Surviving Rainy Days with Dry Kids

Every year I live in hope that we will finally get a proper Summer, day after day of blue skies and bright sunshine, spending days at the beach, picnics in the park, lazy days in the garden cooling down in the paddling pool. And every year without fail, I am still disappointed to wake up each morning to grey skies and rain.

And this year is no different.

Previously when the weather has been bad, we have spent our days at soft play, enduring the hell, and the expense, that comes with it. We’ve watched movies, baked cakes, painted, played games and even resorted to the horror that is Play Doh, and yet this year I decided that we wouldn’t let our lives be ruled by the weather.

We were very lucky to be sent some waterproofs from Dry Kids and they have made such a huge difference to our days out. As long as the children are dry and warm they really don’t care about the weather and would much rather be running wild than cooped up at home, even if us grown ups don’t quite feel the same way! I heard a great quote this week, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes.”, and with our gorgeous Dry Kids waterproofs, that couldn’t be more true!

Yesterday we spent the day at the beach, despite the fact that it had rained all morning, was windy, cold and utterly miserable, and yet the thought of staying at home for another day was pushing my sanity to its limits. And although just last week we had basked in the sunshine on holiday, building sandcastles and eating ice creams, the children were just as excited to run around on the beach, splashing in puddles, getting wet and dirty and going a little bit crazy!

Despite us being one of the only families foolish brave enough to visit the beach yesterday, it was reassuring to know that thanks to the bright colours of their waterproofs, I could spot the kids at a distance. It’s a good job really as, after days of being cooped up at home, they had so much energy to burn off!!

With zip fasteners and Velcro tabs to keep their hoods up, even the strongest of coastal winds didn’t blow down their hoods. Infact the only person who was cold and wet…..was me!!!

I asked a group of bloggers for their advice on how to survive the Summer holidays when it’s raining, and they had some great ideas.

Swimming! We have been going to our local pool almost every day over the summer, come rain or shine. It’s great exercise and there’s something magic about swimming that means kids sleep amazingly that night.”Porridge & Parenting

Go for a walk in the rain, feed the ducks & jump in puddles – if you’re going to get wet, you might as well go all out!” ~ The Amphletts

Embrace it!! Put on the raincoat, the boots and a warm hat and head out hunting for muddy puddles!”Tippytupps

We like to make pools out of puddles for the “fairies” and make a tent outside. I absolutely hate the rain but my daughter loves getting soaked and covered in mud, there’s nothing better than seeing her laugh and run trying to catch the rain drops!”Then there were three

Garden centres are often great. Ours has an animal section which is great to visit on a rainy day!”Scandi Mummy

My mum used to say there’s no such thing as bad weather. We used to get our macs and wellies on and go on scavenger hunts in the woods by our house. Mum used to create a list of things for us to try and find! I used to love collecting flowers and putting them in my flower press when I got home!”Real Mum Reviews

If it’s really pouring down then get a big tray or large tupperware tub and make a pond. Find some stones to stick in the bottom and let the rain water fill it up. Leave it to fill then pop back and visit it later and see if anything is paying a visit!”Oddhogg

I would go pond dipping – sometimes the rain encourages other creatures to come out that you wouldn’t see if it wasn’t raining. I would also happily build damns in the rain as we usually end up getting soaked anyway!”Edinburgh Life With Kids

And with that in mind we will be putting on our Dry Kids waterproofs and getting out and about regardless of the weather this Summer. And who knows, maybe a miracle will happen and the sun will finally make an appearance……we can but hope!!

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115 Comments

  1. August 4, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    Some fab ideas here! Loving those bright waterproofs too! Scott has two weeks off scheduled to be with Lily whilst I work so it won’t be me battling the elements this summer thankfully ha!

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 6:05 pm

      haha I hope he has waterproofs of his own! xx

  2. August 4, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    It’s good that you braved the weather, I think too many people are scared of going out when it rains x

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 6:04 pm

      Me too, and if it wasn’t for the kids I’d probably stay in too! But they just go stir crazy! xx

  3. August 4, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    My husband always says there’s not such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing! These waterproofs look amazing and it means you managed to get outside and visit the beach despite the weather – perfect!

