By: Gloria Miles
Rain seems to be in the forecast until about 2050. Okay, so perhaps not that far out, but Richmond, VA may be competing with Seattle, WA. Our current season is Wet. First there's clouds, then lightning, then pouring down rain. Rain trickles to a stop, puddles start to dry up, and a light shower to make sure no one is complacent with their umbrellas.
Farmers must be rejoicing.
Parents may be feeling a little stir-crazy.
Not to worry, though, below is a list of things to do around the Richmond area, your home, or even just the backyard.
*ANY AGE/ANY TIME. Sometimes indoor play is the best kind of play. This is mostly free except for material costs: Get construction paper or large sheets of paper that will allow you to trace the upper body or entire body of your child. Let your child color it as he or she wishes. Cut out the profile and post it up as wall decorations.
*ANY AGE/ ANY TIME. Window paint is super fun for children of most ages. Write messages to the rain or sun on the windows. Enhance the gray clouds with some bright images courtesy of your 4-year-old. It's all up to you!
*Toddlers/Monday, June 4th: Yoga with the Tots! at My Birth.
*11 and under/ Mondays: Children Museum of Richmond: the CMoR will offer FREE admission to military, first responders, veterans, law enforcement, and their families.
*3-5 YEARS OLD/ Monday, June 4th: Henrico Public Library will be making sassy summer snakes. FREE.
*Tuesday, June 5th: 11am. Pottery Barn Kids, Short Pump Mall. Kids can enjoy some of their favorite books read aloud. FREE.
*May 25th through Labor Day, admission to the Mariner's Museum and Park will be reduced to $1 per person to engage as many people as possible because through the world’s waters, through our shared maritime heritage, we are all mariners.
*ALL AGES/TUESDAYS: Every Tuesday, during the months of June, July and August, children ages 16 and under are admitted free with paying adult. Learn 18th-century history, explore the gardens and grounds, see our ninth president’s birthplace and walk the same floors as our founding fathers. Children’s activities included. Adult admission is $12.
*ALL AGES/ANY TIME: Host a movie night at your house for you and some friends. Rewatch a classic or pick up a new one from Redbox. Pop some popcorn, let the kids help with snacks, and enjoy!
*ALL AGES/ANY TIME: Provided there is no lightening outside, put on some rain boots and go splashing in the puddles! I feel like too few people take advantage of all the fun that is right at their fingertips. Afterward, warm up with some dry clothes and board games.
Great indoor places to visit (costs vary) for when the kids are stir-crazy and you need some inspiration:
Children's Museum of Richmond
Peak Experiences: A Rock Climbing Gym for all ages (recommended for 7 and older)
And now your turn: What are your favorite go-to activities or places during the wetter summer days?
Gloria Miles is a Navy veteran and mother of 3, soon-to-be 4. She wears many hats as a doula, Certified Aromatherapist, and student. She is currently working towards obtaining a Bachelor's in Healthcare Management, with an end goal of becoming a Certified Nurse-Midwife. When she is not blogging or hanging out with her family, she enjoys reading, knitting, hiking, and mud runs.