This Summer it seems that our united “Rain, rain, go away” chants are going unnoticed – and with the end of summer vacation nowhere in sight, it’s best to start channeling your inner Girl Scout and “Be prepared”! Here are a few of our top picks for keeping the “I’m bored”s at bay when it’s too wet to play:
Bring the summer fun indoors and set up a beach party in your basement – complete with yummy treats that you and the kids can make yourselves! With the Hamilton Beach Icy TreatsTM Maker, you can make your own flavoured snow cones & slushies (and treat yourself to a frozen margarita!) and you’ll definitely earn your “cool Mom” award. The best part? The treats can be ready and in their little hands in under 10 minutes!
Who doesn’t love an indoor movie day? Even better – declare it a PJ movie day! Have everyone throw on their comfiest pyjamas, load up on the snacks, dim the lights and start the show. If you don’t already have a Netflix subscription, try it for free for a month* and check it out. The great thing is that you’re guaranteed to find a movie that everyone loves – and you can watch unlimited shows and movies, all for less than the price of one admission tickets at the theatre!
In a board game rut? Check out the Top Trumps card games from Mastermind Toys. It’s basically a spin-off of the classic card game, War, but a bit more interactive and, in my opinion, a lot more fun. There are a number of different themed decks – we’re currently enthralled with the Star Wars and the Dogs versions – and there are actually some interesting facts on each of the cards, so kids – and parents – can learn without even knowing it.
What better time to instill the love of cooking – and eating – in your little sous chefs than when they’re an indoor captive audience? Have a few kid-friendly cookbooks on hand and let them select a recipe or even a full meal plan, then roll up their sleeves and get cooking! We recently found this cookbook for our Harry Potter obsessed guy at Chapters/Indigo and were soon after treated to a masterpiece that included Rock Cakes and Pumpkin Pasties!
When was the last time you really waved your hands in the air like you just don’t care or busted a move? Whether you beef up your iTunes playlist and let the music move you or test your moves against the pros in Just Dance 4, there’s no better way to spend a rainy afternoon than channelling your inner Disco Diva!
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