When the sun is shining that means it’s time to go outside and play! But how do you keep kids entertained and prevent them from becoming couch potatoes on a rainy day? We’re here to help!
Below you will find a list not only of fun places to visit in the our area when it’s gloomy outside, but some great stay-at-home options as well.
1. Build a fort: This timeless childhood activity can be made even better by turning it into a bonafide campout in the living room, made complete with story-telling and s’mores of course.
2. Have a dance party: Crank up the tunes and turn your home into a discotheque by letting the kids play DJ and put together a playlist of their favorite songs. This is a great way for you and the kids to get some exercise. Who knows, the rain pounding outside might give you an additional rhythm to dance to!
3. Experiment with origami: Test your and your kids’ creativity and dexterity by trying your hands at this ancient art form. Origami doesn’t have to be complex and daunting. There are plenty of projects available for children and beginners! A few origami books that we like are Easy Origami by John Montrell and My First Origami Kit by Joel Stern. We also recommend looking up origami videos on Youtube for step by step instructions. Two origami channels we recommend are “Rob’s World” and “Jo Nakashima”.
4. Enhance family photos using Photofy: Create a brand new customized family photo album by helping your kids upload a family photo to the Photofy app and watch them experiment with the many tools and options the app enables them with. Family photos will become works of art right before your eyes!
Activities in the Triangle:
1. Defy Gravity: With locations in Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte, your kids are guaranteed to exert any pent-up, rainy-day energy at this indoor Trampoline Sports Arena. Defy Gravity hosts 13,000 sq. ft. of wall-to-wall steel-frame trampolines, an Olympic Foam Pit, and one of the largest Trampoline Dodgeball cages in America. Rates vary depending on age and duration of play (30 mins-2 hrs), and discounts are available for large groups. During “Kid Jump Time”, (Mon-Fri 9am-12pm), one parent jumps FREE with a paid jumper 6 years old or under.
2. Indoor Greens mini Golf and Café: Located in Cary, this 3,200 sq. ft. indoor mini-golf facility has an 18-hole course perfect for all ages and skill levels. Indoor Greens mini Golf and Cafe also have separate areas designated for chipping and putting practice. The standard fee is $7.50 for one round or $9.00 for unlimited play. Children under 4 years old are always FREE when accompanied by a paying adult.
3. Jellybeans Super Skate Center: Re-live the era of the roller rink by visiting Jelly Beans Super Skate Center, and see why it’s the “hottest place on wheels!” Jellybeans Super Skate Center is an in-line and roller skating facility was recently renovated and also boasts a game-room and snack bar. Public Skating is offered every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, in addition to featured special events throughout the year. Admission varies from $5 to $10, depending on the day and time, and you can rent your skates or bring your own.
4. Triangle Rock Club: With locations in both North Raleigh and Morrisville, Triangle Rock Club is the Triangle’s “coolest place to hang.” The facility and staff provide a supportive environment for kids to learn teamwork, fitness, and climbing. Admission for kids ages 11 & under is $10. Both locations offer “Kids’ Climb Time” on Saturdays, and no experience is necessary.