10 Classic Rainy Day Activities for Teens


In the age of video games, cell phones, and computers, it isn’t hard for teenagers to find something to do on a rainy day. But spending too much time in front of a screen isn’t ideal for anyone, especially when there’s some old-fashioned fun to be had. Here are ten activities for teens from decades past that can turn a boring rainy day into a roaring good time.

1. Put on a skit or play. Acting is a great way to get creative. Teens can write their own skit or borrow one from a book. Perform for family, friends, and younger children in the neighborhood.

2. Cook. Activities that involve food are always a hit with teenagers. Putting together a lunch or dinner is also a great way to practice teamwork. Meals can be made to enjoy or give away to someone in need.

3. Create a poster. Teens can cut out pictures from magazines and make a collage or design their own poster from scratch. Creating a poster that’s inspirational or dedicated to a cause can make this activity especially meaningful.

4. Play a classic card game. Playing cards is not only fun, it’s a great way to keep teens thinking. Old favorites among teenagers include hearts, whist, rummy, kings in the corner, and poker.

5. Take in free local culture. Many zoos, museums, and history centers are free and have plenty to offer teens, from amazing animals to interesting exhibits. Local cultural events, like free concerts, art fairs, and book talks are worth checking out, too.

6. Go on a scavenger hunt. Who doesn’t like an old-fashioned scavenger hunt? Teens can look for unusual items around the house. Or they can head to the mall and hunt for freebies, like store catalogs, flyers, shopping bags, and samples.

7. Write a song, story, or a poem. Writing is a fun way to express yourself. Teens may discover that once they start a writing project, it’s hard to stop.

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8. Go bowling. You don’t have to be a good bowler to enjoy the sport of bowling. Teens can socialize while cheering each other on in this favorite, affordable activity.shutterstock_238780441

9. Play an old board game. Digging through the closet for an old board game is worth the effort. Many board games of the last century are still popular with teens. The oldies but goodies include Scrabble, Scattergories, Career, Clue, Risk, Yahtzee, and Twister.

10. Do volunteer work. Whether it’s helping at an animal shelter, a food bank, or the public library, teen volunteers are always in need—and they’ll get plenty of benefits from this age-old activity, including work experience, making new friends, and fun!

Finding a rainy day activity for teenagers that doesn’t involve today’s technology is easier than you think. All it takes is a step back in time. And who knows? Maybe your teenager will discover a new hobby that doesn’t involve a video game controller.

  • MrAltoids

    Hello Pam,

    Thank you for an excellent article. As a new parent, I sometimes worry that with the abundance of television shows, and technology, that my kids will be come as absorbed in them. I see the children of friends, and in public, that walk with an iPad in front of their eyes, or a phone. Do you have suggestions for how children can be encouraged to come up with ideas like these on their own with parental encouragement? Perhaps a ‘Rainy Day Activity Chart’ with ideas that the kids can choose from? I don’t want to be one of those Dads that plunks their child in front of the Disney channel, or an iPad to babysit them. I want to play with my child, and eventually teenager, and be a part of them learning the joy of life outside things that run on batteries.