It begins with pitter-patter on the roof, a sound that encourages me to pull blankets up higher and snuggle in my sheets tighter. For a moment, I soak in my bed until my body activates. Without my brain, I jump out of bed and unlock the door wondering for a nano second if I should indeed pull on some pants. Oh well, says my body as it walks my pajama ensemble of Jon’s worn Tee and deep fuchsia underwear out the door. I guess there may be a show with someone’s coffee this morning. Did I just hear someone say “Bonus!” as I wander around my plastic lawn mat?
I scoot outside, folding up lawn chairs, unhooking solar lanterns, and packing away the picnic blanket. I tuck odds and ends under the slide, the rig, or the awning. Yesterday’s laundry is swiped from the portable folding rack. With a glance I notice the van windows are securely shut. Thank goodness! The panty parade route will not be directly on the road today and thus less to be embarrassed about after I regain consciousness.
Inside the vents are rolled down to prevent the next wave of rain from seeping in our home. Windows are slid to allow fresh air in through cracks in an effort to air out teen boy aromas and six pairs of feet. I put on hot water and diffuse drops of lavender into the air. Smell, it seems, is important to me.
Rainy days are challenging when you live in an RV with four kids, especially if there are two or three consecutive days! Rainy days seem to be one of the biggest challenges for families who camp too. Some ideas are the usual board games, electronic game playing, arts & crafts, reading, and card games to entertain. Families can also visit local libraries for story time, and summer entertainment. Here are five other activities to help with the rainy weather.
Fun Family Activities For Rainy Days
Using Netflix, campground rental and clubhouse TV, library checkout, or a local movie theater, we find movie days to be fun. It always comes with popcorn of course!
We have enjoyed local tours of wineries, breweries, chocolates, and there are so many more to experience! Find your factory tour. Factory Tours USA
Visit a local science, art, historical, or children’s museum. Perhaps even a butterfly house, or a nature center. If you have a museum membership back home, you may be able to visit the nearest museum free of charge. Checkout the ASTC Passport Program.
If your family likes to shop, and you don’t mind the occasional wetness, visit local shops with unique products. Grab some hot chocolates at the local coffee shop and gather around the table for some conversation. Take turns answering some of these questions. Kids always love to learn more about what makes their parents tick, and kids long to be understood.
10 Questions For Family Conversation
- Tell me the five best things about you.
- Do you remember an embarrassing moment you had? What was it?
- Who is your favorite singer or band?
- Where would one place be that you want to visit?
- Tell me your favorite joke.
- If you could have a superpower, what would you pick? Why?
- What is your favorite place to be?
- What is your favorite animal? Why?
- What was the last dream you remember?
- What would you like to do more of as a family?
Active Indoor Fun
Release some energy by finding fun family activities such as bowling, laser tag, ice skating, roller skating, and climbing walls. Trampoline parks seem to be popping up all around the US, with foam pits and basketball hoops. We have really enjoyed interacting with the kids through these activities, especially the strategic game of laser tag. My eleven year old son still kicks my butt every time. We have found great deals through Groupon.
Another Rainy Day Option
Some rainy days, I feel like a noon aide taking her shift in the school cafeteria. Everyone else is perfectly content with staying inside the RV, except this girl. There are days sistah and brothah when this mama just needs to leave the premises for family harmony. A quiet table at the library or a chair at the local coffee shop and everyone has a happy rainy day.