Beat the Boredom: Engaging Indoor Activities for Rainy Summer Days

Summer is a time for outdoor activities and sunshine, but occasionally the weather doesn’t cooperate, and rain showers thwart our plans. This is especially true right now in Colorado as we’ve had abnormal rain this season so far!

As a mother, you might find yourself looking for activities and pastimes to occupy your children on those summer days when it rains. Be at ease! (And remember, being prepared works wonders!)

Here is a list of fun indoor activities that will keep your family entertained and help your kiddos battle the boredom monster.

  1. Create a Blanket Fort: Transform your living room into an epic fort by draping blankets and pillows over furniture. Let your kids’ imaginations run wild as they design their own secret hideaways. Add some string lights for a magical touch, and don’t forget to pack some snacks for an indoor picnic within the fort!
  2. Indoor Treasure Hunt: Hide small treats or objects around the house and create clues for your kids to follow. This interactive game will keep them engaged and entertained as they search for hidden treasures. Get creative with riddles or map out the hunt on paper for an added element of excitement.
  3. Arts and Crafts: Rainy days provide the perfect opportunity for artistic exploration. Set up a dedicated art station with paper, crayons, markers, paints, and other craft supplies. Encourage your children to create their own masterpieces, or engage in collaborative projects like family murals or handmade cards for loved ones.
  4. Family Movie Marathon: Turn a rainy day into a cozy movie marathon by selecting a series of family-friendly films. Set up a comfortable viewing area with blankets and pillows, pop some popcorn, and let the laughter and magic unfold on the screen. Encourage discussions and reflections after each movie to make it a truly memorable experience. This is a great opportunity to share some great movies from your childhood with your children.
  5. Indoor Scavenger Hunt: Design a scavenger hunt that takes your kids on a quest throughout the house. Create a list of items they need to find or challenges they need to complete. This activity not only keeps them entertained but also promotes problem-solving skills and teamwork. You can also do an item hunt – having the children scatter to find something that starts with a letter, or is a certain color, and then race to bring them back!
  6. Science Experiments: Turn your kitchen into a laboratory and explore the wonders of science together. Conduct simple experiments like making homemade slime, creating volcanic eruptions using baking soda and vinegar, or growing crystals. Websites, like, and books dedicated to kid-friendly science experiments can provide endless inspiration. You may even have the ingredients you need in your pantry!
  7. Family Game Day: Gather the family for board games, card games, or puzzles. Let each family member take turns choosing a game, fostering a sense of inclusivity and togetherness. You can even introduce some friendly competition with prizes or rewards for the winners. If you don’t have a great game collection, hit up the summer yard sales for great deals, and then you’ll have your own rainy-day collection to choose from!
  8. Indoor Camping: Pitch a tent or create a makeshift campsite indoors. Kids love camping – whether outdoors or indoors – and this type of camping is much less work than hefting all your gear to an outdoor spot. Bring in sleeping bags, pillows, and flashlights to set the mood. Tell stories, play campfire games, and enjoy a classic indoor camping experience. Don’t forget the s’mores – you can even make them in the microwave!

The kids don’t have to be bored or miserable on a rainy summer day. You can turn this moment into a fun family experience inside with a bit of imagination and preparation. These ideas are just a few of the creative things you can do to save your kids from boredom while also creating lasting memories. So, enjoy the rain and plan for fun inside instead!



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