Rainy Day Activities with Children

So often in the U.K it rains! and I can find the thought of getting all three children out, only to come straight back in moaning and soaking wet. Also the School holidays can feel long and can’t always be doing activities that cost a lot!

So here’s a few things I like to do with my Children most are quite obvious that I’m sure other Parents do too and don’t cost the Earth! Once they’ve exhausted playing with their toys and the “Mum/Dad – I’m bored” statements begin!

  1. Baking – Before the holidays break up and I only have one child to look after I’ll make a list of what I need to buy. Then use up what’s in the cupboards making cakes and biscuits.
  2. Cooking – Decorating their own pizza’s, give them a wrap, bowl of tomato passata and different toppings to make for themself.
  3. Indoor Picnic – Make sandwiches in fun shapes using cutters, get some fruit and crisps then sit on a blanket or rug to bring the outdoors in.
  4. Crafts – I’ll go to Poundland or The Works and buy some craft activities, like painting wooden shapes for example, they absolutely love this, I’ll try to keep it relevant to the season i.e Easter.
  5. Scrap Book – You can buy one for a £1 for the pound shop and the children can cut and stick leaflets, receipts or any other bits they collect into it and if old enough write along side it.
  6. In advance I’ll book an activity for them to look forward to and attend, For Easter I have booked my Sister into a Ballet dance session Or could just be going to soft play.
  7. Making den’s – They love this, getting blankets out etc and having fun playing in them
  8. Home Cinema – Letting them choose a film and eat popcorn
  9. Bedroom Makeover – If you’ve seen my stories I prefer to do this when they are at School, So that I can get the black sack out, However when they are off it can be made fun but taking a before and after photo and explaining how much space they will have made.
  10. If all else fails and boredom from being indoors strikes then get the wellington on and get out for a walk in the rain! At least it will tire them out for bedtime…

Jumpin Inflatable Fun

The South’s only Inflatable Park – Review

We arrived at Jumpin in Burgess Hill, West Sussex ( moments from the A23 )   on a Sunday Morning,  At the opening time of 10am, We were happy to find there was  plenty of parking available right outside the building and if that’s full on neighbouring roads are worth a try  as it’s situated in an Industrial Estate.

On entry, we were welcomed by friendly faces who instructed us to watch a safety video before bouncing ( for this reason it is very important to arrive 30 minutes early )  and to pre-book your slot via the website jumpinfun.co.uk  and complete a safety waiver at the same time.

On check in we were provided a coloured wrist band to show which time slot ( all slots are one hour ) Once the hour is up you can go to the free zone.( ball pit, spinning platform to duck under or jump over )

At Jumpin there is over 25,000sqft of inflatable fun for adults and children alike. A great way to relive your younger years.  The perfect rainy day activity!

Jumpin

The park was clean and tidy, we also spotted a great area which can be hired for parties. Something we will definitely looking into for future birthday celebrations.

There was a Cafe available upstairs, that served hot pizza, snacks and cold refreshments.

In November they are opening a soft play area for the under 7’s, which will be perfect for younger children and will fit well as something that small children can fully participate in.

We felt this was a really good workout for us all especially to keep up with the children, my 6 year old daughter especially loved the spinning platform.

We feel really lucky to have this Inflatable park locally and we look forward to our next visit.

This blog post is based on all of my own views but was given in exchange for free entry to post a review.