By Taylor Shunk
A rainy day can give you extra time to catch up on life, but for parents, it can be troublesome. Anyone with kids can tell you that they go stir crazy and start climbing the walls if they’re stuck inside. When it’s nice outside, you can easily hit the park or a nature trail, but what is there to do when you can’t?
If you’re in the market for something free or cheap, you should definitely check out the local nature centers. Dupont Nature Center in Milford is great for kids of all ages– and adults too! Aquariums with live animals, interactive exhibits and amazing coastal views are just some of the exciting features at this nature center. Abbotts Mill Nature Center in Milford is also a cool place to visit. They offer live animal displays and a fun kids’ section with games and stuffed animals. Older kids will enjoy the visitor center at Primehook Natural Wildlife Refuge, where they can view nature films, explore educational displays and browse the gift shop.
Book lovers should definitely visit the Milford Public library. They offer story hour every Tuesday at 10:30AM and toddler time every Thursday at 10:30AM. Singing, dancing, crafts and snacks are also part of the weekly events.
Hungry and bored? Then you should visit Chick-fil-a in Milford. The play area is the perfect, free rainy day activity. If you’re just looking for a snack, Dolce Bakery is the stop for you. The cookies are only $1 and they have a few small games for the kids to play with.
Another great afternoon option is the Centre Ice Rink in Harrington. They have public skating on weekday afternoons with no rental fee! They also offer bumper boats on ice Friday-Sunday for just $5.
If you’re someone who likes to plan ahead, you can sign your kids up for classes to keep them entertained. The Music School of Delaware located in Milford offers classes for kids 18 months and older.
You can also find a newborn through age five class at Keenote Music Studio in Lincoln. If you’re looking for evening classes, Mispillion Art League in Milford could work for you. They offer an array of options for kids ages five and up. On Wednesday mornings from 10-11:30am, Delaware Nature Society offers a preschool program called Knee High Naturalists. Located at Abbotts Mill Nature Center, kids (ages 2-5) can experience hands on nature, games, crafts and stories.
There are plenty of different indoor activities to help you avoid the dreaded “MOM/DAD… I’m bored” comment. It’s definitely important to have rainy day activities on standby because trying something new could save your sanity.