Indoor Fun Reigns on Rainy Days With Dad
Photo by Austin Dowd
"April showers bring May flowers."
The Cat In The Hat has never visited my house. When it rains I don't have Thing 1 and Thing 2 locked in a box ready to entertain my children. Wet weather just leaves me and my two boys trapped inside four walls without a playground or park to explore.
Most mornings both of them are awake, and we escape to some of our area's many indoor attractions. By 2 p.m., we're back at home so the littlest one can nap, and then I've got to get creative if I want my son happy and my sanity intact. After this long, cold winter, we've come up with plenty of good rainy day ideas to keep us busy.
Cooking – Nothing will pique his interest in food like helping to make it. I highly recommend this activity for picky eaters.
Reading – There so many reasons why this is a good idea, it's hard to pick just one.
Fingerpainting – Put him in an old t-shirt – or better yet – let him go bare-chested. By the end, he and his easel will look like a modern art masterpiece.
Video Games – When he's playing with me or a friend, I have no concerns about too much "screen time." The bond created from beating a final boss together is a bond for life.
LEGOs – Creative and challenging, they're the ideal quiet indoor activity for a little brain. And when he's all done, he has a brand new car that he can smash to pieces.
Playdates – Nothing entertains a child like another child.
Dance Party – Turn up the music and pull out some fun props, and the rest will take care of itself.
Pillow Piles – Jumping on the couch isn't allowed, but no one said anything about jumping on the couch pillows
Bath time – My sons love to take baths. A little warm water and some bubbles not only kills boredom on a rainy afternoon but frees up time at bed for more books.
Turn Up The Music - I'm always surprised how much my kids love just listening to music.
Craft Time - All it takes is some papers, scissors, glues and crayons to unleash creativity. Just be prepared for a cleanup job afterwards.
Photobooth - You know that suit grandma gifted that he's never worn and is about to outgrow? Get some mileage from it.
Hide and Seek - Count to 10 and watch them run off for a few minutes of complete silence followed by screams of delight once they've been found.
Send 'em outside anyways – On a warm rainy day, there's nothing like splashing in puddles and sliding through mud, just have a hose and towel ready at the back door.
If staying at home isn't on the top of your lists, we've found some great alternatives for rainy days around the Triangle:
Pump It Up - Raleigh
Playnation - Cary
Defy Gravity - Durham & Raleigh
Buffalo Rd. Aquatic Center - North Raleigh. Right off 540
Or check out these very popular kids' museums in the area:
Museum Of Natural Science - Downtown Raleigh
Marbles Kids Museum - Downtown Raleigh
Museum of Life and Science - Durham
If you're a stay-at-home dad or would like to learn more about the Triangle Stay At Home Dads, you can find us on the playgrounds or at trianglestayathomedads.com and meetup.com/triangle-stay-at-home-dads.
This post was not sponsored. All opinions and selections are my own.
Photos by Austin Dowd AustinDowd.com