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9 Rainy Day Activities That Don’t Cost Anything

9 Rainy Day Activities That Don’t Cost Anything

April and May are almost always rainy, wet months. We experienced a good 2 full weeks of rain during the end of April and let me tell you – it was awful. It was difficult to get up in the morning and accomplish things because it just looked so dreary outside. I tend to work better when the sun is shining. I’m sure I’m not the only one… right?

After such a long time of seeing nothing but rain, and knowing that sunshine wasn’t in the forecast for awhile, we decided to make the best of the situation.

Since we don’t have much money to spare right now, it’s not an option to spend the day at the mall, go to a movie, or enjoy community events that cost more than $5. Instead, we came up with a list of rainy day activities that don’t cost anything to get us through this rough patch.

Rainy Day Activities That Don’t Cost Anything

Bake Something Yummy

Not only will the oven warm up your home, you will have some tasty treats to enjoy. When the weather is bad, I love baking cookies. There are so many great cookie recipes available online and in cookbooks. I love to pick a few good ones and then mash them together to make my own recipe.

Baking something can be a fun family activity and if you have young children. It’s a great opportunity to teach them all about cooking in the kitchen.

Toddlers can play with measuring cups/spoons and help you mix ingredients. Bigger kids can also mix ingredients and decorate the baked goods.

Movie Marathon

Why wait until the evening to play movies? Pick a few of your favourite films and play them one after another.

Remember to take some breaks in between so that you can stretch your legs and enjoy a meal.

We often have a movie marathon when it’s raining outside. It’s nice to just relax all day long.

Visit The Library

Libraries are such a fabulous resource for everyone, but especially those who choose to live a frugal lifestyle.

People often associate libraries with borrowing books, but nowadays you can find much more at your local library. Many libraries offer movie DVD’s (and VHS tapes), magazines and music CD’s.

Don’t forget to track your library items to avoid fines. The library isn’t very fun if you are constantly incurring fines for not returning materials on time.

Make Crafts

Unless you are a crafty person by nature, this idea is more for those with children.

Crafts are a great way to teach your kids all about art. There are many craft ideas that you can try that are both frugal and and fun.

Picnic in the House

Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you can’t have a picnic!

Prepare a bunch of your favourite picnic treats, set out a big blanket on the living room floor (or another room of your choice) and have yourself a fun little indoor picnic.

Some of our favourite picnic foods include:
– Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
– Pickles
– Crackers & Cheese
– Granola Bars
– Fruit (of any kind)
– Bell Peppers, Celery & Carrot Sticks

Museums & Zoo’s

Check out your city’s website and find their community calendar. Many museums and zoo’s offer “free days” where you can visit for free.

These free days are often in the summer when kids are out of school and parents are looking for some fun activities for their children.

If you don’t see any free days listed on your community calendar, find a few local museums and zoo’s and just call them up and ask them if they are having any free events in the near future.

Board Games

It’s common for people to play board games when the sun is shining, but it’s a more popular activity for rainy days.

When the rain starts coming down, dust off those board games and enjoy some fun family game time.

Some of our favourite board games are:
– Scrabble
– Monopoly
– Boggle
– Risk
– Guess Who?

Organize Something

Now, this may because I’m just a tad bit OCD about organizing, but for some reason, all I want to do when it’s raining outside is to organize something.

Of course, this probably wouldn’t be a fun activity for your kids, but if you are child-less and enjoy organization, this just may be a good rainy day activity for you!

There are many rainy day activities that you can enjoy on a dreary day, this is just a small sampling.

Don’t let a rainy day get you down – do something fun instead!

What are some rainy day activities that you enjoy?


  1. Abbie

    Just wanted to let you know that you have a typo… it made me giggle though…
    “Organize your panty, clean out your desk drawers – maybe even de-clutter your email”
    I’m assuming you mean pantry. Thanks for making me smile 🙂

  2. Cassie Howard

    OMG! *embarassed*

    Thanks, Abbie! 😉

  3. Linda S

    lol, did not even notice the typo.

    We love games, can’t wait for the girls to be older so both girls can play. Baking is also something that my oldest (4.5 yo) loves to do and help me with.

  4. Frugal Edmonton Mama

    Well, you could totally organize your underwear drawer! On rainy days – and even winter days that were spent with a sick toddler indoor tents were a godsend!

    Great post!

  5. Cassie Howard

    Board games are so much fun. 🙂

  6. teachermum

    Our kids always loved “forts” especially if they were allowed to eat in there! A few sheets, a few clothes pins, strategically placed chairs-good to go!

    Going for a swim was always fun too…something about being in the bathtub with a bathing suit on made it different from bathtime…you can buy an hour that way if you have tub toys (measuring spoons, measuring cups, plastic dishes, etc.) Also a great time to play “float or sink”…use your imagination there! Apples, oranges, regular pop, diet pop, juice boxes, golf balls, full shampoo bottle, empty shampoo bottle…you can get lots of laundry folded on the bed across the hall from an open door, or read a book, or sort through paperwork (at a safe, dry distance) and since there will likely be more splashing, have some rags handy and the floor will be spic and span when you are done!

    We used to love rainy days!

  7. Cassie Howard

    teachermum – I used to take baths in my bathing suit when I was younger. I used to love that!

  8. Denise

    My daughter and I go to the local Chapters on Saturdays for storytime and craft time. It’s FREE. I love your website. I just discovered it today.

  9. Cassie Howard

    Denise – That’s a great idea! We used to do that alot when we were child-less. We don’t do it much right now, because all Elliott wants to do is run around and throw the books off the shelves. Perhaps we’ll try again when he’s older. 😛

  10. Sasha

    You could go outside jump int he puddles and play in the mud.

  11. Sasha

    go and play in the mud and jump in the puddles.

  12. Mary Oconnor

    I was six when I made the gruesome misjudgment of the depth of a puddle. Thinking this puddle was just as shallow as the puddles I’d been jumping in minutes earlier, I went for it, both feet together and wearing boots up to my calf, I, eeewwww gross just thinking about it, I went in feet first and not only did water go up over the top of my boots and soak my socks, but a hundred dead, translucent, white, worms that were over a foot long and bodies bloated thicker than rope licorice had drowned in the flooded sewer whose grate I’d unknowingly jumped into. YUK! This was the last puddle I ever jumped into. And later, as a driver, I never drove through a puddle that stretched across the lane or the road. I’d pull over and then go behind another car, to confirm the waters depth. Even when you know the street well. you can’t tell if a huge, deep pothole has formed or if the bottom of the puddle gave way. This happened in Seattle along the block several blocks away from the water front and the car disappeared completely and the car and driver were washed into Puget Sound never to be seen again because he misjudged the puddle thinking it still had a street under it but it had a circular portion of the road dropped away into the ground water. Let someone else go first and follow behind in the shallow wake trail their vehicle creates! Stay safe walking and jumping and driving around in the rain!

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