When you are looking for the best rainy day ideas in Brisbane you will be looking for a mix or weekday rainy day ideas and weekend rainy day ideas. In addition we think you probably want some ideas for staying indoors on a rainy day and ideas for braving Brisbane on a rainy day. Rainy Days can prove to be a challenge but we believe that by embracing the time rather than resisting it, you can ensure memories are made on a grand scale.
We welcome your suggestions on ideas we can add to this constant list in progress- please email [email protected] if you have any other ideas about rainy day ideas in the great city of Brisbane or anywhere.
The Best Rainy Day Ideas list in the World
1. Bug out at The Queensland Museum
It’s FREE with $16 parking underneath all day and lots of fun for kids- check out our review of the Queensland Museum so you can make the most of your visit
2. Create with the Queensland Art Gallery
3. Head to a local playcentre
4. Check out Plaster House at Belmont
For an awesome time out with your kids where activity and fun can be achieved from as little as $3.50! you should totally check out plaster fun house at Belmont. Check out our review of this Brisbane plaster fun house.
5. Have you checked the Brisbane Kids Calendar?
Check the Brisbane events calendar to see what activities are on across Brisbane for kids.
6. Iceskating at Iceworld
Iceskating is one of those activities that is perfect for a rainy day, rug up, sip hot chocolate- all that good stuff. Iceworld is the leading iceskating venue provider in Brisbane with rinks at Acacia Ridge and Boondall.
7. Go Rollerskating
With 2 awesome rinks on both sides of town head to either Skateaway Albany Creek or Digiskate Rollerskating Rink at Hillcrest. Each offers a learn to skate program for adults and little kids
8. Get your bake on
9. Ride the waves at the Maritime Museum
ok, its fair to say there wont be many waves BUT it will be a thrill to don some raincoats and head through south bank and enjoy the interesting Maritime Museum. We have reviewed the Maritime Museum to make it easier for you to know what you can expect!
10. Conduct an experiment at the Science Centre
We have never got through the entire science centre in one visit which is testament to how enjoyable it is for kids. Extremely hands on and engaging for most ages from about 3 years or so. Head to their website for information on entry costs and opening hours.
11. Step back in time at the Abbey Museum
The Abbey Museum is one of those little known treasures in Brisbane showcasing world history in a way that will intrigue and provoke curiosity. They also have a kids playgroup every week. Check out more about them here
12. Borrow some books at your local library
Does your Brisbane Kid have a library card? perhaps the its the day for them to get one!
13. Baby Chino anyone?
Head out for morning tea or lunch with your little ones at one of the child friendly places to eat in Brisbane that are listed on our website.
14. Rent or watch a funny movie
Kids movies are awesome for your spirit and theirs- so dont be afraid to take a day out from the housework- it will still be tomorrow TRUST US! If you have a tiny baby make sure you check out Event Cinemas Bring your Baby as they now have them 3 days a week.
15. Go shopping.. and make it easier with a child friendly destination
The best thing about the big shopping centres today is that lots of them are child friendly which means they often have indoor play equipment, free activities and (hopefully) undercover parking (Ikea even has child minding!).
16. Build a fort
There is no better time to build an indoor fort than on a rainy day! Use your kitchen table with sheets or lounge cushions or even a cupboard with picnic blankets and torches. A great opportunity to connect with your Brisbane Kid in a fun way!
17. Enjoy the free activities at the State Library
The State Library is a mecca for kids activities (I know – who knew!!) but it is! They have even named the area and called it the Corner. Activities differ but even if nothing is organised there is a space that can be used often filled with books and games. We reviewed the corner just for you!
18. Coffee at a Bunnings Playground
ok , the coffee is for you- but a number of Bunnings Warehouse stores do have AWESOME indoor FREE playgrounds and most of them a right next to a cafe.. coffee you.. play them.. and then on your way out you can buy a cheap art project for complete the afternoon! We have a list of all the Bunnings playgrounds on our website for you!
19. Visit Grandma, Grandpa, Friends, Aunts etc..
You get the idea.. get out AND about.. and catch up with some face to face quality chatting.. Rainy Days can be lonely for older people who might be living alone so this is a great day to go and visit them!
20. Take a drive to the Ipswich Workshop Museum
90% of this museum is undercover and its bound to impress with its focus on trains and the joy of locomotion..The Ipswich Workshops Rail Museum can be visited at certain times by Steam Train as well (you can search for that on our calendar). Check out our review of the Ipswich Rail Museum
21. Join a playgroup
Be Brave and join a playgroup! If you have been before and it didnt work out then try again! we have a list on our website of playgroups in Brisbane seeking members.
22. Build some lego at Bricks’N’Fun
Bricks’n’Fun is like a playcentre for lego.. it does have a duplo area for younger builders but would ideally suit those pre-school serious lego designers as it is a build from a box type activity
23. Go bowling.. Toddler style
We love Aspley bowl for its awesome cannon ball bowling system so toddlers can fire the cannon rather than having to actually bowl. HILARIOUS!
24. Go for a walk in a rainforest or simply in your local park
Maybe only for the brave but there is nothing like a walk in a rainforest on a rainy day. We have a list of walking tracks at Mount Glorious– Perfect for this exact thing or just your local park.
