101 Things to Do Inside on a Rainy Day or During a Thunderstorm



101 things to do on a rainy day, things to do on a rainy day, what to do on a rainy dayIf the weather is preventing you from spending time outside, you can still find a lot of fun things to do inside, on a rainy day, or during a thunderstorm. Even a cloudy day can put a damper on your plans, especially on the weekend. Summertime thunderstorms can be exciting to observe while rainy days during the colder months of the year still call for things to do during your time spent indoors.

From weddings and graduations to days scheduled for picnics and barbecues, we often spend at least a few minutes here and there wishing away the rain and keeping our fingers crossed it just won’t come. Still, sometimes Mother Nature has other plans. If you are wondering what to do on a rainy day and having a hard time thinking of something fun or worthwhile, consider these 101 things to do on a rainy day or during a thunderstorm.

Whether you want something fun, romantic, creative, mentally stimulating, productive, active, or just something relaxing to do inside, look no further. No matter if you need ideas for rainy day activities in summer, winter, spring, or fall, this list ideas for a stormy or dreary day can solve your dilemma with plenty of other options to spare.

What to do on a rainy day…

Romantic Things to Do on a Rainy Day or During a Thunderstorm
If the weather is too yucky to go outside, you can still have a romantic date or spend some quality time together inside. Think up your own things to do on a rainy day or consider these top 10 romantic things to do inside on a rainy day or during a thunderstorm.

1.    Enjoy a wine pairing meal or a simple, at-home wine tasting. Share a box of chocolates or a decadent slice of chocolate cake. If you have a fireplace, now is the time to turn it on!
2.    Enjoy homemade fondue. After all, what can’t you dip in chocolate? Marshmallows, cookies, pretzels, brownies, rice krispie treats, need we go on?
3.    Write a poem. A few moments of sweetness and creativity can woo your love for years to come.
4.    Write a love song. See above – what’s more romantic than a song written just for you?
5.    Write a love letter. This is a sweet idea you can put into action on a rainy day where you won’t see your sweetheart.
6.    Spend the day in bed.
7.    Exchange full-body massages with your significant other. Try learning about different massage techniques or get a kit for an interesting massage like a hot stone massage.
8.    Watch a romantic movie. For every few action movies and thrillers, a romance comedy should work its way into your Netflix or OnDemand listing.
9.    Make dinner or a special dessert with your sweetheart. Cooking and baking together can be romantic and fun, so why not make the most of the weather by doing something fun in the kitchen?
10.    Light some candles and play the rest by ear. There’s nothing wrong with relaxing and snuggling up to listen to the rain. If it’s boring enough, you’re sure to find other things to do.

Active Things to Do on a Rainy Day or During a Thunderstorm
Don’t let the bad weather get you down! You can still exercise your muscles or do something active on a rainy day or during some icky weather. Consider these ideas for something active you can do when your energy levels surpass the dullness of the weather outside.

11.    Exercise. Create a fun challenge for yourself to see how many exercises you can do. Work on strength training or cardio to improve your fitness level and muscle tone. You can also opt for an indoor exercise video you enjoy. My pick would be Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred.
12.    Do yoga or Pilates. Get your mind and body in sync with a fine balance of stretching and breathing.
13.    Shoot pool / billiards. If you don’t have a pool table, call around to the local billiards centers and see if they have a table available. You can head over with friends and pass the time together.
14.    Play darts. Shooting darts in your basement can be fun, but if you’re old enough, head over to a bar and challenge your friends. Loser buys the next round.
15.    Have a NERF gun fight. This activity can be fun for all ages, even if the power goes out. Make it more exciting by building forts or playing a version of “capture the flag”.
16.    Do some sit-ups, crunches, push-ups, chin-ups, pull-ups, or other indoor exercises. Start a routine for yourself to keep up even on the nicer days. Or you can lift weights. It’s another simple fitness suggestion, but it can give you results that you’ll love. It may only be 15 minutes of activity, but you will feel great as you start to see improvements over time.
17.    Go to the gym. Find a fitness class to try or play racquetball or another indoor sport. You can also use the indoor pool if they have one, or an indoor track or other workout equipment.
18.   Play hide and go seek inside. Depending on the layout of your house, it may be too easy to find your opponents, so you might want to make up new rules to the game or have a home base where you can dash to if you don’t want to get caught.
19.    Visit a gym that has an indoor rock-climbing wall. Climb to your heart’s content and then go out for lunch or dinner.

