Our Top 5 Family Friendly Rainy Day Activities

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It’s the SUMMER! For us Floridians, that means, it’s consecutive days of RAIN! You weren’t expecting that, were ya? It feels like we have more sunny days in the Winter than in the Summer. So while all of you out-of-staters think that we are laying out every day, working on our awesome tans, we are actually indoors, waiting for the rain to stop. Welcome to the Sunshine State!  Of course, just because it’s raining outside, doesn’t mean we can’t have fun.  Here are our top 5 family-friendly rainy day activities!

#1: Indoor Movies

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My girls are huge movie lovers. They might own every Disney movie ever made (don’t judge). They have to collect something, right?!  We’ve noticed that our 9 year old’s eyes have been getting worse lately.  

We realized that she keeps the phone screen super close to her face which is probably contributing to her sight problems.  We’ve tried putting the videos on the TV, but with 4 other people in the house, it’s not easy to get them to agree on one thing to watch.

When I was contacted by CINEMOOD, I had never heard of their portable movie theater, but I immediately knew that my family would love it.  It connects to your tablet or phone and you can stream Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, and many others onto any flat surface!  This means, they can stream it on the wall, the ceiling, the car, the house (if they’re outdoors)…. and the further back they move the cube, the bigger the screen gets (up to 12 feet)! 

They’ve even included your favorites from Frozen, Toy Story, Lion King, and many more on your CINEMOOD. You can even download your own content!

It’s only 3 inches so it’s completely portable which means when the sun comes out and we go somewhere, our CINEMOOD can come with us! My husband immediately “called dibs” on it when it showed up but the girls have taken over. I find them laying on the floor, watching a movie on the ceiling, almost every day.  It’s pretty awesome.  Get yours today and use code thesupermomlifeblog for a free discover!

#2: Dance Parties

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We don’t really need a reason to dance in our house, but when the rain comes down, you can find at least one, if not all of the girls dancing. Whether they are choreographing their own dances, practicing the routines that they learned at dance camp or just being goofy, they love to incorporate dance into their every day.

I particularly love watching my youngest who has grown up watching her older sisters dance competitively.   It’s in her blood and she loves learning everything she can from her big sisters.  She’s quite the dancer. Check out her pool dance.

#3: Art and Sewing

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If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s art.  My husband and I both love to draw and paint and the girls have fallen in love with art as well.  We might actually need an entire closet to contain all of the markers, paint, crayons, and colored pencils in our home.  

We also have a wall of paintings that features the paintings we’ve each done.  Everyone comments on it as soon as they walk into our house.  While we would all love to just draw every day, rainy days give us a little extra excuse.  There is nothing I enjoy more than watching my girls express themselves through art.

Something my two oldest have also found a love for is sewing.  Sewing is something that always takes me back to my childhood. I remember my Nana’s sewing machine, the table it sat on, and that silly tomato-looking cushion that was filled with threaded needles.  While I never learned to sew myself, it’s something that I would love for my girls to learn and love.  The other day, they grabbed some scrap fabric and just started sewing these cute whales.  

My oldest has even taught herself how to use our sewing machine (which is something I’ve never been able to do myself).  I love that they are able to use their love of creativity to learn and develop a hobby that they both love and can bond over.  I can’t wait to see where this new love takes them.

#4: Reading

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The best part about reading for us is that we can do it whether the sun is shining or it’s raining cats and dogs.  The girls have a vast collection of books, so much so that we’ve already filled two huge bookshelves in their room. Books are such an important part of growing, imagination and fantasy.  

I love that my girls love reading because, through books, they know that they can be anything they want to be.  While we started our girls early on, reading a book to them at bedtime, their love of reading has now spread out throughout the day and you will often find them with at least one book in their hand.

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#5: Puzzles

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Puzzles are a great way to unwind.  It’s a family activity that we can spend hours on.  Over the years, we’ve put a number of puzzles together and each time we go to the store, we gravitate toward the puzzles, trying to decide which one will be our next.  I love that it’s a way to use our brains and usually puzzle time is quiet time.  

