You’ve checked your weather app or looked out your window, and that sunny day has suddenly turned grey. When the skies open up and it’s your turn to make plans for your group, or you’re vacationing here and refuse to let some pesky rain ruin your day, #PutnamWV always has something completely unexpected to fill those dreary days.
For kids, we have activities that are fun and, like sneaking veggies into their food, good for them, too. The Zoology Zone & Science Center at Valley Park and Putnam County Libraries have innovative and exciting hands-on activities for kids of all ages. If you’re looking for pure joy, celebrate childhood with a bouncy indoor day at All About Fun.
Healthy competition is a good thing. Challenge your friends and family to a game of putt-putt at Reed’s Entertainment to see who gets bragging rights for beating the skee-ball hole, or start a reading challenge with the help of the Putnam County Library to see who can read the most books in a month or a year.
Maybe you’re traveling alone and searching for interesting things to do while visiting. Spend some time touring Bear Wood Company to see how they turn old into new and pick up a piece of West Virginia history while you’re there, or get your creative juices flowing with a trip to The Pottery Place for an in-store painting session or pick up a take-home kit.
Whatever way you decide to spend your rainy day, we hope you’ll venture out to find unexpected bright spots right here in #PutnamWV. From family fun to solo entertainment, put your rubber boots on, splash through those puddles, and send the grey skies away with a day out in #PutnamWV.
All About Fun
Bounce those clouds away at All About Fun’s indoor play center featuring bounce houses and inflatable slides. Offering drop-in play options, it’s the antidote to a dreary day. Be sure to grab a sweet treat from The Bakerie while you’re there. For those special occasions when you need a fun and safe activity for children (and those young at heart), book All About Fun for your next party. Check their Facebook page for drop-in play dates and times at their Hurricane #PutnamWV location, or visit their website to book your next fun event.
Bear Wood Company
Spend a rainy afternoon among the sweet smell of sawdust and learn a little bit about West Virginia’s past as a timbering state and how Bear Wood Company in Hurricane #PutnamWV is preserving our past by turning centuries-old wood into reclaimed one-of-a-kind furniture and décor. From old-growth timber, recycled barns, and dilapidated structures come new tables, desks, mantles, and their popular Rustic States pieces. Tour their workshop and gallery and learn how they take West Virginia timber and turn it into works of art for your home or office, giving old wood a new life and continuing its story.
Putnam County Library
Voltaire said: “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” While dancing in the rain is always an option, we recommend a trip to your local #PutnamWV Library the next time you’re faced with a not-so-sunny day. With the Main Library in Hurricane, and four branches in Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, and Poca, there’s a library near you no matter where you are. Find the perfect book, bring the kids for fun activities, or enjoy reading options wherever you are with their digital library and Dial-A-Story selections.
Putting the putt in #PutnamWV, Reed’s Entertainment in Hurricane is a rainy-day golfer’s dream. Featuring an 18-hole miniature golf course, virtual golf, party room, and concessions, this is the perfect place to bring your crew and have some hole-in-one fun (but we bet it won’t be on the blinko hole). Visit their Facebook page for drop-in play times or to book your party. Reed’s Entertainment offers specials for date night, family night, and church and civic groups. Come get your putt-putt on, and may the course be with you.
Zoology Zone & Science Center at Valley Park (Opening July 2023)
On stormy days, Benjamin Franklin liked to experiment with electricity, or so the story goes. He was on a quest for discovery, and you can be, too, at the Zoology Zone & Science Center at Valley Park in Hurricane #PutnamWV. What began as a reptile rescue has evolved into a hands-on learning center with summer camps, science experiments, nature hikes, and more. Visit their website to register for camps and upcoming learning opportunities, and follow them on Facebook for electrifying new exhibits and events.
The Pottery Place (Coming Soon)
Turning earth into clay is as old as humankind itself. The Pottery Place in Hurricane #PutnamWV turns that age-old craft into something much more fun. Paint those grey skies away either at their location or with a take-home kit. Maybe it’s a utensil holder for your kitchen, a planter for a friend, or something silly like a multicolored snail. Whatever the occasion or design, you are bound to have fun and make something completely unexpected. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events and custom take-home packages.
by Ginger Wilis