Creative Things to Do on a Rainy Day or During a Thunderstorm
Rainy weather shouldn’t stop your creativity. In fact, a thunderstorm or a rainy day is the perfect excuse to try a new craft or some other creative things to do. During the next thunderstorm, consider these interesting and crafty ideas for a dismal day.

20.    Do a craft you find on Pinterest. Seriously, I read the comments you guys leave and if you get to the end of the article and haven’t found a thing that you want to do, I am all for sending you over to Pinterest where you can find countless crafts to try.
21.    Learn to crochet or knit or cross-stitch. I made an awesome handmade blanket for my husband before we were married or even engaged. It featured his favorite hockey team and I even free-handed the team logo for the corners of the blanket. It is one of his prized possessions to this day, so don’t knock the needle crafts!
22.    Paint something. Get canvases and make your own artwork or paint rocks or seashells. You can make a noodle sculpture by gluing macaroni or other noodles to a box or other household recyclables and then spray paint the noodles. Get creative and have fun with it!
23.    Draw something. Try to sketch your dog or your true love. Draw your house or your dream house. Doodle. Play Pictionary with your friends. It’s a fun way to pass the time if you like to put pen to paper.
24.    Sculpt something. Use modeling clay or Playdoh. For even more fun, make your own salt dough and craft your own holiday ornaments, animals, or scenes.
25.    Build a model ship, airplane, or rocket. This can be a fun project to try with friends or siblings. It can also be a time-consuming hobby that becomes a favorite pastime. Give it a shot and see what you think!
26.    Make a homemade pinata. You just need a balloon, flour, water, scissors, and newspaper for the most part. Once you are done with that, you can use crepe paper to decorate it. I’ve always wanted to make a pinata of one of our favorite NFL team’s football rivals that we could bash on game day. A rainy day could be the perfect day to try that!
27.    Hold a photography shoot in your home. Play old school dress up with your friends or take cute pictures of your pets or kids (if you have any).
28.    Make homemade jewelry. Depending on the materials you have, you can try to make friendship bracelets, shell jewelry, beaded jewelry, jewelry with stones, and more. Take a look at Etsy to get ideas of what kinds of jewelry people make and sell. You can also make your own hair bows, headbands and other accessories if you feel crafty enough.
29.    Paint your nails. Make your own nail designs for the season, crafting cute characters or a classy look with jewels or sparkles. You should definitely find the time to do a soothing pedicure at home – just soak your feet and listen to music before you get around to choosing what color to paint your toes.
30.    Create and organize new photo albums. It’s been on my to-do list forever, way back to my wedding and now the birth of my daughter. If you have the photos and the albums, spend a few hours putting everything together.
31.    Create a scrapbook. Ditto – see above. I am such a slacker when it comes to scrapbooking and creating photo albums. Maybe one day, one of the next few rainy days…?
32.    Hang some photographs on your walls. Even if you have some artwork already there, consider changing things up a bit. You can get a lovely new look for your favorite rooms by simply changing the art on the walls.
33.    Take up sewing or craft a new sewing project. Some fun things to make may be shaped pillows, tutu skirts, quilts or t-shirt quilts (for all the t-shirts you collected when playing sports but never wear), or other fun sewing projects.
34.    Start a new hobby like brewing your own beer. If you aren’t old enough to brew or drink beer, maybe you’d enjoy a root beer float or Coke float! Just add some ice cream to your favorite soda pop.
35.    Find some old white clothes and give them a tie-dye face lift. This can be very fun with shirts, but also with socks, sports bras, white skirts, shorts, sweats, sheets, and more.
36.    Play pretend. Play made up games like house, school, circus, pet shop / dog pound, museum, newspaper, or other games of make-believe.
37.    Write a song and/or play an instrument. If you are talented enough to do both, go for it. If you have a piano or keyboard at home, this can be a fun way to pass the time in the rainiest of days. Learn a favorite song on your instrument or make up your own.
38.    Learn to play guitar or another instrument if you don’t already know. (Sidebar: Playing guitar in the rain can be an irresistible way to attract certain members of the opposite sex in the future. Who can resist an attractive musician playing a favorite song while the rain trickles down?)
39.    Begin writing a novel or book. If you haven’t written a book yet, why not? You can surely find something to write, whether it’s an actual real-life story or more of a comic series.

