Summer Rain: Wet weather ideas for the school holidays

Nothing spoils outdoor activities like a grey sky filled with clouds. But before you cancel your school holiday plans, check out our list of fun (and relatively-dry) activities. There are plenty of fun things to do in the school holidays even when it rains. Simply swap your scheduled fun in the sun, for a chance to discover undercover!

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Go underground

From the Jenolan Caves to Cradle Mountain, Bendigo to Yallingup – there are caving adventures waiting to be explored in Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania. Challenge yourself by checking out Australia’s fascinating underground lairs. We can’t guarantee you’ll stay clean and dry, but we can guarantee you’ll have a lot of fun crawling through tunnels and making your way through tight spaces. The wet weather will be the last thing on your mind when  you’re making your way through a labyrinth of underground tunnels.

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Tea for two

Pass the scones with jam and cream! A rainy day calls for delicate teacups filled with piping hot English breakfast tea.  Take a trip back in time to the 17th century with a high tea experience. The tradition of high tea started back then as a meal served in the afternoon. It's hard to believe, but it used to be a meal just for working-class families. They would return home for afternoon tea and eat their treats standing up at tall tables – hence why the tea was, ‘high’.  High tea experiences have come a long way since then, and it’s now commonplace for friends and family to share a pot of tea together with finger sandwiches and sweet treats. Just don’t forget to hold your pinkie up in the air while you sip!

scrapbooking together
Have a crafternoon

A rainy day is the perfect opportunity to learn something new. From soy candle making to floristry workshops, drawing and painting lessons to pottery and sculpture classes; there’s an art and craft class for everyone. Rediscover your creative side and make something you can be really proud of. Who knows? A class might turn into a lifelong passion.

girl with camera
Be a tourist

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see your hometown through a tourist’s eyes? Well wonder no more. We guarantee there are places to be explored in every city across Australia; you just have to know where to look! Start by finding out what wet weather-friendly experiences are available in the city you live in. Then rethink what you have and haven’t seen in your own town. So many people live in Sydney, and know the Opera House like the back of their hand, but how many have actually been to a performance inside? 

kids at cinema
Choc-top anyone?

There’s a reason movie cinemas get busy on rainy days! There’s just no better way to escape wet weather than with a good film, a bucket of popcorn and a choc-top. If you aren’t in the mood to get in the car, then bring the cinema to your own living room. Substitute movie popcorn for microwave, choc-tops for ice cream with ice magic on top, and the latest movies for old-school classics. Aladdin, anyone?

girl under umbrella
Make a splash

If all else fails, put on some gumboots, throw on a rain jacket and go have some fun outside. Those puddles are just waiting to be jumped in!

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