The weather is looking gloomy for the next few days but that doesn’t mean we have to be gloomy too! Defy the odds and have the best day ever with our top picks for Things To Do On A Rainy Day.
Solve murders, make blanket fort cinemas, play underground golf, or reach new heights at Rock Up – whatever your interests we’ve got something cool to share with you. There are so many indoor attractions and home activities to explore.
So, let’s be proactive and get over this bad British weather we’re having. Find a wide variety of ideas down below…
Things To Do On A Rainy Day: Indoor Activity Centres
Discover An Indoor Trampoline Park
Check out one of our latest articles, Trampoline Parks Near Me, to find your nearest Trampoline Park!
Scale The Heights At Rock Up
They have 7 locations across the UK, so you can bet you’ll find one near you, and with more than 70 climbing challenges to conquer, where will you start first? did you know they have family climbing that is accessible to all abilities? That means you can all have fun together!
You’ll also find Rock Up & Play, for little tots who aren’t ready to scale the walls, but can certainly climb – soft play! Start their adventure on a two-tier soft play frame, where they can climb, slide and jump into giant ball pits! But if they are ready to climb, then pop along to one of their Toddler Climb sessions.
With expert guides always on hand to help you, all you have to do is climb! It’s a foolproof way to build one’s confidence, and problem-solving skills and takes the family away from screentime, to family quality time and making the most amazing memories.
Don’t forget to refuel at the cafe, where you’ll find hot and cold food, as well as a variety of refreshments!
It’s the perfect rainy day activity.
Win Big At Hollywood Bowl
Dine out on hearty hamburgers, hotdogs, milkshakes, and more in an American-style diner. Purge your luck in the amusement area and play leading games (including VR).
Once you’re all warmed up competition-wise, head for the lanes and bowl your way to victory. Did you know there are even VIP bowling lanes? These are perfect to book for special occasions and birthdays.
Even little ones will love this indoor activity as there are ramps and bumpers to help them achieve big scores! It’s the perfect activity for a rainy day that all ages will enjoy.
Soft Play Adventures
Play A Round Of Adventure Golf
If you are a teen, you’ll love Golf Fang Liverpool and Portal Mini Golf in Edinburgh. Golf Fang is great for wacky cocktails, street food, DJ performances and super-aesthetic courses. Portal Mini Golf is home to the epic Stranger Things golf course and many other wildly themed courses. You can find out all about these locations and more in our Adventure Golf Near Me article.
You don’t have to stay above ground level to play golf either… At Zip World Slate Caverns, you can head beneath the surface and put your way through ancient slate caverns…
For more crazy golf inspo check out our article, The Best Mini-Golf Courses In The UK.
Things To Do On A Rainy Day: At Home
Home Spa / Self Care Day
Enjoy some retail therapy and head to your local supermarket or shop online for some spa essentials. Choose from facemasks, herbal teas, moisturisers, bubble bath, and candles.
There are lots of fun and cheap ways to re-create your own DIY home spa with your kids. Download meditation apps, crank up some ASMR in your earphones or watch calming videos on Youtube.
Self-care days are perfect for relaxing and for teaching your kids about mindfulness too! There are so many different ways to relax, whether that’s immune-boosting teas, make-your-own face masks (with natural ingredients), or using an inexpensive head massager. You can even approach having a self-care day by going social media-free.
Detox however you choose! This rainy-day activity is better suited to slightly older children and teenagers.
Make some seriously sweet or savoury treats good enough for the Paul Hollywood handshake. We’ve got many easy and quick recipes you can try from Chocolate Rice Crispy Cakes to Easy Iced Fairycakes, lemon drizzle cake, and even Christmas Cakes (if you’re reading this in December).
Kids will learn essential skills like how to measure, how things work in the kitchen, and how to make themselves food. But aside from the life lessons, it’s a super fun activity and the decorating stage is always the funniest.
All in all, Rainy days are a great way to remind us of all the fun we can have indoors and they encourage us to get creative!
Experiment With Science
Since you’ll be using lots of everyday items you can find lying around the house, you won’t need to venture anywhere to get what you need.
Simple science experiments for kids are a perfect rainy-day activity that’s also educational too!
Make A Blanket Fort Cinema
All you need do is gather every blanket in your home, cushions, pillows, fairy lights, and some slippers to leave by the doorway of the fort. Load up on your favourite snacks, snuggle in, and hit play on your chosen movie.
Unsure which flick to watch? Get inspiration from our list of the 50 best family films of all time and cosy up the snuggliest blanket fort ever!
Master Your LEGO Building Skills
If you love LEGO, we’ve got 10 amazing tips and tricks for you to try when you’re indoors, from great storage solutions to fun things to do with your LEGO pieces, it’s sure to keep you going for an afternoon!
Get lost In A Novel
Whether you like suspenseful thrillers, fairytale fables, dreamy romances, or mind-expanding non-fiction books, there’s no better way to kill time than submerging yourself into a book. You might find an escape or learn about the world around you – either sounds pretty good to us!
We’ve got a list of some of the best books for kids to start reading, from the new ones to some old classics to rediscover! There is also the option for listening to audiobooks too, which is perfect to help the kids wind down before bedtime – especially if it is a night of heavy rain and strong gales of wind, which can be distressing for younger children.
Solve A Murder...
Murder has struck in the stormy weather and every murder needs a brainy detective to bring the case to justice. Are your family up for the challenge?
Best suited to older children with good reading ability, murder mystery games are super fun and ever so slightly bone-chilling… If you love mystery and whodunnits we have some great picks for you.
Check out the Scotland Yard Puzzle Book for a world of brainteasers. Crack codes, follow clues and travel back in time to the 1800s.