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144 thoughts on “101 Things to Do Inside on a Rainy Day or During a Thunderstorm

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  2. My 14-year-old daughter and I had more fun reading the comments than the suggestions for a rainy day! Best laugh we have had in a long time.

  3. this kinda helped i mean i could do water marble nail painting and for those of you who dont know what that is look it up on youtube
    😛 8) 😆

  4. This did kinda help me I mean I dont know why yall are freakin out all this person did was try to be helpful yall dont like any of this then go to another freakin website 😕 😐 by the way im 11

  5. These are wonderful! Thanks. A little creativity goes a long way. I especially like the romantic ideas. Sometimes we need to be reminded on how much joy there is in spending time with those we love. Great work! :roll: PS my son really likes the idea of showing MOM how to play the latest video game. Wish me luck!

  6. These are probably not the best ideas in the world and quite booooring but at least this person is trying why don’t thre rest of you have a go and see how hard it is. hmmm 😮

  7. I was kinda hoping for something to do at a cottage while it is raining but this did help. Kids these days have ADD and just can’t sit still unless something is entertaining them i mean READ A FREAKIN BOOK!!!!! btw I’m 15, you guys just need to learn to entertain yourselves for once!

  8. Stop hating on this person. All he or she is trying to do is help you think of ideas to do. God. Some of u people are so rude!!!!!!!! 😕
    Btw I’m 12 years old.

  9. Stop hating on this person. All he or she is trying to do is help you think of ideas to do. God. Some of u people are so rude!!!!!!!! 😕
    Btw I’m 12 years old.

  10. im 13 and dont have the materials to make any of this stuff!!! do you really think everybody has the materials to make a pinyata??!!??

  11. This website was not made to run you free time, so don’t blaime this website for not entertaining you when your the bored person here! “Only boring people get bored” Find your self somthing to do instead of googling them. you don’t need a car for everything! what do you think people did b4 they had cars?? BIKE! Suck it up and just bike there! (God, this generation of kids are getting worst and worst as they get older!!!)

  12. 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 THIS IS SO BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

  13. Phhh have of this is romantic stuff…. Im 13 and dont jave a relationship like that so more ideas? Cuz doing videos games are already on my todo list…. Mw3!

  14. I don’t want to be mean…but these 😥 😥 tips r dumb and my mom is not going to let me do half of that stuff and I cant go any were..I’m freaking 11 yrs old

  15. [quote name=taylor]:-| im 9 and im bbbbbbbooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeedddddd :zzz :zzz :zzz[/quote]only boring people get bored

  16. im 12 and i dont have a car to go anywhere and im bored with all this stuff…… maybe a few more ideas???????????? 😐 :sigh:

  17. This was NOT a waste of time. I basically read some of the suggestions and altered them a little. Like “make your home a photoshop” i turned into “take a bunch of random pictures of you and your friends in the rain or in your home having fun, when your done post them to facebook”! 😉

  18. I am twelve and I know how to crochette and half of these things I could do right now I don’t know why everyone else is complaining this person that wrote this list is just trying to help by listing his/her ideas

  19. :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz
    this was really pointless, espically considering me and my sister are teenagers and need something to do. all these things do need a lot of money or a car witch we do NOT have. so this was pretty much a waste of time!

