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Tip: Rainy Day Activities

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Family Fun Indoors

(Photos General) BlanketHouse.jpgRainy days are a great opportunity for fantasy play. Kids love to use blankets, sheets and pillows or other household items to create forts, houses, castles, etc. Try to suggest the materials instead of the creation itself to allow them to express themselves. A simple cardboard box from an appliance can be saved for hours of enjoyment.

Pull out dress up clothes, old costumes, hats, misc. jewelry etc. Rainy days can be a fun time to have an indoor picnic, either real or pretend. Children can experience a tea party or picnic with dolls or other stuffed animals.

Use instruments to make up a band or designate a spot for a stage and let your child perform for you. Play some music or let them make their own and enjoy smiles as you applaud their efforts. Play charades.

Crafts, puzzles, hide & seek, books or board games are other alternatives to bring out and explore. If it's raining on a Friday join the Friday Board Game afficionados.

Snuggle up in front of the fire with popcorn and a great family movie. Do some baking. Boil some spaghetti noodles and have your kids make some masterpieces on construction paper. It will stick and dry on the paper.

Out and About

(Photos General) RollerSkating_Limbo.jpgHead to a local bookstore or the local library to browse and read books. Take advantage of one of the businesses that provides crafts/art like Lolly Tree Toys or Petroglyphs or WIX. Some local kids classes like Santa Cruz Sports Central, Santa Cruz Gymnastics, Junebug's Gym or Pacific Edge Climbing provide open times for their members.

Go to one of our local indoor museums like the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, or Seymour Center. Take in a matinee movie. go bowling or roller skating. See our Events Calendar for scheduled activities that may be happening in our area.

(Photos General) Puddlejumping.jpgGet a Little Wet

Bundle up and head outside for some good, old-fashioned puddle jumping. Don't forget the rain boots! Take some fun photos in rain gear and play together outside. You can even do some wet chalk drawings on your driveway. When you are ready to go in, plan to have some hot chocolate or soup together &/or give your child a bath.

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