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10 Rainy day activities for the cottage

Looking for fun rainy day activities while on vacation? A rainy day at the cottage can put a damper on any sunny lake day plans you had. Luckily we have 10 easy, rainy day activities for you and your family to avoid cabin (and cottage) fever.

1. Scavenger hunt or escape rooms

indoor activities for families don't have to be boring
cute kids playing treasure hunt with map on porch

This is a fun indoor activity for kids to take part in and adults to prepare. Write a list of items in the cottage for kids to find. Don’t have readers yet? Include drawings or download and print already-made scavenger hunt lists with drawings. First one to complete the list is the winner!

If your rainy day crowd is over 10 years old, upgrade your scavenger hunt experience by including riddles and challenges around the cottage. Not challenging enough? DIY an escape room adventure. While this might require more preparation, It’s one of the best ways to bring up the team spirit during a gloomy day. Form groups to compete for the best escape room experience. There are tons of online resources on how to make puzzles at home, the possibilities are endless!

2. Presentation Party

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Ask everyone to prepare a 3-5 minute lecture on something they are passionate about. Set a time and day for everyone to present. It doesn’t have to be a serious topic, the goal is to have fun!

We love this TikTok trend that’s much more than that. Not only do you get to learn about something your friend or family member loves, but it’s also a great exercise for the younger ones to get started on public speaking and practice their Powerpoint skills. It’s also a great idea for those looking for free indoor activities for kids. All you need is a computer or a phone. Don’t have Powerpoint? Google Slides is free to use, has the same functions and it is mobile friendly. If you are in a remote area and technology is just not an option, go old school and make hand made slides.

3. Taste Test

Taste test are a fun rainy day activities for 1 year old kids and up

One of the most fun indoor games for kids and adults! Taking it in turns, blindfold one person and give them a tiny taste of something from the kitchen. Can they guess what it is?

If your group has only adults, make it more challenging by adding interesting (and not necessarily pleasant) food combinations, but remember to play fair! No feeding someone a whole habanero pepper, and make sure you know of any allergies before the game starts.

4. Board Games

playing boardgames is one of the many fun indoor activities for adults and kids we love

Sure, playing board games on a rainy day may seem old hat, but have you tried making your own board game? Sometimes creating your own game and rules is even more fun than playing it later. That said, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, and Settlers of Catan are always good to have on hand, just take a look at our top games to play at the cottage.

5. Tent Picnic

Making a blanket fort is one of the most fun indoor activities for kids at home

Finding things to do with a toddler on a rainy day can be challenging especially when all they want to do is go outside. Bring the camping experience inside by setting up a tent in the family room and inviting everyone (who can fit) inside for an indoor picnic. Lay out a rug, prep some bread, cheese, hot dogs, and something sweet to finish (have you tried making s’mores in the oven?), and you’ve got yourself one lovely indoor picnic.

6. Start a band

learning an instrument is always a great idea for indoor fun for kids especially if you are looking for rainy day activities

Now, we don’t necessarily mean a real band, because we know getting all the instruments can be a hassle. But how about a band with homemade instruments? Some easy to make instruments include empty container drums, cardboard guitars, some plastic bottle maracas or any other object that can make a sound is good, let your imagination run wild.

With your instruments in place is time to start the indoor fun! Give your band a name, and some matching outfits, learn a simple song and voilà, you have a band.

If making instruments sounds like too much work try some karaoke at home. We recommend getting a bluetooth microphone with integrated speakers for the best sound experience but if you don’t have one on hand your natural voice should suffice. Youtube has melodies for virtually any song you’d like, choose your song and get ready for an epic family jam session.

7. Learn a dance

move your body with this active indoor activities for adults and kids on a rainy day

For all your kinaesthetic learners at home that can’t stay still for a second, this fun rainy day activity is for them. Every year there’s a song everyone’s playing and along comes some dance moves. A fun way to get physically active while at home is dancing! And now with social media sites like Tiktok encouraging creativity with 15 second music videos it’s never been easier to learn a short dance. Go on Youtube and search for choreography tutorials. If you are good with moves you can also create your own.

Another fun part about this is show time. Get costumes, make up or coordinated outfits for the final dance. Take it to the next level by designing a set and putting up a show for everyone at home.

