How to Entertain Kids When It Rains

How to Entertain Kids Rain

This post is inspired by our first night in the tent. The rain started late so we were going to bed any way, but it got me thinking. What do you do if it’s raining while you’re camping? This is what I came up with.

  1. Play cards. It may be better to know how to play a few games before you go, but if you don’t then the kids can help you Google it. Which takes up more time!
  2. Board games. I could have put this above, but I feel that board games deserve their own place. You can pick these up cheap at thrift stores or yard sales, just make sure you have all of the pieces.
  3. Puzzles. Puzzles are challenging, educational, and a lot of fun! Get a few different sizes so everyone can participate.
  4. Read a book together. Some older kids may think this is lame, but they’ll usually still sit and listen, even if they do roll their eyes the whole time.
  5. Make up stories. We prefer scary stories, but they can be any kind as long as the kids stop saying, “I’m bored”. Right?
  6. Go to a museum. It doesn’t have to be a children’s museum, but if it’s been raining for a few days it may be better since they can run around. All three of mine enjoy visiting museums that make history come alive.
  7. If you are visiting an amusement park and it is not lightning you can wear ponchos and hit some rides or watch the shows. If it’s lightning, walk around some of the shops.
  8. Have them sweep the tent. Okay, so this is probably a quick chore, but it will keep them from complaining about being bored for a little while. Especially if you offer a new chore every time they say it. This works at home, too.
  9. If you have a laptop or tablet you can watch a movie together. Download a few at home to save data at the campsite, unless you get free WiFi.
  10. If it is not lightning, go for a walk and let them count how many animals they see. Don’t go too far away from the tent and if you hear thunder, get back to the tent quickly.


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I know not all of these are camping specific, but they will still help to occupy bored children and entertain them until they can get back outside. What are some things you do with your kids when it rains? Tell me in the comments!

Thank you for visiting and happy camping!

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