Anonymous

Rainy day ideas

I have a 2 year old who loves to be outside and it doesn’t rain much where we live. Typically on rainy days I have him help me clean the house, we watch a movie together, read some books and play with his toys. We are about to get rain for 5 days in a row... which is not typical for us. I can’t see us doing this for 5 days in a row. He doesn’t like arts and crafts. I would love to take him to an indoor play place but we are affected by the govt shutdown so we are trying to save as much as possible. The indoor places around here cost $20 for the day. I can’t let him run around outside for too long as it is also too cold to be running around wet. Any ideas?

  • Vicki
    Jan 09

    Indoor obstacle course! Make new game like tossing things into containers. Play doh and crafts. There are a ton of toddler craft projects online using things around the house. Hide and seek, treasure hunt.

  • Sara
    Jan 09

    Local library is free! Or run him around an indoor mall :-)

  • Diana
    Jan 10

    If you have any local museums see if they’re child friendly - I was shocked to find out how toddler friendly the local fine arts museum is (and much more fun for mom than a child specific play space, and often significantly cheaper!) Also consider the local fast food places, if they have an indoor playground: buy a $2 cup of coffee for mom and let your little one burn off that energy!

  • Andrea
    Jan 10

    If it’s not super cold, run around outside! Throw on a raincoat and rain boots and stomp in as many puddles as you can!

  • Sarah
    Jan 10

    I see someone said library, you can also look up to see if any places do storytime, typically a kids store or a bookstore will do storytime at lest once a week if not more, I know borders and life Christian stores do storytime times, as well as some library’s and those are free. Some indoor malls I’ve been to will have a small children’s play area and it’s free. At home we like to build forts using blankets an furniture, we like to bake (I know it seems messy but they love helping out) my son loves beating machine and cracking the eggs, plus they get a sense of pride from making something! An he loves to help wash the dishes (YES water everywhere but it’s ok bc he’s learning that cleaning is important) you can also go online and pintrist for ideas, I will get construction paper an paper plates (they run 1-2 dollars) and you can make tons of things with just those alone (oh an glue sticks) save paper towel rolls an toilet paper rolls. One more thing if you have a chic fil a , download the app, you get points every time you eat that you can redeem for free food and they also from time to time give free food away to app holders just bc you have app. I’ll save up my points for where there are times where we need to back off spending and I’ll use my points on a rainy day for lunch an playtime. I literally got bed fries, chicken sandwich and nuggets for free! I only paid for a drink!!! Or you can go for ice cream which is about a dollar and he can still get to go play....... I know your trying to save, I just thought I’d mention it because it is pretty cheap

  • Julie
    Jan 10

    Blanket fort, perception play, shadow puppets on a wall, library, bake a cake (or make no bake cookies), puddle jumping 😁

  • Mel
    Jan 11

    Look into Barnes and Noble story time or just take him to play at their train table (most have one). Glibraries in your county (not just your town) will normally have a kid activity scheduled for the week sometimes more than once. My sister in law takes her kids to a different one every day lol (I take mine two times a week which is how often there are activities at the local one). Go to Pinterest and look up rainy day activities for toddlers! Also if he likes helping to clean the house don’t do it all in one day... spread it out over the week if possible. Lastly, some museums don’t charge a set admission, but you give what u can. U can see if I have any of those around you that are child friendly

  • Mel
    Jan 11

    Also now may be the time to look up a mommy group and schedule a play date

  • Anonymous
    Jan 11

    Thank you everyone for the suggestions!!

  • Joanna
    Jan 11

    These are great ideas. I'll probably end up taking my toddler to Target during the rainy weather next week 😂

  • Kami
    Jan 11

    Macaroni kids look it up

  • Mama
    Jan 12

    What about some age appropriate science experiments. They are all over Pinterest