Today’s post is a list of free wintry/rainy day ideas to do away from home. I wrote this post for Examiner.com a few months ago but I’m splitting it up here for your enjoyment. Next Friday will be rainy day ideas to do at home.
1.) Head to your local library. New books, new music, new movies. You will soon have lots of novel (excuse the intentional pun) items to entertain for hours.
2.) Indoor playground. Some fast-food restaurants and malls have indoor play places. Is the energy level building at home? Let them burn it off at someone else’s place!
3.) Play date. New toys and new personalities make it far more interesting to go visiting than to sit at home arguing with the same mom or sibling! Plus, mom or dad enjoy the benefit of adult conversation and a good hot drink at the same time. Don’t forget to reciprocate next rainout. Invite your hosts to your place and watch the forecast!
4.) Scavenger hunt at the mall. Depending on the age of your kids you can come up with easy games, like finding “things that are green”, or if they are older, “things that start with “j” or “something to give to Uncle Ben for Christmas.” You can make it as unique as possible without even entering a store.
5.) Volunteer somewhere. Is there a local seniors’ residence where you can go? Could the local SPCA use help? Is your church in need of cleaning their nursery toys? Food bank? An older or needy neighbor? What better way to clear the gloom from your day than to brighten someone else’s!
What are some tried and true ideas that work around your home?