If you are after a murder mystery game then should play the iDventure Detective Stories: Still Lake. Great for adults and teenagers, you’ll have to uncover who murdered a famous Russian football player by looking through evidence like letters, photos, secret codes, real objects and websites on the internet…
Make Pizza Faces!
All you need to do is: Buy a pizza base mix, add some water (will tell you how much on your packet mix), knead for 5 minutes, roll it out, let it rise for 15 minutes, smear on some tomato puree, add your cheddar cheese, mozzarella, and then decorate with your kid’s favorite toppings!
Make monster faces, superheroes, and family members or do a self-portrait! Your kids will be giggling their little socks off while beginning their culinary journey.
Then once it’s in the oven it should take between 10-15 minutes to cook through.
What’s to stop you from whipping up more foodie faces?! Read online to find simple and creative recipe cards. We recommend BBC Food for the best and most straightforward family recipes.
Things To Do On A Rainy Day: Immersive Experiences & Escape Rooms
Immersive Gamebox, Manchester
This VR experience is created using motion tracking, touch screens, and surround sound and you’ll even get drinks delivered to you during your game. This new and unique attraction is suitable for kids aged 5+ and you can book a room for up to 6 people.
Immersive Gamebox Manchester is located in the Arndale Shopping Centre, so teens can browse the shops after their visit too. Immersive Gamebox is perfect for a bit of family fun!
We posted a TikTok a few months ago showing our experience at Immersive Gamebox Manchester playing Squid Game & Angry Birds. You can find our Immersive Gamebox Tiktok here. Spoiler alert – we had LOADS of fun!!!
Manchester Arndale, Unit R3 Halle Place, Market St, Manchester M4 3AQ
Monday to Thursday 11:00 - 19:00
Friday 11:00 - 20:00
Saturday 10:00 - 20:00
Sunday 11:00 - 18:00
Kids from £5.00
Adults from £10.00
Jungle Escape At Plantasia
This 60-minute escape game has many immersive challenges to complete and unlike other escape rooms, this Jungle escape room is actually held in a tropical zoo…
If you’re looking for more inspiration, we’ve rounded up a list of the top kid-friendly escape rooms in the UK.
Plantasia Tropical Zoo,
Parc Tawe Retail Park, Swansea SA1 2AL
Open everyday from 10am - 5pm
Check website for the price of passes.
This immersive experience is the largest digital exhibition space in Europe with the world’s largest LED screen deployment. Bringing art and culture to the public for free, the Outernet is a great place to stop by, rain or shine.
It’s not so much of a day out but more a unique experience to check out while you weave through the city. One of its recent exhibitions is The Spaces In-Between which is an interactive digital artwork created by visual light artist, Rupert Newman. You can find out all about this in our latest article, The Spaces In-Between Exhibition.
Another recent mind-mashing event is the Summer Palace immersive journey and the Room To Breathe mindfulness experience. You can also enjoy live music sets and comedy performances on the big screen too!
Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 8LH
Open 24 hours a day
Things To Do On A Rainy Day: Museums & Aquariums
SEA LIFE Brighton, East Sussex
Your little ones will be totally mesmerised by this animal attraction. If Brighton is not local to you then don’t worry, we have plenty more SEA LIFE Centres around you. Check out our list of the best aquariums in the UK and see if one of them is nearby.
Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1TB
Open every day from 10am - 4pm
Standard tickets for adults start from £19
Book online to save!
Discover a great kid-friendly museum
We’ve rounded up some of the best kid-friendly museums that we think you’ll love! From mind-blowing science museums to interactive art galleries, and immersive history tours, there are so many wonderful kid-friendly museums to broaden your child’s experiences.
The MAD Museum, Stratford-upon-Avon
This museum is home to a colossal collection of robotic birds, sand pictures, 3D faces and an enormous MAD Marble wall. Kids can get their hands on interactive exhibits which include all kinds of unusual contraptions.
And to top it off, it’s the UK’s only mechanical art museum! If you love eccentricity you’ll go wild for this attraction. It’s one of our quirkiest ‘things to do on a rainy day’ ideas.
Stratford upon Avon,
Saturday & Sunday 10 am–5:30 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 10:30 am–4:30 pm
Concession/ Student £7.00
Child (6-15yrs) £6.00
Child 5yrs and under Free
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £25.00
Extra child with a family ticket £4.00
National Space Centre, Leicester
Not only does the National Space Centre have the largest planetarium in the UK but it houses six interactive exhibits and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower! It also has 5 space outfits and costumes including the space suit Matt Damon wore in The Martian!
Discover different space telescopes and learn about the observable universe, with a nifty technological computer screen that you can interact with. Check out replicas of satellites. and so much more! You can find out everything you need to know in our very own review article, The National Space Centre Experience.
Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Child (aged 5-16): £13.95
Student Concession: £13.95
Disabled Concession: £13.95
Senior Concession (65+): £13.95
Under Fives: Free Entry
Baltic Art Gallery, Newcastle
You’ll find exclusive pieces of art here, spread across 6 floors at Baltic. See some of the coolest galleries and exhibitions here and check out the mesmerising sensory room!
Your kids will have a quiet space to explore and they’ll get to play with sensory toys, projections and lights. From fibre optics, bubble tubes, a light table and light-up orbs! There’s plenty here for your kids to enjoy and it’s all FREE!
S Shore Rd,
Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
JORVIK Viking Centre
27th February – 31st March 2023: 10am – 5pm
1st April – 22nd April 2023: 9am – 6pm
23rd April – 29th April 2023: 9am – 5pm
30th April – 27th May 2023: 10am – 5pm
28th May – 10th June 2023: 9am – 6pm
11th June – 15th July 2023: 10am – 5pm
16th July – 3rd September: 9am – 6pm
See website for pricing.
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