Indoor Fun Reigns on Rainy Days With Dad


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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.

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Reading – There so many reasons why this is a good idea, it's hard to pick just one.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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Playdates – Nothing entertains a child like another child.

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Dance Party – Turn up the music and pull out some fun props, and the rest will take care of itself.

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Pillow Piles – Jumping on the couch isn't allowed, but no one said anything about jumping on the couch pillows


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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.

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Turn Up The Music - I'm always surprised how much my kids love just listening to music.


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Craft Time - All it takes is some papers, scissors, glues and crayons to unleash creativity. Just be prepared for a cleanup job afterwards.

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Photobooth - You know that suit grandma gifted that he's never worn and is about to outgrow? Get some mileage from it.

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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.

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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.


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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

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Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
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Live online classes for kids - FREE! Kids and families can join our online classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about art, medicine, music, cooking, science and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online at your Home
265 Cambridge Ave #60923
Palo Alto, NC  94306
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Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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The 16th Annual (Virtual) Beaver Queen Pageant, Beavers in the Stream! The Beaver Queen Pageant is the Triangle’s own special mix of folly, pageantry, and humor. Contestants take on beaver...

Cost: free

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Telephone: 919-423-1502
Contact Name: Rachel Cohn
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We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
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The Beaver Queen Pageant is the Triangle’s own special mix of folly, pageantry, and humor. Contestants take on beaver personalities and compete for the title of Beaver Queen with their fashion,...

Cost: free

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Telephone: 919-698-9729
Contact Name: Rachel Cohn
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River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
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