Rainy Days with Kids
What to do when it is pouring outside?
There are some great museums, three local cinemas, soft play areas, swimming pools and leisure centres.
Alternatively you can put on the raincoats and wellies and let the kids splash in puddles!
Cambridge Leisure Park, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7DY www.cineworld.co.uk
Movies for Juniors
East Road, The Grafton Centre, Cambridge CB1 1PS
Weekend Kids AM Autism Friendly Screenings
38-39 St Andrew’s St, Cambridge www.picturehouses.co.uk
Indoor Sports & Swimming
Let the kids let off steam by splashing in the pool or running about in indoor sports.
Sports & Swimming in Cambridge
Gonville Place, Cambridge CB1 1LY
Tel: 01223 446100.
Fantastic pool, flumes, toddler pool and cafe.
Kelsey Kerridge Sports
Queen Anne Terrace, Cambridge CB1 1NA Tel: 01223 462226 www.kelseykerridge.co.uk Holiday activites, indoor sports, large central centre.
Chesterton Sports Centre
Gilbert Road, Cambridge CB4 3NY Tel: 01223 576110 Children’s term time and holiday activities. A pool and sports centre/activities.
Pool Way, Whitehill Road, Cambridge CB5 8NT
Tel: 01223 213352
Junior fitness and swimming lessons.
Soft Play Centres
Toddlers and younger kids can run around amongst the soft play structures.
Soft Play for Toddlers and Younger Kids
Cheeky Monkeys Activity Centre
Babraham Rd Fulbourn CB21 5HR Tel: 01223 881658
A farm based playbarn in Fulbourn. Outdoor play tractors, cafe, summer strawberry picking.
Funky Fun House
8 Mercers Row Cambridge, CB5 8HY Tel: 01223 304705
Indoor family play centre with separate toddler area and on-site cafe. Near Stourbridge Common.
Whale of a Time
8 Viking Way, Bar Hill, Cambridge CB3 8EL Tel: 01954 781018 Play areas for Crawlers and Toddlers and older soft play. www.whaleofatime-cambridge.co.uk
For a small place, Cambridge has some world class museums such as the Fitzwilliam Museum. Some favourites are listed here. For a full list read here.
Top 4 Museums
(according to my kids!)
Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB Tel: 01223 332900 www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk Fantastic Place. The suits of armour, impressive staircase, egyptian statues. Founded in 1848. The colour coded activity packs for kids are free from the entrance desks. Regular family drawing sessions (usually on the first Saturday of the month). Open: Tue–Fri 10am–5pm Sun & bank holiday Monday 12 noon–5pm. Closed Mondays (except for bank holidays). FREE
Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences
Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3EQ
Tel: 01223 333456
Look out for the dinosaurs carved above the door, and the world’s biggest spider inside. This is the oldest of the Universities museums, established in 1728. There are over 2 million fossils, minerals and rocks from 4.5 billion years ago.
Open: Mon – Fri 10:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00 Sat 10:00-16:00
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3DZ Tel: 01223 333516 www.maa.cam.ac.uk
See the Iron Age ‘Fire Dog’, human skull made with shells, Egyptian hedgehog amulet and an X-ray of Ibis Mummy. Find the soul-washer’s badge and a model of a man smoking a pipe while carrying gunpowder from Ghana. Open: Tue–Sat 10:30am–4:30pm; Sun 12 noon–4:30pm Closed Mondays (except for bank holidays) FREE
Cambridge Science Centre
18 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BQ
Tel: 01223 967965
New centre for science. Learn about light thought mixing different combinations of colours, drop a magnet and generate electricity, see how the eye works feel and see sound, and see inside DNA.
Open: Tue–Fri 1-5pm (term time); weekends, half terms & holidays 10am–5pm.
Admission: Adults £3.50, child £2.50, under 5s free.
Ideas for Staying in with the Kids
What do you do if you are stuck inside?
Some ideas for toddlers and young kids if everyone is getting irritable.
There are lots of great children’s cookbooks or ideas online, to make pizzas, cakes, cookies or lemonade. Some good simple recipes here from the BBC Kids Cooking page www.bbcgoodfood.com
Reading books or kindle
Take a trip to the local library, there is a huge selection of books there. It’s a fantastic free resource. Kindles or ebooks are growing in popularity too.
A box of odd rags and outfits.
Playing in the Sink
Let them play with their water toys.
Chill Out Time
A good DVD or children’s program can help everyone to relax after a busy day.
Toys and Games
Family games seem a bit traditional for some children, especially as they become teenagers, but it can be a really nice thing to do if they can be persuaded. Monopoly, connect four, card games or all the classics. Or take a look in the cupboard to have a good sort out. Amazon or ebay can be good for new games. Try charity shops locally too for some bargain finds.
Painting and Getting Messy
If you can stand the mess, let their creative streaks run wild with a good paint session, with brushes, fingers or making shapes out of potatoes.
Use blankets, chairs and tables or sofas and torches and let them make a den.
Make a Box House/Car/Boat
Any huge boxes are worth saving. You can cut out windows and doors or eye holes.