Rainy Days Out With your children

If you’ve got your children why not try something active like:

–    ten pin bowling

–    leisurely swimming

–    Ice or Roller skating and maybe Quasar in Colchester

Don’t forget the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker which is obviously out of the rain on account if it being under the Essex Land!

You could go off to the cinema (maybe try a different one a bit further afield?), or see what children’s activities there are at places like Colchester Arts Centre or the Chelmsford Theatres.

Colchester Zoo is vast, and a great deal of it is undercover, and with some waterproofs and an umbrella, you won’t get too wet, and if it’s raining it won’t be too busy! Look out the other family zoos and petting farms in the Colchester/Clacton areas.

You could visit one of the many very interesting museums across Essex.

And how is this for a few sideways thinking: go to one of the London museums. You can leave the car at Clacton railway station, and once there you’re undercover on the train then, undercover at Liverpool Street, sheltered on the tube to South Kensington tube station, and you can visit the Victoria and Albert, the Natural History Museum, or the Science Museum using the underground – the kids would love it!. You could spend days in each museum. And remember to get a group ticket if you’re travelling on a weekend, and check other reduced fairs, as you can get up to London very cost effectively on that basis. And there’s that added sense of speculation as you wonder whether Abellio East Anglia is going to deliver you there (and back) on schedule!

If none of this takes your fancy and you absolutely insist on staying dry indoors then:

1) Check the weather forecast for the rest of the day – there may be a couple of hours of sunshine forecast for the evening

2) Promise your children that next time its dry you will get out and about, so that you don’t miss the great things Essex has to offer to

3) Make plans for the next dry day – have a browse around our site and get some ideas. Plan a walk, or a bike ride.

4) Buy a copy of Essex Monopoly or Chelmsford Monopoly, and enjoy a family board game while you think about what you will do next time it’s not raining