If inclement weather and your wallet are putting a damper on your day, there are plenty of activities that will help you overcome the rainy day blues. Whether the children are home, it’s date night, or you want to catch up with some friends, the suggestions below can help you save money on a rainy day while making great memories.
A rainy day is perfect for some “me time,” but a day at the spa can cost more than $100. As an alternative, invite some friends over for a full day of pampering and catching up. Take some me time to rejuvenate your body, as self-care is important for happiness, a brain reboot and to de-stress.
Not sure how to make a spa at home? Here are a few ideas:
A spa facial can cost around $70, but you can hydrate your face with your own DIY facial by mixing half of a ripe avocado, a teaspoon of plain yogurt and a teaspoon of honey. If you would rather use a premade facial, your local grocery store likely has single packet facemasks that cost about $2 for any skin type.
An at-home mani-pedi can save you between $35 – $65.
Before you paint your nails, moisturize and hydrate your skin. Start by soaking your feet in some hot water and Epsom salt to sooth your skin, followed by an exfoliating sugar scrub. To make one yourself, mix half a cup of sugar, half a cup of oil (olive or coconut) and a drop of your favorite essential oil.
Overall, the at-home spa treatment will cleanse your body and keep your wallet well-manicured by saving you approximately $100.
Day at the Museum
Many local museums have daily deals, including student or senior discounts, along with certain deals for local residents of respective city or county of the museum. Check the museum website, community bulletin board or the local newspaper for special events happening at your nearby museums.
Visiting a local museum is a great way to stay dry while learning about history, art and culture. Taking advantage of their deals while you visit is even better.
For the Kids
If the kids are home on a rainy day, they may be interested in a more hands-on experience. Some museums have a children’s area with hands-on activities, crafts and areas for them to get out their energy.
Your museums don’t have a children’s section? A fun activity at the museum could be a scavenger hunt. Be creative while making the list of items to find such as a lion in a painting, someone wearing a hat or an artist whose name starts with the letter M.
For the Adults
Museums aren’t just for the kids. If you are looking for a fun date idea, the museum is a great option with many different exhibits. Before you head to the museum, check their online calendar for different events, performances or talks that are happening throughout the day.
Have a Playdate
Go back to the carefree time of being a child by having a playdate with your children or some friends. Save some money by staying inside on a rainy day to go down memory lane and blow the dust off of your childhood favorites.
For the Kids
There are many options for at-home arts and crafts for any age group. Reuse at-home products such as egg cartons, paper towel rolls or pipe cleaners to make decorations for your home or garden. To end the day, watch home movies with the family and revisit past holidays, first steps and summer days.
For the Adults
Invite some friends over for a game night and encourage them to bring their favorite game. For some extra laughs try a few “Minute to Win It” games, such as Defying Gravity or Face the Cookie. Watch as your friends run around trying to keep the balloons in the air or move a cookie from their forehead to their mouth by scrunching their face instead of using their hands. Whether it be old games or new, a game night can be perfect for some fun competition between friends.
What is better than binge watching your favorite movies on a rainy day? Unfortunately, the average movie ticket costs $10 and you can add at least another $10 for popcorn and a drink. This rainy day activity is quickly costing you a pretty penny. So why not do it at home?
By creating your own film festival, you’re in charge. Whether it be the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, a chick flick marathon or cowering under a blanket to a Stephen King film, you can watch movie after movie for free.
Invite friends and family over, encouraging them to bring their favorite movie and theater snack to share. The at-home theater creates endless options and unlimited popcorn with the added bonus of no previews and no one kicking your chair.
If you are looking for some leisurely physical activity, check your local bowling alleys for some daytime deals from discounted lanes to free shoe rentals. The bowling alley is a great place for all ages to get out of the house and have fun.
For an even more cost-effective option, you do not need to leave the comfort of your own home with a DIY alley that is easy to make. Find 10 old water or soda bottles and encourage the children to decorate them. Line the floor with tape or blankets to make the border of the lane or place it on a long table. The final step is to find the perfect ball for the kids to roll into the pins. As an educational bonus, teach your children how to keep the traditional bowling score.
A rainy day is a great opportunity to give back to your community by volunteering at local organizations. Help to walk, bathe or play with the animals at a neighborhood shelter, organize and run games for residents at a retirement home or serve and pack meals at a local food bank.
Get a group together or go alone – organizations are always looking for a helping hand. Search for local opportunities on sites such as, All for Good. By typing in your ZIP code, you can see what opportunities are available in your area. On any rainy or sunny day, go out and make a difference in your community.
At first, it may seem like the gray clouds blocking the sun are also blocking your opportunity for entertainment. Whether focusing on your mental health, going down memory lane or learning about the past, there are many activities for any interest. When rainy weather hits, try some of the suggestions above for some unexpected fun and if you have any great rainy day activities of your own, please share them in the comment section!
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