Things to do on a rainy day with kids - a family has a pillow fight during an afternoon rainstorm at their HGV resort.

Bathing suits on. Check. Sunscreen applied. Check. Pool bags are packed for a day of summer fun in the sun. Check. Your whole family is ready to walk out of your hotel room door. Suddenly, the sky darkens and you hear a thunder crack in the distance. Seconds later, a summer rainstorm strikes. Downpour. Who knows when it will clear up? The whining and sadness ensues. So now what? We’ve put together our creative list of things to do on a rainy day with kids for you to try the next time the glorious days of summer take a turn.

Marshmallow + Toothpick Challenge

This STEM challenge (Science Technology Engineering Math) is such an easy way to have fun indoors and push your mind’s creativity. All you need to do is purchase mini marshmallows and a box or two of toothpicks. Your children will stay busy (and motivated) for hours with this hands-on project. The only rule is: build something using just marshmallows and toothpicks. You can do several challenges, such as build the…

    • Tallest structure
    • Most unique structure
    • Resort where you are staying
    • Hotel room

Note: You can substitute toothpicks for dry spaghetti too.

things to do on a rainy day with kids

Marshmallow Catapult

If you have leftover marshmallows, continue the STEM learning indoors by making a homemade marshmallow catapult. Your kids can fling things in the air, which is always a hit. Kids won’t even realize they are learning about physics along the way! All you need are popsicle sticks, rubber bands, plastic spoons, mini marshmallows, oh and an open mouth! Visit here to learn how to build your indoor catapult.

Make a Blanket Fort

Use the couch and dining chairs as your structure, and drape over sheets and blankets for the walls and ceiling. Once the fort is built, move in pillows, blankets, and a bowl of popcorn for the ultimate cozy land!

things to do on a rainy day with kids

Funny Boomerangs

Have you used the Boomerang app before? It’s simple and silly! Have a Boomerang hotel room challenge! See all the fun ways you can turn everyday moments into something hilarious and unexpected. Boomerang takes a burst of photos and stitches them together into a high-quality mini video that plays forward and backward. Plus you’ll have memories to last a life time of your rainy day kid activities!

things to do on a rainy day with kids

Escape Room

Going to an actual Escape Room makes for a great night out with friends, family, or colleagues. While you are ‘locked in a room’ you need to solve puzzles and clues to escape. Now you can play at home (or in your hotel room). Visit here to print out your own Escape Room game to play indoors. You can print everything you need in an HGV Business Center, or have the Front Desk help out!  


Web sensation GoNoodle has helped get over 14 million kids up and moving in their classrooms and at home. Login and turn screen time into active time. Your kids will have a blast and get moving with all of the fun movement activities. Dance to “Get Loose” and “Kitty High Five,” run an interactive track, play learning games, and so much more! When you first sign up, you can choose your character, and each activity you complete, the character continues to morph into something quite spectacular.

Make Your Own YouTube Cooking Video

Think of an easy recipe, maybe something you can eat by the pool when the sun comes back. Try these Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Bites. They are easy and don’t require more than these three ingredients. Have your kids write their culinary show script and bake away! Who knows, you might end up making your own “culinary vacation” series. It could be the next big hit!

things to do on a rainy day with kids

Learn to Code

It’s like learning a new language, and kids can learn to code much faster than adults. There are great free websites for younger and older kids to learn the power of coding. Warning: you might have to pry them away from these coding games when the rain stops.

The next time thunder and rain put a damper on your day, try these things to do on a rainy day with kids to keep your little ones (and big kids too!) busy having fun. Maybe pack a bag of marshmallows and toothpicks in your suitcase before you go. You know, just in case.

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