Entertaining the Kids on a Rainy Day


We’re in England: it rains. Fact. However, staying cooped up inside on a rainy day with zero plans in place can be a sure fire way to ensure family disharmony. Fortunately, we’ve got some suggestions that will brighten up those wet weather plans in Yorkshire.

Take a Day Trip
Don’t stay home just because it’s raining. Take a trip to the theatre (West Yorkshire Playhouse); go skiing or indoor surfing (Xscape in Castleford); or learn about chocolate, and taste some too (York’s Chocolate Story). If none of those take your fancy then consider using a rainy day to boost the family’s grey matter with some hands-on science fun. Eureka in Halifax has awesome touchable exhibits, and the Magna Centre in Rotherham centres its exhibits around the four elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air with plenty to see and do. Finally, a rainy day out option worth having up your sleeve is The Deep, Hull’s incredible aquarium. With sharks, rays, insects and penguins, you’ll have an entertained and happy family out of the rain.

Go Underground
One place that the weather, rain or shine, won’t affect you, is underground. Why waste a glorious sunny day in a cave? Instead, pick a rainy one and get exploring. Head to Stump Cross Caverns, Ingleborough or White Scar Cave for some underground adventure.

Soft Play, Cinema & Swimming
The main staples of family wet weather plans are soft play, cinema and swimming. Make things a little more exciting by choosing the best soft plays such as Creepy Crawlies in York, or Play Factory is Skelton and Thornaby. Trade cinema for a live production, see what’s on at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. And head to Calypso Cove in Barnsley for an exciting swimming experience with flumes and an opportunity to walk the plank.

Or Stay Home
Seriously. With a little planning and forethought, a rainy day at home can be just as much fun as a day trip. Head to the shops and stock up on picnic supplies, not forgetting a Vale of Mowbray Pork Pie or two, then get the kids involved in making their own indoor picnic. Place a rug on the lounge floor and pick a favoured DVD. Bring out the popcorn for afters and everyone is happy.

Once the film is over have fun with an Unbirthday party with children’s favourites such as Musical Statues or Sleeping Lions. When things need calming back down it’s time to dust off the board games that spend most of the year gathering dust. Make the 15 minutes of assembling Mousetrap into a family challenge, and then get on an enjoy the game.

End the Rainy Day on a High
Whatever your rainy day brought, relax with a glass of your favourite drink and a snack pork pie once the kids are dispatched to bed knowing you survived the Yorkshire weather, again.

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