  20. [quote name=maddyfun]IM 10. I CANT DO ANY OF THIS STUFF BECAUSE MOST OF IT MY MOM WONT LET ME DO. SEROIUSLY? :-|[/quote]Yeah… Except I am 20, and these are teriible suggestions, ha!

  21. 😐 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) :zzz 😛 :roll: :sigh: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: 😡 😡 😡 😡 😡 😡 😡 😡 😡 😮 😳 😳 😳 😳 😳 😳 😳 😳 :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* 😆 😆 😆 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  22. this doesnt help at all! all these things r BORING :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz

  23. i didnt do much i neede more fun things sorry!!! 😐 :-* 🙁 😮 😕 😡 :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz 😮 😮 😮 😮 😕 😕 😕 😕 😕 🙁

  24. All the stuff they said were really stuuuuuuuuuuupppppppiiiidddddddd and did not help at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz 😥 😥 😮 :-*

  25. 😀 😀 😀 😀 😆 😆 🙂 😉 8) 😐 :-* 😳 🙁 😥 😮 😡 😮 :zzz 😛 :roll: :sigh: mix of every thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. it is a good web i think some of the ideas are grate but some are very expensive and i have broken my foot so i cant do some of the activity’s
    but thanks anyway it did give me inspiration for the next rainy day i get hopefully this time i wont of broken my foot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    thanks 😀 😀 :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz

  27. there is nothing i can do as it is all so expensive or nothing i want to do + i have broken my foot so I’m :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz 😛 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 in a bad mood so i want something fun to do

  28. Going to a rock-climbing place with my little sister (8) and my dad. Thank you so much for all the cool ideas, i will come back to this website next time it is rainy! 😀 😆

  29. This is a good list but i need something fun really fun. I was going to make a pinata but didn’t have a balloon.Anyway TTYL! :-* 😐 😉 🙂 😆 😀 :sigh: :zzz

  30. thnx but didnt help much. 😡 😀 😆 🙂 😉 8) 😐 :-* 😳 🙁 😥 😮 😕 😡 😮 :zzz 😛 :roll: :sigh: :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz

  31. 😐 Didn’t find that much stuff im interested in…I’m 11!! I need stuff to do in my room cuz its raining. Thanks anyway :roll:

  32. This wan’t rerally what I was looking 4. I hav a little brother and he is 8 and I am 13. I was looking for something for older kids. :sigh: 😐 😉 🙂 😆 😀 😐 :-* 😳 🙁 😥 😮 😮 😕 😡 😮 :zzz 😛 :roll: :sigh:

  33. :-* Get a life invite peeps over and have a big cooking contest or dance party!!! 😆 8) 😉 😆 8) :-* 😛 :roll: :zzz 😥 🙁 😳 😮 😕 And play tag with ur cat or dog or rabbit or maybe a mouse that you find in your basement :sigh: :roll: 😛 :zzz 😮 😡 😕 😮 😥 😳 😐 😉 Lol

  34. 😀 😆 🙂 😉 8) 😐 :-* 😳 🙁 😥 😮 😕 😡 😮 :zzz 😛 :roll: :sigh: i still dont know what to do this didnt help at all

  35. 🙁 UH! I am SO bored! these ideas are ok, but they are for BORED people with like 5 other bored peopl.e not just for ONE bored person! plus when I’m bored I go outside and exersize! GRR! 😥 plus is cant drive to a gym! sheesh! WHAT 2 DO?! 🙁 :zzz :-*

  36. there has to be more to this provencial life 😥 ….I think I’m going to watch beauty and the beast now…that girl has some real fun!

