Rainy Day Activities with the Kids
One thing you can rely on with the British weather, is that it will never do what you want it to do. If you're hoping for a glorious day of sunshine, you can pretty much guarantee it'll pour down with rain, so it always pays to have a few ideas up your sleeve for when the weather spoils your plans, especially with the school summer holidays looming. So where can you go if you fancy escaping the rain? Take a look at a few suggestions:
Instead of just going to the local pool, why not head to an indoor waterpark for a day of thrills, spills and lots of laughs. There are several dotted around the UK, one of the best being Waterworld in Stoke on Trent. This huge tropical swimming paradise is home to a dedicated section for little ones, weekly toddler mornings, a dry soft play area, massive flumes and even an aqua disco once a week. It's well worth a visit, and if it's raining outside you may aswell get wet anyway!
The UK is now home to several amazing indoor entertainment centres, with everything you could possibly ever need to ease boredom on a rainy day all under one roof. XScape in Milton Keynes is one such place that is just crying out to be enjoyed when the weather is less than cooperative. Featuring a cinema, bowling alley, climbing walls, an indoor skydiving zone and even a snowzone where you can try your hand at skiing and snowboarding or sledding.
If your stomachs start to growl while you're there you'll find a huge choice in terms of places to eat from KFC and Nandos to La Tasca and Frankie & Benny's. There are even a few shops if you fancy shopping til you drop while the kids have a lesson on the slopes in the snowzone.
Little animal lovers will love a trip to the aquarium, especially if their trip to the zoo or farm has been rained off. There are twelve Sea Life Centres dotted around the UK, plus an extra two located at Chessington World of Adventures and Alton Towers, so you should find one relatively close to home. You'll get to watch majestic sharks and chilled out turtles swim above your head in the tunnels, stroke the inquisitive rays, perhaps even touch a sea cucumber and watch feeding time. At the Birmingham Sea Life Centre there's an amazing new exhibit featuring penguins – the Penguin Ice Adventure - which is waiting to be discovered. You'll come face to face with these cute creatures as they swim up to the windows and take a peek at who's watching them waddle around the ice and dive into the icy cold waters. A great day out for all the family.
If all else fails you can always don your jeans (there's a great jeans range at ASDA to top up your cooler-weather wardrobe on a budget), a rain mac and a pair of wellies and get outside and splash about in the puddles. That's what rainy days were made for after all!
- Totally cool sunglasses that don't make you look too much like a shiny-eyed-fly
- Unlimited perving potential
(Men of London, you've been warned)