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 6:04 pm

      Yes, I’ve heard that phrase so many times this week! It’s so true! xx

  4. August 4, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    Excellent article. I am always amazed at how a slight bit of rain puts off even adults from venturing forth. While it’s no fun for kids to get drenched, if they are in good waterproofs (as yours clearly are), then a bit of rain won’t hurt them, and can be fun!

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 6:03 pm

      I agree, buying a good set of waterproofs makes such a difference, I’m confident that they will stay warm and dry – even if I don’t! xx

  5. August 4, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    I have to admit that I just hide inside when it rains, but then I don’t have kids so it isn’t such an issue, I’m sure I would have to get out and face it if I needed to.

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 6:02 pm

      Yes when it comes to kids you cant stay cooped up, they go CRAZY!!! xx

  6. August 4, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    These ideas are much appreciated, especially after the week we have had. I love those coats too, we definitely need some in this house!

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 6:02 pm

      They are fab coats, I love how bright they are and so I can spot them a mile off! xx

  7. Laura H
    August 5, 2017 / 3:39 am

    I love the pic of the kids skipping along the beach! Looks like they had lots of fun despite the weather 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 6:01 pm

      They really did, the beach is fun all year round when you’re small! xx

  8. August 5, 2017 / 7:10 am

    We’ve had all your sun up here in Shetland! It’s been one of the best summers ever that I’ve had here in the last 18 years. 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 6:00 pm

      Wow really! I am super jealous!! xx

  9. August 5, 2017 / 8:00 am

    These look great, and it looks like the kids were having a great time on the beach. I used to take my boys to the garden centre to look at the fish when the weather was bad – and maybe a cake in the cafe as well!

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 5:59 pm

      Oh yes we did that last week! The cake bit is always my favourite! xx

  10. August 5, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    That was really good to take kids out in rainy weather and enjoy while most remain inside. I personally think that all weather’s are good and kids should experience all of it in a fun way!

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 5:59 pm

      Yes you’re right, fresh air does them the world of good regardless of the weather! xx

  11. August 5, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    I’ve just bought my little girl her first pair of wellies, I can’t wait to get out there and have fun splashing in puddles.

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 5:59 pm

      Ahh kids love that don’t they? I blame Peppa Pig! xx

  12. August 5, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    So fun! As a kid, I had no problem with rain and getting wet. Now, my mom, she wasn’t such a fan that I would jump in mud puddles and swing through water! lol

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 5:58 pm

      Haha yes, there is that! Luckily these jackets come with matching trousers so they can jump in all the puddles they like! xx

  13. August 5, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    Those waterproofs look great! We can’t let rainy days pass us by otherwise we’d never get anything done – good on you all for getting out there

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 5:58 pm

      Haha you’re right there! We’d never leave the house at all! xx

  14. August 5, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    Love the photos, their smiles are so adorable and contagious, I couldn’t help but smile along with them!

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 5:57 pm

      Ah thank you Emily. xx

  15. August 5, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    I totally agree that there is nothing called as bad weather,bad clothes…I was missing my walks as it’s monsoon here,but after seeing these kids having fun seems like I do need to get out of my house and enjoy.. !!

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 5:57 pm

      Oh wow monsoon season sounds wet! Get your waterproofs on and get out there, as long as you stay dry it can be good fun! xx

  16. August 5, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    Ahh we live in Britain, so we really can’t let a bit of rain stop us from doing anything fun. I have great memories of trips to farms and even the seaside in the rain. My kids also love car picnics due to rain! Loving your girls in their little pink jackets, very cute. Mich x

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 5:56 pm

      Thank you Michelle, you’re right. We should be used to the rain by now, I just wish we didn’t have quite so much of it in August!! xx

  17. August 5, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    I can really relate to not wanting to stay at home, being cooped up and stuck indoors. The new Dry Kids waterproofs certainly seem to get well and be a great solution to still being able to enjoy the great outdoors and not be too worried about the rain. No doubt you have many more great weekends in front of you with your family outside!

