It's morning, and you wake up and it's pouring rain -- gloomy, grey, and wet.
You now have a choice to make:
You could lay around like a lump all day.
Or, you can get up, get creative and check out this amazing list of fun things to do on a rainy day instead.
You decide if you want to spend the day forgetting or making beautiful memories with the one you love the most instead.
We are here to help you make the right decision.
Step outside your normal routine
When people are in a long-term relationship, after a while, the newness wears off, and we settle back into routines with each other.
That process is totally normal, of course, things are supposed to calm down.
But don't get too comfortable:
“Love like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy. But sometimes under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots keeping itself alive.”
― Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
It's important to keep that spark alive -- even, or especially when the rain is trying to drown it out.
It's time to grab the bull by the horns and find some of the coolest ideas on the internet.
Looking for Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day
Coming up with ideas should start with you and your partner deciding to step outside your comfort zones a little.
The whole idea is to do something new and exciting.
"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties."
Preferably, the thing you choose to do will be something that's new to both of you.
It's all about finding common interests
Don't panic if you're feeling stuck for ideas.
Heck, you shouldn't worry, even if you can't find something you want to do on our list today.
In truth, finding fun things to do on a rainy day together can be an exercise in learning new things about one another.
We found some excellent tips on how to find a new common interest with your partner.
Try asking questions:
A list of ideas for a new activity to try:
No matter if you find something immediately or not...
asking your partner these questions will certainly help you get to know them better.
Creative Indoor Date Ideas That Don't Cost a Dime
For some of us, the most fun things to do on a rainy day won't cost a dime. So, we start our list with a whole host of great ideas.
Have a look:
"The best things in life are free"
Take a class together on YouTube
Considering most people have the internet at home, YouTube is an excellent resource. There, you can find all sorts of different videos to help you learn new things.
Even if you don't have the ingredients on hand, you could consider learning how to cook something new.
Check out the following video:
It's not just cooking, either:
Using YouTube as a guide, you and your partner can learn countless new things together.
A list of additional things you can learn using YouTube:
Build a fort
Next on our list of fun things to do on a rainy day is an activity for kids of all ages -- a pillow fort.
And who doesn't love building forts?
This one is simple:
Grab your partner and gather every pillow, blanket, and cushion you can find.
Next, you want to find an area in your house where you can build yourself the coolest pillow fort ever.
After you finish the fort, fill it with fun activities and things you and your partner can do together.
A fort is an especially good idea if you happen to have tiny humans running around.
Board game playoffs
Third, let's talk about a game day.
But here's something different:
This won't be any ordinary game day.
Instead of just sitting down to a regular game of Monopoly, for example, grab all the games you own out of the closet.
Then, set up a simple points system and keep track of how many games you each win.
By the end of the day, one of you will be the undisputed game day champion.
Learn how to play a new card game together
Most everyone has a deck of cards already lying around.
So, use them:
Sit down with your significant other, and the two of you figure out a card game that neither of you knows how to play.
Then, both of you learn to play the game together.
For example, check out the video below to learn how to play poker:
Higher Ed Geek has a list of card games everyone should know how to play if you're feeling stuck.
On the list of fun things to do on a rainy day, learning new stuff seems like a bonus to having fun.
Would you rather?
This next idea is a great way not only to kill time but to also get to know each other better.
Here are the basics:
The whole idea is to ask the person a question that presents a dilemma.
"Would you rather lose all of your money and valuables or all of the pictures you have ever taken?"
"Would you rather sit around all day or find something fun to do on a rainy day instead?"
Check out the video below:
Then, you and your partner each answer the questions as honestly as you possibly can.
You can find all sorts of would you rather questions online.
A great place to play "Would you Rather?" might be in that pillow fort.
More Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day at Home
In the next section, we are still going to keep our ideas for fun things to do on a rainy day at home. However, some of these activities might cost a little money.
"There's only one thing more precious than our time and that's who we spend it on." --
Whether the activity will cost you money or not depends mostly on what supplies you already have there at home.
Let's get started!
Try a new recipe together
The first item on the list of super fun things to do on a rainy day will fill your belly and warm your heart -- try a new recipe together.
There are tons of recipes available online like these 31 romantic Valentine's dinner recipes from Delish.
Check out the video below for more dinner ideas:
Remember this rule:
No matter what you choose to cook, though, the whole idea is to work together to make it.
As a couple, usually, it's one or the other of you doing the majority of the cooking. Or, you each have specific things that you do.
For this exercise, turn those rules on their head.
"Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”
For example, if your partner is the one that usually preps for the meal -- you do all that work yourself.
Have a cook-off
Of course, you can take a few of our last ideas for fun things to do on a rainy day for this next item.
Take things to a whole other level and have a cook-off. Consider inviting over a few friends or family to have them help you judge the food.
There are a couple of different directions you can take your cook-off challenge:
Have a paint and sip party for two
For the next idea on our list of fun things to do on a rainy day, you will need a few supplies. However, paint and sip parties are all the rage right now for a reason.
