We’ve been having a lot of rain lately here in Tampa. And when you’re used to spending your days playing in the yard or swimming in the pool, it can be hard to figure out ways to entertain an energetic toddler indoors! Of course TV is always an option, but since too much screen time is a “no-no,” I try not to let Mickey occupy too much of our days.
Here are some things we’ve done, along with activities in my back pocket to try out for the next boring rainy day.
- Walk through a Pet Store – We’ve had fun looking at fish swim around, kittens jumping on each other and dogs playing at an indoor doggie daycare.
- Build a Fort – One of my favorite childhood pastimes was building forts. I recently built one with Luke and it was a hit! We used a clothes pin to clip a sheet to a curtain and draped it over a chair and table. He excitedly brought in some of his toys and we enjoyed our snacks in there.
- Dine and Play at a Fast Food Restaurant – For lunch or an afternoon treat, head to Chik-fil-A or McDonalds and take advantage of their indoor play areas.
- Play at the Mall – Most malls in our area have a play area for little ones to burn some energy while parents take a break from shopping. International Plaza, WestShore Plaza and the Brandon mall all offer indoor options.
- Visit a Library or Book Store – Libraries and book stores like Barnes and Noble offer scheduled baby and toddler story times and even activities like yoga. Or you can always head to the library anytime to scope out and get some new reading material.
- Go to the Movies – I’m not brave enough to take Luke to the movies yet, but friends of mine have had success with bringing their toddlers to the movies. I think food would be key here. We would need lots of popcorn and candy to keep Luke in his seat.
- Bust out the Arts and Crafts – We have a cabinet full of art supplies like markers, crayons, coloring books, finger paint and play dough. Usually Luke ends up throwing the play dough and building a sword by connecting the markers, but at least it keeps him seated and happy for a little while.
As many of you know, I’m new to this stay-at-home mom gig so I’m not used to coming up with unique things to do. Please feel free to leave me a comment with some ideas to add to my list!