Welcome to “ATLantis”, Georgia. Unlike last year, when the city experienced drought like conditions, 2013 has seen one of the rainiest summers on record -- and more showers are expected!
The endless precipitation has dampened the joy of outdoor fun. This begs the question: what can you do on rainy days to drown out your family’s boredom? You can drive somewhere for indoor activities, but Atlanta streets are not known for their ease of driving, especially wet and slippery ones! Instead, opt for fun indoor activities at home.
Here are five simple and fun activities the entire family will enjoy:
• Bake away rainy day blues. Never-ending rain can adversely affect anyone’s mood. One surefire way to happily weather the storm is with a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies or brownies. Put on some fun music; grab the kids, and bake away. Give each person a particular job in the grand production. Make a variety of cookies. Decorate the brownies. Add more fun by displaying goodies for Dad to “sample”. For an additional project, make creative bags to take extra pastries to school or work for a friend, teacher or coworker.
• Throw a dance party. Be spontaneous, show off your moves, have fun, and get active while grooving to your favorite songs. This is a great way to connect as a family and to channel any cooped up energy. Let your kids put together a playlist of their all-time favorites. Then clear out the living room, dress up (optional), crank the music, and get down! Add to the party by laying out a spread of finger foods and healthy snacks. Just have fun, be silly, and enjoy each others company.
• Play “Diner”. This is a fun way for mom (or dad) to take a break from cooking. Sit back and relax while the kids create a family diner or restaurant atmosphere. Have them decorate the dining room, prepare simple recipes, and create menu cards and play money (or opt to pay them real money, especially if they clean everything up). Dress up for your “date” and savor the fruits of your children’s labor.
• Run a movie marathon. Choose a movie genre, a trilogy, or several classics. Stay comfy in your jammies or under a warm blanket, grab a bowl of popcorn, and settle down in front of the flat screen for a marathon viewing of your favorite motion pictures. Make sure you have some “intermission” between movies for nature calls and snack refills. Engage in family discourse by discussing, reviewing, or rating each movie after the show.
• Camp “In”. Grab your airbeds, sleeping bags, blankets and pillows, and pitch a pop-up or small dome tent in your family room. If you don’t have a tent, make one with blankets and sheets spread across chairs, side tables, and couches. Keep flashlights, games, and snacks on hand. Then have an indoor picnic, play games, and tell “campfire” tales in the dark (using the old flashlight under the chin trick for full effect) before going to sleep.
"Weather" you choose one or more one of these activities, the most thing is to have fun as a family!