The best news of all is that there are a ton of free guides right on YouTube.
Check out the video below:
Here's what you need:
Next up, if painting a picture isn't your thing, don't count out the idea of getting crafty in another way.
"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."
Either come up with a project you're both dying to try -- or, gather up all the arts and crafts supplies in your house and see what you can come up with.
Try this cool paint-pouring technique:
To try this pouring method you will need:
Other fun crafts you can try with your partner:
On a list of fun things to do on a rainy day, making some sort of mess should be near the top.
Fun Date Ideas for a Rainy Day
So far, all of our fun things to do on a rainy day have you staying at home.
Now, for something completely different:
In this next section we are going to get you into some pants (hopefully) and into the great outdoors -- at least long enough to get where you're going.
Grab your galoshes and your umbrella, let's find something special to do.
Visit an aquarium
First, according to a survey on Ranker, one of the most popular indoor date destinations is an aquarium.
And we have to say that we seriously agree with that sentiment.
It's pretty romantic in an aquarium.
There are dark corridors and strange and wondrous creatures around every corner.
But that's not all:
Visit a trampoline park
Next, if the two of you are feeling extra adventurous, you could consider visiting a trampoline park.
Just because it's generally something younger kids do doesn't mean you can't get it on the fun.
Check it out:
Now, doesn't that look like fun?
Next, whether you are a fan of the Big Lebowski or not -- you should consider heading to a bowling alley the next time it's raining outside.
Here's an instructional video in case you don't know how to bowl:
But remember to have fun:
Obviously, you don't need to be as good as the Dude to have a great time bowling. Grab your partner and give it a shot.
If you go bowling don't forget to wear or take your own socks.
Visit an arcade
We realize that ordinarily visiting an arcade is another thing that young people usually do. However, there's something to be said for all the games and flashing lights and friendly competition.
Instead of choosing a regular arcade at the mall, see if you can find a big one.
You know, one of those arcades that has skeeball, basketball, and even batting cages sometimes.
You can spend many happy hours staying dry and play two-player games or see who can win the most tickets.
Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day -- Themed Dates
Of course, we realize that not everyone will feel adventurous enough to want to jump on trampolines or hit up a bowling alley.
"The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom."
So, for people who want to keep things a little less physical, we found some super cool themed dates.
Here they are:
Random acts of kindness date
First on our list of super fun things to do on a rainy day themed dates edition is the random acts of kindness, or ROAK, date.
"No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many."
The idea is a simple one:
On this type of date, you and your partner head out with one goal in mind -- do something kind for another person or people.
Check out the video below for some ideas:
The best thing about this theme date is that when it comes to the random acts of kindness you choose -- the sky is the limit. There are a ton of websites with lists like this one if you're feeling stuck for ideas.
The only thing that feels better than doing something kind for another person is doing it beside your favorite human on earth.
A few ideas you can use on the random acts of kindness date:
DIY fondue date night
Our next theme date is one that should appeal to just about anyone on a rainy day if only because it includes melted cheese and/or chocolate: do-it-yourself fondue.
First, you're going to need some supplies -- including a fondue pot like this one.
Here are a few things you can dip in the chocolate fondue to get you started:
Check out the video below on how to make chocolate fondue:
But that’s not all:
Don’t worry, if you’re in a more savory mood, there’s all kind of melted cheese recipes available, as well.
Here’s a list of things you can use to dip into the cheese fondue to help you on your way:
Check out the video below for an excellent way to make cheese fondue:
Taste testing date night
Next up, because we know everyone loves to eat, perhaps the next time you are looking for fun things to do on a rainy day — have a taste testing date.
“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
You can take this theme date idea in any number of directions.
First, you can try out several different types of pizza, for example, and choose your favorite together.
Or, check out the video below for another spin on the idea:
Other taste test date ideas include:
Help to Make the World a Better Place
Finally, to round things out, we’re going to give you some ideas in case you decide you want to spend your next rainy day making a difference in the world.
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”
Have a look:
How to find volunteer opportunities in your town
First, we know that every place in this country has slightly different needs. So try this:
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
― Winston Churchill
If you are stuck trying to find a volunteer opportunity in your town, start by checking with your local United Way.
Visit a local animal shelter
If you and your partner like animals, most local shelters are always looking for extra help.
Just make sure you call them ahead of time to let them know you're coming in.
The two of you could help at the shelter by calming dogs after surgery, walking them, or brushing them.
What could be better on a rainy day for lifting your spirits than hanging out with some adorable animals?
But wait, there's more:
Other ideas for volunteering in your town:
The Rain Can Only Get You down If You Let It
In summation, now that you have this handy list of fun things to do on a rainy day, the choice is yours. You can sit around like a lump all day, or you can grab your partner and create some memories together.
The choice is pretty clear on this one. I mean, there's a fort on this list for crying out loud. The rain could be the cause of one of your most beautiful days yet.
So the next time the storm clouds roll in, try one of these ideas and make some memories!