Its super annoying when your child’s birthday falls on a rainy day because everything you have planned might go to waste. For instance, outdoor adventures or lawn parties cannot happen on rainy days.

But we are here so you don’t let the rain ruin your kid’s special day. In this article, we will talk about several party ideas you can plan on a rainy day.

So there is no need to worry that you will mess up your kid’s birthday. Even on a rainy day, several things, ranging from indoor camping adventures to movie marathons, will keep the party going without a hitch.

Let’s get started!

1. Indoor Camping Adventure

Girl and Boy Reading while Camping Indoors

Camping is always fun and is often enjoyed outdoors. But let us tell you that nothing stops you from setting up an indoor camping adventure. It requires less planning, is relatively safe, and is inexpensive to set up.

You can transform your living room into a campsite since the living room is generally the biggest in the house. Pitch the tents, hang fairy lights, and stock up on snacks to get the party started.

You can start the camping as soon as it’s dark outside. Have fun with kids while they share their real campfire stories. You can also set up a projector for a scary movie night.

2. DIY Craft Party

DIY Craft Party

Crafting is a skill that has been lost in recent times. People buy readymade items and don’t have the time to DIY any craft.

Kids are creative, and a DIY craft party seems the right outlet for their artistic skills. So skip on buying traditional decoration items and have the kids do it in the form of an activity. You can give them a party theme

First, set up a designated crafting area where all the essential items are available, i.e., protective plastic, old newspapers, acrylic colors, etc.

Some activities kids can do are:

  • Jewelry Making: Provide them with various beads, strings, and clasps, and kids can craft their unique bracelets, necklaces, or anklets.
  • Abstract Artistic Expressions: Set up a painting or drawing station. Offer them canvases or sketchbooks, and let them draw what’s coming on their minds.
  • Personalized items: Set up a station where kids can decorate frames, mugs, or t-shirts with fabric markers, stickers, or iron-on designs.

3. Culinary Adventures

A colorful array of fresh ingredients on a wooden cutting board,

Many might not like this idea, so asking the kids if they are interested in cooking is a good idea. And if the majority says so, you know what to do.

For this, you will need all sorts of ingredients so that there is no last-minute rush when the kids make their favorite foods.

You can set up pizza and doughing stations and have a dedicated section for baking, cooking, and frying so that the party remains organized and does not become chaotic.

If you want to keep the party low-key, order cupcakes from your favorite bakery and organize a competition for decorating the cupcakes beautifully.

The party doesn’t end just cooking; there is also fun at the tasting. Encourage the kids to taste each other’s dishes, making them socialize better.

4. Movie Marathon

A table with popcorn, candy, and decorations for a Movie Marathon.

Movies can always uplift the party, and it requires minimal effort. Choose a horror, mystery, or thriller genre to keep the kids engrossed.

Choose the timing of the movie marathon carefully, as you do not want all the kids to be sleep-deprived the next day.

Stock up on popcorn, nachos, candies, and fizzy drinks, creating a cinema snack bar for all kids. Create a cozy space and get the marathon started.

You can select a lineup of the birthday star’s favorite films, from animated classics to action-packed adventures.

Perhaps you can also consider a ‘dress as your favorite character’ activity to have some extra fun!

Tips for a Successful Rainy Day Birthday Party

Kids playing games and eating cake indoors during a rainy day birthday party.

  • Enjoy the Theme: Choose a theme that resonates with your child’s interests. Be it a camping adventure indoors or an afternoon with DIY crafts, do what your kid feels the most comfortable in.
  • Safety First: As a host, its your responsibility to ensure that all the activities are age-appropriate and supervised. Keep potential hazards, like wet floors or sharp objects, in check.
  • Involve the Birthday Kid: Let your child have a say in their party planning. Their enthusiasm and ideas will add a unique touch and make the celebration more personalized and meaningful.
  • Flexible Schedule: You should always keep your schedule flexible in case any activities cannot happen due to some last-minute changes. Have backup indoor activities or games ready to ensure the party keeps going and remains lively and engaging.
  • Plan for Comfort: Please ensure the indoor space is comfortable and spacious for all guests. Try having cozy seating areas and adequate lighting so all the kids feel comfortable moving into the house.
  • Keep Refreshments Simple: Choose easy-to-serve snacks and beverages that are less messy and can be enjoyed indoors. For your relief, have readymade snacks, so you don’t have to worry much, and the trash can be easily disposed of later.
  • Capture the Memories: Hire a professional or designate someone as the party photographer or set up a photo corner. Photos will turn out good, and your kid will remember his/her birthday forever.

Our previous blog on party ideas for 5-year-olds provides essential context to this topic.


We all know that birthdays are a time to celebrate and create lasting memories with our loved ones. Even with a little creativity and planning, a rainy day can be filled with endless activities and adventures.

As a party host, keeping the kids’ safety paramount is essential. This includes arranging hygienic food and snack options, providing a safe place for fun, and tending to every child’s health needs.

Don’t forget to include your kid as the party’s main attraction.

Happy Partying!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Plan a Low-Budget Birthday Party for Kids?

Planning a low-budget birthday party is tricky because you wouldn’t want to dull the fun. So picking the right venue, keeping the budget in check, and going for minimal decorations is the key.

Also, have activities where kids won’t need many props, saving you some money.

How Much Should You Spend on a Child’s Birthday Party?

Everyone will spend as per their spending capacity. But to give a realistic answer, spending more than $400 on a birthday party is not a wise choice.

Anything more than this can mess up the budget unnecessarily, causing you financial strain.

Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson, is a child entertainment and activities coordinator with a decade of experience creating educational activities for children. Angela has worked extensively in various settings, including schools, community centers, and private events. Her approach towards children's entertainment is informed by her extensive research in child psychology and her previous role as a primary school teacher. Her passion for work is paralleled by her love for storytelling and writing children's books, alongside activities that inspire her creativity to connect deeper with the young audience.

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