I live in Los Angeles. Most of the time, it’s sunny and somewhere between sixty and eighty degrees. Don’t hate me.
But sometimes, sometimes, it rains here. Like it did on Sunday. And Friday. And it’s supposed to later this week. That’s a lot of rain.
When it rains here, it can rain hard. For days. It stinks. No one knows what the heck to do with themselves.
“What is this foreign substance falling from the sky? I don’t know how to drive when stuff pours out of the sky.”
Now imagine you have a toddler. Or two. Now you’re really screwed. What do you do with this giant ball of energy for the ten to twelve hours of the day you have to fill?
I once queried my friends who live in less desirable climates about how to handle a day like this. They seemed to know a lot more about what to do. Here are a bunch of the ideas:
Do something crafty! 1 of 10Like, make play dough!
A bunch of recipes.
Go To The Mall! 2 of 10The escalator alone will take up thirty minutes. Then move on to the elevator. Lots to see and do at the mall!
Take A Bath! 3 of 10How much does your toddler love the bath? Mine could sit there for at least an hour without blinking.
Play Hide & Seek! 4 of 10Bonus: Hide somewhere really good and it will take them forever to find you. You might traumatize them for life, though.
Have A Scavenger Hunt 5 of 10Hiding stuff is just as much fun as hiding yourself!
Bake or Cook! 6 of 10After two, small cooking projects are perfectly legit for toddlers. Just mentally prepare for the mess.
Build a fort! 7 of 10A couple dining room chairs, a sheet, and all the stuffed animals you can find in your house. Voila!
Play ‘Mommy’s Little Helper! 8 of 10Two birds. One stone.
Go to a museum! 9 of 10If you live in a city, there's bound to be a museum with an exhibit to which toddlers can relate. Get out of the house if you can!
Saddle up and suck it up! 10 of 10This was my favorite response. Friends from Seattle have serious rain gear. Not just jackets and boots, but pants too. When it rains, they play outside anyway.
Mall Escalator: Flickr/.Martin.
Cookies: Flickr/Maggie Hoffman
Dining Room: Flickr/Sean Thornburg
Pouring Rain: Flickr/idovermani
Toddler in Rain Gear: Flickr/Qole Pejorian
Dancing Toddler: Flickr/auntjojo
Hiding: Flickr/Lili Vieira de Carvalho
Treasure: Flickr/Nina Hale
Rubber Duck: Flickr/Amy McTigue
Playdough: Flickr/Chris P.