8 Things to do on a Rainy Summer Day in Charlotte

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It looks a lot like fall out there today. Sky is gray and drizzle has set in, and the kids are likely growing restless. Here are a few ideas to keep them happy on a rainy summer day in Charlotte.

1. Explore. Put on rain boots and go splash in the rain. The great thing about summer rain is that it’s still warm outside, so it’s OK to play in the puddles.

2. Discover. There’s a lot to uncover at Discovery Place uptown. The current exhibit Alien Worlds and Androids has appeal for robot, superhero and super galaxy neophytes. And it’s Shark Week. Guests can dig for shark teeth and observe dissections, and enjoy the interactive exhibits that are always fun for kiddos, including preschoolers. 

3. Swim. If you are a member of the Y, grab the goggles and head to an indoor pool to splash around. My family loves the Harris Y’s indoor complex. There’s also Ray’s Splash Planet uptown for indoor waterslides and pool time.

4. Imagine. Step inside a fairy tale at ImaginOn’s Once Upon a Time exhibit. Children can be a part of seven multicultural fairytales at the exhibit. Executive Editor Eve White visited with her niece and shares her take here.

5. Watch. Catch an early movie. Studio Movie Grill’s Children’s Summer Series is showing “Madagascar 3” this week. $2, 11 a.m. all week.

6. Play in the Alley. I remember as a kid that I loved a good day of bowling … still do. Spend a couple hours bowling. 10 Park Lanes is my favorite place to go because they also have a nice restaurant for lunch or snacks. Sign up for the Kids Bowl Free program, and kids can bowl two free games each day through Aug. 22. Details at kidsbowlfree.com.

7. Be Bored. Some experts say being bored is a good thing because it makes children stretch their imaginations. Reading on a rainy day is one way to beat the boredom or play a board game together. 

8. Build. If you have a little one who loves blocks, or a big kid who is a LEGO lover, settle in a build something extraordinary! Set them up and see what they can do or join in the fun. Painting, Play-Doh and clay are also good things to have for artistic creations on a rainy day. Turn on some music and just make it a craft day.

Here’s to sunny skies coming back soon!