Summer may have been off to a gloriously sunny start, but this is Britain and we all know that the weather can be incredibly volatile.
Plus with predictions of thunderstorms, not to mention sky high temperatures, it can be tempting to stay indoors even during the heatwave .
However, that doesn’t mean that you and your kids need to stay at home.
In fact, there are plenty of brilliant indoor events and activities across the UK that are sure to keep the whole family entertained, and you don’t need to consider the weather when you go.
To give you a helping hand, we’ve rounded up the best rainy day activities and days out across the UK – check out our top picks below.
1. Thriller Days, London
The Michael Jackson On the Wall exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery explores the impact the King of Pop had on contemporary art.
Young ones can find inspiration at daily art and craft workshops.
In the Education Studio they can perfect their moonwalk, decorate a white glove, design a T-shirt or play with clay, while older children can book in for sessions on photography, fashion, film, music and dance.
Runs from 13th-27th August.
How much? Exhibition tickets from £17.50, under-12s free and on Fridays, special ticket for under-26s is £5. Tickets for the workshop sessions are free and available from the Gallery one hour before entry. All materials are provided. Book tickets at npg.org.uk/ .
2. Showtime, London
The whole month of August is a capital time for children to catch a London West End show for free or half-price.
Families can choose from more than 40 performances, from the hilarious Comedy About a Bank Robbery to the new feel-good musical Strictly Ballroom, with some theatres offering free events and activities for youngsters such as workshops and backstage tours.
How much? Free for one child under 16 when accompanied by an adult paying full price, with an additional two children’s tickets at half price, for selected performances. Book tickets at officiallondontheatre.com/kids-week/ .
3. Head to an indoor water park
Just because the weather’s grey and dreary, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on one of the summer’s best activities!
There are plenty of brilliant indoor water parks in the UK such as Sandcastle Waterpark in Blackpool which boasts treehouse ‘storms’, water slides, shallow pools, peaceful lagoons and an action river.
Meanwhile Water World in Stoke-on-Trent has whirlpools, bubble pools, rapids, a lazy river and even an assault course.
And for those in Wales, there’s the brilliant LC Swansea with plenty of pools, and the ‘boardrider’, a standing surf simulator as well as Volcano Bay, which literally ‘erupts’ with water.
4. Visit a museum
It’s an easy win; there’s something for all ages to enjoy, the kids can pick up a fact or two, and there are often cool exhibitions and surprises awaiting!
If you need a dose of inspiration check out the top 10 best museums in the UK as voted for by tourists.
On a budget? We’ve also rounded up the top free museums in London if you’re headed to the bustling city.
5. Sea Life centres
Sea Life centres are bound to be a hit with kids who can get up close to weird and wonderful marine creatures, as well as learning more about the ocean.
There are centres all across the UK including Blackpool, Brighton, Loch Lomond, London, Great Yarmouth, Scarborough, Hunstanton, Bray, Manchester and Weymouth.
From 21st July through to 5th September (Dates vary depending on centre), there’ll be a new LEGO adventure taking place nationwide where families can help a LEGO deep sea diver track down his missing equipment throughout the tanks.
How much? Entry starts from £9.95 with price varying across centres. Book your tickets at visitsealife.com .
6. Go to the cinema
It’s a classic day out for a reason. After all, there are snacks and treats on offer, it’s an easy way to distract the children, parents can enjoy the film, and it whiles away a few hours so hopefully the rain will be gone by the time you come back outside.
This summer, there are plenty of family-friendly films on offer too, including:
Meanwhile, ODEON holds special Kids Screenings at family-friendly hours throughout the summer, which are ideal for younger children for whom the evening screenings might be a little past their bedtime!
No need to ask your kids what they want to be when they grow up – at Kidzania they can already try their hand at a whole host of careers.
This indoor ‘city’ is run entirely by kids, who can pick any role they want to play; pilot, police, fire rescue, doctors, TV stars, cricket champions, dancers… the are over 60 real-life activities on offer!
Slots last approximately four hours too so it’s the perfect way to while away a rainy afternoon.
Ticket prices start from £28. You can book your slots at Kidzania-London.co.uk .
8. National Trust
There are plenty of National Trust properties across the UK which host year-round indoor events for families and children.
There’s everything from storytelling sessions to fancy dress games, as well as exciting treasure hunts, and even the occasional film screening or two – meanwhile, Belton House in Lincolnshire has its very own indoor play park!
You can check out the full list on their dedicated rainy days page here .