Rainy Day Activities for Teens and Tweens

Fight back against the allure of the couch with active, indoor fun and games.

Coming up with fun, non-sedentary, indoor activities for teens isn't easy. When they're stuck inside on a rainy day, little kids can run, jump, climb, and even ride their tricycles indoors, if needed. But none of those works for long-limbed adolescents, unless you live in a gymnasium. So instead, try these practical suggestions to help teens and tweens get some active play on days when the weather keeps them inside.

Plug in.

Girls dancing - a fun indoor activity for teens
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While you don't want your teen slumped in front of a TV screen all day, motion-controlled video games (aka exergames; available for Nintendo Wii, PlayStation Move, or Xbox Kinect) can be a good rainy day alternative. While players are still looking at a screen, they must stand and move their bodies to control the action in the game. For the most physical activity, choose a sports simulation or dance game.

Try something new.

Use DVDs, a streaming service, an app, or online videos to introduce your teen to a new fitness option (say, Hula hooping or a ballet-based workout). Here are two brief yoga videos designed especially for teens and tweens:

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Clean house.

Get some extra bang for your rainy-day buck by having your teen do some household chores. He'll be busy, physically active, and helping your family function smoothly. He may be even more motivated if you give him ownership of a bigger task, such as a making a repair, reorganizing a closet, or painting a wall. Or perhaps this rainy day is the opportunity you've been waiting for to redecorate his room! More »

Play games.

Especially if you have more than one teen trapped at home on a rainy day, lighten the mood with some active party games. This exhaustive list features dozens of options (some are more active than others). More »

Hit the gym.

Dodge the raindrops and take your teen to your gym or community center to use the equipment, run on the track, swim, play pickup basketball, climb the rock wall, or whatever activity appeals. You might even be able to work out side by side or take a class together. If you're not a member, check into day passes or see if you can accompany a friend who has a membership. The Y almost always has day passes available, as well as financial assistance for family memberships. More »

Drill some skills.

If your child plays a sport, she may be able to work on some of her skills while inside (especially if you have a space that can take a bit of a beating, like a basement, garage, or porch). Soccer and basketball players, for example, can work on dribbling the ball. Figure skaters can practice their spins with a spin trainer. And almost everyone can stretch. More »

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