It’s raining it’s pouring the kids are screaming “mommy it’s so boring.” Rainy days can make anyone restless, including your kids. No one wants to feel cooped up. So don’t let the rain get you down, embrace and enjoy the moment. We’ve compiled a list to help you do just that. Here is a list of 10 family rainy day activities. 


Is there anything better than curling up and watching a movie with popcorn on a rainy day. The new Cobb Daytona Luxury 12 Theater makes going to a movie an experience in itself. Has your family tried D-Box seating yet? D-Box seats are synchronized in movement with the movie, making you feel part of each scene in the movie. You can manage the intensity, which is helpful for young children. So next time it rains, let the theater provide your family with entertainment, snacks, and fun.

Family Friendly Restaurant

If it is raining at meal time, checkout a family friendly restaurant. We love Jimmy Hula’s in Ormond Beach. The menu features fish or turf tacos, sandwiches, or bowls served over jasmine rice with your choice of protein, and of course a scrumptious fare for the little dudes. No matter what you order, your taste buds leave happy. With its fun music, flavorful food, and friendly atmosphere, the rain cannot interfere with a good time. Hungry for dessert? Donuts are the new cupcake. Visit Donnie’s Donuts right across the street and treat the family to fresh custom to order donuts.  


Rainy Day Activities

Make the next rainy day a museum day and visit one of the area’s museums. We are fortunate in Daytona Beach to have so many kid-friendly wonderful museums. Some of our favorites include the Museum of Arts and Sciences (“MOAS”), Ormond Beach Memorial Art Museum & Gardens, and the Southeast Museum of Photography. If you are looking to spend a longer time at a museum, we suggest a visit to MOAS.

Daytona Beach Rainy day activities

Rainy days are no problem at the Smithsonian-affiliated museum of arts and science. This museum will make the whole family forget about the rain. No matter your age, the giant sloth exhibit never gets old. If you are looking for a shorter museum visit, try the Ormond Beach Memorial Art Museum & Gardens, in under an hour, your family will be inspired by the diverse artists. Older kids will love the Southeast Museum of Photography at Daytona State. They will be inspired by seeing their peers create stories through the lens.


With the invention of bumpers, bowling is now a fun activity to bring the whole family together.  The good thing about a bowling alley, is that if the kids get bored bowling, they can play the arcade games. So where can you go bowling in Daytona Beach? Depending on where you live, you have a few options. Check out Ormond Lanes which also has laser tag,  GameTime Daytona which has a bowling alley, or New Smyrna Lanes. Next time it rains, let the good times roll and head to the bowling alley.

Activities At Home

rainy day activities
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Have some fun indoors at home! Build an indoor fort. Bring some books inside the tent and your children will love reading inside their own private oasis. For older kids, try a craft like making slime. Our favorite activity is a dance party. Pick your poison – T. Swift, ZZ Top, or Nelly. Better yet let your kid be the dj and boogie down like no one is watching. There is no better way to spend the day. After all, dancing is the key to happiness!


Children and adults both love to play arcades. Whether you love to geek out to a classic game like Galaga or play something new, there is a local arcade for you in the Daytona Beach area. GameTime Daytona is a massive 35,000 sqft. center with both cutting edge games and vintage games with a twist. Looking for something smaller? Checkout out Daytona Pizza & Wing Co. While the kids play the arcades, you can sip a craft beer and enjoy a yummy pizza. Everyone wins. Other options include the boardwalk arcade on beachside or the Daytona Arcade Museum, which features all retro arcade and pinball games. Welcome to the 80’s kids.

Marine Science Center

Marine Science Center

The Marine Science Center is a favorite escape to forget about the rain. Immediately your little ones will be immersed in learning about sea life as they touch a Cownose stingray in the aquatic touch pool. Next your little ones can checkout the turtle rehabilitation and see the turtles being rehabbed in action. Make sure to stop by the classroom lab where your little ones can learn about animals, habitats and conservation. Your family will love the indoor adventure and it won’t break the bank: general admission is $5 per adult, $2 per child, and two-year-olds and under are free!


“When in doubt, go to the library.” Hermione Granger

Although your family may not be practicing real magic, there is magic in the thirst for knowledge. So make an adventure out of visiting the library. What better way to spend a dreary day than getting lost in the shelves of the libraries searching for the perfect book to read?

Indoor Playground

If the kids are restless, the best bet may be an indoor playground where they can get out their energy and have fun doing it. Luckily there are several local options for your family to have some indoor fun. Jump it out (and get your cardio on) at Sky Zone. Younger kids? Try that One Fun Place, The Little Gym, or Chuck E. Cheese.

Play in the Rain

Let the kids embrace the spirit of Gene Kelly and Let the kids play in the rain! We won’t judge if you start dancing in the rain too! Who can resist splashing in the puddles? What a glorious feeling! As you splash along in the puddles, remember, rain is actually fun!

We hope you find these rainy day activities inspiring the next time the rain hits (which in our hometown happens often!). Enjoy your next rainy day!

Rather stay home during the storm? Check out 10 Ways To Play Inside When It Rains.

See You Soon, 


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