The latest weather forecast recommends you to stay at home because it will rain, which may be accompanied by lightning, all day long? Before lamenting the prolonged boredom that might color your day, read this article first! Do not worry. In fact, there are many fun things you can do to fill your spare time on a rainy day. This article includes various recommended activities indoors (such as playing games, cleaning the house, and exercising) and outdoors (such as visiting a museum) to maintain productivity while sheltering from the heavy rain.
Method 1 of 5: Having Fun Outdoors
Step 1. Watch a movie in a marathon
Throw yourself under the covers and watch all the movies you haven't had the chance to, but always wanted to see. Or, re-watch the old movies you love! Use a DVD player if the internet in your home is down and making it difficult for you to watch movies on the internet. If you're stuck with a few friends or relatives, ask everyone to pick a movie they want to watch, and don't forget to prepare boxes of popcorn!
If you're caught in the rain with your partner, why not have an impromptu date night? Spin a fun comedy show, light a few candles, and enjoy each other's company
Step 2. Play a video game
Turn on the gaming equipment you have, and invite some friends over to your house to play together. Or, you can also play games that are on your phone. Don't hesitate to put all your energy into it and focus on winning the fierce competition with other players!
Step 3. Cook something
Think of a lunch or dinner menu that you can cook using the ingredients available in the kitchen. If you want, you can also bake cookies and eat them warm as soon as they come out of the oven!
Step 4. Have a spontaneous dance party with your closest friends
Turn on the stereo system or loudspeakers on your iPod, then choose a fun playlist for dance music. If you want, you and your friends can also learn new dance moves from videos circulating on the internet, you know! To make the atmosphere even more fun, turn on the colorful lights and dress appropriately, or dance in your pajamas!
Step 5. Take the kids on a treasure hunt or indoor camping
For a treasure hunt, you can hide clues in envelopes and pass them around in the room. Through these clues, game participants will be led to treasure prices in the form of toys, coins, or just a few chocolate bars. If you want, you can also entertain them by setting up a tent in the living room, or making a simple tent out of a few blankets on the sofa. Make camp even more comfortable by adding some pillows, sleeping bags, and snacks.
Method 2 of 5: Increase Productivity
Step 1. Plan a vacation
When else can you focus on planning a vacation to a warm beach or a cool mountain, other than when you're stuck without any meaningful activity at home when it rains? Get out a map and start planning your vacation budget, then browse the internet or read a vacation guide to find fun activities you can try while on vacation.
Step 2. Exercise at home
Do weight training indoors, such as push-ups, sit-ups, or squats. Also increase your heart rate by doing jumping jacks or jumping rope. Just because you're stuck indoors, doesn't mean you can't burn a few calories, right?
Step 3. Clean your house
You don't have enough free time? Just clean your bathroom, kitchen or bedroom! Play some music to drown out the thunder outside, prepare a broom and spray cleaner, then immerse yourself in the activity.
Step 4. Finish your work
Rain is a good time to catch up with you at work or school. Previously, prepare a thick blanket and a warm drink first, then finish your work using a laptop or read a textbook that you have not had time to touch.
Method 3 of 5: Relaxing
Step 1. Soak in soapy water
Take advantage of your free time to take a bubble bath. If you don't have special soap or crystals for bubble baths, you can simply soak as usual in the tub while lighting a few candles and eating a delicious snack to make the bath even more special.
Step 2. Sip a warm drink
Rain is the perfect moment for you to immerse yourself in a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate! If you're stuck in the rain with friends or small children, you can even have a “tea party” for a warmer and more pleasant atmosphere! At the party, dress nicely, prepare quality tea utensils, and serve a delicious appetizer. Party!
Step 3. Listen to music, radio or podcasts
Play some relaxing tunes, light a few candles, and take advantage of the moment you get caught in the rain to relax.
Step 4. Take a nap
Has life been busier than usual lately, so you're getting less sleep? Or, do you feel the need to take a nap to restore your energy? In fact, the sound of raindrops colliding with the roof and asphalt can be very soothing, you know. Why not use those sounds to guide you to take a nap?
