Rainy Day Play Ideas

It’s raining. The kids are getting restless and you’re starting to lose your mind watching them run around the house with more energy than you can handle. You’re dying to get them to burn off some energy, but walks, trips to the park and any other outdoor activity just isn’t in the cards today. Whether it’s an indoor space or at home fun, we’ve got your covered on rainy day activities.

The Library

The Palo Alto Children’s Library (1276 Harriet Street, Palo Alto) and Menlo Park Main Branch Library (800 Alma St, Menlo Park) hold various storytimes throughout the week in the mornings. Ask a librarian for their recommendations or head over to the Redwood City Downtown Library (1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City) which has hands on structures for babies to explore.


Use the rain as an opportunity for you to get errands ran, but head to the supermarket or Target to shopping done with help from the kids. Toddlers learning numbers and words can help find the products on your shopping list. An alternate option is to head to the hardware store (recommended by a PAMP parent who says her 20 month hold loves playing with the locks and keypad section), Cheeky Monkey Toys (640 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park) or Talbot’s Toyland (445 S B St., San Mateo) and create wish lists for upcoming birthdays or holidays.

Indoor Play Areas

Many local indoor play areas require no registration for drop-in play times.

It’s rainy season! With the rain, brings lots and lots of time indoors.  If you’re like me, you are desperate to get your kids out of the house and to let them run off some steam.  An indoor playplace is a perfect solution. Luckily there are a few options in the Bay Area.

La Petite Playhouse

1264 Oddstad Dr.
Redwood City, Ca

Online: lapetiteplay.com

This 10,000 sq. ft. facility was dreamt up by the folks behind the Bay’s favorite swim school: Le Petit Baleen. So of course this kiddie wonderland has an under-the-sea theme with features such as the Whale Lookout Sphere, Shark Tank Pendulum Walk, Sea Weed Zig Zag Run and so much more. There’s a separate baby/toddler structure, an interactive “Eye Click” game, a climbing wall and 2 sport courts. Birthday parties are big business here (the playhouse is closed to the public on weekends, when the parties take over) and private rooms and simple, all-inclusive packages make planning a snap.


544 San Mateo Ave.
San Bruno, Ca

Online: diddalidoo.com

Diddalidoo (did-duh-lee-doo) is an indoor play center for babies and toddlers 0-4yrs. Parents and young children have the opportunity to bond while exploring, learning and socializing through interactive play in 3 distinct play areas. Diddalidoo is a great place to connect with other parents and tots. It’s also the perfect place for a play date or to host your Little One’s birthday party!

Safari Run

1180 Kern Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94085

341 North Amphlett Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94401

Online: safarirun.com

With two locations to choose from, Safari Run is a great spot for kids who want to run around in a safe, contained and clean environment. Your admission gets you an hour of fun and it does get crowded, especially on school holidays (your best bet is to get there when it opens). Weekends are often reserved for birthday parties so check the online schedule before heading over. In the summer, the San Mateo location has drop-off summer camps for kids.


559 College Ave
Palo Alto, CA

Online: wund3rkid.com

Wund3rkid is a unique indoor play place in Palo Alto.  It hosts a drop-in play area with toys from around the world. Wund3rkid also offers classes for your children, such as music, yoga and Spanish to name a few.  They also can put on birthday parties for your little ones based on your desired theme. Memberships can be purchased for classes and play packages or pay a drop-in play rate for 3 hours of play

You can also visit IKEA (1700 E. Bayshore Rd., East Palo Alto), check your local mall for a kids play area, or older toddlers may enjoy a day of fun at Chuck E. Cheese(2541 El Camino Real, Redwood City). Infants (non/early walkers) may enjoy the play space at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo (1451 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto).


There are plenty of places for kids to enjoy around the Peninsula and beyond. Locally, PAMP parents have suggested the Hiller Aviation Museum (601 Skyway Rd., San Carlos), seeing the Google car at the Computer History Museum (1401 Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View) or visiting otters at CuriOdyssey (1651 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo). If you’re willing to take the drive, San Jose’s Children’s Discovery Museum (180 Woz Way, San Jose), Children’s Creativity Museum (221 Fourth St., San Francisco) in San Francisco cater to young kids and are a great way to tucker out your toddler.

Stay Home

Hearing the same five toy sounds or three Disney movie songs can be wearing, but there are plenty of indoor activities to keep your littles entertained. Pull out old blankets and build a fort for reading, bake cookies or muffins with the kids, create a cleaning scavenger hunt to kill two birds with one stone, sit down with your kids and write letters to people they admire (teachers, politicians, the mailman, a local librarian, your neighbors), or break out your mom/dad dance moves by throwing an indoor dance party with music from your childhood. There are plenty of ways to stay entertained and dry.

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