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 5:56 pm

      It’s hard work staying indoors, especially with my four. I find the kids are so much more manageable out of the house – and it tires them out too! xx

  18. August 6, 2017 / 4:29 am

    I live in Dubai and it rains only in winters when you really don’t want to get wet. But this time luckily, we enjoyed rain in India, and we love splashing and jumping in muddy puddles (Thanks to Peppa Pig). Love pink rain jackets on your girl, it is superrrr cute. Loved this post and this quote!

    ” Embrace it!! Put on the raincoat, the boots and a warm hat and head out hunting for muddy puddles!” ~ Tippytupps

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      Oh wow I bet you have so much sunshine over there! We are desperate for a little sunshine, as much fun as it is to splash in the rain, we’ve seen a little too much of it this summer! xx

  19. August 6, 2017 / 7:02 am

    The weather here is crazy as well, with storms our way. It’s wonderful that you were able to take the kids out in those waterproofs. I wish I had those too 😀

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 5:53 pm

      Me too! I need some so I’m not standing on the sidelines cold and wet! What has happened to the sunshine? xx

  20. August 6, 2017 / 8:10 am

    We invested in waterproof clothes as little man loves splashing in the rain!

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 5:51 pm

      Kids love it don’t they? They just aren’t bothered at all where as I am whinging it’s too cold and wet! xx

  21. August 6, 2017 / 8:38 am

    We don’t let the weather get us down either. We love the rain. Although I can’t wait for some nice sunny beach weather. It’s August!

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 5:50 pm

      Oh me too! It’s torrential again today, what’s going on? xx

  22. August 6, 2017 / 9:40 am

    Oo I love the look of these – my daughter has a waterproof coat at nursery but we really need one for home too. This looks perfect!

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 5:50 pm

      I would recommend them, they are fab! xx

  23. Dannii
    August 6, 2017 / 10:03 am

    Those coats look great. I always say that there is never bad weather, just unsuitable clothing.

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 5:50 pm

      I totally agree, we needed them today too – torrential!! xx

  24. August 6, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    These are such cute pictures. I think beaches can be fun even on rainy days. So long as you make sure your kids don’t go crazy and trying to get out into the water. My daughter would love just playing in the sand. Love the coats. They do look like such great bright colors.

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 5:49 pm

      They love playing on the sand, especially if they have a stick – hours of fun! xx

  25. August 6, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    We make sure we’re prepared for any weather. Just like yesturday we went to the zoo and when we got there it was raining so armed with umbrellas we paid to get in and decided to watch one of their animal talks until the rain stopped

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 5:45 pm

      There’s always somewhere to duck out of the rain, we found a spot under the pier where I could hide while they splashed about! xx

  26. August 6, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    The weather seems particularly bad this summer. I think getting out in good waterproofs is the only way to survive. Lovely photos.

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      It really is, staying in is a sure fire way to go insane! xx

  27. Sarah Dunscombe
    August 6, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    These look lovely Laura. What size are the girls wearing? Alice has just turned 5 so I’m wondering if I should buy 6-7 to last.

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      Eva is 5 and a half and I bought aged 5/6 and they are very generous! xx

  28. August 6, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    We Britons might not like the rain but like you we should never let it put us off. I shoot in the rain, after all can’t wait for it to behave LOL. Love the raincoat x

    • Laura Dove
      August 6, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      Haha I know, you’d think we would be used to it now!! It’s just frustrating trying to take photos in the rain when the camera is getting drenched! xx

    • Laura Dove
      August 7, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      Play doh really is a last resort isn’t it? xx

  29. August 7, 2017 / 3:35 am

    I loved those vibrant raincoats! And you have shared some interesting fun things to do with kids in Summer. Afterall, one should enjoy the summer in its full spirit!

    • Laura Dove
      August 7, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      I agree, it’s important to make the most of having the children at home. xx

  30. August 7, 2017 / 4:21 am

    Nothing ruins a day more than wet kids on the beach. But these raincoats look great and bright, perfect for spotting them.