Method 4 of 5: Traveling when it's Raining
Step 1. Go to the movies to take your mind off the rain
Watching a movie in the cinema is actually a classic activity to get away from the rain. Therefore, immerse yourself in the cinema accompanied by a box of popcorn and a quality film. If possible, buy tickets online a few hours in advance to avoid the risk of running out of tickets. Remember, other people may have the same idea as you!
Step 2. Travel to the mall
Why not spend your spare time shopping? In addition to protecting yourself from the rain, shopping is actually a form of soothing therapy, you know!
Step 3. Dine outside with a dear friend
Invite some friends to visit your favorite restaurant or a new restaurant that can brighten up your day!
Step 4. Visit a museum or art gallery
Contact the museum manager in advance or check the information regarding ticket prices on the internet. Many museums and art galleries can be accessed for free, you know! Therefore, why not fill your spare time with new knowledge about local culture?
Step 5. Work out at the gym
Most of the gyms are indoor, so you have no excuse to miss your workout! To strengthen your motivation, try taking some friends to lift weights or jogging together at the fitness center. You can even swim in the indoor pool, you know!
Step 6. Try ice skating indoors
Replace rain with snow! Most ice skating rinks are accessible for an affordable admission fee and shoe rental. Therefore, don't hesitate to invite your relatives and/or children to go ice skating. Periodically, take a break while sipping a delicious cup of hot chocolate.
Step 7. Invite friends and relatives to play bowling
In fact, bowling is the perfect activity for those of you who are bored with being caught in the rain. In addition, bowling is also a fun activity to do with the closest people, you know! Do not worry. All bowling alleys rent out shoes and balls in different sizes so everyone can play. If you are a beginner, feel free to install the bumper. If you don't or want the game to feel more challenging, don't hesitate to drop it!
Step 8. Dance, or just go for a walk, in the rain
Protecting from the rain is good, but sometimes immersing yourself in it just feels more fun, you know! Therefore, prepare your boots, raincoat and umbrella, then go for a walk in the rain alone or with your closest friends. Enjoy the sound of raindrops hitting the asphalt, and smell the fresh and wet grass around you. After that, go to sleep and get ready to welcome the sun that is likely to shine again the next day!
Do not go outside if it rains very hard and/or is accompanied by lightning
Method 5 of 5: Having Fun when the Lights are Off
Step 1. Invite your family to play a game
Grab your favorite board game or prepare a box of cards and some candles/flashlights. Then, invite your family to play together! If you want, you can also try various other interesting games, such as charade, 20 questions, I Spy, or even a game of your own creation!
Step 2. Invite your closest friends to do a fashion show
Take out the contents of your closet, or ask your parents for permission to borrow their clothes. Then, prepare a flashlight to use as a spotlight! After that, wear special clothes and shoes, and don't forget to wear interesting accessories. You can also practice new makeup techniques, such as applying facial contour makeup if you wish. Dress up as you like! After all, you won't be leaving the house any time soon.
Step 3. Hone your creativity
To apply this method, you only need to prepare a few sheets of paper and a box of crayons or markers, you know! If you want, you can also make a collage. In other words, use the free time to hone your creativity or prevent your kids from getting bored by asking them to draw and color.
Step 4. Play as well as exercise with your beloved pet
If you're stuck indoors, chances are your pet is in a similar situation! To fill the loneliness, prepare a few strands of fur or a piece of string and invite your cat to play. Or, you can also take your favorite dog to play catch and throw. When they look tired, let them relax in your arms.
Step 5. Read quality books to fill your spare time
If you must be stuck alone in the rain, try lighting a flashlight or candle, and prepare an interesting read. Choose bestsellers by famous authors or classics you haven't read before. If you want, there's no harm in re-reading the old books you have! If you are approached by bored children, try asking them to share stories. Light a candle to make the atmosphere in the house feel warmer and more pleasant.
Step 6. Write as a form of self-reflection
Write whatever you want, whether it's keeping a journal, writing a poem, or drafting a fictional story. Take advantage of the rain as a source of inspiration and a tool for introspection.
Step 7. Chat with your closest friends and relatives
If you and your loved ones are caught in the rain in the same room, why not make the most of that togetherness? Ask about new things that are happening in their lives, and share the latest information about yours. Keep your cellphone and laptop away so that you can use this moment to strengthen your relationship with the people closest to you!