50 Things to Do On Snowy or Rainy Days

  • By Kim
  • 18 February, 2014
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Ugh. Just look at that map! I know, I know. You guys are sick of winter and I don’t blame you a bit. It’s been a long one for you guys and I’m sure everyone is going a little stir crazy. We didn’t really experience any of that here in California, but you have my sympathies, really. Anyway, according to meteorologists, it’s going to be cold and wet for a few more weeks at least. While I can’t do anything about that, I can help think up activities to pass the time on your snow days or rainy weekends. The nice thing is that a lot of these ideas don’t cost anything and the following list can spin off into more ideas and variations.

Remember, most of these ideas can be adapted to work with little kids or with groups of friends. (Almost all can and should be done with an open bottle of wine.)

  1. Movie trilogy day – ex: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, or even Lord of the Rings if you’re ambitious.
  2. Watch an old, classic movie that you’ve never seen before.
  3. Swap video games with friends and play some new stuff.
  4. Video game tournament. Winner retains all bragging rights.
  5. Accessories or book swap.
  6. Build a blanket fort. Tell spooky stories to your kids.
  7. Organize photos.
  8. Upload photos to sharing sites.
  9. Group Skype with friends. Play a drinking game.
  10. Dance party in the house.
  11. Buy a 1,000 piece puzzle. Put it together without looking at the finished picture.
  12. Play dress up. Put together new outfits, try new makeup looks.
  13. Give yourself a spa at home day. Facials, manicure and pedicures etc.
  14. Plan a vacation to a warm place. Research accommodations, activities and make plans.
  15. Plan your garden for spring.
  16. Disney movie sing-a-long.
  17. Any musical sing-a-long. Just turn on subtitles.
  18. Buy a new ingredient you’ve never used before. Make something with it.
  19. Put on your galoshes and take a walk. Snap rainy day photos.
  20. Arts and craft day! Try a medium you’ve never used before or dust off an existing project.
  21. Pick up a new craft – embroidery, knitting, cross-stich etc.
  22. Neighborhood scavenger hunt with camera.
  23. Go to the library. Borrow a mystery book if the mood strikes you.
  24. Hook up the Kinect or Wii. Play a dance game.
  25. Practice the perfect smize for your selfie face.
  26. Indoor doggy play date!
  27. Teach your dog a new trick.
  28. Try watching a new TV show you haven’t seen before. Maybe something you wouldn’t have otherwise picked, but have heard a lot about.
  29. Play the demo of game at Big Fish Games. Most games have an hour demo with a ton to choose from.
  30. Ask friends for recommendations of favorite blogs, Tumblrs or sites. Explore them.
  31. Browse Spotify or iTunes playlists for new music.
  32. Sketch or draw.
  33. Pick up that instrument you haven’t touched in awhile. Or watch some YouTube videos to get motivated to play.
  34. Get active! Jump rope, do some crunches or jumping jacks. Watch a yoga DVD if you’ve never done it before. Hula hoop, even!
  35. Make a terrarium.
  36. Get lost in a YouTube wormhole (watch a video, then see if there is another video you want to watch in the sidebar and so on).
  37. Get lost in a Wikipedia wormhole (read an article on a topic that interests you and click on links to different articles)
  38. Bake something. Make the whole house smell good.
  39. Put together a week’s menu and go grocery shopping. Or see if you can get food delivered to you!
  40. Roast chicken or two. You’ll have chicken meat for the week or freeze for later.
  41. Master a card trick.
  42. Film or make a video of some kind. Upload it to YouTube. Or not.
  43. Write. Start a journal, a blog or a list.
  44. Put on a play or do a dramatic reading.
  45. Make fruit smoothies or tropical-type cocktails. Pretend you are somewhere warm and sunny.
  46. Check out some other parts of the world via webcams. Ustream, Justin TV and Explore.org
  47. Karaoke.
  48. Join a social game on Facebook or play a mobile game with your friends (Words with Friends, Draw Something).
  49. Get on Chatroulette.
  50. Nap, get up and make yourself a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup, watch something on Netflix and nap some more. Why not?


Screencap via National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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