    • Laura Dove
      August 7, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      Yes I love that the colours are so bright! xx

  31. August 7, 2017 / 9:04 am

    Ooo I love the saying – it really does come down to the clothes! The beach in any weather is a great place to explore. These coats look gorgeous & perfect for keeping kiddies dry.

    • Laura Dove
      August 7, 2017 / 8:25 pm

      I agree, the beach can be just as much fun in the rain as it can in the sun – just maybe not for Mummy! Ha! xx

  32. August 7, 2017 / 9:57 am

    These raincoats look awesome! It really is worth having good quality rainwear! We love wrapping up and going out in the rain x

    • Laura Dove
      August 7, 2017 / 8:23 pm

      We never did until now, it has made such a difference! xx

  33. August 7, 2017 / 10:39 am

    Love these ideas and I am totally with you on getting outdoors even if it is raining a bit. We aren’t sugar mice and won’t melt. A little rain never hurt anyone (especially not with coats like that)! 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      August 7, 2017 / 8:21 pm

      So true, they stayed lovely and dry! xx

  34. August 7, 2017 / 10:43 am

    Ha!! I too dream of a ‘proper’ summer – and people wonder why I’m always on holiday! Love these rainy day ideas, as I sit and write this it’s threatening to rain so I’m busting out my favourite: bacon sandwiches and Junior Monopoly!

    • Laura Dove
      August 7, 2017 / 8:21 pm

      I envy you your holidays, especially when our Summers are such a wash out!! xx

  35. Jess
    August 7, 2017 / 11:44 am

    Coming from Manchester – a city where it ALWAYS rains – I love this post! You’re right, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes. Just don’t tell my boyfriend that when it’s torrential rain and he wants to drag me up Dovestones haha!

    • Laura Dove
      August 7, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      Haha we are half an hour from Manchester so I totally get that too! xx

  36. Joanna
    August 7, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    The rain coats looks great and they are perfect for getting out even if it rains. With our British unpredictable weather you never know when you need to put the rain coat on. It’s great that the hoodies can be secured tightly, usually this is where the rain coats fail.

    • Laura Dove
      August 7, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      Yes I agree, if the hoods stay up they are a win in my book! xx

  37. August 7, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    These are great. We have been looking for some children’s waterproofs for when we go backpacking and these look perfect!

    • Laura Dove
      August 7, 2017 / 8:13 pm

      I really recommend these! They are fab! xx

  38. August 7, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    Wow you have certainly made the effort with the weather, I am terrible if it is slightly rainy we are having a stay at home day playing games. Good for you it looks like the kids have had a blast 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      August 7, 2017 / 8:10 pm

      With four kids it just isn’t an option, they go CRAZY!!! xx

  39. August 7, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    Do you know what? If you can’t embrace the british weather and just get on with it, you’ll never do anything! That’s become our motto since the summer always seems to be a wash out. It definitely helps if the kids are wearing stuff like this though! These look perfect, I need to invest for our holiday I think! x

    • Laura Dove
      August 7, 2017 / 8:09 pm

      Definitely! Living where we do it’s a case of cracking on with it or cocooning ourselves away…which isn’t an option with kids! I really recommend these! xx

  40. August 7, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    Ah the girls look so cute in their pink coats!! Fingers crossed for some more sunny weather before the summer is over though!

    • Laura Dove
      August 7, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      Fingers crossed! It’s given rain here for the next two weeks! xx

  41. August 7, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    These look fab Laura! I love how bright they are and what a good job they do at keeping the hoods up. That is what annoys my girls when they blow down. Please come back sun, I’m desperate to get out in it. I might have to take a leaf out of your book and get the girls some waterproofs x

    • Laura Dove
      August 8, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      These are fab Laura and come with waterproof trousers too! They do all in ones too, and dungarees! It’s raining here AGAIN! xx

  42. August 7, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    Love how bright they are, they look fab. Perfect for the changeable weather we keep having at the moment.