25. Enjoy some fun at Underwater World
Enjoy some indoor theme park fun and get it cheaper with our link to discount theme park passes.
26. Clean out, organise and cull the toy collection
TRUST US.. it seems like work but your Brisbane Kid will discover so many unused toys it will also turn into productive fun. This is a sure cure for childhood boredom.
27. Visit the Gallery of Modern Art
The Gallery of Modern Art is one of those places that should be visited more. It has one of the best kids sections of any art space in Australia and you should totally check it out! Its FREE!
28. Check out Reverse Garbage and make your own art installation!
Reverse Garbage is all about recycled and reclaimed. Attend their weekly kids activity class or simply purchase some reclaimed and recycled pieces and get sculpting with your Brisbane Kid. Reverse Garbage is located at Wooloongabba.
29. Obstacle course fun!
Set up an indoor obstacle course with tunnels of chairs and mountains of cushions with treasures to collect along the way.
30. Take the kids out for a treat of hot chocolate
Rainy days are made for hot chocolate and you will know where to go with our list of awesome dessert places in Brisbane.
31. Check out some of our craft ideas
Craft is a great way to pass the time and we have some great craft ideas on our website.
32. Head off for some indoor rock climbing
A great way to build gross motor skills, indoor rock climbing will be fun for Brisbane Kids who want something a bit more challenging.
33. Check out a host of fun at Be a Fun Mum
In our opinion, one of the most authentic bloggers in the world- you will find a range of fun activities from Be a Fun Mum- (hint- check out her milk bottle tops activities)
34. Make your own crayons
Use your old crayons to make brand new super cool crayons! We have a tutorial to help you.
35. Have fun at the Ipswich Art Gallery
With its purpose built children’s gallery, the Ipswich Art Gallery not only encourages children- it welcomes them! Check out their website for the latest exhibitions and activities.
36. Teach your child to play snap.. or chess… or connect 4.. etc
For every age group there is a game waiting to be found.. they teach patience, game play as well as lots of other basic skills- and they are a lot of fun!
37. Go OP shopping
life is expensive but Op shops arent! give your Brisbane Kid a budget and let them come home with some treasures.. maybe a new tea set? or some books to read
38. Go on a train ride
The thrill of a train ride is only made better by the fun of the rain.. ok.. you would need to be adventurous.. but still TOTAL fun!
39. Visit the Planetarium
The Sir Thomas Planetarium is totally cool for space lovers with awesome movies all about space- sure to be a hit- finish it off with a coffee at the Botanical next door.
40. Go and buy a packet of balloon and check out our ideas with balloons
41. Have an indoor tea party/picnic
42. Build a rainy day box.. full of craft.. and fun.. and bits and pieces..
43. Have a fashion show.. include the teddies!
44. Make some finger paints and get painting
45. Make your own playdough! cooking playdough and no cook playdough
46. Bubble paint.. combine straws, food colouring and dishwashing detergent! Fun for older toddlers
47. Bowl indoors at home using old cans/bottles and a ball
48. Have a bubble bath and fun with water!
49. Get out pens and paper and draw- make Christmas cards and birthday cards now- in advance
50. Take a nap?? SURE
51. Make necklaces from pasta, food colouring and string
52. Play Hide and Seek
53. Use old cardboard boxes to make cities and car garages
54. Use masking tape on carpet to make roads for match box cars
55. Make a Terrarium
56. Host a puppet show
57. Play simon says
58. Have fun on the computer together
59. Make musical instruments from household bits and pieces
60. Make potato prints!
61. Make sail boats and sail them in the gutter
62. Make paper planes
63. Play what’s the time Mr Wolf!
64. Block building
65. Soft toy hunts.. hide the toys around the house, close the curtains and let your children search by torch light
66. cutting and pasting from magazines
67. If its just drizzly- make a mud pie kitchen!
68. Do puzzles!
69. play music and dance!
70. Read books
71. Make a book!
72. Make a bingo board and play it- with colours, numbers or letters!
73. Go outside and watch the rain and talk about it.. take some tins and catch the rain and listen to the different sounds
75. Get stuck into the colouring books
76. Have a scavenger hunt
77. Make your own pizzas
78. Get out the camera and take funny pictures
79. play shop!
80. Set up a doctors surgery with the first aid box (or a vets)
81. Make some finger puppets or sock puppets
82. Make some masks from paper plates or cardboard
83. Paint some rocks
84. Make some monster men from toilet rolls
85. Make gingerbread people and decorate them
86. Get out some wood, some nails and a hammer and teach your child to hammer!
87. blow eggs for easter or make a fruit cake for Christmas
88. Make some phonecalls with your Brisbane Kids
89. Show them their baby books- fill them in!
90. play indoor hopscotch
91. play hairdresser
92. Check out Pinterest for rainy day ideas
93. Do some yoga with your Brisbane Kid
94. play restaurant
95. get into some paper mache
96. Host a teddy bear picnic or birthday party for a teddy
97. Make a time capsule
98. play musical statues
99. Write a letter to the Queen or the Priminister or anyone!
100. Let them just play whatever they want to!
101. Dye some rice and then play with it
102. Do collage!
PHEW- what a huge list of rainy day idea- we hope you like them.. The biggest thing is just to enjoy your Brisbane Kids because they wont be this young forever. For more ideas head to our calendar of Brisbane for Kids