5 Fun Days Out With Kids For A Rainy Day

“Rain, rain go away come again another day” – thankfully there’s no reason to wish away rainy days any more because now there are so many great activities that can get you out of the house and doing something fun, no matter the weather outside. So put down the TV remote and  get out of the house to give one of these five days out a try the next time the rain comes. 

  1. Let the kids monkey around at a climbing centre
    Days cooped up inside can have both you and your kids climbing the walls so put that energy to good use and try climbing the walls at your local climbing centre. If you don’t fancy harnesses and heights then why not try your hand at bouldering which involves no equipment (except some climbing shoes which are usually available for hire) or find a centre with some auto belays and have a go on some larger walls. Climbing is a great workout and a full body energy burner that will be enjoyable for the whole family. Just remember that as with any sport, climbing can be dangerous and so will involve some parental supervision, but don’t let that put you off trying it. 
  2. Bowl a strike at your local bowling lanes
    Looking for an indoor activity that’s fun for all the family? Then why not visit your local bowling lanes and bowl away those rainy day blues. Bowling is a sport that’s very easy to pick up and great for kids, with simple lane adaptations available to make it accessible for all ages and skill levels. Most bowling alleys also have fun arcade games and great dining facilities on site making it the perfect way to while away an afternoon otherwise spent on the sofa.
     
  3. See history in action at a local museum. Become a tourist in your hometown and visit your local museum to get out of the house and learn something new. If you don’t have a museum near you then make a daytrip to one nearby and let history keep you entertained.  Most museums have kid-friendly activities such as treasure hunts, quiz sheets and interactive exhibitions which will keep your family entertained for hours while also keeping their brains active.
  4. Get wet anyway and go swimming
    Did you know that swimming has been proven to reduce stress levels in parents? Science aside swimming is another great indoor activity that will get you and the kids out of the house and having some active fun, making it perfect for a rainy day otherwise spent indoors.
  5. Visit an aquarium
    If you don’t fancy swimming yourself then why not watch the fish do it at your local aquarium. Unlike zoos, aquariums are usually entirely indoors meaning that although you’ll be surrounded by water you won’t be getting wet. What’s more, you can see and learn about all manner of marine life from clown fish to jellyfish, stingrays to sharks. Aquariums are often designed with children in mind and again will quite offer kid friendly activities and a range of interactive marine activities.

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Inktober 2018 Results

Tomorrow is the first day of October and with that is the start of another season of Inktober! Last year my daughter and I knocked out some amazing illustrations and this year we are gearing up for another 31 days of ink! To get y’all refreshed and ready for our posts we decided to share our illustrations from last year! So head on over to instagram.com/DadSTL or just click the image below and check out our art from Inktober 2018!

View our Inktober art from 2018!

Follow along as we post our Inktober 2019 drawings to Instagram! If you are interested in sharing your own illustrations during Inktober, head on over to inktober.com to get a glimpse at the word prompts for this year!

How Do Modern Games Bring People Together?

Humans have always enjoyed playing games. Since the dawn of time, people have been on the hunt for ways to burn their spare time, and playing against one another is often one of the best ways to do something like this. In the modern day, things haven’t changed too much, though the games which people play have taken on a new form; video games. Often viewed as something anti-social and restrictive, this post is going to be showing you another side of these titles, exploring the elements which can bring people together.

 

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Communities

One of the best things about the Internet is the communities and groups which it can inspire. When it comes to gaming, there are countless blogs, forums, and other types of sites which are dedicated to hosting discussions and questions about video games. While this also goes for other hobbies and interests, the online gaming community is particularly large, and gives you loads of different options when it comes to choosing the types of people you’d like to talk to. This has lead to a number of achievements which wouldn’t be possible without these groups, including millions of dollars being raised for charities around the world.

Cooperative Play

A lot of people worry about playing games with other people, thinking that they don’t have the experience to have a level playing field. In reality, though, some of the best multiplayer experiences out there are cooperative, rather than competitive, and this means that you work together. Experiencing a well-told interactive story with someone you care about can be far more satisfying than watching a movie.

Competitive Play

Of course, while some people don’t like the idea of playing against others, this is still a very valid side to this field. Whether you want to play Ted Slot games online or jump into a Call Of Duty tournament, you have loads of options in this area which will help you to find a format which you enjoy. Over the last few years, there have been more and more large-scale competitions for video games, bringing huge crowds together to enjoy something which they all love.

Challenges

There are a lot of video games on the market, and many of them have extremely variable difficult levels. For example, a game like Dark Souls is pretty tricky when you first get started. Those who have played for a long time, though, will work with other people online to devise challenges for on another. Speed runs are a very common example of this, but there are loads of unique ways to handle this in a variety of games.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to get started on the time you put into getting more out of video games. This field is always getting broader and more diverse, with loads of examples of extremely creative games for you to get wrapped up in. Of course, though, it takes more than simply playing to get yourself involved, and you’ll need to hunt around for ways for games to bring you closer to others.

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The Benefits of Online Gaming

You might think of online gaming as the enemy, especially if you have children that you are constantly trying to get offline and outside. You might worry that your kids aren’t getting enough exercise, because they spend too much time online, and that you aren’t spending enough time together as a family, because really, deep down, you know that you’re own habits are just as bad. 

But, online gaming doesn’t have to be the enemy. Like cake and chocolate are valuable parts of a healthy diet, to be enjoyed in moderation and appreciated as treats, while bringing benefits of their own. Online games can be a part of a healthy lifestyle, and you don’t need to ban them altogether to do more as a family. They also have their own benefits. 

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They Are Social

When you play an online game, it might feel as though you are sat playing alone. But you aren’t, far from it. When you play online, you are playing with real people all over the world. You could make new friends and even business contacts. You can play with your friends and family, or even your children. It’s a way to make new friends, but also to bond with people that you know in the real world. 

Some people struggle with real-world connections. They find speaking to people in real life awkward, and they struggle to make friends. They might even find it hard to really be themselves with the people that they have known for a long time. A life in an online game can, for these people be a lifeline, or and outlet. Games like Ghrazi can give them an outlet, and a way to explore who they want to be, from the safety of their computer screen. Many people feel free, safe, and in control in these worlds, in a way that they never could outside of them.

Improves Problem Solving Skills

Online games come in all different shapes and sizes, but many of the massive multiplayer role-playing games take thought. To do well, you can’t just point and click. You have to apply strategy, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. It’s even thought that playing these games could improve memory, coordination, attention and concentration, and multitasking skills. Some research suggests online gaming could also make our brains work faster, reducing the time it takes for them to process information. 

It’s Fun

Whether you are 14 or 41, your life is filled with pressure. Kids today face testing and exams at every turn. Adults are constantly trying to do more, to be better, to earn more money and to improve their lives while looking after everyone else. Most people report to feeling stressed at least some of the time, and mental health issues are on the rise. We all need some fun in our lives, a way to let off steam, burn away some negative energies, and enjoy ourselves. Online gaming can be a safe way to do this, and as long as it’s done in moderation, it can improve your mood, your mental health and reduce your stress levels.

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