Although jumping in puddles may be fun for the kiddos, spending every day out in a storm is just not realistic — neither is spending all day inside at home! Here are some ideas to help burn some energy on a rainy day in SLO County.
San Luis Obispo County Libraries
Heading to the library is always a wonderful experience! Endless rows of books, cozy chairs, your own library card, and even some headphones with music and videos are available. Additionally, the San Luis Obispo County libraries have loads of fun, educational classes and activities, special events, and wonderful story time programs. Click here for a link to the special events including Craft Club, Lego Club, Wireless Weekends, Family Movie day, and more at the Cambria, Los Osos, Atascadero, Morro Bay, Arroyo Grande, Cayucos, and San Luis Obispo Libraries. Additionally, the Paso Robles Library has tons of puzzles, blocks, and games available to play with while you visit, AND a beautiful fish tank that’s always popular with the kiddos.
Indoor Play Structure, Templeton
The indoor play area at Life Community Church in Templeton provides hours of entertainment and has something for all ages. Head over on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy the:
Paso Robles Children's Museum
The Paso Robles Children's Museum engages children in a joyful learn-through-play environment to inspire educational curiosity while honoring the heritage of volunteer firefighters. The facility is located in the heart of downtown Paso Robles and is home to more than 10 interactive exhibits, including the Grape Stomp ball pit, the Firehouse Pizza Kitchen, and a Theater Area, fully equipped with dress-up items, a stage, lights, and theater chairs for the audience! There are also several craft tables available with different crafty, hands-on activities each day.
Additional monthly activities include Coffee & Cocoa, Lindamood-Bell Story Time, ART Empowers, and Lego Club.
Hours, pricing, and more detailed information can be found on the museum's website.
Thrive Training Center, Atascadero
Thrive Training Center in Atascadero offers drop-in Parent & Me classes, and Preschool, Tumbling & Trampoline, Girls Gymnastics, and Boys Urban Acro classes. The Parent & Me classes are perfect for visiting and local families with children ages 10 months to 6 years. The program has no registration fee, no monthly enrollment, and you can attend as often as you’d like. Classes are $7 each. Click here for their class schedule and visit their website for more information on hours, pricing, and location.
San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo Children's Museum
The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum was created to provide a fun place for children and families to explore, discover and learn through hands-on exhibits and programs. Three floors and an outside play area are full of exhibits for children ages 1-10. Take a virtual tour of the facility here. Unique, educational programs and activities are also scheduled throughout each week.
They offer free moonlight hours on the third Thursday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m. Hours, pricing, and more detailed information can be found on its website.
San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum
All aboard! The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum was founded to preserve and present the railroad history of California's Central Coast. The museum has many train displays and artifacts on display. They are continually working on the Central Coast Model Railroad which will depict portions of the Southern Pacific and the entire Pacific Coast Railway as they operated along the California Coast from Gaviota to Paso Robles.
The railroad museum is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hours, pricing, special events, and more detailed information can be found on its website.
Central Coast Gymnastics
Central Coast Gymnastics is a state of the art children’s sport center in San Luis Obispo. They offer a wide variety of programs for children of all ages and ability levels. Click here for a link to its recreational and preschool class schedules. Freddy Flips is Central Coast Gymnastics' Fabulous Friend. The kiddos love to give him hugs and high fives when they see him hanging out at CCG or around town.
Performance Athletics in San Luis Obispo
Performance Athletics offers classes from crawlers to adult. The center also offers drop-in family fun play classes throughout the week and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Call to reserve a space.
For more information on classes, special events and drop-in classes, go it its website.
Exploration Station in Arryoy Grande
Exploration Station is an interactive science center, where families can enjoy science-based exhibits including displays about the human body, weather, electricity and more. Additionally there are rotating exhibits that change throughout the year. All of our exhibits are designed to spark the imagination and creativity of the youth.
Exploration Station is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per children 3 years and older and seniors and military (with ID) and $4 per adult. Find more information about special events and more on its website.
Central Coast Aquarium, Avila Beach
The Central Coast Aquarium is a small public visitor center in Avila, just steps away from the beach and boardwalk. Expect a fun, hands-on experience that allows your children to explore the world of the ocean, beneath the surface. You and the kiddos can explore the touch tanks, which are home to dozens of species of marine animals from the commonly known sea stars and rock crabs to the unique gumboot chiton and purple sea urchin.
The aquarium also hosts special events including Mommies & Guppies, Coastal Clean-up Days, an Earth Day celebration, and more.
The aquarium is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $8, children under 3 are free. Hours, pricing, and more detailed information can be found on its website.
Here’s a great, comprehensive page that lists Story Time information throughout SLO County!
Here are a few more fun ideas: go bowling, catch a movie at a historic or new theater, enjoy a matinee at the Melodrama, and/or shoot some pool at Hot Shots billiards. These are all fun family favorites on the Central Coast.
There is not a lack of fun things to do with the kiddos in SLO County, even on rainy or chilly days. What are your favorite things to do indoors with the kiddos? Let us know in the comments below.
Have fun and Go-Go!
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