There is nothing worse than planning a day outside only for the rain to spoil all your fun. It’s especially difficult when you have a house full of children to keep entertained. Boredom can quickly set in, and your day off quickly becomes a nightmare.

But there are plenty of fun things that you can do on a rainy day. Here are five of the best activities to try next time your plans are washed off.

1. Visit Your Local Activity Centre

If you live in or near a town, there is a good chance that you have an activity centre nearby. Most towns have a sports centre, and they are perfect for keeping kids entertained – as well as providing you with something to do when it’s too wet to go outside.

Some activity centres have pools that you can use when you feel like it. Sign up in advance, and then head to the pool when your plans for going outdoors have been foiled. This is a great way to let the kids burn off some energy and have a great time.

Some activity centres have other things to do like climbing walls and trampolines, so there is lots of fun and active things to keep everyone busy.

2. Go to the Bowling Alley

If there is one game that will provide you with hours of fun that the rain can never affect, it’s bowling. If you have a bowling alley nearby, this is a top option for spending a few hours on a wet afternoon.

You don’t have to be a bowling pro. Simply turn up, get your shoes and head to your lane. You can play several games depending on how much time you have and how much fun you’re all having.

Many bowling alleys also serve food and drink, and some have arcade games too, so there are lots of fun things to keep you entertained on a rainy day.

3. Play in an Escape Room

Have you played in an escape room yet? If not, you are in for a treat. Escape rooms only came along a few years ago, but they have quickly taken over. They are now one of the top activities to enjoy in the UK. And while there are now a few outdoor escape rooms available, they are primarily indoor games – perfect for wet and miserable days.

The idea is that you go into a room with your team, and you are then locked in. You have a series of clues and puzzles to solve, and as you solve them, you get closer to escaping from the room. You usually have about one hour to escape.

It’s great fun for the whole family, or you can bring your friends along too. There are lots of themed rooms to choose from. From prison cells to pirate ships. Some are more mystery based – you may even find yourself solving a mystery in outer space.

Great decorations and effects provide a genuinely immersive experience, so an escape room Portsmouth can provide a whole lot of fun for a rainy day.

4. Visit Your Nearest Aquarium

A trip to the zoo is best when it’s not raining. But aquariums are indoors, and they are just as fun. If you have an aquarium nearby, take a trip to visit it on a rainy day.

They are a great form of family entertainment where you will discover tropical fish, rays, turtles and other exotic sea creatures. There may also be games to play, and they are a great way to spend an afternoon.

5. Visit a Museum

Say the word ‘museum’ and the kids may well roll their eyes. But museums don’t have to be boring. In fact, go to the right museum and you can keep the kids occupied for hours, and it doesn’t matter at all that it’s raining.

Natural history museums, science museums and even toy museums can provide hours of fun for the whole family. Just make sure you look for one that is child-friendly and has interactive exhibits designed especially for children, which will lead to a more successful trip.

Don’t Let the Rain Spoil Your Fun

These are some of the best ideas for things to do on a wet afternoon. So don’t let the rain spoil your fun, and find some fun activities nearby. Whether it’s an afternoon in the bowling alley, a trip to the museum or a fun session in an escape room.

Alternatively, you can always get creative at home. Get painting, make something with clay, set up a treasure hunt or bake some cookies. Keep some ideas on hand for when it rains, and never let bad weather stop you having fun.