We can always use a little quiet in our lives, right?! Shoot… I can use a whole lot of quiet time.  Maybe we should make the puzzle a daily activity!

What are your favorite rainy day activities? Comment below and let us know!

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Just because it's raining outside, doesn't mean we can't have fun indoors, as a family.  Here are our top 5 family-friendly rainy day activities!

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  1. Puzzles are great way to learn and to enjoy idle time during rainy days! Its challenging as well 😀

  2. These are great activities for rainy days! It’s suppose to rain here for the next week, so I am planning on doing all of these things!

  3. Is it ok to have dance parties at age 30? I still dance in my apartment (and with no one looking). Dancing is fun and a great to just release emotions and energy.

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  4. I have not worked a puzzle(except one on my phone) in a long time. We usually end up watching movies or playing video games together on rainy days.

  5. We don’t do movies much. And cinemood (if it were available in my country) sounds like something I’d love to get my hands on. Puzzles, dance parties, karaoke, scrabble, reading (and sometimes dramatizing what’s being read) is our regular down here.

  6. I had not heard of the Cinemood before. What a neat, little gadget to have to create a big screen experience anywhere. We are on our second day of downpour in Northern Alberta too, feels like a monsoon. So these tips are great to give us some ideas while stuck inside.

  7. Oh!! I’ve never heard of that CineMode. Looks really cool. We get a lot of rainy days here in FL during the Summer. My son has just taking a liking to puzzles, I bought him 21 in one week!! I can’t wait until he can read and curls up with books like I used to.

  8. These are also perfect for heat advisory days. Right now it’s 112 degrees outside, so we are doing a lot of these lately, too.

  9. What a great idea for a post! Honestly I know how it feels when it’s raining out side and all you want to do is sleep but you have energetic kids that want to have fun. This list is awesome for those rainy days with kids! Thanks.

  10. I am so glad you shared these ideas! I always need new things to do and that portable movie player is amazing!

  11. You are right about rain really dampening summer fun! These are some nice ideas for keeping kids happy when they can’t go outside to play. Thanks for the heads up about CINEMOOD hadn’t heard of that before.

  12. These are some great ideas to pass away the rainy days. I know that they can be troublesome for stir crazy children.

  13. If it’s rainy, my family and I usually cooks soup. Afterwards we play either monopoly or Uno to kill time. If I’m alone, I research about places to blog.

  14. Fun and some educational activities to enjoy. I remember my nieces do some coloring and feel so proud afterwards.

  15. Actually this is exactly what we have been doing a lot , add to it cooking with the kids,to keep boredom at bay

  16. It has been raining cats and dogs in my city and we have also been reading and dancing a lot !

  17. Wow, this are lovely things to do during the rain.

    I always thought of sleeping only, thank you for the heads up.

  18. Nice suggestions for anytime not just rainy days. Loving that cinemood, and BB’s sure The Grands will too.

  19. What a cool post! These are some great ideas. My kids love doing arts and crafts on days where we cant/dont go outside. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  20. My niece and nephew are coming over tomorrow and the weather forecast is looking like I might need this list!

  21. These are such great ideas. I think it’s key to keep the kids creative when the physical activity slows down. It’s good for their minds.

  22. Reading, coloring, and crafting were my big favorites for rainy days when I was a kid. Now it’s cleaning and baking LOL!

  23. Such beautiful and fun ideas. Me and my boys love dancing so yup, I can relate 🙂 I do appreciate rainy day sometime because it means we can just chill 🙂

  24. Great ideas and perfect timing. It’s been raining for almost the entire day and the girls are getting bored. Will put your tips to practice. Thanks!

  25. We take movies seriously in my home. Since my kids were little we have been having family movie night at least two nights a week. We even have a projector and screen. I love the idea of Cinemood. It is pretty cool that it is portable and you can add your own movies to it. I definitely need to check this out. It would perfect for my family.