    • Laura Dove
      August 8, 2017 / 3:03 pm

      Definitely, it’s raining here AGAIN! xx

  43. August 7, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    The water proofs are adorable! I would love them for my girls because they would look so adorable in them.

    x

    • Laura Dove
      August 8, 2017 / 3:02 pm

      They are fab Beth, I really recommend them! xx

  44. Our Family World
    August 7, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    When we get a downpour in the summer, I let my kids run out and enjoy the rain! They take their water guns with them and they splash around in the driveway. They have so much fun playing in the rain!

    • Laura Dove
      August 8, 2017 / 3:02 pm

      Oh that sounds like so much fun!! xx

  45. August 8, 2017 / 7:33 am

    This will really help me and my family as well. Thanks

  46. August 8, 2017 / 9:20 am

    these look so fab! i definitely think its easier to get outside on rainy days when the kids are a little older. rain and pushchairs aren’t a fab mix unfortunately.

    • Laura Dove
      August 8, 2017 / 2:54 pm

      Oh I agree, although with a rain cover they stay nice and dry! xx

  47. August 8, 2017 / 11:54 am

    Loved colorful coats and these happy faces in the pictures. made me remind my childhood days of enjoying rains. 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      August 8, 2017 / 2:53 pm

      Mine too, we never stayed in because of the rain! xx

  48. August 8, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    Love this post and so true it’s great to just get outdoors anyway as long as the weather isn’t too drastic. I have never heard of dry kids before I will have to check them out 😊

    • Laura Dove
      August 8, 2017 / 2:52 pm

      I would recommend them, they have some amazing products and they are so reasonable! xx

  49. August 8, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    Such gorgeous pictures! They can still have fun even if it’s raining, especially with good rain macs and boots! I am hoping the summer will come back soon though

    • Laura Dove
      August 8, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      Oh me too, it’s rained all day again today! xx

  50. Kelly Peters
    August 8, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    Totally agree on having the wee ones dressed properly – it makes such a difference! Love the colourful waterproofs, and your beautiful children of course! What beach were you on?

    • Laura Dove
      August 8, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Ahh thank you! We were on Southport beach! The tide never comes in! xx

  51. August 8, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    In our region the weather is at its best during the monsoons but we are compelled to stay indoors due to the heavy downpour. I guess this product will prove to be beneficial for my family. Thanks.

    • Laura Dove
      August 8, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Oh wow monsoon season sounds difficult! I’m not sure how we would cope with that, I can handle regular rain but anything more – aghhh! xx

  52. August 8, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    These are so great! Such bright colours which is exactly what you need with the weather is bad. I must admit we have been staying in a little too much. Monkey always sleeps better when he has been out running around outside. I wonder if they do adult sizes then perhaps I would be more inclined to take him out? Gorgeous photos as ever x

    • Laura Dove
      August 9, 2017 / 4:02 pm

      Haha I know, I thought the same! They are all warm and dry and there’s me drenched and freezing! I need an adult version! xx

  53. August 9, 2017 / 4:37 am

    You know what? I personally hate rainy season because of the mess it creates. But I think the above mentioned ideas are really helpful!

    • Laura Dove
      August 9, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      Oh yes, it does get messy! I have towels in my car to dry them off before they get in! xx

  54. August 9, 2017 / 8:59 am

    These kids look like they are having a lot of fun in the rain. I wish I could look at rain as positively as they do.

    • Laura Dove
      August 9, 2017 / 3:50 pm

      Haha me too, but it’s better to be out with them than cooped up! xx

  55. August 9, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    Fab ideas and such a cute post along with lovely clicks 🙂 Thank you for sharing great ideas foe all mommy bloggers.

    • Laura Dove
      August 9, 2017 / 3:48 pm

      Thank you! xx

  56. August 13, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    Not from this part of the world originally, but I had to embrace the rain when coming to the UK :)) Those waterproof clothes look brilliant!

    • Laura Dove
      August 13, 2017 / 6:03 pm

      Haha I bet!! We aren’t exactly known for our good weather! xx

  57. Elizabeth O
    August 17, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    These looks so great!! Seems they enjoy the rain. Such a cute little children. and I like those matchy matchy pink coat.

    • Laura Dove
      August 17, 2017 / 6:08 pm

      Thank you, they are great! Kept the kids really dry! xx

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