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25 Things To Do On A Rainy Day

by Megan I.

We’ve all been there: an unexpected rainy day and restless kids. We’re hoping this list will help.


Places to go:

  • Frederik Meijer Gardens. Take a walk around the tropical room, stop in the cafe for a treat.
  • Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.
  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
  • Grand Rapids Art Museum.
  • The library! If you haven’t been yet, the GRPL Main Library is a real sight to see. 
  • Woodland Mall. Stop by the play area, the train table at Barnes & Noble, the coin-operated “rides” near Sears.
  • Rivertown Mall. Spend some time at the treehouse, the carousel, or the children’s area at Barnes & Noble.
  • The Kroc Center. Indoor activities include a climbing wall, waterpark, and more. Call or check their website for their current schedule.
  • The Blast Factory.
  • Marge’s Donut Den. Bring a coloring book and crayons, pick out a treat, and set up shop at Marge’s. (Read our past post on Marge’s here.)
  • Target Cafe. I saw a mom there the other day, playing a board game with her son, slushies in hand. I thought she was a genius.
  • Walk through the skywalk downtown. Grab a snack or lunch at Cornucopia inside the Amway Grand. For a map of the Skywalk, click here.
  • Jester’s Court. Need I say more?
  • And finally, the movies.

Things To Do:

  • Make your own pizza! If you don’t have all the ingredients, head to the grocery store to get them. If Meijer is your store of choice, don’t forget a ride on Sandy the Penny Horse!
  • Make a fort.
  • Make cookies. Eat them in the fort.
  • Create an emergency action plan for your family. Visit ready.gov for more information and our grkids article here.
  • Hop onto Pinterest and find a new craft to try.
  • Make cards for upcoming holidays, birthdays, etc. Stamp them on the back with your thumbprint.
  • Write a letter to someone. A real, bonafide letter. On paper, in an envelope, with a stamp.  
  • Clean your room! Pack up clothes and toys you no longer need and donate or sell them. Read about nine places to do that here.
  • Whip up some homemade playdough.
  • Visit a neighbor.
  • And finally, embrace the rain! If conditions are safe, put on your rain gear and jump in some puddles!

For more information on indoor play, check out our 2012 West Michigan Indoor Play Guide here.

So, what’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?


Megan I

Megan I

Megan is a stay-at-home mom of 4 who loves to bake, craft, clean, and organize. She has lived in Grand Rapids 7 years and is enjoying the city, her wonderful neighborhood, and all the great places to explore.


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