You can stay indoors and have a duvet day or get the wet weather gear and brollies out and go splashing in the puddles. But, the Great British weather does have a habit of dishing it out just a little too often and sometimes we need ideas for places to go and things to do.
Dorset has a huge choice of soft play centre's and play cafe's which is a great but they tend to get bonkers busy on a wet day so it is advisable that you contact them before you start travelling.
You could take the children to a local Museum. Nearly every town has a Museum and many have craft areas for children and special events. The Tank Museum and the Royal Signals Museum offer plenty of activities in and out of term time and the children will be happily entertained for hours.
If you like water then you could go swimming at a local sports centre or head to Splashdown in Poole. In the summer months there's the amazing Dorset Waterpark which is set on a lake with fun inflatable obstacles and they have the new Dorset Mud Trail too which is also great fun in the rain.
Contact your local sports centre to enquire about current activities. Some centre's run great pre school classes in term time and nearly all of them have a fantastic full timetable of activities for the older one's in the school holidays.
If you have a pre-schooler to entertain then you could try a toddler group you haven't been to before or pop along to your nearest children's centre when they have their free play sessions.
Other family friendly ideas include a trip to a local garden centre, bowling alley, cinema, pottery painting cafe and ice skating or you could head to Sandworld in Weymouth, Putlake Farm near Swanage, Adventure Wonderland Wild Thing indoor play, Ramp Rats skate park in Poole or try the Clip 'n' Climb or Highline at RockReef on Bournemouth Pier. Please note - some attractions are seasonal.
Farmer Palmers is also a great all weather day out and perfect if you have an annual pass. Although there are lots of play areas outside you also have the indoor play barns, animals, ride on's, slides, bouncy castle and soft play.
Please check out our suggested Places to Visit to find details on the attractions mentioned and more.
If you are planning to stay in then the kids will love making an exciting den with sheets and pegs. You could even include Christmas fairy lights to make it cosy and magical! Once finished it'll be the perfect place to sit back and read a book or watch a great Disney film with a bowl of popcorn.
If you are feeling crafty then you could have a go at play doh, painting, handprints, making a scrapbook, rock painting ready to hide or if you can find a big box you could make a play house or a car!
If you have a printer at home you can search for 'free downloadable activity sheets' which is perfect when you are stuck for inspiration. You'll find anything from colouring in sheets to puzzles and craft projects.
Every household should have at least one board game in the cupboard or you could make an indoor Treasure Hunt to lead the children around the house and answer clues to win a prize at the end.
Do you have butter, flour, eggs and sugar in the kitchen? Get baking some little fairy cakes and if you have some icing sugar and sprinkles then the children will have great fun making and decorating them. If you need recipe ideas then head to the Dorsetmums Blog for a simple cupcake recipe.
Whatever you do, have great fun and just remember, the sun will be back out again soon!!! (Hopefully)
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