Beat the Rainy Day Blues in Kalamazoo

It’s raining, it’s pouring…

When the weather doesn’t cooperate, that means it’s time to discover all of the fun indoor options that will keep the kids entertained through the mucky weather.

We’ve got ideas to help – with a listing of 15 options to explore around Kalamazoo and ideas for at home if you’d rather not venture outside.

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Out and About in Kalamazoo On a Rainy Day

1 – Forget the Puddles, Head to a Pool

Many of the local indoor pools offer open swim times, so you can have a fun time splashing around in something a bit larger than a puddle. If you’re looking for a little more, within an hour’s drive you can find the Allegan Aquatic Center and the Holland Community Aquatic Center, perfect for little ones with slides and a lazy river.

2 – Paint Pottery at Art Bayou

The Art Bayou is a fun paint-your-own pottery studio where you can let your imagination run wild. This creative outlet is perfect for rainy day blues. They have hundreds of pieces to choose from. Pay a general studio fee, and the cost of the bisque that you wish to paint.

3 – Knock Down Pins

Head to Airway Lanes or Revel & Roll West to take out rainy day frustration on bowling pins. Both also offer laser tag, and enough arcade games to have you holding armfuls of tickets by day’s end.

4 – Dine on an International Lunch

Experience cultural cuisine by trying out a new ethnic restaurant. Taste fresh hummus, tapas, pho, schnitzel, crepes, or a gyro, there are so many wonderful options in Southwest Michigan.

5 – Gaze at the Stars

Kalamazoo Valley Museum has its very own planetarium and they offer several shows a day, perfect for those little astronomers. Shows rotate and there are shows for little kids all the way up to big kids at heart.

6 – Bounce and Jump the Afternoon Away

Head over to Jungle Joes for inflatable, bounce-tastic fun. Or spring even higher at Sky Zone, the local trampoline park.

7 – Meet at the Mall

Grab a pretzel or a pasty in the Crossroads Mall Food Court and sit down while toddlers enjoy the indoor play area. Don’t forget to bring change for the little rides.

8 – Create Your Own Scented Candle

Head downtown to the Kalamazoo Candle Company and create a candle. Tuesdays are candle-making days designed with kids (ages 3-12) in mind. On Kids Day Out, kids can explore the different fragrances, design a label, and create their own candle, start to finish.

9 – Love Your Library

Our local libraries are full of storytimes, crafts, reading nooks, friendly librarians, and play areas. Teach your kids how to find their favorite topics and curl up with them in a quiet corner, or grab a game to play. Check our event calendar for storytimes to find one near you.

10 – Enjoy Mommy and Me Pampering

Call one of Kalamazoo’s Best Kid-Friendly Nail Salons and see if they have a last minute appointment and take your child on a date for pampering. Many salons offer adorable animal and princess chairs, perfect to make any child feel like royalty.

11 – Catch a Flick On the Big Screen

Head to the AMC, Kalamazoo 10, or Celebration! Cinema to catch a movie on the big screen. Springtime is great for catching free or cheap flicks at the Kalamazoo 10 through their GQT’s Morning Movies series, and at Celebration! Cinema during the Flick’s Family Film Festival.

At Home Options for Rainy Day Fun

Don’t want to leave the house or go puddle jumping? Try one of these fun ideas.

12 – Send the Kids to the Kitchen

Have your kids join you in the kitchen to make their own treats today, with one of these 26 Easy Recipes Your Kids Can Make All By Themselves. It’s a confidence booster for them, and maybe they’ll make an extra treat for you.Cooking

13 – Build the Next Unassailable Fort

Fort building is one of the first things that kids turn to when the weather is crummy. Pillows, boxes, blankets, couches, tables…everything is fair game. It’s the perfect way to watch creativity bloom in children and to have them try their hands at engineering. The simplest forts are often the most perfect, but if your kids want to level up their fort-building skills, check out these 20 Indoor Forts for Kids.

14 – Make a Gutter Boat

Engineer the next raft of the century and send it down the overflowing gutters to see how fast it goes. You can use popsicle sticks, twigs, leaves, foam, and anything else that kids can get their hands on. To get started, try making this craft stick peg doll boat.

15 – Pop in Some Poppins

Pop in the movie of everyone’s favorite umbrella-wielding nanny, Mary Poppins. Enjoy the classic, or watch the practically perfect Mary Poppins Returns. Even better, follow it up with Singing in the Rain, and chase the gloomy day away with your voices.

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