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If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain?



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It’s raining cats and dogs.

Never mind. The lush vegetation will be nice to look at. And on the bright side, at least we don’t live in Townsville, Australia.

Now we can all enjoy indoor activities such as these ones handpicked from the app.

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Coral Reef Waterworld

When it’s a case of sink in the puddles or swim, we say swim. A jaunt along the M3/M4 leads to Bracknell’s leisure pool, for slow and fast moving rapids, a bubble pool, cascading volcano, tiny tots area, fountains and a pirate ship with water shooting cannons, no less. Oh and FIVE slides. “Perfect inset day outing,” says a dad of 3.

Westway Climbing

“Best indoor wall climbing centre locally,” says this dad of 2. A mum has recommended the pay as you play option (closely supervised introductory sessions for ages 5-6 and 7-14). A few of our own kids have been to a birthday party here and haven’t stopped asking to go back.

Imagine Festival

The return of the annual literary/ theatre/ music jamboree at the Southbank features 12 days of 180 fun events and workshops, half of which are free. “A buzzing atmosphere,” says a dad of 2. A Peppa Pig concert runs for 3 days from Feb 15. Author David McKee (Elmer and Mr Benn) is in conversation on Feb 18. And Feb 21 sees two performances of Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids with the world-record-breaking beatboxer, here.

The Royal Observatory

Ok so a bit of a curveball wet weather activity as you have to walk through this lovely park to reach it. Children’s events sell out quickly but are worth a little forward planning. This parent went to the Mars-themed planetarium show and immersive virtual reality activity and loved it. No tickets? Step on the historic Prime Meridian line where east meets west before enjoying various astronomy exhibitions.

The Sky Garden

If you’re enjoying the sound of rain pounding against your windows, this could be a truly immersive experience in bad weather! If the views are dull, the cake won’t be. Nor will the fern and fig tree terraces dotted with flourishing flowers from far flung corners of the globe. This free-entry vista of the capital offers a better view of the Tower of London than the Shard. Grab the remaining half term slots. Recommended by a mum of 2.


A fast-paced word race for kids familiar with the periodic table of elements… but you don’t need to be an Einstein. It “combines maths, English and science for a very fun family game” writes a mum of 1. Make words from to score points. A mixture of strategy and luck, recommended by The Good Toy Guide, oh and a Kinfo app user.

Mercato Metropolitano

‘Small is beautiful and natural is good,” is one of the mantras of this Elephant and Castle food market supplied by small-scale farmers. Family-friendly classes occasionally feature, pictured, but on any given day it’s an interesting way to lunch. “Such a lovely day out, here and then the Imperial War Museum,” says a mum of 3.

London Transport Museum

A bargain entry fee: pay once, return for free all year, oh and kids go free. Climb on buses, trains, sail boats, drive a real bus, fly a cable car in the All Aboard family zone. Hunt down creative activities for older kids. An upcoming Hidden Transport Heroines week celebrates women past and present who’ve played a part in public transport.

Munchkin Deluxe Card Game

Watch your kids step away from their screens to play this game, tips this dad. A big game board, six colour pawns… go down in the dungeon, kill everything you meet and grab treasure like the Horny Helmet and the Boots of Butt-Kicking.

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To be enjoyed in any weather.

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