Rain, rain, go away. I wanted to go to the beach today.

Saturdays in SW Florida are made for beaching. But what do you do when your weekend is full of rain?

1. Indoor Bounce Houses

Leaping Lizards, Venice, FL

Leaping Lizards, Venice, FL


My top pick for a rainy day and a rambunctious kid(s) is to hit up an indoor bounce house. Remember to bring socks! A few in our area include:
Leaping Lizards – 4411 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34293
KidStar located in Port Charlotte at the Flea Market – 18505 Paulson Dr, Port Charlotte, FL 33954
EscapeZone – 4411 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34293

2. Indulge

Abbie's Donuts located in North Port and Port Charlotte on 41

Abbie’s Donuts located in North Port and Port Charlotte on 41


Take the family out for a ice cream or donuts. We like Sweet Scoops in Port Charlotte or Abbie’s Donuts in North Port or Port Charlotte (cash only).

3. Ikea or Indoor Malls
Window shop at Tampa’s International Mall, Ikea, or Sarasota Square Mall. We also like Bass Pro Shop in Fort Myers, where the kids can enjoy watching fish feedings.

4. Date Day
Employ a sitter or the grandparents to watch your kids so you and yours can catch a matinee movie. Opt for a PG-13 or R to avoid other kiddos. Hey, it’s dark outside, just like a night date, with the added bonus of a lower price.

5. Start Christmas shopping or Birthday shopping
I realize this is ambitious, but you will thank me once December rolls around and prices are marked up. My favorite places to find bargains include the outside end cap displays at Target and the toy clearance sections a Wal-Mart. For Florida attire, it really is unfortunate to wait until winter to shop for clothing to give since the store limit their inventory more to sweaters and pants, which we rarely wear in Florida. The best time to pick up clearance Florida-appropriate clothing for gifts is right before back-to-school. It’s when all the swimsuits, tank tops and flip flops are marked down.

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