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Rainy Summer Day? Here Are 10 Ways You Can Still Have Fun

Don't let a little stormy weather spoil a perfectly good summer day — there's plenty of indoor fun to be had this summer, too!

Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns



Don't let a rainy day ruin your summer fun. While you might not be able to hit the pool for a swim, there are still plenty of fun ways to keep busy all day long. Use the day inside to curl up on the couch and read or have the ultimate movie marathon. Want to do something more active? Throw a fashion show or create a music video — the choice is yours! So, embrace the rainy day — you'll be the opposite of bored! 

Board Games

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There's a reason board games are an instant go-to once it starts raining, no matter what time of year. Stick to the classics with a round of Chutes and Ladders or Candyland. Want to make the whole family laugh? Deal the cards in What Do You Meme or see who has the best guessing skills in a game of Pictionary. Up for a real challenge? See who can collect the most resources and settle first in a game of Catan.

2. Relax Into an At-Home Spa Day

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The weather outside might look a little bleak and dull, but inside will look all inviting, zen, and calm when you transform your living room into an at-home spa. Let the stress melt away with a yummy-smelling face mask, polish your fingers and toes with your favorite color, and finish off with some yoga or a guided meditation. At the end of the day, you'll feel like you're floating on air. 

3. Play Detective With a Scavenger Hunt

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Take your snooping skills to the next level and spend the afternoon on a scavenger hunt around the house. Set up clues in nooks and crannies in different rooms and let teams put on their detective hats to seek out all of the answers. Go with a simple checklist scavenger hunt that can be interpreted to fit many clues or commit to a theme like Star Wars or Disney.

4. Walk the Runway With a Fashion Show

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A rainy day is a perfect excuse to dig through your closet and put on an at-home fashion show. Show off the latest styles and pick out your trendiest items for the runway. Don't stop at just the clothes — make the fashion show a full event and craft your own invitations and hand them out to your family to sit in the front row. Then, put together the ultimate music playlist to set the tone, and strut your best stuff. Gucci and Chanel better watch out!

5. Star in a Music Video

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The MTV Video Music Awards won't know what hit them when they see your new music video. Spend the rainy day channeling your favorite musical artist: Pick out a hit song, put on some video-worthy outfits, choreograph some dance moves, and set the stage to perform it all. After a few rehearsals, get ready to roll and grab a sibling or a friend to help you film the video. When it's complete, you might even want to upload it to YouTube or TikTok to share with family and friends. Who knows, you just might become the next viral sensation!

6. Make Cakes and Cookies Galore

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Be warned — you're probably going to be in a sugar coma at the end of this rainy day, but it will be so worth it. Spend the day inside the kitchen baking up a storm. Make a funfetti cake, a dessert with a surprise center, or stick to some classic chocolate chip cookies. You could even try out a little of everything since you'll have the whole day to play.

7. Watch a Movie Marathon

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Rainy days are the perfect excuse to post up on the couch and lose yourself in a movie marathon. Fill a big bowl with popcorn and candy and get ready to hit play. Spend the day at Hogwarts with Harry or fly side-by-side with your favorite superheroes and have a Marvel marathon. Looking for something new? Dive headfirst into an Italian adventure and watch Luca or check out our list of recommended streaming shows and movies.

8. Get Lost in a Book

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There's something about a rainy day that makes you want to curl up with a good book. Good thing there's plenty of page turners to get lost in this summer. Discover a new fantasy world in Realm Breaker, follow a wannabe viral YouTube star in This Is For Tonight, or go on a thrilling adventure in NYC in Take Me Home Tonight. No matter which one you choose, you won't be able to put it down. 

9. Throw a Tea Party



Put on your Sunday best — it's time for high tea! Take note from the British and treat yourself to a royal afternoon full of fanciness. Make it a true tea party and serve finger sandwiches, scones, and lots of little pastries to go alongside your cup of tea. After one sip, you'll understand why the British do this so often.

10. Belt Out a Tune



Karaoke is always a good idea. Turn a dreary day around and take turns belting out some tunes. Don't worry about having a fancy setup. Head on over to YouTube and look up lyric videos for your go-to songs. If you want to take your tunes to the next level, splurge on a karaoke microphone.

11. Make a Cookbook



You know how you're always searching for that recipe, and you can never find it right when you need it? Solve that issue on this rainy day and create your own cookbook. Spend the day compiling all of your favorite recipes so you can store them all in one place. Not into cooking and baking? Just make a scrapbook of all of your favorite things to keep in one place.

12. Channel Your Inner Mad Scientist

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Grab your lab coat and safety goggles — things are about to get explosive! Use the day inside to embrace your inner scientist. Turn your kitchen into a science lab and discover experiments that you can actually eat, or stick to the classics and make your own batch of slime and learn how you can make milk dance. You might even learn a thing or two in the process!

13. Make Your Room an Artist’s Studio



Let the rain inspire your next artistic creation and spend the day painting. Bring out the watercolors and try out some watercolor resist painting, or stick with acrylics and grab some painter's tape to make art that's worthy of hanging in a museum. When you've had enough of painting with a traditional brush, switch it out for a straw, fork, or some bubblewrap to see what you can create.