[pullquote_left] by Megan I.[/pullquote_left]

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

Places to go:[clear]

  • 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.[clear]

Things To Do:[clear]

  • 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![clear]

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?[clear][line]