Rain, rain, GO AWAY!

Living in Central Florida, it’s inevitable that rain will be “in the forecast”! But every now and then we have some storms that tend to linger. Here are some RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES to keep the kiddos active and the parents sane!

Let them run off some energy at…

My Gym children’s fitness gym, with 4 locations around town. Lake Mary, Maitland, Waterford Lakes and Dr. Phillips.

Elev8 Fun is a new 125,000-square-foot entertainment center in Seminole County. The venue offers a wide variety of attractions, from hundreds of state-of-the-art and retro arcade games, bowling, multi-level go-kart tracks, the interactive mini-golf experience, ropes courses, and laser tag.

Top Golf – Unless it’s an extreme weather event, nothing can stop a good time at Topgolf, not even rain. Their venues are all-weather facilities with covered hitting bays that are fitted with fans for the summer and heaters for the winter.

Orlando Ice Den. Year round ice skating! Dig out your coat and gloves (do you even HAVE gloves?!?), and tie on a pair of ice skates for open skate at RDV. Visit their website for public skate times and prices.

Dezerland Park is Florida’s Largest Indoor Attraction. FREE Entrance and Parking with over 800,000 sq. feet of Thrills & Fun

Kids bouncing off the walls? Take them to 2Infinity in Lakeland, Kidiverse or Launch Trampoline Park!  Live closer to downtown? Try Airheads. Or, do you have kids that span a wide range of ages? Monkey Joe’s might be a good fit for you.

Bowling. Call a friend, find an alley near your house, and get there early. You’ll find wide open lanes and an hour (or more) of fun for the kids while you sit back and catch up with your gal pal. Tip: call ahead to make sure you don’t visit during league time.

Keg Social – There is something for everyone to enjoy! From bowling, axe throwing, billiards, ping pong, karaoke, cornhole and a huge arcade, Keg Social is a great place for indoor summer fun!!

Stimulate their minds at…

The Orlando Science Center. Loved by locals for its diverse exhibits, well-priced annual pass and super cool skybridge, kids of all ages find OSC fascinating. Open daily.

The Orange County Regional History Center. Located in the heart of downtown Orlando, the History Center is smart, surprising and fun. Best suited for school-aged children.

Kennedy Space Center – From the dawn of space exploration to current and ongoing missions, you can get an up-close, hands-on feel for the story of humans in space. Fuel your quest for inspiration right here.

Mad Science! With lots of class options, you’re sure to find something that works for your schedule.

District Kids in Oviedo, Florida has hands-on learning exhibits filled with fun and adventure that is sure to spark your child’s imagination.

Your local library! With over 20 branches around Central Florida, the library is a great way to spend an afternoon or two over break. Orange County branches can be found here, and Seminole County branches can be found here!

WonderWorks!, where kids can try to stand in hurricane-force winds, lie on a bed of nails, float through the ocean in a virtual submarine, and get trapped inside a giant bubble!

Museum(s) of Art – Through exhibition of art and educational programming, these will aspire to teach, influence, and broaden the worldview and shared experience of our community. Check out: The Menello Museum, The Rollins Museum of Art, Downtown Arts District and Orlando Museum of Art.

Other indoor fun:

ICON Park (indoor fun for all ages)

Skip the overcrowded, expensive theme parks and instead enjoy all the best thrills, tastes and action of the Orlando Entertainment District with the ICON Park Play Pass. For just $74.99 per pass, guests can unlock access to top attractions, dining discounts, shopping specials and more.

Guests with the ICON Park Play Pass will receive one-time entry to seven world-class attractions, including:

  • The Wheel at ICON Park
  • Museum of Illusions Orlando
  • Madame Tussauds Orlando
  • SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
  • Pearl Express Train
  • 7D Dark Ride Adventure
  • $5 play card at In The Game ICON Park

Along with the thrills, Play Pass holders receive up to 20 percent off at favorite eateries the whole family will love such as Gordon Ramsay’s Fish & Chips, Blake Shelton’s Ole Red, Sloppy Joe’s, Tin Roof, Tapa Toro, Sugar Factory, Shake Shack and more. While the kiddos are having a blast, parents can get access to exclusive all-day happy hours at The Wheelhouse Bar, The Lawn Bar and The Sky Bar. No trip is complete without a souvenir, so the all-access pass even offers up to 25 percent off at retailers including Build-A-Bear, Breathe, Sunglass Boutique and The Wheelhouse Gift Shop.

The ICON Park Play Pass is valid for 30 days after purchase, meaning guests can use it on their on time and schedule. You can have all the fun in one day, or come back throughout the month to keep the staycation going!

Crayola (one of our favorite indoor adventures!)

Discover the magic of color at Crayola Experience, Crayola’s premier, one-of-a-kind family attraction! Dozens of hands-on, creative activities and a full day of fun awaits families in Orlando, Fla. at The Florida Mall. Bigger, brighter and bolder than ever, the colorful adventures of Crayola Experience help kids and adults alike explore art and technology, express their creativity and experience color in a whole new way. Plan your visit today and get ready to make colorful family memories that will last a lifetime!

With 70,000 square feet of attractions, Crayola Experience is Florida’s most colorful family destination for interactive, creative play!


Don’t see your favorite indoor play place in our list? Tell us! Where do you like to go when it’s rainy outside? Share in the comments below!

First published September 2, 2016, updated June 12, 2024


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