Rainy Day Fun

by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
September 19, 2015

During summer in Seattle, our rainy weather sometimes seems like a faraway mirage…but sooner or later, the clouds and drizzle return. With a little prep and the ideas below, a rainy Saturday can be an entertaining and memorable day for you and your kids.


Create a special box or bin just for use on rainy days, with items like:

Dress up clothes and costumes
You’ll find dress-up items at Goodwill that include kid-sized party dresses and Halloween costumes. You’ll also spot plenty of adult-sized clothing and accessories with dramatic flair, like prom dresses, suit jackets, sports jerseys, Hawaiian shirts, and all kinds of hats and sunglasses. 

Board games and puzzles
Include some new-to-you board games in the box, or even print out directions for card games and add a deck of playing cards. Visit your local Goodwill for puzzles for all different ages.

Gift-wrap second-hand children’s books for an extra-special addition to your rainy day box.

Tiny treasure hunt
Purchase some smaller toys in advance, and you’ll be ready to organize an in-house treasure hunt.


Put on a show/make a movie
Encourage your elementary-aged kids (and their younger siblings) to create their own theatrical production, using costumes from our rainy day box. Older kids/tweens can film the show.

Pillow and blanket fort/camping
Forts are a timeless favorite among younger kids. Keep spare blankets on hand so you don’t have to take apart your bed, along with extra flashlights for pretend “camping.” Make some microwave s’mores to complete the experience.

Buy baking supplies in advance, and you’ll be ready for a rainy day project with a sweet finish. Baking’s a crowd-pleaser for kids of all ages, from toddler through teen. With fruit pie filling in your cupboard, you’ll be ready to make hand pies (recipe courtesy of The Artful Parent blog) or create these whimsical monster cupcakes.  

Include mugs or picture frames in your rainy day box for a decoupage project. You can use newspaper, old sheet music or printed out photos. Check out the how-to’s courtesy of Pop Sugar.

After the treats, entertainment, games and crafts, your kids may actually look forward to the next rainy day—and maybe you will too.


Catherine Sweeney, APR is a professional writer and communicator affiliated with Creative Circle. She dedicates her Goodwill blog-writing in memory of her mom, an avid thrift-shopper and advocate for social change. 

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