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  • Writer's pictureBobby Wise

Eight Indoor Activities For Rainy Days


1. Board Games & Puzzles: 

Dust off the board games and puzzles tucked away in your closet. Whether it’s a classic game of Monopoly or a challenging jigsaw puzzle, these activities foster friendly competition and teamwork while providing hours of entertainment.

Check out the Fun Station in Cedar Rapids for plenty of indoor arcade games plus climbing walls and a massive play maze!


2. Arts and Crafts:

Tap into your creative side with arts and crafts projects. From painting and drawing to DIY crafts, there are endless possibilities for creative expression. Gather supplies like paint, markers, construction paper, and glue, and let your imaginations run wild.

Get creative at art and craft studios like Brush and Barrel in Coralville. Check out their splatter room, a new experience for ages 5+ where you get to throw paint and have fun!


3. Movie Marathon: 

Turn your living room into a cozy home theater with a movie marathon. Let each family member pick their favorite films, gather some popcorn, and settle in for a cinematic experience. You can even create a themed movie night with snacks and decorations to match the films.

Head out to Collins Road Theatre, a locally owned budget cinema featuring 1st- & 2nd-run films plus popcorn with real butter!


4. Virtual Museum Tours: 

Explore the world from the comfort of your home with virtual museum tours. Many museums offer online tours of their exhibits, allowing you to discover art, history, and culture without leaving your living room. It’s a great way to spark curiosity and ignite conversations about the world around us.

Head to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Arts, where they offer a wide variety of programs for adults, children, and families


5. Family Storytime: 

Create lasting memories by gathering for a family storytime session. Choose a selection of books suitable for all ages and take turns reading aloud. Encourage discussion and imagination as you delve into captivating stories together.

Discover the diverse range of local libraries in the area that offer engaging storytime sessions, creative crafts, and various family-friendly activities.


6. Baking and Cooking: 

Spend quality time together in the kitchen by baking or cooking a delicious meal or treat. Choose a recipe that everyone can help with, whether it’s homemade pizza, cookies, or a hearty stew. Cooking together not only provides a tasty outcome but also teaches valuable life skills.

Check out “Cooking in the Kitchen with Nina.”  She teaches several classes each week on a wide range of topics and interests. Cooking class parties are also a unique way to celebrate your birthday, a child’s birthday, a wedding, or a baby shower.


7. Indoor Sports and Games: 

Stay active indoors with a variety of sports and games. Set up a mini basketball hoop, play indoor soccer, or challenge each other to a game of indoor mini-golf. Physical activity not only promotes health and fitness but also boosts mood and energy levels.

Head to AirFx in Hiawatha, the ultimate fun destination for the entire family. Featuring trampolines, foam pits, soft play, ninja warrior courses, climbing walls and more!


8. Science Experiments: 

Turn your home into a science lab with fun and educational experiments. From homemade volcanoes to simple chemistry experiments, there are plenty of hands-on activities that will fascinate both kids and adults alike. Explore the wonders of science together and unleash your inner scientist.

Stop at the Iowa Children’s Museum in Coralville, where they inspire every child to imagine, create, discover, and explore through the power of play!


Rainy days may keep you indoors, but they also provide the perfect opportunity to bond as a family.

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