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7 Awesome Backyard Activities for Kids on Rainy Days

Messy-fun diversions to entertain kids through the wet season

Rory Graves

Published on: January 24, 2023

Child sitting in a rain puddle playing, wearing yellow boots and holding a yellow leaf

Great reasons to play outside in any weather

It’s easy to equate our Pacific Northwest dreary season with frizzy hair, soggy leaves and too much time spent cooped up indoors with stir-crazy kids.

But while parents may look outside and see a muddy yard and dour skies, for a child, a rainy day offers a novel way to explore a familiar landscape. Nature in any season provides enlivening experiences — and, correspondingly, kids seem to naturally understand that time spent outside can bring us to our senses.

Here we've gathered up some creative ways to encourage your family to unplug from screens, get outside and explore their immediate environment this season.

First up: play station

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