8. Build an obstacle course

Get your little ones moving with these activities for toddlers at home

This is seriously one of the best active indoor activities for adults and of course kids, you’ll have so much fun setting up the obstacles as well as completing the course. If you have more than 3 people it’s best getting into groups and turn it into a tournament for more hours of fun.

With some imagination, It’s very easy to set up things that you have at home and think of challenges for participants to complete. A classic one is “floor is lava”. Kids love it and most importantly they burn a ton of energy and practice a combination of coordination and physical skills.

One tip for playing this with really young children is to make sure there are no rough edges or corners near the props to prevent injuries. To make it more competitive have a stopwatch and some whistles – they are also great for motivation. You can make it as challenging as you want or add intensity variations to accommodate all ages.

9. Bake

Baking is one of the best home rainy day activities for kids since the whole family gets to participate

Few indoor activities can bring the family together better than food. Especially baking, whether it’s sourcing the ingredients or decorating the goods, baking brings families together. While-away a few hours in the kitchen with the kids to create something sweet from scratch.

Recipes like Brownies and blondies can be made in one bowl, cookies take only 10 minutes to cook, and pies, while requiring a little more kitchen prowess, are the quintessential summer dessert. (P.S. If you missed breakfast, check out these quick cottage breakfast classics to go with your bakes.)

10. Craft

Need ideas for rainy day activities? How about trying some crafting projects

Crafting is an excellent activity to do on a rainy day for adults and kids alike. Not only will you have the satisfaction of having made something with your own hands but it’s also a great opportunity for parents and kids to bond.

There are millions of online resources to craft anything and everything you can imagine. Our favourite source is Pinterest, especially when you have limited resources, Pinterest has tons  of DIY ideas with materials you can find at home.

One easy project all kids enjoy doing is collaging. Take a stack of magazines along with scissors, glue, poster board, and additional fun craft supplies like glitter and paint. Create a “Dream Board” with inspirational pictures and words, you can add a theme or freestyle and let the creative juices flow. 

With these rainy day activities,  there’s no excuse for a cloudy day to ruin the cottage fun. As always, the most important thing to remember is to have fun and enjoy the company.

10 Easy Cottage Breakfast Ideas

One of the truly lovely things about being on vacation at the cottage is having the time to make (and enjoy!) breakfasts that go beyond dry cereal and toast. These ten cottage breakfast ideas are easy to make, use basic cottage pantry ingredients (with the occasional fancy extra) and, most importantly, taste delicious while also providing fuel for a day of outdoor adventures.

1. Classic Oatmeal

Oatmeals are a delicious and healthy cottage recipe that everyone will love

An easy weekend getaway menu-must is the all-time favourite oatmeal. Ty making it from scratch for a healthy twist on this classic breakfast, it takes hardly any time and tastes so much better. As Goldilocks would surely agree, hearty and warming oatmeal on a chilly fall cottage morning is “just right”.

How do you make it?

  1. Bring 3 cups of milk to a simmer in a large saucepan
  2. Stir in 1 ½ cups whole rolled natural oats and a pinch of salt. 
  3. Bring the mix to boil and reduce the heat. 
  4. Simmer and stir for 5 minutes until oats have thickened. 
  5. Top with your favourite fresh or dried fruit, chopped nuts, and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. 
  6. For extra creamy oatmeal, thinly slice a ripe banana and add it with the oats when the milk comes to a simmer, stirring constantly so that the banana “dissolves” into the oatmeal. 
  7. For decadent oatmeal, top with peanut butter and chocolate chips! Serves 4.

2. Easy And Perfect Granola

Granola is one of the easiest meals to take on vacation for everyone in the family

Another great recipe for cottage mornings is the homemade granola. Just like oatmeal, preparing granola from scratch is cheaper, healthier and tastier than store-bought granola. Plus, when you make your own, the flavour possibilities are endless. Feel free to use the following recipe as a guideline, switching in your favourite fruits and nuts. And hey, if you want to throw in some chocolate chips too – we don’t judge!

How do you make it?

