It’s a rainy day today here in Perth, which prompted me to ponder “What to do with kids on a rainy day?”
So I’ve come up with “5 rainy day activities for kids”
1. The Science Museum
This is an absolute favourite of my son’s at the moment. Whether it’s a stinking hot day or raining cats and dogs, this place fills in most of the day. The kids leave exhausted and happy.
A great way not to feel the pinch with the cost is to purchase a year pass. This way you get to bypass the queues and walk straight in the door – quite a god send during the school holidays. Plus when you travel and visit another city’s science museum you will get free entry with your pass. Another cost saver at Perth’s Scitech is being able to take your own packed picnic lunch.
2. The Zoo
I know you think I’m mad for suggesting this one, but stay with me. If it’s a day that is drizzling with some dry patches, the zoo is great. The crowds have stayed home – you practically get the whole place to yourselves.
Walk about during the dry patches and when it starts to rain stop at one of the many shelters for viewing animals. Now you maybe thinking but the lion just lays there it gets boring pretty quick. Well, when it rains the animals are up and about, it is so much more entertaining – the kids really love it.
Look the zoo can be a costly day out, so again think about purchasing a year pass (they last for 12 months from the date you purchase them). Along with your day trip bag pack a picnic to save some pennies.
3. The Cultural Centre
In Perth the Cultural Centre comprises of the State Library of Western Australia, The Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Museum of Western Australia. Usually at least one of these places has something interesting on for kids. UPDATE: The Perth Museum is currently closed until 2020 for renovations however check the website for scheduled popup museums about the city.
Local libraries and the State Library also offer Rhyme Time and Story Time for babies and toddlers, plus stories for older children during school holidays. Sign up for e-newsletters from your local cultural centres to learn about new exhibitions for kids.
4. Indoor Playgrounds
For less than $10 you can take your children to one of the local indoor play centres. Toddlers can enjoy the huge selection of role play toys while pre-schoolers and older children can run, climb, slide, jump and ride to their heart’s content while you sit back with a cup of coffee and watch from the sidelines.
5. Go see a movie
Taking kids to see a movie can be daunting, but I have discovered it is not really that bad. Every school holidays comes with a new selection of family movies. Check your local cinemas website and just choose a time of the day where you are less likely to annoy others if your kids have trouble sitting still (morning or lunch) and pack some food (to avoid the junk).
I hope these activities have given you some great options for entertaining the kids on those rainy days.
What are your suggestions?