rainy day activities

9 fun places to go on a rainy day

9 fun places to go on a rainy day

Children bored on a rainy day? Here’s the hotlist of the best activities to keep them busy and happy…

words: Evita Benjafield

What do you do on a rainy day when the weather is miserable and the children demand your attention non-stop? When they are glued in front of a screen? The constant bickering and shouting in the background. What do you do when the endless moaning and snack demand is getting all too much? Here are some fun and enjoyable activities to do on your weekends and holidays with your little …and not so little monsters.


Head down to Brooklands Museum for a wide collection of cars, motorcycles, aircrafts and the London Bus Museum, which is included in the price. Learn about the Loch Ness Wellington Bomber, see the stratosphere chamber, climb on board the planes and travel back in time. There are also a lot of hands-on activities for everyone from designing your own airfield vehicle to driving simulators and much more. Much needed tea and coffee is also available.


Looking for something sporty to do? Head down to White Spider for some indoor wall climbing. Get your adrenaline pumping while exercising those muscles! They offer a number of options to choose from whether it is a holiday club you are looking for or just casual climbing and for the younger ones there is also a Spider Castle play area where you can keep an eye on them while having that slice of cake that you worked very hard for.


If climbing is not for you, head down to Guildford Spectrum and put your skates on. Ice skating is available all year round. Penguin skating aids are also available for our younger participants or those in need of some extra stability.


If you are still running out of options try a day out at the National Army Museum in Chelsea. This has become one of our favourite museums to visit as it is never too busy, it has an amazing soft play for the under 8s, many interactive displays and a gorgeous and airy cafe. Seasonal activities are also available on the lower ground floor and it will keep everyone entertained for hours.


If your children are older and have outgrown their usual places why not spend an afternoon being pampered? A number of spas now offer Mother and Daughter packages or Adult and Teen experiences. Head down to Brooklands Hotel Spa for a Little Piece of Heaven which includes Spa access, a mini facial for both and a delicious cream tea. This is definitely my cup of tea!


Speaking of tea, another family favourite for us has been The Tea Terrace in Cobham. This is the ultimate afternoon experience to treasure for months to come. I have to say that, at first, I was a bit apprehensive taking my two boys that don’t like anything pink so I originally only took my daughter, which she absolutely loved. Fast forward we visited again as my birthday treat and I was pleasantly surprised when I saw all my children enjoying it. Not only is the food amazing but they loved all the attention they got! If you want to make this an extra special day, try booking one of the carriages for tea.


Another fun day out is the Leisure Pool aka kids’ water paradise. Head down to Guildford Spectrum for a fun and energetic afternoon at the waterslides. Be prepared with waterproof mascara, a high bun and your towel. Children will love all the splashing around as well as the donut slides. 90 mins sessions are available during weekends and school holidays.


If you want to channel your inner artist why not try pottery painting with the kids. Head down to Studio 432 in Ham or Appletree in East Horsley for some family fun and bonding and who knows… you might discover a hidden talent and a new way to relax and unwind.


Bounce off some energy at the vast Flipout trampoline park in Wandsworth.