When it rains it pours. When it’s raining in NYC, some parents feel like they might go stir crazy. So how do you keep those little critters entertained? Here are some unique ideas for what to do with kids when it’s raining in NYC:

what to do with your kids when it's raining

Find an Indoor Playground

Your tot is looking forward to a day at the park when grey clouds roll in and lightening strikes. Fear not! Here are a few indoor playgrounds for kids and there are plenty within the five boroughs that deserve your attention.

City Treehouse –  The retreat might be named for its tree house, but its main attraction is a water table. Toddlers give plastic animals a bath while preschoolers direct water jets to move balls and customize dams. City Treehouse is an award-winning children’s play and learning center located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.

Good Day Play Cafe is an indoor kid-friendly cafe and juice bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The cafe and playground hybrid will give parents the opportunity to snack and socialize—a much-needed break—while their kids run wild.

Mini GALAXY Play Café is a kid-friendly indoor playground. Your little prince or princess will be playing under your supervision in a fun and clean environment. Kiddies can head to another universe without leaving NYC! This family-friendly space in Queens is a great way to make every day seem like an adventure. Tykes can enjoy playing in ball pits and foam block pits, shooting hoops and wandering across the space chain bridge.

Go Bowling

This is always a fun one for the slightly older kids. Bowling can mean an entire day of distraction, fun and learning coordination. Melody Lanes in Brooklyn is just one example of an exciting bowling alley where kids can go for birthday parties or family and friend time. This is a classic activity and one of our favorite things to do with kids when it’s raining.

Laser tag / Paintball

Here’s another one for the pre-teens and teens. For some parents, this might be a bit too violent, but in other circles it’s pretty popular. Laser tag and paintball are great ways to get some exercise and engage with other kids. Check out Area53 in Brooklyn – they allow children from the age of 8 and older to play paintball. This is also an ideal activity if you have a whole bunch of kids and need to rent out a space for a private party.

Go to a Museum

Museums aren’t just for adults! New York City is home to some of the greatest museums in the world, and a lot of them are incredibly fun for kids. The American Museum of Natural History is an absolute must for kids and adults of all ages! Learning about the natural world around us, seeing dinosaur bones, watching IMAX movies – this is one of the best places in the city. Also, although there is a suggested donation – you can pay as much or as little as you want!

We also love the Liberty Science Center to pique their scientific minds, and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum for all kinds of rotating exhibits and displays. Pro tip: the Brooklyn Children’s Museum is always free for those under 12 months, families of New York City Police Officers; families of New York City Firefighters; active military personnel; and veterans. Admission is “pay what you wish” for all visitors on Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Sundays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Explore the Aquarium

One of our top tips for things to do with kids when it’s raining. The New York Aquarium is open 365 days/year, rain or shine. Located on Coney Island, it’s a bit of a pricier option, but a wondrous experience for any animal lover. See the penguins, go “under the sea”, or jump for joy at the 4D theater (3D movies with sensory effects).

Bounce Into A Trampoline Park

Check out Launch Trampoline Park in Queens for parties or individual fun. Not only do they have tons of trampolines to get your energy out, they also offer dodgeball, foam pits, laser tag and an indoor rock climbing wall! It will be a day your kiddos will never forget!

Indoor Skydiving

If you’ve got an adventurous group, you may want to head up to iFly in Yonkers. Kids under 18 need parental permission but there’s nothing like the feeling of flying to make a rainy day fun!

See A Movie

Maybe you think taking your little ones to a movie will distract the other patrons. However, there are plenty of theaters in New York City that offer special family viewings. Alamo Drafthouse offers a special “Kids Camp” where they show family movies for extremely cheap! From their website: “Kids Camp is an affordable way for families to watch great films together during most holiday breaks. Choose your own ticket price – $1-$3-$5 and buy your tickets online to reserve your seats in advance. 100% of ticket sales are donated to local nonprofits working to make our community a better place.”

Stay Indoors & Order Pizza

This is an easy one, but there’s nothing like quality family. Relax the screen time limits for just one day and make it a special, at-home adventure.

By now you should have plenty of ideas of what to do with kids when it’s raining in NYC. Keep reading our blog for more New York tips, and as always, if you’re looking to move, look no further than NYC’s top-rated moving company – Stride Movers. We are committed to excellence and customer satisfaction. It would be our pleasure to be the movers on your next relocation. Get a free quote now.