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5 Rainy Day Activities for the Summer Holidays

The British summer is here, but of course we all know that the summer holidays can include as many rainy days as warm sunny days. Keeping the kids entertained for six whole weeks is a challenge for anybody, and it’s even more difficult when the weather isn’t on your side. There can be loads of cool places to explore nearby, but if it’s a wet day then you might find yourselves stuck indoors.

If you’re looking for rainy day activities in Birmingham then you’ve come to the right place. Here are some fail-safe things to do with the kids to keep them entertained all summer long – you’re welcome!

Indoor play centres

If you want to get out of the house for a good few hours then your best bet is an indoor play centre or activity hub. The children can burn off some energy and parents can either join in or have a nice sit down with a cup of tea or coffee. Rush UK is a wonderland for children, with trampoline courts, tumble lanes, obstacle courses and more to explore. From tots to teens, it’s always a winner.


You can make a whole day out of a trip to the cinema if you’re lucky. The summer is always a great time for kids’ movies, and this year’s must-watch is Despicable Me 3. It’s entertaining for the kids and delivers giggles for the adults too, just like the previous movies in the series. Keep costs down by taking your own refreshments and choosing a cinema with free parking.


Birmingham also has some great theatres offering family friendly events throughout the summer. Catch Iggle Piggle and friends at In the Night Garden Live at Cannon Hill Park, or PAW Patrol Live at the Barclaycard Arena in August. Why not introduce your children to the arts at a young age?


School might be out for the summer, but you can still plan an educational trip for the little ones. When it’s raining it’s perfect museum weather, and you can also check if the museum is hosting any special events or children’s activities before you set off. The Birmingham Science Museum and Aston Hall are great choices.

Baking and messy play

You don’t always have to leave home to have fun! Let the children know that one of the most important places they can be creative is in the kitchen. Bake yummy cakes or a loaf of bread, or for younger children organise a messy play area with edible textures and toys.

Are you ready for rainy days this summer?