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11 Totally Awesome Rainy-Day Activities

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Stuck inside on a gloomy afternoon? Try a few of these ideas to up the family fun quotient. (If you’re really stuck, attempt them all.)
Rainy Day Activities
  1. Puppy Groomathon. Scrub-a-dub dub your canine companion in your slop sink or tub. All can lend a hand. No pup? No problem. Bathe stuffed animals instead. Better still: bathe everyone.

  2. Pots and pans, the musical. Relinquish whatever cookware you don’t plan on using at dinner. Let the kids do the rest.

  3. Button, bead, and string bracelets. Make them. Take them apart. Have your brood count or sort the buttons and beads by size and color. *Buttons and beads are choking hazards for kids 3 and under. If you have little ones, make sure you supervise them at all times.

  4. Beauty school (boys included). Mousse up everyone’s locks and style some crazy hairdos. The weirder the better. Take pix.

  5. Homemade butter. Set aside a pint of heavy cream and one glass jar with lid. Pour cream into the jar. Tighten lid and shake. Voila!

  6. Fine-motor skills workout. Gather two fistfuls of Q-tips. Hold loosely over a carpet or table.  Release. Retrieve.

  7. Breakfast for dinner. Kid’s choice. Anything they want.

  8. Bubble wrap derby. Roll out very long strips of bubble wrap. Stomp to squash the bubbles. Continue until all the bubbles pop.

  9. Dancing with the Stars, home edition. Hold a dance-off.

  10. Project Runway, home edition. Style outfits using old, preferably hideous oversized hats, gloves, and costume jewelry (prom dresses too). Walk the catwalk. Whoever looks silliest picks dessert.

  11. Bathtub “fishing”. Toss balls of varying sizes into a bathtub. Scoop them up with plastic cups. Get wet and messy. Rename the event a bath.

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