Rainy Day? Cool Things for Dads to do to Avoid Boredom

by MyDadBlog on January 24, 2010

in Advice,Games

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When Mom’s out for the day and it’s raining out, boredom can ensue.  Today, the wife took our daughter to a baby shower for the day, so I had the two boys.  Confronted with a lousy forecast and the novelty of new Christmas toys long gone (sad, isn’t it?), I started thinking about some neat stuff to do with them instead of plopping them in front of the TV.

We considered seeing a movie but there was nothing playing that we found interesting.  And that kind of defeats the purpose of avoiding a day full of television – it’s just a higher priced screen.

Bounce Places – We’ve been to a few of these for various birthday parties.  Whether it’s BounceU, Kids Rule, or whatever the name of the chain is, they’re pretty much the same place.  Kids take off shoes, go nuts running and bouncing through various large blow-up obstacle courses and it tires them out while Dad gets to bounce around and act like a little kid with them.  That was our first stop today.  For twenty bucks, we spent 90 minutes of quality time together going nuts.  Today they allowed walk-ins, but some days they don’t so just find a place near you and call ahead.

Arcade -This was going to be our second choice, but the place I had in mind was closed on Sundays, so we didn’t get over there.  Regardless, we don’t have games in the house (yet) and they rarely make it to an arcade so I figured this would be a fun way to spend an hour or so.  Maybe next time.

In the House: Hide and Seek -There are a million things you can do in the house on a rainy day, but we rarely play hide and seek and our 3 year old absolutely loves it.  It never gets old for him, even when he hides in the same spot every time!  Our five year old’s getting to that competitive stage where he really tries to find crazy spots to hide.  Anyway, that’s always fun for a good thirty minutes.

Arts and Crafts -My wife’s real good about stocking the house full of arts and crafts for the kids.  We have an endless supply of paper, stickers, crayons, markets, glue, etc.  So, we basically just wing it and throw together some ridiculous contraption and then present it to Mom when she gets home.

Bath – The Closer – So Mom doesn’t have to walk in and do a bath first thing in, I’m starting bath time now.  I’ll let them splash around in there for a while and chill since I usually move things along more quickly during the week and we’re starting early.  When she pops in, I can say, “They’re bathed – alright I’m gonna finally take my shower for the day after I hit the elliptical for a couple minutes” or whatever.

While a rainy day can stink since we do so much outside when it’s nice, there’s no reason to totally squander a good day with the kids.  They grow up so fast, so we might as well make the most out of these individual moments when the family’s not together and we’re not in our typical routine.

What are some of your favorite Rainy Day Activites?

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