Rain, rain go away…don’t let the stormy weather rain on your parade. Wairimu Nyingi compiles rainy day activities that will have you wishing for wet weather
1. Ice skating
On the next rainy day head out to your nearest ice skating rink, rent some gear, and hit the ground skating. You don’t have to be a professional figure skater to hit the ice!
The Solar Ice Rink at Panari is the only one of its kind in East and Central Africa and can accommodate 200 skaters at any time and is open seven days a week. Damage, adults Sh800 and children Sh500.
2. Catch a movie
Avengers: Infinity War is slated for release any day now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get any action from the theatres. Or better yet, if you don’t want to break the bank, organise your own Film Festival in the comfort of your home.
Queue up some classics, old (Sound of Music) and new (Lord of The Rings), let the kids add a few favourites—even mix in the latest films, such as Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, Love, Simon — and have a marathon screening. Keep a cozy throw on hand to snuggle under, a big bowl of popcorn to dip into, and settle in to enjoy the show(s).
3. Indoor wall climbing
Nothing makes you feel cramped inside quite like a rain storm. Luckily Climb BlueSky in Masari Road, Nairobi, are with an indoor climbing gym.
Whether it’s your first visit, or you’ve been climbing for years, it’s a great place to go with family, friends or alone. A day pass goes for Sh800, while climbing shoe rentals are Sh400 a pair.
4. Share a meal
On a rainy day, instead of sharing your misery, share a meal with your loved ones to scare those rainy day blues away.
You can visit your favourite eateries, or decide to try out some new spots.
May I recommend Crave Kitchen in Kikuyu — it has that rustic, artsy feel that all funky eateries have going for them. What’s even more special about this place is the food. Don’t even get me started on their soups, bread and, truthfully, the whole shebang. They’re also pocket friendly, making them a rare jewel.
5. Play board games
Board games are the perfect rainy day activity — they keep you happy and active; no TV or video games required. We’re talking staples such as Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, Pictionary, Checkers, and my all-time poison, Party Games for Horrible people.
PS, I highly recommend hitting Bao Box at Pramukh Towers, Westlands Road. They have over 100 board games — you’ll be spoilt for choice.
6. Hit the spa
Rainy days are perfect spa days. A rainy forecast is all the excuse you need for an afternoon (or full day) of pampering.
So by all means pamper yourself with a sit in the steam room, a relaxing rubdown or body scrub to soothing music, or indoor pool/jacuzzi. It’s oh, so restorative and relaxing! Kaya Spa at Tribe Hotel, just sayin’!
7. Hide inside a cozy café
Rainy days make you want to bundle up in blankets and never leave bed. But sometimes, this grim weather calls for a pick-me-up: a heart-warming mocha or a hot chocolate. And truth be told, none beats the River Café in Karura Forest. And that view, as rain water hits the marshes — out of this world.
8. Brush up on your mixology
What beats happy hour? A lazy afternoon mastering the art of mixology. Instead of hitting the bar, look up some recipes you can whip up in your kitchen.
They’ll sure come in handy the next time you have a dinner party. Not to mention you can pour for yourself one after a tough day at work.
nce you know the basics, you can alter the recipes to suit your taste. Don’t forget to grab some snacks—no one needs to drink mojitos or martinis on an empty stomach.
9. Zumba, yoga and the likes
Visit your local dance studios and gyms and see if they offer exercise classes without having to sign up for a membership. Zumba, Pilates and Yoga are just some of the exciting classes offered all over. I would definetely check out Yaya Centre. Every week, they offer free zumba classes.
10. Visit a museum or art gallery
A rainy day is perfect for exploring the museums and galleries in the city. Drop by the National Museums of Kenya, Circle Art Gallery and immerse yourself in culture.