Best Games to Play on a Rainy Afternoon

Best Games to Play on a Rainy Afternoon


Back in the day, much longer ago than I’d care to admit, we used to sing songs on rainy days to pass the time. 

You’ve probably heard some of them over the years, even if you haven’t sung any of them yourself. 

“Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day.” There was also, “It’s raining, it’s pouring, the Old Man is snoring. He bumped his head and went to bed and couldn’t get up in the morning.”

Yes – our childhoods back then were dark when you think about those chants.

Even though those times felt boring as a kid, I remember those moments because they brought us together as a family. We also played lots of games during those times, with Monopoly being a particular favorite for many.

If you’re looking for some ideas to stay active on a rainy day, here are some of the best indoor games to play.

List of the Best Games to Play Inside

1. Reflective Dance

With this game, a leader chooses a song and starts to dance in whatever way they prefer. Everyone else has to follow the moves exactly as if they are a reflection in a mirror. At some point, the leader yells before a freestyle moment until the song is over. Once you reach the end of the composition, someone else becomes the leader.

2. Arm/Leg Tag

This option takes a twist on the classic recess game. Instead of running haphazardly throughout the house, the goal is to tag an arm or a leg. Once that happens, the player can no longer use it. Once all four limbs are gone, the player is out of the game. 

3. Balloon Tennis

Hitting a volleyball or tennis balls inside during a rainy afternoon is probably not a good idea! If you have balloons, you can play a similar game with something that won’t destroy your interior décor. Set up an official net or spot on the floor that the balloon must pass over while in the air. You can score points every time the balloon hits the floor. Set a predetermined number for victory, and then have fun playing! 

4. Guesstures

If you want to play a game with formal rules and structured needs, this one is a lot of fun for all ages. It takes the concepts from charades to a place where you must act out individual words, nouns, or short phrases. You have 30 seconds to get as many points as possible, but if time runs out, you’ll lose whatever is in the bank. What makes this option fun is that it isn’t against the rules to show a person the word you want them to say, so many players run all over the house on complicated phrases to get an important point.

You don’t need video games to stay entertained when the weather refuses to cooperate! These fun options will fill your home with laughter for hours. 

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