This list with indoor activities for rainy days was written for those inevitable less than perfect summer days. Summertime hardly comes to mind as a bad weather season in most places on the Souther hemisphere, although sunny weather never comes with a satisfaction guarantee.
With summer comes ice cream, basking in the sun and enjoying life at its fullest. Unfortunately, the weather gods are not always on our side and warm, sunny days are followed by chilly early morning mist, then a gray ominous sky scape leading to a gloomy day with little incentive to go outside.
For just those days, let this list with fun indoor activities for rainy days inspire you to enjoy those days.
Bad weather, and indoor activities for rainy days
As we all know, there is no guarantee the vacation will be blessed with perfect weather, and there are days when the bed is beckoning, when you just want to crawl back into it and watch a sobby movie while feasting on ice cream and sweets. Let these tips on indoor activities fuel your inspiration to make more out of the day, and remember: bad weather doesn’t have to make a bad vacation.
Play board games
Despite the video game generation, board games are popular as ever. Gather friends and family for a race to world domination in the exciting board game “Risk” (keep valuables at a safe distance), or buy and sell property in the all time winner, “Monopoly”, which is also available for the PC. If you want a party game, the hilarious bluffing game “Balderdash” will do the trick.
Pick up drawing or painting
Almost everybody can learn how to draw and paint. It is inexpensive and you can rent a book or video course at the local library. There are quite many online courses available as well, offering a complete solution teaching you basic drawing techniques such as light and shadows, drawing people and animals, e.t.c.
Learn photo editing and enhancing
Indoor activities for rainy days – suggestions for things to do
Taking pictures is fun and modern DSLR cameras are affordable. Most hobby photographers rarely enhance and share their pictures, however. A crop, a pinch of saturation, an unsharp mask and those dull pictures can be full with life. Coming at an entry price level, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 offers user-friendly and powerful tools for both amateurs and advanced photographers. Picasa is a popular and free alternative. Not as advanced, but covers basic needs and does it well. Photo editing is one of many fun indoor activities.
Play online games on FaceBook
Another of many indoor activities for rainy days, is online gaming: with a staggering number of registered accounts connecting thousands of casual gamers and non-gamers, FaceBook offers in conjunction with numerous developers a vast range of Flash-based browser games which are closely integrated with its buzzing social online community. Zynga Games contribute with popular titles like “FarmVille”, “FrontierVille” and “Café World”. If you are reluctant to befriend strangers on FaceBook for the sole purpose of playing games, you can register another FaceBook account for this.
Read a good book
With ominous clouds rolling over the sky and the outdoors not tempting at all , reading a great book is an excellent way to pass time. Stretch out in a comfy reading chair, pour a glass of wine and pick up that book you were meant to finish reading months ago. Forget about the world on the outside, and lose yourself in the book for a while. Bad weather is great reading weather.
Try your hand on hobby modeling
Remember when as a kid, you loved to build scale model; cars, planes, motorcycles, even rockets and spaceships. Hobby modeling is a rewarding indoor activity for rainy days, and you never really grow too old for it. In fact, the more advanced model kits usually are too much to handle for the youngsters, considering the often extreme level of details, which makes advanced model building an intimate and time consuming hobby. It is a lot of fun and, for the most part, a quite relaxing hobby to keep yourself occupied with not much to do on the outside.
Dust off and strum that old Guitar
Almost every family and household have at least one music instrument in the house. Remember when you used to gather around the piano with a guitar or two, maybe a harmonica? Pick up the guitar, tune it and play some of the songs you enjoyed playing alone or with family and friends. Your fingertips may hurt a bit and have forgotten their positions on the fretboard, but with practice it will come back to you soon enough. Give your family a private gig.
Watch a movie or DVD-concert
A rainy day gives an excellent opportunity for watching a movie or DVD concert on your home cinema, be it a sobby drama, an exciting thriller packed with action or a hilarious comedy. Or why not a horror movie, sending chills up your spine. The lush, ambient sound from by the raindrops creates a perfect backdrop for watching one of your favorite movies or concerts.
Dig into your own imagination, and write a story
Everybody can write a short story. If in doubt, think of all the times you have written a page or two in a diary, not to mention a personal letter, a blog post and so on. As long as you are able to express yourself, you can become a writer. All you need is a pen, a piece of paper and your own imagination. Inspire yourself, explore your untold stories and put it down.
Invite your best friends for a sleepover
Why not have a sleepover with your best friends. Invite them and ask them to bring their favorite music, a couple of movies, food and drinks. Bad weather on the outside and great fun with your friends on the inside. Watch movies together, play games and share secrets.
As you can see, a bad weather day doesn’t have to ruin your fun at all. Use this list for inspiration and to brighten up the occasional rainy day. Indoor activities for rainy days can be so much more; use your imagination and surely you can come up with other, great ideas. Set your imagination free, and have fun, with indoor activities for rainy days.