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10 cost-wise things to do on a rainy day
By Tammy May

Winter is just around the corner, so the usual outdoor distractions—parks, playgrounds, beach visits, walks and bike rides—are going to become less appealing. With that in mind, here are 10 cost-wise things to do on a cold, rainy day.

  1. Catch a flick - Don’t pay full price. Are you a motoring association member? Check their website for discount movie ticket offers. Telstra Plus customers qualify for $12.50 tickets at participating cinemas on most days.
  2. Jump! - Trampoline centres are popping up all over the country and they’re not just for kids. Session durations and prices differ between centres, so do some online research before you jump in.
  3. Indoor play - Preschoolers need to burn off energy and indoor playgrounds can be a lifesaver on searing hot or rainy days. Check deal-a-day sites for discount deals.
  4. Fun and games - Invite your mates over for an afternoon of charades, Scattegories, Pictionary or an epic session of Monopoly.
  5. Kick and glide - Embrace the wintery weather and pull on some skates. Adult prices are around $20 a session; kids $15.
  6. Bowl ‘em over - Ten pin bowling is always entertaining—the penguin shoes are funny before you even pick up a ball. Motoring association members may qualify for discounts (eg. RAA members pay $15 for two games at AMF centres.)
  7. Get your pump on - Thinking about joining a gym? A rainy day is a great reason to tour a gym and do a trial visit.
  8. Cook up a storm - I’m partial to trying new recipes on a dreary day.
  9. Library time - Your local library has a huge range of books, magazines, free movies, TV shows and documentaries for loan. Some also have toys and games.
  10. Movie marathon - It may be a good day to sign up for a free trial of one of the new video-on-demand services. If you don’t plan to continue, make sure you cancel before the trial period ends.
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