17 rainy day activities to entertain the children this summer

It’s the summer holidays which means hopefully some sunshine but if you are in the UK you are going to need a wealth of rainy day activities in your back pocket for entertaining the little people.

Although I am working through much of the holidays, there will definitely be days where I will be stuck at home with a toddler and a pre-teen to entertain and I guarantee that it will rain. It is England after all.

Being that I am the least crafty person I know, I have googled “rainy day activities for the kids” more than once. To save you the bother of trawling through sites that suggest pulling out glue guns and endless patience, I have asked 17 of the best Mummy bloggers to spill the beans on just how they entertain their children when rainy day activities are called for. The bonus is that they are almost all budget friendly activities and do not require you to hold the Pinterest gene in your DNA. This is a battle for survival people, not a Kirsty Allsopp craft fayre.

Anyway, here they are – the 17 rainy day activities that will keep your little darlings entertained and your sanity just about in tact.

You are most welcome…

It's the school holidays and inevitably that means it's raining. You are going to need a wealth of rainy day activities in your back pocket for entertaining the children and maintaining your sanity. I've asked some of my very creative and organised mum friends to spill the beans on the rainy day activities that they use to keep the peace. Click through to find out exactly how to entertain your children, easily and cheaply on those rainy days.

  1. Swimming is ironically always a good option for a rainy day – Emma Reed. Whether its a splash about in your local pool or a full day of fun at a splash park, it is almost always an all-round crowd pleaser.
  2. A film marathon, big bowl of popcorn & blanket. Nothing beats snuggles and a good comedy to entertain the kids on a rainy day – The UnNatural Mother.
  3. Den building indoors. Give them blankets and cushions and set them the challenge of building a den and they will be busy all morning. They love it and then spend the rest of the day playing in the den. Win! – Island Living 365.
  4. Museums! We’re lucky to live in Glasgow, which has lots of different ones to choose from, and they’re mostly free. I have no idea what we would do without them, to be honest, given how rainy it is in Scotland – The Squirmy Popple.
  5. Anything creative; drawing, painting, building things etc. Musical instruments are fun and also so easy to make at home – How to rock at parenting.
  6. We embrace the rain and go puddle jumping! And if I don’t fancy braving the weather then I watch from the kitchen as she goes crazy in the garden. Followed by a bubble bath and hot chocolate wrapped in towels – Mama cat & baby bee.
  7. Carpet picnics always go down well with us. They think it’s a real treat to essentially eat on the floor – Twinderelmo.
  8. Good old fashioned crafting! Don’t forget your splat mat and let your imaginations run wild! Family travel with Ellie.
  9. We go to the cinema on wet days. We do the ‘mini mornings’ during the holidays where it is less than £2 each to get in. Then we usually have lunch out afterwards (I keep an eye out for deals so it’s not too expensive) – Yorkshire wonders.
  10. Writing to the Queen, Princes, the zoo, etc. Many actually reply and we’ve had lovely replies from Jeremy strong (an author) and various others – Just average Jen.
  11. We love to bake on a rainy day – we keep all the standard bits in and I’ve got a stash of cheap Aldi chocolate bars and Rice Krispies too as they’re always a hit to bake with – Happy Mummy.
  12. We make slime, take silly themed baths, cover the floors with wallpaper and draw all over that and Pinterest is my bae for rainy day inspo! Toby and Roo.
  13. Teddy bears picnic , they invite all their teddies , dress up in their fancy dress and we have a big picnic and bake a special cake – Ankle biters adventures.
  14. We “make new toys.” We always keep a load of cardboard around so on wet days, we can make new toys. Our tot decides what it should be… rockets, car garages or pretend ice creams (or anything else he dreams up) and we set to work – One small human.
  15. Having a severely autistic son makes full days of rain HELL. My two daughters are easy to entertain but he won’t do art activities/watch tv, etc. I’ve found he will engage in Lego building fun with everyone else but in reality rainy days are hard work – Living with a Jude.
  16. Make a dinosaur egg!!! You can get 36″ balloons online then paper mache it with newspaper and pva glue. Before you tie the knot in the balloon you could pop a toy dinosaur inside or some sweets for a piniata style dinosaurs egg. Finally paint to decorate. It takes a few days so it’s a great project for the summer holidays – The happy weaner. 
  17. Hide and seek around the house is always a winner. And dance parties with our favourite songs really loud – Nomipaloney.



  1. July 23, 2017 / 20:57

    Ahh thanks for including me! I forgot to say that we loooove baking too. Not so good with the eating haha!

    • Fi
      July 23, 2017 / 22:06

      Oh me too! I like baking in all weathers come to think of it 🙂 x

  2. July 25, 2017 / 09:06

    Love it! Love it alot! Thanks for those 17 great tips!

  3. July 27, 2017 / 17:54

    Ok, so we’ve just relocated to Helsinki, Finland for work, and it turns out Summers can be pretty rainy up here! This has therefore come as a bit of a lifesaver – will totally be employing some of these strategies in the next few days! Thanks so much for putting this together and sharing!

  4. Julia Gibson
    August 5, 2017 / 07:44

    I did almost all those things when my 6 kids were young, except the very messy indoor stuff which I found made me so uptight that the kids didn’t enjoy it either lol

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