Rainy Summer Day Activities

Yesterday morning, I awoke to a dark/rainy day with the brilliant idea for a blog post on Summer Rainy Day Activities. Of course, by the time I sat down to write the post, it was a sunny day so it was no longer a priority yesterday. However, since there is still a 50% chance of rain for Friday (and probably other days this summer) I still want to share the ideas.

The possibility of outdoor activities in the rain hinges on a few factors. It can be fun to play outside in a warm rain or even go for a swim in a light rain (with no thunder/lightning). However, if the rain comes with thunder and lightning or torrential downpours, I generally rule out any outdoor activities. Even with the threat of these I am cautious in what we do. I don’t want to pay admission or drive a long distance only to have to cancel due to the weather. I also tend to avoid long walks so as not to be caught far away from home or our transportation.

Movies are a great way to spend time on a rainy day. Quality 16 offers Dollar Movies on weekdays at 10a now through August 15. Rave Cinemas offers their Summer Movie Clubhouse Dollar Movie at 10a on Tuesdays through August 19. Rave also offers discounts on early matinees and all day on Wednesdays.

Museums are a great way to spend a rainy day. There are several museum choices around Ann Arbor. We love the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. AAHOM is offering special activities on weekdays all summer long. The University of Michigan offers the Natural History Museum, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, and Museum of Art all of which are a great way to spend some time on a rainy day.

There are a number of indoor play places in the Ann Arbor area that are a great choice for rainy days. There are three indoor playgrounds in the area: Jungle Java (Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor), The Jungle Gym (Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti), and Chelsea Treehouse (Main St, Chelsea) all of which are open daily. Xtreme Bounce Zone is open daily for bounce times, however Tuesday and Thursday mornings are reserved for kids ages 5 and under. Younger kids will also enjoy a trip to My Urban Toddler.


Both the Ann Arbor District Library and Ypsilanti District Library offer story times most days for babies through preschoolers. YDL also offers regular events for school-aged kids and teenagers such as Lunch and Listen on weekdays. Both Ann Arbor District Library and Ypsilanti District Library also offer periodic special events for school-aged kids. Even a trip to the library can be fun to pick out new books, use the computers, or for the younger kids to play with the library toys.

When my daughter was younger a trip to the mall play area was always a fun trip especially if we met up with friends.

Sometimes on rainy days, we enjoy a quiet day at home. Some ideas that we have done by ourselves or with friends are:

  • an indoor picnic lunch in the basement while watching a movie
  • craft day
  • game day

How do you like to spend a rainy day?

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Ann Arbor with Kids is your go-to source for Ann Arbor Family Fun. It got its start in an activity list that I was compiling for the playgroup I ran at our church. When my daughter started preschool, the other moms were thrilled to hear about my list. I decided to take the list public in 2009.

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