  37. Hey guys its bob again , I see my comments havn’t been put up so the person that is not letting my comments to be put up ,ILOVEYOUU!

  38. Hi guys it’s bob again! , still bored please help ,being mauled by badger 😥 yelp yelp! , kkthxbye :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz

    Love youu all!!

  39. Hi there , I am very bored and need something to do that is exciting 😉 :-*
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx haha lovee you all babes 😉

  40. 😛 Well I am for Doug and billy but there is a flood in my tv room so i can’t which tv maybe I will just make a fort :roll:

  41. [quote name=bob]I have some better ideas that you could do in a bed room ;-)[/quote]dude seriously there are kids around here prevert!!!!!

  42. Coolio. I totally luv this list cuz I tried everything wit my friends. These are really great ideas 😆 😆 😆

  43. Bob (first page) really? this is a kids website where kids go on too, im 12 years old… ppl be appropriate 😀
    LIVE AND ENJOY U ONLY HAVE 1 LIFE! 😆 😆 😆 😆

  44. good ideas. The only thing bad is when its a really big thunderstorm, you cant go out, so some of theese things you cant do for example you cant go shopping.

  45. Some productive feedback that you should absorb is: More detailed info, 😕 lesser amount of suggestions and more ways on how to do them, a fun and colourful way to present the suggestions. I respect your courage and individuality to create this page. I give it 6 and a half out of ten! Great 🙂 job! 😆

  46. theses R quite rubbish becausee u cant really shoot pool if u havnt gt a pool table lol etc xx 😮 😮 😮 😮 :sigh: :sigh: :sigh:

  47. hey i thought some of these were alright but i am a teen and me and my friend are madly bord! i have some ideas but idk if my friend will like them. yha so thanks… maybe 😀 😆 🙂 😉 8) 😐 :-* 😳 🙁 😥 😮 😕 😡 😮 :zzz 😛 :roll: :sigh:

  48. These ideas are really crafty but most I can’t do. Because my room is already clean, none of my friends know my addresses and I feel like doing other things.

  49. :sigh: 😀 😆 🙂 😉 8) 😐 :-* 😳 🙁 😥 😕 😮 :zzz :zzz :zzz :zzz 😛 :roll: 😡 😡 😡 these ideas suck

  50. Hey me bored you were dumb enough to look on this website because you couldn’t think of them yourself so cut the creative people who help u some slack!

  51. I was going to go to a museum with my boyfriend but it was gona close in an hour. We ended up doing a bunch of stuff on this list. We had a 70’s themed day. We went to Michael’s and tie dyed shirts, cooked dinner, had cocktails, listened to 70’s music, and then did the back massage idea. Great ideas for a rainy day!

  52. this are good ideas but not specific 😥 at all. Sculpt something draw something :-* not very creative :zzz why not make puppets from brown paper bags or SCULPT zoo animals or safari animals or animals you see at the pet shop 8)

  53. I personally like the one about baking homemade dog treats.. I tried it, great idea! I ended up eating them myself though since I don’t have a dog 😡

    yum! try it you might like it. The rain sucks!

  54. THESE IDEAS ARE SO LAME! I’D RATHER WASH MY DOG, DO WOMANS WORK ALL DAY,AND THAN COOK DINNER FOR 10 POEPLE AFTER.OH AND GOING TO A MOVIE IS ON THE LIST TWICE.WORK ON SOME BETTER SUGGESTIONS DURING THE RAIN

  55. great things to do. I love them all! yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyayayayayayyayayayayayayyayayayayayayayayayyayayayayaayayayayayayayayayayayayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy 😆

  56. Give me an idea of why it didn’t help – I am happy to update or do a new article on this topic with the info you are seeking. 🙂

  57. Thanks for the feedback Lucy – Love to know what you had in mind or what you were hoping to find! Happy to update for you with new ideas.

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