Outdoor play activities can be challenging when it’s chilly. California “cold” weather isn’t really that cold. Still, it’s tough to convince my friends with kids to get outside and play when rain threatens or there’s a blustery wind. I guess we’re spoiled by great beach and park play day weather? Outdoor time is still important any time of year. Remember how good it feels to have a rosy nose? Or how exciting it is to wear gloves? Yes, it’s a special treat when you live in Southern California. Outdoor play activities shouldn’t cease just because of colder weather.
“You Might Get Wet”
. . . Is what my Dad would always say when we hit the jacuzzi in the rain. To this day, it’s one of my favorite activities when it’s cold and rainy (or snowy) outside.
There are many documented incidents of puddle-jumping fun. Anything that makes you feel like you’re gonna get in trouble has to be worth it! Put the kids in boots or old shoes and let them have at it. Time it so they hit bathtime right after. The families on Active Kids Club jump in puddles often and share other ideas for getting messy. So does Debi and her family on Go Explore Nature. I follow them on Instagram @activekidsclub and @goexplorenature.
Open the garage and listen to the rain. We used old coffee cans and chopsticks to make rain sounds. I can think of lots of other things to do in an empty garage with the door open to watch the rain: scooters, chalk drawings, bounce balls, hoola-hoop, relay races . . . I’m sure your kids will even come up with some fun ideas “What can we do in this empty garage?”
Safe Blustery Beach Tour
It might not be safe for kids to be on the beach on the most blustery of days, but we’re lucky to have bluffs where we can view the beach without getting mixed up in the dangerous surf. As long as conditions are safe (no lightning or unstable cliffs), my favorite spots to watch the wind-chopped waves from above are: Heisler Park, Montage, Crystal Cove, Lookout Point, and Corona Del Mar.
Take a Walk
Show your kids how different the world looks when it’s raining. Our driveway is a veritable quilt of fall colors. What else is different? Are there more snails on the ground? Does the water collect on the plants? Is the rain water clean or dirty? Why?
All you need is rubber boots, a raincoat, maybe an umbrella — and your imagination.
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