Our Favorite Summer Rainy Day Activities for Kids

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Before kids, rainy summer days may have meant extra relaxation or uber-productivity. An open window with warm air, rolling thunder, and the soothing pitter patter of raindrops offered the perfect excuse to stay in bed. Or maybe a rainy day was just the nudge you needed to tackle an organization or indoor home project.

But rainy days as parents can be anything but relaxing and productive when surrounded by the pitter patter of little feet. A toddler on the move or a chorus of “I’m bored” from your kids may be more of the standard. Of course, you can venture out for indoor activities—like a trip to the children’s museum or the library—but no doubt many other parents will have the same idea. So if a day at home is in order, we put together this list of 10 of our favorite rainy day activities for kids.


1. Do a Learning Activity Together

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2. Host the Indoor Olympics

Get inspired by the Tokyo games by hosting your own gymnastics competition. Kids can channel their inner Simone Biles for a fun floor routine. 4 colors available

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3. Cook Up Something in the Kitchen Together

Yes, sometimes it's tough to pause meal prep when your kids want to help, but a rainy day is the perfect time to slow down and work on a cooking task together. These Montessori knives help get little ones involved in the kitchen safely.

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4. Do an Indoor Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is a good way to keep the kids busy and entertained indoors. There are a ton of different themes to choose from for kids of all ages, like this cute and easy printable from Pink Moon Paper Co. on Etsy.

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5. Have a Board Game Marathon

Grab some of their favorite board games, like these classics that can help make counting, colors, and rule-following fun for your littles.

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6. Go Puddle Jumping (and Worm Rescuing)

Put on the rain gear (like these super cute kids rain boots from Target) or, if it's warm enough, let them wear their swimsuits and go stomping around in puddles. Have kids look up to find shapes in the clouds and look down for any worms that need (gentle) help getting back to the ground after the rain.

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7. Make Rainbow Art

When it rains, look for rainbows, right? Bring the bright colors indoors with fun rainbow-themed art projects. Use whatever art supplies you have on hand or consider a creative option like this roller art set from Amazon.

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8. Make Music with Pots and Pans

Use whatever pots and pans you have at home, put them outside, flip them over, and listen to the sounds as the raindrops hit each different shaped item. Best for when the rain is coming down a little harder.

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9. Enjoy Puppet Theater

Let your kids put on a puppet show for you! A sheet strung across a doorway or a cardboard box can become the stage. It's always fun to watch the creative storytelling from your little ones.

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10. Have a Movie Day

What better time to sit back and watch a movie with the family when it's pouring outside? Disney+ has a lot of family friendly choices, including their new film Luca that everyone is raving about.


This post was in partnership with KiwiCo but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.