  1. Mix 1 ½ cups rolled natural oats, ½ cup wheat germ, ½ cup desiccated coconut, ½ cup slivered almonds or sunflower seeds and ¼ cup sesame seeds in a large bowl.
  2. Stir together ¼ cup maple syrup, ¼ cup melted butter or coconut oil and 3 tablespoons brown sugar until sugar dissolves, then pour this over dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. Spread evenly onto a large baking tray and bake at 340°F for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  4.  Mix in ½ cup each cranberry and raisins, bake for another 5 minutes. 
  5. Cool and serve with milk, yoghurt, and/or fresh fruit.

3. Roasted Stone Fruit

Take advantage of summer fruits and prepare some roasted stone fruit for breakfast

Make the most of late summer and early fall stone fruit (before winter snatches it away again) by roasting the last harvests of peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines to top your favourite cottage breakfast or eat on their own. 

How do you make it?

  1. Halve and deseed your chosen fruits and lay them, cut side up, on a large baking tray. 
  2. Dot with butter and drizzle with honey. You could also sprinkle over spices like cinnamon, cardamom, or vanilla bean.
  3. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes, or until the fruits are soft and a little browned.
  4. Serve warm, or store in the fridge and serve cold. This also makes a lovely dessert!

4. Individual Cheesy Baked Eggs

These cheesy baked eggs need to be in your cottage lunch menu

Make your family feel like in a gourmet restaurant with this easy cottage lunch or breakfast cheesy baked eggs. Serve up in individual ramekins for a personal touch and don’t forget to set out some toast for dipping.

How do you make it?

  1. Lightly butter four ramekins and sprinkle a little cheddar or parmesan cheese on the bottom. 
  2. Carefully break one egg into each ramekin 
  3. Top with a little more cheese, some cooked crumbled bacon (optional), and herbs of your choosing (parsley and thyme work well). 
  4. Drizzle one tablespoon of cream over each ramekin (if you don’t have cream on hand, you can skip this step) 
  5. Bake at 375°F for about 15 minutes, or until whites are set but the yolk is still a little wobbly. (If you like your yolks fully cooked, leave in the oven for 20 minutes).

5. Bacon and Eggs

A classic recipe for a delicious cottage breakfast

We could hardly write a list of brilliant cabin breakfast ideas without mentioning the classic bacon and eggs, could we? Infinitely adaptable yet always delicious, a hearty “fry-up” will bring everyone in the cottage rushing from their beds to the table.

How do you make it?

You probably know how to make these, but we wanted to share our favourite way to make this classic meal:

  1. In a frying pan cook your bacon until crispy. 
  2. Fry up or scramble some eggs
  3. Sauté some mushrooms and tomatoes in butter or leftover bacon grease. 
  4. Serve with toast, biscuits, or home fries. T

The perfect hearty start to any cottage morning!

6. Tofu Scramble

Looking for a vegan breakfast idea, this tofu scramble is a great idea!

Vegetarians and vegans needn’t miss out on a hearty savoury breakfast at the cottage. Skip the bacon and eggs in favour of a tofu scramble cooked with bell peppers and spices. How about whizzing up a berry smoothie on the side, too?

How do you make it?

  1. Roughly crumble a block of firm tofu. 
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté until soft red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and a small onion finely chopped. 
  3. Stir while adding  ½ teaspoon of ground coriander, cumin, salt and turmeric (the last gives the scramble a yellow “eggy” colour). 
  4. Add the tofu along with a few tablespoons of water
  5. Cook until the tofu is warm and the scramble is the consistency you desire. 
  6. Season to taste and serve with sliced green onions, baked sweet potatoes, hot sauce, and your favourite breakfast sides.

7. Speedy Gonzalez Pancakes

Puffy pancake recipe for a perfect cottage breakfast

Got no time for elaborated cabin recipes? Then, these ridiculously easy to make pancakes are for you. They are so quick to whip up that you’ll be sitting down to happy faces and happy bellies in no time. Which is perfect, really, because it’s your cottage vacation and the sooner breakfast is over, the sooner you can be outside enjoying the weather.

How do you make it?

  1. Sift together 1 cup of self-raising flour with ¼ cup of sugar
  2. In a separate bow mic 2 eggs  and 1 cup of milk 
  3. Gradually whisk the liquid mix into the solid mix until the batter is smooth. 
  4. Pour ¼ cup batter in an oiled heated medium frying pan and cook until bubbles appear on the surface of the batter. 
  5. Turn the pancake and cook until lightly browned. 
  6. Remove and cover to keep warm. 
  7. Repeat with remaining batter. 
  8. Serve with maple syrup, lemon and sugar, thinly sliced bananas and chocolate sauce, or fresh berries and whipped cream.

