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Moms: What Do You Do on a Rainy Day?

This week's moms talk hears from local mothers about ideas on how to keep children entertained on a rainy day. Chime in below in the comments section.

Hamilton-Wenham Patch invites you and your circle of friends to help build a community of support for mothers and their families right here in Hamilton and Wenham.

Each week in , local mothers take your questions, give advice and share solutions.

Grab a cup of coffee and settle in to read this week's question. Below is how local mothers answered, but we want to hear from you. Leave a comment in the comment box below and share your thoughts.

Question: We have been spared of many total “rainouts” this summer – instead it’s been a summer of many hot and dry days.

But just one rainy day in the summer can be tough if you are home all
day with antsy kids. What are some great summertime, rainy day
activities? What are some good ideas to do with the kids at home? What are some good places to go?

While some of these ideas may be applicable in more general
circumstances when it comes to finding things to do during the summer, is there anything specific to a rainy day that works best?what


Going out:

  • Bowling - and because it's summer, you can sign-up at kidsbowlfree.com for coupons to bowl free everyday. in Peabody allows you to use your free coupon for regular bowling for discounted bumper bowling.
  • Movies - lots of great movies are released during the year. Buy your tickets on-line at Fandango.com, so you're not disappointed when you get to the theatre, because everyone else had the same idea. If you join AMC Stubs, the service charge is waived.
  • Museum of Science - you can go from covered parking, into the museum, eat lunch, and back home without ever encountering a drop of rain.
  • Indoor Pool at the YMCA, Beverly is open rain or shine.

Staying home:

  • Monopoly - the longest game of all times. If it's raining, you've got time to play. Lots of other board games fall into this category and some classic card games (Crazy 8, for instance, or our new favorite, Egyptian Rats)
  • Have friends over to play
  • Sort through toys or clothes (not fun, but needs to be done)
  • Puddle jump
  • On-Demand or RedBox movies and popcorn
  • Anything else they want to do, but you've said we don't have time for that...making a large fort in the living room
  • Call grandma or other relatives


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