We all hate rain. But we hate it even more when we have kids, since it’s not always easy to entertain them when it’s wet outside. There are however plenty of ways to keep them busy and happy. And no, they don’t involve computer games. Just think creatively and go against the tide. Here are Samsonite’s 10 tips to ensure you have a wonderful rainy day.
Don’t fight it. Enjoy it!
Wrap up in waterproofs, put those boots on that you almost never wear and go for a brisk walk. Set a final destination, kids need that. Make sure you take the dog with you, if you have one: they don’t care about the weather, and neither should you. Smell the air, take some crazy pictures and ask the kids to collect 5 things during the stroll. When you come home, make some hot chocolate, light some candles and enjoy the cosy atmosphere.
Enjoy some art.
The word museum may sound like the ultimate form of boredom, but not any more. Today's museums are brilliant places to take your children to. Science museums are great to start with - it arouses kids’ curiosity and a lot of the time, they are even allowed to touch things, instead of just watch.
Play an old-fashioned card or board game.
What your child most wants — and needs — is to be with you with no goal in mind beyond the joy of spending time together. So why not play a game? Card and board games can teach important social skills, such as communicating verbally, sharing, waiting, taking turns, and enjoying interaction with others.
Create a real cinema in your own living room and watch a film in style.
When it’s raining, you may not feel like taking your car to go to the cinema – everyone else is already going there anyway. Pick a legendary Disney movie on Netflix that everybody likes, and prepare some snacks like brownies, popcorn or ice cream. Darken the room, use candles to show people to their seats and let the show begin!
Camping in the great indoors.
Kids love to build camps. Let them create tents by draping sheets over the sofa, chairs, or anything else they can find. Make them comfy inside with airbeds, cushions and sleeping bags, and follow through with an indoor picnic.
The Kids Restaurant.
Turn your kitchen into a restaurant and get the children to help make fancy burgers or delicious healthy wraps. Put all ingredients in little bowls, let them discover new ingredients, and allow them to create their own thing. There might even be a hidden chef amongst your kids.
If it’s wet outside, then why not go somewhere where it’s wet inside too? Your local swimming pools are likely to be quiet on a wet day. So make the most of it and have some fun splashing around in the water together.
Have an indoor treasure hunt.
Another great activity that taps into a child's curiosity, is to organize a treasure hunt. Hide a certain object (e.g. a bag of chocolates) in your house, and additionally hide little paper notes that include tips on where the treasure hunt is situated. Make them work together instead of against one another. Ideal to arouse their team spirit.
Kids love to dress up. Give them a theme and half an hour of preparation time. Ask them to do a real performance for you that includes dancing, acting and maybe even singing: whatever they love doing and makes them proud. They will undoubtedly make you proud too.
And last but not least: the Samsonite game.
Take a cabin-size suitcase and a pile of towels (big and small ones). Ask each of your kids to fit in as many towels as possible. The one that fits in most, wins. Afterwards, make sure to teach them the “rolling technique”. Everyone from flight attendants to military members knows this trick: rolling your clothes is the best way to fit the most in a suitcase.