8. Overnight Breakfast Casserole

This make ahead cottage meal is perfect for a large group

This make-ahead cottage meal is perfect if you’re travelling with an active crowd that’s always on the go. You can prep this casserole before you go to bed the night before, and then all you need to do in the morning is pop the dish in the oven and breakfast is ready! 

How do you make it?

  1. Cook, drain, and crumble 1 pound of Italian or breakfast sausage (alternatively, use leftover sausages, hot dogs, or bacon from other cottage meals). 
  2. Scatter 4 ½ cups of cubed day-old bread in a 9×13-inch baking pan, then sprinkle over 1 cup of shredded cheese. 
  3. Mix together 10 eggs, 4 cups of milk, 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ cup of chopped green onions, 1 teaspoon of dry mustard and pepper to taste. 
  4. Pour this over the bread and cheese, then place the crumbled sausage evenly over the top. 
  5. Cover and chill overnight, then bake uncovered at 325°F for an hour. Serves 6.

9. French Toast

french toast is a quick and easy cottage meal idea

Do you have leftover bread or brioche hanging around at the cottage, getting a little stale? Repurpose it into everyone’s favourite French Toast and you’ll be creating cottage breakfast memories to last a lifetime.

How do you make it?

  1. Whisk together 4 eggs, 2/3 cup milk or cream and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  2. Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium heat and, working with 2 pieces at a time, dip 8 slices of thick day-old bread or brioche into the egg mixture. Shake off excess and fry until golden, about 2-3 minutes each side. 
  3. Serve with syrup, fruit, bacon, eggs, and anything your heart desires.

10. Chocolate Croissant Breakfast Bake

family friendly things to do at the cottage in the winter

For your last morning at the cottage, how about creating something delicious, decadent, and destined to be remembered? This Chocolate Croissant Breakfast Bake is all of those things and more. 

How do you make it?

  1. Cut six croissants into 1-inch pieces and roughly chop 4 ounces dark chocolate. 
  2. Mix together 3 whole eggs and 3 extra egg yolks plus 1 ½ cups of cream and milk, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
  3.  Stir the mix in the croissants and chocolate, then pour into a buttered 8-inch square baking dish. Bake at 375°F for 40-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Can be served warm or at room temperature (but we love how the chocolate is all melty when warm).

We hope these cottage breakfast ideas inspire you to gather your family and enjoy a delicious meal together during your next vacation.

If you’re inspired but haven’t found the right cottage destination, we invite you to discover our list of top places to visit in Canada or if you’re looking for a shorter vacation, be sure to check out our list of the best long weekend getaway destinations.

Best Places For Wildlife Spotting

After months on end in the city, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the only wildlife Canada is home to are squirrels, raccoons, and enormous centipedes. But hark! All you need to do is book a cottage getaway in one of the following areas, and you could be spotting majestic native fauna in no time.

Rented Boat Etiquette? Yes it exists!

If like so many other Canadians, you have visited canadastays.com and found the perfect rental for your vacation, you may have found a rental that includes a recreational boat for you to use during your stay! Or maybe you are borrowing a friend’s boat to use during your lakeside vacation. Whatever the circumstances are, remember these two things: first, you must have your boating license if you will be operating a motorized boat and secondary to that but also very important, don’t forget about rented or borrowed boat etiquette…

Wondering what this boat etiquette involves? Well, as folks who boat, we can recommend a few moves that will make you a considerate boat renter/borrower and will keep you in the good books for future boat borrowing!

How To Keep Your Campsite Safe From Animals

There are certain aspects of camping that are nigh inevitable, such as secretly wishing coffee could be ready and waiting when you wake up to watch the sunrise, getting sunburnt after a full day spent swimming and hiking, and eating so many s’mores that you can’t bear to look at another marshmallow for a month. However, you can avoid and protect against unwanted animal visitors at your campsite. Follow these tips and tricks to safeguard your campsite against bears, raccoons, and other wildlife the next time you head into the backcountry.