Summer is supposed to be the season of spending time outside, but sometimes the weather has other plans. If you were planning on having some fun in the sun but the forecast is telling you otherwise, here are some summer activities that the entire family can enjoy from the (dry) comfort of your home:
1. Make a Family Recipe Book
Find an old journal from the bookshelf and fill it with your family's all time favorite recipes. Pass the journal around and let everyone take a turn copying down some of their favorites.
2. Indoor Camping
While camping is generally associated with the great outdoors, you can easily create the magic of camping right from your living room. Bring out your inner child and build a makeshift tent with couches, blankets, and pillows. If you have a smaller outdoor tent, you can make the experience all the more real by setting up camp in-doors. Whether your tent is real or makeshift, take this idea all the way home by having a picnic under your tent.
Pull out some of your favorite board or card games and have an impromptu family game night. If you can't find the perfect game for your rainy day, exercise your imagination and create your own game as a family.
There's nothing like the smell of fresh baked cookies on a rainy summer day and there's no greater cure for the rainy day blues than indulging in your favorite sweet treats.
5. Movie Marathon
Grab some blankets, pop some popcorn, queue up a mix of classics and favorites, and settle in for a movie marathon.
6. Plan a Vacation
The weather may be gloomy, but keep an optimistic mood by planning out your next vacation. Imagine yourself roaming the streets of Europe or lounging in the sun on a tropical beach.
7. Arts & Crafts
Keep the kids occupied and their imagination buzzing by setting up a table of arts and crafts. Hang the end results around the house to brighten up the gloomy day.
8. Scavenger Hunt
If the kids are getting antsy, an at-home scavenger hunt is the perfect cure. It keeps everyone active and occupies the kiddos' attention for a considerable amount of time.
Grab a book (or books) and snuggle up for a good read.
10. Sort Through Old Toys/Belongings & Plan a Garage Sale
Convince the kids to clean up and sort through their old toys with the promise of a garage sale. This is a great way to get organized, declutter, and motivate the kids to clean up their rooms.
In all, you can't control the weather. What you can control, however, is how you make the most of a gloomy summer day. Whether you're settling in for a movie marathon or bringing out your inner artist for arts & crafts, share your rainy day activities with us! Snap some photos and tag us on Facebook at