Stay in and hibernate away from the rain
1. Make a Den - Something my husband excels in. I, however, do not. If you're like me, you can follow Jocelyn's Indoor Den Building in 5 Easy Steps
2. Get Crafty - Whittle away a few rainy hours by making something with your child, then putting your feet up with a cuppa whilst they get on with decorating it. The bigger the better (more time spent decorating you see) so have a go at making them their very own Space Rocket
3. Make Pizzas - Occupy the kids and get dinner sorted in one easy, if messy, step? Get them making their own pizzas - making the dough, popping their toppings on, a couple of hours passed, easy. This easy recipe never fails.
4. Popcorn and a movie - Don't just stick a movie on and grab a packet of Butterkist; Use these recipes to create your own fabulous flavours of popcorn and make a real event of the movie - go on, draw the curtains and grab a duvet!
Brave the weather on the run to the car/bus and get out and about.
5. Swimming - Kids love a good splash about, and you can relax and watch in sauna like conditions or, if they're not old enough to go in on their own, console yourself that you're working towards that beach bod as you fling them around the pool.
6. Computer Games - OK, bear with me. You might not feel like spending the day in an arcade, but trust me, once you get into it, there's no turning back. It's so addictive and you'll be the coolest parent on the block for the whole of the holidays. Do your research though as these places can be quite pricey. If you're lucky enough to love near Nottingham, take your kids to the National Videogame Arcade - not just an arcade but an educational visit to three floors of playable exhibitions. Your kids, if they're old enough, can even take part in gaming coding lessons - and you can grab a cuppa in the cafe (there's a theme here!).
7. Library - Always something on for your kids and what a way to spend a rainy afternoon if there isn't - tucked up in a cosy corner with a good book and your children for company. Delish. Libraries aren't the places they once were so don't worry if you have shouty children - like mine!
Get out in the rain; brave the elements!
8. Feed the ducks - They'll be out in force with no visitors to keep them company. Get those rain coats on and some duck friendly delights and share the love with our feathered friends. Just don't feed them bread - have a look here for some duck friendly treats (my heart sinks when I think how much bread I've thrown in the water over the years!)
10. Slosh about in the paddling pool - on a warm but rainy day pretend you're in Florida for their daily downpours and get in that pool. So much fun to be had in a rainy paddling pool (the kids you understand - you can wait at the window, towel in hand. And it's warm so grab a prosecco too!).
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