a puzzle can be both challenging and satisfying. Plus it is a wonderful way to encourage patience and problem-solving skills. One rainy weekend, we tackled a 1,000 piece puzzle of a beautiful landscape and the sense of accomplishment when we finished it was incredible. It’s now framed and hanging in our hallway as a reminder of our teamwork.

10. Read Together

Reading is a perfect rainy day activity. Whether you’re reading to your kids or they’re reading to you, it’s a lovely way to bond and explore new worlds together. We often pick a few favorite books and snuggle up on the couch. Sometimes, we even act out the stories or create our own endings. Reading not only fosters a love for books but also sparks imagination and creativity. One of our favorite rainy day traditions is to read The Gruffalo and then make up our own adventures for the characters.


Rainy days don’t have to be dull or boring. With a little creativity and enthusiasm, you can turn them into opportunities for family bonding and fun. From indoor treasure hunts and baking to board games and dance parties, there’s something on this list for everyone. So next time the rain starts to fall, remember these ideas and make the most of your time together. After all, it’s not about the weather outside, but the joy and laughter you create inside. And don’t forget, these activities aren’t just for the rainy season, they’re perfect for any time of the year because, let’s face it, rain will come, that is for sure.