  26. These are all great ideas. You just never know when a downpour might come and “rain on your parade”.

  27. I am so curious as to what my husband and I will do when we have kids! Granted it legit NEVER rains in LA so we don’t have to worry about this too much! ha!

  28. These are all great activities to do on a rainy day. My son and I always enjoy watching movies or doing some crafts as well. We’ll have to try the others out, thanks for sharing!

  29. I had not heard of Cinemood but love the concept of it. You could take your movies on the go! All of your activities are things as an adult I would love to take a rainy day and do. Reading is one of my favorite things as an adult and when I was a kid. Thank you for sharing all of these great ideas!

  30. All I do during rainy days is sleep. Thanks for sharing your routine, I will surely be introducing it to mine .

  31. Wait…whaaaat?!? I had never heard of Cinemood but it sounds amazing. I want one!!

  32. You’ve compiled the perfect family-friendly rainy day list. Also, reading, crafting, and dancing with the kiddos is always a great idea!

  33. This is a great post with lots of fun activities. I had never heard of CINEMOOD before, this really looks like a great idea!

  34. Puzzles are such a fun indoor activity! I’ve never heard of cinemood before but I bet it does make for a great indoor rainy fun!

  35. Puzzles are so much fun, we all get hooked to it here at home. I have so many framed puzzles that we did.

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  36. These are some really helpful actives. The portable indoor movies would be a huge hit in our home.

  37. dance parties was our thing when my daughter was young. They are so much fun and great way for the kids to get their ya yas out!

  38. Cinemood sounds like an awesome thing! I bet my family would love using that on a rainy day, as well as throughout the year!

  39. We LOVE dance parties! My kiddos have been really into art this summer, too, especially my four year old. He’s been making 10 or more drawings a day!

  40. Wow! What a nice list of activities this rainy season. For my family we also love watching movies and eating our favorite foods.

  41. We are all about indoor movies or binge watching shows! It’s the best time to catch up on things you haven’t been able to watch.

  42. During this rainy season, we spend time mostly at home and watch movies and series of Netflix. Reading books is also a pastime and we get to share our insights.

  43. These are great. With the way the summers have been in the south… we’ve been getting a lot of rain so there is always a need to keep the little ones entertained when they can’t get their outside in. Thanks for sharing! http://www.meettheharrisfamily.com/

  44. I can’t wait til my kids are old enough to do big jigsaw puzzles together. They are so fun and educational!

  45. What a great list! I’m glad the kids are not just inside watching TV – a good dance party is always much more fun!

  46. I have not done a puzzle in forever! Next time it rains I now know what my family and I are doing!

  47. great tips! On rainy days we like to hit the library and search for books to bring home and read

  48. Your kids look so cute in their ready to dance mode. It is so depressing when it rains in summer but the movie CiniMod seems like a happy alternative

  49. What
    E and my kids would do is the puzzles. It keeps us all focused and work together as a family to complete them. Great post

  50. We are SO a movie loving family and I’ve never heard of CINEMOOD before, but we would love it!! I need to get one asap for our family movie nights. I love that you can stream from so many different services!

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  51. I would love to have this not only for Rainy Days but to use in Homeschool when we are watching films for class.

  52. This is perfect! It’s currently raining where I’m from and I’m actually getting tired of doing the same thing for days since I’m stuck at home. Thanks for this list! Number 1 is the most interesting 🙂

  53. What a fun list! Dance parties are always fun. I’ll have to check out CINEMOOD. It sounds like something my daughter would really like.

  54. Arts and crafts is a must, and everyone has to read for 20 minutes every day. The grandkids are little so 20 minutes is good. We like to build a fort and watch a movie with popcorn.

  55. Dancing on a rainy day is so much fun. I always forget all these wonderful things you can do on a rainy afternoon. Love them all, especially the art/sewing.

  56. Dance parties and book reading happens a lot at my house. We love rainy days so we can just sit around and chill. Love your list of rainy day activities. I’ll have to check into the portable movie theater!