After the long winter we’ve had, I think kids and parents alike are ready to shed their coats and boots and run outside to embrace the sun and the spring weather! We all know that before we can enjoy May flowers, we’ve got to get through April’s showers, so today I want to share with you 5 outside activities that you can bring inside on those rainy days! We had some fun testing each of them out and I can tell you that they are all tried-and-true and can be done with materials you have around the house or can pick up at a dollar store

1. Mini Golf

Indoor-Mini-Golf

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • golf ball (or any little ball)
  • cup (turned on its side, to act as the hole)
  • a golf club (you can get a plastic one at the dollar store)
    • OR you can use a baseball bat, stick, or just use your foot!
  • random items from around your house to create obstacles!
    • Some things we’ve used are: thick rope or a hose, pieces of wood or a broom handle, an open book, turned upside-down (acts as a ramp)

Use the items you’ve gathered to create obstacles for your own little mini golf course (let your kids help!) and then let your kids try it out! We had one child putting and the other held the cup (moving it as needed, to help the ball into the hole!)

2. Blow Bubbles

Blow Bubbles

Blowing bubbles is so fun outside-why not bring it inside?!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • bubbles
  • bathtub
  • swimsuits

Gather your springtime bubbles and bubble-blowing toys, tell your kids to put on their swimsuits, and load them into the bathtub for some indoor bubble-blowing fun! This is an activity that the kids can do on their own (if they’re old enough to be in the tub alone), giving you some time to relax- even if you’re just sitting on the floor next to them. The best part is that when they’ve had enough, the mess is gone in a matter of moments- it just washes down the drain!

3. Fly A Kite

Fly-A-Kite-Indoors

This activity doubles as a craft.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 5 plastic bendable drinking straws
  • 1 piece of tissue paper
  • stapler
  • string
  • fan
  • ribbon or other decoration for kite tail

Start by sticking the short part of the straw in to the long part of the other straw- connecting all four into the traditional parallelogram kite shape. Use staples to attach the last straw across the kite (slightly above the centre). Then place the frame onto your tissue paper and cut around it (leaving about 1 inch of tissue paper around it). Fold the excess tissue paper over the frame and staple the tissue paper to the straws. Attach a piece of string to the centre of the middle straw and you have your kite! Add a kite tail to the bottom to provide some weight to keep the kite upright.

Once you’ve created your kite, turn on the fan and have fun experimenting and seeing how long you can keep it up and how much string you can give it!  (Full Disclosure: This may seem really boring to you, but your kids will love it!)

4. “Sidewalk” Chalk

Sidewalk-Chalk-Indoors

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • dark coloured construction paper

When the rain’s pouring down and the sidewalk is all puddles, all you need is some dark coloured construction paper to bring the fun of sidewalk chalk indoors. This is another activity that you can get set up for your kids and then you can either get something done that you need to work on, or join in the fun and create some art!

5. Soccer

Indoor-Soccer

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • lightweight ball (we used a styrofoam ball from the dollar store)
  • running shoes

This game is Soccer with a twist! Tell your kids they’ve got to play on their hands and knees…and the shoes? Those go on their hands! Choose something for the goal- we had a couch on each end of the room, so they worked as our goals, but you could even use masking tape to mark an area. Players must remain on their hands and knees and can only stop the ball with a shoe! This was way more fun than I expected- everyone was laughing and having a great time! It was indoor “kicking” and a ball flying all over my living room – without any worries about things getting damaged. The kids even worked up a sweat!

It was so much fun coming up with these creative ways to bring outside activities indoors, and even more fun trying them out!  I hope you can make use of at least one of these with your family in the rainy days that keep you inside.


HeatherHeather is a Canadian wife and mother of 2 girls. She is always looking for ways to make fun memories with her girls and share them through her blog, Raising Memories. You can find out more about Heather and check out more fun ideas for kids on her blog at www.RaisingMemories.com