Whilst the forecast is looking miserable for the week, heading out of the house is still not off the cards for us – we’ve got to keep the kids entertained one way or the other! We’ve rounded up a few outings that you can do whilst the weather is wet and grey that are ideal for both you and the little ones, from special cinema viewings to even a 30,000sq ft play centre – wow!
Just be sure to book before you go as these attractions now operate on a limited capacity basis!
Activities to do with the Kids on a Rainy Day
There are a good number of museums around the country that host a range of children’s activities from interactive areas to workshops and events – you’ll be able to hit a museum a week throughout the summer holidays. Most of the museums offer free entry with a charge for some of the exhibitions or workshops.
Here are some museums your child may love:
- Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood
- Hornimann Museum and Gardens
- London Transport museum
Skipped the beach holiday due to covid? No worries, bring the ocean to your child by taking them to an aquarium. We love the SEALife chain as they have 300 species of sea life with opportunities to feed and even swim with sharks!
Sometimes, keeping it simple and easy can go down a wonder with children which is why we love play centres which you will be able to find all over the UK. They vary in what they offer with some offering go karts, 30 ft climbing wall, 4D cinemas, VR and obstacle courses!
- Kidspace, Croydon – the biggest in the country at a whopping 30,000 sq ft
- KidZania, Westfield
- Discovery Story Centre, Stratford Westfield
Be sure to catch the latest kid’s movie with your little one whether that is the new Tom and Jerry or even the rerelease of Kiki’s Home Delivery Service, a Japanese anime that is great for older children! Many cinemas offer special showing times for kids during the summer holidays where you pay heavily discounted ticket prices.
- Picturehouse – tickets start from £3 each for both adults and children
- Vue Mini Mornings – Showings on Saturday and Sunday morning from £2.49 per ticket
- Odeon Kids – adults pay children prices
- Broadway Letchworth – £1.75 per ticket
Indoor Crazy Golf
Golf doesn’t always require you to be outdoors as seen by the numerous indoor mini golf courses across the country. A great option if you have a competitive group of kids – who knows, you may come across the next mini Tiger Woods!
- Putt Shack
- Mr Muligans
- Plonk Crazy Golf
Expel all of their energy by taking them to a trampolining centre where they can bounce around for hours without a single drop of rain coming their way. You’ll be able to find trampoline centres dotted around the country. They’ll require a small fee to enter.
Outdoor Rain Play
Don’t let the rain stop you all from having fun. Throw on their wellies and waterproof clothes, hand them an umbrella and let them explore their surroundings outside, from jumping in puddles to riding their bikes! Just be wary if there is a thunderstorm as it will not be safe for them to be outdoors.
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