Rain Check: How to beat the rain this summer
The kids have been looking forward to the summer holidays all year, but since they broke up from school we have seen more than our fair share of bad weather and it looks set to continue into August.
I am a huge fan of outdoor play and love nothing more than rounding the kids up and taking them on an adventure out in the fresh air and what’s more, it is very often free to do.
Don’t let the rain spoil your summer fun. A rainy day usually means sitting inside wishing for sunshine; it means the kids are stir-crazy and, quite frankly, so are you.
Firstly, there is no such thing as the wrong weather – just the wrong clothes!
Invest in some wet weather gear, leave some towels by the door and take advice from Peppa and her friends and got for a wet walk and jump in some Muddy puddles. You can even take some paddling pool/bath toys with you and sail some boats in the puddles.
We have just got back from a very wet and muddy festival and the kids had lots fun squelching, slipping and sliding in the mud and dancing in the rain as much as all the activities on offer.
The best bit about getting out and about is that I find that the kids behave better and sleep longer if they have been outside playing and getting fresh air whatever the weather.
If you are heading out in the rain, my top tip would be to take a change of clothes in the car and a black bin bag to line the boot so they can put their muddy boots on it and save your upholstery and when you get home, the clothes go in the washing machine and the kids in the bath!
If you really cannot face going out in the rain then Day Out With The Kids is a great place to find inspiration for local attractions to visit and many museums are undercover and free to enter.
Museums can provide memorable, immersive learning experiences for kids and these days, many of them have interactive exhibits and hands-on play activities so children have the ability to take ownership of their own learning and develop and explore their own curiosities.
There are times when the weather is so bad that we are advised to stay indoors. If that is the case, check out our indoor activities for rainy days post.
Do you take the kids out on rainy days? Let us know your favourite rainy days out in a comment below!